Category Archives: In the Community

An Underground Show to Celebrate Piano Day

The slogan “Keep Portland Weird” has become a little overused at this point, but every once in a while something perfectly absurd happens and you think: Only in Portland.

Last Wednesday, that was the first Piano Day celebration ever held in the U.S., in which a unique cast of performers played a world-class piano in the Washington Park MAX Station, 260 feet below ground.

TriMet employee Gaylord Warren kicked things off with his jazz trio — they sounded so good — followed by Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale with Hunter Noack, who played a piece for four hands (!) with gusto. And then Sgt. Jim Quackenbush of the Portland Police Bureau somehow managed to follow that up by playing Beethoven and the theme from Star Wars (in uniform, of course) with seriously impressive poise and style.

The event was a fundraiser for Portland Piano International, a non-profit dedicated to enriching the community through piano performance and education. Piano Day is celebrated internationally on the 88th day of the year (there are 88 keys on the piano), and Portland is the first U.S. city to take part.

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Instagram Roundup: November

Our Instagram feed has been a welcome respite from a busy (to say the least) month. Indeed, the pictures you’ve shared with us have been pensive, serene, dazzling and even funny (thanks, Unipiper!).

Been having fun shooting more in the city lately. #portlandnw #pdxavsquad

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Portland commuting #fujix70

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Something so wrong about these numbers makes them so right.

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Just a causal afternoon ride on the Portland Trimet Max 🚊🚃🚋🚉 #Max #Portland #Trimet #casual#afternoon

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Portland 😍 getting little festive ✨

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As always, tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Instagram Roundup: October

Could October be the moodiest month?

Judging by the photos we were tagged in, that may well be the case. We’ve seen sudden downpours, fiery red leaves falling, spectacular sunsets and skies of every color. (Sure, we’re in for six months of darkness, but at least we’re going out in style!)

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#autumn #fall #rain #leafs #leaf #glass #color #portland #trimet #bus

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When you accidentally walk by the #OCI max while it’s riding by! 👍🏽 #ocikitchenninja #ocisugarbakers #happyfriday

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SUPER BONUS: Portland’s favorite golden retriever rescue, Rusty Rodas, shared the #GoByTransit love.

On my way to work. #publictransportation #portland

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As always, tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Tour the New FFTTNW Murals by Transit

If you’ve noticed a new mural along your commute, it’s likely to be from this year’s crop of FFTTNW projects (that’s short for Forest For The Trees Northwest, a non-profit dedicated to contemporary public art). These include seven stunning large-format murals and one imaginative airport installment.

Each is worth visiting, and all are easily accessible by transit — in fact, you could probably tour them in the space of an afternoon. (We’d recommend taking a little more time, though, to visit the businesses on the other side of the murals, which include a cider house, maker spaces, a gallery and restaurant.)

Here’s a sample itinerary:

1. Disjecta — Molly Bounds,  Alex Gardner and Maxwell McMaster

8371 N Interstate Ave.

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Start with the soft pastel hues outside this vibrant contemporary arts center in Kenton, right off the Yellow Line (near Paul Bunyan).

2. The Make House — Adam Friedman

8371 N Interstate Ave.

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One stop south on the Yellow Line brings you a short walk from Adam Friedman’s trippy vision of Mt. Hood, painted on the side of the Make House on Interstate.

3. Cider Riot — Peach Momoko and Camille Rose Garcia

807 NE Couch St.


Continuing to the Rose Quarter and connecting to Line 6 or Portland Streetcar at the convention center, make your way to the cluster of murals on the inner eastside.

4. ADX — Nina Chanel Abney and Yoshi47

417 SE 11th Ave.

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You’re already smiling at this one.

5. The Redd — Zach Yarrington and David Rice

1140 SE 7th Ave.

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What does it say? You’ll have to go there to find out.

6. Hanoi Kitchen — Jesse Hazelip

7925 NE Glisan St.

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Catch a Line 19 bus out to this Montavilla restaurant to see this inspired piece by artist and tattooist Jesse Hazelip. Can you tell where his inspiration comes from?

7. PDX Terminal A — J. Shea

7000 NE Airport Way

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Finally, catch a Red Line train from Gateway TC to the final installation, located inside Portland International Airport (before security). Here, mixed media artist J. Shea has more than a mural: (literally) wiry figures are suspended mid-air, appropriately suggesting flight and movement.

Of course, there’s no wrong way to visit these public art pieces — try using the map below to plan your own journey:

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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5 Reasons to Go Car-Free

Every year on (or around) September 22, the planet comes together to celebrate World Carfree Day. This global car-free movement encourages motorists to leave their cars behind and try alternative modes of transportation for one day.

Thinking about going car-free? Here are some reasons to give it a try:

#1. It saves you money.

When you take TriMet, you don’t have to pay for parking or gas. But if you go completely car-free, you don’t have to worry about loans, car payments, insurance or maintenance costs.

Fact: According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), transit riders in Portland can save up to $861 a month ($10,334 a year).

#2. It’s less stress.

The average American driver can spend up to 450 hours each year on the road, resulting in rising levels of frustration and stress that can really take a toll on your quality of life. By taking public transportation, you can use your commute time to read, text friends, or just take some well-deserved “me” time.

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#3. It’s safer.

According to a study released by APTA, commuters reduce their risk of of being in a traffic accident by more than 90 percent by simply taking public transit over commuting by car.

Fact: Cities that average more than 50 annual transit trips per capita have about half the average traffic fatality rates as cities where residents average fewer than 20 annual trips.

#4. It’s better for the environment.

Choosing to walk, bike, or take public transit during your commute helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. When you decide to reduce your carbon footprint, you help keep our planet clean!

#5. It’s good for your health.

We’re just more active when we’re less dependent on cars. Taking public transportation helps us get in more exercise because of the walking and biking we do getting to and from our stops.

Fact: A study in North Carolina showed that light rail passengers were 81% less likely to become obese over time and would lose an average of 7 pounds over a one-year period.

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Are you up for the car-free challenge?

Jessica Ridgway

Jessica Ridgway

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Coordinator. I develop content for our website and social media channels. I'm a daily MAX rider and an adopted Oregonian.

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Instagram Roundup: July

These are decidedly not the dog days of summer — our month on Instagram began with local hero Moshow the Cat Rapper proclaiming his love for public transit (see below). Then we started to see lots of Pokémon, and we even got a check-in from a cartoon slice of bacon.

And on July 19, everything turned orange as BIKETOWN, Portland’s new public bike share program, hit the streets with an opening event along the MAX Orange Line. (This also happened to be Portland Streetcar’s 15th birthday.)

Here’s what we saw this month:

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Portland bound #transitisbetterineurope #misseurope #pdx #selfie @glideslope

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🐥 🚌 🎱 “a heart so true” #pokemongo

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Olympus Mju ii // Rollei Chrome 200 cross processed

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TriMet Orange Line, end of line art. Morning commuters! #Commuter #Early #Art #Portland #TriMet #MAX

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Livin’ today to the MAX!

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we are tired of driving… good thing portland comes with a chauffeur. #justopherontheroad

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As always, tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to share your ride!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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