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Friday, April 29, 2011

Of TriMet and ATU 757

http://www.portlandurbanista.com/?p=2787

For those of us who are dismayed at TriMet’s seemingly never-ending service cuts and fare increases, the contract dispute between the transit agency and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 is a bit disconcerting.
I say disconcerting because on the one hand it’s clear TriMet is in a bind financially, what with the recession and the agency’s dependence on volatile, steeply declining payroll taxes. On the other hand, vilifying bus drivers as grasping public employees is hardly appealing.  Nor is the notion that cutting benefits, especially a benefit as fundamental as health care, is the only way to financial solvency.
To help me sort all this out, I turned to my old friend Don McIntosh: associate editor of the NW Labor Press and my go-to guy on all things labor union.
Here are a few of his insights:
Driving a bus is a high stress-repetitive motion occupation and bus drivers as a population are extremely unhealthy.   “These guys suffer from high levels of obesity, hypertension and heart disease,” Don says.
In short: “Bus drivers have very high utilization rates for health care services.”
What’s the takeaway?  “TriMet and the union should put efforts into preventive health. The best thing for these guys would be a half hour a day of paid calisthenics.”
At the same time–incessant carping about the union’s lavish health benefits—a practice favored by the Oregonian editorial board –is misguided.
The problem isn’t that ATU health care benefits are too generous–they are too expensive, says Don.  In that context, TriMet and the bus drivers’ union are both scapegoats for much larger problems: inadequate federal investment in public transportation and skyrocketing health care costs.
“Legacy and Providence are building $100 million palaces and doctors are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.  We’ve got an out of control medical- industrial complex and TriMet is footing the bill.”
I brook no disagreement with Don.  As SEIU Local 49 executive director Ron Ruggiero noted last month, unions should be at the forefront of transit activism, urging employers to fund transit passes for workers and helping to spread the gospel of transit as a clean, green urban transportation solution.
Maybe this isn’t a union-management battle after all.  It’s a battle everyone should be fighting–for universal health care and a stable, well-funded bus network that gets all of us where we want to go.

Another picture of the mysterious D40LF at Barbur TC

Join the Anti-D40LF Facebook Group!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2414361678&v=wall

The mysterious white D40LF shows up at Barbur TC



The mysterious, unknown white D40LF was sitting at Barbur TC on the left side of the driveway where the 94s that make a return inbound trip as a 12 layover.  Interestingly, there is a trip permit in the windshield.  No driver to be found, nothing on the headsign.

It appears that the bus, judging from the gray paint pattern on the top of the bus, is an ex-OCTA bus built in 1995 (making it 16 years old).  Apparently after retirement a number of these buses served as shuttles for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and some have found their way to tour operators.  However if this is ex-OCTA, the OCTA buses were in the 5300 and 5400 series so it's been renumbered.

I don't know of any PCC buses that serve the Barbur TC, and Wilsonville SMART buses always layover at their designated stop (the first stop) and not this side of the driveway.  However I didn't see the Operator.  So the mystery continues...it would be interesting if this was actually in TriMet service, but why would TriMet be replacing 21 year old buses with 16 year old buses?  After all, New Flyer has a bunch of 2001-2004 built D60LFs for sale...they are at least only 7-10 years old...
Johann Hari: Frenzy around Britain’s Royal Wedding "Should Embarrass Us All"

PROOF THAT THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEMOCRATS&REPUBLICANS

The Massachusetts State House has approved a measure that would curb the rights of public sector unions. The bill would prevent public employees from collectively bargaining over their health benefits. The measure is similar to Republican bills passed in Wisconsin and Ohio, but unlike those states, the Massachusetts House is controlled by Democrats. The measure now goes to the Massachusetts State Senate.
Kitzhaber got $40K pension between terms as Oregon governor

CHECKING OUT THE RE-REROUTE WITH CHRIS DAY

THE ILLUSIVE TRANSIT RIDER MISSING THE BUS

http://streetsblog.net/2011/04/28/chasing-the-illusive-new-transit-rider-missing-the-bus/

PICTURE OF MY FAVORITE FARE INSPECTOR!

(NOT MINE TRIMET MANAGEMENT! PLEASE DON'T FIRE ME!)

136th and Holgate layover



TORNADO IN ALABAMA KILLS HUNDEREDS!

http://vimeo.com/23054728

TRIMET-SAFETY IS A VALUE (and so is professionalism)

These are actual road signs directing the travel of buses!

THE FUTURE OF TRIMET IF THEY KEEP CUTTING SERVICE TO OVER EXTEND THE EMPIRE

THE TRAIN from al m on Vimeo.

A Caveman's Guide to Riding the Bus - Lesson 1: BIG vs. SMALL

A. Bus Not A Taxi
Taxi come when you wave. Stop wherever you are. Take you where you want to go. Taxi stop if you running after it. Drop you where you want. Taxi expensive.
Bus have stops. Run on schedule. Bus not stop if you wave. Bus not stop if you shout f-word. Bus not stop unless you at bus stop. You not see bus until it pulling away? Bus keep going. Bus cheap to ride.

Bus BIG. Taxi SMALL.

B. Bus Driver There to Drive Bus
Bus driver not make schedules. Bus driver not responsible for cuts due to economic downturn. Bus driver not one who assigned 40 foot bus to run needing 60 foot bus. Schedules, cuts and other things above bus driver's pay grade.

