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Seen and Heard: Tasting snow, rockin’ out and lost purse recovered

Fellow tasting the snow falling at the Gateway Transit Center.
Featured photo: as seen by @RandyRas01. Photo by Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian.

“Seen and Heard on TriMet” is a bi-weekly compilation of some of the funny, entertaining and uplifting content we see posted about our system every day.

Want to get in on the fun? Just include #trimet in your tweets, and your content could be featured here on our blog.

Here are some of the highlights from the last two weeks:

RandyRas01:

Photo: Ahhh, a taste of Portland weather @trimet Gateway Transit…and a taste of tomorrow’s @Oregonian #pdstst post.ly/4runP

doctor_jeff:

Hello, 7:01 Blue Line. I salute your quiet, empty embrace. Home, please. #trimet

JamieMcCall:

twitpic.com/86l0m4 My first time riding the #MAX rail train, woo-hoo!

lyspeth:

Awesome #trimet outfit: red hat, (blue hair,) yellow scarf, black shorts, pink tights, red legwarmers, blue shoes. Bright for a grayish day!

RobAlan:

Sunset reflected on pavement @ TriMet N Lombard Transit Center instagr.am/p/gnGvl/

David_Crake:

Photo: It’s snowing pretty good, nice fat flakes. (Taken with Instagram at TriMet Sunset Transit Center) tmblr.co/ZZSyIyEuayWx

BananaWonder:

Snow trax #trimet instagr.am/p/iT8R1/

mrssoup:

Rockin out at the MAX stop is always fun, even when cold and people look at you weird. ♫ Did Ya by BoA (at @trimet) — path.com/p/2xqGSq

starzipan:

SOMEONE TURNED IN MY PURSE! And it has everything in it including the cash! #trimet #nicepeople #sonicscrewdriver

artnchicken:

Photo: fyeahportland: My Tuesday in a nutshell. tmblr.co/ZaFORyF3PuvQ

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Nancy D'Inzillo

I'm TriMet's web coordinator. I assist in developing and maintaining TriMet's web and social media content (in addition to general writing and copyediting assignments). In my spare time, I enjoy freelance editing, learning new recipes, and reading books of all genres.

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Seen and Heard: fish on the MAX, opening doors and the TARDIS?

Pigeons on a water fountain downtown.
Featured image: as seen by @furiousjonny.

“Seen and Heard on TriMet” is a bi-weekly compilation of some of the funny, entertaining and uplifting content we see posted about our system every day.

Want to get in on the fun? Just include #trimet in your tweets, and your content could be featured here on our blog.

Here are some of the highlights from the last two weeks:

furiousjonny:

bird bath- drinking fountain- same thing #birds #bensonbubblers #downtown @ TriMet Skidmore Fountain MAX Station instagr.am/p/f2qgq/

BarnestormJohn:

Girl on the Max train / a live fish rides in her lap / Beta, in a bowl // #Pdxcommute #haiku #senryu

PDXtrimetrider:

Adorable little girl just got on the bus&sat next to me. How she gets excited about riding the bus is what the inner me is like 😉 #trimet

vanlue:

A @BromptonBicycle & @trimet’s WES in black & white flic.kr/p/b3YTNH

KairosInanna:

I feel like a Time Lord! The new bus seats are TARDIS blue! Can we get the brakes to sound like a TARDIS, now? #TriMet

cmyk_nate:

Portland sunrise #nofilter @ TriMet Quatama/NW 205th Ave MAX Station instagr.am/p/eIzOM/

UltrarunnerRose:

As the bus comes the little girl in rainboots starts cheering, “14, 14, yay 14 is here!” So cute! @trimet

katsamps:

The contents of my coat pocket @trimet instagr.am/p/e7PW2/

VanessaDitto:

It’s raining, I’m cold. Why do you tease me so? And then the door opened. Thanks @trimet. instagr.am/p/f6ifV/

Nancy D'Inzillo

I'm TriMet's web coordinator. I assist in developing and maintaining TriMet's web and social media content (in addition to general writing and copyediting assignments). In my spare time, I enjoy freelance editing, learning new recipes, and reading books of all genres.

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Seen and Heard: a helpful stranger, rider art and rumor of Zooey Deschanel

Drawing of people on a bus.
Featured image: as seen by @alixgerber on one of our buses.

“Seen and Heard on TriMet” is a bi-weekly compilation of some of the funny, entertaining and uplifting content we see posted about our system every day.

Want to get in on the fun? Just include #trimet in your tweets, and your content could be featured here on our blog.

