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Friday, June 17, 2011

Why in the world are the Trimet big wheels fighting this?

Jefferson Smith isn't trying to bully TriMet
He just thinks Oregon's largest transit agency needs an occasional elbow to the ribs to get it to sit up straight and be a good neighbor.
 Unfortunately, he's probably right. 
 
Incident between MAX and ped (ped OK) at convention center; Harry Saporta going

Dwight Botel

Trimet wants safety? Then why don't they have one of these?

SamTrans has invested in a bus simulator that its drivers get extra training on throughout the year. The simulator puts drivers in emergency situations in real time so that they will be better prepared out on the streets.

SamTrans also has a leadership program and supervisor academy to offer its employees the opportunity to grow with the public agency.

Currently, SamTrans is ready to install about $8 million worth of new fareboxes on the buses, another job that is done in-house.

The new fareboxes will give change receipts and recognize Clipper cards.

http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=161148&title=Behind+the+scenes+at+SamTrans

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A Perspective from Portland, Oregon

This from Portland Afoot: TriMet president: Board members shape policy by email. While one can argue that there are circumstances that may be served well enough by the convenience of email - it ought to be obvious that nothing substitutes for face-to-face discussions among board members. This use of emails seems to be nothing more than a way to avoid ordinary results that come from a truly independent board. Transparency and accountability suffers.

Public policy shaping ought to be accomplished only within an open meeting forum where attendees can experience the entire context
http://oldtownperspective.blogspot.com/

Guy on trimet won't get off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YnvXzxiwkM
Woman wants to bring large iguana onto MAX; control says no

The world class rants of GERALD CELENTE

Indiana Supreme Court gives police carte blanche to kick in doors; no warrant needed.
Celente explains why he wants his money to stay at home.
Little Iceland stood up, can’t you?
Cancer, cigarettes, cell phones, Coke or Pepsi, tune into the Cartoon News Network (CNN)

City: TriMet pass program for high schoolers is dead

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/06/city-trimet-pass-program-for-high-schoolers-is-dead/

The great bee swarm of 2011

http://www.kgw.com/news/slideshows/Photos-Bee-swarm-in-downtown-Portland-124036009.html?gallery=y&c=y&img=0#gallery-image

On 40th Anniversary, Carter Calls for End to U.S. Drug War

Today marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the so-called "war on drugs." Activists are marking the date with renewed calls for an end to U.S.-backed policies of criminalization. In an opinion piece in The New York Times called, "Call Off the Global Drug War," former President Jimmy Carter writes that the Obama administration should heed the call of a high-level panel that declared the so-called "war on drugs" a failure, and urged governments to consider legalizing substances, including marijuana.

COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION

A Taxi Trend: Ford Transit Connect Compressed Natural Gas Taxis Heading to Los ...

CZECHS SHUT DOWN TRANSIT

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/06/16/czech-transit-strike-thins-traffic-hits-economic-activity/?mod=google_news_blog

Safety around the world

At least 28 dead in Southern Sudan bus crash

Forget your clothes

Speaking of bicycles and, well, naked people on bicycles, Saturday night brings the annual World Naked Bike Ride. (Yep, it’s that time of year again). The ride, which is described as “a light-hearted protest against fossil fuel” that attracted about 10,000 riders last year, starts at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street and rolls through downtown Portland into Northwest and other parts of the city. Gather at 9 p.m. The ride starts at 10 p.m. If you’re ready to throw it all off and ride, don’t forget to read the rules. If you're driving, consider yourself warned.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/06/hawthorne_bridge_repairs_portl.html 

Report: Typical City Bus Contains

http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-typical-city-bus-contains-no-fewer-than-fou,20735/

BELIEVE IT!

This is America's future, one of government-induced privation and societal misery. Study the dominant social themes of the elite, its recent fear-based promotions, and one begins to get a sense more fully of what is being prepared. The signs are increasingly visible. Throughout last week Western markets and media focused on a warning from Standard and Poor's (S&P), which downgraded the US debt outlook from stable to negative for the first time in 70 years. Will maintream financial media still continue to use the ludicrous term "risk-free Treasury paper?"

The Daily Bell - IMF Austerity Is Headed to America – Watch Out!

MTA bus driver suspended for 15th time was hired after DWI conviction

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/06/17/2011-06-17_booze_clues_mta_hired_bungling_bus_driver_after_dwi_conviction.html?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259

Cash-strapped Muni defends severance pay for chief

San Francisco transportation officials Thursday defended the proposal to pay Muni chief Nathaniel Ford a $384,000 severance package for an early exit, even as the cash-strapped agency is set to raise the cost of the monthly transit pass and parking fees.

