Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Pioneer Courthouse Square pics are here

Rider at Pioneer SquareWe had a great time capturing the smiles of our bus and MAX riders at our latest in our rider photo shoot series. This time, we returned to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Did we take your photo? Tag yourself on Facebook and share with your friends. (Coming soon: pictures from our WES rider photo shoot.)

See the entire rider photo shoot collection

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: Angry Birds, learning Chinese, and rainbow clouds

People on the Line 9 with some photo effects
Featured photo: as seen by @ Jtorrespdx

“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:

Jtorrespdx:

Line 9 Powell #championeye #portland #pdx #trimet #bus @ Ross Island Bridge instagr.am/p/nlnqy/

possiblerobot:

I spy with my little eye, 4 people on the same #trimet bus playing Angry Birds.

spankney1:

Rainbow cloud ripples @ Trimet Powell Garage instagr.am/p/kndIT/

barbecho:

That is a way of taking advantage of your commuting time that I hadn’t seen before: Learning Chinese. @trimet

David_Crake:

Photo: On the train. #ThisIsWhereiBlog (Taken with Instagram at TriMet Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson St MAX… tmblr.co/ZZSyIyFNE08m

kelliesKitchen:

Loyed and 11th #Trimet max stop playing some awesome classic music so cool! #classy

doctor_jeff:

Just another father-daughter @trimet day at Gateway! lockerz.com/s/178256948

dudeluna:

just got on the 6. bus voice says “line 6-jantzen beach”. kid on bus says “yay! the beach!” #trimet

bananacave:

I liked this #tree in downtown Portland @ TriMet MAX Station 6th & Madison instagr.am/p/mc77E/

Tracktwentynine:

Check out this awesome photo (not mine) of a Portland MAX train at Skidmore Fountain: flic.kr/p/bnfxv8

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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: 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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