Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

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