Category Archives: Rider News

4 reasons why transit is good for your health

Rider climbing stairs at MAX stationWith obesity rates and health care costs on the rise, experts are looking at how our transportation choices affect the health of our communities. The good news is that transit not only encourages people to walk or bike as a part of their daily routine, it also helps reduce car crashes and air pollution.

So why is transit so good for our public health?

  1. It encourages daily exercise: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends that adults get at least 22 minutes of moderate physical activity per day to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, stroke and diabetes. By walking or biking to the bus stop or rail station, it’s easier to meet or exceed this goal.
  2. It supports safer streets: In communities with good pedestrian infrastructure (things like wide sidewalks, safe crossings and bike connections), cars travel at slower speeds and there are fewer crashes. And residents of transit-oriented communities typically drive less, anyway.
  3. It helps make our air cleaner: Transit takes cars off the road, which means less pollution and fewer cases of asthma, lung disease and lung cancer. Here in the Portland area, TriMet service eliminates more than four tons of smog-forming pollutants every day.
  4. It reduces isolation: Particularly for seniors and people with disabilities, transit helps reduce isolation by providing access to grocery stores, medical services, jobs and schools.


“For the last 60-plus years, we’ve literally built our society around the automobile and getting from point A to point B as quickly as we can. Because we choose to drive rather than walk or cycle, the result is an inactive, sedentary lifestyle. Not coincidentally, obesity also became a public health issue during this period.”
— Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois researcher

“Study: Surge in obesity correlates with increased automobile usage”

John Fall

I help TriMet communicate about the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project by coordinating the project website and managing project social media (in addition to general writing and copyediting). I’m also a mean cook who likes to improvise recipes—ask me for one the next time you see me on the 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th.

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New! 30-Day Pass now available at the TriMet Ticket Office

New 30-Day Pass available at the TriMet Ticket OfficeIn response to requests from riders, we’ve introduced a new pass that is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.

The 30-Day Pass gives you the convenience and savings of a monthly pass (at the same price), but you can buy it at any time during the month. It comes pre-validated for immediate use.

You can get one downtown at the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

See 30-Day Pass prices

Celebrating 25 years of MAX Blue Line

MAX Opening Celebration, September 5, 1986
Riders at the MAX Blue Line Opening Celebration, September 5, 1986

On September 5, 1986, MAX Blue Line opened with service between Portland and Gresham.

It was among the first light rail lines in the U.S., and it really was the “line that started it all” in the Portland area. MAX has since expanded to 52 miles and serves all three counties in the Portland metro area.

Since the decision to build MAX, the Portland region has gained an estimated 66,000 design and construction-related jobs and $2.6 billion in earnings in Oregon. In addition, more than $10 billion in development has occurred within walking distance of MAX stations.

Learn more about MAX Blue Line

Cracking down on fare evasion: more inspectors and enforcement

Transit police officer checking fares on MAXMany of you have expressed concerns about fare enforcement on the system, particularly on MAX. We’re listening. In addition to expanding the number of staff dedicated to checking fares, we’re shifting our focus from education to enforcement. That means riders caught without a fare now get a citation instead of a warningeven first offenders.

Read about how we’re cracking down on fare evasion

Back-to-school safety reminder

Do you have kids back in school? Remind them not to cross the street in front of a TriMet bus, unless it’s stopped at a light. Always use the crosswalk, and look both ways before crossing train tracks.

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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6 new apps in the TriMet App Center

A third-party TriMet mobile app on an iPhoneThanks to our fabulous developer community, six new transit apps have been added to the TriMet App Center:

  • allSchedules for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Commute for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • MyMet for web browsers and various mobile devices
  • RealTime Transit for Windows Phone 7
  • Transit Appliance for any monitor or TV with a VGA, DVI or HDMI input
  • TransitTimes Portland for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

These are just a few of the free and commercial applications available from third-party developers using TriMet’s open data.

Check out all the apps in the TriMet App Center

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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