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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

JELD-WEN A RIGHT WING ORGANIZATION!

Here's a run-down of some of the Jeld-Wen "family's" political contributions over the last several years:

TriMet's budget will be in black, assuming a win in union fight and big LIFT changes

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/04/trimets_2012_budget_expected_t.html

Plenty of promises in new TriMet budget

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/04/plenty-of-promises-in-new-trimet-budget/

TRIMET OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE REGARDING THE BUDGET

TriMet today unveiled its proposed $434 million operating budget for FY12, and for the first time in three years, there are no service cuts anticipated and some bus and service will be restored. More

APRIL BOARD BRIEFING

A 2LonelyGuys Production

Lovely day for a tram ride

SPECIAL TIMBERS FARE...TWO BUCKS!!!

The following is an excerpt from The Oregonian:


Other than a quick trip, don't expect anything special from the express buses. They will be regular TriMet vehicles with "Express Service" or "Timbers Shuttle" glowing from the digital reader boards. Trips will be $2 each way, with tickets available from attendants at the stops. (Carry dollar bills for faster service.)


I always thought the normal adult fare for a one zone trip (transit mall to Jeld Wen Field for example) was $2.05. As far as I know, the TriMet Board has never approved this "special" fare. The marketing whiz kids will counter with the argument that they are trying to save time by not charging that extra nickel. How come that argument is never presented when operators and passengers have to endure TriMet's antiquated fare collection system thousands of time a day? Oh, I forgot, It's a bus thing.....never mind.

Obama: "Tax the rich -- this time I really mean it"


PORTLANDIA

YouTube - Portlandia conquers the city of Portland

TRIMET THINKS LINE 32 IS FREQUENT SERVICE

TriMet: Bus Line 32-Oatfield Map and Schedule

I FILE MY OWN HR COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MANAGMENT


Department Job title: MINI OPERATOR
Immediate supervisor; ROBERT ROMO
2. Check () the box that indicates why you feel you have received unfair treatment:
è other
3. Name and position title of person (s) involved: ROBERT ROMO ACTING AS AGENT FOR TRIMET MANAGMENT
Name Position Title; STATION MANAGER
4. Briefly explain the harassment or discrimination that you believe occurred. Clearly
explain who did what, when the action occurred, and why you believe the action occurred.
Attach an extra sheet if needed.
---------------------------------------------------
ON FEB 10, 2011 I WAS GIVEN WRITTEN WARNING THAT I WAS IN VIOLATION OF HR RULE 171.
THIS WAS A RESULT OF MY LEGAL RECORDING AND POSTING OF A COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A TRIMET DISPATCHER AND A TRIMET OPERATOR.
TRIMET HR 171 STATES AS FOLLOWS:
It is a violation of state and federal law, as well as TriMet policy, to retaliate against employees or customers who have filed a complaint of discrimination, participated in an investigation of unlawful
discrimination, declared misuse of public funds, or engaged in other legally sanctioned, appropriate behavior.
I WAS ENGAGED IN A LEGALLY SANCTIONED BEHAVIOR, NAMELY LISTEING TO OVER THE AIRWAVE COMMUNICATIONS AND UTILIZING MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH RIGHTS TO DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION.
TRIMET MANAGEMENT HAS FULLY VIOLATED THE TERMS OF HR 171 FOR RETALIATING AGAINST ME WHILE ENGAGING IS A LEGALLY SANCTIONED ACTIVITY.
FUTHERMORE TRIMET MANAGEMENT IS IN VIOLATION OF HR 202 WHICH STATES:
The principles outlined in this policy provide standards for Internet use, communications, and
postings that utilize TriMet equipment or access to the Internet, and apply to all TriMet employees
whether they are on or off duty.
MY DISCIPLINARY LETTER WAS CONCERNING INTERNET POSTINGS.  I WAS NOT ON DUTY AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING, WAS NOT USING TRIMET EQUIPMENT AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING, AND WAS NOT USING TRIMET ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING. THE SCOPE OF THE RULES REGARDING INTERNET POSTINGS IS NOT REFERRED TO AT ALL WHICH IS A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO IGNORE FACTS RELEVANT TO THIS CASE!
----------------------------------------
TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment 􀁒 Discrimination.4 19 January 2007
5. List any witnesses; JEFF ACKERSON
6. Date(s) the harassment or discrimination took place: FEBUARY 10, 2011
7. What action(s), if any, have you taken to address or resolve this matter? TALKED TO ROBERT ROMO+JAY JACKSON
8. How would you like this matter resolved? MY WARNING THROWN OUT!
I understand that these incidents will be investigated, but the information on this form will be
kept confidential to the extent possible.
I understand that all information that I give to the Director, Employee Services will remain
the property of TriMet.
Signature Date
Dates of investigation of complaint
Date of final report
Finding:
TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment 􀁒 Discrimination.5 19 January 2007
TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment 􀁒 Discrimination.6 17 July 2008
TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF OREGON
TriMet Complaint Procedure for
Prohibited Harassment, Discrimination 􀁒 Retaliation

