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Monday, February 21, 2011

His royal highness speaks

YouTube - Neil McFarlane, General Manager of Portland TriMet, talks about the Oregon Convention Center

Flasher Alert!

Forget Transit Tracker...

http://www.publicdataweb.com/PDW/Pro_Outdoor-Kiosks.html


  • The Bus Shelter kiosk unit can be fixed to the ends of most types of bus shelters.
  • An overhead roof extension shelters the public.
  • The usage on these types of units at Bus Stop locations is consistently higher than any other outdoor location.

I Love The Bus

I Love The Bus, another TriMet blog from a bus rider.

What is a "Good" bus stop?

A BRT success story in Seattle

http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/NewsCenter/NewsReleases/2011/February/nr020311_rapidride.aspx

King County’s RapidRide A Line tops expectations for ridership, customer satisfaction

New findings show A Line ridership up an estimated 25 percent

King County Metro Transit’s RapidRide A Line has become so popular in its first few months of operation that ridership along the 11-mile route serving Pacific Highway South/International Boulevard in South King County has surpassed expectations. Not only has ridership increased by about 25 percent, overall satisfaction with service on the corridor is at an all-time high with 84 percent of riders giving the A Line a thumbs-up.

“These new findings confirm that people will leave their cars and take the bus if they are assured of reliable, frequent, and improved bus services and stations,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Within a matter of months, the A Line has proven how effective bus rapid transit can be as Metro restructures service to increase efficiency and achieve greater customer satisfaction."

The new ridership data shows that during the first three months of operation, the RapidRide A Line delivered about 1,500 additional daily bus trips compared to the Route 174 it replaced. The 25 percent increase in passenger boardings means King County Metro is halfway toward achieving its five-year ridership goal of a 50 percent increase on the A Line.

And a recently conducted on-board survey of more than 500 A Line passengers reveals a variety of reasons why RapidRide has become a popular travel alternative. In addition to achieving an overall 84 percent satisfaction rating compared to a 52 percent satisfaction rating on the route it replaced, the A Line scored high with passengers in several other areas, such as:

* 81 percent overall satisfaction with how long their bus trip takes,
* 83 percent satisfaction with how often buses run during peak hours,
* 88- 90 percent satisfaction with Metro’s new hybrid-electric RapidRide coaches and on-board features, and
* 81 percent satisfied with the A Line getting them to their destination on time.

Suggestions noted in the survey for improving the A Line ranged from further reducing stops along the route to adding even more service, especially at night and on weekends.

“This success proves the A Line was a great choice to be Metro’s first bus rapid transit route”, said King County Councilmember Julia Patterson. “The steady increase in ridership shows RapidRide will continue to play an instrumental role in supporting the creation of good paying jobs while offering a good travel option for residents and students in South King County who are highly dependent on transit.”

“This feedback tells us that Metro customers already view the A Line as a quality product that is making their daily travel easier and more convenient,” said County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer. “These numbers suggest RapidRide will also be an important factor in supporting job-producing growth in South King County as our local economy improves.”

The RapidRide A Line combines the best features Metro has to offer by providing 10- to 15-minute service much of the day with additional improvements, such as new three-door hybrid coaches, station lighting, off-board ORCA card readers and WiFi on the buses.

Together, these RapidRide features have cut travel times by up to one-third along the busy line serving the cities of Federal Way, Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac, and Tukwila.

The high customer satisfaction expressed in the survey is expected to be a strong indicator of future ridership and customer satisfaction on future RapidRide lines.

“Given its strong start, we’re confident the A Line will be a great model for what riders can expect when additional RapidRide lines are added,” said Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond. “This fall, riders on the Eastside will be the next to experience the benefits of RapidRide when the B Line begins serving neighborhoods between Redmond and Bellevue.”
CHRIS DAYS RESPONSE TO ELLEN FOX HERE!

FORMER TRIMET PLANNING MANAGER FOR TRIMET BECOMES KITZHABER AIDE

http://community.statesmanjournal.com/blogs/capitolwatch/2011/02/21/clackamas-county-commissioner-named-kitzhaber-aide

BRITS WAKE UP TO CORPORATE CORRUPTION AND GREED

Oregon teachers attend education rally and show support for Wisconsin colleagues

PORTLAND NOT ON THIS LIST?

http://www.atu.org/content/atu_news/solidarity_rallies_planned_in_support_of_wisconsin_state_workers/

TRIMET'S VERSION OF WISCONSIN GOVERNOR WALKER AND HIS REPUBLICAN SENATE MEET WEDNESDAY

http://trimet.org/meetings/board/index.htm

STEVE FUNG GOES GOLFING (cameo by "that merlo guy")

