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Monday, May 16, 2011

Oregon: Study Finds Light Rail System Rarely Used

     "Light rail is actually a low-capacity system, and the streetcar is simply irrelevant. TriMet's buses carries two-thirds of all regional transit trips on a daily basis, and that's the service that should be recognized as high-capacity transit. Unfortunately, bus service is being sacrificed by TriMet in order to build costly new rail lines that carry relatively few people."

What do you have to say to that, TriMet?
My only wonder is if this is credible information?

Finally have some time to watch the board briefing!

I have never seen such a bunch of mutual back slapping and self congratulations in my life!
My god, its almost funny to watch!

Trimet management leaves ATU 757 ouf of the safety structure says trimet...

Head Butting!

Snippy customer service!

Matthew House, J.D.
The customer service on the platform at Beaverton TC today about detours was horrible. Snippy attitude!

Remember when most of us got hired?

They took all of us on the road in a bus THE VERY FIRST DAY of training!
According to Shelly Lomax they no longer do that, all trainees have to spend the first week in the yard driving around the parking lot!

Going the other way on fares


  • Make the adult fare $2 but only give 90 minutes of riding time (and not boarding time; the equivalent of about 1 hour in the current system)
  • Charge $2.50-$3.00 for a fare valid for 3 or 4 hours
  • End the zone system
  • Make Ticket Vending Machine- and operator-sold fares follow the same policies
  • Make youth and honored-citizen fares the same and 1/2 the price of adult fares
  • Put ticket printers in buses to replace transfers
  • Maybe eliminate 14-day and half-month passes, instead also offering a discount 7-day pass for youths/honored citizens
  • Possibly offer a discount day pass for youths/honored citizens

Standard&Poor rate Trimet an "A"

How can a non profit governmental unit be rated by a company that serves business?

SAN FRANCISCO (Standard&Poor's) May 16, 2011-- Standard&Poor's Ratings Services assigned its 'A' rating to Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet), Ore.'s $130.3 million series 2011A and 2011B capital grant receipt revenue bonds. Additionally, Standard&Poor's affirmed its 'A' long-term and underlying rating (SPUR) on TriMet's capital grant receipt revenue bonds series 2005. The outlook on all bonds is stable. "The ratings reflect our view of the TriMet system's essentiality to the Portland metropolitan area and the pledge of historically stable federal transportation funds," said Standard&Poor's credit analyst Robert Hannay. The bonds are secured by a pledge of TriMet's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 urbanized area formula fund receipts and federal grant funds transferred

C-Tran awards $1.5 million contract for Vancouver bus rapid transit study

http://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/index.ssf/2011/05/c-tran_awards_15_million_contract_for_vancouver_bus_rapid_transit_study.html

Introducing your TriMet Board of Directors

(Somehow this got past me when it was originally published at PortlandTransport)

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2010/12/introducing_you.html

AMERIKA-THE NEW SOVIET UNION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp2n7XzNT7A

MICHAEL ANDERSON INTERVIEWED ON "THE SPROCKET"


Michael Anderson on The Sprocket Podcast from al m on Vimeo.
Edited, excellent profile of Michael Anderson&Portland A-Foot

THE ORIGINAL SPROKET BROADCAST IS HERE!

TRIMET FAIL

TriMet's busiest MAX stations

http://portlandafoot.org/w/MAX#TriMet.27s_busiest_MAX_stations

STEVE FUNG'S VIDEO OF THE WEEK

BUS DRIVER ON THE RUN IN HIDING

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2011/05/16/photo-bus-driver-journalists-death-released-155766

AMERICA'S GREATEST SOCIAL MOVEMENTS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF BUSES

CLICK HERE!

Sherwood Layover on the 12







10 accidental discoveries

http://www.businesspundit.com/10-accidental-discoveries-that-generated-great-wealth/

WHEN THINGS GO BAD AT RAIL.....EVERYBODY IS SCREWED

TriMet: Blue, green and yellow MAX trains out, but delays continue after derailment | OregonLive.com

How Fuel-efficient Is the Pentagon? Military’s Oil Addiction

A B-52 bomber gulps down 86 barrels per hour. F-4 Phantom fighter/bombers devour 40 barrels per hour. At peak thrust, F-15 fighters burn 25 gallons per minute. An F-16 jet on a training mission ignites more fuel in a single hour than the average car owner consumes in two years.

