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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CITY OF PORTLAND LEAF REMOVAL PROGRAM A JOKE

CLICK HERE!

Bus Driver Punches Lady In Head And Kicks Off Bus In Blizzard For Smokin...

Egypt goes in the opposite direction of USA

Egypt govt mulls raising workers' incentives in bid to thwart labor strikes | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Chinese workers (slaves) waking up to their reality

asahi.com(朝日新聞社):Rights-conscious Chinese pose new labor challenge - English

70% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE HEALTH CARE BILL

According to the Associated Press, just 30 percent of Americans say they strongly oppose the healthcare law, and only one in four back a full repeal. A poll earlier this month showed that a majority supported repealing Obama’s healthcare by a margin of 46 to 40 percent.

TRYING TO EDUCATE THE ROUGE (aka ELLEN FOX)

Ellen Fox, who specializes in spreading lies and distortions against people she has personal problems with, calls me a "cyber stalker".

Apparently her ignorance is so profound, that she cannot translate words into meaning, so let me try to explain what a cyber stalker is.


Definition

Cyberstalking can be defined as threatening behavior or
unwanted advances directed at another using the Internet and other forms of online and computer communications.


At no time have I made a threat to Ellen Fox.
At no time have I made an unwanted advance to Ellen Fox.



Ellen Fox maintains a blog, about me, with a web
address that uses my initials, and continues to spread
lies about me and my character.

Ellen Fox is a nobody to me, a obsessive compulsive personality that maintains
a personal grudge against me.

Failing to manipulate the courts for her sinister purposes,
she resorts to libel.

I am not the first victim of this severely deranged woman.

Now, somebody is finally trying to do something about her, and I support the action 100%!

TRIME'T ONLY FEMALE GRAND MASTER CHATS WITH HER LIL SISSY IN DISPATCH

AUDIO HERE

PEOPLE'S COURT

IT'S TOO BAD THE PEOPLES COURT IS NOT RELEASING THE EPISODE WHERE ME AND FOX APPEAR !  I WON THAT CASE COMPLETELY,.

IN THE FIRST CASE ELLEN GOT A PALTRY $100 OUT OF A $7500 CLAIM.

ELLEN IS VERY GOOD AT MAKING UNFOUNDED CHARGES AND LIBELOUS STATEMENTS.

WHEN IT COMES TO FACTS, ELLEN IS LACKING ANY SORT OF ETHICS OR MORALS.

MY HISTORY WITH ELLEN FOX IS HERE!

PLEASE, BY ALL MEANS, HAVE THE ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME!

IT'S UNBELIEVABLE! IT'S GOT A NEW NAME!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Portland Streetcar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_syk1Oy214
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gnZUoStPqA

Trimet #71 Bus To Parkrose TC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amD5KehYTuQ

Steve Fung's week at Trimet

BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS-updated 8:17pm

HELLO! THIS IS STEVE!

Nobody can figure out TRIMET'S MLK DAY service schedule

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an7N8LoAqkY

Why Demonize Public Employee Unions? -

CBS MoneyWatch.com

Labor Board to Sue 4 States Over ‘Card Check’ for Unionizing

NYTimes.com

Making fun of Portland

Click here!

Love stories the thing these days

Calgary Transit contest looking for passenger love stories

What the heck is a "modified" Saturday schedule? Confusion reigns at Trimet

Video here!

Latest interesting dispatch clips

Click here!

WWU students students developing high-tech bus

Seattle Times Newspaper

EDITORIAL: Protect workers from union bosses

Washington Times

UPDATE 1-Greece's public sector union calls Feb 10 strike

Reuters

I'm sure this public hearing will be a nail biter

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project: Get Involved

JOE ROSE ON MLK SERVICE

Why can't TriMet get its schedules straight for MLKJt Day? | OregonLive.com

ERIK HALSTEAD ON MLK SERVICE DELIVERY BY TRIMET

http://erikhalstead.blogspot.com/2011/01/on-mlk-service.html

January 17, 1914: Ride the Red Electrics

Dave Knows Portland

Tribute to MLK: Public Transportation as a Civil Right

As we pay tribute to the past, it’s important to remember that disparities still exist in public transportation. “While African Americans are no longer required to move to the back of the bus or surrender their seats, public transit continues to be central to the struggle for civil rights,” writes social justice advocate Tyler Falk, based in Indianapolis, Ind., where “the city’s poor and non-white communities are being left behind because of the dismal transit options,” similar to the situation in many other places.

