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Sunday, February 6, 2011

WHO'S BEEN LOOKING AT THIS BLOG THIS WEEK?

a formal complaint to the most recent ATU International Convention election has now been filed with the US Department of Labor

Keep the ATU corruption free! | HanleyBakerWatch's Blog

TRANSIT SLEUTH

Portland, Oregon TriMet Yellow Line

A NEW TRIMET VIDEOGRAPHER APPEARS ON THE SCENE

LOTS OF FOOTAGE OF MAX/STREETCAR

HOW EGYPTIANS ARE PROTECTING THEIR HEADS!

THE HELMETS OF EGYPT:

Local 587 joins 757 in Challenging the ATU International Leadership

Puget Sound Transit Operators

Hanley Denies Wrongdoing – Deletes Conversation on Facebook

PUGET SOUND BLOG

Hanley Takes on Giuliani Corruption

YouTube

Latest worldwide bus news

HERE!

GREEKS STICK TOGETHER

Greek pharmacists, doctors, bus drivers on strike

BUS RAPID TRANSIT MOVING FORWARD IN CANADA

CANADIAN DRIVER NEWS

TRANSIT DISTRICT UNDER THE SPOT LIGHT FOR BAD DRIVERS

SUN SENTINAL NEWS

MAX FOOTAGE

VIDEO

TRANSIT BUS DRIVER CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR DEATH BY VEHICLE-COULD GET JAIL

CITIZEN TIMES!

Tri-Met Train Engineer Refused to Open Train Doors

PLANET FEEDBACK!

TRANSIT SURVEY----LAST DAY TO FILL OUT

TAKE SURVEY HERE!

LEAVING PHOENIX

VISITING PHOENIX-PART 5

Saturday, February 5, 2011

TAKE OFF PHX

YouTube

A FLACK IS THAT

SAYS JACK!

IF AIR TRAVEL WORKED LIKE HEALTH CARE

YOUTUBE!

LANDING PDX

VIDEO HERE

KOIN REPORT ON THE SANDI DAY TRIAL

VIDEO HERE

BOREGONIAN COVERS THE CONTRACT MESS

HERE!

FAMILY UNHAPPY WITH SANDI DAY CONVICTION

KATU VIDEO HERE

OPAL STARTS CAMPAIGN FOR A FARE TRANSFER!

THE IDEA THAT HUMAN BEINGS ARE PREDATORY BY NATURE IS BUNK

VIDEO HERE

WORLDWIDE BUS NEWS

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS: Bus news from around the world-updated 2:32PM

King County WA to pay $4.5M to woman hit by bus

 Mirror hit her!

Seattle Times Newspaper

ERIK HALSTEAD COMES UP WITH SOME FARE RAISING IDEAS!

Instead of harassing Seniors, here's how TriMet can raise revenue | OregonLive.com

Should TriMet default on their Municipal Revenue Bonds?

I haven't linked to this post because they have chosen to censure my comments; which were something to the effect of: Your article is basically focusing on employee fringe benefits. The question I have for you is "why do you hate your fellow American's so much that you would seek to destroy them, and take great pleasure in that task!"

RIGHT WING BLOG HERE 

Taking the Slow Bus Through Portland

PORTLAND URBANISTA

TRIMET'S 1 YEAR PROPOSAL

I'm looking at this, and it seems much better than what we got now, and not all that bad as a potential compromise. Am I missing something?

UNION PRESIDENT 'OVERPAYS' HIMSELF!

Dayton Daily News : Union president controlled finances without oversight

SEATTLE METRO MAKING CHANGES

King County Metro Transit makes changes to major bus routes - Seattle News - MyNorthwest.com

TRANSIT DISTRICT TO HELP THE HOMLESS

CA transit agency to offer free rides to homeless

Friday, February 4, 2011

ERIK HALSTEAD COMMENTS ON THE SANDI DAY TRAGEDY

CLICK HERE!

JOE ROSE ARTICLE ON SANDI DAY CONVICTION

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/02/judge_convicts_trimet_driver_s.html

All the attention is focused on bus drivers because of the media sensationalism of this case, making bus drivers out as the enemy of the public safety.

The truth is exactly the opposite, the facts are that the public is very safe around buses and bus drivers.
And don't believe me, believe the FARS ENCYCLOPEDIA

LAST DAY IN PHOENIX-CAR TOUR

 (pretty boring scenery)

CHECKING OUT PHOENIX BY CAR-PART 1
CHECKING OUT PHOENIX BY CAR-PART 2
CHECKING OUT PHOENIX BY CAR-PART 3

SUNSET BOB THINKS DISPATCH NEEDS TO GROW UP

REMEMBER THIS?

One of my very first public "appearances" HERE!

MY HERO APPEARS IN THE LABOR PRESS!

http://nwlaborpress.org/

CLICK HERE TOO!

VISITING PHOENIX-PART 4

VIDEO HERE!

