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Seen and Heard: LEGO MAX, transporcrastination, and Keller’s first train ride

MAX train made of LEGOs
As seen by @TeenaKP.

“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:

TeenaKP:

Lego MAX train! pic.twitter.com/Q3zuiE3y

ScottyAllenDay:

Gotta love #trimet ‘s breakdancing bus driver on line 8 at kibitz 🙂

elliottsavannah

Greetings from the max train. twitpic.com/94it0k

meli_mu_:

Well-intentioned man opens chemistry book on his lap, uses it as a platform for iPhone he’s playing games on #transporcrastination #trimet

jwnyeholt:

Trimet to the airport @ TriMet Mt Hood Ave MAX Station instagr.am/p/I4us4WooFz/

kiarakayy:

I love how all the trimet bus drivers wave when they pass each other

mattg:

Just a single rainbow. Much more impressive in person. @ TriMet Quatama/NW 205th Ave MAX Station instagr.am/p/JGc9f1wJl4/

xkarix:

Just posted a photo @ Trimet Stop 1478 instagr.am/p/JXMd09h76p/

marimbachica:

Headed to the waterfront on the MAX. Sunshine, room to run, and a train ride= dream Saturday for a toddler!

Andy_Barefoot:

Keller, riding Max to the Zoo. His first train ride. instagr.am/p/JNpg1SCSFP/

tangobiker:

tulips in the bike bag (on the max) @ TriMet Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson St MAX Station instagr.am/p/JYU3ImMlyv/

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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: Impromptu bus bookclub, Shamrock Run and Portland rappers

Large lumberjack statue near the TriMet Kenton/N Denver Ave MAX Station.
As seen by @deejayatm.

“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:

deejayatm:

Welcome to the hood. #kenton #nopo #pdx @ TriMet Kenton/N Denver Ave MAX Station instagr.am/p/II6CBzw9j2/

SprocketPodcast:

Ever seen a bus stop being hefted by crane onto a flatbed? Yeah, us neither. #hellostreetcar #byebye #trimet #samething pic.twitter.com/V0CCf8xD

bertie_22:

The 60-year-old-MAN next to me on TriMet is reading the #HungerGames and were 10 pages apart in book 3! Hello, Impromptu Bus #Bookclub

restlessmove:

Photo: Free as a bird. #bike #bird #shadow (Taken with Instagram at TriMet Tuality Hospital/SE 8th Ave MAX… tmblr.co/Zv_k3yI7odVl

JeffManicotti:

@TrimetDiaries @trimet I just saw not one, but THREE bus drivers get out to help a wrecked cyclist on Foster! #loveandpeace

pfrazier:

Green runners being green. Thanks @trimet. #bagpipe #shamrockrun #pdx instagr.am/p/IUStAtRSaK/

agahran:

Waiting for light rail on a cold, drizzly Portland day. Flying home. Had a… (@ TriMet Oak/SW 1st Ave MAX Station) picplz.com/ztwBQ

Mikalatheginger:

Beautiful people @ TriMet Rose Quarter Transit Center instagr.am/p/Ia8jmBrKuQ/

Hola_Doylito:

So with gas being 4 bucks, I expect to hear Portland rappers rap about how clean the wheels on their Max train look.

copyshopclerk:

Snowy @trimet WES ride this morning http://instagr.am/p/IfFzAaP4v7/

bikeyguy:

Awesome my wife and kids taking trimet aka MAX to come see me for lunch #springbreak

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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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WES riders say “Cheese!”

On a chilly morning last month, we hopped on board a WES Commuter Rail train to meet some riders and snap a few photos. There were more than enough smiles to go around on this train! (WES provides weekday rush-hour service between Beaverton, Hall/Nimbus, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville.) Did we take your photo? Tag yourself on Facebook and share with your friends.

See all the riders from our WES photo shoot

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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Spring Break Staycation Guide

Waterfront Park
Northwesterner1/Wikimedia

Are you planning on a “staycation” this year? Not sure what that means? It’s a vacation where you relax at home or take day trips to area destinations. Save on major travel expenses like airline tickets, lodging, gas and meals. The best part? Staycations can be planned to fit any budget. Let us take you to your next staycation destination. Pick up a 1-Day Pass (only $5 each) and head out to explore.

Here are some spring break staycation ideas that are fun and ideal for keeping change in your pocketbook.

Go old-school and become a tourist
Many tourists come to Portland as a vacation destination. Do what they do. Visit the Portland Art Museum, OMSI, the Portland Japanese Garden or the Zoo. Maybe it’s trying Dim Sum in Chinatown or roller skating at Oaks Park. Always sure to please is the Portland Saturday Market, with arts and crafts in its open-air marketplace.