The City Fix

That picture may have more to it than the picture

Story here!

SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in His Own Words

DEMOCRACY NOW

CHARGES FILED AGAINST ELLEN FOX!

 I, Christopher Day as a member in good standing of ATU757 am requesting that charges of conduct unbecoming a member placed on Ellen Fox. Miss Ellen Fox has been continually making accusations about me to other members and in public postings. These postings and statements have been continuing since mid-2008. Miss Ellen Fox’s damaging accusations towards me has created a bulling, intimidating, harassing and slanderous environment for me. Without documentation to prove her accusations as truths it is considered Defamation, Libel and Slander to my character and can result in damages this next union election. Her actions have not been limited to me; she has taken similar actions upon other members to create a bulling, intimidating, harassing and slanderous environment for them as well. Most members that have been exposed to these actions have not step forward because the lack of documentation and how isolated most events had been. These other members have found it better to just stay clear of her actions and to avoid her.

Click Here!
And here!

Needless to say, I will be a signatory on these charges

Sunday, January 16, 2011

TriMet driver helps out citizen in need

Latest Dispatch posts

MYSTERY WOMAN

Commuting alone? Produces more greenhouse gas than riding trimet

Video

The weekly rants

JANUARY 14
JANUARY 13
JANUARY 12
JANUARY 11
JANUARY 10

Hatred for bus drivers

Detroit bus driver suspended for having lady friend on his lap

Maybe we can get Neil McFarlane to apply for this job

Metro talks with Sarles, 2 more for top job

THE GOOD OLE DAYS

We are descended from monkeys. There is no other explanation.

 Note that China has that perfect government, an intelligent dictatorship concerned with advancing the country. The American government consists of self-interested lobbies and Wall Street looters. China is run by engineers, America by lawyers. Watch.

Fred On Everything

My ride home from the January 11th Trimet emergency-with narration!

Drive home during the january 11 disaster from al m on Vimeo.

Management/union cooperation is possible

CT Transit workers avoid strike

FROM THE MIND OF THAT OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE WHO'S BLOG IS DEDICATED TO ME

My history with Ellen Fox here!

(she just keeps on making up stuff as she goes along living her obsessive compulsive life)

Performer's union bucks anti union tide

Performers’ Unions Approve Contract - NYTimes.com

ATU President Hanley and ATU VP Baker's Activities

HanleyBakerWatch's Blog

Jared Got a Gun

Clusterfuck Nation

TriMet's Performance Dashboard

A Perspective of Portland, Oregon

TRIMET IS SUBSIDIZING ZIP CARS NOW?

PressZoom.com - Global News Service - News and Press Release Distribution

VIEWERS THIS WEEK

Milwaukie light rail project in "salvage" mode

BOJACK.ORG

TRIMET MANAGERS TORTURE SANDI DAY

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Trimet's only female grand master gets pissed at kid giving her the run around

YouTube

RATIONAL OR HYSTERICAL?


God knows how much money and time has been spent on the new safety initiatives.
One person has an accident that hasn’t occurred here in the last 42 years.

One person!

Trimet has gone through its usual hysteria in response to this tragedy but this time they have spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours of staff time and will continue to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours of staff time in response to the accident that one person had!

There had been no other accidents of this sort before the fateful event and there have been no other accidents since.
I seriously question the wisdom of all this new process and procedure because one person screwed up!
While the new procedures outlined by Shelly Lomax do have some good points, I personally think this organization has acted more out of blind hysteria than logical rational thought.

(hĭ-stĕr'ē-ə, -stîr'-) pronunciation
n.
  1. Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic.
  2. A mental disorder characterized by emotional excitability and sometimes by amnesia or a physical deficit, such as paralysis, or a sensory deficit, without an organic cause.




TRIMET FIRED THE PERSON THAT ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD SAFETY!

Some great pics of great operators!