FURTHER CLARIFICATION OF TRIME'TS CONTRACT POSITION

On February 2, 2011, TriMet and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Division 757 (“ATU”) completed a second day of mediation without reaching an agreement. During mediation, many proposals were made and certain elements of those proposals were accepted, rejected and/or changed.  Receiving proposals and counter-proposals is helpful because it both narrows issues and helps clarify the “gap” between the respective parties It is also a challenge because each element that is introduced or changed has a cost impact that must be assessed.
Although we have not successfully resolved our differences, we want to outline the elements of what TriMet believes was the best proposal offered to the ATU. With this failure to reach a settlement, the contract remains the same as it is today, with union employees paying the increased costs of benefits and no COLA.
TriMet began the mediation asking about the possibility of a short-term or “bridge” agreement that would get us to the end of the year and an agreed upon schedule for further negotiation.  This short term approach was proposed as a way to avoid further service cuts and layoffs in the coming fiscal year and to outline an orderly process for entering into a longer term agreement.
Below, I have listed the key elements of what I believed to be our best and reasonable short-term agreement.   It was proposed that the changes would be effective immediately after contract ratification by the ATU and approval by the TriMet Board.  We were confident that this could have been done in February.  Even with TriMet’s priority to avoid service cuts and layoffs, the proposal we offered did not achieve the full savings necessary, nor did it meet the Board’s objective of financial sustainability.  However, we felt that reaching a bridge agreement was in the best interest of all concerned and would be just enough to help us avoid service cuts and layoffs.
Summary of TriMet’s Best Offer to ATU
Term -   The agreement would expire on December 31, 2011
Health Insurance- There would be two health care plans - Kaiser and Regence
Deductible – There would be no deductible for either Regence or Kaiser
Monthly Insurance Premium Payment Paid
Active Employees: 2% monthly premium contribution for Regence only (effective immediately upon ATU ratification and TriMet Board approval; no monthly premium contribution for Kaiser.
Retired Employees: No monthly premium contribution for Kaiser.
Co-pays
Regence: $15 for office visit. RX - $5 generic, $15 formulary brands, $25 non-formulary brands
Kaiser: $10 for office visit. RX - No change to $5 co-pay
Emergency Room - $50 co-pay for both Regence and Kaiser
Wage Increase – There would be no COLA in 2011.  (Union employees received 3% COLA in June 2010.)  Wages would be frozen in 2011.
Back Premium Payment for Pre-65 Retirees – TriMet would reimburse all pre-65 retirees for up to two months of their actual premium contributions upon ratification of the agreement.   
Pending Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) – Pending ULPs would be withdrawn.
New Contract & Binding Arbitration - Negotiations for a new contract between TriMet and the ATU would commence March 1, 2011. If the parties were not able to reach agreement before August 1, 2011, mediation would commence.  If the parties are not able to reach agreement during mediation, then binding arbitration would commence in November 2011.

Good Faith Cooperation - The ATU would encourage all members to submit any required open enrollment forms in a timely manner.  TriMet’s open enrollment would be streamlined.  Employees that are currently in Regence or Kaiser (and their dependents) would remain in Regence or Kaiser, at the premium contribution levels stated above, unless they return a signed open enrollment form with a different election. The target date for implementing the new plans was May 1, 2011.

SANDI DAY FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED!

NWCN.com | NorthWest News and Weather 24 Hours a Day

RON HEINZTMAN TO BE NEXT 757 VICE PRESIDENT?

With the announcement that Sam Schwarz is retiring some folks are saying that Ron will be appointed by Jon to the post!

Death by Medicine, Part I 11/26/03

RESEARCH HERE!

MCFARLAND IS VERY CLEAR WHERE THE PRIORITIES LIE

In his statement below:

Frankly, our best offer Wednesday did not even meet that standard and would have required us to push off essential capital and make deeper management cuts to keep our service at current levels.

He clearly states the growing Trimet and holding on to managers is far more important than giving his employees decent health care.

Glad you cleared that up so nicely for us Neil. 

NEGOTIATIONS

 THE UNION SIDE
Once again, Neil McFarlane' description of negotiations last Friday and yesterday was "fiction" as usual. TriMet's position is the same as it has been: “take-away after take-away." One thing he didn't write about is what time talks ended last Friday. Since TriMet management doesn't work past five o'clock, that is when they ended talks. Goes to show how important employees are to TriMet, doesn't it?
 It’s clear that TriMet is not getting it. I encourage all of you to show up at the next Board of Directors’ meeting February 23rd, and please keep an eye on upcoming Tracking Fasters, our website, and follow us on Facebook as we will be looking for opportunities to visit the homes of TriMet management, and the Board of Directors. As we’ve stated before, we will use every legal method available to us in order to put pressure on TriMet’s illegal implementation of health insurance and send a strong message that without a good working relationship and somebody that understands labor management this system will not run smoothly.

