Monday, January 26, 2015

Where did Bruce go?

Bruce Hansen has disappeared off social media
I was chatting with a pal of mine about all the crazy things going on around us both at Trimet and at 'our' union.

It occurred to both of us that Bruce (and all the other officers) do not participate in any of the union groups, like the Facebook group 'union brothers and sisters'.

In the case of Bruce, he was HUGE on social media before getting elected as president.

But as soon as he got elected he completely disappeared off all of the social media, including his own Facebook group  "Friends for Bruce"

It says an awful lot about our union representatives when they choose to ignore the places where union employees get information.

Our union officials emulate Trimet officials, sometimes I think they work for Trimet to be honest. They hide away behind closed doors keeping members in the dark about what is really going on.

We need leadership that is not afraid of the light.

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
(John Adams)

How not to run your light rail system

Classic Tweets

Trimet employees fill up side streets at Center street

men impersonated TriMet workers to repossess van in Milwaukie, lawsuit contends

Two men wearing orange vests claimed to be TriMet workers when they came to a Milwaukie woman's door and said they needed access to her driveway.
Read the story HERE!

Trimet employee survey

Hahaaaa! This is really funny! 
It's hard to know exactly what they are trying to say with this sort of questioning but as you can see this 'question' is not a question at all but rather a 'statement of fact'. 

This kind of statement is an attempt to influence the mind of the person taking the 'survey' and is obviously not meant to solicit actual feedback.

It's the typical kind of thing we see from Trimet.

"Productivity" of a bus driver has nothing to do with your co-workers in reality. Bus drivers are basically independent contractors who work alone out in the field. They aren't office workers stuck in a some cubicle dealing with other office workers who are also stuck in their cubicles.

It appears the employee taking this survey scored 'hostile'. Hopefully it can't (obviously it can) be traced back to whoever took this survey

Income by Max stations

If you go click the link to the actual site you can click on each station to get the data system wide!

Dan Martin?????

What the hell is this?

Supervisory error gets bus stuck


this is the detour the supervisor gave and the dispatcher repeating it:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Trimessing you up!

TriMet thinks Beaverton Creek and Millikan Way are "nearby" Sunset TC


Bus driving is hazardous to your health

But people like Neil Mcfarlane and the slave masters that regulate these things have no interest in worrying about these matters...

Henry Beasley on the block signups

 For those that don't know what I'm talking about, I'm talking about the "block" informational held this morning and I don't like to be lied to.

 To hear the BS, concerning seniority and the fact that it will not be affected is total BS, this is how they define it: you get to pic before another person pics but you're not guaranteed to have better work. That is a total non union type of seniority. Union seniority as this union has defined it for years, the more time you put it in the better work that is available to chosen.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Trimet mass transit to the airport vs car not very competitive

Portland lagging in transit ridership increases

However at least Portland and Trimet are not losing riders like some of the major cities.
However Portland population has increased by about 14% while transit ridership has increased by only 5% which means Trimet has actually been losing market share

Trimet light rail is a total disaster

And the people in charge are getting raises, how sickening is that?

Just another day at the Trimess

Translation: delays up to 1 hour till noon-usual delays rest of the day

Friday, January 23, 2015

Trimet insider defends the radio systems

One of my pals, who knows more about radio systems than I, says that they are actually functional and that the problems we are hearing on the scanner we are interpreting incorrectly. 
This conversation actually occurred over a year ago but is still relevant today. I'm publishing it today because someone who I have respect for is making an issue about some of the information we are publishing.

Some of my critics think I 'make up' information and that is totally false. Every single thing that appears on this blog is based on some sort of factual event or information. Sure I may embellish things occasionally for effect but every single news source does the exact same thing.
Trimet itself never publishes actual facts, only the facts that support their world view embellished to make themselves look good.
No Trimet personnel every object to or attempt to clarify anything that I put up on my blog. I know why that is, because if they did it would 'legitimize' me and Trimet can't have that. But that's on them. My facts stand as true unless someone can prove me wrong.