Bureaucracy BIG. Bus driver SMALL.

C. Bus Driver Only Human
Bus driver not able to overcome laws of physics. Bus driver not able to make bus fly over traffic. Bus driver not make potholes big, seats small, or seat-mate smelly. Bus driver not hit potholes on purpose (bus driver also on bumpy bus for much longer than you). Bus driver not one who spilled coffee on floor near back of bus. Bus driver not late to make rider angry.

Reality BIG. Patience of Some Riders SMALL
.
D. Bus Driver Work Hard
May not seem so, but driving bus not a joy ride. Bus driver deal with crazies. Bus driver deal with angry yuppies. Bus driver deal with being beat up, spit on, hit and worse. Bus driver deal with angry drivers with busy middle finger. You mean that not mean bus driver "number one"? No. Does not. Means driver with busy middle-finger asshole who not like buses.

Bus driver work long hours away from families. Bus driver work split shifts, sometimes no breaks. Bouncy bus hard on bus driver's muscles and bones. Bus driver enjoys job of driving bus for nice passengers but sometimes bad passengers and others make job difficult. Bus driver sometimes treated like bus driver five years old by boss, even if bus driver a grown-up with kids of own, and college degree.

Bus driver work in environment made hard by suits. Politicians wear suits. Big time managers too.

Suits' paychecks BIG. Bus driver paychecks SMALL.

E. Damage to Bus Not Likely
Science important. Science determine what happen when objects collide. Some things collide, both bounce back. Not always.

Step in front of moving bus - you get squashed. Damage to bus? None at all.

Bus BIG. You SMALL.

-jw

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT ADDRESSES THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Says "Trimet can keep its sugar cookies, employees want a collective bargaining agreement!"

APRIL 28

4/28/11 from al m on Vimeo.

MAX FAQS

Improving transit speed part 2 - Holladay

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I COME UP WITH THE NEW SAFETY SLOGAN

IS TRIMET VIOLATING ORS 659A?

 This will be the basis of my BOLI complaint if HR fails to do the job properly on my complaint.   

659A.203 Prohibited conduct by public employer. (1) Subject to ORS 659A.206, except as provided in ORS 659A.200 to 659A.224, it is an unlawful employment practice for any public employer to:
      (a) Prohibit any employee from discussing, in response to an official request, either specifically or generally with any member of the Legislative Assembly or legislative committee staff acting under the direction of a member of the Legislative Assembly the activities of:
      (A) The state or any agency of or political subdivision in the state; or
      (B) Any person authorized to act on behalf of the state or any agency of or political subdivision in the state.
      (b) Prohibit any employee from disclosing, or take or threaten to take disciplinary action against an employee for the disclosure of any information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of:
      (A) A violation of any federal or state law, rule or regulation by the state, agency or political subdivision;
      (B) Mismanagement, gross waste of funds or abuse of authority or substantial and specific danger to public health and safety resulting from action of the state, agency or political subdivision; or

Trump Unable To Produce Certificate Proving He's Not A Festering Pile Of Shit

OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

In Libya, a NATO air strike has killed 12 rebels and wounded five in Misurata. The attack marks the second time this month NATO planes have mistakenly bombed the Libyan opposition. The United States, meanwhile, has ordered the expenditure of some $25 million in surplus government goods to support the rebel forces. On Wednesday, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Gene Cretz, said the rebels are deserving of U.S. backing.

COURT OF BUSINESS INTERESTS (aka supreme court)

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled businesses facing arbitration can force customers or employees to pursue their cases individually rather than joining in a class action. The 5-4 decision reverses a California Supreme Court ruling that allowed customers to form a class with others, even if they had signed arbitration agreements barring class actions. The ruling could jeopardize a pending effort by at least 500,000 female workers to bring a class action sexual discrimination case against the retail giant Wal-Mart.

BRUCE HANSEN QUESTIONS THE LACK OF OPERATORS IN PROCURMENT DECISIONS

LET DARLA AND DAVID TALK TO US!

I'm in favor of this. Pair them with an operator or let them move freely at the transit centers! I would take either of them in a second around with me and let them see what our job really entails, and let them meet a bunch of us operators!
What's wrong with that?

DAVID SALE AND PALS WAITING FOR US AT 92ND+POWELL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00fGva0Rlyg

WHO COULD THIS BE?

THE TRANSIT BLOGGERS

How important are new riders to transit, and how hard should the region work to attract them?

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/04/how_important_a.html

US economic growth slows to 1.8%

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/28/us-economic-growth-slows-gdp

Tenacious ADA advocate Michael Levine does not feel very "honored"

Fat cat developers and business owners want street car for business and "dignified" transit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah3oSTJOf_c

TRIMET FAILS THESE RIDERS

BROUGHT TO TEARS AT BOARD MEETING
NURSE CAN'T GET TO PATIENTS ON TIME WITH TRIMET
BUSES STRAND RIDERS
KEEP LIFT PASSES!

Need some tickets?