(and the executive class continues its rape of the middle and lower class)

Getting money for operations

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18291079?nclick_check=1&CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

June 16

Sometimes,one has to go fishing



One of the many ponds along I-84 out by Hood river and the Dalles that hold bass,perch and trout.

How much longer do we have to put up with this safety hazard?

The construction of this "bike and ride" has been going on for 2 months now! It is obstructing a very crucial entrance/exit of the Beaverton Transit center.

Buses can't get in/out of BTC without extreme caution as not only are buses trying to get by each other but pedestrians are unable to use that sidewalk!

Stop talking about safety and do something positive about making our environment safe.  This here is an accident waiting to happen!


Why using the microphones is dangerous

Notice how far the mike is from my face
My whole body must contort to get to the mike

Thursday, June 16, 2011

GREEKS REFUSE TO ROLL OVER TO THE POWER ELITES

Bees swarm downtown TriMet MAX stop


Story at KGW


Swarm of bees at 6th & Madison. No injuries or delays reported.

Transit union asks why driver, punched and dragged off bus, is suspended

http://www.examiner.com/commuter-in-milwaukee/transit-union-asks-why-driver-punched-and-dragged-off-bus-is-suspended-by-mcts

The Keiser Report

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNSFOiC6glg

I will never understand why people go bonkers over a game that has no effect on their lives

Video of mad Canada riots: Vancouver fans run amok, set cars on fire

STEVE FUNG'S MOVIE OF THE WEEK!

Steve Fung watches his first up close bridge lift

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcCBo3VZTuM

4 days in jail

Woman Who Spit On Bus Driver Gets Jail Time - Portland News Story - KPTV Portland

Items of interest

Trimet general manager says too many 'pass ups'.

Huge traffic jam on hwy 26

Tri-Met Bus Pass Sticker (Exp. Aug 2011) - $20 (N. Portland)

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/tix/2444363046.html

The Greeks shake up the world!

Concerns over the volatile situation in Greece, coupled with another round of dismal economic data, sent the major market averages tumbling to the lowest level since March. 

Bus cams help catch killers

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/editor-s-picks/bus-cams-help-catch-killers-1.1107070

Bus driver roughed up

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police have released security video in the search for a passenger seen punching and roughing up a bus driver before allegedly trying to rob him.

Sgt. Brian Miller says the Capital Metro driver suffered facial injuries June 10 in an apparent fight over why the bus did not stop at a place where the passenger wanted to get off.
Police say the man waited until other passengers departed before slugging the driver, throwing him to the bus floor and going through his pockets.
The bus surveillance video was released Wednesday, as police seek the public's help in identifying the man wanted on assault and attempted robbery charges. The company that employs the driver, Veolia Transportation, is offering a $5,000 reward for information

The Handbook of Human Ownership - A Manual for New Tax Farmers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k67_imEHTPE

TriMet Resolution 11-06-34

http://trimet.org/pdfs/meetings/board/2011-06-8/Res-11-06-34.pdf

I make my first Bitcoin purchase

We've got to do something about these banks controlling our lives, this "alternative" currency is a way to make real change in the system without marching or protesting anything. The real power we all have is the power of our money!

That woman over there.....

That woman who has been harassing me for years has been on another tear recently, this time dragging all sorts of fellow employees through her muck and slime.
It's time to re-post my side of the story again!

More rouge transit executives

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/ttc-manager-charged-with-fraud/article2062821/?CFID=474&CFTOKEN=39864452

Electric Buses Get a Jump Start

A GM-funded bus could reduce transit agencies' fuel bills by 80 percent.

http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/37829/?mod=chfeatured&CFID=474&CFTOKEN=39864452

MTA driver suspended for the 15th time after using express bus as private meeting room with gal pal

A bungling bus driver with a disciplinary record a mile long used his express bus as a private lounge to meet a lady friend while on duty, an investigation has found.
Edward Meehan - who had racked up 14 suspensions for speeding, running red lights and other infractions - was suspended for the 15th time last week for the unauthorized get-togethers, authorities said.

Transit executives dragging down everything around them

Ford's recent behavior made it clear he was on the way out - from the many, many weeks out of town looking for a job, to the public dance he did with the airport authority in DC (all on the taxpayer dime). This, while he was the highest paid public official, no less, while employees were being asked to give up pay and benefits during a recession. Way to inspire morale, Mr. Ford. (And by the way, cool your jets, I was one of the people that was convinced by facts to support Prop. G, so put down the flamethrower, commenters)

Car Break-Ins Reported At Park-And-Ride Lot

http://www.kptv.com/news/28256284/detail.html

Words of wisdom at Clackamas Community College



Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

June 15

R A Fontes

What’s behind the decision to delay vote on streetcar?

Transit executives always make out big

Muni chief Nathaniel Ford to leave June 30

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mayor to Muni: Hit the 85 percent on-time mark!!

