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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jon Hunt gets off

The jury was hung on Jons duii charges today-that's ATU 757 president Jon Hunt

WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG DEAL TO DISINFECT BUSES ONCE IN AWHILE, LIKE AT LEAST MONTHLY?

Spray the seats and mop the floors with something like THIS!

The miracle of life (the tunnel under OHSU idea)

Behold. This is the definitive "birth of a project" Oregonian article of all time. If Portland lasts 1,000 years, you will not see it done any better. This is like looking back at the primordial ooze of bureaucracy and witnessing the beginnings of life. The article doesn't just report on something -- it actually serves as an incubator, or a petri dish, while the new life form begins to grow.

Look at this picture of Brian Playfair!

And here he is in a recent picture

DOES THE SANITARY CONDITION OF THE BUSES WORRY YOU?

Take the poll HERE!

REST IN PEACE MISTY PLITZ SHERMEISTER

Misty has passed away from cancer. She had been a road supervisor for the past several years. I didn't know her all that well but I did a road relief for  her during her career as a bus driver and liked her. I also  thought she was a good supervisor.

NO RDO WORK WEEK?

It was proposed at the last union meeting that no drivers should work RDO for one week as a protest to TRIMET against unfair labor practices!

KGW DOES STORY ON DIRTY BUSES-(with mystery bus driver)

Dirty bus video from Steve Fung on Vimeo.

Portland Mode Share

In response to Al's query of why Portland is not in the top 15 metro areas that use cars the least, here are Portland's statistics:

Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton Metro

Car: 81.5% (9.9% carpooled)
Non-Car: 18.5%
Transit: 6.1%
Bike: 2.1%
Walk: 3.2%
Other: 7.1% (6.1% worked from home)

This puts Portland barely out of the top 15 (#15 was 19.2% non-car), but look at the area this includes:



If we look at just Portland, here's how the statistics change:

Portland

Car: 70.1% (8.5% carpool)
Non-Car: 29.9%
Transit: 11.5%
Walk: 5.6%
Bike: 5.8%
Other: 6.9% (5.9% worked from home)

That would put us at #2. I think the honest answer is somewhere in-between.

It would be interesting to see what these stats look like if you limited the geographic area to just the major cities (Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Gresham, Milwaukie, Oregon City, etc).

Also, I would prefer to see the ratings include the carpoolers as non-car (i.e. instead of Car/Non-Car it should be SOV/Non-SOV).

NOW HERE IS SOMETHING INTERESTING

Seeing Yellow… But Not For Very Long by Eric Peters

ABOUT THE DIRTY BUSES

I'll tell ya where they DID NOT LOOK, the venting system!
I will bet you that there are colonies of MOLD growing in the venting/heating systems.
How do I know that?
Cause every time I turn on the heaters I GAG!

The new buses you can't even open the windows, a wonderful idea to share everybody's virus's and bacterias.

SPEAKING OF DISEASE INFESTED BUSES

Maryland Transit Administration worker dies from bacteria that causes meningitis - baltimoresun.com

Fighting the religion of rail

Rail opponents take out newspaper ad to raise money - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home

California state government bonanza for some

500 state workers earn more than $240,000 | news10.net

The Geography of How We Get to Work

 Portland is conspicuously absent from this list!
 Finally, and perhaps most interesting, the way we get to work is associated with the kinds of work we do. The share of workers in the creative class--scientists, engineers, techies, innovators, and researchers, as well as artists, designers, writers, musicians and professionals in healthcare, business and finance, the legal sector, and education--is positively associated with the percentages of people who take public transit or walk or bike to work. In fact this creative class variable was the largest of all.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/06/the-geography-of-how-we-get-to-work/240258/?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Macfarlane filling Fred's shoes, hiring more and more useless executives

Trimet general manager says "I need a labor relations/human resources 'executive'..." - thoughts.com conversation engine

Trimet general manager says "everyone needs to pay"

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/trimet-general-manager-says-everyone-needs-to-pay

Banks squeezing the life out of the world while the policticians play games with our lives

First Read - First Thoughts: Always darkest before the deal

July 13

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

THE JOKES WE CALL PRESIDENTS

BUSES FILTHY+ FULL OF BACTERIA

Preliminary results show that oxacillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus could be among the 120 bacteria colonies found on trains and buses. Commonly known as MRSA, the bug is notorious for rejecting antibiotics, eating flesh and causing pneumonia. 

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/07/riding_trimet_plenty_of_bugs_c.html 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fire on the max westside at Murray

Light rail face-off cancels BCC meeting

http://www.oregoncitynewsonline.com/news/story.php?story_id=131059894007617300

TRIMET TO BE EXAMINED FOR GERMS!

http://videos.oregonlive.com/oregonian/2011/07/portland_state_university_micr.html

"Planning by the River"

‪Tina Turner - Rolling on the river (1971) (Proud Mary)‬‏ - YouTube
I found a fat job in the city
There's a new scam every night and day
And I never lost a minute of sleep
Worrying 'bout the way they were gonna pay.

