RiderInsider: Christmas/NYE service, Santa drives a bus, $3 off ZooLights, hybrid buses, chainsaw art and more…

TriMet RiderInsider Newsletter  •  December 2012  •  Web version Share on FacebookShare on Twitter
Christmas and New Year's holiday service
For the Christmas and New Year's holidays, we run buses and trains on special schedules based on ridership demand. On New Year's Eve, we offer free rides and extra MAX service so you can get to your celebration—and home again—safely and easily. Here's what to expect:

Christmas Eve (12/24): Buses and trains will run on regular weekday schedules.
Christmas Day (12/25): Buses and trains will run on Sunday schedules. 503-238-RIDE and the Pioneer Courthouse Square ticket office will be closed. More
New Year's Eve (12/31): Buses and trains will run on regular weekday schedules. All service is free after 8 p.m., with extended late-night MAX service every 35 minutes until about 3 a.m. (Service varies by line/station.) More
New Year's Day (1/1): Buses and MAX will run on Sunday schedules. No WES service. Portland Streetcar on Saturday schedules. 503-238-RIDE and Pioneer Courthouse Square ticket office closed. More
New Year's Eve
Old tickets LAST CHANCE: 1- and 2-Zone tickets will no longer be accepted as of 1/1!
Upgrade your old tickets on the bus or at the TriMet Ticket Office
Park && Ride

Do you Park & Ride? Be sure to lock your car and take your valuables with you. (And don't forget that parking is limited to 24 hours!)
Bus at night

From 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., you can ask your bus operator to stop anywhere safe along your route—not just at designated stops.
Be Seen. Be Safe.

Traveling when it's dark out? 1) Wear light-colored or reflective clothing, 2) add reflective strips, and 3) carry a flashlight or cell phone.

WATCH: Many of our buses have automatic drop-down chains, which the operator can deploy instantly as needed.
When you're riding TriMet during snowy or icy weather, here's what you need to know:

1. Brush up on where to get service information.

• Check the Service Alerts page at trimet.org or at m.trimet.org (mobile).

• Call 503-238-RIDE (7433) and press 2
  for Service Alerts.

• Check local TV and radio stations.

• Sign up to get service updates by email.

2. Learn your snow route. Buses will follow their normal routes as long as the streets are safe for travel. As snow or ice accumulates, some lines may run on snow routes to avoid areas that are too dangerous to drive on. See snow routes
3. Know what to expect from TransitTracker. During snowy/icy weather, buses and trains can get so far off their normal schedule or route that TransitTracker can't predict arrivals accurately. In this case, it may report scheduled times instead of countdowns.
4. Dress warmly and expect delays. Road conditions affect all traffic, so buses may experience significant delays. Chained buses can't travel more than 25 mph. MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and Portland Streetcar will operate normally unless there is a problem with the tracks, switches or overhead wires.
Why, yes, that is Santa driving your bus
If you've been on Operator "Santa Bob" Foster's bus when he's behind the wheel, you probably know the jolly soul we're talking about. The veteran bus driver with the signature Santa beard first donned the red suit more than 25 years ago for a holiday party at our Merlo garage in Beaverton. As the years rolled by, Santa service became a bigger part of Bob's life, both inside and outside of TriMet. Needless to say, we're proud to have Bob on board. And by the way, please don't tug on his beard... It's definitely the real deal!
Learn more and about "Santa Bob" Foster
Santa Bob
Old tickets

Upgrade old tickets by 12/31
Time is running out! Exchange your leftover 1- or 2-Zone tickets and non-foil tickets by December 31.
Take the train to the plane

Take the train to the plane
Heading out of town for the holidays? We make it easy! Take TriMet to PDX and Union Station/Greyhound.
Rider Profile: Jan M.

Rider profile: Meet Jan M.
Jan is a Saturday Market vendor who gets around without a car and loves saying "thank you" to operators.
Fare is required in the former
Free Rail Zone

If you're heading to a Blazer game or shopping downtown, don't forget your fare! The Free Rail Zone ended in September, so make sure you have a valid ticket or pass before boarding MAX or the Portland Streetcar.
Sneak peek: Four new hybrid buses are joining the fleet
Of the 55 brand-new buses we purchased this year, four are next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles. After making the trek from the Gillig bus factory in Hayward, California, the new hybrids are now on site, and our crews are preparing them to go into service. After the buses hit the road in January, we'll be testing them for fuel efficiency and maintenance needs. This year, we began replacing our oldest buses, which are not only uncomfortable for riders and operators, they are unreliable and expensive for us to maintain.
PHOTOS: New hybrid bus at the bus garage
New hybrid bus
Smartphone Mobile Site
Bookmark m.trimet.org to plan trips and check arrivals on-the-go

App Center
50+ free and commercial transit apps for the web and smartphones

Feature phone Arrivals by Phone
Call 503-238-RIDE (7433), press 1, then enter your Stop ID Number

Arrivals by Text
Send your Stop ID Number to 27299 for the next arrivals
Crews place giant girders for the Portland-Milwaukie MAX line
Earlier this month, crews on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project set the giant girders for the structure that will carry MAX trains over the ramp connecting northbound McLoughlin Boulevard to SE Tacoma Street. The structure is being built north of the SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station site in Southeast Portland. Opening in 2015, the new MAX line will travel 7.3 miles between Portland State University, inner Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and Oak Grove in North Clackamas County.
PHOTOS: Construction of the new MAX line
Crews set giant girders for Portland-Milwaukie MAX line
Did you know?
For those who choose "active" transportation, this won't come as a big surprise: Public transit not only encourages people to walk or bike as a part of their daily routine, it helps reduce car crashes and air pollution. It's a fact: Good transit supports a healthy community!
See how transit is good for our public health (and yours)
Mobile tickets

Mobile ticketing coming soon
As early as spring 2013, you'll be able to pay your TriMet fare instantly on your smartphone.
Artist Toby J

Felled trees become art
VIDEO: Chainsaw artist Toby J. carves a public art sculpture for the new Portland-Milwaukie MAX line.

Save $3 on ZooLights!
Dec. 14-31, save $3 on ZooLights admission (double discount!) just by showing your TriMet fare.
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