Pictures: SOME GREAT PICS

Canada goes with BRT

Express buses placed ahead of LRT

NY transit mishandled thier snow emergency

NY Daily News

Unions Mobilize Against Curbs

WSJ.com

Rat wakes up Homeless man on the subway

YouTube

Civic Drive

MAX FAQs

From "ATU Truth" (people involved in Hanley recall)

Greetings.
The matter now rests with the U.S. Department of Labor...
There are folks who, in good faith, were ardent supporters of the Hanley/Baker campaign slate. They did things that they believed, or were told, were legal and above-board. They may find themselves, however, being interviewed by U.S. Department of Labor investigators. If so, it is important to know that a person can do something legal and still be criminally liable if they are later untruthful to a government agent. That is the situation that sent Martha Stewart to prison. She was convicted, not for insider trading, but for being less than honest when talking to a federal agent:
Title 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any
matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or
judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly
and willfully -(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or
device a material fact;(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent
statement or representation; or(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the
same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent
statement or entry;shall be fined. . .[or]. . . imprisoned not more than 5 years . . . or
both.

State law proposed suspending licenses of any bus driver using cell phones

http://www.leg.state.or.us/11reg/measures/hb2500.dir/hb2594.intro.html

But apparently the new safety director is not enough bureaucracy

"Talking" bus equipment being ordered?

Get ready for your new certification lessons! 90% at least to pass!

Document is here!

This seems perfectly reasonable to me, some good stuff in here!

Larson accuses TriMet of investing too much with the prospective returns being too little

PolitiFact Oregon

January 14

JANUARY 14 from al m on Vimeo.

#1 Trimet Station Agent!

I need to start checking my Trinet mail more consistently


As Trimet is improving its web capabilities I think we need to participate more fully then we have been doing.
Personally I’ve gotten out of the habit of checking my company mail, probably because I keep running into problems with management.
I just stopped participating completely and have pretty much developed my own external news sources.
I was checking my mail tonight and see that they have really improved their feedback capabilities.
That’s a good thing!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Debunking the propaganda

It's taking me some time to wade through this propaganda to find the actual figures but the chart on the left seems to be a month to month chart of the past year.


Now if I am reading this correctly, which I think I am, it appears that Trimet ridership is actually falling over the last several months!
The little news release talks about the wonderful increases in Max ridership compared to a year ago, but the reality appears to be that both bus and max ridership has decreased in similar patterns over the last 3  or so months!

PORTLAND TRANSPORT STARTS CENSORING SPEECH

  • Anything proposing, suggesting, or even hinting at violence is out of bounds.
  • Use of inflammatory words or comparisons ("tyranny", "fascism", "communist", "genocide", "Hitler", "un-American") in the context of discussing transportation or land-use issues, is out of bounds.

Portland Transport Here!

Jason Mchuff is missing again!

DON'T CANCEL LINE 84! It might not be a high ridership line, but there are still people who need it and use it!

Rantings from a Regular TriMet Rider

IT'S TRIMET'S BIRTHDAY TODAY!!

The Trimet Story


Latest excitment from dispatch-DISASTER OF 2011

100 buses stuck
Going sidways!
Going into brick wall
All the 77 buses are stuck!
Afraid to move bus
Chris slides into parked car
Are you in the ditch?
No stopping the bus-right through the stop sign
Rider steals all drivers transfers

Greeks riot for justice after state police murdered a little girl in Athens

YouTube

Cause and effect?

More testimony from Sandi Day

Joe Rose excellent coverage here!

Sandi Day Testimony from al m on Vimeo.

Tunisians rise up!

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Tunisian capital of Tunis today to demand the resignation President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Nationwide protests have erupted over the past month against unemployment, police brutality and government repression under Ben Ali’s 23-year rule. At least 60 people are believed to have been killed in the unrest. Today’s demonstrations come one day after Ben Ali offered unprecedented concessions, including a vow to not seek a fourth term in 2014. The Tunisian president also agreed to allow political freedom, refrain from censorship of sites such as YouTube, end police brutality, and cut the prices of food staples. In Paris, hundreds of Tunisians rallied on Thursday to support the protests in their home country.
Protester: "We want) to start with the departure of Ben Ali and his regime and the installation of a democratic regime that is elected by the people and which represents the people and which defends its social and economic interests."
An estimated crowd of 7,000 demonstrators have surrounded Tunisia’s Interior Ministry building today, calling for Ben Ali to step down. It is believed to be the largest anti-government protest in Tunisia since Ben Ali took office in 1987.

JANUARY 14

JANUARY 13 from al m on Vimeo.

