Monday, July 18, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

TriMet could easily make service better

Besides the disruption on the Orange Line tonight, there was also a car stuck on the Steel Bridge which delayed the last few Blue Line trains (as well as further causing issues for the Yellow Line).

A suggestion was made to take Line 20 to Line 57 as an alternative for getting to the west side, as both run very late.  However, it turns out that Line 20 may just miss Line 57 at night.  This means that riders either have to wait a long time at Beaverton TC or that trips are not possible.

Line 20
Line 57

TriMet: 20-Burnside/Stark Weekday To Beaverton Transit Center
TriMet: 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove Weekday To Forest Grove

It is true that it's virtually impossible to please everybody, and during the day time making one transfer work can break others.  But at night and when there's a directional flow of riders, shifting a schedule by just a few minutes can make transit be an option.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lane Jensens Podcast episode 6

TriMet runs Union Manor Shuttle but undersells it

Line 19 service alert:
From Monday, June 27, through November, the Union Manor stop at SE 23rd & Tolman (Stop ID 7172) will be served by a shuttle due to construction. The shuttle will operate every 30 minutes on weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shuttle will stop at eastbound and westbound Line 19 stops at SE Bybee & Bybee Blvd MAX Station and at SE Tolman & 23rd. Trip planning and TransitTracker will not be available for the shuttle stops.
An updated alert has since been put out removing the "Trip planning and".

Monday, July 11, 2016

Trimet fail, and fail miserably

Trimet can't find people to take their jobs and apparently isn't interested in keeping the employees they currently have

Over on a private face group there is extreme consternation over the current sign up for bus drivers.
While the block sign-ups were supposed to be eliminated trimet but also eliminated some long existing programs, like the part time 3 day workweek which is been around for probably a decade. And this is leading to yet another morale breakdown with operators. This is from a current operator.

Friday, July 8, 2016

I think this is over the top

Classic tweets

Not sure why Trimet thought this was necessary

The shootings have nothing to do with Portland or Trimet so I really don't get why this was necessary.
My assumption is that Trimet thinks it will be good P.R. 
If you scroll through the Twitter feed you'll see many citizens questioning the motivation also. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Trimet not impressive

Henry Beasley on the latest assault

Brothers and Sisters,

Here we go again, number 27 assaults this year and…..welcome to SUMMER.

Last night we had yet another assault, this time involving an intoxicated female on the 75 line bus around 11 to 1130pm.  The intoxicated female was assaulting various riders then the operator.  The operator was struck at least 6 times, 3 of which were in the face.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Trimess strikes again

Trimet "temporary" raise for new employees

There is  some controversy swirling around the process that was used in approving these "temporary" raises for new employees. One aspect of the controversy is the fact that there has been no side letter issued, rather an exchange of letters. More detail on this to follow.