STUFF THAT I CAN'T DO CAUSE I WORK AT TRIMET

Portland MAX Yellow Line train bound for Expo Center and friendly Train Operator
Portland Streetcar departing SW Park/ Market
Portland Streetcar arriving at SW 11th/ Taylor
Portland MAX Red Line bound for Portland International Airport Washington Park- Goose Hollow
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Hillsboro going through The Robertson Tunnel
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Hillsboro on SW 10th/ Galleria
Portland MAX Red Line bound for Beaverton TC at SW 10th/ Galleria
Portland Streetcar arriving at Cebtral Library and funny train operator
Portland MAX Red Line bound for Portland International Airport arriving at Library/ SW 9th Ave
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Gresham arriving at Library/ SW 9th Ave

LIGHT RAIL DISASTERS

http://www.kare11.com/news/article/909072/396/Man-hit-killed-by-light-rail-train-in-south-Mpls

“I think (safety) really is a cultural thing,”

Beutler and Foster said in addition to holding monthly safety meetings and employing a full time safety committee, CVTD has created a work environment where employees can talk openly about safety concerns. “We want to hear from the workers, mechanics, operators who are out there and see the safety hazards that exist,” Foster said. “We’ve changed routes based on safety concerns from drivers.”

http://hardnewscafe.usu.edu/?p=3903 

Cable Car Smashes Into 30 Stockton Muni Bus, Two Injured

http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/02/cable-car-smashes-into-30-stockton-muni-bus-two-injured.php

BUS DRIVER SUSPENDED FOR THROWING COFFEE AT CAR

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/peabody/2011/02/mbta_bus_driver_suspended_for_2.html

HIRING HIRING HIRING AND MORE HIRING...

But you union employees must pay for you benefits so we can keep this hiring of bean counters going on
FOREVER!

Leader Of Wis. Law Enforcement Association 'Regrets' Endorsing Walker

http://www.channel3000.com/politics/26933675/detail.html

BRINGING BACK THE GOOD OLE DAYS

http://www.westlinntidings.com/news/story.php?story_id=129607960819390300

The Claim: A Fake Smile Can be Bad for Your Health







The Claim: A Fake Smile Can be Bad for Your Health
By ANAHAD O’CONNOR-New York Times
THE FACTS

When was the last time you flashed a fake smile at the office?

For some, it may be just another mundane aspect of work life — putting on a game face to hide your inner unhappiness. But new research suggests that it may have unexpected consequences: worsening your mood and causing you to withdraw from the tasks at hand.

In a study published this month in the Academy of Management Journal, scientists tracked a group of bus drivers for two weeks, focusing on them because their jobs require frequent, and generally courteous, interactions with many people.

The scientists examined what happened when the drivers engaged in fake smiling, known as “surface acting,” and its opposite, “deep acting,” where they generated authentic smiles through positive thoughts, said an author of the study, Brent Scott, an assistant professor of management at Michigan State University.

After following the drivers closely, the researchers found that on days when the smiles were forced, the subjects’ moods deteriorated and they tended to withdraw from work. Trying to suppress negative thoughts, it turns out, may have made those thoughts even more persistent.

But on days when the subjects tried to display smiles through deeper efforts — by actually cultivating pleasant thoughts and memories — their overall moods improved and their productivity increased.

Women were affected more than men. Dr. Scott suspected cultural norms might be at play: women are socialized to be more emotionally expressive, he said, so hiding emotions may create more strain.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Research suggests that an inauthentic smile to hide unhappiness can further worsen your mood.

HERE IS A NICE PORK BARREL JOB

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/trimet/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=299510

Columbia River Crossing Fatcats Continue Assault on Citizens

HERE!

CHRIS DAY WRITES A POIGNANT RESPONSE TO ELLEN FOX



My Comment: The statement above is a never ending circle of he said, she said and she said, he said. The fact of the matter is no one has been able to sit the author and me together and get all the facts on the table. After four years of this I feel it is time to get the facts out and that is why I have filed the “Preferring of Charges”. This will give us all a chance to present our facts and allow a Trial Committee place judgment on us. The author of that statement is concerned about me having anger or interpersonal problems? OK I bite, what kind of help should I get?

GOING BACK TO TRUE UNION VALUES

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A tale of two new transit services

I find it interesting that in the last two years, there were two transit systems, seemingly so similar in scope, but so different in service - and so different in the outcome.

WES, billed as the nation's first "suburb to suburb" commuter rail line, between Beaverton and Wilsonville.

SWIFT, Washington State's first Bus Rapid transit line, connecting suburbs north of Seattle within Snohomish County.

