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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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Seen and heard on TriMet: red-light trivia, a panda, and zombie-defense plans

Person in panda suit on Portland Streetcar.
Featured photo: as seen by @aschuman on Portland Streetcar.

“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:

doctor_jeff:

Today’s non-traditional MAX guy thing: knitting! Almost as cool as romance-novel guy from yesterday. Next up: breastfeeding. #trimet

ejmilliron:

I heart Trimet art. yfrog.com/nty21zj

kenhiatt:

Early morning buses are fun! Listening to the drivers “red light” trivia on the #92 #Beaverton to Downtown #Portland. #Trimet

Kaizerin:

@rlbpdx @trimet That’d be my 7:20 green line to Clackamas driver on his way back. He’s the best! Always waves at me on the platform, too.

aschuman:

Yep, there’s a panda on the Streetcar. #keepportlandweird #trimet #fb http://t.co/8KqotKGM

MarloASmith:

Zombie defense plans being discussed on the MAX <3 #iloveportland #trimet

MIRder:

From a walk through the max parking lot the other night (yep, night l @ TriMet Elmonica/SW 170th Ave MAX Station instagr.am/p/RCK7m/

mikerigsby:

Yeah dude on the #Trimet 99 rocking the velvet jogging suit, soul patch, iPod earbuds hanging off one ear. You totally humble me.

japuvian:

There’s a man made of silver on my bus! #trimet #dx

zymase:

There are no words for the adventure that awaits you anytime you board #Trimet #Loveit

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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Rider pics from our Clackamas Town Center photo shoot

Rider photo shoot at Clackamas Town Center, August 16, 2011Our rider photo shoot series continues: This time, we set up our camera at Clackamas Town Center Transit Center, where we met more bus and MAX riders eager to show their TriMet pride. (We love you, too!) Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and be sure to tag yourself on Facebook!

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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Riders say “Cheese!” at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Rider photo shoot slideshowOkay, we knew y’all were smart and savvy, but we had no idea you were such a photogenic bunch!

Last month, we took a camera down to Pioneer Courthouse Square to capture pics of some TriMet fans. Dozens of riders stopped by to say hi (and say “Cheese!”). We met families, visitors, commuters, students and everyone in between, as they got on or off buses and trains downtown.

We had a blast, and we wanted to share some of our favorite mugs. Click on the graphic to start the slideshow.

We’ll be having another photo shoot soon, so stay tuned to find out when and where!

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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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