Saturday, June 25, 2011

When good trains go bad: Pantograph edition

Max Faqs

Trimet Golf Tournament @ Tri Mountain Golf Course

Is the Yellow Line the best rapid transit connection to Vancouver?

The Kingdom of Survival - Joe Bageant


The "language" of our times

TriMet introduces sustainability features for light rail project |

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver-June 24

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HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN from al m on Vimeo.

All the supervisors that were moved back to providing services to the public are now being promoted back to white shirt supervisors.
The question is, will they sit in trucks, hang out in break rooms, or actually do something productive?

And there are even more pencil pushers coming on board too!

Claims Adjuster Non-Union Regular Full-Time $4,695.00 - $5,868.75 Monthly
Engineer II - PMLR Lead Inspector Non-Union Limited Term $4,304.33 - $5,380.50 Monthly
Engineer II - Systems Non-Union Regular Full-Time $5,117.33 - $6,396.58 Monthly
General Counsel Non-Union Regular Full-Time Not Displayed Continuous-pay is so high we can't tell anybody publicly what it is!
Project Control Manager Non-Union Limited Term $6,594.92 - $8,243.58 Monthly
Project Mitigation Manager Non-Union Limited Term $5,574.08 - $6,967.33 Monthly

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pennsylvania breaks with the anti union movement!

Tentative agreements reached with the Corbett administration would provide the 55,000 employees in Pennsylvania's two largest state government unions with an average wage increase of more than 10 percent over the life of the proposed four-year contracts, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Friday.
 Pa. union pacts include raises, no reductions - CNBC


Rantings of a Trimet bus driver-June 23

Steve Fung's movie of the week

Ripping off docile and gullible workers

All Work and No Pay: The Great Speedup | Mother Jones

City councilor peeved streetcar survey stalled

Comments reopened

No anonymous comments allowed however.


I had a great briefing from Shelly Lomax and her staff recently on our workforce needs. Bottom-line, due to retirements and on-going needs, we will be expanding our recruitment of new operators this next year! More specifically, we'll increase our operator class size -- to about 16 -- and have seven classes of seven weeks over the next year. I mention this as some of our best referrals often come from other TriMetians. Hope you have a great weekend! Best Neil


The wonders of bureaucracy

Who's going where

Greece Resistance Special

Keiser Report

US sued for prison abuse legacy

My Favorite stop on the 25 route

Transit workers charged with ticket machine theft

RSS Pedestrian dies after being hit by Metro bus

The woman was walking north across University Avenue in a crosswalk shortly before 9 a.m. and had a walk signal when she was hit by the bus turning left from Lake Street, the Madison Police Department said. The woman, whose name is not being released pending notification of relatives, was taken to UW Hospital. 

17-year-old girl faces rap in vicious beatdown of Bronx bus driver

That's when Medina went berserk.
"She punched the driver in theface," a source said. "She thendrags her off the bus by her hair ... where she punched and kicked her repeatedly about the body."
Bien-Aime was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital with a black eye and facial cuts.

Bus driver dies in crash

The driver of an out-of-service Metro bus who died Thursday morning during a two-vehicle crash in south Houston was the transit agency's first vehicle operator to be killed in an on-duty wreck in at least 20 years, authorities said.

Boy, Two, Takes Lone 24-Mile Bus Journey

A two-year-old boy wearing only his pyjamas and a nappy managed to travel 28 miles on a bus from Wales to England without anyone noticing.
Full story here!

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver-june 22

NJ civil servants fall

Portland area disabled address the Trimet board-part 2

A blog shuts down

I do think I’ve addressed some critical flaws with TriMet. Namely, and most controversially, the lack of any kind of consistent fare inspections. I still believe, when I step onto a MAX station, probably about half of those riding actually have valid fare. I still believe this to this day. TriMet is bleeding money these days (or, rather, “WES’ing” money) and installing some kind of fare system that requires passengers to actually possess fare I believe would really help them

Ding dong, a streetcar's dead


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Joe Rose stands up Erik Halstead on a joint ride they had planned together!

Portland area disabled speak to the board

Michael Levine says "something must be done"

Please get me a barf bag!

