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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stuck on the Transit Mall

Disabled Troubles

Broken Beer Bottles on the Bus

RATS

Transit bus driver arrested after fight

The Maryland Transit Administration is investigating an assault on an MTA bus that ended with a passenger being stabbed and an operator taken into custody.

Other interesting stuff from around the internet

A real ad from Denmark-something you will never see in the uptight US of A-(adult)
The owl and the pussycat
The rapture
9 Things That Might Disappear In Our Lifetime.
Top 10 signs asking for change
Bedtime lullaby-adult

Yours truly

Another loss for ATU president Jon Hunt

Road supervisor district map

Trimet facilities map

drivers talk about life on the job

But they told me that, in New York, if a passenger wants to file a complaint against a transit operator, he or she is charged a fee; the fee is refundable if the complaint is valid.
Good idea.
I asked them about food and drink, because a streetcar is a pigsty by day’s end, and also because a woman once spilled hot tea down my back, and I remember her every time I’m in the aisle seat and the person standing over me is drinking something over my head. They agreed that food on transit wrong. They also figure that bus has left the station.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1012734--fiorito-three-ttc-drivers-talk-about-life-on-the-job 
Fiorito: Let’s show the TTC a little tenderness - thestar.com

NYC's billionaire mayor wants to implement "austerity"

New Yorkers Occupy Streets to Protest Budget Cuts | Truthout

New York Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

http://www.truth-out.org/new-york-votes-allow-same-sex-marriage/1308970419

BLASTS FROM THE PAST

Remember when they decided to change our uniforms? The management got really mean about this (not surprising of course) and there were multiple examples of things that "may" be OK to wear, but then again "may not" be OK to wear. In this little sequence I try to figure out what I can wear without getting written up.

The shirts
The pants
The other stuff

Common Man News Reports

Common Man News: America, land of the free to go hungry
Common Man News: hy is there a Media Blackout on Nuclear Incident at Fort Calhoun in Nebraska?
Common Man News: Why Are Food Prices Rising So Fast?
Common Man News: 7 surprising things you're not supposed to know about sunscreen and sunlight exposure
Common Man News: Half of World's Refugees are Running From US Wars
Germany is growing much faster than the United States. Its unemployment rate is now only 6.1 percent (we’re now at 9.1 percent).
What’s Germany’s secret? In sharp contrast to the decades of stagnant wages in America, real average hourly pay has risen almost 30 percent there since 1985. Germany has been investing substantially in education and infrastructure.
How did German workers do it? A big part of the story is German labor unions are still powerful enough to insist that German workers get their fair share of the economy’s gains.
That’s why pay at the top in Germany hasn’t risen any faster than pay in the middle. As David Leonhardt reported in the New York Times recently, the top 1 percent of German households earns about 11 percent of all income – a percent that hasn’t changed in four decades.
Common Man News: Why the Republican War on Workers' Rights Undermines the American Economy

Amtrak crash in Nevada

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/reports-on-the-amtrak-crash-in-nevada/

How far West will Internet censorship move?

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: "' While few might object to blocking child pornography, what happens when the filters go after politically sensitive content? Will anyone ob..."

TSA workers unionize

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304569504576403730763020802.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Greece comes to Conneticut

http://www.businessinsider.com/connecticut-unions-reject-concessions-thousands-of-public-sector-layoffs-likely-2011-6

Wisconsin Judge Prossner chokes associate judge

Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed one of his colleagues around the neck prior to the court's recent decision to allow controversial restrictions on unions to take effect, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/25/david-prosser-ann-bradley-wisconsin-union-law_n_884516.html

British elite trying to crack down on unions

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8598912/New-crackdown-on-militant-unions.html

Bus-sized asteroid to pass close to Earth

The asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometres above Earth's surface at around 6.56 pm on Monday, Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators Director C B Devgun said.
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/bussized-asteroid-to-pass-close-to-earth/162814-2.html

The big green bus

The Big Green Bus is the work of 13 students at Dartmouth College. The modified Greyhound runs on a unique propulsion system that uses vegetable oil instead of fossil fuels along with solar panels to provide electricity. Each year a different group of students climbs aboard and spends the summer driving across the country and teaching people about sustainability.
http://www.thedailystamford.com/news/big-green-bus-brings-ideas-fairfield

Remembering Jim Stenger

The following is an excerpt from one of Jim Stenger's slander blogs, all now defunct.