Mayor Ed Lee said today that he hopes to achieve something that has eluded the two mayors before him: Get Muni to substantially improve its on-time performance.
The mayor said he wants Muni to demonstrate ''real measurable improvements ... specifically getting Muni's on-time performance up to the voter-mandated 85 percent.''
It was 12 years ago that San Francisco voters, fed up with chronic reliability problems plaguing the city-run transit system, came up with the on-time rate.


Portland's Mayor's response: "Fuck the bus riders.  If they aren't wealthy enough or special enough to live near the Streetcar, that's their problem."

GREECE HEADING INTO CHAOS

YouTube - Riots in Greece over austerity cuts
 YouTube - RT crew caught in Athens tear gas chaos, slammed by Greek rioters

DIRECT FROM DISPATCH

Someone dumped a gallon of fish stew on a bus, making supervisor "gag".
"this bus gotta go out of service"

Operator having a fit over not having a relief, taking bus back to the garage on his own.


TriMet president: Board members shape policy by email

TriMet has seven volunteer board members, all appointed by the state’s governor. They’re the only people at TriMet whose job it is to represent the public interest. In the last year of covering the agency, six of them have agreed with each other on, as far as I can recall, every single vote.
Are they six rubber stamps?
The board’s chair, TriMet President Rick Van Beveren, says they have a big influence on the agency – but not during meetings.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/06/trimet-president-board-members-shape-policy-by-email/ 

Wall Street's Role in Narco-Trafficking

Imagine what your reaction would be if the Mexican government agreed to pay Barack Obama $1.4 billion to deploy US troops and armored vehicles to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to conduct military operations, set up check points, and engage in fire-fights that end up killing 35,000 US civilians on the streets of American cities.
If the Mexican government treated the United States like this, would you consider them a friend or an enemy? 

65 OPERATORS SHORT

Reliable sources inform us that plenty of runs are being canceled.
The press release says "TRIMET BREAKS RIDERSHIP RECORDS"
But alternative headline might be "TRIMET STRANDS HUNDREDS OF BUS RIDERS"

RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER

6/14/11

GREEKS KEEP FIGHTING THE FINANCIAL TERRORISTS

Greece’s ports, banks, hospitals and state-run companies grind to a halt today as the two biggest labor unions strike to oppose Prime Minister George Papandreou’s additional budget cuts and asset sales.
ADEDY, the largest public-sector union, and the General Confederation of Labor, or GSEE, the biggest private-sector union, called the third general strike of the year to protest the government’s five-year fiscal plan and program of state asset sales, according to e-mailed statements. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-14/greek-unions-stage-24-hour-strike-to-oppose-papandreou-s-cuts-asset-sales.html 

Central Point School District privatizing bus system

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Central Point School District's bus system will be completely overhauled.
 The school board voted to contract the bus system out to First Student.  The decision brought tears and frustration to the drivers in the Oregon School Employees Association.

http://kdrv.com/news/local/215118 

Now here is an interesting method of gathering information from your riders

Highland News | News | Passengers set to log bus problems

Transit bus crashes

11 injured in bus crash in Jefferson Park - latimes.com

Another Trimet blog-"Trimet travels"

http://trimettravels.blogspot.com/

GREECE COMES TO NY

New Yorkers are escalating protests against austerity measures contained in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest budget. In a major protest Tuesday, thousands of New York City union members rallied at City Hall demanding an end to layoffs and cuts to social spending. Sam Coleman is a third grade teacher at a public school in Brooklyn.

WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN COURT SAYS YES TO STRIPPING RIGHTS (no surprise here of course)

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting law curbing collective bargaining. In a 4-to-3 ruling, the court overturned a lower court’s ruling that Republican legislators failed to provide sufficient public notice before passing the measure in March. The law sharply curbs nearly all collective bargaining rights of state employees. In its new decision, the court ruled the lower court judge, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi, had overstepped her authority. Thousands of protesters returned to the State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday as the full legislature began debating Walker’s budget.

How is the "austerity plan" working out in Greece?

Violent Crime Soars in Athens - NYTimes.com

Wisconsin news

Regaining bargaining rights might not help transit workers avoid pay cuts

C-Tran decision on light rail voter makeup postponed

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jun/14/decision-on-light-rail-voters-postponed/?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259

STRIKERS "NOT FIRED"

Arlington bus strike enters second day | Liz Essley | Local | Washington Examiner

GET THE BUSES ROLLING!