Time appears short for light-rail amendment signatures

The Columbian

Budget cuts at home, throwing money away abroad

U.S. Pledges $40 Million for Central American Drug War
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Guatemala for a gathering on efforts to combat rampant drug trafficking in Central America. The conference includes all seven of Central America’s presidents, as well as the presidents of Mexico and Colombia, leaders from Canada and Europe, and representatives from a number of global financial institutions. On Wednesday, Clinton said the United States will increase funding for regional drug war efforts by $40 million. Clinton also called on Central American countries to ensure wealthy citizens are paying their share of taxes.

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver-June 21

The "brake" breaks off and the bus is stuck

Scabs replace transit drivers

Striking ART bus drivers fired - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

Trimet doing facebook survey also! (thanks Chad)

Meanwhile, in Europe

Factbox: Strikes and protests hit Europe in wake of austerity | Reuters

TriMet YouthPass: Creating our transit riders of the future

NLRB Pushes New Rules to Facilitate Unionization

Union victories

NY public workers union dodges layoffs in new pact | Reuters

United States of Amerika gone mad

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon change its policy on patting down children at airport checkpoints, the agency’s director told Congress on Wednesday.
But during his Senate testimony, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole offered no details about the change and defended the agency’s frisking of young air travelers.
TSA child pat-down policy to be changed - Washington Times

Loving Portland

InsideHalton Article: Goldring impressed by Portland’s approach to cycling, transit

Transit Buses killing on left hand turns

Woman Struck By Madison Bus Dies - Madison News Story - WISC Madison

T bus driver a chip off old block

The 25-year-old poster girl for T bus operators with bad driving records takes after someone else at the MBTA — her mom.
The Herald reported yesterday that Hazel S. Cannon was among a slew of bus operators hired by the T despite scary driving histories, including multiple suspensions, moving violations and surchargeable accidents. 

Transit bus crashes

The driver of an out-of-service Metro bus died this morning after he collided with a dump truck and slammed into a pillar at a railroad overpass on Texas 288 near McGregor.

Metro identifies bus driver killed in 288 crash | Newswatch | a blog

Clang, Clang, Crunch: The Truth About Streetcars

•According to the experts, modern streetcars are no better at carrying people around than other transit methods, maybe a little worse.
•Streetcars never pay for themselves.
•Streetcars are less green than buses.
•Other than that, they're great.
People love them. Something about a sleek new streetcar—the soft whir of electric technology, the aura of Euro-cool—draws people powerfully. Advocates in Portland, Oregon, claim their streetcar line has spurred billions of dollars in redevelopment because people want to live near streetcars.

Battered Bus Driver Speaks Out As Union Calls For More Protection

“I still have a lot of pain, and my head is really hurting,” said driver Marlene Bien-Aime, who was violently assaulted Tuesday after disallowing a passenger from bringing an uncaged Chihuahua onboard her Bx9 bus.
Her eye blackened, her body bruised, Bien-Aime said she never saw it coming.
“She hit me several times in my eyes, as you could see,” said Bien-Aime. “And she hit me all over, on my head and on my back… She dragged me from my hair. My nose is broken.” 

New York State Senate Passes Repeal of MTA Payroll Tax

Stopping attacks on bus drivers

Metro union details attacks on bus drivers - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

Hmmmm....this sounds vaguely familiar......

NTSB: Metro needs 'culture' change after '09 crash -

Transit district gets bailout to keep service levels

2008 San Francisco bike accident will cost Muni $5.36M


That our very own STEVE FUNG is the poster boy for Trimet job recruiting?
TriMet: Jobs and Employment Info - Careers at TriMet
(Were you ever asked Steve if your picture could be used for this?) 

We need more than $500,000.00 please....thank you

Resolution 11-06-42 - TriMet


Take the survey here:

The fence gets Tom

The incredibly exciting TRIMET BOARD MEETING

Making the weakest among us pay more

“People who will be affected the most are those who can least afford it,” said Zoe Presson, confined to a wheelchair. “Why does TriMet have to balance its books on the backs of the most vulnerable?”

Disabled oppose fare increases for LIFT at TriMet meeting |

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sam Adams

Seat Hogs, Door Blockers, Deboarding

I notice too when taking Max that frequently when trying to deboard the door blockers will all but create a wall making it darn near impossible for anyone to get off the train! They wont even move for wheelchairs coming off!!! Really people?

Rantings of a Regular C-Tran Rider

Jim Hightower


Michael Levine says Trimet needs to adopt the FTA mission statement

I'm not sure that it will ever be possible to satisfy David Sale or Darla Sturdy


It has been announced that the election results of the International ATU be certified after all.
The Dept of Labor finds that there is not enough evidence of fraud.
We do not have an official publication to refer to at this time.

