I originally posted this on my old website on March 26, 2009.
The official start of WES service was Monday, February 2, 2009.
On the previous Friday, January 30, there was a special Grand Opening celebration.
Free rides were offered through the middle of the day at all five WES stations.
On previous days, rides during the test runs had been available by invitation.
The invitations for the test runs were mainly offered to the media and VIPs, so this was the general public’s first look at the new trains.
A variety of signage was used leading up to the WES Grand Opening.
Here is an example of the tickets being handed out for the free rides. This is one of two I got at the Tigard Transit Center. These tickets were only good at the station they were received at, and were only good for a one-way trip. To get back, TriMet was running shuttle buses, or one could get in line for another ticket.
Free slices of this WES cake were being offered at the Tigard Transit Center.
The following video shows WES trains at the Tigard Transit Center on January 30, 2009.
The club was invited to display at some of the events for the WES opening, so they built these models.