Volvo Secures $231 Mln Worth Order For 328 Buses From MTA New York City Transit

CORPORATE PRESS SAYS MUNI DRIVERS "SHOULD EAT SHIT"

Muni drivers should accept arbitrator's decision

Coming soon, to a transit district near Portland

Contract means more money for Muni : City Insider

DON'T MISS THE EXCITEMENT

TriMet Bridgecam: Watch Portland's newest bridge go up before your eyes | OregonLive.com

Another angle from the 33 layover



I browse the WES INTERACTIVATOR collectors edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF1YnBV_pyo

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

video

Suddenly, cops show up on MAX

A reader who lives way out on the Idaho side of Portland writes
 I am seeing instant results with this new Operation Cool Down. I ride the train every day. Now I see officers on many train rides. Yesterday evening and again this morning there were multiple cops arresting gang-banger types at my MAX stop. They are finally cleaning these sc**s off the street.
And it's really nice. Things seem less depressed, and it makes the outlook optimistic. I think citizens should demand we keep this up and fund even more officers. I am sure we can find the funds from pet projects. The first thing our leaders should be worried about is the safety of the citizens. To have other top priorities would be insanity.

"Don’t Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt":

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/6/13/dont_believe_the_hype_about_us_debt_sally_kohn_says_increasing_the_debt_is_a_good_idea

Buses leave cars in the dust

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/buses-leave-cars-in-the-dust-123798249.html?CFID=827&CFTOKEN=39253181

BUS DRIVERS STRIKE/THEN GET FIRED

http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/2011/06/arlington-bus-drivers-strike-lose-jobs?CFID=827&CFTOKEN=39253181

SUING AND WINNING YOUR TRANSIT DISTRICT

Graniteville woman settles case with Transit for $300,000 | SILive.com

ORANGE COUNTY CUTS PENCIL PUSHERS/KEEPS SERVICE

County’s transportation agency approves $1.1 billion budget | million, budget, octa - News - The Orange County Register

ARBITRATOR VOTES AGAINT MUNI WORKERS...(we are next)

Arbitrator imposes contract rejected by Muni workers

Could you imagine Trimet actually doing this? NOPE!

BART posts online survey to gather feedback on potential general manager | Will Reisman | Under the Dome | San Francisco Examiner

TRANSIT WORKERS IN WISCONSIN TO BE EXEMPT FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RESTRICTIONS

Latest union proposal exempts Wis. transit workers - Forbes.com

TWITTERS

@yalestar yalestar
Apparently it's Trimet policy to have the cabin be at least 80 degrees on every bus? Oy!
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Ah the republicans

First Major Republican Presidential Debate Focuses on Obama, Jobs, Healthcare, Afghan War and Tea Party

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Call the Transit Company ! - Call the Police !
Coast Starlight
Full House at the Terminal Company

HISTORICAL CHART FOR BUS&MAX RIDERSHIP

Charts by Jason Mchuff

Gerald Celente

Not “Business as Usual” In the 1920s, US President Calvin Coolidge declared, “The business of America is business.” Four score and 10 years later, the business of America has become war: The forty-year War on Drugs; The ten-year War on Terror; the Afghan War (longest in American history); the eight-years-and-no-end-in-sight Iraq War; the covert wars in Pakistan and Yemen; and most recently, the “time-limited, scope-limited kinetic military action” in Libya.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE!

GOTTA LOVE THE MINISTRY!

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise”
Adolf Hitler quotes (German Chancellor, leader of the Nazi party, 1889-1945)
http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jun/13/trimet-sets-ridership-records-in-portland-ore/ 
TriMet set ridership records in May, during Rose Festival | WOPULAR
TriMet sets rail ridership records | Portland Business Journal
TriMet sets ridership records in Portland, Ore. - Connecticut Post
TriMet sets ridership records in Portland, Ore. - NewsTimes
TriMet sets rail ridership records :: Niuzer
TriMet set ridership records in May, during Rose Festival | WOPULAR
TriMet sets ridership records in Portland, Ore. - San Antonio ...
TriMet sets rail ridership records :: Niuzer
TriMet sets rail ridership records – The Business Journal
TriMet sets rail ridership records - Business in Portland ...
TriMet sets rail ridership records |

RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER-JUNE 13

SUPPORT GRESHAM BARLOW DRIVERS!

What's this all about?

Seen earlier today (6/13), around 11am , 5th & Morrison.  The woman on the right is Tommye Gilbreth, I'm wondering if the dark haired balding guy is Harry Saporta. Guy in the trench coat is familiar, but I can't place him.  Think they might actually be doing something about the mall?