Michael's Life Living with *****: December 13, 2009 Sunday Morning
By Michael Oliver
The weather has been freezing here in Portland all weekend. Friday night we did stay in. Made salad and a Cornish hen for dinner. Saturday, since it was so nice outside, we took a drive in the afternoon along the Willamette front in the 65 Cadillac ... Present I work for Trimet as a operator for the lightrail system. I live in Beaverton, Oregon. On January 7th, 2009 I was **************. I hope my daily strengths and struggles will help you with yours. ...
Michael's Life Living with - http://nextminority.blogspot.com/

QUOTES

"The federal government is sending each of us a $600 rebate. If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, the money goes to China. If we spend it on gasoline it goes to the Arabs. If we buy a computer it will go to India. If we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. If we purchase a good car it will go to Germany. If we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy. The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it on prostitutes and beer, since these are the only products still produced in US. I've been doing my part."
(Mark Faber)

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?

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/06/is_the_yellow_l.html

The Kingdom of Survival - Joe Bageant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYaqEgyrh1M&feature=player_embedded

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

The "language" of our times

TriMet introduces sustainability features for light rail project | OregonLive.com

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver-June 24

Click here!

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

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

BUS IS SPLIT IN HALF

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecxNsHFYIk8

Comments reopened

No anonymous comments allowed however.

Trimetians?

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 FLEET

The wonders of bureaucracy

Who's going where

Greece Resistance Special

Keiser Report

US sued for prison abuse legacy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awd76ydoaKY

My Favorite stop on the 25 route



Transit workers charged with ticket machine theft

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18337401?nclick_check=1

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.
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/article_af7db33c-9cdc-11e0-8558-001cc4c002e0.html 

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

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/06/assembly_passes_landmark_emplo.html

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
Trimetetiquette

Ding dong, a streetcar's dead

Bojack

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)

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trimetfacebooksurvey

Meanwhile, in Europe

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

TriMet YouthPass: Creating our transit riders of the future

http://streetroots.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/trimet-youthpass-creating-our-transit-riders-of-the-future/

NLRB Pushes New Rules to Facilitate Unionization

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/06/even-in-light-of-recent-controversy-nlrb-pushing-rules-to-facilitate-unionization.php

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.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1347419&srvc=rss 

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 Chron.com 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.
http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-06-23/news/clang-clang-crunch/?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259

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.” 
http://bronx.ny1.com/content/top_stories/141504/battered-bus-driver-speaks-out-as-union-calls-for-more-protection?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259 

New York State Senate Passes Repeal of MTA Payroll Tax

http://alttransport.com/2011/06/new-york-state-senate-passes-repeal-of-mta-payroll-tax/?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259

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 - WTOP.com

Transit district gets bailout to keep service levels

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18332369?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259&nclick_check=1

2008 San Francisco bike accident will cost Muni $5.36M

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/2008-san-francisco-bike-accident-could-cost-muni-536m?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259

DID YOU KNOW

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

TRIMET CONDUCTING TWITTER SURVEY

Take the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trimettwittersurvey

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 | OregonLive.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sam Adams

http://youtu.be/lyzSI2wxK4M

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

OBAMA GOES A-COURTING
KOCH CLASSINESS
NEWT THREATENS AMERICA WITH "THE TEXAS MIRACLE"
BIG COAL BUYS ACCESS TO 4TH GRADERS

