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Friday, July 1, 2011

Congratulations to the latest TriMet Way Award Winners!

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/07/congratulations-to-latest-trimet-way.html

I bought some fireworks in Oregon for the first time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1x3PgRPX-E

TriMet "Bridge School" - Portland Transport

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/07/bridge_school.html

My neighborhood

A walk down 3 of Portlands outside stairwells

GOODBYE WILLIE MOORE!

One of my favorite Trimet persons has decided to hang it up, Willie Moore appeared in several of my old videos and spoke of his experiences here.
He was a true character and I for one will miss him around here!
Thanks to Steve Fung we have this clip of Willie Moore:

Got a horrible boss? Write about your experience

Workingamerica.org: BadBoss - My Bad Boss Contest, Tell Your Bad Boss

Don't take trimet to the fireworks?

I like how TriMet isn't even bothering with "Take TriMet to your 4th of July Fireworks!" promotions this year after how wrong they were last year about where you can actually get with Sunday bus service :)
(a reader txt)

ATTACKS ON BUS DRIVERS

Bus riders worry about safety after recent attacks - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

Breast-feeding in spotlight after nursing mom told to get off bus

Breast-feeding in spotlight after nursing mom told to get off bus - HealthPop - CBS News

BUS DRIVER STABBED

Bus driver recovering after attack by passenger

Attention operators sign needs attention

JUNE 30

RANT OF THE DAY
Dispatch pushes my hot buttons

All this whoopla over this new bridge brings back memories of some past bullshit

Trimet-overcrowded, not available nights and weekends, old rickety buses, but these fools pretend everything is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L


Typical elitist bullshit, the privileged party on while the rest of us suffer.

Your counting on your pension?

Judges in Colorado and Minnesota have issued rulings that could open the door for states and cities to roll back pensions to retired public workers. The judges rejected lawsuits from retired public employees who claimed that they had a right to specific cost of living adjustments.

Celente on Greece: Int'l Mafia Federation stealing big!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tllkrJT5yi8&feature=relmfu

"Bunchie" for new TRIMET LOGO!

Portland lawyer fights development and wins

http://www.kptv.com/story/15009685/portland-lawyer-fights-development-and-wins

What a cool quarter million will get you

 MAX FAQS
Maybe part of my negative reaction comes from spending $250,000 on a giant deer with a human face at the same time that fares are going up and buses are falling apart, and poor Dorothy is out of luck after the bond measure failed. I understand that there was a mandatory art budget for the Orange Line so money is going to be spent on art anyway, but so far the reaction to this particular piece seems overwhelmingly negative - the other proposed pieces aren't having nearly the same kind of reaction. I guess I just hope that the art budget is ultimately spent on things that people want to see at their platforms.

TriMet Bridge Groundbreaking Event Video

Portland Transport
(Excellent production by Bob Richardson)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Railfanning last weekend with the Southern Pacific 4449

Six hours, no kids or wife, just me, two cameras, and a lot of trains.  The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is my zen place.

Streetcar fail






Taken over the course of two minutes this morning as I walked to work.  The garbage truck was serving the hotel and the garbage man had to park the truck, walk to the sub-grade parking level, push the garbage can to the street, dump it, and then replace the garbage can.  The streetcar just had to wait...and wait...and wait.
Looks like real progress!

Theme song for Milwaukie Light Rails "Rebirth"

My favorite comments about the "art" (from Bojack)

Looks like something a committee of bureaucrats would come up with.
Posted by Mr. Grumpy | June 30, 2011 8:15 AM

Remember the Simpsons monorail episode?
Posted by Robert Collins | June 30, 2011 8:19 AM

Hopefully it will be vandalized early and often. What an ugly piece of...
Posted by Dave A. | June 30, 2011 8:24 AM

My art suggestion...a very large toilet with thousand dollar bills being flushed down the drain.
Posted by Evergreen Libertarian | June 30, 2011 8:44 AM

Jack Bogdanki weighs in on the "art" for PMLR.

Tri-Met has come up with the perfect art work for one of the stations for the Mystery Train to Milwaukie. I kid you not,
If the $1.5 billion* of public money that's being blown on the new MAX line doesn't give you nightmares, that thing surely will.
* - Preliminary liars' budget. The bridge design isn't anywhere close to finished, and the funding is still sketchy, but the Tri-Met crew is rushing ahead with construction, before the public can come to its senses. This is how things go very, very wrong.

Portland politics

There's got to be a morning after (Jack Bog's Blog)

TriMet has petitioned FRA for a waiver of compliance

http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/06/30/2011-16411/petition-for-waiver-of-compliance

Trimet TVM failure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swv7R_lCktE

Keiser Report

The Counterattack!

