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TriMet sucks: The end of fareless square

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1/3/2010, 11:52 a.m. PST The Associated Press

(AP) — PORTLAND, Ore. – Starting Sunday, there are no more free bus rides in downtown Portland.

The TriMet board voted last August to halt free bus service in downtown, Old Town and near the convention center and Lloyd Center. Rides in “Fareless Square” had been free for more than three decades, but the transit agency found it encouraged crime and annoyances on buses and trains.

The MAX light rail and the streetcar are still free in the downtown area.

Read the article here on OregonLive.

TriMet is digging their own grave. Not only have they been steadily raising the cost of public transportation (all the while reducing arrival times for buses and trains) but now fareless square is no more.  Thanks!


Written by latierraybicicleta

January 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm


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My first post in a few weeks. And the first day of the new year, too! May this year be productive in all its forms (academic/social/romantic/bicycling).

My girlfriend has purchased a Raleigh Rush Hour 2010 model. It’s a gorgeous bicycle and will be perfect for inner-city riding as it’s both a singlespeed and capable of fixed gear riding as well. I like how Raleigh designed a bicycle that isn’t a walking billboard (such as those from Cannondale, Cinelli, and Bianchi).

So I’m still saving money. Not sure what new bike I’m going to get yet —– I am enjoying the idea of a Kona Paddy Wagon or a Surly Streamroller. And of course, the Cinelli Vigorelli.

The new term starts in just three days. I’m not very excited about it. Yet, I must do better than I did last term.

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January 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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Have a quick recovery!

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My professor, Dr. M**** will be out for the rest of the term.  I wish him success in his recovery and can’t wait to take more courses with him in the winter term of 2010.

My friend is fucked up on heroin. She is refusing help. Attempted to kill herself from an OD sometime last week. It earned her a lengthy stay in the psychiatric ward. I hope she recovers.

I worked 1 1/2 hours today. Nice. This job is truly a PT job, I’m at 9 hours this week and by Sunday I’ll be around 15 hours. 15 x $10/hr = $150 x ~.17 (tax) = $25.50 = $124.50 (take home). $62 into the bank (for my bicycle) and $62 to live on for the week.

Tonight I have a book review (Omnivore’s Dilemma) to writeup before tomorrow.  I will post my review of the book here for those who are interested in reading it.

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November 18, 2009 at 5:57 pm