Sandi Day might be making headlines

But the reality is ignored.
This is a post to the Oregonian blog:

As usual, the sensationalism has gotten the best of everyone commenting here.
Lets look at some facts, something that most people don't want to bother with.
The latest full statistics are for 2008.
In that year there were 37,261 traffic related deaths.
14,587 were passenger car involved.
10,764 were light truck involved deaths.
677 were large truck involved deaths.
67 were bus involved death.
The rest are unclassified.

While Sandi Day makes headlines, the real threat is completely acceptable apparently.
"The media is the message"

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jack says Trimet "brilliant!"

Tri-Met makes major discovery (Jack Bog's Blog)

BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 4:04pm

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

Could this happen in Portland? (2)

Bus operator temporarily withdraws Barry service after stone-throwing attack (From Barry And District News)

Could this happen in Portland?

In 2008, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus driver Sunil Tambele of Ambegaon, conductor Madhukar Nande of Ghorpadi Peth and other PMPML employees allegedly beat up a family, including a six-month pregnant woman on Pune-Satara Road.
The family was heading to Shivapur in their tempo. The BRTS bus forced the tempo dangerously close to the Katraj zoo wall. After the tempo brushed against the wall, its driver Deepak Salunke (24) abused the bus driver. He left the bus behind and was near the Katraj junction when the bus hurtled towards the tempo at high speed and tried to ram it. The bus overtook the tempo at Katraj bus depot and forced it to halt. Three men, including the bus driver, alighted from the bus and began beating up the tempo occupants.

Here's an idea for all those students who can't get a student pass

Montreal transit accused of ‘age discrimination’ – - Macleans OnCampus

West Linners leery of streetcar plan

West Linn Tidings

SANDI DAY'S TESTIMONY-(joe rose)


