Tips for Uncle Gus

I ride the MAX blue and red lines several times a day, from Pioneer Square to the SW ‘burbs. Even after years of riding with Trimet, I was incognizant to obvious tips that would make my daily trips more pleasant.

For example, I have caught the red line by accident and then been completely taken by surprise when I have had to switch trains (to blue line) to go further southwest. Whoops!.

My friend, Kim, offered these kind suggestions to me:

  • Take the red line to get out of the rain, heat, or cold.
  • Get off at Sunset because they have benches, and you are more likely to get a seat if you transfer because of all the people that get off.
  • If you get off at Washington Park, you are less likely to get a seat when getting back on the MAX, but it’s very cool underground when it’s hot outside.

For further reading, TriMet provides you the rules, how to, and winter weather ideas.

I found a cool site called TriMetiquette, run by local rider Christian Bullock. Some friendly, helpful observations from Mr. Amy Vanderbilt.

If you have an iPhone, be sure to download the free app for Portland bus and train times. It has helped (and amused me) a million times over.

1 Comment so far

  1. Christian (unregistered) on May 21st, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    Way overdue, but thanks for the mention! I really need to get back into updating the site on a regular basis… (been busy with real-world responsibilities).

    Quickly, three tips on riding TriMet that, really, ought to be followed:

    1) No feet on the seat. I mean, people sit there? Why must I have to plant my toosh on a spot where you had your dirty feet on?

    2) Have a bag? Great! Put it on your lap or below you near your feet. The seat next to you really deserves a human being sitting there instead of being a really posh and luxurious waiting spot for your backpack.

    3) I appreciate the effort of putting on headphones while you’re listening to your music but when I can hear it in the back of the bus while you’re sitting in the front, it kind of defeats the purpose.

    Thanks for the mention!



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