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

JON HUNT+RON HIENZMAN LOSES THE APPEAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS

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.
http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/06/cascade_policy.html

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

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

http://www.oregonlive.com/lake-oswego/index.ssf/2011/06/lake_oswego_approves_streetcar_poll_to_be_conducted_no_later_than_october.html?CFID=2942&CFTOKEN=88935671

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

http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2011/06/clackamas_county_considers_options_to_meet_25_million_commitment_to_milwaukie_light_rail.html

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

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SCChdUtw9XI/TgGWXmHxt7I/AAAAAAAAAGM/ShG6-2czNPc/s1600/TradeMarkLetter+001.jpg

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

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/speedup-americans-working-harder-charts

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkxvCttvSo4

TriMet plans to phase-in LIFT fare increases

http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=130868829746682800

UPRISING IN SPAIN

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

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/06/the_interfaces.html#more

AMERIKA-THE NEW SOVIET UNION

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

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

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/06/20/2011-06-20_wheels_come_flying_off_mta_buses_in_two_incidents_one_horrifying_nearmiss_caught.html

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.

-jw

SELLING OUT THE WORKING CLASS OF AMERICA

“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 - NYTimes.com

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER

June 20

Propaganda at Transit districts

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

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

EXCELLENT PRESENTATION HERE!

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.
WTF?

Trimet Reports and Publications

http://trimet.org/publications/index.htm

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)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nlTwd0QuD4

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!

Fredericksburg.com - 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 - TheState.com

All Electric Bus by DesignLine Produces Unparalleled Results

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/all-electric-bus-by-designline-produces-unparalleled-results-124184329.html

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

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Most-Romantic-Mass-Transit-Stop-in-America-124198459.html

SPANIARDS JOIN GREEKS IN FIGHTING THE FINANCIAL TERRORISTS

OUR TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK SO WE HAVE TO CUT HERE AT HOME

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.”
http://www.thestar.com/article/1011374--fiorito-a-public-servant-is-not-a-slave?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259 

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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/punkrawker4783/sets/72157624796938883/

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

http://college.chinese.cn/conference09/article/2009-12/12/content_93218.htm

Dancing dogs

http://sorisomail.com/email/74298/como-se-danca-o-merengue.html

CHECK THIS OUT-move your mouse around too

http://inoyan.narod.ru/kaleidoskop.swf

Fathers Day

BRITISH WORKING CLASS GETTING AXED NOW

 "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

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

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?
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/views/156209-greece-bond-slave-to-europe.html 

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.
http://articles.philly.com/2011-06-18/news/29674422_1_septa-bus-bus-driver-instincts

Nova wins 328 NYC Transit artic order

http://www.metro-magazine.com/News/Story/2011/06/Nova-wins-328-NYC-Transit-artic-order.aspx

Twitpic

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

KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD NAKED BIKE RIDE

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

According to Portland A-Foot!

THE "NOT SO GOOD" NEWS

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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 | OregonLive.com
-http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/06/trimet_sets_ridership_records.h
tml

Daily ridership         324,080 (FY 2009 weekday average)

-TriMet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TriMet
(he may have meant "any Saturday")


--Jason McHuff, http://www.rosecitytransit.org/

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

http://venturebeat.com/2011/06/13/proterra-kleiner-perkins-30m/

Bus driver shot to death in Philadelphia

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/124122169.html

Seattle: man sentenced for punching disabled man on city bus

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Seattle-man-sentenced-for-punching-disabled-man-1429857.php

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?


BEE EMERGENCY AT PORTLAND BUS STOP


Dublin Ireland bus riders fight back bus cuts

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0618/breaking3.html

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.

http://damnportlanders.livejournal.com/17652040.html

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."

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

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

Welcome Switzerland and Macau

HEALTH CARE WASTE


The twilight of the antipodes

(This is an excellent and important presentation)

Bills signed by the Governor in the 2011 session

http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/signed/2011/

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)