MCFARLANES SIDE: 
I wanted to let you know our attempt to mediate our contract dispute with the ATU failed. We will share with you more details of our offers to settle soon. I believe our offers were fair and showed great flexibility in addressing specific issues. Last Friday, we began negotiations asking about a short term ‘bridge’ agreement – just to the end of this calendar year – together with a defined schedule for negotiation/mediation/arbitration of a follow-on agreement. The ATU offered back a two year agreement – but that required us to deal with some tough issues on retirement health care. Ultimately, that ‘track’ was dropped to work on an agreement just through this year’s end. We exchanged a number of proposals, but in the end could not reach an agreement. In the context of our short-term bridge agreement, our financial 'compass' was to seek an agreement that simply avoided service cuts and layoffs in the next fiscal year. Frankly, our best offer Wednesday did not even meet that standard and would have required us to push off essential capital and make deeper management cuts to keep our service at current levels. We have indicated to the state conciliator our willingness to continue conversations with the ATU. I am disappointed, but will continue to work hard to achieve a fair agreement. Neil

Believable?

US Unemployment Rate Drops To 9% - Money News Story - KPTV Portland

KATU/RYAN HAMMEL COMPLAIN ABOUT BUSES CROSSING LANES

VIDEO HERE

Thursday, February 3, 2011

NEED A JOB? TRIMET LIFT WANTS YOU!

Hiring for TriMet contract over $20 hr after 5yrs

Republicans Vote To Repeal Obama-Backed Bill That Would Destroy Asteroid Headed For Earth


ARTICLE HERE!

GET YOUR JOB AT C-TRAN!

Rantings of a Regular C-Tran Rider: Coach Operator Opening

MCFARLANE SAYS FAILURE!

BLOG POST HERE

OPAL

Organize with Bus Riders Unite!

Saturday February 5th and Saturday February 12th
11am to 3pm

Dear AL OPAL's Bus Riders Unite, our Board and Community Organizers are getting out into the community to talk with Transit Riders the next two Saturdays February 5th and February 12th to build support for our Campaign for a Fair Transfer.  This is a meaningful way you can make a difference in our community, work for transit justice and health, and have a lot of fun with other folks who care about environmental justice.
What is the plan?  We ask everyone to meet us at the OPAL Office 2407 SE 49th Ave (at Division, Bus #4, 14, 71) by 11:00 AM.  Come early and have coffee and light breakfast with us if you like.  At 11:00 AM we will have an orientation to how we do our outreach, and then we'll head out to talk with transit riders across East Portland.  We'll meet back up at OPAL at 2:30 PM for a debrief and late lunch.
We'll be talking with transit riders about the impact of the 100,000 hours of service cuts and 10th fare increase in 10 years on their total transit experience, and sharing our community-driven solution to urge TriMet to support Bus Riders Unite! Campaign for a Fair Transfer.  All are invited to our Monday February 21st Campaign Kickoff at St Francis Parish on 11th and SE Oak.
Would you be willing to volunteer with us this Saturday or next?  Please respond to this email or call us!
Sincerely, Bus Riders Unite Leadership Team & OPAL Staff
PS - You can call Grayce Bentley, Community Organizer at 503-928-4354 or email grayce@opalpdx.org
What is the Campaign for a Fair Transfer?  Working for environmental justice in public transportation.  Our platform:
1.  Extend the Transfer Time to Three Hours.  This will:
▶  Equalize transfer time for both bus and MAX, during both weekdays and weekends, to 3 hours, providing riders more time to use transit for basic needs.
▶  Lessen the burden on transit-dependent communities. After yet another fare increase and over 170,000 hours of service being cut, those who depend on the bus to meet their needs aren’t getting what they’re paying for.
2. Provide Unlimited Transfer Time after 7pm.  This will:
▶  Support night riders who use those lines that have been cut during off-peak hours, it takes people even longer to get home from work.
▶  Give riders the respect they deserve. Riders boarding after 6pm require unlimited transfers through the end of that day’s service because it will ease the tension brought on by already being disproportionately impacted by the lack of service at night.

OPAL is a 501c3 intercultural grassroots nonprofit empowering working class communities and people of color to promote environmental and social justice.   Environmental justice is the equal protection and opportunity for meaningful involvement for all people, without regard to race, ethnicity or income, in communities where we live, work, play and pray.
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
2407 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97216
(503)928-4354
www.opalpdx.org

THE PHOENIX ANTI LIGHT RAIL CROWD

YouTube - 4409 -- Phoenix light rail is Trash!

Pretty funny and some pretty familiar arguments here!

PHOENIX LIGHT RAIL CRASH

VIDEO HERE!

CULTURE OF SAFETY ==RHETORIC OR REALITY?

Updated 11-17-10
Creating TriMet’s Culture of Safety
Leading the way to service excellence
Standing for Safety
TriMet will reach the highest level of service excellence in a work environment where safety is a fundamental value, not just a priority. (I don't remember anybody preaching priority and not value!)