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/tix/2350093980.html

A Stroller on TriMet MAX: Please Park Here

http://www.urbanmamas.com/urbanmamas/2011/04/a-stroller-on-trimet-max-please-park-here.html

Rally pics from yesterdays board meeting




Station Agent pursues harrassment agenda at Powell garage

It has been brought to my attention that there is a certain station agent at Powell garage who has been targeting particular operators. The station agent vigorously looks for violations for these operators.

In the latest case, an extra board operator called in for his work assignment for the next day. The station agent went out of his way to look up this operators paddle and found that he might have been on the road somewhere.

With that information the station agent "wrote up" the operator for cell phone us and the operator received a 5 day suspension.

It turned out that the operator was on the route but the bus was stopped and secured at the time of the cell phone call.

As is always the case with our current management the discipline meted out does not fit the crime. There was a "technical" violation of the rules but absolutely no safety hazard, however the suspension is being applied.

The obvious problem is how to deal with  power hungry station agents who go out of their way to find fault, and the executives who have no ethics.

Be wary operators, at all times, the executioner is looking for you next!

Trimet secrecy laws (aka HR rules) prohibit me from disclosing the name of the station agent.

LIGHT RAIL MESS

Trouble at the Interstate MAX station this morning: reports no service disruption; injuries unknown.

(Yesterday there were THREE max trains broken down at one time creating a huge mess reported to me by a max operator)

APRIL MEETING OF THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

April Trimet Board of Directors Meeting from al m on Vimeo.

SAFETY AT TRIMET IS NOTHING BUT HYPE

You may remember Chris Day did an excellent post about a safety hazard on his route 4. If you missed it you can find it HERE!

He got the usual bullshit reply as us operators always do, here is his synopsis:

So they are keeping the reroute as is and went this direction with it.

My first question is:
How does the regular cars that travel that street know that busses are allowed to travel the opposite way?

This is a perfect example about TriMet sticking to their set plan and not worry about the confusion it may cause. So rather than putting out bound routes on Wills and inbound routes on Arlington TriMet prefers to get permission from the City to go straight on a right turn only and to travel the wrong way on a single lane meant to go the opposite way. I am sure the residences that is use to the normal flow of traffic is enjoying this change. Unbelievable isn’t it…..

Now about the Safety Stop Sign…. It is one of our white and blue temporary stop signs that someone put up with the back side showing and had hand written with a sharpie “Bus Safety Stop” I will have to go and get a picture of it….

My final thought on this reply is that last part where it is stated that they will be adding an “except bus” to that right turn…. Why would they do that if this reroute expires on the 5th? Is this going to be the standard reroute used?

I must be missing something because I think it would have been a lot less confusing with the idea I have…. Plus as far as I can see no operator other than myself has done the “S” turn.

Bus Fleet 101 facts (from last night's board meeting)

Breakdown by age:
15+ years - 175 buses - 29.2% of fleet  (161 buses are 18 years or older)
10-15 years - 264 buses - 44% of fleet
5-9 years - 121 buses - 20.2% of fleet
less than 5 years - 40 buses - 7.7% of fleet

240 high floor buses, 360 low floor buses, 425 have air conditioning and 175 do not

FTA funding for buses - eligibility is at 12 years.

Peer comparison - the average bus age at similar transit agencies is 7.4 years. Our average bus age is 12.

In the next meeting, there will be 2 contracts for bus procurement.
 - among features of new bus models, better wheelchair accessibility - changes ratio of wheelchair ramps from 1:4 to 1:6

Board member Lehrbach - wanted to know if operators were involved in selection of new buses - answer was yes, bus models are brought to yard, operators can operate them in the yard or ride with a representative on the road

Board member Olanrewaju - wants to see money saved by replacing older buses with new ones to make sure it's worth it.
(Clearly board member Olanrewaju has never ridden in a 1700 series bus when it's 90 degrees out)

What's your vision of Lake Oswego? (to have a streetcar, or not to?)

A project “unlike any in the United States in both price and ambition to link a big city and a suburb by streetcar,” according to The Oregonian, deserves a vote by city council in favor of local taxpayers, not for a plan that hugely favors TriMet, Metro and Portland developers. Continue to develop Lake Oswego as a delightful suburban town, not as a district of Portland.

Lake Oswego Review

Japanese nukes in biggest disgrace so far

BoJack

April 27

4/27/11 from al m on Vimeo.

PICKETT AT TODAYS BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CAMERON JOHNSON

MAX TRAIN JUST MISSES WOMAN

Hybrid on the 48?

A snazzy TriMet promotional photo showing one of the two Hybrid buses at Orenco Station.

Question, though: has a Hybrid (2561 or 2562) EVER operated on the 48 line?

Service with a smile

"This bus does not go to PCC"

This morning I saw the YCTA 44 bus go by with their full-size Eldorado National Axess bus in a full body wrap for Portland Community College.

It appears that at the Tigard Transit Center that there's been some confusion over what that bus is, so YCTA made a small change. On the right side window next to the entry door is now a large YCTA logo, and underneath it are the words:

"This bus does not go to PCC".

Of course there's also the destination sign above it that reads "44 LINK" (or the inexplicable "45X Link Express", since YCTA's timetables don't even mention a line 45)...then "To Tigard via Newberg" (or "To McMinnville via Newberg"), and then the sign blanks out.