To reach supersonic speeds, a pilot turns on the plane’s afterburners which can triple a jet’s speed and increase fuel consumption twenty times. With its afterburner kicked in, Cutler states, the "relatively fuel-efficient" F-15 fighter torches fuel at the astounding rate of four gallons per second — 14,400 gallons per hour. And as the military opts for bigger, faster, more sophisticated weapons, fuel efficiency continues to plummet
http://http://www.envirosagainstwar.org/know/read.php?itemid=593

Remembering Joe, a redneck revolutionary

Soon after Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential elections, Socialist Review called him up for his opinion on the matter: "I always say that if Obama was delivered to the White House with Jesus Christ, a five-piece band and six gilded seraphims holding up his fucking balls he still won't be able to do anything because the country's broke and Congress is bought and sold."

http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2011/05/redneck-revolutionary.html 

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fukushima reactor 1 back to square 1

http://bojack.org/2011/05/fukushima_reactor_1_back_to_sq.html

BUY AMERICAN GODAMMIT!

Did you see the Diane Sawyer special report? They removed ALL items from a typical, middle class family's home that were not made in the USA .
There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally. During the special they are going to show truckloads of items - USA made - being brought into replace everything and will be talking about how to find these items and the difference in price etc..
It was interesting that Diane said that IF every American spent just $64 more than normal on USA- made items this year, it would create something like 200,000 new jobs!
I WAS BUYING FOOD THE OTHER DAY AT WALMART and ON THE LABEL OF SOME PRODUCTS IT SAID 'FROM CHINA'. FOR EXAMPLE THE "OUR FAMILY" BRAND OF MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN 'FROM CHINA.' I WAS SHOCKED SO FOR A FEW MORE CENTS I BOUGHT THE LIBERTY GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE SINCE IT'S FROM CALIF.
Are we Americans as dumb as we appear --- or --- is that we just do not think while the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior and even toxic products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets?
70% of American believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended. Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?
DO IT YOURSELF, AMERICA!!
Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example. The point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.
THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a four billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor...fast!!
Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning on implementing this on May 1st and continue it until June1st. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they might have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.
Remember, MAY 1st to JUNE 1st!!!!!!
START NOW.

WORLD COMING TO AN END NEXT SATURDAY

'Groundswell' of support for MAX

http://www.clackamasreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130549592906126300

ANOTHER VIEW OF THE STEAM ENGINE LEAVING UNION STATION

NEED TO WIPE OUT COMPUTER INFORMATION?

Erase Hard Drive data with Wipe Drive. Totally clean your drive.

Lake Oswego-Portland streetcar vote distorted by conflicts of interest

http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-oswego/index.ssf/2011/05/my_turn_lake_oswego-portland_streetcar_vote_distorted_by_conflicts_of_interest.html

WOOPS

Bus crash at Wilson Station

Republicans Take on NLRB

Pretty soon  America working men/woman will have no rights left at all!

CHRIS PARKER COURT HEARING-MAY 12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOa3e_8_-7Q&feature=related

Italian Bus Driver Uses Two Phones While Driving

REQUEST FOR MINUTES

I Love the Bus

http://ilovethebus.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/secret-message/

'Rail City,' Oregon

http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=130463554517389500

THE LIGHT RAIL DEBATE

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/may/15/listen-to-gresham-hillsboro-mayors/

What will a post collapse society look like?


ELITE TRY TO HIDE EUROPE'S TURMOIL

Sparking rumours that Athens was set to leave the euro, George Papaconstantinou, the Greek finance minister, was summoned to Senningen to explain how his country could take further savage austerity measures and speed up privatisation of lucrative state-owned industries.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8514028/Secret-dark-debates-fan-flames-of-eurozone-turmoil.html 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/8514094/Why-Europe-is-on-the-brink.html 


Layover at Hillsboro Transit Center



I used my 20 minute break to walk the Hillsboro Farmers Market.Fresh Asparagus from Yakima-Hmmm, Yummy!

The Noam Chomsky Presentation in Eugene

Saturday, May 14, 2011

SHAME ON THE USA

The health insurance industry is raking in profits on the backs of consumers who are increasingly forgoing medical care due to economic concerns, though that hasn’t stopped big insurers from drastically raising premiums. The trend is not new: The per-employee cost of PPO coverage for a family of four has doubled since 2002. Meanwhile, about 15 percent of Americans don’t have health insurance at all. As lawmakers, lobbyists and lawyers continue to squabble about health care reform, Americans are suffering and insurers are sucking them dry.

