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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Dylan Rivera

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Lights, Camera, Prizes!

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Drive Less, Save More - a multi-agency partnership to educate Oregonians and Washingtonians about their transportation options is sponsoring a video contest with great prizes for the winners.  Your task is to create a 25 second video that motivates people to drive less. The winning video will run as a TV commercial.

Perhaps you've seen one of the current tv commercials?  Click the video player to watch, then get out there and shoot your 25-second masterpiece!

Trip Chain, Young Fam!

TriMet Service Annoucements

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We often post articles about major TriMet service annoucements, for example when the Steel Bridge closed for three weeks to MAX trains.  But there are often smaller changes or updates about routes that we don't publish. 

But it's easy to get customized alerts right to your email inbox, phone, or other handheld gadget.  Go to and sign up for the updates you want.

Do you ride the 44?  Then sign up for 44 alerts.  Want to know when the Green Line to Clackamas Town Center will be open for business?  No problem.

I've recently signed up for my bus alerts and it keeps me in the know without flooding me with emails I am not as interested in.

Click to check out TriMet's customizable update page

Riding TriMet at Night

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TriMet will let you off anywhere along route after 8pm

We're finishing up our week-long lovefest of TriMet at Commuter Central with a link to TriMet TV's latest video: Riding TriMet at Night.

Have your cell phone? Not only is it a great tool to check Transit Tracker to find out when you bus will arrive, but it's also a good tool to wave at the TriMet bus driver, as the light will help the driver to see you.

Don't like walking long distances at night? TriMet bus drivers will let you off anywhere along the route after 8pm.

There's more great tips to be had. Watch here.


More TriMet News

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Pics of new Green Line

The forthcoming MAX Green Line, scheduled to open in fall 2009, will run from Clackamas Town Center along I-205 to Gateway and through downtown to Portland State University.  TriMet has published a whole series of photos, documenting the construction project.

New MAX tracks passing over Foster Rd.

Click here to check out the Green Line home page:

Click here to check out the construction photos:

TriMet ridership continues to set records

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TriMet MAX and bus ridership set new records in October 2008, prompting the transit agency to add more MAX Blue Line trains and additonal buses to 11 lines!  Here are some details on the impressive ridership growth:


MAX and bus ridership

* A record 9.3 million rides were taken during the month, with 6.15 million trips on buses - the first time monthly bus trips topped 6 million.

* Weekly rides totaled 2,065,500, an 8.8 percent increase over October 2007.

* 340,900 weekday trips were taken on the system, a 7.4 percent increase over October 2007.

* Double-digit rush hour trips increases continue - 117,000 trips - a 10.9 percent compared to October 2007.

* Weekend trips totaled 361,000 up 8.4 percent over the previous October.

MAX ridership

* Weekly rides on MAX averaged 699,700 trips, a 7.9 percent increase over October 2007.

* Weekday rides on MAX averaged 111,300 boardings a 3.4 percent increase over October 2007.

Bus ridership

* Weekly bus trips increased 9.8 percent over October 2007, climbing to 1,365,800 rides.

* Weekday bus trips increased 9.4 percent over October 2007 to 229,600 trips.

"The record ridership we're seeing on our buses and MAX trains continues to demonstrate that transit works in our region and provides a quality alternative to driving," said TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen.

This information is courtesy of a news release.