AND HERE IT IS...2011/2012 PORTLAND PORK BARREL TRANSIT DISTRICT BUDGET!

http://www.box.net/shared/0fi3vjy64m

NEWS FROM THE EXEC'S POINT OF VIEW

OUR(former) ESTEEMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Shelly’s view
Safety Remains Our Core Value
As you know, the anniversary of the worst bus accident in TriMet history is quickly approaching. The tragedy spurred many actions at TriMet over the past year designed to highlight the importance of safety in everything we do; not just in Operations but in the entire agency. Time may heal some wounds but safety remains TriMet’s number one priority.
We will continue to identify new ways to make operations safer and, as with the Request for Safety Assessment program, we will also continue to expect employees on the front lines to tell us how we can improve safety in the field and at TriMet facilities.
One of our biggest efforts to enhance safety at TriMet begins this month: recertification training for all bus operators. Every TriMet bus operator will be participating in this program which will include classroom and on-the-road training.
Unlike refresher training sessions, this is a true recertification program: operators will be expected to successfully pass a written test to complete the training. Our goal is to ensure that every operator is well versed in safe operation. Additional training will be provided for any operator who does not satisfactorily complete recertification.
I have seen first-hand how hard many of you are working to ensure safety is a core value in all that you do. I appreciate all the strides we have made over the past year and I look forward to continuing our work together to nurture and grow a culture of safety at TriMet.

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA
WES and Green Line Ridership Grow
March ridership counts are hot off the press. Overall, ridership last month was very similar to ridership last year; a total of 8.6 million trips were taken on buses, MAX and WES in March 2011 compared to approximately 8.7 million boardings last year. However, WES Commuter Rail and the MAX Green Line both enjoyed significant increases in ridership.
WES ridership increased by nearly 24 percent from the same time last year. Meanwhile Green Line ridership grew by almost 14 percent on weekdays and 3 percent on weekends.


COMPLAINT COMING TO AN OPERATOR LIKE YOU!
Recent Ruling on SIP Unfair Labor Practice Complaint
In May 2009, TriMet implemented its current system for processing customer comments, the Service Improvement Process (SIP). Unlike the Customer Service Information process, SIP is designed to resolve customer issues at intake whenever possible while also highlighting issues needing an immediate response in the field.
Following the implementation of SIP, ATU filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) complaint against TriMet that alleged the change in the process for handling customer concerns violated good faith bargaining laws. Last month, the judge issued a “Recommended Ruling” that dismissed the ULP. Approval by the Employment Relations Board of the “Recommended Ruling” is pending.
Labor issues aside, the key role of SIPs remains helping TriMet assess the quality of its service on an on-going basis. SIPs helps us identify and resolve issues of true concern and devote our resources more effectively as we strive for enhanced service and safety excellence.
If you need more information about SIP, please contact your transportation manager.
Transit Mall Enforcement Mission Yields Results
In response to operators’ safety concerns about auto driver and pedestrian behavior on the Transit Mall, the Portland Police Traffic and Transit Divisions were out in force on March 29thand additional mall missions are planned.
Police made contact with drivers they observed traveling in the transit only lanes or making illegal turns on the Mall. Pedestrians who were observed crossing Mall travel lanes in an unsafe manner – walking against the light, crossing mid-block, etc. – were also targeted as part of this mission.
Police made contact with 107 people overall. The results of the mission:
• Driver citations: 31
• Driver warnings: 53
• Pedestrian citations: 11
• Pedestrian warnings: 12
• Vehicle Tows: 2

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE PORK

A public venting session of course, look at the board of directors public comments to see how far those people got, NOWHERE, BASICALLY A WASTE OF TIME.

 http://trimet.org/meetings/fy2012-plan.htm

WATCH OUT, INQUISITION HEADED OUR WAY (again)

http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?a=345263&c=52629
I made a response to this:

