Jim Redden, Portland Tribune "Votes going against TriMet Levy"
-sighs- dang. and i was really hoping we could get some new buses on these routes like the 67, 51, 89, 88, 52, 58...ect. all the lines that use the old high floor buses. Especially lines like the 51 that use the 1600s. I've said it before and i'll say it again-those buses are dying and in desperate need of replacement.
Oh well. I'll keep updated on how the votes turn, but for now it looks like we can say goodbye to new buses or improved stops. Revenge solves nothing. Why don't people realize this? Joseph Rose, The Oregonian"TriMet bus-buying measure failing in three-county Portland metro area" "If the bond measure fails, General Manager Neil McFarlane has said TriMet would still need to purchase new buses, but it would take several years and possibly slice further into operations funding. TriMet also faces going further into debt, borrowing against payroll taxes to match a recent $6 federal million grant to help replace 14 of its aging buses." Several years for replacement of old buses to replace old buses that are in need of replacement NOW? -groans- aw, TriMet. You need to get yourself out of this mess. Drop the Orange Line thought and focus on your existing services. Your old buses, terrible bus stops, and transit service in general. New buses (or at least replace the worst of them), improve stops, and bring service back to our bus lines. Max service shouldn't be a big focus right now. The MAXs probably have the best service of all TriMet's operations. I am not against light rail, i just want TriMet to stop focusing every dollar they have on only light rail.
"You might have noticed that the readerboards on some buses (our low-floor buses with automatic stop announcements) are displaying the wrong time.
The readerboards are connected to an old dispatch system, which was programmed years ago to reflect when daylight saving time used to begin—the last weekend in October. (This old system is not supported, so we can’t change it, but we’re in the process of updating the entire dispatch system.)
The signs will continue to display the incorrect time until November 7, when daylight saving time officially ends. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused."