Saturday, November 12, 2011
Jeers: To TriMet. Last month, a camera at the Expo Center station in north Portland caught a MAX train barreling through the station and striking a barrier at the end of the line, causing significant damage to the train. No one was injured, but damage to the train was estimated at more than $25,000. Word got around about the accident, but TriMet at first acknowledged only a “minor service disruption.” When rumors of the accident video surfaced, a TriMet spokesman said it didn’t exist, and that he didn’t know of any accident. Finally, someone who had obtained a bootleg copy of the video posted it on the Internet. So did TriMet apologize for misleading the public? Not so much. In fact, it launched an investigation into a bus driver who put the video on his blog.