Today, in front of my building at 4th and Hall, attempted to ride the #12 to 6th and Yamhill to Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The bus stop was completely taped off.
A TriMet supervisor pulled up...sat in his car...when I made it clear that, uh, what the hell am I supposed to do? He just sat in his luxury sport utility vehicle, glared at me (how dare he open his window and let all that air conditioned air escape!) and left.
Called 238-RIDE. "Well, we didn't know about that...sometimes the contractors don't tell us (never mind the dozens of buses, Supervisors, and the fact this was a city of Portland project...)" We'll let dispatch know.
As of three hours later, there is still not a Rider Alert posted, nor anything at http://www.trimet.org/, TriMet's Facebook or Twitter account. But there is a nice Facebook post about some TriMet maintenance tech that has some interesting hobby.
I ended up taking a 44 bus after a five block walk...which dropped me off two blocks further than I wanted to go...and ended up walking the entire trip back to work. TriMet - See where it takes you today.
(I'm sure there's a good explanation from Jason McHuff how this was acceptable service to bus riders and better than any other transit agency in the world.)