Fred Hansen to depart TriMet, and the continent? [Updated]

Update:This morning’s Oregonian Article (unavailable when this post was first written) indicates that Fred’s Australian gig is temporary, volunteer work, and that he intends to remain with TriMet. (Thanks to commenters and someone who contacted me privately about this.)

Original Post:

A local transit blogger and light rail operator, PDXTrains, has received a tip:

TriMet’s Fred Hansen, according to Australian press reports, has accepted the position of “thinker-in-residence” regarding transit for South Australia. The position is stated to begin in October.

The articles I could find don’t specifically mention Fred’s resignation from TriMet, or a move to Australia, but the job title’s “in-residence” suggests both. No word yet from local news sources.

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