Big River keep on flowing
Big Budget keep on growing
I be Planning, Planning, Planning by the River.

If you come down to the river

Bet you gonna find a project or two
And we never worry 'bout the phony budget
We just get it started, 'til the money comes through

Big River keep on flowing

Big Budget keep on growing,
We be Planning, Planning, Planning by the River.

Seattle residents line up to support transit

‪Line outside Metro bus service cut hearing‬‏

Ask not what your country can do for you

CLICK HERE!

Anybody actually have a "trimet luggage tag"? We need to see one of those

Just a reminder, the deadline to to submit your stories about what you like best about riding MAX Red Line to PDX Airport is July 18. Send them in an email to redlinestories@trimet.org by the deadline and you’ll receive a TriMet luggage tag! Your story may be featured on trimet.org too.

What YouTube is like in hell

It has only one video.
(Bojack.org)

Stealwaveraptor cracking me up!

The two latest communications, in response to my "dude, your cracking me up!"
Im glad you think so. But reality says its no joke these folks want my life.
Just keep watchen I need witness like you
Stealthwaveraptor world here!

ACCIDENT REVIEW AND APPEAL POLICY

TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN
TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF OREGON

SYSTEM SAFETY POLICY REVISED: JULY 2010
TITLE: ACCIDENT REVIEW AND APPEAL POLICY

RSA-Not enough time to get through traffic lights at rail crossing intersections-RESPONSE

We contacted the City of Portland and received this response: “Our amber times are based on the safe stopping distance for the speed of the approach and grade. When amber times are increased beyond the normally calculated times, driver behavior changes and more drivers push the amber, having learned that the time has increased. We have a 3 second amber at Jefferson and Columbia which is consistent with most of the signals in the CBD. There is an additional second of all red prior to the opposing vehicle or train getting the green or solid white bar after the side street amber.” The duration of the light will not be changed at this time, based on concerns about driver behavior.

RSA-OSHA Violation of driver's seat safety-THE RESPONSE:

We have met with OSHA and discussed bus seats with them; they are satisfied with our level of maintenance. However, the Bus Operators are an important part of this maintenance; we need for you to report any maintenance issue with a bus you drive so it can be repaired. You have also included a concern about ADA accommodations. I encourage you to work with HR and your Supervisor to resolve this issue; HR has an established process and will be able to guide you through it.

RSA- Dirty buses - health hazard-the response:

Due to budget cuts we have eliminated our bus interior cleaner positions (6). Buses were cleaned by them every 35-45 days when fully staffed. Currently we use the cyclone vacuum system at all three shops on every bus. The vacuum seals the front door. We crack a rear window. We use an air wand to blow all dirt and debris forward and it is sucked out the front door area. We mop buses on an "as needed basis" but if staffing is adequate we mop every bus on an odd/even basis. We dust dashes, wipe steering wheels, look for graffiti and clean. The buses are almost as clean as before. Anytime you have a particular bus you see as a problem you can write a defect card and we will address your specific concerns.
4/1/11 Forwarded to Safety for review.
4/6/2011

WOW! I FOUND IT! RSA REPORTS

The list of all the "safety" requests and what was done about them!
CLICK HERE FOR REPORT!

Jim Hightower

HERE!

The world of Stealthwaveraptor

I've been getting some emails from "stealthwaveraptor", the guy that does those weird Trimet movies.
These are his emails in response to my comments on his "weird" videos.

-You can see many vids show all trains intercepting me and going over tressel
-They won't be laughing in court
-It took me by surprise even though it happens daily. Bus drivers don't normally come on foot

The assholes in charge of our government

Obama: No Guarantee of Social Security Checks if Talks Fail

Speaking to CBS News, President Obama said he cannot guarantee Social Security checks will be mailed out if an agreement fails.

Fast buses


Portland brags about its bike culture?

ITDP | Institute for Transportation and Development Policy : News : The Biggest, Baddest Bike-Share in the World: Hangzhou China

U.S. Cities Reinventing Buses as Modern, Efficient, and Effective

Of course Portland and Trimet are going in the opposite direction.
http://www.itdp.org/index.php/news/detail/u.s._cities_reinventing_buses_as_modern_efficient_and_effective/

Spanish city will swap your old car for a lifetime travel pass

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-07/13/murcia-car-swap?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Ottawa retires its last high floor bus

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Transpo+retires+last+high+floor+buses/5093111/story.html?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Seattle

Local News | Crowd lines up to oppose Metro bus cuts | Seattle Times Newspaper

Pierce transit news

Pierce Transit cutting nearly 190 positions amid budget shortfall | Business - The News Tribune

C-TRAN news

C-Tran panels will create sales tax arguments | The Columbian

If you work at NY's MTA your making good $$$$$$$$$$$$$

MTA payroll rises even as its workforce declines in number by 1.1 percent - NYPOST.com

Protesters shut down BART

BART: Next time, 'zero tolerance' for disruptions

July 12 rant

http://vimeo.com/26364259

Suppl-i-ments?