New Trimet TV episode

But not a Trimet production!
YouTube - ‪Stay Alert, Stay Alive. Be Safe Around Buses and Trains.‬‏

Bridge event pics

http://twitpic.com/5j55s8
http://twitpic.com/5j52pj
http://twitpic.com/5j4zwe
http://twitpic.com/5j4vj8
http://yfrog.com/kgjp3vvj

Uh Oh, Seattle Metro Drivers under attack now

Two problems are special to Metro. One is bus-driver pay. It can be defended by pointing to the 2010 contract, which has minimal raises. But under the previous contracts, between 2000 and 2009, bus-driver pay rose 38.5 percent, to the third-highest figure of any big-city bus operation in the country.
Metro now feels the consequences of the contracts it has signed.
Editorials | King County Metro needs overhaul, not a tax to cover past unsustainable decisions | Seattle Times Newspaper

Screwing transit workers

Labor Changes Irk Transit Workers - News - The Austin Chronicle

LIGHT RAIL FAIL

Update: METRO rail service restored after shutdown left riders stranded in the heat - 2011-Jun-29 - CultureMap Houston

Now here is something that has a very familiar sound to it

Everyone who has ventured down into the subway is by now too well aware of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's self-promotional "Improving, Nonstop" advertising campaign.
Look, there! It's a placard boasting about how the MTA has adopted the revolutionary approach of fixing things when they've been broken.
And next to that, wow! It's a placard about the countdown clocks you just saw on the platform.

Protecting bus drivers

MTA installing bus barriers to protect drivers from violent riders - am New York

What's going on at MUNI?

City Insider City Insider / Will Muni deal lead to savings?

THE TOP TEN TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD!

CLICK HERE!
(Nope Portland and Trimet are not on the list)

China's 26-mile sea bridge same cost as TriMet's 7.3-mile Orange Line

JOE ROSE

SHOW US THE MONEY

There was a pot of money that was raised for the case of Ron Heinzman vs ATU International.
What happened to that money?
Is it still there?
If it is still there what will be done with it?

Meanwhile, in Greece

"They are selling out our country from under us," said Demetrios Stamatiou who has camped out in the square since protests began last month transforming it into a shanty town collective. "It's a very dark day in the history of Greece - we have been betrayed by our own politicians."
Riots herald a 'dark day' in Greek history as MPs vote through austerity cuts - Telegraph
YouTube - ‪Athens on Fire: Video of night clashes, Greek capital smoked‬‏

750,000 public employees in Britian walk out

YouTube - ‪UK grinds to a hault as half a million march against govt cuts‬‏
YouTube - ‪Massive anti-austerity protests in UK‬‏

Rantings-June 28

http://vimeo.com/25805566

Chris Smith wants to know: What's Up with the FTA and PMLR?

The FTA released their latest round of New Starts funding, and Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail was not on the list.
According to some sources, $200M was anticipated.
We've queried TriMet to get their take on this.
PORTLAND TRANSPORT HERE!

TriMet’s bridge piles up permits

http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=130938347963222300

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How many months has this bike&ride been under construction?

Major L.A. study shows importance of bike-transit connection

http://bikeportland.org/2011/06/29/major-l-a-study-shows-importance-of-bike-transit-connection-55723

FEDS GO AFTER BLOGGER JACK BOGDANSKI!

Feds are on my case over immigration jail floor plan (Jack Bog's Blog)

WHY?


Operator A hears an over the air communication between a Trimet dispatcher and a Trimet bus driver, operator C.
The communication is very interesting so operator A decides to post this communication for others to hear.
Any member of the public can listen/record and publish this sort of thing.
Operator A does not identify operator C, nor does operator A even know the identity of operator C.
Operator C is embarrassed so operator C goes to management and asks if they would approach operator A and remove the posting.
Operator A has never once ignored a request from the management so the post is removed.
Trimet management decides to discipline operator A in any event.

Operator D publishes operator A address, image, employee number  and consciously conducts a libelous campaign against operator A.  This campaign goes on for years.
Other operators avoid operator A because of operator D libelous campaign.
Operator A informs the Trimet management that operator D is causing him emotional distress.
Trimet management does nothing.
The question is, why is operator A disciplined but operator D allowed to continue?

Is this supposed to be a joke?

This is some of the art that will be going in with the new light rail.
If you don't believe me go to this link HERE!


Trimet golfers!

Stone Creek Golf Tournament August 6th at 1:30pm
Look for flyers in your garage or Yard for more details

Pornography

The more pain inflicted on average people the higher stock prices go!
We are indeed living inside a Fellini movie and the world has indeed gone mad.