I'm a bus operator at Trimet and I object to the insinuation that the announcements are not being made properly.
In my 14 years here I have not experienced even one disabled person having a problem finding a stop on any bus that I have driven.
I do not have the benefit of the automated stop announcement, which most Trimet buses are equipped with.
Furthermore, I use my voice to make the necessary announcement since using the microphone is a serious safety hazard due to my having to move my head significantly which requires me to take my eyes off the road. I know operators that have had their teeth knocked right out of their head by those microphones!
There are operating conditions that the full attention on the road rather than worrying about making a stop announcement.
Would you rather hear what street your at or get their in an uninjured condition?
Making these sorts of complaints leads to management conducting inquisitions of its operators rather than looking at the structural problems that are causing the situation in the first place!
Bus operators have been a favorite target of the public, press, and its own management, your actions in this regard will lead to further persecution of bus operators.

Al Margulies

C-Tran approves November bus funding vote, fare increase; light rail vote still uncertain

http://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/index.ssf/2011/04/c-tran_approves_november_bus_funding_vote_fare_increase_light_rail_vote_still_uncertain.html

PORK PORK AND EVEN MORE PORK IN THE WORKS!

Residents sound off on proposed streetcar

PORTLAND PORK BARREL TRANSIT DISTRICT PART 7

Job Title: Program Manager
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $6,594.92 - $9,892.17 Monthly
$79,139.00 - $118,706.00 Annually

This position serves as Capital Projects Division’s representative and point of contact for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), its oversight contractors and the SW Moody TIGER-funded project. It assists the Executive Director of Capital Projects with all facets of Division work, is responsible for coordinating Capital Projects’ programs, maintains relationships with outside agencies’ management. Ensure a commitment to safety through effective leadership, role modeling and implementing practices that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value and a priority in all aspects of work. Perform other duties as required.

NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU ARE A BUS DRIVER AT TRIMET!

THE BULLSHIT PILES UP SO HIGH HERE

Job Title: Director, Real Property
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $7,165.50 - $10,748.08 Monthly
$85,986.00 - $128,977.00 Annually 

Direct the activities of Real Property unit responsible for the real estate activities and transactions related to development of large capital projects involving right of way acquisition. Provide leadership and direction to the real property department creating continuous improvement in staff development, systems and integration with Capital Projects overall mission and specific project requirements. Represent the Department at senior staff meetings and before external organizations including local, state, and federal partners. Ensure Department activities are coordinated with overall TriMet project and policy objectives.  Ensure a commitment to safety through effective leadership, role modeling and implementing practices that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value and a priority in all aspects of work. Perform related duties as assigned.

A letter to the Ruling Class

You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!

Sincerely,

The Serfs

From Jesse Ventura

SPINELESS

RECRUITING BUS DRIVERS! GET BEAT UP MAYBE YOU'LL HAVE INSURANCE



STORY AND DISPATCH CALLS HERE! A REAL TRANSPARENT TRANSIT DISTRICT!
\CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Most Dangerous Thing You'll Do All Day

It all started last summer, when Assistant Editor Maria Masters came across a shocking study in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (one of dozens of research journals we comb each month as we put together the magazine). Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana analyzed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women over about 13 years, and found that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks.That’s right—I said 54 percent! 

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/menshealth/most-dangerous-thing-youll-do-all-day

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 12

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 12 from al m on Vimeo.

PORK BARREL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT (aka trimet)


Trimet emulates the rest of the culture, the executive class prospers, riders get cut, blue collar employees lose benefits.

DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE FEMALE GRAND MASTER OPERATOR IN THE HISTORY OF TRIMET?

Some of our managers don't know that it seems, well they should of course, if they cared that is:

TRIMET CHANGES THE ADVERTISING

Staring Beki Witt

http://www.myfitv.com/videos/796333/kptv-portland-trimet-changes-name-of-max-stop

Peter Joseph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYH57Cw644k

inside Minsk metro moments after bombing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWE2aGdpNuo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJG3Wkt2c5s

STEVE FUNGS VIDEO OF THE WEEK

CLUSTER FUCKED

Cue the xylophone.
     Like the dancing skeletons of film history, here come the elected office-holders of the US government cutting their capers in the graveyard of empire, giving the paying customer - er... citizens - a nice case of the Friday night heebie-jeebies in a mock battle over inanities. It made for a few hours of diverting theater, with an emphasis on diversion - since the whole gruesome melodrama of the US budget finally hinged on a ploy to de-fund the Planned Parenthood organization, one of the few useful endeavors left in this land of depravity, monster trucks, and microwaved cheese snacks.