A value doesn’t change and is non-negotiable.(Actually values are constantly changing over time, what was acceptable yesterday is not acceptable today)

It is the filter for every decision that is made and every action taken. It is expected that employees will view this as their primary responsibility as they go about their daily work. (It is expected as an employee that managers will be held to similar standards in their performance, safety is not a one way street just looking at employees)

Understanding TheTriMet Way
We must first know who we are by understanding TriMet’s mission, role and aspiration. With our mission to build and operate the total transit system, we fulfill our role of being essential to the livability of the community and move closer to making the Portland region the most livable in the country.(Lofty rhetoric, should we pledge allegiance to the Trimet insignia?)

The TriMet Way is how we do our business. It is our commitment to be responsive, act inclusively, solve problems creatively and do the right thing. This results in service that is safe, dependable, responsive, easy and inviting to our customers and to one another.(Let's see all management staff held to similiar standards of conduct)

Creating a Culture of Safety
The strategy
Cultural transformation requires a long term commitment and full engagement from the Leadership Team and senior staff. They are expected to remove barriers, provide support and invest resources in activities that achieve the desired culture. By internalizing this philosophy in our policies and practices we: Align activities with the highest standards of safety; Improve communication with our employees, our customers and the public; Use data to make wise decisions and investment of resources; Hire the best employees and train them for success; and Create a performance management system that holds employees accountable.(BINGO, but holds EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS accountable)

The workplan
The workplan identifies tasks, deadlines and responsibilities associated with moving toward a safety culture safety. It also is a way to share progress with the TriMet Board and employees.
Delivering on Safety and Reaching Service Excellence
If every employee thinks safety first, commits to changing the culture and delivers on the workplan, we will have successfully created a culture of service excellence.

OK TRIMET EXECUTIVES...
You are on the spot, lets see you figure out how to pull this off without abrogating your own guilt for creating our current culture which apparently is ANYTHING BUT SAFE!
{FOR THE RECORD, I DO NOT AGREE THAT OUR CURRENT CULTURE IS UNSAFE.}

Alex Ansary and Alex Wyatt hit the streets of Portland 1-31-11

VIDEO HERE!

Does TriMet have more growth potential than bikes?

Portland Afoot

Hanging out in Phoenix-part 3

DAILY VIDEO LOG

Latest bus news

BUS EMERGENCY NEWS SERVICE

APTA Survey: Transpo Bill Delay May Force Job Losses in U.S. Transit Industry

DC STREETS BLOG

Corvallis public transportation goes fareless!

THE DAILY BAROMETER

Stimu-less for transit

NEW YORK POST

Why American Public Policy Is Biased Against Transit Based High Density Living

ARTICLE HERE

GREEKS MILK THE SYSTEM

Wall Street and banks making record profits yet the Greeks are vilified?
Corporate media controlled media at work again.

BLOOMBERG

2 YEARS AND RUNNING

Everyone I know that was stuck on the 78/76 that can take WES instead absolutely loves it.
The question remains, was sacrificing other bus service to provide this "luxury" service really something that was a wise investment? Is  Robbing Peter to pay Paul a good way to conduct business?
I say no!

TRIMET NEWS RELEASE HERE

RIDING LIGHT RAIL IN PHOENIX

VIDEO HERE

STEVE FUNG IS PLAYING GOLF IN JANUARY



More great movies by Steve Fung are located here!

DRIVING BUSES BACK EAST DURING THE BLIZZARDS

BOSTON.COM

BUS DRIVER FOUND DEAD BEHIND THE WHEEL

Fayette County Transit Bus Driver Dies Behind The Wheel - News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh

BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE URGES A NO VOTE ON STATE FUNDS FOR LIGHT RAIL

BIKE PORTLAND

TRI-MET BUS DIVISION LAPEL HAT PIN

EBAY

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

RIDING THE BUS IN PHOENIX

PART 1
PART 2
PART 3

VISITING STEVE BANTA OF PHOENIX METRO

Reynold's Chapter 37's no contracting out campaign

On December 8, 2010, the Reynolds School Board issued a no obligation Request for Proposal to private transportation companies. OSEA represents approximately 100 bus drivers in the Reynolds School District. Stand with us to send a clear message to the Reynolds School Board that school transportation should be operated using classified employees and school-owned equipment. You are invited to join Reynolds Chapter 37 members at their next school board meeting.

WHO:                    All members in Zone II
WHAT:                  Reynolds School Board meeting
WHEN:                  Wednesday, February 9
                                6:30 p.m.
WHERE:                Council Chambers
                                Fairview City Hall
                                1300 NE Village Street
                                Fairview, OR 97024

Latest bus news

Bus news from around the world-updated 10:27am

We can't afford the luxury of high-speed rail

USATODAY.com

Buses fastest-growing form of intercity travel (except in weird city of course)

USATODAY.com

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

TRIMET+THE UNION MEET WITH STATE ARBITRATOR!

YouTube - Conciliator12811.mp4

PORTLAND COPS GET GOOD CONTRACT

YouTube - Police union votes 'yes' for 3-year contract

DO NOT RUN AFTER A MOVING TRANSIT BUS!

