Many 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 warning—even first offenders.
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.
Thanks 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.
As a 40-foot bus pulls over at SE Powell Boulevard and 42nd Avenue, more than a dozen youth in bright yellow T-shirts hop off the bus and run, boot-camp style, to the nearby bus shelters and sidewalks. With gloves on and garbage bags in tow, the crew fans out, picking up trash, filling their bags, and then heading back to the bus.
Behind this well-oiled machine is A.K. Rucker, who started TriMet’s “First Step” program 13 years ago. The First Step program is an intensive 10-week jobs program where at-risk youth, ages 14 to 18, get the opportunity to have a summer job and learn responsibility and the value of hard work. A TriMet bus operator for 30 years, A.K. selects his bus routes based on areas where he knows he can reach youth and encourage them to apply for First Step.
“TriMet wanted to get involved in North and Northeast Portland because of the gangs,” he says, recalling a time when Portland gang activity centered in that area. “There was a lot of vandalism on the system and in the community. I was working with youth at the Boys and Girls Club, and some of the kids were upset that they couldn’t get jobs.”
“I’ve had kids come back and say, ‘I never thought I’d go to college.’ But they come here and realize they can go to college and do something with their lives.”
The idea for First Step came to A.K. in the spring of 1998, and TriMet was able to launch the program that same summer.
Cleaning bus shelters and sidewalks may seem like grunt work, but the youth approach it with an energy and pride that can point them in a positive direction for the rest of their lives. Sometimes past participants driving past will spot the crew, pull over on the side of the road and tell the kids that if they can make it through this, it’ll pay off.
For Rucker, the program is about showing the kids the community, and showing them another option other than gangs.
Since 2001, millions of airline travelers, airport employees and visitors have taken TriMet’s MAX Red Line to and from Portland International Airport. The Red Line was the first train-to-plane connection on the West Coast, built through a unique public/private partnership.
We’ve opened two new Bike & Ride facilities at Beaverton and Gresham Central transit centers, where you can park your bike in a secure, enclosed building with keycard access. You pay just pennies per hour, with no monthly fee.
With all the growth in bicycling in the region, there are limited options for commuters to bring bikes onto buses and trains, especially during rush hour. Secure bike parking makes biking a more reliable and convenient way to connect to TriMet.
Hey, Timbers fans! We’re running extra service to get you there and back, but be prepared for crowded buses and trains. You can get there on MAX Light Rail and Bus Lines 15-Belmont/NW 23rd and 20-Burnside/Stark. If you’re parking downtown, you can also catch an express bus to JELD-WEN Field.