MANAGEMENT VIOLATES CONFIDENTIALITY

IT SEEMS TO ME;
 
that putting out an "all call" to every single operator on duty
telling them to "spot an operator who's name is MR XXXX", then further instructing
every single operator who is on duty that "if they do spot Mr XXXX who is in uniform that
they SHOULD NOT tell Mr XXXX that dispatch is looking for them but call priority only";

IS A COMPLETE VIOLATION OF CONFIDENTIALITY!

These XXXXX, the same XXXXX that disciplined me for embarrasing a operator by
publishing an over the air dispatch call, have no problem humiliating a fellow
operator by putting out such a message.

WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

There were 8.6 million trips taken on buses, MAX and WES trains in March 2011, down 1.4 percent from March 2010. MAX Green Line and WES Commuter Rail saw double-digit increases, and for the first time in five months, rush hour trips increased for all modes. Ridership figures are compared to March 2010. More

Gotta love our ministry, one of the best in the world!
Spin Spin Spin, that's the name of the game at the ministry.
I went looking for the month to month chart, so I could look at our ridership last month compared to this month, alas, I could not locate it, not on the public site and not on the employee site.


Now for the real figures:
Bus, MAX & WES

Weekly system wide trips were = 1,916,000 trips (this months report)
Weekly trips were=1,912,650 trips (previous months report)
That's a slight increase in the # of people using trimet of 3,350 (1.7%) (boarding rides)

# of rides on bus this month=1,138,500 trips
# of rides on bus last month=1,142,200 trips
A slight decrease in the number of rides on bus (3,700) (.3%)

# of rides on Max in this month=769,900 trips
# of rides on max in last month=763,300 trips
A  decrease in # of rides (6,600) (8.5%)

# of rides on WES this month=7,600
# of rides on WES last month=7,150
An increase of 450 rides or 6%.

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE!
The real figures show the biggest loser in the month to month figures, the only figures that
have any real meaning, IS THE MAX, DOWN  8.5%!


And 59.4% of ridership is on the bus, no way to tell how many max trips actually originated on a bus!

Enough

WE ARE NOW SWEDEN'S MEXICO


Labor problems at Ikea's U.S. factory. Click to read story

Government by People Who Hate You

http://www.truth-out.org/paul-ryan-your-pockets-government-people-who-hate-you

MORE BUS DRIVER STRIKES

http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/90561/

Police: California Man Tried to Take Bus at Knifepoint

Police in the Northern California city of Redding say a man threatened an Amtrak bus driver with a knife and tried to take over the vehicle. It's not clear whether any passengers were on board at the time. Police say 43-year-old Robert Fender.....

CLICK HERE! 

DISRESPECTING BUS DRIVERS

Negotiations between Veolia Transportation Services and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 have been going on for nine months.
The last round of bargaining is slated for the end of this week and on April 28.
Veolia, which operated 33 of Valley Metro’s 99 routes, said if there’s no deal, it will impose a new contract, regardless of what the drivers want.

http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Bus-strike-looming-in-Phoenix-119602094.html 

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 11

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 11 from al m on Vimeo.

Monday, April 11, 2011

CAPTAIN AMERICA

BUS DRIVER SAYS PASSENGER GOT ON WITH STOLEN ITEMS FROM STORE

Not sure how the driver has come to this conclusion but he called dispatch to get the police. No report was called to police about anything stolen.

Stranger than fiction?

IN CELEBRATION OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WHICH CUTS EVERTHING FOR CITZENS AND GIVES FAT TAX BREAKS TO THE RICH!

Michael Anderson


Bikes, cars, trains: What's the best value for taxpayers?

Planning a trip to Mexico?

U.S. warns against bus travel in northern Mexico

The war on Drugs as big a disaster as the war in the middle east. American policies are one big disaster for the whole world and for American citizens.

600 snakes found on bus!

Passengers on a bus in Argentina got an unwelcome surprise when police found more than 600 snakes and other reptiles packed in the luggage compartment.
Acting on a tip-off, police intercepted the bus in a northern province bound for Buenos Aires, asked to see passengers' documents, then began poking into their bags.
"A passenger came onboard with 40 snakes, plus what he had in the boxes" in the bus luggage hold, said ranger Daniel Chersich, warden of Santa Fe province.
Police "were terrified of opening the bags," Chersich, who was investigating a wildlife trafficking network and joined in the operation, told the daily Clarin.
With good reason.
The trafficker had loaded them with 444 boas, vipers and other snakes; 186 endangered tortoises; 40 lizards, and an armadillo.
The smuggler, who was arrested, boarded the bus in Santiago del Estero, where he had spent three months trapping various species in the bush with the intent of selling them, Chersich said.