FAMOUS BLOGGER ERIK HALSTEAD RIDES THE WES AND MAKES THE NEWS-BLAST FROM THE PAST

FAMOUS BLOGGER ERIK HALSTEAD RIDES THE WES AND MAKES THE NEWS-BLAST FROM THE PAST from al m on Vimeo.

JACK BOGDANSKI COMMENTS ON A STORY THAT NEVER ENDS AROUND HERE-BLAST FROM THE PAST

BLAST FROM THE PAST-SUNSET BOB

SAFETY NOT PART OF THE CULTURE OF INDIA

Why Mainstream Media Refuses to Report the West's Shocking New Colonialism

It is all evil and deliberate – a media promotion featuring a complex interweaving of violent dominant and sub-dominant social themes. The world's single super-power has, as Dick Cheney reportedly suggested it should, moved toward the Dark Side, and is taking much of the world with it. Celebrations of killing, justifications of torture, the imposition of the hallmarks of a police state at home and the support of neo-colonialism abroad all inform us that America is changing for the worse
Yes, it is chilling. When America lies, its allies lie, too. When American leaders tell deliberate untruths and treat human lives as if they are entertainment in so-called snuff-films, those who live in the shadow of the world's super-mono-power are left to mumble in unison or face the consequences. It goes for the media too, of course. These days, instead of celebrating businessmen, America's mainstream media mostly lionizes the military class – its brilliant generals and intrepid warriors.

http://www.thedailybell.com/2297/Anthony-Wile-Why-Mainstream-Media-Refuses-to-Report-the-Wests-Shocking-New-Colonialism.html 

TRANSIT EXPERT SPEAKS ON THE WES SERVICE

Tom Walsh gives Trimet general manager praise and blessings

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/ton-walsh-gives-trimet-general-manager-praise-and-blessings

James Howard Kunstler

MARTA driver accused of dragging woman fired

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/190882/40/MARTA-driver-accused-of-dragging-woman-fired

CHRIS PARKER UPDATE

I just came from a visit with Chris and can report that he is in remarkably good spirits considering the situation he is in.

I don't think he understands the court proceedings very well as his interpretation of the last hearing was considerably different than my interpretation of them, this is what happens when you don't have decent legal representation when you are involved with the (in)justice system.

I also brought up the topic of the restraining order violations and how it was my understanding that there were no violations of the restraining order.
It turns out that BLOG POSTS are being counted as actual violations of the order! The bail is ridiculously high due the restraining order violations!
I find this incredible, what a system we have here!

He was incredulous that the Mayor of Portland still gets to be mayor when he was accused of the exact same offense but Chris gets fired from his job as bus driver!
I agree with him on that topic, double standards are a way of life in Amerika!

I also asked him about that "suicide" jacket.
He told me that when he was brought to jail they sent him to some shrink who did an evaluation.
Apparently Chris misunderstood the question and he thought the doctor was talking about "Seaside" instead of "suicide" which then lead the doctor to conclude that he was delusional so he was outfitted with some uncomfortable and ridiculous Velcro outfit which we saw in his first court hearing.

It's all very sad indeed!

ANONYMOUS COMMENTS ENABLED AGAIN

No need to identify yourself when making comments.
Comments that I deem inappropriate will be deleted.

TRYING TO STOP THE RENLENTLESS ATTACK OF LIGHT RAIL

Opponents of Honolulu rail file complaint - BusinessWeek

THE FILTER BUBBLE!

STEVE CHECKS OUT THE MOBILITY DEVICE

Operator reporting loud band at Saturday Market next to tracks; threatening to refuse to go through there

CORRUPT BANKS AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM STRANGLING GREECE

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/8513784/Greek-debt-restructuring-delay-is-the-deadliest-form-of-denial.html

Ex-TriMet Articulated Bus basking in the sun

Google Maps

MAY 13

5/13/11 from al m on Vimeo.

BAD KARMA

Local News | Donation jar thief hit by bus in Seattle | Seattle Times Newspaper

Harry Saporta responds to my video

Thanks Al.  I did speak to the Training and the Schedules Departments, and did observe a few road reliefs myself.  Of the observations that I made, the operators appeared to be relaxed and not hurried in making the adjustments to their seats and mirrors.  In one instance, the operator being relieved spoke of problems encounter along the route that day to the relief operator. I also did not observe any excessive speeds.  I will admit that I did not speak to any of the relief operators as they were driving in service.  I will be adding your concern to the Bus Transportation Safety Committee agenda for discussion.  I will also take a look at your blog.
Harry
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MY ANSWER TO HARRY
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Harry,
It's a matter of policy!
Jumping in a bus and having to drive immediately down the road is BAD policy!
We are professionals here and we do it because we are professionals.
I haven't had any crashes as a result of these road reliefs.
I saw your board presentation and you were clearly illustrating that we need to be PROACTIVE about this sort of thing.
Why wait for an accident before you fix it!