Nashville man run over, killed trying to catch bus | The Tennessean | tennessean.com

VIDEO HERE

SAFETY TOO IMPORTANT TO BE AWARDED TO LOWEST BIDDER

Unions praise end of airport privatization program (1/31/11) -- GovExec.com

PHOENIX-PART 2

VIDEO HERE

GREEKS WONT ROLL OVER AS EASY AS US WIMP AMERICANS DO

Public transport workers on strike in Athens - Forbes.com

$$$$ FOR ALL SORTS OF STUFF EXCEPT OUR HEALTH CARE!

SoWhat greenway will be another no-bid deal (Jack Bog's Blog)

NYC bus struggles in one inch of snow

VIDEO HERE

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN-NO MATTER WHAT!

Ever forgot what you did with your kid?

Another case of distracted parenting on TriMet | OregonLive.com

383 bus drivers written up in Malaysia

383 bus drivers hauled up in RTD crackdown

Bus driver gets jail time for "not defogging her windows"

Tracey Jones, bus driver, gets 15 days in jail for accident that killed Mason Adams - Kansas City News - Plog

Flood sweeps away bus in Bolivia

Floodwaters sweep away Bolivian bus, killing 31 | Reuters

Stuck under a transit bus

Teen struck by TTC bus | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA GET OUT

Take off from PDX
Landing PHX
PART 1

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sarah Nelson ready to sue Trimet!

Pedestrian Caught Beneath MAX Train Dies in Portland's Old Town, Personal Injury Lawsuits Against the City of Portland Can Be Complicated | Portland Oregon Personal Injury Attorney Blog

MICHAEL OLIVER IS OFFICIALLY GONE-RETIREMENT PARTY IS OVER

We lose a great voice for us with his retirement!

This is a collection of stuff as a salute to Michael Oliver! The pictures were sent to me.



This is a good idea, Trimet should try it

 Have a transit police report somewhere within the Trimet web site or as an independent site.

MBTA > Transit Police > Transit Police in the News

This makes me wonder about the leadership of the AFL-CIO

 Obama has done ZERO for the working men and woman of this country!

Article here

David Burn says transit stinks in Portland

Public Transit Needs Some Public Debate

Michael Anderson's excellent coverage of recent max death

January 2011 MAX fatality - PortlandAfoot

Can't rely on Trimet for the truth

A Perspective of Portland, Oregon: Journalism - blog style

WOMAN DIES AFTER MAX HITS HER

KATU REPORT

Cómo viajar en TriMet

TRIMET TV

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Public Workers Face More Upside Down Politics | Labor Notes

“We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and taxpayers who foot the bills are the have-nots,” crowed Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s newly elected governor, in a recent speech.
Forget about the fact that it was out-of-control bankers and greedy CEOs—the real haves in this country—who derailed the economy three years ago.
Walker and his ilk are treating public sector workers like America’s Most Wanted, letting the corporate class slide out of the limelight and get back to fattening their bank accounts.

CLICK HERE

While Egyptians Take To The Streets, Americans Accept Their Enslavement

PRISON PLANET

MAX FAQS ON THE DEATH TODAY BY LIGHT RAIL

Safety redux | MAX FAQs

Jack Bogdanski covering the real news

How a troubled life ended
Wheeler stumbles in ethics probe
I can't even look any more
Your gas tax at work: a "green" palace for bureaucrats
The latest from Dave Hunt: the finger
City says leaf tax raked in $335,000
Step 1: Find the IRS
Port guy: No coal through Hayden Island

MARY FETCH DOES KXL RADIO

AUDIO HERE!

IT ALL GOES BACK IN THE BOX

DEDICATED TO MY PAL TIMOTHY WHO IS NOW IN THE ARMY-A BLAST FROM THE PAST

GREAT QUOTES

Dan Schenck Another way of divorcing responsibility from authority. Authority stays at the top, and responsibility remains at the bottom.

Better make a law against texting and walking too!

YouTube - Texting And Walking FAIL

Transit buses killing people all over the place too!

CBC News - Toronto - TTC bus hits, kills pedestrian

People getting killed by trains all over the place!

Plainfield man is critical after stepping in front of NJ Transit train | NJ.com

HARRISON HUT GETS HIS NEW ID CARD

FORGET TRANSIT-STREETCARS ARE AMERIKAS FUTURE

Streetcar Projects Advance Nationwide Thanks to Local Initiative « The Transport Politic

HOMELESS MAN KILLED BY TRANSIT BUS

San Jose: Homeless man walking in traffic killed by bus along busy East Capitol Expressway. - San Jose Mercury News

BONUSES? JEEZ....TRIMET NEVER EVER GAVE ANYTHING LIKE THIS!

Muni workers may not get annual bonuses this year - San Jose Mercury News

MAN HITS HIS HEAD ON BUS-DIES

Man Who Banged Head in Bus Friday Dies - Fairfield, CT Patch

WOMAN UNDER MAX TRAIN DEAD!