Be a bus driver-get stabbed

http://www.redding.com/news/2011/apr/10/redding-police-man-tried-steal-bus-stab-driver-rab/

Wrongful Death Claims Against Public Entities: Recoverable Damages Increased

Austin Miller was killed after being struck by a bus operated by Tri-met, a governmental agency.  Austin Miller was survived by his parents, his only statutory-beneficiaries.  A personal representative for Austin Miller’s estate (hereinafter “Plaintiff”) filed a wrongful death action against Tri-met.  The parties disagreed about whether or not Plaintiff brought two claims—one for each beneficiary—or one claim on behalf of the decedent.  The trial court determined Plaintiff brought two claims, one claim for each beneficiary and awarded $375,000, $187,500 for each beneficiary.  

http://www.smithfreed.com/Library/ByLibraryType/Latest-Oregon-Updates/11-04-08/Wrongful_Death_Claims_Against_Public_Entities_Recoverable_Damages_Increased.aspx 

TRI-MET LRV #103 & #106 4X5 TRACTION/TROLLEY NEGATIVE

Only $4

http://cgi.ebay.com/TRI-MET-LRV-103-106-4X5-TRACTION-TROLLEY-NEGATIVE-/150589671147

LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION AND TRIMET EMPLOYEES

Gonna be a bunch of Trimet executives hanging around Center Street to take questions and/or comments. That might be interesting. This is gonna be one hell of a mess on 17th Avenue!
Good luck!

INSTANT REPLAY

Our excellent Merlo garage executive board member comes out firmly on the side of free speech and against Trimet totalitarianism which now extends not only when you are at work but on your own time!

OBAMA=JUDAS

"Don’t Punish the Poor" Economist Jeffrey Sachs Slams Obama-GOP Budget Deal

Sunday, April 10, 2011

NEIL MACFARLANE TRYING HARD TO RESTORE HIS TAINTED IMAGE

Trimet general manager is "very proud" t...

How bout some buttons?

http://twitpic.com/4jgkk3

LOOK AROUND THE COUNTRY-BOONDOGGLES EVERYWHERE

I am the farthest thing from a right winger, but on the issue of light rail above everything else I stand firmly behind them.

It seems that rail is being pushed almost exclusively by liberals. Ergo, it has more to do with politics than actual value-added to the community. Enter the $500 million – yes, half a $BILLION – boondoggle lightvideo of the proposed system in March 2009 rail project down the Woodward corridor – a project that will benefit a few wealthy businessmen at taxpayer expense. I posted this

TEMPEST IN A TRANSIT BUS-great title!

I consider myself an avid Transit user having taken the bus every day for the past three years. I always know what time the bus is supposed to come, where I'm going and where I'm supposed to get off. If I am unsure about a route, I'm comfortable and capable of asking the driver.
To say I was annoyed when Transit first introduced calling out every stop from inside the bus would have been an understatement. Obviously, this new system wasn't meant for my enjoyment but I understood why and how the new system would benefit those whom it was for.
It took a few weeks until I had myself trained to tune out the constant voice. Having an MP3 player or other means of distraction with me helped a lot during the transition. I managed to find a happy medium between an enjoyable volume of music that would drown out the constant reminder of where I was headed and would not upset my fellow passengers.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/tempest-in-a-transit-bus-strongsenior-vs-seniorstrong-119557374.html

Lawmakers to examine transit delays in Mass.

http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20110410lawmakers_to_examine_transit_delays_in_mass/

ATU INTERNATIONAL VOTE FRAUD COMPLAINT EXTENDED

OPERATOR WILL BE SUED? haha

Passenger tells operator that she will be "sued" for "throwing her around" in the bus from Gresham Transit Center down Powell! She never fell but she apparently didn't like the ride! Dispatch will pull the data pack!
(This is the kind of crap that operators have to put up with)

VIEWERS THIS WEEK

Dr. Know: TriMet Fuzz?

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17325-dr_know_trimet_fuzz.html

Looking for weird people in Portland?

RIDE MAX-CLICK HERE!
(not mine)

Max train operator blows right though a red on transit mall

Reported to dispatch by bus operator on 4/8/11, train 67, 6:22pm;
Turns out that the bus is supposed to move immediately on its green and if it doesnt the train gets to go so proper procedure was followed.
TRANSIT MALL DISASTER AVERTED!