Spend a day at a park
There are no shortages of parks in Portland. Pack a picnic, blanket and chairs. Spread out and let the kids run around while you sit back and relax. Take TriMet to one of many trails and parks in the area.

Swim day
Sure, spring break in Portland often means dodging rain, but it doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re in Maui and enjoy a day at the pool. Find an indoor community pool and dive in.

Buy fresh at a farmers market
Head to your local farmers market for some fresh and colorful fruits and veggies. Get the kids in on the fun and have them choose what to buy for dinner!

Get lost
In places such as Powell’s Books or Forest Park, it’s easy to wander and get lost. Bring the kids, dog, friends or family for an outing you’re sure to enjoy.

Plan your trip
If you’re keen on exploring Portland on TriMet over spring break, check out the many other destinations you can discover on buses, MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and Portland Streetcar. Plan a trip today!

Paradise-bound
If you are heading out of town for spring break, let us take you to PDX or Union Station.

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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: Yoda vs. Spiderman, wedded zombies, and a Queen sing-along

Four Ducks fans on MAX.
As seen by @KelseyThompson.

“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:

KelseyThompson:

Having way too much fun! @ TriMet Mall/SW 5th Ave MAX Station instagr.am/p/HuY8eUL9r5/

pdxcommute:

Woman w/ huge fake lashes on my right on #trimet #9 keeps mumbling something about Yoda fighting spider-man. That’s a comic I’d buy.

Kaizerin:

Noticed lots of father-son pairs on Max tonight, and the Timbers Army is out in force. Related? #trimet

ken___27:

#onlyinPortland you see the bride and groom running down the street with zombie make up and hop on the trimet

ZapChristo:

Green line @ Trimet 7th Ave instagr.am/p/Hp3f_KNWX0/

BobBrittPDX:

Adorable @trimet moment of the day: MAX passengers applauding after a girl (~6yrs or so) sings US and Canadian national anthems. #hockeyfan?

meli_mu_:

Every M-F at 4:15pm this old man teaches the same woman a bit of Mandarin between 7 stops #trimet

furiousjonny:

MAX stop #trimet #MAX #busstop @ TriMet PGE Park MAX Station instagr.am/p/IBYKNNKnj6/

doctor_jeff:

Dear #trimet operator who just made my daughter’s day with a Queen singalong on the 24 – I love you. And thanks for watching out for her.

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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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Sunday, March 18, is International Bus Driver Appreciation Day!

Did you know that Sunday, March 18, 2012, is International Bus Driver Appreciation Day?

You didn’t?

OK, so maybe it’s not an official holiday… yet. Here’s your chance to help us spread the word and make it a tradition!

School bus drivers have their day to shine, and so do truck drivers. Bus Driver Appreciation Day was conceived in 2009 by some riders up in Seattle, and we think it’s a great way to honor the many hard-working bus (and rail) operators who keep us all moving every day.

Why March 18? That’s the day that bus service is believed to have debuted in Paris in 1662. If you don’t ride on Sundays, feel free to observe the holiday on Monday!

Some might think driving a bus is easy, but consider this: For hours on end, operators manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering a 40-foot vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces. Not only that, they face frustrated riders when the bus is late—even when it’s because of traffic or other circumstances out of their control. And then there’s that little issue of bathroom breaks… Fact is, bus drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.

So here’s a shout out to our 1,200+ bus and rail operators, and transit operators everywhere: THANK YOU and keep up the good work!

By the way, you don’t have to wait for an annual holiday to thank your operator for a job well done. You can submit a commendation any time using our easy online form at trimet.org or by calling 503-238-RIDE (option 5).

Visit busdriverday.org and help us spread the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers!

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: Wheels on the bus, buswork and the gender of MAX?

People boarding the MAX train
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:

#competition at the #streetcar stop #trimet #pdx @ Portland Streetcar Central Library instagr.am/p/HfQRPJKnk7/

PDXtrimetrider:

Little kid now singing The Wheels on the Bus. Love it. #trimet

andiejael:

It’s not homework… It’s buswork. #trimet #wk5 pic.twitter.com/DZ5Qo7kO

fwickafwee:

Damp and cool evening, waiting for the #max! #pdx #portland #oregon #trimet instagr.am/p/HSkUxkQhH0/

doctor_jeff:

Riding in two hours later than usual is like seeing your favorite TV show remade with an entirely new cast. #trimet #commercialfree

u_g:

Portland, you’re so pretty. This photo doesn’t do you justice. @ TriMet Rose Quarter Transit Center instagr.am/p/HXxO-3M40s/

oregon_history:

Anthropomorphizing MAX: In the third person, is MAX a he or a she? Thoughts? #trimet #transithistory

TravelPhotos_RA:

Modes of transportation @ TriMet Gateway/NE 99th Ave Transit Center instagr.am/p/HRsvaexOJ4/

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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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