Here are some of the highlights from the last two weeks:

alixgerber:

#32: @trimet again, 2:30pm #peopleinspace http://t.co/KbuNQC3B

lazulisong:

Lol two knitters and a crocheter on the #trimet 20 this morning.

mildavw:

@trimet Green Line 65 operator read us weather report as we crossed the Steel. Nice!

Britnosaur:

Some girl in my class apparently met @ZooeyDeschanel on a Trimet bus in Portland. If this is true, I’M SO FREAKING JEALOUS.

brockmon:

Guy deboards green MAX on foster and drops a bunch of papers on ground. Has to kneel to pick them all up, but a stranger helps out. #trimet

LeetleWolf:

Mohawks & Santas, as seen on TriMet. instagr.am/p/aAH5F/

wittlake:

Carolers practicing on #trimet tonight. Loving it. #MerryChristmas!

spankney1:

Bus Yard View @ Trimet Powell Garage instagr.am/p/a45n9/

Joshua_Roberts:

#Trimet bus 15 driver has candy and toys for all passengers as they board. #bestdriverever

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Nancy D'Inzillo

I'm TriMet's web coordinator. I assist in developing and maintaining TriMet's web and social media content (in addition to general writing and copyediting assignments). In my spare time, I enjoy freelance editing, learning new recipes, and reading books of all genres.

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6-year-old WES commuter gets a holiday surprise

Jeff Lowe is the director of operations for TriMet’s WES Commuter Rail service.

From conductors to mechanics to office staff, all of us who work at WES Commuter Rail know 6-year-old Joey, our youngest WES commuter.

Joey’s been a regular WES rider since we opened the line in February 2009. He and his dad, Joe, go to work together (where they have an on-site child development center).

This year, Joey started kindergarten, so now he only goes to work with his dad when school isn’t in session.

We missed the little guy, and we knew he was on his holiday break from school, so we decided to surprise him. On Monday, as he and his dad got off the train in Wilsonville, Conductor Tad Johnson presented him with a big basket filled with WES promotional goodies.

Usually, Joey is quite talkative, but he really didn’t know what to say. He gave a big smile, hugged Conductor Tad, then sprang off to board their connecting SMART bus.

Like those of us who work at WES, Joey really loves trains and knows all about them. According to his dad, this obsession began when he first rode the Oregon Zoo Train, and now Joey’s a big fan of WES. He especially likes the retro “Alaskan” train cars that we use as backups when a regular WES car is out of service.

Back in August, when Joey came to our Wilsonville facility to pick up a toy from Lost & Found, he said he wanted to talk to the “fixer” because his favorite Alaskan train cars weren’t running. We told him we were waiting on parts. A few days later, Joey gave one of the conductors a fistful of handmade money—including a $13 bill and a $49 bill—to help pay for repairs. We distributed the paper money to the mechanics and staff as performance bonuses!

We hope you enjoyed the surprise, Joey. We sure did! Happy holidays to you, and to all our riders!

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Jeff Lowe

I’ve been the Director of Operations for TriMet’s WES Commuter Rail line for four years. Previously, I served as chief operations officer for the Northern Indiana Commuter Rail Transportation District, and I spent 24 years in management at Amtrak. My career began as a locomotive engineer.

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Seen and Heard: toys for tots, a sleeping babe, and two Santas

Two Santas on their way to Portland Santacon.
Featured photo: as seen by @carries06 at one of our MAX stops.

“Seen and Heard on TriMet” is a bi-weekly compilation of some of the funny, entertaining and uplifting content we see posted about our system every day.

Want to get in on the fun? Just include #trimet in your tweets, and your content could be featured here on our blog.

Here are some of the highlights from the last two weeks:

carries06:

Getting ready for the Max train, heading to #nopdxanticon instagr.am/p/XJ7uF/

Kaizerin:

Very young father tenderly watching his sleeping infant, totally absorbed in the kid. So beautiful! #trimet

yuetsu:

sunset pdx, early winter 2011, se belmont & caesar chavez blvd. @ Trimet Bus Stop 428 instagr.am/p/WsT8O/

SiteSmiths1:

Just watched a bus driver get out to help an old blind lady cross the street. Awesome. #trimet

PDXKtv:

Toys for tots motorcycle drive at Trimet yards today. Thousands of choppers! yfrog.com/kgmcsqoj

doctor_jeff:

A cyclist festooned in battery-powered Christmas lights just got on the train. Safe and festive! #trimet #hohoho

VinnyQH:

daily observation on #trimet: If you ride at the very back of max, it’s like a #rollercoaster! wheeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

TimBers_:

Son #2 more thrilled with the PDX Max train than the airplanes. instagr.am/p/YJr6p/

furiousjonny:

#leaves and a #bench @ TriMet PGE Park MAX Station instagr.am/p/YNMKZ/

brockmon:

a nice little message to brighten my morning on the MAX. #TriMet http://t.co/VEb6hQBN

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Nancy D'Inzillo

I'm TriMet's web coordinator. I assist in developing and maintaining TriMet's web and social media content (in addition to general writing and copyediting assignments). In my spare time, I enjoy freelance editing, learning new recipes, and reading books of all genres.