Spell check not available on bus 1834.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ROBERT ROMO DENIES RUMOR

I was just chatting with Robert and during the conversation I asked him if he was aware of any station managers (or assistants) being at bus stops and asking drivers for their cell phones.

He says no, he has never heard of that happening, and he and the other managers have no time for that sort of thing.

Those of us that know Chris Parker know two things for sure

1-He is not a violent man.
2-He is not a threat to society.

Maybe he needs help, but needing help does not mean spending his life in the US prison system wasting the hours away looking at the four walls. There is no help for anybody in prison.

Send a letter in his behalf stating his non violent nature to:
Metropolitan Public Defender
Jessica Minifie
630 SW 5th; suite 500
PDX OR 97204

LIAR IN CHIEF

FUNDRAISER

Bruce Hansen10:20am Jul 12
There is a fundraiser tomorrow at Powell Garage for a fellow driver.
Who: Luella Gant's family
What: Spaghetti Dinner
Where: Powell Garage
When: July 13th
Time: $5.00 a plate
Info: This a fundraiser for Luella Gant's family. They were on vacation and she passed away while on vacation. Now, they need the money to bring her home. Please come out and support a fellow driver's family. We all need to pull together at times like this.

HEY LOOK----IT'S FOUND!

YouTube - ‪Beaverton Bike & Ride‬‏

Transportation Research Board

Bus Safety Performance Monitoring and Analysis

CHECK THIS TRIMET SYSTEM MAP OUT

http://trimet.org/maps/trimetsystem.htm

Antiques and Collectibles



AL M BOOKED!

Government watchdog Jack Bogdanski

The other fiefdom
How to stop City of Portland computer purchase bungling
Fireman Randy to Portland residents: "I am the law"
Lather, rinse, repeat
Feds, landlord had power to bump charter school out of SoWhat

In the Columbia River Crossing bridge game, we're the dummies

In The Sunday Oregonian, reporter Jeff Manning laid out, with his usual clarity, the fatuous finances of the CRC, a $3.6 billion train wreck whose promoters appear oblivious to the recession, regrets or reality checks.
Steve Duin

Gotta pay attention

KXL News
Car into the back of a Tri-Met bus - MLK and Lombard - No injuries - Engine fluid on the ground

TriMet MAX light rail call boards

Stealthwaveraptors weird Trimet movies

YouTube - ‪TRIMET IN UNIFORM +GANG STALKING‬‏

JULY 11 RANT

http://vimeo.com/26325593

MBTA fights deficit with naming rights

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110712/NEWS/107129894/-1/NEWS07?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

BUS RAPID TRANSIT THE SOLUTION FOR BUDGET PROBLEMS

In a sprawling region where the recession and rising gas prices hit many commuters hard, growing numbers of people are opting for fast, reliable, and affordable bus service. The BRT network, built at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives like light rail or the city’s problem-plagued monorail, also appeals to savvy politicians looking to deliver both quality and value for their constituents.
Streetsblog Capitol Hill » American BRT: A Rapid Bus Network Expands in Las Vegas

Beverly Hills wants nothing to do with rail

Westside Subway Extension: Beverly Hills Merchants To Wage War On Metro

Seattle Metro news

Chad, would you care to comment on all this? I thought everything was going along fine up there and now this comes out of the blue?

Reminder: 'Save King County Metro' meeting | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
West Seattle Blog… » More money for, or less service from, Metro? Hearing tomorrow
Proposed Metro service cuts may eliminate Routes 26, 82, 242 and reduce or revise Routes 16, 26 Express, 48, 358 | Green Lake - seattlepi.com
Future of Metro - King County Metro Transit
Service Cuts - Future of Metro - King County Metro Transit
TCC Friday Forums to be on Metro Cuts - Seattle Transit Blog
Metro bus cuts: Seattle or Eastside - who would be hurt worse? - seattlepi.com

Monday, July 11, 2011

LAYOFFS

Pierce Transit, Western Washington's second largest public transit provider, is sending out layoff notices to at least 185 of its employees this week. Following the failure of a proposed sales tax increase, PT has had no choice but to drastically reduce service by as much as 20% with corresponding layoffs.

Without a cash infusion now being sought by transit advocates in King County, King County Metro could see cuts of as much as 600,000 hours (17% of service - reverting to 1996 levels) with corresponding layoffs of as many as 500 part time bus drivers and cutbacks from full to part-time of over 200 full time drivers.

Read more from Local 758's July newsletter:

-jw

Its unreal! Sidewalk useable! Safety first!

GOT A QUESTION?

Send the training department a message HERE! (Trinet accounts only)

Maybe

cause I'm blind?

Ducks fan?


Steve Fung says "Go Ducks" on bus #1709

IS IT ME OR DOES EVERYTHING HERE LOOK THE SAME?

