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TriMet chief off the bus

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

After 11 years at the helm of TriMet, Oregon's largest transit agency, General Manager Fred Hansen says he will retire when his contract expires in June.

Hansen says he wants to explore other opportunities and emphasizes that the agency's economic struggles had nothing to do with his decision.

Hired in October 1998, Hansen, 63, leaves the agency as it struggles with a $27 million budget hole amid an unforgiving recession and while it is telling riders to expect more service cuts and a fall fare increase.

But Hansen said the agency's economic troubles, which have chipped away at his aggressive expansion of high-frequency bus service, had nothing to do with his decision.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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