Vida Trout gave up driving at the tender age of 93 and began taking TriMet. This morning she got a birthday surprise while boarding her Line 15 bus. TriMet and three generations of Vida’s family celebrated her 102nd birthday on board her “birthday bus.”

Tuesday morning, July 29, the Line 15 bus pulled over to pick up Vida at a stop on 102nd Ave and Burnside. HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIDA shined in bright, white letters on the overhead sign and BIRTHDAY BUS glowed in orange lettering on the back.

Vida was waiting at the stop with her daughter Miriam, grandson Ryan and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Nolan. She looked shocked by the overhead sign as the bus approached. When she boarded with her family she went directly to speak with the operator, not noticing the cameras and eyes trained on her. She was surprised a second time when she turned and saw media cameras, and the smiling faces of a few regular riders and TriMet staff ready to wish her happy birthday.

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