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Old 05-01-2008, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I would like to know if anyone else rides trimet especially frequently. I ride it 4 to 5 days a week. I am wondering if anyone especially others that purchase a monthly pass if it is ever checked. Today after watching a number of people run off the train when a Trimet employee boarded at Gateway, I thought I am tired of buying this $76.00 pass while all these freeloaders ride free. You learn very quickly how to tell if people are not paying their fare by their body languange when an employee boards. The employee did not check for fares, I guess he was just catching a ride. I have bought a monthly pass for 1 1/2 years and it has never been checked, something is seriously wrong with this picture. I have never seen a transit system operated like this and I have used them extensively in this country and overseas. Im not from Portland and try not to judge how things are done here, but this is a joke. I know Trimet does not seem to have much of a reputation for this as well as safety. I also know trimet has tried to improve on the safety end but this whole situation is all ridiculous and very unfair to the paying public. I do not see why the government is funding a large portion of Trimet when it operates as such. Considering the large amount of other bigger cities wanting federal funds for transit systems. I don't get it.
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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I buy a pass and they do check it--particularly when you get off at certain stations. I'd say it gets checked on average (when I ride) once per month. I also ride the bus though so my pass gets viewed daily in that respect.

I have cheated in the past but had a few close calls and it's not worth it. Particularly now that they're cracking down on MAX. I know someone who cheated and ended up with a huge ticket, that made it even worse because he argued with the ticket inspector and found himself charged with harassment (i.e. if you say a word to them they can do this), a court date and a $500 fine! Even if you don't get a $500 fine I think it's a good $100-$150 for being caught--they're pretty rabid at Sunset Transit Station and they also tend to try to catch people at PGE park right outside the free zone. I'm not sure which direction you ride but that's my experience.
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Old 05-02-2008, 11:45 AM
 
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I have been riding trimet to work everyday for over a year and I have never been checked for a ticket on the max and i have been checked for a ticket once on the bus. It is a joke. What is also a joke is the fact that a majority of the ticket machine kiosk dont work. It usually takes me about 5 minutes to purchase a ticket because I have to go from machine to machine to find one that works. Sometimes I am left with no choice but to board the max without a ticket. The system here really sucks. No where else have I ever had such a problem trying to buy a ticket. The way trimet is run it's as if they want you to ride without paying.
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Old 05-02-2008, 11:50 AM
 
Location: WA
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I have ridden only one time and my ticket was checked.
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:05 PM
 
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I think a lot of it has to do with where exactly you ride. I think they have been less visible in certain areas for a long time, though supposedly that's changing. I know that downtown to Beaverton is where I seem to get checked and the only other location was on the Yellow line.
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: portland, OR
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They seems to have stepped up on the Beaverton to Hillsboro area.
The last couple of months I've been checked about 5-6 times.
A couple of times, there were 3 inspectors - one go in each car and one waited outside to see who ran out. The train stopped for a couple of minutes.
I commute during rush hour.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I buy a pass and they do check it--particularly when you get off at certain stations. I'd say it gets checked on average (when I ride) once per month. I also ride the bus though so my pass gets viewed daily in that respect.

I have cheated in the past but had a few close calls and it's not worth it. Particularly now that they're cracking down on MAX. I know someone who cheated and ended up with a huge ticket, that made it even worse because he argued with the ticket inspector and found himself charged with harassment (i.e. if you say a word to them they can do this), a court date and a $500 fine! Even if you don't get a $500 fine I think it's a good $100-$150 for being caught--they're pretty rabid at Sunset Transit Station and they also tend to try to catch people at PGE park right outside the free zone. I'm not sure which direction you ride but that's my experience.
This is funny, I wrote this Trimet thread last night and today when I went to work I got checked. I actually thanked the employee for finally checking the damn pass after all this time of buying them. I ride the red line to the airport and back, I board downtown. I have also ridden Max to Beaverton a number of times and I was never checked there as well. I did see a fare inspector one time on the train kick off a family headed to the airport at the Sunset max station, they said they could not find a machine that would work. The inspector told them to get off at the zoo, buy tickets and board the next train. They had 2 small kids, they told the inspector they were not from here, and that they would pay him the fares, he still made them get off the train. I came damn close to saying something to the inspector about the way he treated them. I thought I hope they write the Oregon Tourism Bureau when they get to their home and speak their mind about Trimet. I find it odd that so many of the ticket machines do not work in the first place, that is why I aways buy the monthly pass. I think many of us that live in Portland and ride Trimet frequently have wondered about this transit company, especially if you used transit in other cities. However for all its flaws I am glad we have all this transit, because so many places in the country have nothing.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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I have been riding trimet to work everyday for over a year and I have never been checked for a ticket on the max and i have been checked for a ticket once on the bus. It is a joke. What is also a joke is the fact that a majority of the ticket machine kiosk dont work. It usually takes me about 5 minutes to purchase a ticket because I have to go from machine to machine to find one that works. Sometimes I am left with no choice but to board the max without a ticket. The system here really sucks. No where else have I ever had such a problem trying to buy a ticket. The way trimet is run it's as if they want you to ride without paying.
hey, i think you're on to something. THEY MUST BE DOING IT ON PURPOSE- so they can write more tickets and make big fines. yep. A large group of people should sue them for the lack of working ticket machines, and then getting busted and fined. People have to get where they are going, whether the ticket machines work or not. Maybe they know that. So they capitalize.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:33 AM
 
Location: S.E. Portland
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Here's a site that keeps track of the machines that are down at any given time.....

trimetdown.com
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I ride the yellow every day into work, and earlier this summer i was getting checked a few times per month, but for the past two months I haven't been checked at all. I have only gotten checked in the morning riding in, never at night leaving the city. It is tempting to not buy the monthly pass and just stamp a prepaid ticket in the AM and freeload in the evening... but then I figure if I want the system to improve, stay clean and safe, me stealing from them is not going to help matters.
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