Both routes are around 15 miles long - WES is 14.7 miles long; SWIFT is 16.7 miles long.

Both are suburb to suburb routes.

Both are new services opened in 2009.

Both expected to have 2,500 daily boarding rides at the end of the first year of operation.

That's where the similarities end.

WES cost over $160 million to build. It required the construction of four specially built "Diesel Multiple Unit" railcars from an unproven builder whose only experience was luxury coaches used up in Alaska.

SWIFT cost just $29 million. It used restyled New Flyer D60LFR buses - a proven workhorse in daily service throughout the Puget Sound region and throughout Canada and the United States.

WES required expensive, high level boarding platforms at each stop; transfers to buses are tedious and sometimes a good walking distance away. Ticket Vending Machines only accept debit or credit cards.

SWIFT uses platforms that integrate seemlessly with sidewalks in the neighborhood, and other bus routes can also use the exact same platforms. TVMs accept paper or coin currency, credit or debit card, or ORCA cards.

WES barely cracks 1300 rides after two years of service, and still fails its first-year ridership goal. WES is one of TriMet's most expensive services, costing nearly $18 per boarding ride (at one point it was as high as $30 per boarding ride.) WES does attain nearly 94 boarding rides per revenue hour, but loses its efficiency in wasting 36 minutes of each 90 minutes by sitting at either Beaverton or Wilsonville (resulting in a drop down to 56.25 boarding rides per operating hour), while many TriMet bus routes far exceed this kind of productivity.

SWIFT met its first-year goal within months, and had 3,300 daily riders at the end of its first year of operation. SWIFT has become Community Transit's most productive route with 21.5 boarding rides per hour - impressive, considering that Community Transit serves only Snohomish County, a suburban county, and not higher populated areas like Seattle proper (except by express route) nor does it generally serve Everett, Snohomish County's largest city.

WES provides just weekday rush hour service every 30 minutes - a total of eight trains in the morning, and eight in the afternoon (first train leaving Wilsonville at 5:21 AM and first afternoon train at 3:28 PM; last train arrives Wilsonville at 9:55 AM and in the afternoon at 8:02 PM.)

SWIFT provides weekday service starting at 5:00 AM and continuing every 10 minutes until 7:00 PM; then every 20 minutes until midnight. SWIFT also provides Saturday service every 20 minutes from 6:00 AM until midnght. (There used to be Sunday service, but due to budget cuts all Sunday service across the transit agency was slashed.)

Wisconsin Governor Walker Reacts to the 14 Democrat State Senators

Interesting bus concept from Kitsap Transit

Worker/Driver Program

The Worker/Driver Program offers yet another option for commuting. This unique program originated during WWII, with the need to transport thousands of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) employees to and from work. This was a time of fuel rationing and the use of buses proved to be most efficient. Kitsap Transit inherited 12 routes when it took over the transportation needs of Kitsap County residents in 1983. Today, the current program operates 28 routes; 27 travel to PSNS and Naval Station Bremerton and 1 to Sub Base Bangor.

Worker/Driver buses are driven by full time employees (“worker”) of the military facilities who are also part time employees of Kitsap Transit (“drivers”). Buses operate much like a large carpool. The driver boards their bus near their home in the morning and travels to work, picking up co-workers along the way. After work, they hop back in their bus with their co-workers and drop them off on their drive home.

Our ridership today is made up of both civilian and military personnel. We design and alter Worker/Driver routes to meet the needs of our passengers whenever feasible. Our current service area extends from Port Gamble to Burley in Kitsap County. (See the area map).

For more information, please see below links:


* Worker/Driver Routes & Schedules
* Worker/Driver Bus Fares

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I'm not sure where this would work within TriMet but it's an interesting concept, especially with the express routes and OHSU routes. Let's say, oh, the 94, as an example.

The 94 would overnight in Sherwood at a designated location. The Worker/Driver would go to the bus, and drive the bus on a run to Portland, leaving the bus at a designated location while he/she goes off to their regular job. (TriMet would then send a driver or hostler to the bus so that it can be taken to the garage for maintenance.) The worker/driver would then pick up the bus in the afternoon, drive it back home and park it.

The benefit is that it provides additional bus service at low cost to TriMet.

As for the impact to Union drivers, I of course would make sure that no jobs are eliminated - impacted drivers would be moved to other routes. The worker/drivers would only be permitted one morning and one afternoon trip, so TriMet couldn't try and squeeze work out of them. And of course if a driver had a day off or couldn't drive the route, the route would go to a regular TriMet employee driver so there would need to be several drivers who could get to the bus and drive the route.