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6 holiday events to celebrate with family and friends

Are you heading to any holiday events this month? Gather the family, grab some 1-Day Passes (just $5 each), and enjoy the festivities. From Santaland to the Grotto’s Festival of Lights to ZooLights, there’s an abundance of family fun happening all over town. Let us get you there and back, without the hassles of traffic, parking and gas.

A Broadway Rose Christmas Revue
November 23-December 18

Combining classic carols, holiday pop songs, and original offbeat material created especially for local audiences, Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s A Very Merry PDX-MAS pokes fun at our “ever green” city with the perfect mix of local humor and holiday heart. Plan your trip

Christmas Ship Parade
December 8-20

Check out the 57th annual Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

The Lights on Peacock Lane
December 15-31

For many people, going to see the lights on Peacock Lane – Portland’s Christmas Street is a must during the holidays. The lane has been known for some of the most impressive Christmas decorations in Portland since the 1920s. Have you joined in on the tradition yet? Plan your trip

Santaland
November 25-December 24

Haven’t had time to fit in that visit to Santa yet? At Macy’s Santaland in Downtown Portland, not only can you take the kids to visit Santa, but you can also get a family photo taken in the Monorail Memory Room or the Train Village. Plan your trip

Festival of Lights at The Grotto
November 25-December 30

The Grotto has over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate for you and your family to enjoy. Plan your trip

ZooLights
November 25-January 1

More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Starting Friday, Dec. 16, the Oregon Zoo doubles its usual public transportation discount for ZooLights visitors. If you ride the MAX Light Rail or a bus to ZooLights, you can get $3 per person off ZooLights admission. Plan your trip

Marisa Scheidegger

I'm TriMet's marketing communications coordinator. I write content for TriMet's web and social media, and customer-facing print materials. When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my husband and two incredibly bright and funny kids.

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Seen and Heard: fall colors, staying great, and spinning

Trees in their fall colors seen at a MAX stop.
Featured photo: as seen by @fwickafwee at one of our MAX stops.

“Seen and Heard on TriMet” is a bi-weekly compilation of some of the funny, entertaining and uplifting content we see posted about our system every day.

Want to get in on the fun? Just include #trimet in your tweets, and your content could be featured here on our blog.

Here are some of the highlights from the last two weeks:

fwickafwee:

Damp fall day at the #max station #trimet instagr.am/p/UKU9_/

chizeck:

The bus driver on this 15 bus looks like David Crosby. What a mustache! #Trimet #PDX

alisonhallett:

my whole MAX car is trying not to crack up as a dad explains to his kid “why a trimet girl is getting married to a recycling guy” in an ad.

expowiz:

Time to leave Portland. Riding on TriMet Max rail is a great way to & from the PDX airport.

fraqturedsound:

Photo: Locked… (Taken with Instagram at TriMet Convention Center MAX Station) tmblr.co/Zq5cxxBurZPO

japuvian:

Lady on my bus wearing cute pollyanna dress, white rights, black penny loafers and blasting what sounds like death metal. #trimet #pdx

Kaizerin:

Warm, bright bus is a welcome sight on cold, dark night! #Trimet

katebingburt:

Wet. Fall. Portland. @ TriMet Stop ID 7772 instagr.am/p/UddSV/

sallyreb:

Loving the fellow @trimet rider who gives a loud “Stay Great!” shout-out to #bus driver every morning when she exits

imagine_enigami:

Just saw Santa on a passing MAX train. #trimet #holidays

munchkinheather:

Photo: Moving MAX train. Downtown Portland, OR. 11.2011 (photojournalism, moving object with blurred… tmblr.co/ZGy8gwBxzyQP

knitguy:

Things that are good about spindles: I can spin on the MAX train. twitgoo.com/4zt9q1

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Nancy D'Inzillo

I'm TriMet's web coordinator. I assist in developing and maintaining TriMet's web and social media content (in addition to general writing and copyediting assignments). In my spare time, I enjoy freelance editing, learning new recipes, and reading books of all genres.

