"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
You've got to be F-ing kidding.You're telling me that TriMet has to LEASE property for a project office when it's f-ing headquarters is located...160 feet from the alignment?I have a suggestion for TriMet.Take a few old shitty 1400s. Park them in that TriMet owned parking lot on the corner of Center and 17th. Rip out the seats. Buy some cheap-ass folding tables and some folding chairs. I'm sure someone from TriMet's crack I.T. department can probably get some sort of half-usable wireless internet access over there. Have PGE install a temporary meterbase and run some power cords to plug in the computers.Ta da. Instant office space. Total cost to TriMet: a couple of beat up crappy buses that shouldn't be on the road. And some folding tables and chairs...I guess those cost a few bucks.
This is not for the MAX project. This is about permanent offices. The ones at Holgate Plaza (training, scheduling and maybe others I think are there) will be demolished to make room for the rail line/street widening, and I believe they want to move out of the leased offices on Holiday Street as well.Doing it along with the MAX project allows them to get some of the costs paid for by the Feds, as it is the project which is taking the office space as well as creating a need for a bigger command center.
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