On the Max with Jason and Erik, who argue all the way to Gresham
Friday, May 27, 2011
Flop of the day: an audible warning system intended to alert pedestrians that a TriMet bus was turning.http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/05/follow-up-jeri-ellsworth-vs-talking-buses-trimet-jeri-won.html
The transit agency announced Friday that after three months of testing the system, at a cost of $46,000, the tests had come to the end of the line. Announcements broadcast over external speaker systems on 10 buses didn’t activate when they were supposed to and did activate at inappropriate times, such as when buses were changing lanes.
“It was determined,” a TriMet news release said, “that the technology has not advanced enough to make it an effective tool to help alert pedestrians and people riding bikes that a bus is turning.”
The system was made by ProTran1 of New Jersey, and because the agency bought the book-sized units, they can’t be returned.
Spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said she didn’t know what TriMet would do with the units, but “if there are other transit agencies that would like to try it, we’d be happy to help them out.”
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Buses considered on-time can be two minutes early or seven minutes late.
After nearly three months of testing an audible pedestrian warning system on 10 buses, TriMet today stopped the test because the announcement didn't activate at the appropriate time—either too soon or too late in the turn—but did activate at other times, such as when the bus was making a lane change.
The external announcement "Pedestrians, bus is turning" was in both English and Spanish and was triggered by a full rotation of the steering wheel, which caused the announcement to be too late into the turn. TriMet also tested having the announcement trigger at a half rotation of the steering wheel to test if it provided earlier warning. That activated the announcement too early, as well as during lane changes.
Review of an audible warning device was suggested as part of the comprehensive safety review initiated following last April's fatal bus crash. TriMet began the test on March 1, and after receiving feedback from operators, riders and TriMet safety and training staff, it was determined that the technology has not advanced enough to make it an effective tool to help alert pedestrians and people riding bikes that a bus is turning.
The system was not intended to change TriMet's legal and professional obligation to operate safely, be alert and scan the intersection before turning.
As the technology advances in this area, TriMet would be interested in testing an audible system in the future.
Press release (but I just posted the entire text above)
Thursday, May 26, 2011
|In the middle|
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sorry this picture didn't turn out (I should have learned how to take a screen shot BEFORE I cleared this page), but here's the link that it linked to:
This link has since been deleted and replaced with a story about a MAX maintenance technician who is serving in the National Guard...
A sleek car costing $100,000? Why that's just an impulse purchase. A few million bucks for a Matisse original? Go ahead – it'll liven up the hallway. How about throwing a fat wad of cash at a university to get an academic chair named for you? Sure, it's all a part of living in BillionaireLand.
Jim Hightower here!
Streetsblog Capitol Hill » Dangerous By Design: How the U.S. Builds Roads That Kill Pedestrians
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
As 'J' described,I had a case of classic "dinosauritis'today.Thanks to the BTC mechanic and Smooth as Silk Stewart in the yard,I was given the last low floor to drive for the remainder of the shift.Eat your heart out Al! Welcome home.We missed you!
Example: Stop ID 2619 and/or SE Hawthorne & 32nd
If you were to visit the TransitTracker (http://trimet.org/arrivals/tracker.ht...) or the stop information website (http://trimet.org/go/cgi-bin/cstops.p...) the Stop ID has prominence. If you were to visit the Interactive System Map (http://ride.trimet.org/?zoom=6&pLat=6...) or look at a sign posted at the stop the "stop location" has prominence.
(bonus cameo appearance)
Step 1: First, you need an old bus. This part is easy - just do a run on the west side, which greatly increases the likelihood that your bus was purchased by TriMet during the Reagan administration.
Step 2: Something will probably go wrong with the bus. This is neither your fault, nor especially surprising (see Exhibit A)
Step 3: Ask everyone to leave the bus.
Some magical, black-box stuff happens here, involving a nice spotter, some confused tourists, and a frustrated passenger whose transfer expired during this exchange. Then...
Step 4: Yay, a new bus!
Sources say that more than half the fleet is involved in accidents, in which drivers damaged the buses while turning or reversing the vehicle.
"Last week, for instance, two buses collided while the drivers were reversing the vehicles. In this case, one of the drivers lost control of the bus as he failed to manage the gear properly," said an official. This not the first instance where drivers were unable to handle the longer, low-floor buses.
Blueline drivers leave mark on Delhi's new cluster fleet - The Times of India
What's wrong with this Official TriMet photo?
No government employer may require membership in any organization (including a union) as a condition of employment, anymore than they can deny employment based on organizational affiliation.
Anyone working for any represented classification under a government employer has the right not to join the union under which there is a labor agreement; any current member has the right to resign membership - in all 50 states.
Those working under a represented classification may still be required to pay fees to the union to cover the cost of negotiating and maintaining the contract. Non-members in a "union shop" are still entitled to representation in grievances, arbitration, etc. though they may lose the ability to vote in union elections or to receive other benefits specific to membership in their Local or National Union.