Thanks

al Qaeda Job Posting Confirms bin Laden Death

http://www.crystalair.com/story.php?id=201105007

Friday, May 13, 2011

Man Sought In MAX Platform Shootout

http://www.kptv.com/fox12smostwanted/27883449/detail.html

POLICE STATE CONTINUES ITS MARCH ACROSS AMERIKA

Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

TRIMET TERMINATES CHRIS PARKER ON TECHNICALITY

http://www.katu.com/news/local/121814974.html

Down with PMLR! (if only)

I believe the light-rail system is beneficial in several ways. It helps the environment by getting some cars off the road. It helps relieve traffic congestion and is convenient for people to use. That's all good stuff. But is now the right time to implement such a huge and costly ($1.5 billion) project with government agencies and schools claiming multimillion-dollar budget shortfalls? 


I hope the next time TriMet decides to put in a new light-rail line it doesn't end up going through your yard, because if you are in its path, you will have absolutely no say in the matter. I would prefer they go away and leave me alone, but that's not going to happen. 
The MAX line to Milwaukie uproots my neighborhood | Oregon Live

Working Together - Not Against, In Salem

Unfortunately for the workers, the first thing these transit managers want to do is cut employee wages and benefits because it's an easy fix. They continue to operate the same level of service that taxpayers won’t fund, they keep the same size work force to operate the service that taxpayers refused to fund, and they accomplish this by cutting employee wages and benefits by 20-30 percent.

http://transitworkersvoice.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/working-together-not-against-in-salem/ 

GOODBYE SUBSIDIZED TRANSIT PASSES

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/05/gop-state-rep-state-subsidized-trimet-passes-going-to-go-away/

FULL BROOKINGS REPORT

Missed Opportunity: 100 Metropolitan Profiles - Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America - Brookings Institution

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs Index - Metropolitan Policy Program - Brookings Institution

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metro America - Brookings Institution

TriMet’s McFarlane Seeks to Gag TriMet Employees

In violation of Oregon law and without notice to the Union, McFarlane seeks to severely limit media access to any TriMet-related information. Employees are instructed never to talk to the media about TriMet and McFarlane appears to be threatening them if they blog or comment about TriMet related matters – even employees on their own time and using their own equipment.

http://transitworkersvoice.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/trimets-mcfarlane-seeks-to-gag-trimet-employees/ 

TWITTERS

Oops just ran over an abandoned razor scooter. Moving again though

Firefighters on scene of US 26 eastbound near Jefferson exit TriMet bus moved onto the shoulder; injuries unknown -

hwyr08j1:UPDPG CRASH: US 26 EB WEST OF JEFFERSON. TRIMET BUS INVOLVED. UNK IF…

I'm always amused by the 17 announcing "MAX Station, transfer to MAX". Reminds me of Tesco's "Contains milk" label on milk jugs.

Welfare Check - Trimet Bus 52, subject should be on bus headed towards 185th x Rosa (I think this is the person that is high on something)

J Hardy Carpenter
I can't stand new Tri-Met bus drivers. They drive hella slow and cause me to miss my train now I am late.... FUCK!!!!!

MAY 12 RANT

5/12/11 from al m on Vimeo.

BLAST FROM THE PAST- I GET MANIPULATED THEN LOST

This is a classic that would violate every rule in the book today!

PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
PART 5

Foggy Mountain Breakdown at BTC




The fog was thick running my thursday morning #58.




Wednesday, May 11, 2011

TriMet gets around to announcing operators of the year

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/05/trimet_gets_around_to_announci.html
(I am not the bus driver referred to in this article)

May Trimet Board Briefing

May Trimet Board Briefing from al m on Vimeo.

Police: TriMet Rider Punched Bus Driver

KPTV

BOJACK UPDATES

A shocking revelation (Jack Bog's Blog)
Shell game at the PDC? (Jack Bog's Blog)
Portland car-o-phobia goes off deep end (Jack Bog's Blog)
Nurse Amanda: New 911 computer "close to perfect" (Jack Bog's Blog)
Mercy, mercy me (Jack Bog's Blog)

THE MAN WHO WILL SAVE TRIMET-HARRY SAPORTA

O-bama

THE POLICE STATE CALLED THE USA

http://www.hermes-press.com/police_state.htm

MT HOOD COLLEGE SETTLES

Good News!
The Mt. Hood Community College full-time faculty just ratified a contract settlement reached tonight. 
The rally for tomorrow (Wednesday May 11th at 5 p.m.) will be held at Mt. Hood Community College in celebration.