Sandi Day is under direct questioning from defense attorney Michael Greenlick. She said she worked for six years as part-time bus driver before going to work for TriMet in November 2007.
The majority of her life, Day said she has worked in the “hospitality industry.”
During her training, she said she received no specific training that indicated left turns were any trickier than right turns. She also said bus drivers were “strongly encouraged to do courtesy stops.”
There was no specific training about which speed to take turns, she testified. A typical turn, she said, turn is 7 to 15 mph, depending on how much maneuvering is required.
11:40 a.m.
Day says she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, which has affected her memory. She has started to break down and cry three times while trying to remember her shift before she struck the pedestrians.
12:10 p.m.
Greenlick: “Do you remember what you did?”
Day: “I began braking.” She begins to sob heavily. She says something that is hard to understand. Prosecutor Chuck Sparks asks her to repeat her statement. “I thought,” she said, “of hard braking over bodies.”
Day: “I stopped the bus. I remember someone on left side window, someone yelling and screaming for me to move the bus. I tried to think if I should move the bus.”
At that point, she said, the man screaming at her through her open window then punched her in the head, shoulder, neck and ribs. (Ryan Hammel has testified that he punched Day in the shoulder to get her attention after seeing his sister trapped under the rear wheels.)
Day: “I remember moving the bus. I don’t remember how far. I had a hard time remembering if I had made my emergency call. I remember talking to the dispatcher, asking for a supervisor. I remember thinking while the bus is running I might be burning them.”
11:59 a.m.
Day said she had worked the Line 14 until 2 a.m. on April 24. She returned to work at 3 p.m. and started the Line 9 at 5:55 p.m.
Just before midnight, she was making her last swing through downtown.
She recalls Peter Leiss, the security guard that she had picked up, requesting a courtesy stop. (Leiss has testified that he didn’t ask for her to stop off her normal route).
Greenlick asked why she chose the Line 17 stop on far north corner of Northwest Glisan Street, about 20 feet away from Broadway. “The only thing I remember is something that it was closer to his home. I really don’t know.”
She has begun to sob.
“Stops are the safest place to stop,” she said. Asked why unscheduled courtesy stops are important, she said: “Service to the community. It’s part of my job.”
She said she can’t remember turning from Northwest Sixth and Flanders onto Glisan before the courtesy stop.
By habit, she knew to “angle out” a bus at stops. She believes she left a little bit of the bus in the adjacent lane on Glisan, based on her view of bus surveillance video.
“I believe I saw people on the far corner during my scan” On a diagram at the front of the courtroom, she points to the southwest corner of Broadway, across the intersection.
Greenlick: “What do you remember after that?”
Day: “I remember seeing people in front of my windshield. … Right in front of me. A shadow here. A shadow with hair in front of me. And movement.”
The parents of Sale and Hammel are in the front row, sobbing.
Tears are streaming down Day’s cheeks. Her lip is quivering heavily. It’s hard to make out some of her statements.
12:15 p.m.
Day continues: “There was a lot of screaming.”
Asked if she recalled someone coming on the bus, she testified, “I do now remember someone coming on the bus.”
She says it was Stephanie Rilatos, whose earlier testimony was challenged because it was discovered Wednesday that her sister and boyfriend work at TriMet and she has applied for a job at TriMet.
Greenlick: “Do you remember what she said to you.”
Day: “I believe she told me to stay calm and I assume she told me they had been running in front of my bus.”
Greenlick: Why do you assume that?
Day: “Because I stated it to police.”
“I don’t remember anyone running in front of the bus.”
“I wasn’t even speculating” about how it happened.
Greenlick: Do you understand now how it happened?
Day: “No sir.”
12:25 p.m.
Greenlick asks Day to recall what happened after she was taken back to the TriMet Powell Street Garage after the crash.
Day says she was put in a room with four TriMet managers. She said they told her to give a verbal statement and to fill out written paperwork about what happened. She said she had trouble.
Sobbing, Day recalls,  “I told them I couldn’t … and one of them demanded that I do it now.”
“I realized I couldn’t say what really happened. I asked for my union rep.”
“All I know is that I saw them at impact, and I realize that’s all I should put on my paperwork.”
For days after the tragedy, she says she couldn’t sleep.
12:30 p.m.
Defense attorney Michael Greenlick asks if the sweeping left turn across a lane on Glisan and left onto Broadway was “consistent” with what she learned in her weeks of TriMet training.
Day says yes. In fact, she says, she did a very similar thing regularly while driving the Line 96, with a stop at Southwest Commerce Circle and 95th Avenue (TriMet moved that stop after the April tragedy).
She says she took that turn, moving across a full lane before turning, during he probationary period, when trainers and supervisors would ride with her. No one told her it was wrong, she said.
Greenlick: Did that experience factor into why you thought you could do that safely?
Day: Yes. And, she says, the fact that she is trained to use space as needed to keep a 4-foot cushion around bus as it turns.
Greenlick: So the turn from westbound Glisan onto Northwest Broadway was consistent with your training.
Day: “Yes, sir.”
12:32 p.m.
The questioning has barely started before she breaks down crying. Day: “I didn’t know that a lot of the things we were asked to do weren’t legal.”
12:40 p.m.
Sparks to Day: It’s apparent, you don’t know what happened. Day says that’s right.
Day says she habitually scanned every 5 to 8 seconds while driving buses. She tried not to get “into a fixed stare.” While turning, she says she scanned for “movement, risks, cars, bicycles, more things.”
Sparks: “You were trained to look around obstacles. It was your responsibility to scan around them before you proceed forward.”
“Yes sir.”
On the courtesy stop, Sparks asks if it’s her understanding that she needs to make sure a stop is safe and legal -- in and out -- before a driver makes it?
Day: “Yes, sir.”
Day said she knew the Glisan stop because she had driven the Line 17 before. She said she had to pull close to the right lane curb because Leiss appeared elderly.
Sparks: “Realistically, don’t you think 12 to 14 mph was a little fast to be turning into that crosswalk?”
Day: “I don’t know how fast I was going. I assume it was a safe and reasonable speed.”
Sparks asks Day if she thinks it’s her responsibility to know what is in a crosswalk? Wouldn’t driving that fast toward a crosswalk with pedestrians be unsafe at the speed?
Day: "Yes."
Sparks: “It’s true then that you didn’t know what was in that crosswalk?”
Day: “I thought I did.”
12:45 p.m.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Chuck Sparks has finished the cross-examination of Sandi Day.  No further questions.

KATU latest report on Sandi Day trial

Sandi Day takes the stand

Debunking the Trimet Ministry of Propaganda

Bus doen's make it past the snow plow

January 12

JANUARY 12 from al m on Vimeo.

TriMet trainer Stewart Jolliffe clears up some lies put forth by managment

The management has been lying (as usual) about Trimet bus drivers being trained to take turns at 5 mph.