Man Down

     Last week, in an incident that didn't get much attention in the national news, a man named Tom Ball set himself on fire in front of the county courthouse in Keene, NH. He left a fifteen-page suicide note explaining his actions. He was angry at the state child protection bureaucracy and the courts after a ten-year battle over a child abuse charge that became, for him, a Kafkaesque struggle with cruel authority. The long suicide note he left was a thoughtful and disturbing indictment of the legal procedures now common across America that have had many unanticipated consequences - from breaking up families to homelessness - but it was also a grim comment on the condition of American manhood.
ClusterFuck Nation 

This Mess Belongs to All of Us

Trimet Diaries

Cascade Policy Institute ♥s MAX Light Rail?

 The FTA has responded to Cascade's letter, and disagrees with Cascade's contention that the MAX Green Line is out of compliance with the Full Funding Grant Agreement. The FTA's response is here.

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

Lake Oswego approves streetcar poll to be conducted no later than October

Clackamas County considers options to pay $25 million share of Milwaukie light rail

I amend my safety request

(per Jeff Welch's comments)

Buses traveling along Columbia and Jefferson have problems getting through  the traffic lights where the rail tracks cross.
I would like to see the yellow light extended by two seconds to ensure that buses that are departing on greens can get through these intersections safely!
This is an amended safety request.

Union vs. Member or Member vs. Union?

True union values

First there is CYBER STALKING, now there is CYBER SQUATTING

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

County Executive calls on County Council to enact two-year funding for Metro or face 17 percent service reduction

Transit slueth

Overworked America: 12 Charts that Will Make Your Blood Boil

I submit my third request for safety assessment.

While it appeared that my first two requests for safety assessment were just brushed off to "business as usual" the management decided to review both requests for further study. A small victory over lumbering self serving bureaucracy we will see if anything is done about them at some point.

This is my third request:

I have been driving the 58 bus this sign up and I am surprised to find out that the walk lights at the intersections where the light rail/ street car cross DO NOT HAVE COUNTDOWN CLOCKS!

This will lead to additional accidents as many drivers (not only professional) will be unaware of what state the green light is currently at.

It would make sense to have a countdown clock at these intersections so drivers won't "take chances" getting through stale lights.

Surprisingly, the cross streets do have countdown cross walk signals.

True news

TriMet plans to phase-in LIFT fare increases


Bureaucratic bullshit

“Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.”
Thomas Sowell quotes (American Writer and Economist, b.1930)

The interfaces between different transit agencies


The surreal world of U.S. Homeland Security - Chicago Homeland Security |

Wheels come flying off MTA buses in two incidents, one 'horrifying near-miss' caught on camera

Trimet cracking down everywhere lately

TriMet: News Release - TriMet conducts WES safety campaign

Seattle's Zoo Offering Shuttle to Able-Bodied Only

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo will begin providing a shuttle service - to run on the half-hour every Saturday and Sunday - from the South Kirkland Park and Ride. However - the vans running the shuttles will not be wheelchair accessible, and at last inquiry the zoo had no plans to provide a comparable accessible service.

The service, billed by the Woodland Park Zoo as a "partnership with King County Metro with a focus on reducing vehicle impacts and providing transportation convenience and ease" will begin service on Saturday, June 25 and run through the first weekend in September.

Zoo spokesperson Roxanne Murphy confirmed that none of the vans will accommodate people with disabilities. When asked about why the zoo wasn't offering a service that complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act, Murphy expressed the incorrect assumption that as a nonprofit, the Woodland Park Zoo is "exempt from that law".

Contacts made to the King County and Seattle Offices of Civil Rights uncovered interest from intake personnel, but in a callback from King County's ADA Specialist at OCR that representative said that since the County's sole role has been to authorize the use of the (publicly owned and maintained) Park and Ride lot, that her office had "no jurisdiction". The City of Seattle OCR also claimed no jurisdiction unless and until an actual act of discrimination had occurred and an individual (or individuals) come forward with a specific complaint of refusal of reasonable accommodation.

The Alliance of People with Disabilities is currently looking into the legality of the proposed shuttle service, and may be a resource of legal assistance to anyone with a disability who is denied access. Meanwhile when discrimination does occur (and it will - on June 25th), it will happen on King County property, with the County Office of Civil Rights, the City of Seattle, and the Zoo itself all receiving advance notice.