Thay asked us to pass on their deepest appreciation for the solidarity shown by JWJ in thier time of need.  Thank you to all of you who sent emails made phone calls and stood in solidarity with MHCC

Another reason TriMet should move to e-fares ASAP: no more 13-month fraud cycle.

http://yfrog.com/h7k7ycaj

"WE HAVE A DIRECTIONAL AIR VENT SYSTEM"-i respond to the bonehead management

Attend a TriMet Open House in May

Come here and be a punching bag for management and the public at large!

http://trimet.org/careers/2011jobfairs.htm

Why no bus service for new Sellwood Bridge?

Editor,
I just learned from the minutes of a recent SMILE meeting published in THE BEE that Tri-Met does NOT plan to resume the bus route which previously served the Tacoma Street centric part of Sellwood and Westmoreland when the new Sellwood Bridge is completed.
This decision is shortsighted and damaging to our neighborhood. A major part of the debate over the bridge design had to do with ensuring wide enough lanes for bus access —not to mention the issue of a possible streetcar! I strongly supported the new bridge planning because I have greatly missed the trans-Sellwood-Bridge route, which was discontinued when the old bridge was declared unsafe for buses, firetrucks, and semi's.
The discontinued route, I believe the old number 12, was THE most direct route, with the least amount of walking and NO transfers, for south Sellwood/Moreland residents wanting to reach the following destinations: The OHSU wellness center and clinics, John’s Landing businesses, PSU classes and special events, the Portland Saturday Market in the South Park Blocks, and downtown shopping and cultural attractions.
The existing Route 70 requires transfers (and far more walking for some, due to its alternating 13th and 17th street routes), and its frequency is far less than that of Route 19, which is an 8-block-walk from the Tacoma Street area.
Tri-Met’s decision to drop this route needs to be challenged in the strongest possible terms. It is a slap in the face to many residents who devoted hours at bridge design input meetings to ensure that mass transit would have a CENTRAL role in the rebuilt bridge. Tri-Met needs to understand that the loss of this route is especially damaging to PSU students carrying a backpack full of books, seniors (as well as employees) who wish to get to the OHSU wellness center/clinics quickly, and shoppers visiting Portland’s largest farmers' market or downtown stores, who often come home laden with packages.
Nancy Beamer, via e-mail

Oregon, Washington among national leaders in efficient transportation spending

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

People who break the "no eating on the bus/MAX" rule

http://trimet.livejournal.com/83695.html

Another Day at the Office: Adding Insult to Injury

Baptiser Busted

In an earlier post, I described being assaulted-by-saliva by a boarding passenger who got angry that I told him the amount of the correct fare.

Today, they arrested him. How, you ask? The nitwit boarded my bus - at the same stop where the assault occurred, and at the same time of day no less.

This time he had a transfer with him, and headed to the back of the bus - either not recognizing me, or not caring. I called it in, and arranged to have transit police meet me at a stop ahead. There, after about 3 minutes wait (I told passengers that I was running early and needed to hold for time), police arrived, confirmed with me that this was the guy, removed him from the bus and made an arrest. They called in his ID as they detained him and I overheard what sounded like a lengthy record. I heard the phrase "felony assault" more than once.

My Reward

While most passengers - many of whom were present on the day that I was assaulted - were supportive, two chose to express different emotion at having their bus ride delayed. The first, a man asked why I was harassing a homeless person and delaying the bus. I told him that this man had assaulted me last week and I had to report it to get the guy off the street. The man then angrily said to me "so make an arrest and move on - why hold up the bus?" Apparently this guy thinks that bus drivers are magic cops.

The second - a scowly woman (artists rendition included at the beginning of this post) who regularly rides but never returns my "good morning's", waited as long as she could tolerate apparently. Stomping to the front door, she turned and said "You know what? YOU are responsible for what happened. You DESERVED it. I saw the whole thing and you are responsible because of the way you handled it!" She then stomped off.

At that point, I got on the PA, again apologized for the delay, and invited people to apply to become a bus driver and "live the dream".

I also wished that Adron Hall was there, because despite the delay - I still arrived at my terminal on-time.

