This was a major blunder, without doubt.
But to buy into the anti Trimet, anti Government rhetoric spewed around the internet by the folks who make such statements as;
"Tri-Met has been a massive, costly failure by virtually every measure"
is so absurdly ridiculous as to be comic.
The Trimet system is WORLD RENOWNED, and not because it is a massive costly failure.
The buses are packed, the Max is packed, so take your anti Trimet soapbox and get a real life.