“They lied to their members,” Mr. Sweeney said. “When I say lied, I mean it. They lied.”
That is only a slight overstatement. The labor movement has many laments and many wounds, more than a few self-inflicted. Some pension provisions were undoubtedly piled too high. And union leaders wheedled special deals and remained silent as governors, Republican and Democrat, declined to pay into the pension system.
Labor leaders and politicians, no less than arbitragers and Goldman Sachs partners, relied on magic bubbles to keep it all afloat. The line between illusion and lie grew indistinct.
But Monday offered a through-the-looking-glass moment of a sort, seen across the nation, as middle-class union members became improbable symbols of a recessionary era brought on by Wall Street financiers.
“Shared sacrifice” is a phrase often repeated, though only the latter of the two words is honored. Governor Christie, like the Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo in New York, has played bulldog for the wealthiest, insisting that he will not extend a so-called millionaire’s income tax surcharge. 

In Deal Changing Unions’ Benefits, Truth Is Scarce but Betrayals Abound -


June 20

Propaganda at Transit districts

Metra's paying $403,000 for spin control -

Rude bus drivers

Rude MARTA Bus Drivers Sent For Retraining - News Story - WSB Atlanta

Working drivers into complete exhaustion

87 MetroAccess workers caught sleeping at the wheel | Kytja Weir | DC | Washington Examiner

How to get medical care in the US of A

Uninsured Man Robs Bank of $1 to Gain Prison Medical Coverage

A North Carolina man who had no health insurance has admitted to recently robbing a bank of one dollar in order to be sent to jail to get free medical coverage. James Verone, a laid-off employee of Coca Cola, recently noticed a protrusion in his chest and had developed arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Without health insurance or money for private care, Verone concluded his best option would be to go to prison. Verone told a local newspaper, “The pain was beyond the tolerance that I could accept. I kind of hit a brick wall with everything.” Since being held in jail he has seen several nurses and has an appointment with a doctor Friday.

The Road Ahead for Community Action


Does Our Full Time Union Officer Honor Equality?

Today after our Union Charter meeting our financial secretary approached me to inform me that the only communication I am allowed to conduct with her is via email. She continued to inform me that I am not authorized to post any recordings of her and walked away from me ignoring me. After the exposure of the meeting she invited me to on June 2nd, 2011 I have to agree that the only secure communication with our Union Officers is documented communications. It has already been demonstrated to me that I will be told one thing and when I quote the statements made to me it is denied. In one room there were 4 people, 1 union member, 1 executive board officer and 2 full time officers. Who will the membership believe? The 1 member or the 3 officers? So I will respect this elected full time officer who swore to equally represent all members her request.

2900's baking operators

Numerous operators are reporting that the 2900 series buses have defrosters that are stuck in the on position and continuously blowing hot air! They cannot be shut off or turned to the "cold" position.

Trimet Reports and Publications

Monday, June 20, 2011

A meeting at ATU757 Office

          On June 2nd, 2011 Evette asked to meet with me at the union office and I did. During this meeting other officers entered the room that Evette and I was meeting in. At one point there was 2 full time officers and one executive board officer in the room. There was another executive board officer in the next room.

Walmart wins (no surprise given the republican court)

Did we get this already?

Not sure if this was posted or not for May but here it is again.
Ridership holding steady system wide.
(propaganda has been removed for factual reasons)

Center St parking warning

TriMet’s Center Street main and south parking lots have designated parking areas. These spaces provide parking for visitors, permit holders, honored citizens, vendors, district vehicles, assigned carpool spaces and Operators of the Month. The spaces are monitored and any vehicles found improperly parked will be subject to enforcement actions including warnings, citations or towing.

285,000 rode Trimet

Approximately 285,000 riders were taken on buses and MAX on Saturday, Grand Floral Parade day. That’s a 37.5 percent increase over a typical Saturday. The two parade days – Grand Floral and Starlight – are TriMet’s busiest Saturdays of the year, and this year TriMet provided more than half a million trips on those two days.

Disabled think they took a hit with Trimet?

