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I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

How You Can Say Thanks on Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Around here, we say “thank you” to our bus driver. It’s a thing.

Yes, Portlanders are often mocked for being agonizingly polite, but in this case it makes sense — we say thanks to the people who make our coffee and serve our food, so why wouldn’t we say it to the people who drive us around? Wouldn’t it be weirder to not say thanks?

So in recognition of Transit Driver Appreciation Day (normally March 18, but we’re celebrating a day early because that’s a Saturday), we want to show our operators how small gestures can really add up.

Here’s how it works: You can leave a thank-you note for your driver(s) at trimet.org/tdad. Maybe you have a regular driver you’re especially thankful for, or perhaps you want to call them all out.

Your note will join hundreds of others, which will be broadcast on screens throughout the operator report rooms — putting your message right in front of the people it means the most to.

Leave a thank-you note for your driver

Bus and rail drivers make a tough job look easy, day-in and day-out. Let’s show them how much they mean to us.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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VIDEO: How Light Rail Could Keep the Southwest Corridor Moving

The communities in the Southwest Corridor are no longer sleepy suburbs, with the traffic to prove it. As these cities continue to grow, light rail could play a huge part in keeping everyone moving.

Learn more at swcorridorplan.org.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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February on Instagram: Lightening Up

The February Fakeout didn’t really show up this year, but there was plenty to distract us from the record rain — starting with the dazzling displays at the Portland Winter Light Festival. Elsewhere, neon signs, fiery sunsets and a living statue caught our eye.

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Finals has come to an end, this year is flying by! ✈️

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Travel by tram

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Don’t Move…..

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What will we see in March? Be sure to tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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The Hop Fastpass Beta Test Has Begun

Today we launched the public beta test of Hop Fastpass and, for the first time, riders have begun paying with a fare card on buses and at rail stations.

It’s a small step in some ways — there are only 250 people in the first group of testers, and not all of Hop’s features have been implemented — but it marks a significant shift in the way our region uses transit. Hop is a thoroughly modern system designed to make paying fare easier and more convenient. Smart features like Auto-Load and the ability to earn passes mean riders simply tap and go, with no need to think about which type of fare to buy, and a robust retail network and cash compatibility make Hop accessible to everyone.

As our beta testers put Hop through its paces, we’ll see how these benefits work in real life. We’re looking forward to their feedback, which will help us prioritize the improvements we want to make before Hop officially launches this summer.

If you’re curious (or jealous) and want to try Hop sooner, sign up for emails at myhopcard.com. We’ll be adding beta testers every couple weeks and rolling out new features like single-use tickets, compatibility with mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay, and the official Hop app.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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January on Instagram: One of the Internet’s Most Famous Cats Checks In

Turns out a foot of snow overnight wasn’t the only remarkable thing we saw this month. Meet Albert Baby Cat (if you haven’t already), fashion icon, Instagram celebrity and finalist on America’s Next Cat Star. A couple weeks ago, Albert hopped in a BIKETOWN basket and hitched a ride to Tilikum Crossing, where he watched the trains go by.

Albert watching the train go by. 📷 Photo by: @catmapper

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OK, now onto the snow. This was the fourth snow of the season, but it was unlike anything we’ve seen in years. If nothing else, it made for some great photos.

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Let it snow. #snowday #Portland #midnight

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Icy no problem in going home early to stay warm and escape this storm. ❄️🚎🌧

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The unofficial Hop mascot for the month:

There were inspiring sights on the dry days, too. (Plus Darth Vader, because Portland.)

Sunrise over the morning commute.

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Rides.

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smooth is fast.

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Stepped on my bus tonight and met Darth Vader and his body guard. No biggie.

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We’ll see you in February — as always, tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Instagram Roundup: December

As you could have guessed, we saw lots of snow this month. But before we get to that, take a look at what Portland indie rockers Helio Sequence shared at the beginning of the month:

This brought tears to my eyes. Larry on the left is the driver of the @ridetrimet Trimet Line 4 bus that I take to the studio. Every morning as people enter the bus he greets them with a genuine smile and “hello” and wishes every single person a good day on the way out. He chats with his “regulars” and strikes up conversations with new riders. I always love seeing Larry and talking with him and am amazed how he the consistently gives energy to those around him. His kindness and openness to all gives me perspective each day and what I saw from him today was really beautiful. This morning he stopped on Division at a bus stop that had not been requested. At first I was confused and I wondered what was going on when I saw him reach into his bag and take out his lunch. He stepped out of the bus and gave his food to a homeless man who was near the stop wishing him well and then hopped back in the driver seat and carried on. To see such an act of unprompted true kindness was really profound. Larry surely deserves the driver of the year award and beyond that I hope he knows the deep effect his simple but strong acts of kindness have on those around him. I learned yesterday that soon he’ll be switching to an earlier time schedule and I won’t see him in the mornings any longer. Larry…I’ll miss you…I hope we run into each other soon. Thank you for all that you give to everyone! #trimet #driveroftheyear #publictransit #kindness #thankyou #portland #lovewins

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Awesome, right? We love seeing notes like that.

And now for the snow:

#unionstationportland #theportlandway #portlandnw #portlandoregon #portlandpdx #pnwonderland #northwestisbest #snow

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Trees and Transit on this edition of “That’s So Portland”. #theonlyedition #Portland #downtownpdx #pioneersquare

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As always, tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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