Monday, August 10, 2009

TRIMET HISTORY, jason mchuff

December 1, 1969: TriMet officially operations after Rose City Transit turns
over its property to the City of Portland at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 1969 and
the city immediately transferred it to TriMet. Local 757 approves a new
19-month labor contract. Fares were 35 cents.

May 12, 1970: Gave free rides to senior citizens for one week

September 6, 1970: TriMet acquired the suburban Blue Bus systems

September 15, 1970: Thomas S. King becomes TriMet's first General Manager

June 15, 1971 New uniforms for operators introduced

January 12, 1975: Implemented Fareless Square and eliminated zone fares

October 1, 1976: TriMet awarded the Administrator's Award for Outstanding Public
Service by UTMA

December 6, 1976: TriMet begins its demand-response service, the LIFT program

December 15, 1976: Beards and mustaches are acceptable for operators

January 16, 1977: Powell Garage opens as TriMet's first satellite garage

December 11, 1977: Portland Transit Mall opens

May 15, 1978: New administrative offices open at 17th and Center

January 16, 1978: E. R. Peter Cass becomes TriMet's General Manager

September 15, 1978: "Tri-It" promotion launched to increase ridership

April 12, 1979: First Annual Bus Roadeo held

June 17, 1979: Timed transfers inaugurated at Beaverton Transit Center

March 31, 1980: Merlo Garage opens using an existing house until the current
facility was built

March 1, 1981: James E. Cowan becomes TriMet's General Manager

January 6, 1982: President Ronald Reagan signs the Surface Transportation
Assistance Act

January 31, 1982: First articulated buses go into regular service on lines 44
and 57

February 1982: Current bus stop sign design introduced

March 26, 1982: Official groundbreaking day for Banfield Light Rail Project

September 5, 1982: Self-service fare implemented

May 6, 1983: Merlo Transportation employees move from the little house into the
new building

July 1, 1983: C-TRAN in Vancouver, WA, integrates fares with TriMet

August 1, 1983: Vandalism "hotline" begins

January 29, 1984: Began 2,000 hours per week reduction in on-street service

April 6, 1984: Customer Assistance Office opens in Pioneer Courthouse Square

April 18, 1984: Ruby Junction officially opens for business

September 27, 1985: Last Rose City Transit buses run

July 25, 1986: Banfield Light Rail Line is officially named MAX, for
Metropolitan Area Express. Typographer Designer Jeff Frane won the public
contest to name the light rail line

September 5, 1986: TriMet opens its eastside MAX line

May 10, 1988: Hillsboro Transit Center and Park&Ride opens

January 1, 1989: Wilsonville, Molalla and Demascus effectively withdraw from the
TriMet service District

August 1989: new electronic fare boxes introduced

August 1989: APTA names TriMet America's Best Transit Agency

November 6, 1990: Ballot Measure 26-1, authorizing $125 million in general
obligation bonds build Westside MAX, passes by 73%

November 23, 1990: Vintage Trolley opens

June 1, 1991: Tom Walsh becomes General Manager

June 29, 1992: Bikes on TriMet introduced

October 6, 1992: TriMet signs $516-million contract with Federal Transit

August 12, 1993: Westside MAX groundbreaking: "First Blast"

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