Tuesday, May 31, 2011
|Be on the lookout for this thief|
Monday, May 30, 2011
So, I looked on the Service Alerts today- it's Memorial Day- to see what to look forward to should I take the bus today. That, and I'm a geek and feel a need to know. I noticed that just down the street, line 19 would not be running to Lincoln Memorial due to the possibility of excessive traffic.
Now that on it own seems like an inconvenience, but take a second and think about it. What a flimsy, flimsy excuse that is to cancel service to the Memorial Cemetery.
The Memorial Cemetery.
On Memorial DAY.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
They worked about as well as WES
It is not surprising that that didn't work. But assuming that one thinks it's a good idea, why not hook it up to the turn signal? The little lever that the bus driver uses to illuminate the signals could have two stops in each direction -- the first one without the announcement, and the second one with.
Of course, that would require the drivers to use the signals, and even learn new devices, which might defeat the purpose. Part of the original system seemed designed to warn pedestrians and cyclists even when the driver was screwing up -- as one did with horrible results in the incident that initiated the latest flap about dangerous turns.
In any event, we think the robots, which were on some of Tri-Met's lines for about three months, should get a week to say goodbye. Every time the wheel turns, they could say something in the nature of a valedictory. Like "I'm retiring with free medical care for life." Or "So long -- this bus route won't be here much longer, either." Or "As you could tell, I never liked dealing with you, but the pay was great."
Then they can be re-deployed on other government vehicles -- the mayor's pickup truck, Earl the Pearl's SUV, and Fireman Randy's flotilla of custom-built fireboats, to name a few.
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Salem-Keizer transit contract includes raise
Saturday, May 28, 2011
What the heck to 9 attorneys do all day anyway?
I saw this bus (or one just like it) for the first time today on S.E. Holgate Boulevard headed towards the Eastport Plaza WalMart. There are signs at the store entrance telling customers to call a toll-free number for shuttle info, but no other info - no brochures or anything inside the store.
Love or hate WalMart, I have to appreciate their ingenuity to bring customers to their store...especially in a city that claims to be so transit-friendly, WalMart is going out of their way to provide an additional service and bringing customers right to the front door instead of TriMet's 72 bus whose stop is 1,140 feet away (for the northbound stop, add another 270 feet for the southbound stop), or 1,170 feet away from the eastbound 17 stop (however the westbound 17 stop is a mere 540 feet away). Of course, no idea who actually operates the bus, or how much the Operators get paid...
Now it's your turn!
Category I: Bus systems with fewer than 4 million passenger trips annually
Safety Excellence Award:
o GOLD Award for Safety – Southwest Transit – Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Category II: Bus systems with more than 4 million and fewer than 20 million
passenger trips annually
Safety Excellence Awards:
o GOLD Award for Safety – Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority – Des Moines, Iowa
o Certificate of Merit - Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority – Cincinnati, Ohio
Security Excellence Award:
o GOLD Award for Security – Pierce Transit – Lakewood, Washington
Category III: Bus systems with 20 million or more passenger trips annually
Safety Excellence Awards:
o GOLD Award for Safety – Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority – Cleveland,
o Certificate of Merit for Safety – Maryland Transit Administration – Baltimore, Maryland
o Certificate of Merit for Safety – Orange County Transportation Authority – Orange,
Security Excellence Awards:
o GOLD Award for Security – New York City Transit – New York, New York
o Certificate of Merit- Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County – Houston, Texas
o Certificate of Merit- Regional Transportation District – Denver, Colorado
Category IV: Private contractors providing transportation management and
services to bus transit systems
Safety Excellence Award:
o GOLD Award for Safety – Forsythe Transportation, Arlington Transit – Arlington, Vir
The state Public Disclosure Commission has fined the Port of Seattle and Sound Transit for failing to report publicly funded lobbying of the Legislature.
The News Tribune reports the conservative watchdog group Freedom Foundation complained to the PDC last summer, and the agency approved a settlement Thursday with the Port of Seattle. It agreed to pay $3,750 for failing to comply with reporting requirements. Sound Transit agreed to pay $7,500 in another recent settlement.
The Port of Seattle didn't report $270,000 in expenses over more than four years. Sound Transit failed to disclose lobbying expenses worth $682,000 over three years.
Sound Transit called the lapse an administrative oversight caused by staff turnover. Staff changes also played a role in what the Port of Seattle called a lapse in procedures.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com
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!