Media releases

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’s low-income fare program on track to exceed first year expectations

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More than 10,000 riders qualify for up to 72 percent off the cost of Adult fare TriMet’s efforts to put reduced fares in the hands of riders on a low-income reached another milestone this week as the number of qualified applicants topped 10,000. Residents within TriMet’s service district who earn up to double the federal […]


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’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 […]


TriMet, community partners hold events to help riders struggling financially sign up for reduced fare

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Special events and added qualification sites sign up riders for reduced Honored Citizen fare Since riders who make a low-income began qualifying for TriMet’s reduced Honored Citizen fare in July, more than 2,600 people have taken advantage of the opportunity. This month, TriMet and our community partners are teaming up to help more riders who […]


Independent analysis once again finds no systemic racial bias in TriMet fare enforcement

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2018 study finds fare evasion, small group of chronic offenders continue to pose challenges 48,060 Fare Enforcement Incidents (March 2016 ~ March 2018) Warnings Citations Exclusions 4,228 39,464 4,368 Two years after TriMet’s first independent, third party analysis of the agency’s fare enforcement practices, a new analysis once again finds no evidence of systemic racial […]