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Beaverton photo shoot pics are here

Rider photo shoot at Beaverton Transit CenterWe love our westside riders, too! It was great to meet so many of you at our Beaverton Transit Center photo shoot in September. Is your mug in this collection? Tag yourself on Facebook. (Coming soon: Shout out to Gresham.)

See all of our 2011 rider photo shoots

Dave Whipple

I'm TriMet’s manager of marketing and rider communications. I oversee the agency's web and mobile initiatives and help build useful and usable online tools for riders. I also moonlight as a musician in my spare time.

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Seen and Heard on TriMet: giant paper hat, failed revolution, and sock-monkey tights

Fellow with giant cut-paper cowboy hat at transit stop.
Featured photo: as seen by @mikerigsby at one of our stops.

“Seen and Heard on TriMet” is a bi-weekly compilation of some of the funny, entertaining and uplifting content we see posted about our system every day.

Want to get in on the fun? Just include #trimet in your tweets, and your content could be featured here on our blog.

Here are some of the highlights from the last two weeks:

mikerigsby:

Giant cut paper ‘cowboy’ hat, carrying a small dachshund. Weird? Portland? Never! #trimet lockerz.com/s/150288962

dudeluna:

Riding the 8 through downtown, the sun came up. #trimet

Kaizerin:

The Green Line climbs from /the river valley, its light/ like a dawning star. #Trimet

thecitizenwill:

#trimet failed revolution: So last night was odd. Waited for a while for the protest to get off the tracks so we… bit.ly/veXwIL

ShiploadofWilco:

Although it now takes longer to get to work then before I moved here. I love not driving anywhere. #trimet

doctor_jeff:

Transit po-po! Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when your transfer’s overdue? #trimet

marcimarshall:

Solstice on the iPod, sun on the Willamette, friendliest @Trimet operator giving us a pep talk. So far, so good.

lyspeth:

Thought I’d be the most #Portland person on this bus until a little girl wearing hand-knit sock monkey tights got on w her mom. #trimet

aimee_ault:

The bus driver is giving a historical narrative of Portland and he looks like Santa Claus #trimet

japuvian:

An army of giants bestir. Escaping the wintery fingers of foggy night before morn. #trimet #pdx yfrog.com/h8p84lnj

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Nancy D'Inzillo

I'm TriMet's web coordinator. I assist in developing and maintaining TriMet's web and social media content (in addition to general writing and copyediting assignments). In my spare time, I enjoy freelance editing, learning new recipes, and reading books of all genres.

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A century of public transit in Downtown Portland (SLIDESHOW)

Joe Recker is an environmental permits coordinator in TriMet’s Planning and Policy Department.

Portland has a long and interesting transit history, and the Oregon Historical Society has shared some photos that document the evolution of transit in the region’s core.

Like most American cities at the turn of the 20th century, Portland developed along streetcar and trolley car lines that extended from its downtown. Transit allowed the city to grow, with cable cars running into the steep west hills, and streetcars crossing newly constructed bridges that unified the City of Portland with communities east of the Willamette River.

After World War I, however, automobiles quickly became more affordable, and Oregon boasted the nation’s first gas tax in 1918, which funded improved road infrastructure for private automobiles as well as tire-based transit. As early as the 1930’s, streetcar lines were replaced with rubber-tired and electrified trolleybuses. The increased popularity of automobiles led to a steep decline in transit ridership, particularly after World War II. This trend continued until all streetcar lines had been discontinued or replaced with buses to take advantage of the relatively inexpensive oil required for tires, road expansions and gasoline.

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This period of disinvestment in transit infrastructure and declining transit ridership turned around in the 1970s with construction of the downtown Transit Mall on 5th and 6th avenues. Also notable was a restructuring of bus lines on the eastside in the mid 1980s that resulted in some of TriMet’s most successful bus lines today—Lines 75 and 72 among other north/south routes—to serve more dispersed destinations resulting from increased automobile use. Finally, the re-introduction of rail-based transit with the MAX Blue Line in 1986 and its subsequent expansion has provided increased transit capacity and focused attention on transit-oriented development in the region.

Find out more about the history of transit in our region by visiting A History of Public Transit in Portland.

Joe Recker

I am the environmental permits coordinator in TriMet’s Planning and Policy Department, where I work on securing permits for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project and other smaller projects throughout the region. I enjoy the occasional car ride outside of the city, but I primarily walk, bike and ride TriMet to get around town.

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