I finally had a good photo outing on the downtown bus mall here in Portland.
Started out with the semi-reliable, and very useful Transit Tracker.
Since a lot of people seem to be complete illiterate fools that like to delay buses, slow down progress, and generally get in the way I follow the "Go with the flow. Exit rear door."
Took a shot of my downtown stop, the #9 zipped away and a #17 pulled in as I got the photo.
Smooth flow during rush hour went well, as it has been going.
Even though in the above shot I said rush hour, but really, it was about 3pm "ish". But as always with TriMet downtown is generally always busy during the day.
I got a few more bus mall shots when the sun ran away from the sky and I escaped from a productive day of work.
This is about 8:45pm and there is still steady ridership flowing on and off the buses. Here two are stacked up at a stop on the north stretch of the mall.
A little bit of an artsy shot of the mall looking toward Union Station.
A clear shot looking the other way.
#4 Division bus using one of the new TriMet Buses, a rarity since it is an east side only line.
Yup, another artsy shot. Anyone guess what street this is?
Another display of people’s illiteracy, more of non-Portlanders than Portlanders. I also must say it is evidence people do not know nor follow most of the rules of driving. Double whites YOU DO NOT CROSS IN ANY FREAKING STATE PEOPLE!! If something says Bus Only it means Buses Only! How is that complicated Mr. & Mrs. California, Mr. & Mrs. Suburbanite, Mr. and Mrs. Washingtonian! Seriously, out of the almost 2000+ tickets TriMet has handed out almost ALL of them are for people not from Portland. I don’t know about you, but that is fairly solid evidence that at least Portland drivers pay attention.
Last but not least, one of my top 3 stops. Why you might ask, it’s near Stumptown on 3rd. :) I practically live at that place (and Stumptown). With the bus mall rearrangement it might actually decrease my usage of both places by about 5-10% because they’re 2-3 blocks further than the 1 block they where previously. Eventually I’ll get it figured out.