Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

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