The woman caught beneath a Yellow Line MAX train Friday night as it was leaving the TriMet station at Northwest Sixth Avenue and Davis Street has died, TriMet reported Saturday morning.

Officials are not releasing her name pending notification of family.

The woman slid beneath the northbound train about 9:20 p.m. Friday after her cane made contact with the train as it pulled into the station, throwing her off balance, TriMet said. She reportedly fell between the two ends of of the train's cars.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded, extricated the woman and transported her to OHSU Hospital.

January 28

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

Bus news from around the world

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

BUS DRIVING THE MOST STRESSFUL JOB IN THE WORLD

Bus Driver Appreciation Day: A fitting tribute to one of the most stressful jobs in the world. - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine

TRIMET NOT ON THIS LIST OF BEST TRANSIT SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABILITY

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY

JUDGE REFUSES TO HALT LIGHT RAIL

Judge criticizes light-rail planning, but won't halt it | StarTribune.com

IN THE CROSSWALK AND HIT

CCT bus driver charged in accident that severed woman's leg  | ajc.com

TARGET THE BAD DRIVERS, NOT ALL THE DRIVERS!

Muni drivers can stay employed despite accidents | Katie Worth | Transportation | San Francisco Examiner

TRANSIT EXECUTIVES GONE WILD

Bus agency’s finances in turmoil - The Daily Astorian: Free

THE WAR AGAINST BUS DRIVERS

TTC bus driver: Do you often see your local drivers texting? - Point of View

WOMAN DROPS CANE AND FALLS UNDER MAX

OREGON LIVE
KPTV

IN THE MATTER OF TRACY JONES

Bus driver pleads guilty

THE JIM STENGER INTERVIEW


ELLEN FOX ADMITS IMPERSONATIONS TO INTIMIDATE CHRIS DAY

ELLEN FOX WATCH

NEXUS FOR JERSEY COMES UP WITH HIS OWN TRANSIT PLANS

Tri-Met Long Term Transit plans and my proposals -- 2040 plan - Portland - Oregon (OR) - City-Data Forum

MARY FESTCH ON KXL RADIO

AUDIO UPDATE: Woman Hit By Max Train - NewsRadio 750 KXL

THE WAR RAGES AGAINST BUS DRIVERS WORLDWIDE

TTC to passengers: Don’t snap texting drivers - thestar.com

SPOTTED IN SUNSET MAG

I wonder who wrote this? The word "seamless" seems quite familiar doesn't it!

WTF IS THIS?

We have just learned that TriMet is requesting Union members in various positions to sign confidentiality agreements that could result in termination. The Union suggests that you sign this agreement and put "under protest" in parenthesis after your name. Please send a copy of this to the Union office. This is a change to the status quo and therefore we have sent a demand to bargain notice to TriMet.
ALAN EISENBERG COMMENTARY HERE! 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Woman got stuck under a max train in downtown!
Reliable sources report progress in talks between mcfarlane&hunt. They will meet again next week. No specifics were available.

JIM STENGER HEADS TO JAIL FOR 30 MONTHS

THE WAR IS OVER

OREGON SINGLE PAYER CONFERENCE

CLICK HERE!

Saturday, January 29, 2011
First Unitarian Church
1211 SW Main Street
Portland, OR

January 27

January 27 from al m on Vimeo.

the Portland-to-Milwaukie pointless light rail line

Bojack.org

BOREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD DOES ITS USUAL HATCHET JOB ON OUR UNION

Needed: Enlightened union leaders who understand what's fair -- and what's possible | OregonLive.com

REBELLION IN EGYPT!

Guardian Journalist Arrested and Beaten Alongside Protesters in Egypt Secretly Records Ordeal
Guardian Reporter Jack Shenker on Egypt Protests: "Fear Barrier Seems to Have Been Broken"
Egyptian American Activist: Hillary Clinton Forgets to Mention Tear Gas, Tanks, Concussion Grenades Used Against Egyptian Protesters Are Made in the U.S.

Station agent Janet picture of the day

Thursday, January 27, 2011

KATU STORY ON CRAZY GUY ON 33 BUS

video

TRIMET TRIES TO STEAL BIKE MONEY FOR LIGHT RAIL

BikePortland.org

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT STARTING TO PLAY HARDBALL!

JANUARY 26

January 26 from al m on Vimeo.

GUY GOES NUTS ON BUS 33

DISPATCH CALL HERE!

Ken Zatarain responds to my comments on the new safety procedures coming on line

YOU CAN STILL COMMENT HERE!  (MUST HAVE TRINET ACCOUNT) 

Thank you for your comments. You make a lot of good and valid points. Our proposed safety assessment will include some of the things you suggest and fix some of the shortcomings you note. If our safety assessment works well, we'd like to look at using a similar system for yellow cards (scheduling and road conditions) in the future.

Our goals are to:
• ensure that requests don't get lost or misplaced,
• provide the operator a simple form to fill out,
• have a single point of contact from submittal to conclusion (Kimarie Webber), make sure the Operators gets a complete answer,
• have transparency by posting status of all requests on TriNet, and
• have Operations Support (department with Safety staff and Operations Training staff in it) be in charge of conducting the review and recommendation.

