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SmartTrips Thanksgiving Blog Contest: Which "Option" Are You Most Thankful For?


Thanksgiving is the holiday of giving thanks and gorging oneself. It provides us a time to reflect on our good fortune, assemble with friends and family, and enjoy a shortened work week.

We hope that you’re thankful for the wide range of transportation options in the Portland-Vancouver area. Whether it’s the bus, carpooling, bicycling, walking, Streetcar or MAX, we have a lot of healthy and sustainable choices for getting around.

So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, simply email us (SmartTripsBusiness@pdxtrans [dot] org) the transportation option for which you’re most thankful. We’ll enter you to win a delivered basket of local, organic produce, a $50 gift certificate from Pastini’s restaurant, or a bag of goodies to keep you active during the winter.


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K Pape

November 10, 2009 at 3:45 PM

I am grateful for the green line. All said, it seems to still be working out some kinks.... The Steel Bridge is carrying a whole lotta traffic and I am frequently paused before the bridge waiting for the train's "turn" to cross.



November 10, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I am most thankful for TRIMET, particularly the easy use of TRANSIT TRACKER. Also thankful for ZIPCAR. It is because of TRIMET and ZIPCAR (and I guess some kind friends!) that i don't own a car.



November 10, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I am thankful for the option of planning my trip using the excellent Tri-Met website. It's so nice to live in a city that takes high-tech accessibility seriously.



November 10, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I am grateful for the green line and TRIMET living in canby or and working in Downtown portland sometimes its nice to sit back and let someone eles do the driving.


Marlena Wray

November 10, 2009 at 3:57 PM

I enjoy the green line - it cuts 5 min of commute time
However, the new trains have very uncomfortable seats and the air... too cold!



November 10, 2009 at 3:59 PM


You're supposed to use the link on the previous page to e-mail your comments to SmartTrips.

You're not supposed to post them here if you want to enter the contest.


KayDel Marshall

November 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

One of the best transit systems in North America with multi-destinational and multi-modal services that make it easy to get around. I love transit tracker and use it every commute day to find out when the bus is coming.

I have to tell you how much my son loves Tri-Met. When he was young, I had him in a YWCA care program during the summer where they taught the kids how to ride the bus, and took them to parks and different venues around town. My son was so satisfied with transit only as an option that I had to threaten to ground him when he was a senior in high school in order to get him to go and get his drivers license. Athough he has his own car now, he still uses transit.


Marilyn Daniel

November 10, 2009 at 4:01 PM

To live in a community that is environmentally friendly with different options to choose from for my daily commute to work into downtown Portland for I am most "Thankful". My first choice for my daily commute to work would be that I am thankful max is working and on time. The mass transit system in Portland is one in a million. I appreciate the max driver for there diligent updates about delays. Thank you Trimet.


Carol Boucher

November 10, 2009 at 4:03 PM

I am thankful for C-Tran and that Tri-Met accepts the C-Tran express pass. Most of my activities take place in OR - but I live in WA - with my C-Tran Express Pass I can go anywhere C-Tran and Tri-Met go.



November 10, 2009 at 4:36 PM

I'm most thankful for the Tri Met buses (#77 specifically). I've used them to get to work for 25 years, and now my kids are following my lead.


Scott Cohen

November 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Don't be perplexed folks! Feel free to email OR respond to the blog promotion here in the comments.


Julia Sparks

November 10, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I am Thankful for the fact that bus #24 still goes to Gateway so I can catch the new Greenline MAX, which I love to commute on.

I am so happy for the new green line, it's easy, fast and drops me off right where I work.



November 11, 2009 at 10:35 AM

I am most thankful that in Portland I have so many options available to me! Is it a beautiful fall day? I pump up the bike tires and ride to work! Is it pouring rain and windy when I get off work that night? I throw my bike on a bus or Max, and ride home dry. Perhaps another night, I want to meet a friend for dinner downtown after work. I can walk to the restaurant, or take the streetcar or a bus. Need to get home afterwards? I can carpool or hop on a bus and arrive home. With a cornucopia of options, Portland provides a feast of transportation options for its savvy citizens.


Lisa Wylie

November 11, 2009 at 1:21 PM

It's too hard to choose just one. I am thankful for the holistic coming together of all the many public alternatives and features that make Portland metro public transportation easy and pleasurable to use. They're like different instruments in a symphony orchestra; remove one, and something's noticeably missing. I bike a lot, so it's great that we have dedicated bike-friendly roads and lanes. But biking isn't always feasible, so it's great we have the bus and MAX and streetcar (all of which I use). They are so user friendly in part becuase of the TriMet Tracker -- the #12 bus won't arrive for 15 minutes? I'll take MAX instead. And when I do take the bus, sometimes it's one I'm not familiar with. The drivers are invariably courteous and knowledgeable, and help me plan my trip (stops, transfers). I've lived in other cities and travelled a lot, and Portland's public transportation system is among the best, IMO. It truly is one of the reasons I love living here.


Audra McGrath

November 24, 2009 at 7:35 PM

I am most thankful for the bus that drops ,e off right in front of PCC Cascade! I never ever have to drive and that makes me one happy lady! Thank You TriMet!

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