Chris Hedges

The widening use of militarized police units effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the use of the armed forces for civilian policing. City police forces have in the last few decades amassed small strike forces that employ high-powered assault rifles, armored personnel carriers, tanks, elaborate command and control centers and attack helicopters.
There is little daylight now between raiding a home in the middle of the night in Iraq and raiding one in Alhambra, Calif.
Chris Hedges: Carlos Montes and the Security State: A Cautionary Tale - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig

The Truth About the Economy

America's Sweetheart

Did you ever get the feeling that your country was melting down into a puddle of toxic goop? And presiding over the meltdown, under that sturdy, bomb-proof, gleaming, platinum helmet of perfectly plasticized hair... the stern visage of Nancy Grace, beaming disapproval across every hill and mole-hill of this land.

James Howard Kunstler

TRIMET CONTINUES CONFUSING US WITH ITS MYRIAD TRANSIT PASSES

TriMet: Honored Citizen Downtown Portland Bus Pass

(Thanks to Chris Day for telling us about this because I had no idea this existed)

DESTROYING AMERICAN CITIZENS SO WAR INDUSTRIALISTS CAN STAY RICH

As Debt Talks Threaten Medicare, Social Security, Study Finds U.S. Spending $4 Trillion on War

MAX RED LINE GETS "IT"

MaxRedline: The War Drags On

Maybe he is the "anti christ" after all

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICANS--YOU VOTED THEM IN NOW EAT DOG FOOD!

President Obama met with congressional leaders Sunday evening, but failed to break a partisan stalemate over how to raise the federal borrowing limit. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are divided on how far the parties should go in cutting the deficit over the next decade or whether tax cuts and entitlement reductions should be a part of any deal. Last week, news reports indicated President Obama is now backing significant cuts to Medicare spending and retirement benefits under Social Security in return for Republican support. Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont warned this weekend that such cuts to Social Security could put some 245,000 people into poverty. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday.
(Obviously it is much better to let Americans go hungry than cut money for killing innocent people in foreign lands)

Starting to look like all those stimulus projects were the WASTE OF MONEY that many of us knew they were

The nation’s official unemployment rate has risen to 9.2 percent after the economy created just 18,000 jobs in June. One economic analyst described the June jobs report as "horrific." Meanwhile, the official unemployment rate for African Americans remains considerably higher — at 16.2 percent. Last week, the Congressional Black Caucus publicly criticized the Obama White House for not doing enough to combat the jobs crisis among African Americans. In the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the unemployment rate for black men is now 34 percent.

Bus 15 layover driving people NUTS

June 29, 2011 Ms. Kerry Ayres-Palanuk TriMet Service Planning ...

Japan-China Train Spat Heats Up

Wall Street Journal

quo warranto

Lawsuit may slow Gold Line - DailyBulletin.com

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Portland A-Foot sends out a bizzare newsletter that I can't read!

Here's one for Erik!

Washington Park to the Oregon Zoo - Train Ride‬‏
‪PDX Zoo Train‬‏

I thought this was weird

I have been listening to dispatch calls (something I can do but visitors to this blog can't apparently, at least by me posting them)and an interesting call has come through that said:

"A lot of people are getting on with those new HC ID's and using them as passes, don't they have to pay a fare with those cards?"
"Yes they do" was the answer!

That is what I thought people have been doing, But I never know what's a pass around here and whats not!

It turns out that DISPATCH does not even know about the HC free passes either!

Korean bank workers shut down banks!

SC First to shut branches today - INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Been screwed by REED GROUP?

Not to long ago I asked for FEMLA leave and was denied.
I was 5 hours short apparently.
I said the hell with it and took care of the problem myself.
I find out today that I could have been granted leave under OFLA, the Oregon Family Leave Act, which has a lower threshold for qualification.

The UNETHICAL REED GROUP, did not bother to mention that OFLA was an option.

That is who Trimet has hired to take care of this important part of our work lives.

TAKE NOTICE, IF YOU ARE DENIED FEMLA,MAKE SURE YOU APPLY UNDER OFLA, REED GROUP WILL NOT BOTHER TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT!

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The Oregon Family Leave Act ( OFLA ) and

TRIMET flow chart and info

DID YOU KNOW?

That when Trimet requires you to get a doctors note to return back to work then TRIMET must pay for the doctors fee for getting that letter!
OAR839-009-0260(2)
ORS 659A.306

Bob R PDX

Click here!

STOP BOTHERING TRIMET!

You would think by now that it is fairly widely known, and pretty damn obvious, that my INTERNET activities and associations OFF THE JOB, are not the business or concern of my employer, nor do I ever pretend to be any sort of representative of my employer, who happens to be the Trimet Transportation District of Oregon.

Recently a law office sent some letters FOR ME over to the Trimet legal department, who then forwarded them over to me, UNOPENED.

If you have a problem with my driving, then contact Trimet customer service.