Of course, these routes would get TriMet's oldest buses...

THE WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT AGAINST THE WORKING MEN/WOMAN OF THE WORLD

Unlike bankers and bondholders, the European social model is being given a haircut -- a light trim in Nordic countries but a brutal short-back-and-sides in some others.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/After+Great+Recession+Great+Regression/4235533/story.html 

Someone In Egypt Ordered a Pizza For the Protesters in Wisconsin

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/02/someone_in_egypt_ordered_a_piz.html

Transit management abusing workers

http://www.ottawasun.com/news/columnists/susan_sherring/2011/02/18/17333846.html

Light rail wrecks-Manilla

Luxury bus transport

Story here

Wis. man killed by tire dislodged from Ill. bus

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-wi-bus-tiredeath,0,785435.story

Another transit strike

http://www.vaughantoday.ca/2011/02/strike-bus-drivers-to-walk-on-tuesday/

Local ankle biters are filing their fangs

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/feb/20/local-ankle-biters-are-filing-their-fangs/

Divide and conquer

Conservatives use divide and conquer rhetoric in Wisconsin union protests

The View From the Front Lines of the Wisconsin Protests

Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest from Matt Wisniewski on Vimeo.

ATU757 President Hunt nonfeasance or misfeasance?

GOING BACK TO TRUE UNION VALUES

Solidarity Forever

Send a pizza to protestors in Wisconsin supporting workers' rights. Ian's Pizza has put normal in-store and delivery orders on hold in order to keep up with the orders donated to protestors. At last count, they've gotten donations from 30 states and 5 countries, including Egypt, South Korea, Australia, and Canada.

608-257-9248 for Ian's Pizza

608-251-5299 for neighboring restaurant Michelangelos if you want to order coffee or hot chocolate for protestors.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

WE ARE HAVING SERIOUS EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS ON THE WEST SIDE!

GRIEVANCES HAVE BEEN FILED OVER THIS!

StopID Numbers

The stop ids actually _do_ have some sort of order to them. It looks like some time ago they took all of the stops, put them in alphabetical order and then numbered them accordingly. Stops on A Ave, Abernethy, Alberta tend to have very low stop ID numbers (< 75) while stops on Woodstock, Yamhill, Yeon tend to have high numbers (~6400). MLK stops are located in the "U" section (5885 = Umatilla then 5886 = MLK & Ainsworth) because it used to be named "Union Ave." Numbered stops are after the alphabetical stops. New stops are generally at the end, but sometimes inserted in random places in the middle.

Go see for yourself

TriMet System Map

What do you think this looks like?



Full post here (it's a little old)

Why the Protests in Wisconsin Matter





The Nation's Chris Hayes laid out very plainly why the protests in Wisconsin matter. This move by Gov. Scott Walker is one of a series of power grabs by Republicans with the intent of achieving some of their long time goals; destroying unions and the middle class and getting rid of our public education system.

And as Chris noted, it's a reminder of the fact that when our political institutions fail us, people mobilizing outside of those institutions through the process of peaceful protests as we've seen in Wisconsin have brought about some of the greatest moments of progressive transformation in the United States.

Chris' fellow contributor to The Nation, Naomi Klein discussed how what Walker doing is a classic example of the Shock Doctrine, where politicians create a crisis and then using that crisis as an excuse to push through horribly unpopular economic policies. And as Hayes and Klein both explained, what ends up happening in Wisconsin is not only going to have local implications, but national as well.

(I wonder whether the drivers who are Tea Baggers and vote republican are getting the message yet.)

LATEST BUS NEWS

http://busemergencynewsarchive.blogspot.com/

RIDE TRANSIT FOR FREE IN CORVALIS

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/e6ae31e0-2e8e-11e0-9a07-001cc4c002e0.html

TRIMET KNOWS HOW TO GET THE $$$$$$

Portland's Federally Funded Rail System - Seattle Transit Blog

World in chaos

Strikers stone local drivers - Worldnews.com

Lives of bus drivers..

Councillor appeals for more tolerance after bus driver bust up

Lives of bus drivers

Woman Smacks Broward County Bus Driver In Face - West Palm Beach ...

