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TriMet’s Myleen Richardson honored as Nature Conservancy “Volunteer of the Year”

TriMet's Myleen Richardson: The Nature Conservancy of Oregon's Volunteer of the Year
TriMet's Myleen Richardson was one of two volunteers to receive The Nature Conservancy's "Volunteer of the Year" honor for 2011.

The Nature Conservancy of Oregon has honored TriMet’s own Myleen Richardson with the conservation group’s 2011 “Volunteer of the Year” Award.

As TriMet’s bus stop planner/analyst, Myleen manages a complex database that tracks our 7,000+ bus stops and rail stations—juggling details about their location, the lines that serve them, their Stop ID numbers and amenities such as shelters, benches, sidewalks and crosswalks. In her role at The Nature Conservancy, she uses similar skills to manage their volunteer database and surveys for volunteer satisfaction. This is a critical task, because the Conservancy depends on at least 20 full-time employees worth of volunteer time every year!

One of the reasons I volunteer is that I enjoy helping others. I volunteer for The Nature Conservancy because it’s a cause I believe in.”

Myleen holds two (yes, two) masters degrees: a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science, with a focus on environmental policy and natural resource management. She began volunteering for the Conservancy in 2000, the same year she was hired at TriMet.

Her behind-the-scenes work is helping to protect critical habitats for nature as well as people.

“One of the reasons I volunteer is that I enjoy helping others,” says Myleen. “I volunteer for The Nature Conservancy because it’s a cause I believe in.”

The Conservancy’s program director, Molly Doughtery, describes Myleen as being “key to the organization’s success and an important part of the team.”

“From complex database queries, to communications, to jumping in wherever needed, I can count on Myleen to do the job right,” says Molly.

Without knowing it, TriMet riders count on Myleen, too. The database she manages is used to deliver service information to riders and to coordinate the maintenance of stops and stations. When you come across a stop name or Stop ID number on TriMet’s website or phone system, for example, Myleen’s had a hand in it. On board the bus, when you hear an automated announcement for the next stop, again, that’s Myleen’s behind-the-scenes work.

It’s a lot of responsibility, really, and it occasionally spills over into her personal life. “It’s hard for me to stay in town for a vacation,” says Myleen, “because bus stops are everywhere, and my eyes are always drawn to them, especially when something is in need of attention.”

True to her small-town Midwest background, Myleen is not one to seek the spotlight. Nonetheless, she is a star here at TriMet, as well as at The Nature Conservancy. Thank you, Myleen, for what you do for us and our community!

DISCUSS THIS ON FACEBOOK: April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week. Do you volunteer or plan on volunteering in your community?

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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New state-of-the-art bus shelters installed on Jackson Street in Milwaukie

If you live or work in Milwaukie, you’ve probably seen some dramatic changes downtown on Jackson Street. As a partner in the City’s Jackson Street Improvement Project, we recently installed new state-of-the-art bus shelters (one on each side of the street), complete with arrival displays, leaning rails, benches, an integrated windscreen design and brighter LED lighting for safety.

The City of Milwaukie identified the Jackson Street area as its top priority for transit improvements. The revitalization also included wider sidewalks, ornamental lighting, trash containers, benches, bike racks, new landscaping, and a sculpture garden adjacent to City Hall.

We’re also working with the City to improve and consolidate bus operations in Milwaukie, including adding stops at Washington Avenue and reducing the time buses are parked along the street.

We’re proud to be part of the transformation in Milwaukie City Center. The project, including the bus shelters, was funded mostly by federal stimulus money and Federal Transit Administration grants. TriMet Bus Lines 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 70, 75, 99 and 152 serve the new downtown shelters.

WEIGH IN ON FACEBOOK: What do you think of the changes on Jackson Street?

Young Park

As the manager of Capital Projects for TriMet, I direct the activities of the agency’s Park & Ride and transit infrastructure programs. I have helped to identify, set policy and implement the most cost-effective mix of investments in transit infrastructure and transportation alternatives to meet the mobility needs of a growing Portland region.

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