If you have a problem with my internet activity, which is always on my own time on my own equipment, then you can contact me via the email address which is listed on my profile.

It is also fairly easy to find my snail mail address using conventional methods!

This guy does some strange Trimet movies

YouTube - ‪TRIMET gang stalking‬‏

Not sure what this is

YouTube - ‪downtown Portland OR train horn trimet MAX vs civic‬‏

QUOTES

The solution to all of this as we understand it is war. We've been predicting war – serial, elite wars – for years. Well, lo and behold, the US is now somehow involved in seven or more separate conflicts. There are reasons for each of these conflicts – spurious ones to be sure. But the nice thing about the War on Terror (which we think generally is a flawed elite promotion) is that it is like a portmanteau war. You can pack it up and carry it anywhere.

The Daily Bell does an excellent job of explaining why I do not use facebook (at least very often)

We can see from this narrative how The Economist twists the analysis. We've written about this before. Social media are to be THE transformative enterprise. There's a reason of course. One need merely work with a Google or a Face Book and data mine to one's heart's content. Blogs and websites are not easily controlled. Social media is.

The Daily Bell - Wishful Thinking: Why The Economist Wants Social Media to Replace Blogs

No such thing as safety in India

UP: Murder as bus crew leaves 38 to die on tracks : Uttar Pradesh: India Today

Government pleads "deficit" all the while wasting our tax dollars like there is no tomorrow

Columbia River Crossing has spent $130 million, without lifting a shovel | OregonLive.com

Weekly readership report

Pageviews last month-11,955

Saturday, July 9, 2011

This could be Portland

Why are Wellington pedestrians so reckless? | Stuff.co.nz

Portland police still bullying the citizenry

Portland police mantra: "Because I said so" (Jack Bog's Blog)

CHECK THIS OUT----VERY FAMILIAR THEMES

Poor labour relations drag down everything positive that OC Transpo tries to do, according to a presentation given by a strategic consultant to the transit company's managers in June, with rankand-file workers distrusting both the company and their union leaders.

Call Bluemenaur and tell him to vote no on columbia free trade

503-231-2300

Driver of the month-John Robledo

http://

JUNE 8 RANT

http://vimeo.com/26192669

Land Yacht spotted at Center Street Garage













Chris Day navigating dispute with ATU 757 and his websites

TRUE Union Values?: Another Letter From My Union About My Sites

They finally open the damn thing!

And with the opening pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk again safely!

BTA Blog » Blog Archive » TriMet Opens Second Westside Bike & Ride Facility at Beaverton TC

Friday, July 8, 2011

Driver of the month- John Robledo honored at Center Street






Text from 57 driver!

day!..little retard (Katy)..the 1 they had the lil party for was waiting for bus with bike. Rack was full so she started beating her fists and head on shelter

Things looking bleak for the 58 so far

My smiling little face seems to be missing!


A million here a million there, just make sure it goes to business not employee benefits and not actual service that people need

PORTLAND - Construction of a new bridge across the Willamette River is causing headaches for the Portland Spirit cruise ship.
But now, the Spirit is getting some pain relief. For all its trouble, the company will receive about $2 million from TriMet.
That's on top of the $2 million TriMet is paying the ship's owners to lease their riverfront land during the bridge's construction.

This is interesting

Something doesn't look right with this

TODAY IS BRIAN PLAYFAIRS LAST DAY

Jason Mchuff does what Trimet is supposed to be doing....

He has organized all the Trimet service alerts to now appear on a twitter feed!

Does anyone at TriMet care?

Today, in front of my building at 4th and Hall, attempted to ride the #12 to 6th and Yamhill to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The bus stop was completely taped off.

A TriMet supervisor pulled up...sat in his car...when I made it clear that, uh, what the hell am I supposed to do?  He just sat in his luxury sport utility vehicle, glared at me (how dare he open his window and let all that air conditioned air escape!) and left.

Called 238-RIDE.  "Well, we didn't know about that...sometimes the contractors don't tell us (never mind the dozens of buses, Supervisors, and the fact this was a city of Portland project...)"  We'll let dispatch know.

As of three hours later, there is still not a Rider Alert posted, nor anything at http://www.trimet.org/, TriMet's Facebook or Twitter account.  But there is a nice Facebook post about some TriMet maintenance tech that has some interesting hobby.

REALLY???????

I ended up taking a 44 bus after a five block walk...which dropped me off two blocks further than I wanted to go...and ended up walking the entire trip back to work.  TriMet - See where it takes you today.

(I'm sure there's a good explanation from Jason McHuff how this was acceptable service to bus riders and better than any other transit agency in the world.)

Drivers sue transit district

Former Palace Transit drivers sue city, say they were illegally fired | The Daily Republic | Mitchell, South Dakota

The 10 Scariest GOP Governors: Bringing a Radical Right-Wing Agenda To a State Near You

Click Here!