Best Bus Driver In New York Sings Happy Birthday On The Intercom

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/18/best-bus-driver-in-new-yo_n_825337.html

911 callers report theft aboard Seattle bus, denied help by dispatch

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/116481273.html

Bus driver nightmare

Boy struck by bus in Wilmington

Court pares $27.5M award to woman hit by NYC bus

Wall Street Journal

JUDGE SAYS KING COUNTY WINS

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014271060_busads19m.html

WALKERS MOVE AGAINST UNIONS MY BACKFIRE ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

For three decades Wall Street - and the top 2% of Americans -- have sopped up every dime of economic growth that has resulted from the increased productivity of American workers. Often those in that top 2% don't even work for a living - or if they do, they don't produce a good or service. Instead they speculate for a living - they gamble with other people's money - they spend their time scheming about how they can get richer, not how they can produce a better product.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/wisconsin-governors-attac_b_825487.html 

Bus drivers injured more than cops!

 Local transit and inter-city bus drivers had a higher rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring time off from work than did police and firefighters, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor.
(Thanks Neil for adding to our stress)

Washington Post

February 18

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

Working in America: Public vs. Private Sector

ABC NEWS

The Assault on the American Worker: Wisconsin Is the Beginning

FIRE DOG LAKE

GREECE COMES TO AMERIKA

CBS NEWS

And another $1.5 million!

Earth Times

Money money everywhere...just not for buses or benefits

KGW

No more streetcars!

Reasons to oppose streetcar seem pretty clear

The troubled mind of Ellen Fox

From her latest attempt to liable me:

Cyber Stalkers hide behind FREEDOM OF SPEECH as permission to bully, intimidate, control and abuse others when in fact they're using it as an excuse to promote hatred and acting out behaviors.   Cyber Bullying/Stalking can take many forms but all through the internet.  In previous postings I've provided links to sites that compare the characteristics of online abusers vs perpetrators of domestic violence.precarious situations. He doesn't understand personal violations and he doesn't care. If he get's terminated he'll enjoy his 15 minutes and that'll be the end of it. His behavior is revolting, beyond abominable! His conduct is on purpose which makes him criminally liable. Cyber Stalking laws will be enforced in the near future and when they are he will spend time behind bars with his buddy Jim Stenger. His conduct is blatant disregard for other people. This is not a civil situation but criminal!

Poor thing, thrashing wildly  like  a wounded animal.
Ellen, you really need to seek out help, there are many physicians  available to help you with your problem.
 


My history with Ellen Fox here!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Koch Brothers Behind Wisconsin Effort To Kill Public Unions



As the nation focuses on the efforts of Governor Scott Walker to take away collective bargaining rights from public employees in Wisconsin, new information is coming to light that reveals what is truly going on here.
Mother Jones is reporting that much of the funding behind the Walker for Governor campaign came from none other than uber-conservatives, the infamous Koch Brothers.
What’s more, the plan to kill the unions is right out of the Koch Brothers play book.
Koch-backed groups like Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Reason Foundation have long taken a very antagonistic view toward public-sector unions. Several of these groups have urged the eradication of these unions. The Kochs also invited Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an anti-union outfit, to a June 2010 confab in Aspen, Colorado;
If you are reluctant to believe that this is a coordinated attack, consider this-
This afternoon, Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin Public Workers Union, sent a message to the Governor’s office agreeing to the cuts to pension & welfare benefits sought by Walker in his bill.  The governor’s response was “nothing doing.”  He wants the whole kit and kaboodle – the end of the collective bargaining rights of the public unions.
As noted in my earlier post, this is, indeed, the first shot in the final battle to end unionism in America.
UPDATE: The Americans for Prosperity group, a Tea Party group that is a Koch Brothers front, has put up a website and petition called www.standwithwalker.com. The website attacks all collective bargaining – not just for public employees’ unions. Americans for Prosperity is also organizing a rally tomorrow in Wisconsin to support Gov. Walker.
Why are the Koch Brothers so interested in Wisconsin? They are a major business player in the state.
This from Think Progress:
Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant:
Officials at Georgia-Pacific said the company is laying off 158 workers at its Day Street plant because out-of-date equipment at the facility is being replaced with newer, more-efficient equipment. The company said much of the new, papermaking equipment will be automated. [...] Malach tells FOX 11 that the layoffs are not because of a drop in demand. In fact, Malach said demand is high for the bath tissue and napkins manufactured at the plant.
You really have to wonder how long it will take for Tea Party devotees to realize just how badly they are being used.

Bus on Shoulder

To battle congestion and reduce travel times, transportation officials will begin a long-awaited test of an innovative "bus-on-shoulder" express service on the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate Highway 55) in November, officials said.

The new service will be an expansion of existing Pace express bus service between Plainfield and downtown Chicago, with the goal of getting commuters out of their cars and into mass transit, said Leanne Redden, senior deputy executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority.

Read more here.

Erik's Entries for Worst TriMet Bus Stops

(in no particular order...)