Trimet and its stooges have tried very hard to paint me as a 'disgruntled employee' . I am not a disgruntled employee, that should be obvious. I am a disillusioned ex employee who feels his civil liberties were violated while working at Trimet. The fact of the matter is there is not one person there that I have some sort of 'grudge' against. They did what they thought they had to do and believe it or not I do understand that. I've said it before and I'll say it again. My time at Trimet was one of the most profound experiences of my life and my interest in Trimet didn't stop when I left their employ.

 I am a direct creation of the Trimet culture. They wanted a  nice subservient bus driver who did what he was told. What they got instead is someone who refused to be treated like a serf and instead developed an intense fascination for the organization he once worked for.  

We'll never know why ATU757 had a change of heart from this position

Always suspicious

Click for better viewing
I'm fast approaching my 3 year anniversary of departing from that behemoth impersonal institution called TRIMET . And of course I have been watching from the outside since the day I left.

In the last 5 years of my employment there I saw a steady degradation of the work environment. Operators were getting less and less respect from the management and were expected to 'follow orders' and if you didn't you could expect threats to be made against you in the form of the unemployment line.

Classic Tweets

It just never ends does it

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Trimet bridge of the oligarchs gets its first train

Trimet stupid bullshit

Trimet bureaucratic  staff (the ones that don't wear uniforms and don't do anything for  the public) are always coming up with stupid policies  for the union Trimet employees to  follow.
(Trimet is a caste society)

These faceless bureaucrats make their livings by screwing up the riders and the union employees with endless changes to routes, policies and procedures
There is no appeal, these people run the lives of the public and the union employees.

Their latest craziness?
 Forcing all drivers  who walk to or from their buses at the  garage to wear these stupid vests. 
They can take off their vest once they get to the bus or into the garage.
Not all drivers are happy about having to carry another item of clothing around
(I don't think anyone has ever been hit by a bus in the yard)
Safety is a value . 
Stupidity is also a value.

Trimet manager Sam Marra parody

Does Bruce have any idea what's going on?

A driver shared a story with me about her meeting with ATU757 president Bruce Hansen wherein she expressed her frustration with the 'block signup'.

Bruce said "I haven't heard one complaint about the block signup, you're the first one that has said that to me".

Now either Bruce is a bold faced liar or he is living in la la land because I haven't heard one person say anything good about it and I know that people besides this one driver has expressed their discontent about the block sign up.

Why would a driver support the block sign up? Drivers lost the ability to pick their own weekend work! That's a lose/lose for the drivers.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Jan 1-Jan 21 2015

Mcfarlane FAIL!

If you're not paying attention Trimet light rail dependability is in the toilet. And its been in the toilet for a long long time now. Mcfarlane keeps making promises like the one below, but NOTHING EVER CHANGES!

There were more MAX delays this morning that Trimet didn't tell anyone about

Trimet rail is a hot mess these days, and the situation is not improving


Orange line testing screws up regular service


Interesting people you meet on the MAX

A 21-year-old pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he stabbed a 16-year-old girl on a TriMet MAX train in November.
A Multnomah County grand jury charged Alex Rios Vega with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct in connection with the stabbing.
View full sizeAlex Rios Vega, 21 
The stabbing occurred Nov. 14 on a westbound MAX train before it reached the 162nd Avenue transit stop, according to court records.
 Stabbing of 16-year-old on TriMet MAX train leads to indictment |

TRIMET bars employees from parking on 17th avenue

Manufacturing the "news"

I've often wondered how many people actually realize that the 'news' is whatever the media decides is the 'news' .
Hundreds of thousands of things going on around us so how exactly does the media decide what to put in front of the public.

My own theory is that the 'news' that is seen on the mainstream media, whether it is TV or print, is broadcast with only one intent. And that is to influence the mind of the viewer. BRAINWASHING!
The problem is that very few citizens actually realize that they are being brainwashed, and that is why the media is so powerful in our culture.