Is YOUR union full of crooks, liars and incompetents? Are YOUR best interests not represented by your Local, National or International union? Have you been threatened with censorhip, censure, fines or discipline for violating "union rules"? Is your union Board of Directors a virtual kangaroo court stacked with old-time insiders who squash dissent within the ranks? Want to feel free to speak your mind about your representative union's shortcomings without fear of being penalized for doing so?
If I told the Rotarians or an American Legion hall that “John is a patriot,” all would approve greatly of John. If I told them that patriotism was nothing more than the loyalty to each other of dogs in a pack, they would lynch me. Patriotism, they believe, is a Good Thing.
Of course the Japanese pilots who attacked Pearl Harbor were patriots, as were the German soldiers who murdered millions in the Second World War. The men who brought down the towers in New York were patriots, though of a religious sort. Do we admire their patriotism?
Ex-Bus Driver From 2010 Crash Given Commercial Driver's License - Portland News Story - KPTV Portland
I can't imagine anyone would give her an actual job driving commercially.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1389963/Indian-firms-look-U-S-cheap-labour-outsourcing-goes-circle.html#ixzz1NGlPWLZW
Monday, May 23, 2011
I enjoyed the views and beauty of the Sandy River at Glenn Otto Park on the #77 Route on Saturday.Too bad this route will not include this destination after June.TriMet should have promoted the #77 as a great way to cool off on the Sandy River in the summer.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This was released a while ago (only the ridership numbers, not charts/statistics), but no one ever posted it, so here ya go.
After all that, I was glad to see that for once the latest “best transit rankings” story did not put Portland in the top ten and that this article analyzing yet another set of rankings showed Portland actually had a lower transit share than Seattle, despite Portland’s greater investment in light rail. This comes as no surprise to me, as I grew up on the bus in Seattle, way before taking mass transit became all the rage. It was that convenient. I now have family spread throughout the city, all of whom are within minutes of several bus lines.
The bus did not stop though, that is when investigators said the passenger threw a rock to get the driver’s attention.
Police said the driver responded by stopping the bus, getting off and assaulting the victim.
Once he was finished, officers said he got back on the bus and continued on his route.
And look at the bench under an umbrella for the bus riders...although the bus stop sign itself needs a small adjustment.
Here's another example with an articulated bus at the stop. Notice the wide paved area for passengers to wait, a proper sign, and the bus arrival sign also has the name of the stop atop it.
Here's a good bus stop. New sign with lots of easy-to-read information about each bus route and its destinations. Schedule information on the pole and much more detailed info. An arrivals sign showing the next four buses. A very nice shelter - large with plenty of room, a couple advertising signs, and plenty of windbreaks. An attractive yet simple design.
Close-up of the bus arrivals sign. Lists four buses at once.
Want to be a fireman?
Another bus stop. Narrower sidewalk but still most of the same amenities.
Looks like Portland's hometown baby is striking out, while Sacramento based Siemens Transportation Systems (a subsidiary of the German company Siemens) wins a "streetcar" order.
We could have converted the Freightliner factory into a bus factory and re-employed hundreds and hundreds of workers, but instead we are pouring money into an increasingly empty building in Clackamas to employ 65. The price of being "green"...
1. Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Transit – West-side Alignment – South Waterfront Segment
Briefing Dave Unsworth, Tri-Met
(Rescheduled From May 19th, 2011) Sean Batty, TriMet
Karen Karlsson, KLK Consulting
Tim Heron, BDS, 503-823-7726
APPLICANT: Sean Batty, TriMet
SITE ADDRESS: SW Jackson Street/5th Avenue to SW Moody Avenue/SW Porter Street
The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project applicant requests Design Review approval to construct a 1,730 foot long aerial structure [Harbor Structure] to carry light rail trains and buses (“Shared Transitway”) from SW Lincoln St at SW Naito Parkway over SW Harbor Drive and south into the South Waterfront District.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Is it that 99.2 percent of the people who live in Modesto (Modestonians? Modestites?) just don’t realize they have one of the world’s best public transit systems just waiting at their doorsteps? Or did four folks sitting in a conference room at the Brookings Institution design a bad study?
NY TIMES BLOG HERE!
47.4: Percent of profits corporations paid in taxes in 1961.
11.1: Percent of profits corporations paid in taxes in 2011.
Friday, May 20, 2011
YouTube - Rigs Of Rods Ex Trimet FLixbles
TriMet bus hit when shots are fired
TriMet TV: Visiting Portland? Take TriMet's MAX Light Rail from PDX
YouTube - Snow in Feb 2011 Trimet Bus Mount Tabor
TriMet bus hit when shots are fired
YouTube - 24h Timelapse #1
YouTube - The brittny blog
YouTube - Going to Loyd Center (high speed)-this one is interesting!