Saturday, August 25, 2012


Yup, believe it or not many operators are actually enforcing the PDX high school pass that says can't use till September.

And then they wonder why Trimet and Trimet operators are so hated by the public.

They make $25/hour but have the nerve to squeeze high schoolers.


Anonymous said...

C'mon Al, you know that's not fair.

The little tykes have gotta learn to play by the rules some day...

Al M said...

Nah, I'm on Sam's side on this one...let em slide..

Erik H. said...

If high schoolers shouldn't have to pay, then who should? Do you let the little poor lady with her walker? The blind guy with a seeing eye dog?

Either the system needs to be free for everyone, or everyone needs to pay. TriMet is not a social service agency. No taxi, no Greyhound bus, no airline, no Amtrak train, is going to give a high schooler some slack. TriMet shouldn't be either.

It's bad enough TriMet allowed the City of Portland to repeatedly rape it, so that only students in the Portland Public Schools district get free rides, but high schoolers in any other district (including the East Portland districts of Parkrose, Centennial and David Douglas) do not.

Al M said...


Anonymous said...

Apples & Oranges Al.

Agree with SP on this. ( Holy brain freeze batman! Did I just say that?) Lol

Al M said...

We agree to disagree!

Unknown said...

I agree with both opinions, the OPs are informers and not enforcers. Damned if we do, damned if we don't. This actually a long running issue; do we do whats in the SOP about fares or do we do whats in the spirit of the SOP, that is the real question, the company refuses to answer.

Jason McHuff said...

high schoolers in any other district (including the East Portland districts of Parkrose, Centennial and David Douglas) do not.

1. Neil has said he'd like to expand it to districts like those.

2. Students in those districts (and every one outside of Portland and Eugene) get yellow school bus service, paid for by state taxpayers including those in Portland. So it makes sense that Portland students get something special--something that most every other public student in the state can get.

3. It just happens that the Portland district happens to be well served by transit (and other modes) and that the transit provider's (full) price for student passes is less than what it would cost for yellow school buses, and that the transit district is willing to allow those passes to be used at any time.

In addition, unlike other districts, Portland has gone to specialized schools, which can require a student to travel a ways to reach.