-jw

GREEKS STILL FIGHTING THE WORLDS ELITES

Riot police use tear gas as protesters throw petrol bombs in Athens - Telegraph

My favorite bus stop on the #19 route



I THINK THE BIKE MAY BE BROKEN

http://www.kval.com/news/local/121588219.html

BUS DRIVER GOES BONKERS

STORY HERE!

BUS CRASH VICTIM-WARNING-GRAPHIC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqYBiO2tipw

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MAY 10

5/10/11 from al m on Vimeo.

TriMet Cannot Control the Power of the Blogs!

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/05/10/trimet-cannot-control-the-power-of-the-blogs

C-Tran board gives in to veto threat

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/may/10/c-tran-board-gives-in-to-veto-threat/
City may veto size of light rail voting pool
Letter: Vote on light rail this year
Fate of light rail will go before voters
C-Tran will ask only for bus funds in 2011
Vancouver council supports single ballot measure for buses, light rail 

TriMet recognizes its best operators of the year

Ministry of Propaganda Official News Release!

This is the actual email for your enjoyment

(It says "Portland" rather than "trimet!)

MY REQUEST FOR FANS IN THE OLD BUSES AS A SAFETY CONCERN REJECTED

That makes two suggestions and two bureaucratic excuses for not doing something properly.


Use Your Imagination

http://bojack.org/2011/05/use_your_imagination.html

ATU 757 CONTRACT STATUS-CURRENT INFORMATION

Chart by Chris Day

MT HOOD COLLEGE TO GO ON STRIKE!

Mount Hood Community College Faculty Association has announced that they will strike this Thursday, May 12th, at 5 am. After a year of negotiations as well as sessions with a mediator, the Association voted on April 2nd to allow its leadership to call for a strike and set a date for a walk-out.  At issue are wages and retirees’ benefits. The college has threatened to hire full-time faculty replacements if there is a walk-out, and the student body is organizing a walkout during classes today to show their support for their instructors. If you are interested in showing solidarity with the Faculty Association, their strike will be at Mount Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark Street in Gresham. Assemble at the main courtyard by flagpoles - the south side of the main campus building.
(Jon Hunt ATU 757)

HR COMPLAINT DISMISSED-MR WALLACE FIXATION CONTINUES

I actually got a call from Lucy Shipley (very lovely woman to talk with BTW) telling me that Mr Wallace is not supposed to be in my letter and that a new version is being mailed out. Strange that nobody does any proofreading at Trimet?
No surprises in the letter of course, I had no expectations of anything changing.
They throw it back to the grievance process and say their rules are just wonderful and will continue to be enforced.

PARKER CASE UPDATE


Look at the bail amount for the various charges.
This is very interesting because what is obvious is that the actual "abuse" violations carry a bail of $2500, $2500, and $20,000, which is $25000 total, or $2500 to get out of that jail.

But then they added in the restraining order violations, which carry bail amounts of $50000, $50000, $50000, $50000, $50000, they are saying there were 5 instances of restraining order violations and each one should be charged separately.

The crime value is $25000, but the restraining order value is $250000, total $275000.

 Complete injustice in this bail as far as I am concerned.

SO HOW DID THE JIM STENGER CASE END?

According the court records he got 60 months probation and was shipped back to Hawaii.

