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Thursday in Portland: TriMet increases entry pay, offers $7,500 bonus in effort to recruit drivers

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, April 28 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. TriMet increases entry pay, offers $7,500 hiring bonus in effort to recruit 300 bus drivers

In an effort to recruit roughly 300 bus operators, TriMet is increasing entry pay levels to $25.24 per hour, up about $3.50 from before. TriMet is also offering a $7,500 hiring bonus that will be spread out across the first three years of employment.

TriMet spokesperson Tia York said hiring is the transit agency’s number one priority right now, as it’s currently experiencing the “most severe staffing shortage in TriMet history.” The shortage is the result of years of challenges, including a sharp decline in ridership during the early months of the pandemic and many commercial drivers taking part in the so-called Great Resignation.

As many people begin commuting and working in person again, demand for public transportation has gone up. TriMet has been advertising video testimonials from current drivers on social media in several markets, including Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Arizona. The agency’s recruitment page has a link to job applications.

2. Loyal Legion opens reservation-only cocktail bar in downtown Beaverton

Loyal Legion, a Portland area beer hall, is opening a reservation-only cocktail bar on Thursday in downtown Beaverton. Flora is designed to be an intimate and hidden cocktail bar and will be housed in the upstairs space of Loyal Legion’s downtown Beaverton location.

All drinks are plant-based and curated by Tiana Stuart. To make a reservation at Flora, click here.

3. Portland Timbers, Thorns joined by Ukrainian national anthem singer, pro referee during charity match

The Portland Timbers and Thorns held their PTFC for Peace charity match on Wednesday to benefit UNICEF aid to Ukrainians amid Russia’s invasion of the country, and the teams had several special guests in attendance.

Ukrainian national anthem singer Darka Dusty Stebivka, whose parents moved to the U.S. during WWII, translated some of the national anthem. Sergii Demianchuk, the only Ukrainian pro referee, was also in attendance. He moved to the U.S. in 2013, but his parents still live in Ukraine.

The goal of the match was to raise money for UNICEF USA’s efforts to support Ukrainians, as well as raise awareness as the war continues. To donate to UNICEF USA, visit their website.

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