It reminds me of the timetables for TriMet's old 201 route (now 87s) which would state in big bold letters "This bus does NOT serve Portland International Airport, please use route 12S (or in later years, MAX Red Line)."
3 max trains broken down during rush hour today!

Trimet general manager says he is pleased that the culture "values" safety

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/trimet-general-manager-says-he-is-pleased-that-the-culture-values-safety
New research says bikes on transit most cost-effective approach

A142060 Butler Block, LLC v. TriMet

http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/A142060.htm

Sauvie Island Bridge







PDX UNCUT INTERVIEW ON KBOO

US Uncut KBOO Interview from al m on Vimeo.

4/17/11


Portland Oregon
Sat Apr 30th 2011 

 Facebook event » 
Added on Tue Apr 26th 2011, 5:23pm UTC — last updated Tue Apr 26th 2011, 5:23pm UTC 
 
Hello Uncutters!! Portland is at it again!
A demonstration is planned for Saturday, April 30th on Se Hawthorne. Please visit the facebook event page for details or visit us on facebook to socialize & meet other uncutters @ PDXUNCUT.
A large number of Uncutters also plan to join the Mayday March in downtown Portland on Sunday May 1st as well to fly our anti tax dodging colors!! Join us!
Meeting placeFred Meyer Parking Lot (37th & Hawthorne)

Big US Companies: Hire Abroad, Fire At Home

The companies cut their work forces in the U.S. by 2.9 million during the 2000s while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million, new data from the U.S. Commerce Department show. That's a big switch from the 1990s, when they added jobs everywhere: 4.4 million in the U.S. and 2.7 million abroad.
http://themancommon.blogspot.com/2011/04/big-us-companies-hire-abroad-fire-at.html 

MOVE TO VERMONT!

The State of Vermont has moved one step closer to becoming the first state to establish a single-payer healthcare system that guarantees coverage to all residents. On Tuesday, Vermont’s Democratic-led Senate voted 21-8 to support the healthcare bill. The Vermont House has already passed a similar measure. Once the two bills are reconciled, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the bill into law.

SQUEEZING THE PUBLIC DRY

In business news, oil giant BP is reporting it made just $7 billion in the first quarter of the year, a 17 percent increase in profits. BP’s profits come at a time when the price of a gallon of gasoline has topped $4 in many parts of the country. On Tuesday, President Obama called for an end to $4 billion in tax breaks for the oil and gas industry.

FUKUSHIMA UPDATE

http://bojack.org/2011/04/a_tale_of_two_nuke_blowouts.html
http://bojack.org/2011/04/howlers_of_the_week_from_japan.html

Train Kept a Rolling




10 Best Cities To Find A Job

OBAMA BORN IN USA

Sauvie Island Layover



APRIL 26

4/26/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

KEN WOLF

KEN WOLF from al m on Vimeo.

MO MONEY MO MONEY MO MONEY

The only Trimet patrons that never face fare increases are fareless square riders.
That's transit equity isn't it?

ATU 757 OFFICERS OFF ON ANOTHER JUNKET

Word is that John and Yvette, (the two are inseparable nowadays apparently)have scheduled some more travel of questionable content. This time they are heading out of town to attend the woman's and black caucuses.

Now here is an interesting idea!

Instead, Gustafson thinks perhaps it's time to scrap Free Rail Zone entirely and replace it with a free bike zone (a.k.a. a bike-share system).
"One of the things you could do is get rid of Free Rail Zone, but replace it with a readily available bike [share] program so people could still circulate for 30 minutes at no cost." Or, put another way, "Reshape the fareless zone to put a greater emphasis on carbon-free circulation; and the best free circulation in the Central City probably ought to be on bikes."

 http://bikeportland.org/2011/04/26/how-bike-sharing-could-spur-revamp-of-transit-fares-in-portland-51109

What the Fukushima

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

Janked rats cried for blood and the prosthetic hand of love waved good-bye to reason

Luckily for the rat keepers of global capitalism, they have little to fear when it comes to American moths being attracted to the candle of reason. Reason is boring stuff in a nation -- and increasingly, a world -- whose cultural glue is television, and whose main diversion is profoundly simplified emotionalism and conflict. In fact, in the American rat race, reason is not only a fatal weakness, but is also generally unavailable to a people who stay janked every waking moment, ready to take on the next rat, then go home and watch more rats do each other in on television, in a steady diet of visible conflict, both overt an implied. Given that the human nervous system is programmed to respond instantly to conflict, there simply is no mental space left for much quiet thought to take root. Not when your nation's cultural values resemble those of Tamerlain or Aleric the Goth -- tribal, hierarchical, aggressive and acquisitive.
Whether in Belize or America, neither the owners of government nor their subset of social and financial managers are going to respond to any well reasoned, socially beneficial cause unless they are forced to do so -- with emphasis on the word force. Social progress and a humane environment is antithetical to the success of the owning and governing classes -- both being exactly the same thing in a nation whose Constitution is essentially a guarantee of the rights of property.


http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2007/03/in_the_reign_of.html 

IPHONE SPYING ON US!

A pair of iPhone users have filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the company is secretly recording movements of iPhone and iPad users. The suit comes a week after technology researchers revealed that the iPhone had been designed to secretly track a user’s location and store information on the device for a year, without the user’s knowledge. Attorney Aaron Mayer said, “We take issue specifically with the notion that Apple is now basically tracking people everywhere they go. If you are a federal marshal, you have to have a warrant to do this kind of thing, and Apple is doing it without one.”