Workers rights MLK celebration in Portland

Keep Dr. King's Dream Alive (music) Portland Rally
2. Workers Rights MLK Celebration speeches
3.Workers Rights MLK Celebration speeches
4. Workers Rights MLK Celebration speeches

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Probably not a good way to punch transfers(not my video!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yDswYplM34

(do I have to qualify every single post that is on the internet that is NOT MINE? THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS!)

MAX TRAIN PUPPET TOUR!

This is VERY weird:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5NJG4aD1g0

Mondays on the Portland Transit Mall!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksTr-42jV7Y

Portland TriMet 2009 New Flyer D40LFR #2940

TRIMET in service videos-stay calm managment....not my stuff!

Portland MAX Red Line bound for Beaverton TC arriving
Portland MAX Red Line bound for Beaverton TC at Washington Park
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Hillsboro at Washington Park
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Hillsboro at Washington Park
The 2 Hawaiian Airline train twins at Washington Park
Portland MAX Red Line bound for Portland Airport at Beaverton TC
2 Portland MAX Blue Line trains at Beaverton TC
Portland MAX Red Line bound for Portland Airport
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Hillsboro at Old Town Chinatown
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Willow Creek/ SW 185th Ave at Old Town/ Chinatown

80 car pileup in Germany

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SplVq2g3U0I

TRIMET-'SECURING YOUR WORLD"

This is a picture of a Trimet vehicle with an unusual logo and slogan on it.

DAMN FARE DISPUTES

Listening to dispatchers deal with these intractable bus drivers regarding the most stupid fare disputes!

Somebody needs to enlighten these operators that YOU PUSH THE DAMN BUTTON rather than get into a fight with passengers over fares!

Give the passengers the transfer and STOP FIGHTING OVER THIS NONSENSE!

I can't believe some of our operators are so DUMB!

Crack selling bus driver

“I needed the extra money; I don’t make enough money,’’ King, of Brockton, allegedly told police officers who arrested her at 3:42 p.m. at the Cabot Yard facility on Dorchester Avenue in South Boston. She has worked for the MBTA for more than eight years , and last year made $62,774. She was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/04/09/mbta_bus_driver_faces_narcotics_charges/ 

Crash at Pierce county transit

WHAT'S GOING ON IN JAPAN

http://doctorapsley.com/ RadiationTherapy.aspx
http://bojack.org/2011/04/beginning_of_the_end_in_japan.html

THE CLASS WAR RAGES ON




Hard to believe The Oregonian actually published this. Click here to read.

the price of war

“Fuck TransLink” and “Fuck Censorship” buttons surface after "Fuck Yoga" pin controversy

http://www.straight.com/article-385957/vancouver/fuck-translink-and-fuck-censorship-buttons-surface-after-fuck-yoga-pin-controversy

Despotism: circa 1945. How does your country rate on a democracy / despotism scale?

http://

TriMet: 3-hour transfers would cost $2.5m annually

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/04/trimet-3-hour-transfers-would-cost-2-5m-annually/

TRIMET BOARD BRIEFING

TriMet Board Breifing Agenda for April 13, 2011

TRIMET DRIVERS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RULES WE DO-FACEBOOK GROUP

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115619161802587

Caught texting while driving, defiant bus driver threatens rider

http://www.examiner.com/technology-in-national/caught-texting-while-driving-defiant-bus-driver-threatens-rider

TRAIN MISSES DRUNK MAN BY INCHES!



STORY HERE!

WOMAN GETS HER BAG STUCK IN MOVING TRAIN



STORY HERE!

BUS DRIVER WAS SELLING CRACK

http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/mbta-bus-driver-was-allegedly-selling-crack-20110408

ROBBED!

ATLANTA — A bus driver says a man boarded her MARTA bus and robbed her and her six passengers.
MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris says the robbery took place early Thursday morning on a bus bound for the Oakland City rail station.
Harris says the man threatened the driver and passengers and they complied with his demands.
Harris says no injuries were reported. The driver says the robber was between 35 and 40 years old and wore bifocal glasses.

How Smartphones Can Improve Public Transit

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/04/how-smartphones-can-improve-public-transit/

Dutch 'Superbus,' Eco-Friendly Transit Vehicle Capable Of 155 MPH, Set For Trade Fair Debut



STORY HERE!

Friday, April 8, 2011

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 8

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 8 from al m on Vimeo.