Trimet tales of the bizzare

The story you are about to read is true, the names have been changed to protect the innocent:

Little Johnny(bus driver) has been called into the principles (station manager) office because he has been a really bad boy.

The principle says; "Johnny, what are we going to do with you? Your classmates (bus riders) are saying you are picking on them!"

Johnny responds, "Mr principle sir, I really don't know what you are talking about? I just don't understand, who is saying I am picking on them?"

Mr principle pulls out his sheet and says "Johnny, we have 22 bad boy reports (SIP's) on you. If you don't stop this behavior we might have to call your mother!"

Johnny cry's out, "please Mr Principle, not my mother please, what did I do wrong"?

Mr principle starts reading off dates of the bad boy reports.

"Mr Principle, I was home sick on March 22nd, April 3, April 5, went home early on May 1st....

It turns out that 19 of the bad boy reports WERE NOT EVEN about little Johnny because Johnny was not even at school those days.

Mr Principle gets all puffed up; "Well Johnny, ok then, but what about these other 3 bad boy reports on days that you were here?"


"Well Mr principle, one of those the other classmate was really mad at me and made it up, on another I called the vice principle and explained the situation and told them that I couldn't get that close to the curb, and the other one, well Mr Principle, I just don't remember anything about that!"

"Well lil Johnny, you still were a bad boy two times so we need to send you to a special ed class and deal with these behavior problems!"

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience”
Albert Camus quotes (French Novelist, Essayist and Playwright, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1913-1960)

Selling off the world to the profiteers

http://youtu.be/sU4Nvv5yqVg

Fiery words over GOP proposal to cut transportation funds

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fiery-words-over-gop-proposal-to-cut-transportation-funds/2011/07/07/gIQAm6fo2H_story.html?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Will they ever stop?

MAX tunnel to Oregon Health and Science University a possibility | OregonLive.com

TriMet’s New Transit Bridge to the Last Century

Despite the vast expense, few people will ever benefit from Milwaukie light rail. TriMet estimates that in the opening year of 2015, the line will carry an average of 13,000 weekday “boardings.” Of those, 4,500 will be former bus rides diverted to light rail. Since each rider typically makes two “boardings” per day, the number of actual new transit customers will be around 4,250. So in construction costs alone, we will spend more than $352,941 per new rider.
http://trimetgooglealerts.blogspot.com/2011/07/trimets-new-transit-bridge-to-last.html

Informed consent

Number of murders in US in 2009: 13,636
Number of murders committed by firearm: 9,146
Number of alleged murders discussed for past 3 years by t.v. “news”: 1
Number of most-talked-about accused murderers convicted of murder: 0
Number of extended profiles of any of 4,471 US troops killed in Iraq in a war fought on false pretenses, including 2 killed yesterday, on television “news”: 0

Power elite strangling ordinary Americans behind closed doors

It is already clear that the Republicans have succeeded spectacularly in their insistence that the agreement be mostly about spending cuts rather than building back the money lost from the Bush tax cuts that was the principal cause of the deficit. Mr. Obama has said there will have to be some revenue increases, but Republicans are in an antitax straightjacket and have defined the term so narrowly that cuts are likely to outweigh increases by a factor of three or four to one.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/opinion/08fri1.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Adron Hall always a fan of the private sector

The Good News In Transit, The Private Sector « Transit Sleuth

ARC FLASH

ARC FLASH from al m on Vimeo.

July 7

RANT

Hell yes, they won't even repair a bus!

In answer to the question would Trimet officials stoop so low as to trick operators into showing them their cell phone.


Can't be true? Or can it?

Drivers keep getting in trouble for not calling stops.
However many of the offending drivers are calling their stops!
The  management is not being specific about what stops are not called or giving the details of these reports.
Now I come to find out what may be happening is that drivers are pulling up to stops that service more than one route, not opening the door and calling out their route number, that is why they are getting written up.
The problem is, the management is not telling operators the exact reason why they are getting written up so the offending drivers can't take steps to solve the problem.
Hence they get written up again!

Can this be actually true?
Sorta sounds like the cell phone rumor, entrapment.
Nah, I can't believe it!

entrap [ɪnˈtræp]
vb -traps, -trapping, -trapped (tr)
1. to catch or snare in or as if in a trap
2. to lure or trick into danger, difficulty, or embarrassment
entrapper  n

Jeff describes the latest rumor

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Want a TriMet luggage tag?

Now's your big chance!

Tell us what you like best about riding MAX Red Line to PDX in an email to redlinestories@trimet.org by July 18 and you’ll receive a TriMet luggage tag! Your story may be featured on trimet.org too.

(I thought this was a joke, NOPE)

Hot rumor

Hot rumor is that management has been at various bus stops, when the bus pulls up they ask the driver, "hey, got your cell phone?" Five drivers handed the managers the cell phone from their pocket&were suspended for 5 days!