Stewart Jolliffe was subpoenaed as a witness at the Sandi Day trial.
Here is what he had to say:


He also disagreed with TriMet training manager Morgan's testimony that drivers are trained to make turns at 5 mph. He said he trains drivers to make turns at a "slow and reasonable speed. There is no number."

He further clarified how professional bus drivers are supposed to take turns, also disputing the lies put forth by our beloved managment:

He said a good turn requires three lanes to make turn -- two on the street from which a bus is turning and the one in which they are continuing.


"We do it at 100 intersection; we do it everywhere," Jolliffe said.


Greenlick asked the defense witness if he was aware that such maneuvers are considered illegal for other motorists. "Is it illegal? No," Jolliffe responded. "Because that's what we have to do."
 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TRIMET ROLLING IN $$$$$$$$$ (for what upper managment wants that is)

    * Administration Coordinator
      Closes Fri., Jan. 21, 2011; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

 * Engineer II - Lead Inspector
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening

    * Engineer III - Office Engineer (2 openings)
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening

    * Engineer IV - Resident
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening

    * Light Rail Vehicle Operator
      Closes Mon., Jan. 17, 2011; union, full-time; internal opening only

    * Operations Analyst
      Closes Fri., Jan. 21, 2011; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

    * Real Property Specialist
      Open until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening



    * Systems Engineer II - Voice
      Open until filled; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

WHAT THE HELL? BUT I AM PROHIBITED? WTF?

TriMet: Filming and Photography on TriMet

Light rail is SO cost effective

(Of course the capital costs are NOT included in this lovely little graph.)

If you missed the blow by blow Sandi Day trial...here are the updates (joe rose)

Updates here!

Live update: Not clear if fired TriMet driver Sandi Day will take stand today | OregonLive.com

Joe Rose

TRIMET MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

 It should be obvious just what our management's agenda is. 
The headline tells the tale of the  CAPITAL PROJECTS DOMINATION OF OUR AGENCY!

TriMet: News Release - December ridership report with MAX and WES rides increasing

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS: BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-

updated 2:34pm

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year

National Legal and Policy Center

Ezra Klein - Who can replace labor?

Washington Post

California takes care of transportation

California budget: Transportation - San Jose Mercury News

Funny how nobody complains about pro sports unions

Ten things to know right now about the labor situation | ProFootballTalk

Check out King County's transit performance site

Welcome - Monthly Performance Measures - King County Metro Transit

Diesel buses: Los Angeles County MTA to retire the last one, meaning its whole fleet will be powered by alternative fuels -

latimes.com

Live update: Witness who said bus crash victims weren't in crosswalk is dating TriMet driver, applied for job, according to official

Joe Rose

Witness testifies about attack on TriMet driver-KGW.COM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xap60as6bSE

Whining rat bus drivers (dispatch)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buinFpDKQCE

Jack Bogdanski's most excellent coverage of the DISASTER OF JANUARY 2011

 http://bojack.org/2011/01/it_has_begun_3.html
http://bojack.org/2011/01/city_remains_paralyzed.html
http://bojack.org/2011/01/storm_coverage_continues.html

High school kids abuse bus driver (dispatch)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnVbgTuOXyo

Passengers won't get rid of beer! (dispatch)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e55KcYTv_WA

On board camera in Sandi Day trial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQZCCxKycn4

ATU 757 BATTLES THE INTERNATIONAL

I personally don't like this, don't like it at all!

Documents here!

ATU 757 A FAMILY AFFAIR?

Jon Hunt..................$126,562.00
Jeff Hunt.....................$23,721.00
Catherine Hunt.......$58,536.00

Hunt family and our union............................ $208,819 

Interesting huh?
From Going Back to True Union Values Blog

LM-2 Jul, 1 2009 to Jun, 30 2010

Going Back to TRUE Union Values: "Remember this is only pay from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010(We don't know July 1, 2010 to current.)Also remember Florida did not happen unt..."

TRIMET 'LIMITED' SNOW EMERGENCY-CHAPTER 2

 (from about 3pm-midnight Jan 11)

Dispatch Audio download here

JANUARY 11

JANUARY 11 from al m on Vimeo.

"They" wouldn't intentionally ruin Trimet bus service, would they?

