Author Archives: Roberta Altstadt

TriMet tests a new trip planner that brings together transit, ridesourcing, carsharing and bikesharing options

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TriMet partners with Uber, SHARE NOW and BIKETOWN to give you more options to get around Getting around the Portland metro area gets easier with a new trip planning tool TriMet is testing out. While our existing trip planner on trimet.org combines transit with biking and walking, the beta version of our new planning tool […]


TriMet and City of Portland get the green light for new SE Portland pedestrian/bike overpass safety project

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Community and businesses help shape project design to maximize safety and lessen impacts on private properties TriMet and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) expect to break ground this spring on a new pedestrian/bike overpass safety project that will span railroad and MAX tracks in southeast Portland. After meeting with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) officials […]


TriMet’s new COO brings 22+ years of experience transporting people in Seattle and Kansas City metro areas

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Samuel (Sam) Desue, Jr. to lead TriMet’s Transportation, Maintenance, IT and Safety & Security divisions TriMet’s new Chief Operating Officer, Samuel (Sam) Desue, Jr., brings to Portland more than 22 years of public and private transportation experience, including in Washington State. Desue has provided visionary and strategic leadership of transportation services in the Seattle and […]


TriMet Board approves revision to TriMet Code to clarify proof of payment required to ride

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Approved ordinance aims to eliminate confusion about fare inspections while further stating fare evasion not criminal if only offense TriMet Board of Directors has unanimously approved a revision to the TriMet Code. It confirms fares are required to ride TriMet, aims to eliminate confusion about fare enforcement and further ensures fare evasion as an only […]


TriMet ordinance aims to stop confusion on fare requirements

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The TriMet Board of Directors will consider a revision to the TriMet Code that clearly details the transit agency’s existing authority to require and inspect fares. An ordinance to revise the Code will be presented to the Board at their Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, meeting. This is an effort to clear up recent confusion following […]


TriMet legal director promoted to executive director of Labor Relations & Human Resources Division

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TriMet’s Kimberly Sewell has been promoted to executive director of the Labor Relations & Human Resources Division. Sewell moves into the role from TriMet’s Legal Services Division and takes over for the outgoing executive director, Randy Stedman, who will be retiring. “Kim is an accomplished attorney and has been a top performer at TriMet,” said […]


TriMet Board supports route for new light rail line in Southwest Corridor

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Resolution passes recommending Metro adoption of Locally Preferred Alternative A proposed light rail line serving the bustling, and growing, Southwest Corridor is years away, but the route the trains would run through southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin is coming into focus. The TriMet Board of Directors approved a resolution on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, recommending […]


TriMet’s next Executive Director of Safety and Security travels up the west coast from BART

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Nearly 20 years of experience in creating, directing emergency management and operations across public safety and transit industries TriMet has a new executive director of the Safety and Security Division coming on board. Marla Blagg moves to TriMet from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), a transit agency in the San Francisco area. She will start […]