Take this $1.5 BILLION dollar max line to a city of 20,000, a city that already had 'frequent' (by Trimet standards) bus service. It was really an unnecessary pork barrel project. But the media, along with the government of course,  has been pounding the public with pro bridge crap for years  now, slowly ever so slowly MANUFACTURING CONSENT for Trimet boondoggle projects.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spinning the data

I always thought that Trimet was #1 in per capita usage?
 Guess I was wrong, but I do remember seeing that somewhere.
At least we beat out Gainsville Florida, that's a victory right?
The local propagandists are making a big deal out of this like its some sort of great victory.
The fact of the matter is that MTA blows away everybody.
 And if you feel like it you can read the local propaganda HERE which includes comments from Streetcar Chris Smith and Trimet overpaid employees still pining about the phony GREAT RECESSION  (The Trimet executives didn't feel the effects of that so called recession other than they took vacation time rather than raises)which, if you study the Trimet data, did not affect Trimet like they  put forth. 
Of course these local cronies keep telling everyone how much of a 'leader' Trimet is.
Leader in what exactly? Bells and whistles for sure. And ya they put a dumb streetcar in because the rich won't ride buses. And of course the entire 'transit oriented development' movement started here. (stealing transit from the poor for the benefit of the rich)

Here we go again

Odd production of a coyote on the max

It appears to be a take off on the actual incident in 2002 but with some 'propaganda' value for both the musicians and Trimet 
Obviously Trimet allowed for a train to be used for this production. This is not some 'home movie' that's for sure.
Coyote on MAX Red Line

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Example of Trimet exemplary service

I'm very hard on Trimet and sometimes I lose sight of the good that is done by that agency. I know firsthand from my 15 years there that there are more than a few people who really do care about what they are doing and try their best to help people.

Below is an example of Trimet excellent service, and this sort of thing is not uncommon over there.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Why your bus passed you up

Very very few operators will intentionally pass up waiting riders (there are a handful). Almost all of the passed up riders were left behind because the driver didn't see them. Now as someone who watches the twitter feeds daily I have seen a HUGE uptick in the amount of tweets from riders who were passed up.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Classic Tweets

Well they made it one day without screwing up

Classic Trimet propaganda

Trimet is about to cut down 58 trees and its being billed as 'cozy'. 
That's because they are letting some non profits have the wood apparently.
This crap is coming from the Portland Tribune, one of the major mouthpieces for Trimet.
This silly nonsense really paints Trimet as some benevolent force in peoples lives, nothing is further from the truth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Chris Day questions ATU information sources

           During January's Charter Meeting Bruce Hansen, Jonathan Hunt and Mary Longoria presented a memorandum from S. Stoner addressing the proposed bylaw change presented in December 2014. This memorandum made statements indicating that the proposed bylaws change would not be within the guidelines of the Department of Labor and our International Constitution and General Laws. The above mentioned union officers advised the membership that the Executive Board is recommending against the proposed bylaws change partly based of the information provided by this memorandum.
Some statements in the memorandum created question about the accuracy of these statements. Union officers failed to provide documents that support the memorandum. Because this memorandum appears to be the strongest reason for a no recommendation it called for more investigation of the statements made. The investigation has revealed question about the accuracy of the memorandum and why our union officers failed to catch this.

When a win is not a win is when part 2

Henry Beasley

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In wake of the contract ratification, some of us were wondering  if our union representation was going to talk about the particulars and the fallout of the contract post ratification, guess not;  as nothing has been discussed either through email, social media or word of mouth (outside of the Sunday informational).  So let’s just discuss some of the things that were observed at the meeting and then the TA/contract; but first let me personally say to all those that were on the contract committee, you did the best job you could have hoped for considering the juggernaut you were up against.

Shirley Block

Neil's May interview made me ill. He insists on these one-on-one joke meetings and phone tags but can't come to the table with us. "Very Serious Roles In Negotiations." Really Neil, you speak with a forked tongue. Let the public into negotiations talks. What the hell are you hiding? Do an independent audit and let's see what TriMet is wasting public money on. Your threats to riders with your cuts and fare increases is just another way of what you are famous for, bullying the people that need the system. What the hell. You and your boy Randy aren't really trying to get a contract and better low cost insurance for us all. We understand the changes but I don't think you have a clue, Slick Willy. Randy is afraid of the media because they helped give him the boot at Mt. Hood College.