GREEKS REFUSE TO LET THEIR COUNTRY BE STOLEN BY FINANCIAL TERRORISTS

YouTube - ‪Athens Riot Madness: Video of explosions, tear gas in Greece‬‏
YouTube - Till debt do us part: Kofinas LIVE from rioting revolting Athens
YouTube - Greek leader 'dead man walking', Greek bailout 'collective punishment'
YouTube - Greece Barricades: 'We don't owe! We don't sell! We don't pay!'
Greece anti-austerity protest turns violent - Press TV News
Greek Parliament Approves $40B Bailout; Some Economists Predict Vote Will Worsen the Recession
Inside Greek’s General Strike: Video Report From Athens As Thousands Protest Sweeping Austerity Cuts
THE WORLD IN TURNMOIL

How to properly manage a transit district

CTA Cuts 54 Jobs, Saves $15 Million As It Holds Off On Big Projects

Don't run after transit buses!

Staten Island schoolgirl killed in dash for city bus | SILive.com

Jefferson Transit chooses new general manager

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20110629/news/306299987/jefferson-transit-chooses-new-general-manager?CFID=2942&CFTOKEN=88935671

US lags on BRT

When it's done properly, bus rapid transit -- known as BRT -- ranks among the cheapest and quickest ways to cut CO2 emissions from transportation.

U.S. Lags Behind China, Colombia in Bus Rapid Transit - NYTimes.com

Fake Trimet security officer selling bogus tickets

http://www.koinlocal6.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=2591906

Pedestrian hit by cab just after getting off the bus

http://northeastportland.katu.com/news/people/police-pedestrian-hit-cab-just-after-getting-bus/441538

Washington County Museum


















On my layover at PCC Rock Creek,I walked the Japanese Internment Exhibit yesterday.

More MAX video

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

Rantings-June 28

http://vimeo.com/25754916

What about those European cities trying to make driving cars impossible?

The Daily Bell - The Times' kudos to European Petty Tyrants

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Light Rail Transit Webinar -- May 24, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmpv8Cf4x_8

On the MAX video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftyDfT31UBw

Remember this fiasco

Commit to safety!

Let's take a look at how bus service could be!

http://youtu.be/k240ZmHzJuY

I wonder who this is?

http://twitter.com/#!/ExPdxBusDriver

Northrop Nut needs a new ID

Republican bimbo's for president

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/28/a_perfect_product_of_the_religious

While the American labor movement is impotent and paralyzed the Greek unions join in real protest

Greek Police Fire Tear Gas as Strike Overshadows Budget Vote - Bloomberg
http://youtu.be/Whb6jTcZDcE
Thousands of Greek demonstrators have begun gathering in front of the parliament in Athens at the start of a 48-hour general strike. Union leaders called for the strike to protest against deep budget cuts demanded by international lenders as the price for more financial aid.

What voters get when they elect republicans

Wisconsin

All Work and No Pay

Except what's good for American business isn't necessarily good for Americans. We're not just working smarter, but harder. And harder. And harder, to the point where the driver is no longer American industriousness, but something much more predatory.
http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/06/mcdonalds-starbucks-fast-food-litter

Vancouver City Council says it's sold on I-5 Columbia River Crossing

http://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/index.ssf/2011/06/vancouver_city_council_says_its_sold_on_columbia_river_crossing.html?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Feds handing out some loot

http://www.fta.dot.gov/planning/planning_environment_12798.html

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

June 27

First zoo bus-thanks Mark Dillon

Saw your 6/27 link to old Trimet bus wraps. Beginning in the early 80's, I worked at the Zoo. The very first Trimet art wrap bus I ever saw was this Flxible New Look bus in Zoo/OMSI/Forestry Center graphics. It was painted directly on the bus skin. At that time, Trimet only used this bus on the old #63 run to the Zoo. After a decade, it was replaced by the one pictured on the "Rantings Of People..." blog.

Jeff talks about the recertification class

http://youtu.be/QjI0OnV10-w

Monday, June 27, 2011

AK Rucker program starts

Teens Learn Value Of Hard Work Through TriMet Program · OPB News

At least 16 killed when Indonesian passenger bus plunges into river

http://channel6newsonline.com/2011/06/at-least-16-killed-when-indonesian-passenger-bus-plunges-into-river/

28 dead after Bolivia bus plunges off road

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8266123/28-dead-after-bolivia-bus-plunges-off-road

How to properly reduce transit expenses

Notice how they have clearly delineated the cuts.
Chicago Transit Authority cuts managers, trims $15 mil. | Transportation | Crain's Chicago Business

"Locking" transit funding

New York Passes Transit Lockbox Bill – AltTransport: Your Guide to Smarter Ways of Getting Around

Another rail operator gets cancer

Reliable sources have informed us that another light rail operator has come down with stomach cancer. One has to wonder where all these cases of stomach cancer are coming from? The job maybe?