From a fellow blogger:


Apparently they didn't get all the chains off last night & are still doing that this morning, which is what my 43 driver said when they were 17 minutes late.

Making people late for work is one sure way to get people to stop using Trimet.

KXL RADIO COVERS THE OPENING TESTIMONY AT SANDI DAY TRIAL

Testimony at the Sandi Day trial-KXL radio broadcast from al m on Vimeo.

Jeff has something to say

Chuck offers up some advice, and safety first at Trimet

Witness says TriMet driver 'in hysterics', 'did not see' victims-KGW.COM

Video here!

Witness in fired TriMet driver's trial claims pedestrians acted drunk, 'were not in the crosswalk' | OregonLive.com

Joe Rose

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

No snow of course but everything went surprisingly well on my 88!
88 willow to BTC on time. Ear plugs change everything! And a 40ft bus!
48 bus running normal! With chains!
Live update! Flakes r falling in Beaverton! Very sparse however!

Trimet moves according to these reports

AccuWeather.com - Beaverton Weather Advisories - Weather Warnings & Watches for Beaverton, OR

FOLLOW PORTLAND'S BEST SOURCE FOR SNOW UPDATES!

Special Report: It might snow (Jack Bog's Blog)

WARNING WARING! THE END IS NEAR!

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ATTENTION TRIMET DRIVERS TORTURE IS IMMINENT! TAKE STEPS TO MINIMIZE YOUR DESTRUCTION!!

TRIMET MANAGEMENT IS ABOUT TO ADMINISTER THE TRIMET TORTURE TREATMENT ON ITS FRONT LINE TROOPS! WE CAN MITIGATE THE TORTURE TREATMENT USING THIS METHOD, WHICH LAST TIME I WAS UNPREPARED FOR!

WARNING!! WARNING!! WARNING!!

The exalted high rulers of Trimet have decided that all buses will now be chained, snow or no snow!
We've all been through this before!
What that means for riders is that your bus may or may not show up and it will be unknown when it will show up!
Do not count on making any connections smoothly, or making them at all.
If you can limit your riding to  MAX service alone you will increase your chances of actually getting to where you are going in a timely manner!


BUS SERVICE IS EXTREMELY UNRELIABLE AT THIS POINT UNTIL  THE TRIMET GODS DECLARE AN END TO THIS EMERGENCY, REAL OR IMAGINED!
 (You heard it hear, from a real bus driver who does not mince words about the reality of our situations!)

David Sale makes some insightful comments in this interview with KXL radio

Video Here!

Vancouver boots anti light rail councilor

Stewart cut from C-Tran board | The Columbian

Oh my heavens, this is priceless

"Synergy" on the bridge construction

Bike Portland

David Sale gets it

KPTV coverage of Sandi Day trial

Video Here!

Don't be a bus driver unless you like to be abused!

Phoenix bus driver recovering after being punched, kicked

Portland Pictures: Global No Pants Day | 175 People, 36 Degrees

PDXPIPELINE.com

We are broke, but got plenty of money for pencil necks

TriMet: Jobs - TriMet Career Opportunities

Sandi Day trial: TriMet video from tragic night silences Portland courtroom | OregonLive.com

Joe Rose

PLACE YOUR BETS ON NO SNOW

Trimet is chaining all its buses at 4pm!
Since they have virtually a perfect record of getting it wrong, I would put my money on no snow today!

JANUARY 10

JANUARY 11 from al m on Vimeo.

Former TriMet driver goes on trial in fatal bus crash

KATU.COM

Sandi Day can't watch

VIDEO HERE!

Roundup of days events-from Joe Rose

TRIMET NEWS REPORTS: Trimet trial of the century-from Joe Rose blog

Now we know what really happened in the Sandi Day incident

She made the following comments to the officer that was attending to her immediately after the crash:

 “I did not see them” and
“I was paying attention to the other people in the crosswalk.”

I find that statement to be the most likely cause of this accident, and very believable!

Sandi Day on trial!

Video Here!

Let’s talk about Part-Time operators

As I looked around at many forms of documents, that label is placed all over the place (TriMet postings, signup sheets, websites, and many other documents including our contract). Full-Time operators are not called Maxi-Runners and when the term Mini-Runner is used around customers or the general public it has to be explained that it is in reference to Part-Time operators and not in reference to the operators that drive the lift vans or smaller busses.
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