Punkrawker goes to Calgary

http://punkrawker4783.blogspot.com/2011/07/visit-few-rides-on-calgary-transit.html

Jack Bogdanski editorial on the L.O. streetcar

Lake O. streetcar: shell game in progress

Homer Williams and Dike Dame are tinkering with their plans for condo bunkers with a streetcar at the eastern end of Lake Oswego. Now they're making the streetcar line shorter, so that it will serve even fewer Oswegans, and they're talking about building fewer of their ghastly apartments. But still 120 units to a block, six stories high. And without the streetcar, of course, they say "it won't pencil out."
Good -- let's not have it "pencil out." Use your eraser, fellas.
It's ironic that they've got old Matt Brown working the deal. If we recall correctly, Brown worked for the City of Portland when the economically disastrous SoWhat District was being pushed on that city. Promptly after helping hand the Portland tax coffers over to Homer and Dike, Brown went to work for them. Any city who goes along for a ride with that type of operative will get what it deserves.

Clackamas County commissioners to consider putting Milwaukie light rail to public vote

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-city/index.ssf/2011/07/clackamas_county_commissioners_to_consider_possiblity_of_putting_milwaukie_light_rail_to_public_vote.html

Where did this go?

YouTube - TriMet's Beaverton Bike & Ride‏

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx1gbyLPLxM3 min - 2 hours ago - Uploaded by WTAOregon
Take a tour through TriMet's newest bicycle parking facility.

While Labor Unions Show Their Might In U.K., Workers' Influence Remains Slight In U.S.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/labor-might-in-uk-labor-slight-us_n_890765.html

Will urban renewal fund light rail?

Clackamas County commissioners see themselves as stuck between a rock and a light rail line on their promise to provide $25 million for MAX trains from Portland through Milwaukie to Oak Grove.
http://www.oregoncitynewsonline.com/news/story.php?story_id=130989436363937600

38 dead in bus vs train accident

The Hindu : States / Other States : 38 killed as train rams snag-hit bus in U.P.

Work till You Drop

British Strike Begins Drive to Save Public Pensions | Labor Notes

Transit thiefs

Transit workers plead not guilty to Caltrain theft

Bike-Friendly? Check the City’s Mass Transit System

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/bike-friendly-check-the-citys-mass-transit-system/?seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimes

OBAMA=JUDAS

President Obama hosts Congressional leaders at the White House today for talks on raising the national debt ceiling. According to the Washington Post, Obama is now backing a plan that would impose significant cuts to Medicare spending and retirement benefits under Social Security. A Democratic official said the White House recognizes a consensus to now tackle "entitlement reform" in part by slashing social safety-net programs because "these moments come along at most once a decade." Obama’s proposal of new public spending cuts would come in return for Republican backing of new tax hikes on corporations and wealthy households. At a Town Hall-style event with the social network site Twitter, Obama criticized Republicans for opposing tax increases in talks so far.

TAX DOLLARS WORKING FOR AMERICANS!

At least 14 civilians have been killed in a US-led NATO bombing in Afghanistan. The dead included eight children. The attack in the eastern province of Khost is believed to the deadliest by the US-led occupation force against Afghan civilians this year.

SHOW ME DA $$$$$$$$$$$$

TriMet to pay $2M to boat operator | Portland Business Journal

July 6

RANT

Jack Bogdanski under surveillance by Homeland Security

Gulp (Jack Bog's Blog)

HISTORIC MAX DOCUMENTS

DOCUMENT 1
DOCUMENT 2

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

REST IN PEACE ELLIS SIPLE

For the record

I continue to listen to dispatch communications. I share these with other people that enjoy them.
What they do with them is not in my control!
I follow the rules as they were given to me.

DOUBLE STANDARD?

It appears that Trimet management has been using bus CCTV video of operators having accidents for other Trimet employees to see.

Some of these incidents are "embarrassing" to the employee involved in the incident.

These employees did not give "express permission" to Trimet management to use their images publicly for other operators to see.

These images are not available publicly, as dispatch communications are,yet the management decides to discipline me but uses "private" images with impunity?

House GOP expected to ax transportation funds

The next flash point in the debate over the nation’s will to live within its means may emerge this week as House Republicans present a long-term transportation bill expected to cut funding for highways and mass transit by almost one third.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/house-gop-expected-to-ax-transportation-funds/2011/07/05/gHQAt9HkzH_story.html?CFID=2942&CFTOKEN=88935671

Is Los Angeles Metro throwing bus riders under the bus?

No mode of transport in this country gets more disrespect than buses. Also low in the pecking order in this country? Women, immigrants, and domestic workers.
http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-07-06-is-los-angeles-metro-throwing-bus-riders-under-the-bus

Bus driver stabbing suspect arrested

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11187/1158408-53.stm

Now here is an idea for Trimet

The latest move by the transit agency? MBTA brass is considering GPS-controlled radio ads on buses, the Boston Globe reports. It's the second time the T has tried audio ads aimed at riders. Response against the first go-round was overwhelming.
“We’re going to take a look at it. We haven’t made a decision, but it’s something I’m interested in," T General Manager Richard Davey told the paper recently.
Radio ads on the MBTA buses? Thank goodness for my car. | Boston Business Journal

How do I ride a bus at 4th and Hall?