THE "REAL" STATS

Get on the Bus with Portland Rising on June 30th for a fun-filled, action-packed Day!

http://www.jwjpdx.org/misc/portland-rising-get-on-the-bus

Monday, June 13, 2011

video

What's a Bitcoin?

http://bitcoinme.com/
Bitcoin! - The Freedomain Radio Interview
http://onlyonetv.com/

21.7 Disclosure of Union Business.

http://betrueunion.blogspot.com/2011/06/217-disclosure-of-union-business.html

This months phony statistics

TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch attributed the growing ridership in part to gas prices still hovering around $4 a gallon and the Portland region’s job market revving up.
“It is certainly a sign of more people working, especially with WES being commuter and worker focused,” Fetsch said. “It’s good that bus (ridership) is picking up. With all modes up, we may be seeing the economy really turning around.”
(Ya right Mary, sure)

Finally, Trimet releases the full April Statistics

As we can see in graph 1, bus+max ridership are both up the same % of riders.
The ministry of propaganda on the other hand, presents the stats to the public as MAX&WES as being double digit increases and bus as a decrease!
It borders on fraud as far as I am concerned.

A BRIDGE TOO FAR

TriMet: News Release - Changes coming to Willamette River due to light rail bridge construction

TriMet's new bridge may come in higher than planned, and I'm not talking about its price tag

http://isaac.blogs.com/isaac_laquedem/2011/06/trimets-new-bridge-may-come-in-higher-than-planned-and-im-not-talking-about-its-price-tag.html

http://oldtownperspective.blogspot.com/2011/06/trimet-bridge-is-too-low-for-many-boats.html

CALL WU'S OFFICE AND TELL HIM TO SUPPORT HR 780

END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN!
503-326-2901

China unveils landmark rail line, shrugs off financing worries

http://www.forexyard.com/en/news/China-unveils-landmark-rail-line-shrugs-off-financing-worries-2011-06-13T092318Z?CFID=827&CFTOKEN=39253181

Angie goes to Jail

Creating mayhem on the MAX

http://trimet.livejournal.com/84681.html

Our tax dollars hard at work for us

$6.6 Billion Shipped to Iraq Alleged Stolen; Possibly "Largest Theft of Funds in National History"
Federal auditors now believe as much as $6.6 billion earmarked for Iraq might have been stolen in the early years of the Iraq war in what is now being described as possibly "the largest theft of funds in national history." Between 2003 and 2004, the United States shipped $12 billion in cash to Iraq in what was the biggest international cash airlift of all time. For years, the Pentagon has been unable to account for where more than half the money went. The Los Angeles Times reports Iraqi officials are now threatening to go to court to reclaim the money, which came from Iraqi oil sales, seized Iraqi assets and surplus funds from the United Nations’ oil-for-food program.
Soaring Costs of U.S. Involvement in Libya Set to Exceed $750 Million
A leaked Pentagon memo has revealed the cost of the U.S. military involvement in Libya is soaring and is set to soon exceed the Pentagon’s initial estimate of $750 million. In other Libya news, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining whether Goldman Sachs and some other financial companies violated bribery laws in dealings with Libya’s sovereign-wealth fund.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The road supervisor driving this vehicle was T-boned

If you want workers rights move to South Africa

American workers are screwed.  If you want workers’ rights – move to South Africa.  Wal Mart just inked a new deal to open up stores across South Africa – but in order to get the deal done – Wal Mart had to make some concessions –honoring union contracts among workers.  And it’s not only in South Africa – Wal Mart lets workers unionize all over the world in Brazil – Argentina – China – and the United Kingdom – everywhere except…here in the United States. 
In America – Wal Mart is considered one of the fiercest opponents of unionization – spending millions of dollars to defeat pro-union legislation in Congress – and resorting to underhanded tactics to kill off any organizing attempts among its American workforce. 
Since America embraced so-called Free Trade – American workers have seen their wages and rights collapse.

Chris Parker Update

Went down to see how Chris was doing today.
I was denied access because I was wearing a sweatshirt without a t-shirt underneath. 
I had to go down to Ross and buy myself a T-shirt which I wore over my sweatshirt, completely ridiculous.

Sitting in the main room looking at the different people all of whom are waiting to see somebody they know in custody is a very strange experience. 
Behind the glass sit the deputies, one mans the window were you bring the bail, the other where you request a visit.

Czechs say "fuck your court"

Czech transportation workers will hold a one-day strike on June 16 after a Prague court ruled they couldn’t hold a work stoppage today, union representatives said. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-12/czech-transportation-unions-change-date-for-strike-to-june-16.html 

(Europeans are fighters, Americans are yellow.)

Trimet supervisor gets T-Boned

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zPwOhPSzPw&feature=youtu.be

Trimet passenger attacks her kids and another Trimet passenger, and gets away with it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5gGn8NZIwI

Trimet general managers says we are getting new buses

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/trimet-general-managers-says-we-are-getting-new-buses

What I found on my morning bus inspection




You can tell it was a big weekend on TriMet.

Guess the layover site



You are one for one Al.Can you be two for two?

