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.
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
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.
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.
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?"
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.