THE VENERABLE JEFF WELCH OF PUGET SOUND OPERATORS BLOG SUCCUMBS TO ATTACKS

PTONews (formerly Puget Sound Transit Operators is on hiatus until further notice.  After a long year of many articles covering many topics, I’m taking a break from online communication, and have gone “off the grid”.  I’ve even deactivated my FaceBook page.
While I’ve enjoyed the cathartic nature and some of the feedback generated by the blog – many have used the content I’ve put out here as fodder to render personal attacks against me, and far more people have taken the time to send me negative feedback than positive.  With that in mind, I’m re-grouping to re-discover the job that I truly love without quite so much focus on the irritating stuff, and may return to posting at some point in the future.
The content of PSTO has been preserved here, so all archives remain available.
-Jeff Welch

http://pstonews.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/on-hiatus/

SOCK PUPPETS AGENDA

TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THE RIGHT WING NETWORK BEHIND THE WAR ON UNIONS

Ross, Steve posted this story:
HERE!

Why Wall Street Wins

Editor’s Note: Many Americans feel helpless in the face of the organized power of the elites, whether it’s the neocon dominance of foreign policy or corporate control of the economy.
And, when a safety valve is needed to relieve the pressure of public discontent, those same forces manipulate the voters to go after social spending or government regulation, explaining why the elites continue to win, as Danny Schechter notes in this guest essay:
HERE!

UNREAL!

At least 177 corpses have been recovered in the last few weeks, most of them, officials now say, passengers snatched from interstate buses, tortured and slaughtered. Women were raped before being killed, and some victims were burned alive, according to accounts from survivors who eventually overcame their fears and came forward.
The slayings have horrified a Mexican public already awash in violence and led commentators to call them "our Auschwitz" and a "Mexican genocide." 
Worse yet is the realization that the killing in Tamaulipas state has been going on for months — including the brutal slayings of bus passengers — and no one, not the bus companies, nor the police, nor the officials in charge, acted to stop it .

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-mass-graves-20110425,0,3171055.story

Youths attack bus with rocks

Sydney Morning News

Monday, April 25, 2011

Portland makes this list

The Top Ten Green Cities in the World

APRIL 25

4/25/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Trimet drivers, get the winning slogan and win this INCREDIBLE PRIZE!

TWO POSITIVE STORIES ABOUT TRIMET DRIVERS IN ONE DAY?

Its a freaking miracle!


Report from a driver who went through the 'recertification' is that its a JOKE! Why am i not surprised?

Ouch!

A woman just fell in front of a MAX train at Willow Creek. Operator sounds shook up; is having to tend to her.

ONE OF OUR FAVORITE TRANSIT ACTIVISTS WHO DESTROYS THE IDEA OF LABELS WILL SPEAK ON WEDNESDAY

GET FOCUSED!

Metro is currently recruiting TriMet riders to participate in a focus group about walking, bicycling, and transit use. TriMet is helping to extend this opportunity to participate in the focus group to be conducted on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The group will be facilitated by the non-partisan research firm Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall (DHM) in Downtown Portland.
DHM is specifically looking for TriMet riders who live in either Washington or Clackamas County. Participants will be joining residents from Multnomah County.
If you think you might qualify for this paid research project, please call DHM at 503-220-0575 Monday through Friday 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. and ask for Jenny or Rebecca.
Japan's bullet train resumes service

How American Health Care Killed My Father

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/09/how-american-health-care-killed-my-father/7617/
Dispute over pay raises pushes Kelowna toward transit strike - The Globe and Mail

Wednesday's Anticipation

Cameron Johnson

The Right-Wing Network Behind the War on Unions

Inspired by Ronald Reagan and funded by the right's richest donors, a web of free-market think tanks has fueled the nationwide attack on workers' rights.
http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/state-policy-network-union-bargaining

No sympathy

For passengers who do not move when the bus is ready to let them on.
The driver leaves, and that is the passengers fault, not the drivers!

Max train hits Canadian goose!

Per dispatch!

God help us! (dispatch)

A deboarding deaf person collided with a blind person getting on the bus 12 at Barbour Transit Center. Deaf person was getting off because they were upset with the operator after being told the HC card was expired. Operator gave the person a transfer but told them the card was expired.
(I thought those cards were good for another year yet and if the person is obviously deaf or blind WTF does anybody need to see the damn card for!?)

The news nobody's reading

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

Posts of interest

COMEDY CLUB EVENT FOR DANIELLE SALE-RAW UNEDITED FOOTAGE
"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC'S CLASSIC TRIBUTE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
WARNING! BUREAUCRATS AT WORK!
Trimet Board of Sock Puppets Meeting
More from the safety documents
Low floor heads down the highway
More pork disguised as safety
I submit my 2nd safety assessment

They can always find you!

Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts has called for a congressional investigation into the computer giant Apple after researchers revealed the iPhone was secretly collecting and storing detailed location information on the phone. The iPhone controversy continues to grow. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the iPhone is collecting and storing location information, even when location services are turned off. Last week, the Journal reported that the iPhone and cellphones powered by Google Android software were also directly transmitting their locations back to Google and Apple.

OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has begun releasing thousands of secret documents from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The documents reveal the Bush and Obama administrations knowingly imprisoned more than 150 innocent men for years without charge. In dozens of cases, senior U.S. commanders were said to have concluded that there was no reason for the men to have been transferred to Guantánamo. Among the innocent prisoners were an 89-year-old Afghan villager and a 14-year-old boy who had been kidnapped. Some men were imprisoned at Guantánamo simply because they wore a certain model of Casio watches, which had been used as timers by al-Qaeda. The documents also reveal that the journalist Sami al-Hajj was held at Guantánamo for six years partly in order to be interrogated about his employer, the Al Jazeera news network. Al-Hajj’s file said he was sent to Guantánamo in order to "provide information on...the al-Jazeera news network’s training programme, telecommunications equipment, and news gathering operations in Chechnya, Kosovo and Afghanistan."

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Time for Attention

I wonder how wise this wanton inattention probably isn’t. The United States has a grave racial problem that isn’t getting better. The problem is not the black middle class, which is about like any other, but the dangerously angry underclass of the graveyard cities—Newark, Detroit, DC, Chicago, Trenton, Dade, Richmond, Atlanta, on and on. I’ve spent many nights in such places. It’s ugly. And it’s explosive. Depending on your politics, you can blame blacks, whites, God, terrorists, or sunspots, none of which changes anything.

http://fredoneverything.net/Baltimore.shtml 

BLASTS FROM THE PAST-FROM THE ARCHIVES

Movies brought back from private viewing during past inquisitions.

http://rantingsblasts.blogspot.com/2011/04/september-2009.html

FROM THE ARCHIVE-ONE OF TRIMET'S BEST-SUNSET BOB-THE END OF THE CEDAR MILL SHUTTLE

Also starring Ross Racer!

BLASTS FROM THE PAST-FROM THE ARCHIVES

Amatuer Trimet historian Jason Mchuff rides the last Cedar Mill Shuttle and talks with Sunset Bob
Amatuer Trimet historian Jason Mchuff rides the last Cedar Mill Shuttle and talks with Sunset Bob-2
Amatuer Trimet historian Jason Mchuff rides the last Cedar Mill Shuttle and talks with Sunset Bob-3
THE LAST ROUTE 60 ENTERS THE TRASH BIN OF HISTORY

BLAST FROM THE PAST

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Meeting Rules for Managers

http://www.jesterhat.net/uk/1000823.html

Canada’s Health Care: An Alternate Universe

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/20-0

TriMet Deaths, One Year Later

What to do with David Sale? He needs to spend an entire shift with a Trimet bus driver, someone like Dan Christensen would be great. He needs to see the world of bus driving through our eyes. He will never understand until he does something like that. I do not and never will agree that our culture is "unsafe". US News and World report debunks that the concept of Trimet being an unsafe transit district.  Yes we have a few "clowns"  that seem to have eluded all the layers of bureaucracy and ended up working were they should never have been, but basically we operate a safe system.

Portland A-Foot

Can't believe the number of fare disputes going on

There are so many calls coming in to dispatch about fares I can hardly believe it.
Interestingly, they are all coming from the east side of the district.

Check out Punkrawkers Trimet photo's

http://www.flickr.com/photos/punkrawker4783/sets/72157624796938883/

Enrollment in Oregon's food stamp program now reaches record high of 750,000 statewide

http://www.oregonlegaljournal.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=45&ArticleID=305

Unfair Square

http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/unfair-square/Content?oid=3783881

Public transit’s problem is overstaffing, not wages

Click Here!

Happy Easter

WHO'S BEEN LOOKING AT THIS BLOG THIS WEEK?

Iran starting to show up regularly!

CLIPS OF BUS DRIVERS GETTING ABUSED AROUND THE WORLD

http://busemergency.blogspot.com/2011/04/april-24.html

ASSAULTS AGAINST BUS DRIVERS A WORLD WIDE PROBLEM

Holy shit!

http://youtu.be/NzMdArkYBx8

Is this maneuver safe?

http://youtu.be/2S4tYls_loc

Cyclists watch out on the tracks!

Bicylists need to be careful riding near train tracks! from al m on Vimeo.

Cyclists vs Buses

YouTube - Bus Driver getting upset at cyclists speed Stockport Road

One of my favorite bus drivers

Bus driver scared of passenger!

YouTube - Bus driver with a NASTY ATTITUDE!!!! Wont open the doors.

Portland A-Foot

The life of a bus driver

Chinese workers fight back while American workers cave

While we "march" they ACT!

Chinese Trucks Idle as Protests Continue - WSJ.com

THE ANTIDOTE TO APATHY

Stop the attacks on the working class

Fascist agenda spreading in the states across America, Americans get what they voted for

States with new GOP majorities see wave of bills on social issues - The Boston Globe

COMEDY CLUB EVENT FOR DANIELLE SALE-RAW UNEDITED FOOTAGE

Didn't see any Trimet executives there, not surprising of course.
The only two people I recognized were Portland A-Foots Michael Anderson and ATU 757 Vice president Sam Swartz

Memorial for Danielle Sale from al m on Vimeo.

Raw footage, event at Comedy Club in Downtown Portland

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC'S CLASSIC TRIBUTE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Another One Rides The Bus from al m on Vimeo.