We will use an online from (front page of TriNet, no login required) , at least initially, to help ensure all comments get recorded. Paper forms could get lost.
We will acknowledge receipt of the form and have a single point of contact for Operators regarding status of their request (Kimarie Webber). The time needed to come up with a solution and getting the solution done will vary, depending on the severity of the safety condition.
There will be a summary chart available to all on TriNet to track all the safety assessments including status and conclusion.
Will consider using categories such as you suggested once we see what types of comments Operators submit. Intent of these categories is to make it easier for Operators to fill out.
We agree, keep it simple as 1-2-3:
1. Give us your name and badge
2. How you do want us to get back to you
3. Describe you safety concern and, if you have one, your suggested remedy.

SOME GREAT PICTURES OF THE NEW "OLD" WES

POLAR BEAR EXPRESS 1
POLAR BEAR EXPRESS 2

(i wonder how much they spent on this?)

VIDEO COVERAGE OF YESTERDAYS TRIMET BOARD MEETING BY UNION MEMBERS

GARY NELSON SAYS THE TRIMET BOARD DOES NOT CARE ABOUT EMPLOYEES AND MCFARLANE WON'T CALL BACK
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JON HUNT EXPLAINS THAT THE TRIMET MANAGERS ARE ALL NEW AND TRYING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET ON EMPLOYEES BACKS
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EVETTE FARRA SAYS THE TYPE 4 MAX CARS ARE DANGEROUS AND NEED MIRRORS

THE PRESIDENT OF THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS THINKS HE IS JOSEF STALIN

THE PRESIDENT OF THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS THINKS HE IS JOSEF STALIN from al m on Vimeo.

Portland firefighters union chief arrested for DUII

TRIBUNE

PASSENGERS DEFEND BUS DRIVER!

STORY HERE!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BEATING THE TSA!

Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down • The Register
THE IDENTITY PROJECT

Station agent Janet picture of the day

VICE PRESIDENT SAM SCHWARZ ADDRESSES THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT ADDRESSES THE TRIMET BOARD-2 PARTS


RICK VAN BEVEREN GOES STALIN ON LYN LERBACH!

Latest worldwide bus news

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS: BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-updated 3:06pm

EVEN AS UNION MEMBERSHIP IS SLIDING---OFFICERS ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE!

This chart is for ATU 757
Compensation for the office of president has increased more than 100% since 2000! 

ORIGINAL HERE! 

ELLEN FOX WATCH BLOG?????

Just another WordPress.com site

PORTLAND BUS SLIDE: TRI-MET

EBAY

Bus drivers get thrown under the bus all over the world

'Fault on both sides' when bus crushed pedestrian against railings - Manchester Evening News

British bus driver jailed for rape

Story here!

Here's what the new HC transit pass id will look like

(From Joe Rose)

Footage from today's demonstration

January 25

January 25 from al m on Vimeo.

Pictures from the board meeting today




TRIMET FINDS MORE MONEY TO PLAY WITH

TRIMET'S TOUGHEST STILL FIGHTING

JOE ROSE

Robert Scheer says hogwash

 The speech was a distraction from what seriously ails us: an unabated mortgage crisis, stubbornly high unemployment and a debt that spiraled out of control while the government wasted trillions making the bankers whole. Instead the president conveyed the insular optimism of his fat-cat associates:

Robert Scheer: Hogwash, Mr. President - Robert Scheer's Columns - Truthdig

The swine keep feeding at the trough

Dow Briefly Climbs Above 12,000 - Money News Story - KPTV Portland

ATU Mascot

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Streetcar not so popular

Views on streetcar divides public during Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project hearing | OregonLive.com

Barbara Hart

Catholic Sentinel

Hair fetish gets 26 months

Clackamas judge sentences man who snipped, glued women's hair to 26 months in prison | OregonLive.com

Using cell phones increases bus crashes 2X...accourding to this anyway

DriveCam Releases New Insights Into the Transit Industry | DriveCam

I asked via comments for an explanation of the methodology. 

Meanwhile, the criminals had a record profit making year!

Common Man News: Wall Street celebrates record profits

Moscow!

Video Shows Aftermath of Explosion at Moscow Airport - NYTimes.com

While America sleep walks, the rest of the world has had enough!

