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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

So It Looks Like TriMet is Going Down?

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:19 PM

The Oregonian is calling the TriMet measure as a loss, since it's trailing by four percent. I think it's still too close to call, as only half of Multnomah County's ballots have been counted and it's leading 51 to 49 in this county.

Either way, the message is clear. TriMet: Not the most popular transportation agency on the playground right now.

Transportation writer Elly Blue sums it up best:

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If TriMet's bond does fail, hey, it could be a good thing. Rather than cutting service, they could be forced to renegotiate seriously with the operators' union, whose members are currently protesting having to pay a portion of their healthcare costs. Rising healthcare costs have helped push TriMet into the red, this could be some intense leverage to balance the budget.

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