#1:  Highway 99W outbound, south of Tualatin River bridge - there are two very large apartment complexes just across the highway, but to get from this bus stop to the apartments requires sprinting across four lanes of a divided, high speed highway with no safe crossing anywhere nearby.

#2:  Barbur Boulevard outbound, north of I-5 - a bus stop sits on the north side of Barbur with no crosswalk whatsoever.  The nearest traffic signal doesn't have a crosswalk signal or a crosswalk, since the sidewalk on that side of the road doesn't extend onto the I-5 overpass - or, anywhere except for the bus stop.

#3:  Barbur Boulevard inbound, at Parkhill Drive - a bus stop on the east side of Barbur where the only destination is on the west side of Barbur.  No crosswalk whatsoever, no safe boarding place except the shoulder of a high speed boulevard, just minutes outside downtown Portland.

#4:  Naito Parkway inbound at Harrison - this barely paved bus stop frequently is muddy and offers nothing for riders - yet, it's in the heart of downtown right next to the most unnecessary Portland Streetcar stop, yet the Streetcar stop has a full paved platform, lighting and shelters, as well as Transit Tracker signs.

#5:  Harrison outbound at 2nd Avenue pedestrian path - absolutely nothing.  Barely ADA accessible - and this is next to one of Portland's prized apartment-turned-condo developments.  But the Streetcar stops are awfully nice.

#6:  Barbur Boulevard/4th Avenue inbound at Carthurs - this bus stop is located IN a driveway.  Does it make sense to have waiting passengers wait in a place where cars will drive into them?

#7:  N.E. Broadway inbound at 17th - At least this stop has a shelter, but it's in a tiny location requiring the buses to block a driveway.  It'd make more sense to have the bus stop across the street to the west, where bus riders could at least wait in front of businesses that should be bus rider/pedestrian friendly, instead of in a parking lot.

#8 and #9:  Broadway and Grand.  The worst place for a bus stop is at a gas station - why would a bus rider need anything at a gas station?  And here's two bus stops - the #9 stop doesn't even have a shelter.  On the plus side, transfers should be a breeze...for the huge number of riders transferring from the #9 to the #6.

#10:  Front Avenue at 15th.  You'd think they could extend the sidewalk another 40 feet...this is the edge of the Pearl District, after all...

#11:  Front Avenue at 19th.  This bus stop is marginally better, now that the railroad spur between Front and the Dockside Saloon is abandoned and paved over, but seriously - TriMet expected riders to stand on a railroad track to wait for a bus.

#12:  Front Avenue at 21st.  Here the railroad tracks are still there (although disconnected). But very ADA inaccessible.

#13:  Front Avenue, 3800 block.  Yes, you are expected to stand next to an active railroad track.  Did TriMet not think that Operation Lifesaver actually means something besides around WES?

#14:  T.V. Highway at Cornelius Pass, eastbound.  This one is interesting, considering that Rick Van Beveren owns the Reedville Cafe just behind this view.  Oh, and he's a TriMet Board Member.  I guess he must not ride the bus often to see this bus stop across the street from his own business.

#15:  S.W. Watson at Broadway and Farmington, southbound.  This is in downtown Beaverton yet it's a very plain jane stop - hardly "welcoming" or inviting to people who might want to walk around the pedestrian oriented downtown core.

#16:  Scholls Ferry Road inbound at 88th Avenue.  Passengers are expected to wait right at the intersection; there's no sidewalk and thanks to the guardrail, must stand literally on the roadway.  This isn't no residential side street.

#17:  Hall Boulevard nortbound at 217 offramp.  This is the bus stop for the Hall/Nimbus WES station.  It's in the middle of a driveway for an ODOT storage yard.  While TriMet finally built an improved bus stop on the other side of the WES tracks, the #43 still has to stop here because there isn't enough safe distance for the #43 bus to make a safe lane change and turn left at Nimbus.

#18 (and probably 20 others):  Garden Home Road.  Many stops on Garden Home served by the #45 bus are in locations with no sidewalks or shoulders.  This one at least has some sort of a shoulder, but definitely not ADA accessible.  Sucks when it rains.

#19:  S.W. Troy Street at 35th outbound, Multnomah Village:  There's no way a bus can get to the sidewalk, so bus riders are forced to board/deboard in the middle of the street, once again at a driveway.

#20:  Taylors Ferry Road inbound at 74th Avenue.  On a corner of an intersection in a drainage ditch; riders are forced to stand on the roadway with no shoulder.

#21:  12000 block S.W. Lesser Road.  There's a bus stop for the #78 bus on both sides of the road here.  Exactly where do you safely wait for the bus?