Protests in Egypt - NYTimes.com

WHO IS FAILING THIS MEMBERSHIP

 Original post here!
1) Retaliation via public attacks through printed postings about my character,
2) Accused as anti-union and a plant brought in through TriMet Management to break the union,
3) Horrible graphic attacking my sexuality and accusations of being a pedophile,
4) Our Union President asking me to “Take The High Road” and ignore it while I lose an election and not allowed to return to the open position I was in,
5) Having to except this member’s actions as unstoppable.
The other members who have been exposed to similar type actions have not addressed it because union officers advise against protecting yourself from other members for fear the membership will view the member taking a stance will be viewed as turning on a member. I have been advised it would be poor to address this and just try to do my best around it if I would like any chance of getting voted in to office. I have been advised that I must find a very clear statement in our bylaws, constitution or contract the she has violated or not only would I not get support of the membership I will risk any possible chance of holding any office position.
So the above are pressures I have against me. One member has been able to take away my civil right to not fear persecution for bearing witness, to have to except a bulling, hostile and uncomfortable work environment and to except Libel and Slanderous postings each time I would like to advance in this membership. One member has gone out of her way to welcome me to this union in such a way.
On page 104 of ATU Constitution and General Laws 21.6 Membership in Good Standing it states “No member shall be allowed to injure the interests of a fellow member by undermining him or her in place, wage, or in any other willful act.”

Chris Day

EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENS ON THE MAX AFTER A GAME?

Lack of oversight on membership secret votes!-Chris Day

Lack of oversight on membership secret votes!

Any organization that wants to maintain strong moral and morals within its membership has very clear protocols in place that protects its members from opportunities of corruption. Putting full trust in leadership without oversight and accountability opens the doors to allow the leadership to control the membership and puts the members as victims to the leaders will.

Our current secret voting structure:
    Currently we have close to 5,000 members and when a membership secret vote is required the vote must be cared over ten (10) different meetings that last close to seven (7) days. Because of the different locations and the time period involved it appears our Secretary/Treasurer is the main person in charge of the security of member’s votes. With one person in charge and no oversight what safety measures are in place to prevent this officer from controlling the outcome of a vote?
    •    Is the total membership attendance taken from the sign in sheets?
    •    If retiree’s are not able to vote can a retiree sign in sheet be created so the total of attendees vs. votes match? (this will allow for the correct percentage to be posted)
    •    When blank ballots are handed out they are not counted and the total blank ballots that are out at that time are unknown. Maintaining a strong inventory of ballots that go out vs. ballots that come back will help assure members from saving a ballot of an issue the do not feel strong on then using that ballot plus the other one they got for an issue they feel strong on. This would give the member two votes on one issue. Inventory of Ballots will prevent this type of abuse.
    •    As a meeting comes to an end all ballots have been collected, sealed in labeled envelopes and place in a large briefcase. Also in this briefcase are other blank envelopes and blank ballots. Keeping all these items together in such a manner can allow votes to be altered upon transportation and being out of sight of the membership.

So at the end of the meeting that is the last the memberships sees of their ballots and are later told the outcome from an announcement from the Secretary/Treasurer or another full time officer. Our current process has NO OVERSIGHT and gives the opportunity for a small number of people to control the outcome of the entire membership.

Currently or Constitution and Bylaws allows our Executive Board officers the ability to call an emergency board meeting to address this. It requires the majority of Executive Board officers to make this happen. There is a total of fourteen (14) Executive Board Officers. This means a least eight (8) officers need to request a special meeting. This is our opportunity to see if the majority of our Executive Board officers are in support of protecting our members rights or if the officers have banded together to protect each other. If an emergency meeting is called about this issue it will be a clear indication that our officer’s care about the members they represent and will do everything in their power to protect us. If this is held off until the scheduled Executive Board meeting it is a clear indication that this is not an important issue to the officers. Find out where your Executive Board Officer stands on this issue.

THE FUTURE OF LIGHT RAIL IN PORTLAND

Sombody lost their shoes on Max

Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/h75r7kkj - Shared by pdxhadey

Suspicious shit everywhere! (post is a couple days old)

Update, 11:12 a.m.: Trimet has tweeted that Quatama station is now open and trains are running, but riders should expect delays.
TriMet light-rail traffic has stopped near the Quatama MAX station in Hillsboro as police respond to reports of a suspicious package found on the tracks, according to Washington County dispatch.
TriMet said via Twitter that shuttle buses are transporting riders between stations in place of MAX.
More details to come.

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January 24

JANUARY 24 from al m on Vimeo.

Guess who?

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Monday, January 24, 2011

EXTEND FARE LESS TO PGE PARK , nah, end fare less square would be better

NWDA to Make Recommendation on PGE Parking Plan Tonight | Neighborhood Notes

ELLEN FOX STOLE PUNKRAWKERS PHOTO AND HE DOES NOT WANT IT USED FOR THESE PURPOSES!

punkrawker4783 said...
HEY! That photo is mine, she does not have permission to use my photo in the matter being expressed here.

HEY BUS DRIVERS


Trimet is implementing its new safety structure and wants comments.
You don’t have to be paranoid to speak your mind about this!
So far I am the only person to comment!
We need to be active in this safety structure that is about to be imposed on us!
Trimet has now implemented a system that alleviates the need to go and “meet” with a group or a person.
We can put our comments in writing on express line!
So far I am the only person to comment, we need more participation in this process.
This safety structure is going to happen!
At least there is an opportunity here to influence its structure.
Make some real life suggestions: