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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CHRIS PARKER STANDS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE

I know both the victim and Chris and am having a hard time believing this story as it's being reported.
Your supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but this is a Jerry Springer country.
I am not so quick to condemn Chris, maybe I don't know all the facts but from the facts that I do know, there is less to this story than meets the eye!

THE UNSINKABLE MARY FETSCH

THE UNSINKABLE MARY FETSCH from al m on Vimeo.

Portland father's lawsuit against TriMet dismissed; his young son was stranded at MAX station

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/05/judge_dismisses_portland_fathe.html

KILLING CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN

“A Violation of Norms”: U.S. & Allies Kill Gaddafi’s Son and Three Grandchildren in Bombing of Compound in Tripoli

KATU REPORT ON CHILD LEFT ON MAX

(Starring our #1 superstar, Mary Fetsch)

ELECTION IN CANADA

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/3/the_right_and_left_claim_success

BUS TERROR

Bus -terror man jailed

"PRIVATIZING" PUBLIC BUS SERVICES MARCH FORWARD

http://www.longislandpress.com/2011/04/28/mta-votes-to-end-long-island-bus-contract/

Retired Staten Island bus driver John Gillen wins $72M Mega Millions prize

http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2011/05/retired_staten_island_bus_driv.html

BLOGGER JIM KARLOCK BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!

A renegade is brought to justice (Jack Bog's Blog)
Voice of rebel on tape says he's not dead (Jack Bog's Blog)

April 28, 2011 Communication to TriMet Union Employees Regarding the 457 Plan

http://atu757.org/TriMet457planunion.pdf

ATU 757 FORMS OFFICIAL "BLACK CAUCUS"

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce ATU757 Black Caucus Officers:

President - Rose Jordan
Vice President - Leonard Lamberth
Secretary - Luerine Jackson
Treasurer - Christopher Day

On April 23rd, 2011 ATU757 Black Caucus members elected the above to represent the membership. The four of us are working hard to assure a successful Caucus and are taking steps to consistently improve our membership. We will be sending more information about events and activities as we have the information available. We are also working on our website to give you a strong resource to communicate. Currently the website is still under construction and does not have much to offer. We are working on improving this and many changes will take place as we improve. Please feel free to keep checking on the website and let us know what you think of it. The website is located at http://www.atu757bc.org. In time you will be able to securely sign into the site and have access to many communication tools. At this time the only features available is the Calendar and the "Call Me". The Calendar is a Google Calendar that we will be maintaining to keep you advised of all events important to our membership. The "Call Me" is a special feature that will allow you to enter your name and phone number so that Google can call your phone and connect you to an officer. This feature gives you the freedom of getting access to talk with an officer directly.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.

Chris Day - ATU757 Black Caucus Treasurer

Chris Hedges: Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

Cleck Here!

US becomes net exporter of fuel

US becomes net exporter of fuel
By Gregory Meyer in New York
The Financial Times
Published: May 2 2011 22:32 | Last updated: May 2 2011 22:32
The US has become a net exporter of fuel for the first time for nearly 20 years as drivers struggle with high petrol prices.
Energy department data show the world’s largest oil consumer in February shipped out 54,000 barrels more petroleum products each day than it purchased on the global market.
After a five-year decline in net imports, the US became a net exporter in late 2010, a trend analysts say is confirmed by the latest data.
The shift comes as Washington confronts voter frustration over petrol prices that have soared 36 per cent in the past year to nearly $4 per gallon, the highest level since mid-2008.
Barack Obama, the US president, has called for an end to oil company tax breaks, while his attorney-general has launched a taskforce to investigate oil price manipulation.
The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, reported US refined product exports rose 24.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 from a year ago, to 2.49m barrels per day. Imports declined 14.4 per cent to 2.16m b/d. The export increase is led by diesel and finished petrol, data from the Energy Information Administration show.
For years the US was not only a net importer of crude oil but also of refined fuels. But oil demand of 19m b/d, while on the rebound, remains 2m b/d below pre-recession levels.
Roads are also carrying less traffic than in 2007 and refiners have boosted fuel output.
“Even though our consumption is up from where it was a year ago, we still have plenty available for export,” said Rayola Dougher, API senior economic adviser.
The leading customers for US oil products are in Latin America, where refineries often cannot keep up with fuel consumption. Mexico relies heavily on US-made fuel. Ecuador, a member of the Opec oil cartel, is also a buyer.
US refineries on the Gulf of Mexico are near these markets. Valero Energy, a US refiner, has told analysts petrol exports were fuelled by demand in Mexico and Brazil. “I do believe that we are seeing just a long-term trend here that’s going to allow Gulf Coast refiners to continue to export barrels,” said Joe Gorder, executive vice-president.
Petrol in Gulf states such as Texas is cheaper than in east-coast cities such as New York and Boston. But it is often more profitable for traders to export it, said Philip Verleger, an independent oil economist. A pipeline connecting the Gulf to New York is fully booked, while federal law requires traders to hire expensive US-flagged vessels to ferry oil in domestic waters.
Petrol exports have become a politically sensitive issue elsewhere as oil prices surge. Russia last week significantly increased petrol export tariffs in response to domestic fuel shortages.

RAW VIDEO OF RECENT MAX INCIDENT

Click here!

"Sleuth" Should Get a Clue


Blogger Disses Drivers
Transit blogger Adron Hall aka "TransitSleuth" has began a Twitter campaign against late buses - his main target of blame: bus drivers.
Yesterday beginning with a post on his blog and following up on Twitter, Hall began by pointing out that his bus yesterday was 13 minutes late getting to his stop, and 8 minutes late arriving downtown. What Hall was unaware of (or simply doesn't care about) was that a major arterial (Aurora Avenue North) was closed at a choke point due to an accident, causing a lot of diversion to other N-S surface streets including those used by his route.
Also ignored (deliberately it seems) are other factors involved in on-time operation. Instead, Hall has chosen to place the blame (ignorantly and angrily) at the feet of bus drivers themselves. From his tweets:
"A driver can affect their timing, there are multiple criteria that affects the pattern. It's a fact and measurable.""If a driver messes around and stops for greens waiting for reds, waits for every "runner" entering, etc...they WILL BE late."
Aside from apparently arguing that drivers should exercise less care when approaching cold greens (risking running a red light and/or splattering a last-minute pedestrian) and that drivers should simply ignore all those customer complaints that result when pulling away from an intending passenger with the customer service phone number on their cell phone's speed-dial, hall takes further shots at drivers:" That's a lot more than I can say for a lot of drivers, who just mope about, slam on the gas, slam on the brake and are generally smart ass jerks. Building no confidence or backing from the public they're supposed to serve. I'm not talking about safety... a LOT of drivers just screw off and end up late. Probably under facade of Union protection."After some criticism from myself and another Operator, Hall fell back defensively, claiming we were out of line for "praising" a driver. This "praise" however took the form of a backhanded compliment:"Bus driver on #17 this morning is awesome, and driving well enough to stay on time!"Continuing his implication that the reason that buses can run late is that the driver isn't "driving well enough", Hall isn't kidding anyone.I posted an article some time ago on my own blog in answer to the question "why is my bus late?" It's still archived at  
In snarkily placing the blame for late running buses, Hall ignores many realities, including the obstructions (traffic, emergency vehicles, construction delays, utility vehicles); events (accidents, mechanical issues, sporting events) and other delays (wheelchairs, cyclists loading/unloading, passengers fumbling for change or asking questions outside the scope of driver knowledge, poorly written schedules) as well as issuing broad-insult to all the hard-working Operators out there and exposing his own ignorance. He's also ignoring two basic realities from the Operator end: 
1-Operators WANT to be on time. When we're not, pissy whiners like Adron ignorantly blame us, snark at us, snarl at us, curse at us, give us the finger and hey even tweet and blog about us;  
2-Operators WANT to be on time. When we're not, we don't get to have a meal break or even use the restroom.  
3-Operators WANT to be on time. When we're not, our customers are unhappy, may miss their connections, may be late for work etc.
When we're late, bad things happen - not just to our customers, but to us. Operators HATE being late, and do our best not to be.
Sorry, Adron, we're not going to run red lights just to avoid your ignorant attacks. Sorry, Adron, We're not going to pass up regular passengers (or even irregular ones) and put up with having to talk to a supervisor when they call in a complaint just for you. Sorry, Adron, we can't control traffic delays. Sorry, Adron, we don't write the schedules. Sorry, Adron, we're not responsible for the cyclist that fumbles with the bike rack because they didn't bother to learn how to use it before their first commute. Sorry, Adron, we're not going to tell the elderly rider or the wheelchair user or the fare-fumbler to hurry the hell up.
I guess you'll just have to learn to deal with our horrific incompetence. I'm sure that blaming Operators for the bus running late (and taking jabs at our union for some bizarre reason) must be much easier than acknowledging that reality is much more complicated, and that the busing world doesn't revolve around you.
Share your own thoughts with Adron Hall, the "Transit Sleuth" Without a Clue at http://transitsleuth.com/ 
-jw

Sunday, May 1, 2011

PORTLAND UNCUT

PORTLAND UNCUT from al m on Vimeo.

Starring Ross Wrede
Film by Steve Fung

READER REPORT

BIN LADEN DEAD?


I feel so much safer, cont'd(bojack.org)

Osama bin Laden is dead. This decreases the number of dangerous terrorists who want to kill us to 99,999,999.
But it does send an important message to terrorists: Once we target you, your days are numbered. Mess with us, and you'll have only 10 short years, you fiends!
They're chanting "U.S.A." at the Phillies game. God help our sick country -- maybe Hillary will bring his head to Washington on a stick. Take it on the Oprah show.

CLOSE CALLS!

CLOSE CALLS! from al m on Vimeo.

THIS BAR WOULD BE FUN TO GO TO

http://file.qip.ru/embed/111226964/dfc05946

CHECK OUT THIS CRUISE SHIP VIDEO DURING THE TSUNAMI

http://vimeo.com/23137250

THE VERY LAST PAGE

http://www.1112.net/lastpage.html

HOW FAR AS CAR SAFETY COME

1959 vs 2009 Car Crash

NO PROOFREADING AT TRIMET

MAY DAY IN PORTLAND



GOOGLE MAP OF 82ND AVE STOP

CAN YOU FIGURE OUT THIS SERVICE ALERT?

BRUCE HANSEN FORMS ATU ELECTION FACEBOOK SITE!



PRIVATIZE PUBLIC TRANSPORT? CHECK OUT RUSSIA'S TRANSIT SYSTEM

YouTube - One dollar death ride: Russia's public transport perils

GERMANS SERIOUS ABOUT MAY DAY

OH NO! NOT THIS AGAIN!

Can somebody please explain to me how this is TRIMET'S (or drivers) fault!


KGW news story here!

Brought up by Blogger "J"-Guy not supposed to be taking trailers on Max
Types of Bikes Allowed on TriMet:
Only single-seat, two-wheeled bikes, folding bikes, and recumbents the size of a standard bike are allowed on TriMet.
* Tandems and bikes with oversized wheels, three or more wheels, trailers or those powered by internal-combustion engines cannot be accommodated. Electric bikes with a sealed battery compartment are permitted.
* Some bikes have wheels that are too large or too far apart to fit in TriMet's racks.
* Folding bikes must remain collapsed while on board, and must have a wheel size of 20 inches or less.
* Bikes with child seats, panniers or other accessories that block an operator's vision out the front of a bus are not allowed.

Trimet Diaries

Full Moon On A Sunday Afternoon | TriMet Diaries
Living in Public | TriMet Diaries
My Nemesis Revealed | TriMet Diaries
TriMet Cephalopod Driver
Follow the Rabbit Transit Game
Bus Haiku #6
Bus Haiku #5
“I Look Like Barbie”
Bus Haiku #4

MORE D40LF

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

Saturday, April 30, 2011

60TH AVE MAX STATION A HAZARD FOR MOTORISTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGv5NJnA9mA

Steve Fung's movie of the Week

TriMets own Steve Rodin will headline at the Cascade Blues Association Meeting





Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., Portland


Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 pm


Members always Free – Non-members $3.00


Opening Acoustic Set – Steve Rodin


Second Electric Set – Gunnar Roads Band
This year really seems to be flying by quickly. Pretty soon it will be time for the Journey to Memphis, then the Waterfront Blues Festival, the CBA picnic, Muddy Awards and on and on. Last month’s meeting was phenomenal! What a turn-out! Who says music fans don’t go out in the middle of the week? At least we know blues people will.
Another great night scheduled for the May meeting. We’ll be opening up with singer/songwriter Steve Rodin who is always a lot of fun with his crisp and tasteful guitar playing and his often humorous and always insightful original lyrics. His music can be emotional and it can be feel good about life exciting; along with his rapport with the audience, Rodin is an entertainer worth sitting back and giving a close listen to. He will be joined by Tony Lahaina, who is also a crafty guitarist, harmonica ace and vocalist in his own right. These guys work often together, so they have a natural feel that carries nicely. If you’re a fan of acoustic music, this will be a set right up your alley.
It sure seems that we’ve been watching Gunnar Roads perform for many years more than it really has. Maybe it’s because he is talented far beyond his actual 16 years. And he has been right in the public’s eye with exceptional shows that have rightly earned him high recognition, including receiving two nominations for Portland Music Awards for outstanding achievement in the blues and a Muddy Award nomination for best new act. The Gunnar Roads Band will be the second set of the night at our meeting, with Gunnar on guitar and vocals, 20 year old Jackson Brannon behind the drums and 19 year old Connor Ghormley propelling the bass and adding additional vocals. It is quite inspiring to witness so much talent amongst musicians this young pursuing the path of the blues and I have stated in the past with such artists that we’re watching the future of the blues in Portland here and now. And it couldn’t be in better hands.
Make a point to get your free drawing ticket at the door as you enter The Melody Ballroom for your chance to win fun prizes like CDs, concert tickets, meal certificates and whatever else we can come up. And if you want to help the CBA further, purchase a raffle ticket or however many you’d like to possibly win the multi-CD package we’ve put together for the night. Remember, it’s your annual membership and these raffle ticket sales, along with the admission from non-members that help keep the CBA in business. Without your help we would not be able to publish a newspaper or hold special events. Thank you for allowing this to continue; you’re

Man slides under bus wheels of DART bus in Des Moines

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110430/NEWS/104300326/-1/GETPUBLISHED03/Man-slides-under-bus-wheels-DART-bus-Des-Moines

MODERN DAY ROBIN HOOD

A homeless Tampa man who robbed a bank and made his getaway on a public bus decided he'd spread the wealth with some of the passengers, police said.
Elmer McGuirt, 27, was arrested Thursday after pulling off the Robin Hood-like heist, according to tampabay.com.
Police say McGuirt walked into a Wachovia branch around 4:30 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, then walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Having no car to make his getaway with, McGuirt hopped on a public transit bus, where he began handing out some of his loot to passengers while keeping some for himself.
But the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office contacted the bus driver, who pretended to have a mechanical failure in order to stop the bus.
When the bus pulled over, McGuirt and the other passengers got off, and waiting deputies arrested the homeless holdup artist.
McGuirt was charged with robbery and booked into jail. Police said they were able to get some of the money back from passengers.
NTSB blames operator error, Muni for West Portal crash | Will Reisman | Local | San Francisco Examiner

TRANSIT EXECUTIVES FEEDING AT THE TIT OF THE PUBLIC

Public transit employee: $458K salary plus $1.2m home-loan concession « The Greenroom

This sounds familiar

No Talks Over Transit Cuts

The president of Local 85 of the Amalgamated Transit Union went before the Port Authority Board to urge them to resume negotiations over contract concessions so that service that was cut by 15% a month ago can be restored.
Pat McMahon says there have been no contract talks since Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato left a meeting 4 weeks ago. During the public comment period at the PAT Board meeting, McMahon told board members they should either resume negotiations or resign.
It was Onorato who rejected an offer of $18.5 million in temporary concessions by the union, not the PAT Board. At the time, Onorato said he became involved because the PAT Board had already made its decision about service cuts. Onorato said the concessions offer did not address the legacy costs of health care and pensions for retired PAT workers.
PAT CEO Steve Bland said at the end of yesterday's board meeting that they gave the union information about health care costs 2 weeks ago, but have not received a reply.

AMERIKA DISMANTLING UNIONS-CHINA BUILDING UNIONS

Wildcat Unions Springing Up In Chinese Factories, Demanding Higher ...

Barcelona, 1908

MAX FAQS

VOTE ROSS WREDE FOR EVERYTHING!



TriMet driver describes woman falling on tracks

Ross Racer Gets it Done!



American Freedom Fighters

YouTube - THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON (1971)

FREEDOM MY ASS

YouTube - Not Fine With Me: Liberties go up in smoke in NYC

Superman Renounces Citizenship

Forgets he's an illegal alien to begin with. Glen Beck's head explodes (again).

". . .Superman is an Illegal Alien who crossed the border in a spaceship, lives under an alias, spies through walls with x-ray vision (unconstitutional), invades air-space with zero regard for air control (illegal) and in more than one occasion has used public property (buses, light posts, train tracks, etc.) to beat the living daylights out of people (criminals, granted but AMERICAN criminals, protected under the US constitution, and innocent until found guilty in a court of law), effectively a vigilante!"

"…And you want this man Alien to be an American? "

"Can he produce a birth certificate? How did he get into Journalism School, how did he land a job at the Daily Planet without a SSN?"


-jw

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS PROPOSED FEDERAL BUDGET


Click Here to Read

• Eliminates the deficits and creates a surplus by 2021
• Puts America back to work with a “Make it in America” jobs program
• Protects the social safety net
• Ends the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq


Sounds good to me.  How come the mainstream media is so focused on the radical Paul Ryan "screw the  middle class" proposal? 

Jim Hightower: Thieves in High Places

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JADzUGHBRj0

APRIL 29

4/29/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Fare Increases

Rantings of a Regular C-Tran Rider

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