REPUBLICANS TRY TO END NET NEUTRALITY! (of course!)

http://act2.freepress.net/sign/resolution_of_disapproval/?akid=2440.9408772.V2wxRJ&rd=1&t=5

MAX FAQS

Improving transit speed part 1

Jeff Welch "attacked"

I Get Called Nasty Names by “The Stranger” « Puget Sound Transit Operators

FOOD DRIVE AT MERLO!

Must See Movie

 "Go break the strike, as soon as possible"

http://betrueunion.blogspot.com/2011/04/must-see-movie.html

More on the T&I Stakeholders Meetings: The Advocates Edition

Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, went right after Millar but took a more combative tone. Recent transit cuts – the deepest since World War Two – are “unconscionable” and further cuts would be “a criminal act against the people of our cities,” he said, threatening people’s ability to get to work in the midst of an economic crisis. Janitors sometimes have to stay in the buildings they clean for hours after their shifts end to wait for the next bus, he said.

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/04/01/more-on-the-ti-stakeholders-meetings-the-allies-and-advocates-edition/ 

NO RESPONSE FROM HAYDEN BUT HERE IS THE RECCOMENDATION AND THE ACTUAL SOP

B804 Serving Bus Stops
by Admin — last modified Dec 01, 2010 01:27 PM
Revised 11-18-2010. Leaving a bus stop section changed.
1.0 Purpose:
This procedure outlines how to enter and leave bus stops and serve customers at bus stops. Additional requirements for serving customers at shared bus stops are outlined in SOP B805 Shared Bus Stop Procedure and information for operating in service lanes on the transit mall are outlined in SOP B807 Portland Mall Operating Procedures. Also see SOP B701 Serving Customers with Disabilities for information on serving disabled customers.
2.0 Procedures:
Entering a bus stop and serving customers:
1. Use right turn signal to indicate your planned move into the bus stop.
2. Keep turn signal on while pulling into the bus stop and while serving the stop.
3. If the stop has more than one bus position, pull up to the first open position. Be sure the boarding location for customers is safe and easily accessible.
4. Open doors to service the stop and make all required announcements.
5. Keep brake pedal covered with your foot or set parking brake while doors are open.
6. Board any customers. Greet or acknowledge customers as they board. Respond to any customer questions in a polite, respectful way.
7. Once all customers are aboard, close your doors, turn on your left turn signal and yield signal. Do not use the Yield signal on the Transit Mall.
8. If a customer appears at the door after the doors are closed, use your discretion in deciding whether or not to board the customer:
Will boarding the customer jeopardize the safety of the customer or the bus?
Will the customer be waiting in inclement weather?
Will the bus impede traffic movement if the customer is boarded?
Is your follower coming soon?
TriMet does not encourage customers to walk into traffic to board a bus. However, if it is safe, allow the customer to board.
Leaving a bus stop:
1. Scan the doors for clearance and then close them keeping your left hand on the door control and your head and eyes turned towards the doors until they are completely shut. Do not move the bus with the doors open.
2. Make sure the front and rear doors are cleared of customers and your mirrors are visible. Passengers may not block mirrors, stand in the stairwells, or stand ahead of the yellow line at the front of the bus.
3. Release the right turn signal and turn on the left turn and yield signals. Remember that the Yield signal may only be used to exit a service stop at a curb to reenter a travel lane. The Yield signal may not be used on the transit mall, or for turns or lane changes.
4. Turn your head left to scan the left side and mirrors.
5. Turn your head back to the right, sweeping your vision across the front of the bus and scanning for all potential hazards. Scan the right side and mirror, and remember to rock and roll (lean) in the seat to see around right side vision barriers.
6. Turn your head left for a second scan of the left side and mirror. Scan the interior center mirror as you sweep your vision back to the left to check that your customers appear ready for the bus to move. Look over your left shoulder and rock and roll (lean) in your seat as you scan left to increase what you see in the mirrors, and to see around vision barriers.
7. Enter traffic only when there is a sufficient gap. Do not assume other vehicles will yield.
8. If traffic conditions delay your movement, completely rescan left, right and left before moving.
Related con

As you can see that the word "seated" is not part of the SOP!

Some in LO are so not ecstatic about that "rabid" streetcar coming to town

http://bojack.org/2011/04/in_lake_o_a_rustling_of_pitchf.html

Wayward Government Car of the Week

Let's see: one Tri-Met person to park the car illegally, one City of Portland parking minion to write the ticket, one Tri-Met office bureaucrat to process the ticket, one county court clerk to deal with the ticket, somebody at City Hall to see that the ticket has or hasn't been paid.

http://bojack.org/2011/04/wayward_government_car_of_the.html 

The competition is on!

