There’s a new Portland blog called TriMet Diaries that is just getting started but looks very promising. Recently they posted a video called F*ck You TriMet: A Love Story. It’s very nicely shot and the music is good, but I think I’ve spent too much time on the trains to be able to appreciate it in any romantic sense.
We see the girl leaving Papa Haydn East, located on 5829 SE Milwaukie, far from any light rail platform. She then hoofs it up to Overlook Park, about 6 miles north of there (when there was a perfectly good stop for the 19 right across the street from the restaurant)…
…only to just miss a southbound train.
What remains unexplained is why he passed up the Blue Line behind it (which generally speaking would be scheduled about 7 minutes later..)
So then the girl decides to walk to…wherever she was going to go, except she goes past the Palms Motel, which is farther north of Overlook Park. That southbound train she missed wouldn’t have helped.
That’s pretty much the end of it – I guess it was a love connection missed because they both missed their trains, or as Josh said they didn’t know about Transit Tracker. Still, light ribbing over the geography aside, it’s beautifully shot and always nice to see the trains in other people’s art.
One of the commenters on the Oregonian mentioned The Hunted regarding the geography in the film clip – I thought of that movie after seeing this too. Not so much for the liberties taken with geography, but because it’s one of the few movies that features a MAX train*
*that’s actually an articulated bus, on the Hawthorne Bridge (the MAX trains go over the Steel Bridge in real life) and it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie but I vaguely remember the train sounding like a freight train instead of light rail in that part of the movie.
I didn’t take either of these next two pictures of the artics that were made to look like Type 1s for The Hunted.
Anyway, back to the Love Story TriMet video. I liked the way it was shot and seeing the trains featured in it, so I went to the director’s vimeo account to see if he’s done anything else MAX-related and found this one:
I know that there was a MAX train in Extraordinary Measures, but I haven’t seen the movie and can’t find any clips of it on Youtube. Offhand I can’t think of any other movies that have our trains (or buses made to look like trains) in them.
Edited: Forgot about What the Bleep Do We Know? when I posted this morning, but that’s got some footage of Goose Hollow & the Robertson Tunnel.
Bob R also mentioned Zero Effect and Leverage as other media that have featured TriMet.