Photo's

http://djcoregon.com/news/2011/06/10/photos-streetcar-work-in-northwest-portland/

Cool Trimet movie

YouTube - 17 to saint johns (speed up)

More crazies on the pride of portland-the max!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr9rHfOX0N4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk35-x0qrdQ

Insane hypocracy

YouTube - Don't Tweet Your Meat! Anthony Weiner, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Ignorant bus drivers causing passengers trauma

From a rider:Are bus ops not allowed to sell transfers to max riders who dont want to use the ticket machines anymore? I was just told that by 2001.

More 'privatization' of pubic bus services

http://online.wsj.com/article/APe05e2ba5558946d2a3b5be1da7f41fb7.html

("Privatization" only means one thing, always, less wages and benefits for the people providing the service)

Layover




Guess the Layover Location

Saturday, June 11, 2011

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

Jack Bogdanski commentaries

Portland gangs get on multi-modal bandwagon

The gravy train arrives early (Jack Bog's Blog)

Library property tax shell game being played out to perfection

Team Kroger goofs again

Transportation Sue is back

Fukushima radwater filter system sounds unlikely

Oregon says it's still testing air for radiation (Jack Bog's Blog)

The "entire" Portland Rose Parade

The "entire" Portland Rose Parade from al m on Vimeo.

Including before and after events

A 2LonelyGuys Production

The Ships come in for Portland Rose Festival

The Ships come in for Portland Rose Festival from al m on Vimeo.

A 2LonelyGuys Production

What the hell is the "Trimet way award"?

And the winners are: (in order by month)

Jessica Bucciarelli, employee communications coordinator, Organization Development 

Janni Baugh, real property specialist, Capital Projects

Nick Stewart, real property specialist, Capital Projects

Jason Grohs, system engineer II, Capital Projects 

Brian Runyan, mini-run operator, Powell

James Ryan, bus operator Powell

 

The TriMet Way Award is given to individuals throughout the year who are committed to creating a culture of service excellence by thinking "safety first" and demonstrating their commitment to be responsive, act inclusively, solve problems creatively and do the right thing.

Let Me Stand Next to Your fire



Bus 2556 at the Powell Garage Boneyard

Who would have guessed it?

Mounting evidence of CIA ties to Libyan rebels

One of my favorite bus movies

THESE BUS DRIVERS KNOW HOW TO STAGE A PROTEST!

The big bus does a number on the little bus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSKo9YEHZxo

Nothing like the international bus news as your source of entertainment

Dangerous Accident-Two men Dead

(Obviously not funny but the presentation certainly is much different than American coverage of bus accidents)

CYBER HACKED!

Citizen sock puppets meeting agenda

http://trimet.org/pdfs/pm/CAC/2011/June_16_2011/CAC_Agenda_6_16_11.pdf

TriMet Engineering Safety In Hazards OUT

http://pdfhunters.com/TriMet-Engineering-Safety-In-Hazards-OUT.html

City considers expanding or killing bus ads

http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/city-considers-expanding-_-or-killing-_/1063e1036e2c4269b1ce1bd5488e114a

Here is an idea for the republicans

Czech government wants trade unions to pay for planned strike - ČeskéNoviny.cz

Comparing Recessions and Recoveries: Job Changes

There are now 13.9 million workers who are looking for work and cannot find it; the figure nearly doubles if you include workers who are part-time but want to be employed full-time, and workers who want to work but have stopped looking.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/comparing-recessions-and-recoveries-job-changes/ 

How is it that this arbitration is going so fast and ours is going so slow?

The two sides presented their cases to the arbitrator Thursday, and a decision is expected in quick order. Under rules imposed by voters last fall, the arbitrator, whose decision will be binding, must take into account the impact the new Muni contract will have on fares and service, a scenario that could favor management.

Transit district handed over to the for profit sector

Saving for this comes on the backs of the employees of course.

Bus Management Deal For Augusta Transit | WJBF–TV

Driver fatigue!

(Maybe about tour bus operators but transit bus operator should take notice of this too!)

Fatal Va. bus crash shines light on driver fatigue - Yahoo! News

New TriMet Bridge too short for many boats

Mary Fetsch Here!

http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-videos/New-TriMet-bridge-will-be-too-short-for-many-boats-123669924.html

The Smart-ALECs Who Are Writing the GOP’s Laws

The term Smart Alec is quite fitting for ALEC. The phrase derives from a mid-19th century con artist named Alec Hoag who worked with his wife to scam money and jewelry from hundreds of men in Manhattan. Alec's wife would pose as a prostitute, and Alec would steal her "customers'" belongings while they were distracted. The couple avoided arrest by bribing two local police officers. Given the impact that ALEC's legislative proposals have on every day Americans, the dishonest ways in which ALEC sells its policies, and the level of virtually bribery that occurs in our political system, the use of the phrase "Smart Alec" to describe ALEC seems especially appropriate.]

