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I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Communications Coordinator. I help develop and maintain TriMet's web and social media content. My family uses a combination of carpooling, Portland Streetcar, biking and riding Line 38 to get to work and school. It’s just how I like it - a little different every day! You can also occasionally catch me performing around Portland with various improv groups.

Why I Ride: Bill C.

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Why I Ride - Bill C

Where I live:

Aloha

Why I ride:

TriMet has made it possible for me to hike in areas all around the Metro area, including all the trails in Forest Park. This has greatly helped me regain my physical and mental health.

What modes I use:

MAX, Bus, Streetcar, Rental Car

“This has greatly helped me regain my physical and mental health.”

My favorite things to do while riding:

Go hiking

The thing I like best about living in the Portland area:

The great flexibility in activities, even if you are elderly and/or disabled.

My story:

I am 66 years old and my health had deteriorated to the point where I could not even walk two city blocks without bending over to rest my hands on my knees to relieve back pain. Since beginning a walking routine, I have walked as much as 21 miles in a single day.

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Jennette Zarko

Jennette Zarko

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Communications Coordinator. I help develop and maintain TriMet's web and social media content. My family uses a combination of carpooling, Portland Streetcar, biking and riding Line 38 to get to work and school. It’s just how I like it - a little different every day! You can also occasionally catch me performing around Portland with various improv groups.

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Jennette Zarko

Jennette Zarko

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Communications Coordinator. I help develop and maintain TriMet's web and social media content. My family uses a combination of carpooling, Portland Streetcar, biking and riding Line 38 to get to work and school. It’s just how I like it - a little different every day! You can also occasionally catch me performing around Portland with various improv groups.

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(More) new buses are on the way!

3100 series bus
A “3100 series” bus at our prep facility in June

It’s here! The first of 70 new buses is now on site at our prep facility in NE Portland.

The new buses (which we’re calling our “3100 series”) are even more fuel-efficient than the 50+ buses we purchased last year, and they have a few improvements for both riders and operators. They’ll be going into service gradually starting in Mid-July, replacing some of the oldest buses in our fleet.

Fresh from the factory

We expect to receive three to five buses per week for roughly 18 weeks this summer and fall. Each bus will be driven up to Portland from the Gillig factory in Hayward, California.

Then, it takes our crews about two weeks to get each bus ready for service, including DMV title, license and registration.

The new buses will be put into service at our Merlo and Center Street garages. We’ll replace buses that are highest on the “ready for retirement” list first.

What’s new for riders

New passenger seats
New composite passenger seats
  • Seats: The most visible change you’ll notice on the 3100s is the seats. They now have a composite seat frame that weighs less, costs less and should show less dirt and fingerprints than the stainless steel frames in the 3000s.
  • Boarding ramp: We’ve made boarding easier for customers by making slight modifications to the boarding ramp and adding a new ramp guard to help direct mobility devices farther into the bus before turning down the aisle. And a new ramp warning light inside the vehicle will alert riders on the bus that the ramp is going to deploy.
  • Efficient engine: The 3100 series buses have a 2013 EPA-compliant engine that has a bit more fuel and emissions efficiency than previous models. It won’t make your bus go faster, but the innovative cooling system we pioneered improves fuel economy by 5-10 percent. And the ultra-low-emission engine keeps pollutants out of the air.
  • Transmission: The transmission has a load-based shifting program that can tell when the bus is on a hill with a lot of riders, and shift accordingly to match conditions.

Other features

Like the buses we added last year, the 3100s come with standard air conditioning (hooray!), automatic stop announcements, easy-to-clean vinyl seats, larger windows, handrails and a gently sloping floor at the rear exit, a next-generation GPS dispatch/tracking system and improved windshield visibility for operators.

A better bus fleet

In addition to the 55 buses we purchased last year and 70 coming this year, we will be replacing another 184 buses over the next three years. By 2017, we will have replaced all of the remaining high-floor buses in the fleet (those with steps at the door), and reduced the average age of our bus fleet to eight years (the industry standard).

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Jennette Zarko

Jennette Zarko

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Communications Coordinator. I help develop and maintain TriMet's web and social media content. My family uses a combination of carpooling, Portland Streetcar, biking and riding Line 38 to get to work and school. It’s just how I like it - a little different every day! You can also occasionally catch me performing around Portland with various improv groups.

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Why I Ride: Mike B.

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Why I Ride - Mike B

Where I live:

In Portland.

Why I ride:

About a year ago, I decided to live a car-free life. TriMet gets me where I’m going, and I never have to search or pay for parking.

“The best thing about living in Portland is the awesome array of craft beer.”

What modes I use:

I ride the Red Line MAX train from Parkrose/Sumner in East Portland to Old Town/China Town nearly every day. I also ride my bike, and it is often with me on the train.

My insight for non-riders:

I have been surprised by how little I miss owning a car.

My favorite things to do while riding:

I like to keep tabs on my social media friends during my rides into and out of downtown. Once in Old Town, I often walk the last 30 minutes to my job in Northwest. I take pictures with my phone along the way and post them to Instagram, Flickr and Facebook. It gives my friends and family a chance to experience what I see every morning. It’s a creative way to stay connected.

The thing I like best about living in the Portland area:

I think the best thing about living in Portland is the awesome array of craft beer. So many pints, so little time…

 

 

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Jennette Zarko

Jennette Zarko

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Communications Coordinator. I help develop and maintain TriMet's web and social media content. My family uses a combination of carpooling, Portland Streetcar, biking and riding Line 38 to get to work and school. It’s just how I like it - a little different every day! You can also occasionally catch me performing around Portland with various improv groups.

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