TriMet & Snohomish County Community Transit battling it out to see who can cut more bus service the quickest, and be the most top heavy.

Learn how to put your bike on a TriMet bus!


At the PDX Bicycle Show. Also enter to win access to one of the Bike & Ride lots (a $20 value!)

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 7

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 7 from al m on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bill Of Rights Targets Mass Transit Headaches-Trimet should consider this

The Transit Workers Bill of Rights would give commuters the right to expect on-time, efficient service, and clear notification if service is running late, specifically before swiping their MetroCards. The bill states commuters should be notified via internet, email, or text message and through P.A. announcements in stations if a bus, subway or commuter train is more than 15 minutes late. 

http://www.queenstribune.com/news/News_040711_Bill_Of_Rights.html 

Guilty: Faker who boarded bus after non-crash

If someone were to write Insurance Fraud for Dummies, it might include such advice as: Before you fake an injury, make sure there's an actual crash.
Also, don't get caught on video running a quarter-block to board a bus after an accident.
"It's almost comical," said Assistant District Attorney Linda Montag.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/119412484.html 

Why Glenn Beck lost it

He pushed further into dark conspiracies, urging his viewers to hoard food in their homes and to buy freeze-dried meals for sustenance when civilization breaks down. He spun a conspiracy theory in which the American left was in cahoots with an emerging caliphate in the Middle East. And, most ominously, he began to traffic regularly in anti-Semitic themes.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2011/04/06/AFNEgnqC_story.html 

No Evidence of Fraud, but...

It was "human error" and she's "sorry" about it.
Can you sense my eyebrows being raised?
One thing I can tell you is that when "mistakes are made", the first thing that an information hoarder does is fix everything before reporting the mistake.
I think there is enough here to launch a serious investigation. Not just a recount, but a criminal investigation. The fact is many Wisconsinites will consider this fraud unless it's proven otherwise. That may not be fair, but it's a fact.
Kathy Nickolaus needs to answer a lot of questions. Her computer should have been seized and locked away as soon as the error was reported. It should be given a thorough forensic exam. When did she realize the mistake? Did she change anything in any file after she discovered her error? Who did she tell and when? Why didn't she just tell the AP right away if it was an honest mistake? Did she have access to any of the physical records like ballots and election logs? (I presume she did, being the clerk.) Where were those documents over the last two days? Did she alter them in any way?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/07/964573/-No-Evidence-of-Fraud,-but 

SCREWY ELECTION IN WISCONSIN

As Schneider notes in the NRO piece, Waukesha's County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus had indeed come under scrutiny for her election procedures in the past. As The BRAD BLOG flagged back in August of 2010, it was discovered that Nickolaus keeps election results on her personal PC in her office, and only on her personal PC.
At a press conference moments ago, Nickolaus attributed the confusion in numbers to an error in Microsoft Access on her computer.
As we noted, quoting the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last year in regard to questions about Nickolaus', um, unusual election procedures:

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8456

Anarchists march!

Operator witness reports 50 cops followed 15 anarchists down 5th&6th ave!

GO BY STREETCAR!

Some arguments are distorted

GHOSTS MAYBE ON BUSES

Two reports of strange events on buses-lights start flashing and doors open and close continually for no reason at all!
Heard on dispatch!
Members can access on the private blog!

GANG ATTACK ON BUS 4 YESTERDAY

Heard on dispatch!
Driver tried to detain victim but dispatch informed her that detaining people on the bus is KIDNAPPING!
The victim was bleeding profusely.
The attackers scattered in all directions!

STEVE FUNG DISPATCH CALL

Members only due to totalitarianism:

http://trimetbusdispatch.blogspot.com/2011/04/steve-fung.html

REQUEST MADE TO HAYDEN TALBOT FOR CLARIFICTION OF POLICY

Hello Hayden;
I would like a policy clarification please.

It had been the policy of this agency to allow movement of the bus as soon as passengers had “moved safely behind the yellow line”. (With exceptions)

I’m sure you are aware that many people take quite a long time to actually take their seats and some people choose to go way to the back of the bus in a nonchalant style that can actually take quite a long time.

Is the policy now that the bus cannot be moved until passengers “are safely seated”?

If there is a fall before a passenger is seated is that an automatic PA?

If yes to the above what about people that refuse to sit or overloaded buses?

This needs to be clearly defined to us as operators.

Thank you,

Al Margulies
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