Diary of a mad bus driver-June 10

http://vimeo.com/24953154

Union solidarity in LA

LA Unions Rally to Support Grocery Workers, as Strike Looms - Working In These Times

Stock markets plunge as losing streak extends to six weeks, longest since 2002

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/stock-markets-plunge-as-losing-streak-extends-to-six-weeks-longest-since-2002/2011/06/10/AGHB3LPH_story.html

Dutch government, unions, employers agree to increase retirement age to 67

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/dutch-government-unions-employers-agree-to-increase-retirement-age-to-67/2011/06/10/AGPFKPOH_story.html

Cascade Policy Institute ♥s MAX Light Rail?

{Be sure to read the comments as well as the post itself}

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bus driver safety growing concern

http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/05/31/18216401.html

Making the US Economy "Scream"

Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available, from challenging the legitimacy of opponents to spreading lies and disinformation to sabotaging the economy.

http://www.truth-out.org/making-us-economy-scream/1307728011 

STRIKE!

Supermarkets: Union says strike is near for Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons workers - latimes.com

Financial terrorists poised to take over Spain

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/markets/spain-planning-changes-to-collective-bargaining-system-as-part-of-structural-reform-program/2011/06/09/AGYlH1MH_story.html

TRANSIT WORKERS IN SF FLEX THIER MUSCLE

The resounding rejection by Muni operators of a proposed contract underscores a deep dissatisfaction among the rank and file that city officials hope won't transform into an angry labor action that could cripple the city.
Muni operators already have authorized their union leaders to call a strike.

(Meanwhile Trimet workers just take the abuse lying down)

Yup! Another bus looses it' cool!

Who's up and who's down

Government taking over your property

Eminent Domain and Business Relocation Workshop Offered for Citizens Affected by the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail and Columbia River Crossing Project - Yahoo! News

Chris Smith gets a lesson in reality

The Futility of Citizen Involvement at the CRC

How to avoid conflicts

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

Challenging the prevailing paradigm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2aIuYpJycw

Transit agencies spend big on lobbying at state level, study finds

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/5872692-417/transit-agencies-spend-big-on-lobbying-at-state-level-study-finds.html?CFID=1437&CFTOKEN=71542203

Don McKee: Would light rail system improve cable company’s efficiency?

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Don McKee Would light rail system improve cable company�s efficiency

Connecting the dots

In an earlier article, we posed the question, “Why are we in Libya?” We offered some thoughts.
Now, more pieces are falling into place. Those pieces have names of your favorite players: oil companies, banks like Goldman Sachs, and they paint a picture of endless corporate intrigue. The sort that never seems to come out in the corporate media.
Let’s go for a ride.

http://whowhatwhy.com/2011/06/06/libya-connect-the-dots-you-get-a-giant-dollar-sign/ 

What happens when Greece defaults

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/andrewlilico/100010332/what-happens-when-greece-defaults/

A second look at the RFK assasination

In the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., the evidence tying the alleged assassins to the case was circumstantial and almost too neat. But here, Sirhan was apprehended on the scene firing a gun within a couple of feet of Kennedy. An open-and-shut case? Ironically, the RFK assassination has the starkest physical and eyewitness evidence indicating a conspiracy involving Sirhan and at least one additional gunman.

http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/Robert_Kennedy_Assassination 

Newt Gangrene's staff tells him to "fuck off"

Gingrich Staffers Resign En Masse Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has seen his Republican presidential hopes derailed with the mass resignation of his senior staff. On Thursday, top aides, including Gingrich’s spokesperson, his campaign manager and a number of other consultants and strategists, stepped down en masse. Gingrich is vowing to continue his campaign.

Fleet Week Steel Bridge Lifts

MAX FAQS

Diary of a mad bus driver-June 9

http://vimeo.com/24911908

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Supervisor being transported; vehicle "in pretty bad shape"

China Demands American Austerity

We tend to go back and forth regarding the world's larger financial fix. We have arrived at the idea, eventually that the Anglo-American power elite responsible for the mess wants to push Western citizens as far as possible without setting up full-scale revolutions. The idea is simply to afflict Western Middle Classes with such misery that they will not notice when their countries' sovereignty is removed in favor of a One World Order.
The best way to do this is to keep people distracted and miserable – hovering on the edge of foreclosure, food insecurity and professional oblivion. In Europe this has been accomplished by ensuring that many counties have borrowed far more than they can pay back, thus ensuring generations of "austerity" (assuming that Europe's young people don't revolt against the prospect). Hey, it's a fine line.

http://www.thedailybell.com/2476/China-Demands-American-Austerity.html 

Cameras coming to federal courts starting next month

http://bojack.org/2011/06/cameras_coming_to_federal_cour.html

A possible end to the insanity?