Using our tax money for everything except US citizens

In news from Africa, the Pentagon is planning to send nearly $45 million in military equipment, including four small drones, to Uganda and Burundi as part of the U.S. effort to battle Islamic militants in Somalia. The military package includes four small, shoulder-launched Raven drones, body armor, night-vision gear, communications and heavy construction equipment, generators and surveillance systems. The U.S. military is also sending aid to a number of other African nations including Mauritania, Djibouti, Kenya and Mali.

Firefighters Train to Respond Quickly & Efficiently to MAX Light-Rail Incidents

http://www.portlandonline.com/fire/index.cfm?c=50972&a=354448

Republicans not happy with Tribune story on light rail expansion

NW Republican: Portland Tribune Drops Ball On Major Story

Kinda blew it huh?

Some Line 44 stops are closed in North Portland 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today due to Sunday Parkways. trimet.org/a-tweet by trimet/responses follow:
http://twitter.com/PDX_Cartier/status/85222798506725376
http://twitter.com/PDXPean/status/85199520606060544
http://twitter.com/adrahayward/status/85199253579890688
http://twitter.com/Schwenderlauf/status/85198915703545856
http://twitter.com/MPdaCNA/status/85196220498313216

Milwaukie Open House at 6 tonight, TriMet launches live cameras of construction

http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2011/06/light_rail_news_milwaukie_open_house_at_6_tonight_trimet_launches_live_cameras_of_construction.html

Man killed by MAX train at East Burnside and 122nd Avenue in Portland 'a clear suicide,' investigators say

Man killed by MAX train at East Burnside and 122nd Avenue in Portland 'a clear suicide,' investigators say | OregonLive.com
Ore. transit train death believed to be suicide - Times Union
MaxRedline: Don't Go Losing Your Head
Pedestrian struck and killed by MAX train | kgw.com Portland

Suspended Agitation

They'll love him in all those peculiar little countries where people wear hats that look like rat-traps and flavor their beer with the cocoons of nectar-sipping moths. They'll enjoy it when he forecloses on them, and maybe even ask for more. "Here, take our grandchildren's baby teeth, too!" I wish him and his beautiful family well in their new life as distinguished private citizens-of-the-world. I just hope Michele Bachmann and her probable running mate, Jesus, don't steal the next election. They'll rip out the Obamas' vegetable garden and put a Nascar track there so that all of Ms. Bachmann's 27 children can have jobs selling miniature bibles in the parking lot. ("Prayed over by qualified preachers twenty-four hours a day!")
Clusterfuck Nation

Getting people out of their cars

Europe Stifles Drivers in Favor of Mass Transit and Walking - NYTimes.com

Notes on bus songs

http://urbanadonia.blogspot.com/2011/06/notes-on-bus-songs.html

Holy shit!

The train was pulling into the station when it struck the man, who reportedly fell under the train and was decapitated.
MAX train kills pedestrian at East Burnside and 122nd Avenue in Portland | OregonLive.com

Uh Oh!

According to Joe Rose, the person hit was not a pedestrian but someone standing too close to the train on the strip. And the man has been killed.

Friends for Bruce

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=1886909056399&set=o.219034084788912&type=1&theater

Complete Bullshit

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/06/complete-bullshit.html

TriMet's Old Bus Wraps

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/06/trimets-old-bus-wraps.html

Meanwhile, there is no money for ANYTHING, but we get THIS:

TriMet begins work on first new Willamette bridge in 40 years
(The total insanity of our world is right before our eyes, yet what can be done?)

Unions may be heading into the ashbin of US history

Labor fights a sure thing in uncertain economy - chicagotribune.com

Jack Bogdanski editorials

Assassinating Riddell -- tin foil helmet edition
Flooded Omaha nuke plant now on emergency power
Portland Sunday bulletways
At Fuku, a big cup of alkalinity down
Standing in the shadows
Network smells blood on Kroger

Opponents of Amtrak privatization point to Britain

http://wvgazette.com/News/201106260085?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Leaders in East Pierce discuss cutting ties with Pierce Transit

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/06/25/2076511/leaders-in-east-pierce-discuss.html?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Fucking over transit professionals

Cap Metro to vote today on putting bus operations in private hands

Greece

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 Casc