12 and 44 stop blocked by construction.  Absolutely no Rider Alert posted at the stop.  The 12 bus ended up stopping a block and a half short (with no notice); there's no temporary bus stop sign up, nor a "Bus Stop Closed" sign at the designated stop.  Nothing on Twitter, Facebook or http://www.trimet.org/.

Whatever happened to the "culture of safety"?  Oh, that's right.  Just eliminate bus stops.  If the bus can't stop, people can't get on the bus, and they won't ride, so we won't need buses.  "See where it takes you" is taking on a new meaning...

(Waiting for Jason's know-it-all explanation as to why TriMet should unilaterally close off bus stops - WITHOUT WARNING - and deny boarding to would-be riders for no reason...)

THIS IS TRULY FUNNY

One of my rant films created when I was enraged over my being disciplined for "creating a hostile workplace" has been featured on site selling books called THE HOSTILE WORKPLACE!

July 5

Rant

For about a year starting today, NW 6th Avenue will close to auto traffic between NW Couch and NW Davis

For about a year starting today, NW 6th Avenue will close to auto traffic between NW Couch and NW Davis for building construction. The following bus lines will not serve the stop on SW 6th and Burnside but will instead serve a temporary stop on NW Broadway between Couch and Davis. The stops on NW Everett and 6th and on NW 6th and Flanders will be open. The MAX Station at NW 6th and Davis will remain open.
4-Division/Fessenden
8-Jackson Park/NE 15th
9-Powell/Broadway
17-Holgate/NW 21st
33-McLoughlin
35-Macadam/Greeley
36-South Shore
44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest
94-Sherwood/Pacific Hwy Express
Check trimet.org/a for details related to each line.

Tanker collides with South Florida bus, 25 injured

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/90053433?Tanker%20collides%20with%20South%20Florida%20bus%2C%2025%20injured

BUS 2931

Defrosters blow out HOT AIR! 
ALL THE TIME!

Fort Vancouver Tour

Fort Vancouver tour from al m on Vimeo.

Sent in

Trimet code re:seniors

Ordinance No. 316 updating TM Code Chapter 19 - January 2011 - TriMet

$$$$ Everywhere but for our health and bus service!

The work is expected to cost around $600,000 to $700,000

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dont leave home w/o it!

Streetcar named disaster, Jerusalem tram goes nowhere

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/04/us-israel-jerusalem-lightrail-idUSTRE76359420110704?CFID=2942&CFTOKEN=88935671

Escalator fail

New York Injury News- Escalator Malfunction at MBTA Back Bay Station Injured 5 - Injury News

Wasting our tax dollars

PR firm for high-speed rail project quits before being fired

Steve Fung's movie of the week

Craig Hermann systems administrator

Tiki culture comeback, how to mix it up | OregonLive.com

Vancouver (Washington) fireworks show

VANCOUVER WASHINGTON FIREWORKS-JULY 4 from al m on Vimeo.

BOJACK MAKING THE HEADLINES


Our SoWhat immigration jail flap makes headlines (Jack Bog's Blog)

Brains behind WES leaves his Portland State gig

If I had anything to do with the WES rail line between Beaverton and Wilsonville -- one of the biggest mass transit failures in history -- I would be slinking off into a dark corner somewhere and keeping my name out of the limelight. But here in Portland, nothing succeeds like failure, and so a lazy, gushy tribute for a weak track record is always available.

What happened with this?

They were supposedly "evaluating" my safety request which involved putting fans into the old buses. Nothing.....And now its getting H-O-T!
I guess safety really doesn't mean that much around here does it?

RANTINGS OF PEOPLE WHO USE PUBLIC TRANSIT IN PORTLAND OREGON: I SUBMIT MY SECOND SAFETY REQUEST

They don't talk much about the MAX Green line art

CLICK HERE FOR ART!

Portland Oregon evening skyline-july 4 2011

Portland skyline July 4 2011 from al m on Vimeo.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bikes vs Luggage on MAX

Discussion over at Reddit: Dear asshole cyclists, you are not entitled to everything within this great city just because you ride a bike.

Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say

click here!

Holiday Service


When the west side is graced with buses from Center.

Thom Hartmann

The Story of the 5 Kings Who Rule America | Truthout

HR 202 blog!

Real lives of Trimet bus drivers-volume 2
Stupid Trimet rules
Al M did a video about this interaction ...
Trimet general manager is "proud"
Trimet's greatest hits-volume 1

Papa Murphy's labor dispute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-pk2B5OHt8

The Seven-Day Itch

TriMet's frequent service network is an important element of the regional transportation system. But there's a larger network (which includes the frequent network) which offers a level of service lower than the FS network, but which is nonetheless a critical service gradient. I speak of seven-day service.

 Portland Transport Here!