Look around the rest of the good ole US of A
Transit gutted | county, bus, day - Willows Journal

Toronto Transit System Paralyzed By Ducklings

Very heartwarming light rail story.
Toronto Transit System Paralyzed By Ducklings : TreeHugger

Privatization of transit is the rule in the third world

And its NOT a pretty picture! - Mother, son from Nepal struggle in crash recovery

Now who do we know that is hanging out in Adelaide Australia?

Police hunting two men over Indecent behaviour at bus stops | Adelaide Now

Bus driving around the world

Brick smashes through Coventry bus window - Coventry News - News - Coventry Telegraph

Bus turning left hits pedestrian

Bus driver hits pedestrian - Breaking News -

All Electric Bus by DesignLine Produces Unparalleled Results

Think Big: For labor law, we have to go back to the future

EFCA failed to move through the 110th Congress, due to a Republican filibuster. But the 2008 landslide provided Democrats with the fabled "filibuster-proof" 60-seat majority, and hopes for the bill's passage skyrocketed. Of course, the "filibuster-proof" majority proved anything but, as Al Franken was denied his seat for months by Norm Coleman's endless recounts, and as a handful of Blue Dog Democrats–most notably, Blanche Lincoln–openly flirted with breaking party ranks to join a Republican filibuster. Harry Reid never scheduled a vote on the legislation, and the White House engaged in no public arm-twisting to convince the recalcitrant Blue Dogs to vote for cloture. Regardless of the motivations of the Democratic leadership in the Senate and the White House, the ultimate fate of EFCA was a silent death. It was taken off life support by the election of Speaker John Boehner, but hope for its passage had evaporated months before.
Click here for full article! 

Most Romantic Mass Transit Stop in America



NATO Bombs Libyan Home, Killing Nine Civilians, Including Two Babies
NATO warplanes have bombed a home in a residential section of Tripoli, killing nine civilians, including two babies. Libyan officials said another 18 people were injured. NATO admitted to carrying out the strike but blamed the bombing on a “weapons systems failure.” A Libyan government spokesperson described the NATO strike as a “pathetic attempt to break the spirit of the people of Tripoli.”

A MUST READ-A public servant is not a slave

Young guy agreed that the mood on the front lines is bad. “Most of the managers get it, but there’s a disconnect higher up; the higher-ups feel empowered by public animosity.
“We’re very efficient, there isn’t much waste, but being mean to employees isn’t going to make the system better.”
And then she piped in with an example of some of the TTC’s meanest rules. “We’re not supposed to carry newspapers, but the drivers’ seats are unsanitary — they don’t steam-clean the seats. One guy got dismissed — he was relieved of duty — for using a newspaper to sit on.” 

HR blog

Trimet bus driver wants low floor bus or doctor
Spoiled Trimet bus rider thinks she owns the bus service
Trimet bus driver is a "jerk" for attempting to collect fares
Trimet bus driver says trying to deal with people and fares will drive him crazy
Trimet passenger is so drunk they fall out of seat
Official Trimet "insta-chains" movie
Trimet board of directors meet the operators of the year
Former Trimet general manager talks about Trimet bus drivers

Punkrawker Trimet photo's

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dangers of cell phones

  • Keep cell phones at a distance by putting them on speaker mode or using a wired headset whenever possible
  • Next best option is a wireless Bluetooth headset or earpiece, which emit radiation a far lower levels

Gotta love this one

Outside England 's Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant.....
The fees for cars ($1.40), for buses (about $7)
Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn't show up; so the zoo management called the city council and asked it to send them another parking agent. The council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the zoo's own responsibility.

Confucius Institute

Dancing dogs

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Fathers Day


 "He is trying to pick a fight about pensions, provoke strikes and persuade the public to blame the stalling economy on the unions," Balls wrote in the Sunday Mirror newspaper. "That's why trade union leaders must avoid George Osborne's trap."
Mass strikes would be colossal mistake - British minister | Reuters

Portland gay pride parade

Peter Schiff explains the financial picture

Supervisor wants me to remind you

That you are required to go up to the 1st position in the mall open your door, and announce your route number. (dispatch)

If there is nobody there you still have to do it, cause at TRIMET, LOGIC AND REASON IS THROWN OUT THE WINDOW!
When we tell you to bark, you grunts bark goddammit! What do you think this is, a human service agency?