NEIL IS GETTING WORKED UP

The media landscape in our region has changed quite significantly with the advent of social media. Twitter, Facebook and the like have become important communication vehicles as people look to them for near real-time information delivery. TriMet is beginning to use these channels as a way to get good information into the hands of our riders and the general public about our services and projects. But with this new communications paradigm comes some significant challenges.
Because information can travel at a lightning pace in these electronic realms, misinformation can spread like wildfire doing more damage than good. This all makes it harder than ever for TriMet to get across service information, information about our projects, and in general – tell our communities the good work that TriMet does each and every day.
I need your help. The expansion of blogs, Twitter and other new media tools provides the opportunity to remind all TriMet employees that any comment made can become part of a news story. The traditional news media – TV, radio and print – monitor blogs and tweets, and may consider them to be truthful and accurate. Here’s how easy it is to become part of the media message:
 A rider overhears that bus service will be cut again, making it even harder for people to get to work. That rider blogs about it and now a TV station is calling TriMet to comment on the cuts.
At a TriMet open house, a blogger tweets out comments from a TriMet representative without any context or perspective, again, the media is calling. 
All of these examples demonstrate how simple it is to create media coverage based on someone’s opinion.
Any time a TriMet employee speaks about the agency, whether at an agency-sponsored open house, a neighborhood meeting, while in uniform or just by posting comments on blogs, Facebook or via Twitter, it can become part of a news story.
Even though a news reporter is not present, it does not mean that comments aren’t ‘on the record.’ An attendee to a neighborhood meeting can contact a news organization, and it’s now a story.
Guidelines
If you are contacted directly by a news reporter or a member of the news media, refer them to the Communications Department. Mary Fetsch or Bekki Witt will handle. Only designated TriMet personnel are allowed to talk to the news media. Mary or Bekki may contact you and ask you for information or in some instances, may have you talk directly to the reporters – but only under their direction.
Internet postings may not disclose any information that is confidential, safety-or-security sensitive or proprietary to TriMet.
If you have a blog or comment on one that discusses TriMet, you must make clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of the agency.
Media on our system
Additional guidelines apply to bus and rail operators. The news media is allowed to record, videotape and photograph while traveling on our system or at the scene of an incident.  However, they are not allowed to interfere with the safe operations of a vehicle or interview an operator on duty. If the media approaches an operations employee on duty, they must refer the media to the Communications Department.
TriMet believes in employees’ right to freedom of expression, online and elsewhere, and supports open dialogue and the exchange of ideas. At the same time, employees should exercise that freedom in a manner consistent with TriMet’s commitment to transparency, integrity and mutual respect.
Employees are personally responsible for the content they publish on the Internet, both internally and externally. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time and can be used by others, so protect your privacy.   (For full guidelines: HR-202.1 Information Technology: Internet Use and Communications, and HR-304.2 News Media Guidelines. )
With all the chatter out there in the electronic world, we want to make sure that TriMet’s communications are heard clearly – to help accurately inform our riders and our communities.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Transparency? See my "fight against the Trimet management" post.

TWO DIFFERENT PRESENTATIONS ON THE SAME SUBJECT

Chart by Chris Day

Chart by ATU 757

Do TriMet buses use any kind of signal premption or priority?

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/do-trimet-buses-use-any-kind-of-signal-premption-or-priority

BRUCE HANSEN T-SHIRTS NOT UNION MADE?

Made in El Salvador apparently!

WHERE THE HECK IS RON HIENZMAN ANYWAY?

So the union is operating in the red and yet we are paying Mr Heinzman to do what exactly?
He has never attended one of our local meetings has he?

IS OUR UNION BROKE?

It has been reported that our union is $282,000+ in the red!

SOCIAL PATHOLOGY

Peter Joseph Lecture

Historian Adam Hochschild: Lessons For the Antiwar Movement From the Pacifists of World War I

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/10/historian_adam_hochschild_lessons_for_the

The Zeitgeist Movement Response to Media: Death of Osama bin Laden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOqQa5k0org

MAY 9

5/8/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Merlo Driver brings wd40 for pedals and blinkers and ticket cutters

Trimet Max Light Rail At Rose Quarter

http://wn.com/TriMet_MAX_Light_Rail_at_Rose_Quarter

REMEMBER MARCUS GRIFFITH?

What is he doing these days?
Taking on the sheriffs department!


Actions of Sheriff's Office may violate state open government laws - VanVoice Blotter

Monday, May 9, 2011

CAMERON JOHNSON


You see, as teens, we are an undermined society. We are ignored often, and when people consider us, it's when they want to bitch about us or verbally crucify the whole generation as a whole. You often hear stories about how teens screwed up royally (I love how people bitch less about Charlie Sheen getting prostitutes, screwing his family up, doing drugs and drinking and being in total madness and denial about it than they do about so and so teen personality getting pregnant by accident.) We are categorized entirely as a generation who doesn't give a tenpenny fuck about tomorrow, their family or others; just getting drunk, high and pregnant. Guys are douchebags and girls are whores. It may not be that 'out there' blatant as that but media is pretty much subtly doing that with shows on The CW where 20 somethings play slutty teens partying. And if I see one more commercial where the teenager does nothing but smart off behind a phone, I'm going to break my TV with an axe. I'm sorry if this offends you, but this is me being perfectly frank about it.

That One Portland Transit Activist Kid: You Cannot Take This From Us

THE MOST RECENT OREGONIAN ARTICLE ABOUT TRIMET'S OPERATORS OF THE YEAR

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Welcome to the Tom Brian Tigard Transit Center.

Link to The Oregonian's coverage

The Turds



Colonel Limbaugh



STEVE FUNGS VIDEO OF THE WEEK

JOE ROSE DENIED ACCESS TO OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Oregonian reporter Joe Rose wanted to cover the operator of the year award but the Trimet executives did not want him here!