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GRIEVANCE FILED DUE TO UNSAFE BUSES-3 INCIDENTS IN TWO WEEKS


In the last two weeks we have had 2 operators transported to the hospital with inhalation problems and another operator had respiratory damage that had to be seen by a physician.
 What’s going on with Trimet buses?
We can’t even drive them without fear of hospitalization?
I thought safety was important at Trimet?
I guess safety only applies to operator conduct not equipment or management malfeasance.

RECORDING?

I really wish Trimet management would step into the modern day and begin recording as a matter of procedure all its meetings with employees. I asked Robert Romo if I could record the meeting I had with him then GIVE HIM THE FILE so he could keep it on the Trimet computer. That would allow referencing things that were said in prior meetings. He said no, now basically everything that was said in our last meeting is gone and forgotten.


The Trimet managment will not entertain the notion of recording the meetings we have with them!


Why not? What are they afraid of?

CHRIS DAY TESTS OUT THE "TALKING" BUS!

This is a total nightmare as far as I am concerned!

“CAUTION LOOK BOTH WAYS”

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GLIMMER OF HOPE?

I just had a very positive communication with a management representative, unfortunately I can't comment on the context of this communication but it reminded me of the Fred Hansen, Steve Banta, Peggy Hanson days!

An open and honest communication between two people who are trying to work together to find a solution rather than DO IT MY WAY OR ELSE  which is the  normal operating procedure since Neil Macfarlane took over!

THANK YOU FOR THAT TRIMET MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE!

BUT DO YOU REALLY, TRIMET?

I found this, this morning on the 51, bus 1624:

Sorry that this one is blurry, but you get the gist.

I ACCUSE TRIME MANAGEMENT OF CREATING A HOSTILE WORKPLACE

YOUR GONNA HAVE TO RECKON WITH AL THOMAS "FARLAND"

Workers are rallying in my hometown







Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM EST.

Not just Wisconsin: Ohio workers rally
by Laura Clawson




The Ohio legislature is considering its own version of Scott Walker's attacks on state workers. Senate Bill 5 would:

abolish collective bargaining rights for state employees. It would also affect state agencies, commissions and boards, state institutions of higher education and set new restrictions on school districts.
Additionally, the bill required merit-based pay for most public employees, including teachers, and it removes seniority from decisions regarding a reduction in work force for certain public workers.

The bill would also give cities the ability to "opt out" of collective bargaining.

And as in Wisconsin, thousands of Ohio workers are jamming the statehouse to make their voices heard.

Proposal for new TriMet Contest WORST BUS STOP IN THE SYSTEM


I have a idea for the TriMet marketing department.  Citizens can nominate the worst bus stop in the TriMet System.  Some great prizes could be offered like a free ride on the WES, lunch with Mary Fetsch at a Center Street food cart, or priority seating at the ribbon cutting for the Milwaukie Light Rail Line.  Submit your suggestions today!

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February 17

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

REMOVE ELLEN? HELL NO!

I was asked by one of my confidants if I would consider removing references to Ellen Fox from my blog?

I responded:
“What? Are you on drugs? Why would I do that? This is a woman who has been in court with me twice and maintains a slander blog about me! I have no intention of removing any information about Ellen from my blog. When she gets rid of her blog and stops harassing me I will stop referencing her on my blog.”

My history with ELLEN FOX IS HERE!

For the record, I would be happy to remove all the material about Ellen Fox that I can find and never mention her again, if 
she removes her slander blog about me and stops making up stories about me! 

BLOGGING TEACHER SUSPENDED-GETS FAMOUS!

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times/courier_times_news_details/article/28/2011/february/17/blogging-teacher-gains-support.html

MY COMMUNITY ASSET

Let me show you it.

Here's a bus stop I had the fun experience of waiting at yesterday, which is pretty typical for a west side bus stop, though this one I have to give props to for having the stop ID# posted since many stops do not. My options of where to stand were the bike lane, muddy grass, or a leaf-filled ditch. Not knowing how deep the ditch was I opted for the muddy grass. When my 20+ year old bus showed up, I had the pleasure of climbing into it from street level, which if you've never done before on one of those old buses, its a fairly steep step. Sucks for people who have difficulty with steps!
So I guess since the bond measure failed which was supposed to fix stuff like this, any kind of stop improvement is now totally off the priority list, especially when there's a rail line to Milwaukie to build?

TRANSIT IS A COMMUNITY ASSETT-mary fetsch

When you gonna come ride the decrepit "community asset" out here on the West Side Mary?

http://www.muninetguide.com/articles/top-transit-systems-are-a-community-asset-411/

TRIMET'S MONEY SUCKING PRIDE AND JOY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-uOKYiCDZM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSN28n2tes8

Mary Priester, Public Art Manager for TriMet.

