Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Monday, June 6, 2011

Don't miss the excitement! Board meeting next Wednesday at Portland Building 9am

The following is the agenda of the regular meeting of the TriMet Board of Directors to be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the City of Portland Building, Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, with public forum following the agenda items.
A. General Manager’s Comments – Neil McFarlane
B. LIFT Fares – Claire Potter and Kathy Miller 
Items appearing below are considered to be routine and may be approved by the Board in one blanket motion. (Any Board member may remove an item from the “Consent” portion of the agenda for discussion or questions by requesting such action prior to consideration of this portion of the agenda.)
Resolution directing that all ordinances shall be read by title only

Approval of Board Meeting Minutes for April 27, 2011
Resolution 11-06-28 Authorizing a Contract with CBM Systems, Inc. for Bus Shelter Cleaning for TriMet’s Northwest / Southwest Service Area
Resolution 11-06-29 Amending TriMet Defined Contribution Retirement Plan for Management and Staff Employees
Resolution 11-06-30 Commending the 2011 Bus Operator of the Year Rolynd H. Puckett
Resolution 11-06-31 Commending the 2011 Mini-Run Operator of the Year Abigail H. Lyman
Resolution 11-06-32 Commending the 2011 Rail Operator of the Year Gail M. Hanks
Resolution 11-06-33 Authorizing the Transfer of Appropriated Funds within the FY10-11 General Fund Budget
Resolution 11-06-34 Authorizing the Issuance of Capital Grant Receipt Revenue Bonds
Resolution 11-06-35 Authorizing a Contract with Gillig LLC for the Purchase of up to 211 Low-Floor Buses
Resolution 11-06-36 Authorizing a Contract with Gillig LLC for the Purchase of 4 Hybrid Buses
Resolution 11-06-37 Authorizing a Sole Source Contract with Cummins Northwest LLC for the Purchase of Cummins Engine Parts and Fleetguard Filtration and Exhaust Products
Resolution 11-06-38 Authorizing Submittal of a Grant Application for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project and Entry into a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration
Resolution 11-06-39 Authorizing Extension of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Oregon, Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance Programs to Provide Non-Emergent Medical Transportation Brokerage Services
Ordinance 317 Adopting Fare Increases, Annual Pass Program Provisions, Fare Zone Boundary Table Updates and Other Fare Provisions, and Amending TriMet Code Chapter 19 (Second Reading and Public Hearing)
Note: People wishing to testify during public forum are encouraged to submit their full testimony in writing, and summarize their comments at the meeting. Public comment should be limited to three minutes depending on the number of people wishing to address the Board.
Copies of the agenda, resolutions and ordinances are available at the Board Meeting and at the TriMet Administration Offices, Third Floor; 4012 SE 17th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97202.
Persons requiring meeting materials in alternative formats and/or sign language interpreters should contact TriMet’s Senior and Disabled Citizen Information at 503-962-2455 or TTY 503-238-5811 (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays) at least two work days prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made.


Erik H. said...

Is that contract an actual order or is it an "Option"?

"Options" are meaningless; after all there was an "option" that was authorized back in the late 90s or early 2000s for New Flyer to produce articulated buses.

The option was never taken.

Al M said...

I'm planning to go, will have Jason sign up for me cause I don't want to sit through the meeting part just to get in my 3 minutes of ranting!

Jason McHuff said...

If you would actually read the budget and watch the presentation given to the board at the last meeting, you would know that money is to be committed for an actual order of 55 buses for this year. And that they have a plan to more buy buses in future years.

As for articulated buses, TriMet considered them but found that dozens and dozens of parking spaces would have to be removed to make bus stops longer, among other issues. And besides, wouldn't you rather have more frequency instead?

punkrawker4783 said...

Jason: Where are these "Dozens and Dozens" of parking spaces that you cite? They've got their own lanes in DT Portland that have no parking on them, the 72 has little parking along its line. We have over 500 artics here, and if someone is parked, you make an in-lane stop. Agencies all over use artics (even Spokane and Eugene!!!) and work around the tiny meaningless issues TriMet and you produce.

Secondly, More frequency costs more money, thats more buses to maintain, more to purchase, artics help expand capacity with out expanding much cost. AND More buses is more congestion, thats more vehicles trying to use the Mall, more vehicles on the roadways, think about it, thats why so many cites have artics.

Jason McHuff said...

the 72 has little parking along its line

Along 82nd, that's pretty true. However, that's not the case along Killingsworth and especially Alberta. Ideally, we wouldn't create such a demand for those spaces by undercharging for them.

This is document that talks about the impacts.

Also, I think many people would prefer service that ran every 15 minutes instead of 20.

punkrawker4783 said...

Thats a bunch of hokey BS! As long as you can use the lift at the front door, the back door people can hop off b/t parked cars, onto grass or in a driveway, they dont really care (I would know). They only concern on using artics is if the turns along the route can be made safely, and easily, not much else matters. Secondly some route changes could be made, like splitting the 72, im just saying this is a lame excuse, I dont buy it, they need them, period.