Greece: Bond slave to Europe

Imagine that in its worst year of our recent recession, the United States government had decided to reduce its federal budget deficit by more than $800bn — cutting spending and raising taxes to meet this goal. Imagine that, as a result of these measures, the economy had worsened and unemployment soared to more than 16 percent; and then the president pledged another $400bn in spending cuts and tax increases this year. What do you think would be the public reaction? 

Screwing bus drivers

Callers balk at privatized bus service

Transit bus attacked in Philedelphia!

After one or more gunmen in an SUV opened fire on a SEPTA bus in North Philadelphia Saturday night, the bus driver "followed his instincts" and drove directly to nearby Temple University Hospital, a SEPTA spokesperson said.
None of the 10 passengers on the northbound Route 47 bus was hurt in the shooting on Seventh Street at Cecil B. Moore Avenue around 6 p.m., according to police.
But the driver didn't know that at the time and decided to be safe by diverting to the hospital, said the spokesperson, Sylvana Hoyos.

Nova wins 328 NYC Transit artic order


Not the best-looking fix, but now you can tell that you'

Wolfgang Zwingenberger serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimet

Wolfgang Zwingenberger: Executive Profile & Biography - BusinessWeek

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Trimet to conduct safety audit of transit mall on 5th and 6th.

According to Portland A-Foot!


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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rose City Garden Railway Tour - 2011

Operator Training equipment

Joseph Rose error

"Meanwhile, on Saturday, TriMet moved more people than on any day in the
agency's history. There were more than 285,000 boardings on buses and MAX on
Grand Floral Parade day."
-TriMet set ridership records in May, during Rose Festival |

Daily ridership         324,080 (FY 2009 weekday average)

-TriMet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
(he may have meant "any Saturday")

--Jason McHuff,

Remembering Fred

Business Journal-Portland | October 29, 1990 | Jones, Steven D.

Fred Hansen DEQ chief works to defuse the agency's controversial role

In 1987, Fred Hansen, director of the Oregon Department of Environmental
Quality, was determined to run in the New York Marathon despite troubles
with a fractured foot. He trained carefully, gradually adding miles to his
workout until he felt confident he could handle the 26-mile event.

Layover at Pier Park

Panic in Needle Park

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Overview

Tri-Met repeats Portland's population growth lie

Yesterday we called the City of Portland planning mafia out on its spurious claim that the city's population is expected to nearly double in the next 25 years. Based on population growth within the city limits over the last 10 years and the last 20 years, the growth over the next 25 can be projected at less than 30%. Somebody at City Hall noticed that we had noticed, and they took the false claim down.

"Lord Hutton" lectures UK workers

When was the last time this guy worked for a living?

Lord Hutton warns unions against a general strike over pension changes - Telegraph
Op of 1703 got spat on at 21st & Pettygrove over expired fare (person always a problem)

Electric buses

Bus driver shot to death in Philadelphia

Seattle: man sentenced for punching disabled man on city bus

Bus assault suspect arrested

A man who police say beat and robbed a Capital Metro bus driver last week has been arrested.
Rickey Desean Walls, 31, has been charged with aggravated robbery by assault, a first-degree felony, according to an arrest affidavit.

What kind of day was it yesterday driving a bus for Trimet?


Dublin Ireland bus riders fight back bus cuts

Brits fighting back against the financial terrorists

U.K. public-sector workers are prepared for "indefinite" industrial action on a scale not seen since the 1926 general strike to challenge government pension plan changes, Dave Prentis, head of the country's largest labor union, said in an interview with the Guardian.

CTRAN buses, on 405 northbound over the bridge just before it rejoins I-5. I'm looking at YOU.

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

Lake Oswego voters need to demand streetcar vote

Somehow, our quiet, safe, beautiful suburban town is not good enough for Mayor Hoffman. He wants to remake it into his own vision of "new urbanism" via streetcar and Foothills, as his "legacy." 
oh ya and forgot to tell u about lady and her 2 kids brought a swimming pool on the bus( 1 of those big round plastic ones that r big and dont fold down).haha

$159,000,000 please

TriMet Resolution 11-06-34


Welcome Switzerland and Macau


The twilight of the antipodes

(This is an excellent and important presentation)

Bills signed by the Governor in the 2011 session

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.

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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

Guy on trimet won't get off
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

The great bee swarm of 2011

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.


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


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. 

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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

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

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


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

The Keiser Report

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 watches his first up close bridge lift

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)

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

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

TriMet Resolution 11-06-34

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

Electric Buses Get a Jump Start

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

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.