I froze my ass off tonight in my unheated bus, but Trimet can afford Public Art Managers.
Wonderful isn't it?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Here is the real reason Trimet wants to slash our benefits

TriMet: Jobs - TriMet Career Opportunities

Brevi Bus in the Boonies 2

HOW TO REDUCE A WORKERS COMPENSATION BY 10% (NEIL MACFARLANE WOULD LOVE THIS)

Possible impact on Wisconsin state workers by the numbers

Eau Claire (WQOW) - A number of you reached out to us Wednesday, wanting to know how Governor Walker's budget plan would affect state workers by the numbers.
Here's an example we saw in a memo from UW-Eau Claire Chancellor to staff. Right now, a full-time employee at UW-Eau Claire who makes $40,000 a year contributes about $7 a month toward their pension. That would go up to more than $190 a month under the governor's plan. The current health care contribution is about $90 a month. Under the bill, it would go up to $235.
So, if you do the math, that employee would pay $330 a month more towards health care and their pension or about $4,000 more a year.
How much a UW-Eau Claire staff member pays for health care coverage and into a retirement fund does depend on the classification of that employee and what insurance plan they've selected. This above example gives an idea of what a staff member might pay into the system.

ON TOP OF THIS, GOVERNOR WALKER WANTS TO TAKE AWAY BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR MOST STATE UNION MEMBERS, BASICALLY BUSTING THEIR UNIONS.  LET'S HOPE ALL UNION MEMBERS WALK OUT AND SHUT DOWN THE STATE.  LET GOVERNOR WALKER CLEAN HIS OWN TOILET IN THE EXECUTIVE WASHROOM. 

Limbaugh Calls Union Workers "Freeloaders" As Opposed To "Real Working Non-Unionized People"

Another operator has gotten carbon monoxide poisening supposedly

A Time for Resistance

http://ht.ly/3YDnZ

TRIMET RETIREE GARY NELSON BUSTS SOME CHOPS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od2rKpr6SpY

COURT SAYS BUILDING RAIL IS NOT DISCRIMINATION

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BUS DRIVING WILL KILL YOU!

“Bus drivers are exposed to a lot of force and vibrations when they are driving,” said Karen Jacobs, clinical professor at Boston University’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College and former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. “The next time you are on a bus, take a look at the driver. They are ... exposed to a lot of whole-body vibrations, which can be very detrimental to the body.”

Jobs you didn't know were so dangerous






While there’s no doubt being a cop or firefighter is a dangerous job, being a farmer is even riskier. Many jobs, bus driver and dental hygienist included, are surprisingly more dangerous that you might expect.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobs-you-never-knew-were-dangerous-2011-02-14
they said ppl. be patient cuz buses would b a little late due to chains!
ya...they even had sanding trucks ready...city of portland is just as bad
will love this......Trimess had some buses chained this morning!!..they had only predicted a lite dusting in some places!hahaha..they crazy!

February 16

Untitled from al m on Vimeo.

ELITE SUCCESSFUL IN TURNING AMERICANS AGAINST EACH OTHER

YouTube - Thousands Protest Wisconsin Gov.s Union Benefit-Cuts Plan

(all you republican bus drivers this is what you voted for)

R A Fontes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrLcuFKtf9Q

LIGHT RAIL SCREWED UP AGAIN TODAY

JOE ROSE

Jobs with Justice

News and Updates

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fox News Giddy Over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Union-Busting




Stuart Varney is getting tingles up his leg over the fact that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is ramming through legislation to strip Wisconsin workers of their bargaining rights. He's practically breaking open the champagne over it.

I guess he hasn't seen the images I'm seeing, of thousands gathered at the State Capitol in Wisconsin, protesting Walker's attempt to strip them of all bargaining rights. Meanwhile, Walker is doubling down on his promise to call out the National Guard if there's a walkout, while dismissing the protests.

Today is the second day of demonstrations. These people are not going anywhere. Scott Walker would do well to look at what happened in Egypt when the government dismissed protesters and threatened them. I am not saying he is the equivalent of Hosni Mubarak, but I am saying that when thousands gather outside your office to let you know they object to your strong-arm tactics, risking their health and possibly having to face down the National Guard, they're not doing it for fun and giggles. They're as serious as he is.

I highly recommend Talking Points Memo's wonderful slide show.

Update: Looks like Governor Walker has moved on to the negotiation stage of grief. Something tells me the protesters aren't going to accept any erosion of their right to bargain. Soon, anger. Then acceptance.