WTF is that all about?

THE AMERICAN UNION MOVEMENT SHOULD LEARN FROM THE AUSTRALIANS

This is a small excerpt from the movie that Ross just posted, but it is critical in it's content!

Thy Will be Done, On Earth as It is in Texas

For liberals to examine the current fundamentalist phenomenon in America is accept some hard truths. For starters, we libs are even more embattled than most of us choose to believe. Any significant liberal and progressive support is limited to a few urban pockets on each coast and along the upper edge of the Midwestern tier states. Most of the rest of the nation, the much vaunted heartland, is the dominion of the conservative and charismatic Christian. Turf-wise, it's pretty much their country, which is to say it presently belongs to George W. Bush for some valid reasons. Remember: He did not have to steal the entire election, just a little piece of it in Florida. Evangelical born-again Christians of one stripe or another were then, and are now, 40% of the electorate, and they support Bush 3-1. And as long as their clergy and their worst instincts tell them to, they will keep on voting for him, or someone like him, regardless of what we view as his arrogant folly and sub-intelligence. Forget about changing their minds. These Christians do not read the same books we do, they do not get their information from anything remotely resembling reasonably balanced sources, and in fact, consider even CBS and NBC super-liberal networks of porn and the Devil's lies. Given how fundamentalists see the modern world, they may as well be living in Iraq or Syria, with whom they share approximately the same Bronze Age religious tenets. They believe in God, Rumsfeld's Holy War and their absolute duty as God's chosen nation to kick Muslim ass up one side and down the other. In other words, just because millions of Christians appear to be dangerously nuts does not mean they are marginal.

JOE BAGEANT FULL ARTICLE HERE! 

I hope the voters of Wisconsin are happy about who they just voted into power

State panel repeals regional transit groups - JSOnline

So Much for Supply and Demand: Transit Ridership Spikes, Funding Plummets

Let’s get this straight: skyrocketing gas prices are inspiring people to investigate their transportation options. More and more of them are taking transit. Is this really the time to take the axe to those transit systems’ budgets?
When drivers switch to transit, they should be welcomed with on-time service and affordable fares that reinforce the wisdom of their decision. Instead, they’re finding that their bus routes are being cut, fares are going up, and they’re faced with longer waits for infrequent service.

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/05/06/so-much-for-supply-and-demand-transit-ridership-spikes-funding-plummets/ 

SYDNEY SUCCESSFULLY FIGHTS EFFORTS TO PRIVATIZE FERRY SERVICE

IT CAN BE DONE!

MARTA driver charged with dragging woman exiting bus

“The MARTA bus driver stopped the bus and opened the door,” Jones said. “The victim fell to the ground and rolled in front of the MARTA bus.”
Jones said that McMillan then “drove around the victim and left the scene.”

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/marta-driver-charged-with-940018.html?cxtype=rss_news 

Rally for a Better Way for Oregon


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SEIU 503 members from across the state will join union and community allies in Salem on Friday, May 20 (the next statewide furlough day) to stand up for fairness at the  Better Way for Oregon Rally.
I hope they get a good turn out.  It's a regular work day for most TriMet ATU members.  Hopefully our union will have some presence at the rally.

MT HOOD COLLEGE READY TO HIRE SCABS!

Check these ads!

Amerika

The nation’s official unemployment rate increased to nine percent in April, although the private sector added 268,000 jobs in the month. Some 13.7 million people were counted as unemployed. Meanwhile, several states are taking steps to dismantle the unemployment insurance system. In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is soon expected to sign a bill to cut unemployment benefits immediately by 11.5 percent. Unemployed workers would lose all benefits after no more than 23 weeks, instead of 26. The bill also cuts the business tax by 10 percent, which pays for unemployment benefits.
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The Associated Press is reporting CEOs at the nation’s largest companies received giant pay increases in 2010. The typical pay package for a head of a company in the S&P 500 was $9 million last year—24 percent higher than a year before. Philippe Dauman, the CEO of Viacom, took in $84.5 million last year, two-and-a-half times what he made the year before.

ATU 757 MEETINGS THIS WEEK

TRIMET ATU 757 MEETING LOCATIONS

PICS

Too much OT a safety concern for transit agencies

Andrew harnik/Examiner file
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Getting There: Hybrid buses are worth the extra cost upfront


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This guy must be the Joseph Rose of Baltimore.

THE #1 (says somebody) TRANSIT SYSTEM IN AMERICA


VIAGE MEJOR