Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Friday, May 6, 2011

I do a live on the ground message to Harry Saporta

 Sent to Harry via email.


Bruce Peek-candidate for VP ATU 757


Lots of folks had their night screwed up because of this and missed connections

Due to signal problems in the Rose Quarter area, MAX trains are experiencing delays. Green and Yellow line trains are looping on the Mall. On the Eastside, Green Line trains are traveling between Rose Quarter and Clackamas Town Center, and Yellow Line trains are serving stops between Interstate/Rose Quarter and Expo Center. Green and Yellow line riders traveling to Rose Quarter should transfer to Blue or Red Lines or take shuttle bus from Union Station.

For Mother's Day, TriMet Honors 3 Generations of Bus Drivers From Same Family

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Click here to read story

Sometimes that Joe Rose guy has something nice to say about TriMet bus operators.

Who's pressing charges in the case against Chris Parker?

The victim says she is no victim and she wants this case dropped !
So who is pressing these charges?

MORALITY IN AMERIKA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P-vYiGJZ0Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnsn-opEEP0

WANT THE WORST JOB IN AMERIKA? APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

CLICK HERE!

GENERAL STRIKE SHUTS DOWN TRANSIT IN ITALY



Click here to read story

OH SAFETY! WHERE ARE YOU?

Trimet managers study the problem
I have submitted two requests for safety assessments, the first one was rejected and I was given the bureaucratic run around (fill out more paper) and the second one


I still have not heard back from!

Also there is no list of safety submissions?
In other words, we operators CANNOT track the number of safety submissions nor can we track the official responses!

MORE BULLSHIT FROM OUR ESTEEMED MANAGEMENT!

CRASH!

Nepal bus accidents kill at least 32
Private bus turns killer again in city
Kenya: 46 Injured in Narok Bus Accident

SMART Driver and passenger make a connection

http://www.ridesmart.com/Index.aspx?page=179&recordid=477&returnURL=%2FIndex.aspx%3Fpage%3D1

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA CAUGHT WITH ITS PANTS DOWN!

The truth is TriMet hasn't been named the nation’s top transit agency, as the billboards attached to the outside of 168 buses and trains suggest.
In February, U.S. News & World Report named the entire city of Portland -- not just TriMet -- the nation’s “best city for public transportation.” The analysis also praised the Portland Streetcar, the aerial tram, the city’s urban planners, the community’s investments and the number of transit commuters, in addition to TriMet.

TriMet's '#1 Transit' ads: Truth-squadding the commute (poll) | OregonLive.com

THE QUOTE FRYING CHRIS PARKER

“It’s been a pleasure playing with you tonight. … I’m such a naughty boy.”
 This quote is derived from this famous quote from the TITANIC SCRIPT:

"Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight."
Wallace Hartley, Titanic

(Chris Parker and the 'victim' discussed movie scripts, this text does not mean literally that he was 'playing' with her)

TriMet jeers study decrying light rail

A May 4 report by the Cascade Policy Institute says TriMet’s high-capacity alternatives, including MAX light rail, the Portland Streetcar and WES commuter rail, cannot move large numbers of people when needed.
Buses, which carry two-thirds of TriMet’s passengers, should be the focus of TriMet spending, but are being sacrificed in favor of light rail expansion, said Cascade President John A. Charles Jr., who conducted the research with several assistants. 

 http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2011/05/trimet_jeers_study_decrying_li.html

Attacks on bus drivers

Memo Reveals Assaults On MARTA Bus Drivers - News Story - WSB Atlanta

ADA LAWSUIT DISMISSED IN NY

http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20FCO%2020110505082.xml&docbase=CSLWAR3-2007-CURR

Privatization of bus service has been failing in the UK

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/06/britain-buses-idUSLDE7450E520110506

The mysterious D40LFs...

Yesterday I was running some errands and was driving on Cascade Avenue in Tigard when I looked over at Highway 217 and saw not one, but TWO of those mysterious, ex-OCTA D40LFs.

On a hunch, I drove over to a neighborhood that borders RAZ Transportation's garage.  Unfortunately the developers were nice enough to put up a seven foot high concrete wall but I was able to gain a vantage point where I could see the rooflines of the various buses that they own.  (I guess I could have driven to their front entrance off of 99W, but they might have wondered why I was looking in with binoculars.)  Sure enough there were at least three D40LFs in there.  For being subjected to TriMet's bland fleet of nothing but D40LFs, Gillig Phantoms and Flxible Metros, it's a bus-fan's paradise to see such a variety of buses that they own.  And RAZ has owned other transit buses in the past; most notably RTSes but I believe they even had a few Flxible Metros from time to time, and they even owned some ex-NJ Transit MC-9s for awhile (notable for having the flip-dot head sign that no other MC-9s had.)

What I do know is that these are ex-Orange County Transportation Agency vehicles built in 1995 and were retired in 2007 (hey, after 12 years of service!) and replaced with C40LFs.  They were used for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  Why or how RAZ got them, beats me.  How they are using them, I don't know, but they've been spotted multiple times on 217 (in the evening hours) and at least once on the south end of Tigard on 99W, and one other time at the Barbur Transit Center (that one is a real head-scratcher).  I know RAZ operates a wide variety of services so my guess is that they are being used on Intel or Nike campus shuttles, but I can't explain why the bus would have been at Barbur TC - certainly, RAZ wouldn't use such a vehicle for a Spirit Mountain Casino trip...

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Reliable sources have informed us that there was a substantial sum of money that went unaccounted for at our union.
Yvette apparently located the money but all of a sudden the money cannot be accounted for again?
What's up with that?

MAY 5TH RANT

http://vimeo.com/23354867

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