The development agency claims that its latest 7.3-mile light rail line has "created"
10,298 jobs. Of course, those all go away when the $1.5 billion
construction project ends. That's only $1457000 per job "created"! We're
getting a real bargain, by Tri-Met standards. It's a whole lot of
green. MaxRedline: Job "Creator" Tri-Met
No surprise here!
An audit of the Columbia River Crossing
found $17 million in excess or questionable spending, including
larger-than-usual profit markups to project consultants and work that
wasn’t authorized by contract in advance.
The report from the
Washington State Auditor’s Office, released Wednesday, “did not identify
any financial misconduct or abuse.” But it called for the Washington
State Department of Transportation to reconsider policies and procedures
that resulted in at least some of the misspent money on the now-defunct
project, according to the audit.
The biggest chunk of
questionable expenses was $12.3 million that went to firms with
undisclosed overhead and profit markups, according to the report.
$2.3 million was added to two contract task orders months after the
orders were completed, according to the audit. Those changes were made
without authorization, though the extra work was found to be consistent
with the original contract.
And the primary consultant on the
project, David Evans and Associates, was overpaid by $1.45 million
because of higher-than-usual markups, the report found. CRC audit finds $17M in excess, questionable costs | The Columbian
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As a Tigard resident, I am not shy to say I voted “yes” for Ballot
Measure 34-210 (opposing high-capacity transit lines in the city of
Tigard). I, like many other Tigard residents, am increasingly fed up
with the lack of citizen participation and input into major
transportation projects that affect our daily lives.
Tribune opposed the measure before it passed, claiming that it will
allow a minority of Tigard residents to overturn regional transportation
projects such as a new light-rail (or bus rapid transit) line that
would begin in Portland and end in Tualatin.
BLAST FROM THE PAST-The public has no clue how abusive the working environment was at Trimet. Now I know I was a special case and Trimet officials hated that I talk publicly about my employment there but believe me, I was not the only driver to suffer at the hands of those unethical managers. At Trimet the management uses fear of losing your job as a method of psychological intimidation. Very unhealthy work environment
“TriMet’s new budget proposal reveals a disturbing trend,” says Amalgamated Transit
Union 757 president, Bruce Hansen. “It contains evidence of an
ever-increasing income gap between the wages of top managers and the
wages of every other TriMet employee.” Hansen says the bonuses that top
managers have given themselves just this year are a clear example of
that widening gap.
looked at what was budgeted for each position and then listed those who
received bonuses that exceeded the budgeted amount. What we discovered
is disturbing. There are over 300 non-union employees. According to the
budget, bonuses were awarded to just 35 people:
I.There were 9 lower level supervisors given bonuses in amounts ranging from $502 to $2,012
II.11 engineers and senior technical employees received bonuses in amounts ranging from $1,160 to $11,564
III.15 high-level managers were given bonuses in amounts ranging from $2,012 to $16,827
one clerical or low wage, non-union employee got a bonus. Instead, for
the most part, the bonuses went to the ‘already-fat-cats’.” This
increasing inequality has become the new ‘normal’ at TriMet.”
disturbing to Hansen is the fact that the biggest bonus, $16,827, went
to the Executive Director of Labor Relations, Randy Stedman. “His
immediate department has just nine people, two of whom gross less than
$30,000 a year. Yet, those eight other people got nothing while Mr.
Stedman received TriMet’s largest bonus of $16,827. I just don’t
understand the reasoning here.”
The agency spent $1.74 million on such bonuses last year, twice the
$870,368 doled out in 2012, according to UTA salary data analyzed by The
Salt Lake Tribune.
The biggest individual bonuses for executives
rose to $30,000 each, up from $25,000. That came on top of compensation
packages, including benefits, that in some cases already topped $300,000
In comparison, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s total
compensation package in 2013 was $151,294 — less than half of some UTA
executives — with no bonus included.
"The public’s perception of what goes on with
UTA’s management salaries and bonuses definitely would be an impediment"
to legislators allowing a UTA tax increase on the ballot, said Rep.
Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville. This year, he sponsored and nearly passed HB388, which would have done just that.
Bernie Bottomly (great name) has replaced Olivia Clark at as 'Director of Governmental affairs. From Portland A-Foot: Bernie Bottomly is a professional lobbyist working, as of July 2010, as vice president of government affairs and economic development for the Portland Business Alliance.
In 2010, he was a registered Metro lobbyist for transportation issues on behalf of the Alliance.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Bottomly worked as director of PacifiCorp from 2002 to 2006 and as director of governmental affairs for TriMet from 1992 to 2002. Before that, he worked as district director for Democratic Congressman Les AuCoin from 1982 to 1992.(his current salary is unknown but Clarks was over $170k)
Corrosion? No, TriMet, I think you just spelled “corruption” wrong
We all remember that MAX train that went down the Banfield with a door open, right? Which is not how the train is supposed to work – if your doors are open and you try to take power to move the train forward, the doors will close. The interlock should prevent the train from moving if any doors remain open.