At the request of Lake Oswego Mayor Jack Hoffman, Clackamas County commissioners this morning postponed until early 2012 a resolution that would have offered the board's conditional support to the streetcar recommendation. Hoffman said he spoke with Portland Mayor Sam Adams earlier this morning and the two planned to send Clackamas County and other project partners a letter in coming days.

http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-oswego/index.ssf/2011/06/controversial_458_million_lake_oswego_to_portland_streetcar_project_on_hold_until_early_2012.html 

Streetcar isn’t the best way to allocate $450 million

Streetcars are not even environmentally friendly. To build the streetcar tracks and infrastructure requires use of a very large number of earth-moving equipment, heavy trucks and other vehicles for an extended time period. Much equipment, rails etc. needs to be transported over a long distance. Bridges and other infrastructures also need to be built. All this results in expenditure of energy for streetcar thousands of times more compared to energy required to build buses. Battery- powered buses, just as battery-powered cars, will be used for most public commuter traffic in the near future. Thus, the extensive bridges and streetcar track construction and use will have much bigger carbon footprint as compared to battery- powered buses. Furthermore, the streetcar track and bridge construction will have drastically adverse effect on large wetland areas, native species and beautiful landscape.

http://portlandtribune.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130756346065506600 

Strange but true

Overhead Bin - 'Open-and-shut case': Alleged thief hides in suitcase

Whoa! Portland looks pretty good sometimes!

Teens Attack Chicago Transit Authority Buses | News One

Fighting the financial terrorists-Keiser Report: GIABO! (E154)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJlKl4LbeQo

My all time favorite global warming video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q71cMRGXx9o

Mary Fetsch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVLA9R6tAsY

Another one bites the dust

Why don't we just expand TriMet?

http://www.blueoregon.com/2011/06/bridge-endless-debt/

Nightmare

http://twitpic.com/58s7ov

Diary of a mad bus driver-June 8

http://vimeo.com/24864416

RYAN HUGHES

http://trimet.org/difference/ryan.htm

Cameron Johnson is interviewed by KGW

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

Transit debate spawns some high flying ideas

http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/544963--transit-debate-spawns-some-high-flying-ideas?CFID=474&CFTOKEN=39864452

Canby reduces transit service by about one-third

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2011/06/canby_reduces_transit_service.html?CFID=474&CFTOKEN=39864452

NJ Transit Customers Can Now Report Suspicious Activity Via Text Messaging

http://njtoday.net/2011/06/08/nj-transit-customers-can-now-report-suspicious-activity-via-text-messaging/?CFID=474&CFTOKEN=39864452

Transit Strike

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/269165/pawlenty-s-transit-strike-katrina-trinko?CFID=474&CFTOKEN=39864452

CTA unveils bus rapid transit plans

http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/cta/redeye-cta-unveils-bus-rapid-transit-plans-20110608,0,1271645.story?CFID=474&CFTOKEN=39864452

Muni operators overwhelmingly reject contract

The tentative agreement - backed by the executive team of the operators union - was shot down on a vote of 994 to 488, according to management and Transport Workers Union Local 250-A.
It was the third time in 1 1/2 years that the union rank and file has snubbed its leadership and management's requests for cost-saving concessions.

TriMet Youth Pass: Creating our transit riders of the future

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/06/trimet_youth_pass_creating_our.html

BLOGGERS RIDE THE 84 IN PICTURES

Ex-Rose City Transit bus, Tri-Met 575, in 1985

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ex-Rose_City_Transit_bus,_Tri-Met_575,_in_1985.jpg

SAM I AM

BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » Woman riding a bicycle rear-ends Mayor Adams in his Prius

WE NEED THIS ROUTE!

A TriMet Rider's Rantings: We need our service back on Line 51!

Portland Streetcar from PSU to 10th and Jefferson

http://youtu.be/AkO8H1KylZE

THE PINK THING BROCHURE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhq0Ox6ruSw

Trimet May (in June) Board of Directors Meeting

http://vimeo.com/24849910

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Trimet critic Robert Butler says Jon Hunt won't return phone calls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8oTMxE8eNo

Al goes in front of the board-2 versions

A fun day at the Trimet Board meeting!

Google Brings Real-Time TriMet Arrival Times to Portland

http://theportlander.com/2011/06/08/google-brings-real-time-trimet-arrival-times-to-portland/

Vote over at Bojack

Wasn't expecting myself to in this poll but there I am, so far trailing badly too!

TriMet Board Honors Operators of the Year




Congratulations to Gail,Rolynde and Abigail.Good Job!

TriMet approves rate hike to start in September (surprise!)

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/TriMet-approves-rate-hike-to-start-in-September-123474804.html