Why TriMet should be using artics, even on a Saturday (14 OB) on Twitpic

Punkrawker

Saturday, April 23, 2011

BEANY AND THE BOARD OF SOCK PUPPETS

WARNING! BUREAUCRATS AT WORK!

And now for something completely different...check out these pics...u can panorama them!

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Trimet Board of Sock Puppets Meeting

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

Chris Hedges

http://vimeo.com/22783059

Portland man "goes wild"

It wasn't the girls going wild at a Michigan bar.
Police say a 51-year-old Portland, Ore., man attacked a Girls Gone Wild tour bus after he became disgruntled due to a lack of women at a party at the Red Horse Bar in Saginaw Township on Wednesday night, the Saginaw News reported Friday.
According to cops, the man tore the side mirrors off the pink tour bus, decorated with huge images of scantily-clad women on the side, while it was parked outside the bar.
Police said the man became irate because fliers said there would be barely-dressed women at the party. A co-owner of the bar told the newspaper the event was a "shim-sham" and no women from Girls Gone Wild entered the bar, despite patrons paying a $10 cover charge.
The man was arrested, but there was no word on charges.

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/04/23/man-attacks-girls-gone-wild-tour-bus-cops
Common Man News: Budget austerity and democracy

More from the safety documents

Also - Hiring and Training Practices: A review is in progress to determine if and how TriMet can
improve its hiring process to better assess behavioral, attitudinal and fitness compatibility
with the demanding roles as a bus or rail operator. Investigation to date shows that TriMet
does well in this regard relative to peer agencies.

I would love to see the data that confirms this conclusion!

New low floor heads down highway

MORE PORK COMING UNDER THE GUISE OF SAFETY

Instead of this PORK, how bout installing some driver fans in the trimet buses without air-conditioning?

I SUBMIT MY SECOND SAFETY REQUEST

The first request went nowhere, got the bureaucratic run around which is what we always get here at Trimet.
Even the highly exalted HARRY SAPORTA ended up just ignoring my request. (at least as of this date)
                                                                                

A walk on Portland's famous NW 23rd Ave

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP4_et8Ni8U

SAFETY APPARENTLY NEEDS MANAGER 'RETREATS'

(another excerpt from a Trimet document)

While the culture of safety assurance lies with every aspect of TriMet operations and management, day to day responsibility is centered in its Operations Division. An all-hands retreat of Operations management staff was held in November 2010 to determine how the Task Force recommendations might best be translated into a detailed work plan. Today, that plan calls out approximately 200 tasks, which are being implemented and tracked. TriMet is committed to not only implementing, but in sustaining these changes.

SOMEBODY SHOOT ME PLEEEEZE!

(excerpted from a Trimet "official" document and sent to me)

In the year ahead, the safety-oriented work program will mature into a “Safety Management System”, departing from the very useful framework of recommendations provided with the Safety and Service Excellence Task Force recommendation. This will be part of a maturation process that will move TriMet from reaction an integrated and sustainable approach that is proactive and eventually predictive.

JOHN&YVETTE FLY OFF TO SEATTLE?

To attend a shop stewards training seminar?
Why did  our two executive  officers go and why did they decide to fly over there rather than take the company car and save some dough?
Union elites are still elites and function for their own pleasure rather than ours it seems!

Protesters converge on city hall over high water bills

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-3Nbypb5SY

STEVE FUNG'S MOVIE OF THE WEEK!

BOJACK REPORT

On stalks of clover
Mission impossible
Uprise -- blood pressure edition
Calculate what the Portland school tax ballot measures will cost you
Japanese nuke types make believe everything's o.k.

IMF Austerity Is Headed to America – Watch Out!

This is America's future, one of government-induced privation and societal misery. Study the dominant social themes of the elite, its recent fear-based promotions, and one begins to get a sense more fully of what is being prepared. The signs are increasingly visible.

http://www.thedailybell.com/2135/Anthony-Wile-IMF-Austerity-Is-Headed-to-America-Watch-Out.html 

APRIL 22

APRIL 22 from al m on Vimeo.

FLASHBACK - Phil Donahue debates Bill O'Reilly on Iraq War

YOU CAN ALWAYS CATCH UP ON THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS

HERE!

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Jersey To Rehire Transit Worker Fired For Burning Quran

According to settlement papers released by the ACLU, Fenton will get back his $86,110-a-year position, receive backpay at a rate of $331.20 per day since he was fired and he'll receive $25,000 for "Mr. Fenton's pain and suffering." The settlement also states that Fenton will not have to "disavow or recant that conduct" and will not have to undergo any "sensitivity training."
"Our government cannot pick and choose whose free speech rights are protected, based on whether or not they approve of the content of our statements or actions," Fenton said in a statement. "This is the very essence of the First Amendment.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/22/135635324/new-jersey-to-rehire-transit-worker-fired-for-burning-quran

Safety Slogan Contest?

Insanity continues its grip on Trimet management. 

Their newest crazy idea, a contest to come up with Trimet's new safety slogan!

The winner is going to receive their winning safety slogan PRINTED ON A T-SHIRT!
WHOOP DEE DOO!

Health and Safety Hazards for City Bus Drivers

Work Factors Associated with
Stress-related Health Problems

  • traffic congestion
  • constant time pressure
  • little or no input into how work is organized or implemented
  • disorderly passengers
  • threat of physical assault and crime
  • work schedule interference with home life and leisure activities
  • social isolation on the job

TEA PARTY VS. UNIONS

news4_rally_3724

Click here to read story

Sunset Transit Center's 'Bike and Ride' is a lonely cage

Potentially 74. After eight months, the bike and ride averages 1.2 bicycles a day, according to TriMet records of users swiping prepaid cards to access the locked facility

Sunset Transit Center's 'Bike and Ride' is a lonely cage | OregonLive.com
Wally Feist retired

Trimet Director of Transportation responds to my request for clarification

Al,
Sorry for my slow response.

The relevant SOP is B804,Leaving a Bus Stop,

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.

What I understand this to mean is this:

It is not our policy that the bus cannot be moved if someone is standing instead of sitting.
We ask operators to observe whether a person "appears ready for the bus to move," that is, appears steady and will not fall if the bus is moved.
Thus senior citizens, disabled citizens, or customers not holding on to a stanchion would be passengers that might cause an operator not to move until they were seated or clearly "stable"

If there is a fall before someone is seated this would not result in an automatic PA because such factors as mentioned above would need to be reviewed to determine if the operator was using good judgment.  A reckless maneuver might be an operator pulling away from the curb at a sharp angle while a senior citizen with a cane is still walking down the aisle towards a seat and not hanging on to a stanchion.

MOVE YOUR CAR-trinet account holders only

https://trinet.trimet.org/expressline/posts/temporary-employee-parking-space-closure-on-april-27th-28th

Nothing to do for an hour, well you can always watch this exciting feature

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

Drivers are getting spit on and shot at, but hell, at least you can get transit data, which is what the managment really cares about anyway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeowOaJTr_8

Not sure if this is a Trimet involved accident or not

http://youtu.be/1OXnNt_u5Fw

RECERTIFICATION CLASSES BEGIN

Operators are receiving letters at home telling them when they will be "required" to take this ridiculous class.

In the past operators could chose the times that they would attend these required classes, no more apparently.

Management is structuring the classes during your work shift so you have no choice but to attend since your shift is your required attendance in any event.

Many operators have already expressed outrage over this latest power trip by our beloved management.

They are working hard to get rid of as many "old timers" as possible, it should be obvious to most of us that have been here for some time now.

Get the old timers out of here, get in the new blood for less pay, less vacation, and most of all, less benefits.

Trimet is nothing but another corporation, interested only in money, expansion, and the comfort of its elites, aka, top executive management.

TYRANNY AT TRIMET BEGINS WITH THE SANDI DAY INCIDENT

It was the mistake of one operator, just one, in 42 years of providing services to the Portland area that began the reign of terror by the management against its operators.

OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

In Pakistan, U.S. drones have killed 25 people in North Waziristan. The dead reportedly included five children and four women. The attack strike came two days after a visit to Islamabad by U.S. Admiral Mike Mullen.

Trimet general manager "digs" it!

Click Here!

On eve of tragedy anniversary, TriMet launches 'safety dashboard'

JOE ROSE HERE!
they r starting the recertification classes!...whopeeee!....assholes..we get a letter in company mail telling us wen we go..no more signing up ourselves...text recieved!

A Confusing Intersection for a Reroute


Interstates and States of Grief-A poetic essay and video

http://vimeo.com/22377038

APRIL 21

4/21/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

BUS GETS SHOT!

http://twitpic.com/4nsl9v
North Portland shooting injures 1, halts TriMet bus
 Man, TriMet bus shot in North Portland
TriMet bus hit when shots are fired

What’s it cost to run a TriMet vehicle?

Portland AFoot

GO BY STREETCAR!

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/04/go-by-streetcar.html
in case you didn't get it over BDS, shooting NE Fremont & Williams, shot a
#24 bus.

No apparent injuries to driver or passengers

TRIMET MANAGEMENT VIOLATES ITS OWN POLICY!

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.

- Stefan Molyneux

YouTube - The State of the Nation

Ridership holds steady

Cut home heating subsidies for elderly, but pay for this!??????

The Obama administration has announced plans to send $25 million in aid to the Libyan rebels as part of a broadening international effort to help the fighters in their campaign against Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the money would be provided for so-called "non-lethal aid."

CRASH!

Dave's bus pix

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davesbuspix/

Measure of a good employer

We all know what distinguishes a good employer from a bad one. A good one provides four basic things. First, it makes sure that everyone has a proper job to do. Second, it pays them fairly. Third, it makes employees feel that their efforts are recognised. And fourth, it gives them nice people to work with. That’s all: there is nothing else. 

Financial times report on cities that are working to reduce dependence on cars

http://media.ft.com/cms/0c08e8b0-61a5-11e0-88f7-00144feab49a.pdf

Portland Transport

Portland Transport: Thinking about solutions for the Beaverton-Wilsonville corridor

Killed by bus turning left-faces jail time

You sure you want to be  a bus driver? Think twice before getting into this business!

SamTrans bus driver charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter - San Jose Mercury News

Killed by bus turning left

Pedestrian killed by Edmonton transit bus - Edmonton - CBC News