Category: Fares and Rider Policies

  • Your Questions For Neil, “Round 5”, Part 4 – Potpourri

    And now, the final segment of our video interview with TriMet’s Neil McFarlane. This episode, “Potpourri”, featuring a variety of your questions. Topics include: Bikes on MAX cars – are there ways to add capacity? Bike parking and bikeshare at MAX stations TriMet’s take on carbon emissions – what will it take to get to […]

  • Your Questions For Neil, “Round 5″, Part 2 – Ridership / Operations / Budget

    Yesterday, we posted the first in a series of videos featuring Portland Transport’s interview with TriMet’s Neil McFarlane, based on your questions. Today, here’s Part 2… Today’s topics are Ridership, Operations and Budget: Recent press about transit at historically high levels, but TriMet’s has not fully recovered to pre-2009. Some service has recently been restored, […]

  • The Mobile/Mobility Payments Race is On

    Which will you be able to pay for with your smart phone first, TriMet tickets (via Globe Sherpa) or your downtown Portland parking?

  • The Equity Implications of the TriMet Fare App

    The beta test for the TriMet fare app is winding down, and Joe Rose at the Oregonian has published a review of it. I think the review is fair and pretty much reflects my experience as a beta tester as well. It’s the headline that scares me: “GlobeSherpa’s TriMet Tickets app rescues riders from the […]

  • On the Impending Transformation of Transportation

    Brian Davis is Portland Transport’s newest contributor. Brian is a Transportation Analyst at Lancaster Engineering, a MS Candidate at PSU where his research involves strategies for increasing sustainability in urban freight, and a carfree resident of downtown Portland. Welcome, Brian! – Chris I’m excited to be joining the discussion at Portland Transport at the onset of a defining era for transportation in Portland. Our city–and to varying extents, our region and our country–was largely designed to be experienced and accessed primarily via the automobile. By some metrics, this has served us magnificently–the economic growth realized during the American automotive century is unprecedented, and the car has connected distant cities and communities in a way no other mode can claim. By others, it has failed us miserably–our automotive dependence has dirtied the planet, car travel remains ridiculously unsafe, and ironically, the car has isolated the very communities it helped to connect to one another from the people speeding through them.