Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fun at Disptach

Trimet bus dispatch call library

Max discusses the Trimet bike and rides

Max Campos discusses the Trimet Bike and Rides from al m on Vimeo.

Forget transit, give us development

Same as it ever was (Jack Bog's Blog)

Downtown Portland Oregon

Do they really think this?

TriMet: Testimonials



Faking injuries on transit

T to fakers: We’re watching -

Seattle bus tunnel security firm cited

Seattle Times Newspaper

Our constitutional right to cheap public transit | Full Comment

 During a recent meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission to discuss cutting service on under-performing bus routes, Councillor Maria Augimeri declared: “We’re not here to run a business. We’re here to be a social service. We are a service provider. We can’t just cut routes because they don’t perform. Wheel-Trans doesn’t perform, it costs us $35 per ride. Do we cut all those routes? It’s a ridiculous proposition. People who say a political venue should offer a business-like approach really don’t know what they’re talking about. We are not a business. We are not here to make money.

 National Post

Portland 23rd worst commute

Survey: How Portland's commute ranks in U.S. | | News | Portland, Oregon

Transit buses collide!

Broward County Transit bus crash: Two Broward Transit buses collide in Lauderhill injuring three riders -


January 21 from al m on Vimeo.


Feedback needed on new way for Bus Operators to raise safety concerns

Posted by Peggy LaPoint at Jan 20, 2011 09:00 AM | Permalink
Small teams of managers are working to implement the recommendations of the General Manager’s Safety & Service Excellence Task Force. This winter, some of these teams are making ‘Safety Exchange’ visits to frontline employee work areas to gather input on decisions they’re weighing. An Operations team is creating an additional way for bus operators to request assessment of a safety concern and would like to hear your thoughts about:
* A draft of the "Request for Safety Assessment"
* Process for the review of requests and responses to operators.
Look for this group conducting a Safety Exchange at the Center report area during bus operator signup:
* Thursday, January 27: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
If you can't make it to the Safety Exchange gatherings, you can talk with an assistant manager or add your comment here.


This was my comment:
It seems to me that safety concerns fall into several categories,
 For example:

a-bus stop safety
b-right or left unsafe turns
c-equipment causing safety issues
d-schedules that defeat safety
e-passenger loads creating safety hazards
f-road reliefs that create safety hazards
My suggestion is that a form be created and placed in the pouch that is only for
safety issues with categories such as those listed above.
Then an area for explanation of safety issue.
It needs to be easy to fill out!
Obviously if management is serious about safety then these forms would need to
be addressed in a timely manner, say 24 hours at most.
If the operator request is rejected there needs to be a thorough and concise
explanation as to why this request is rejected.
The safety request needs to be scanned and placed in a data base that is
available for all operators/staff to review as needed, both rejected and approved requests.
These issues need to be tracked accurately and openly.
The yellow cards are a complete and miserable failure as answers would come back
that were disrespectful and then there was no way to track whether or not other
operators were making the same requests.
Management does not drive buses, making rules can only go so far.
Words on a piece of paper do not always translate into real life actions.
Having meetings does not make anything safer.
Listening and responding to those behind the wheel will allow operators to "own" the safety structure at Trimet and will genuinely create a 'CULTURE OF SAFETY'!

The Ministry of Propaganda

The Ministry is among the best in the world for highlighting the good and ignoring the bad. Here is a list of glowing reviews of our wonderful transit system. Keep in mind that all these articles are speaking of Portland,  which absolutely has a damn good transit system.
It's the rest of the Trimet service area that suffers so Portland can get nice little articles like those listed below.

Google, Inc., The Official Google Blog, Dec. 7, 2005
Sunset Magazine, 2005
The Economist, Aug. 31, 2006
USA Today, July 27, 2006
BBC News, Aug. 15, 2006, July 19, 2007
USA Today, Aug. 18, 2008
Popular Science, 2008, Sustainable US City Rankings, 2008
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, July 1, 2009, Sept. 21, 2009, Feb. 22, 2010, Mar. 15, 2010
USA Today, Aug. 30, 2010
GOOD Magazine, Sept. 28, 2010


We were talking about excessive waste of funds by Trimet executives when Rolf gave an example of a bridge that connects two fields at the Sunset Transit Center.
I didn't remember the bridge that Rolf referred to but here it is, on Google earth.
We go under this bridge every time we come in and out of the Sunset Transit Center, and it actually does connect two fields! I drove by this bridge on my way home tonight and you can see that at the end of January 21 movie.

Regarding Ellen Fox

For readers that are not familiar with Ellen Fox and her history, it needs to be stated that she was fired from Trimet. She was able to get her job back, the details of how she got her job back are unknown to me. From what I have been told, an administrative blunder secured her re hire.
However, she was fired, and that doesn't happen just because they don't like you!
She continues libeling me with impunity and now this very troubled woman has  Chris Day as her target.

This guy not happy with his bus driver

 (The gentleman that made this video dd not publish my comment which was as follows: "don't you think you are being a little bit hard on this woman?" I stand by that comment.

YouTube - Trimet Driver distracted