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Sunday, July 24, 2011

YOU TUBE CHANNEL OF INTEREST

‪Trimet22543's Channel‬‏ - YouTube

GREECE-TEST CASE FOR AMERICAN AUSTERITY BALONEY

The crisis in Greece must be seen in a global context for another reason. People in Canada, the United States, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Britain, and many other countries are being given the same message: your well-being must be sacrificed in the name of "austerity."
There is increasing resistance around the world to this latest form of class warfare.
In reality, however, transnational economic elites want an ever greater share of wealth, even if it means that poverty and inequality are increasing for the majority.
In 1940, when Mussolini demanded that Greece surrender or face invasion, the Greek response was a single word: "No" ("Oxi"). When Mussolini's troops attacked, the Greeks inflicted the first military defeat ever on the Axis powers.

Another vehicle in the Merlo boneyard





This was one heck of a collision to trigger two airbags.

Dead Souls

While riding the subway through the Boston rush hour, I have been able to observe just how well these personal electronic mental life support units work in shielding people from the sight of their fellow-passengers, who are becoming a rougher and rougher-looking crew, with more and more people in obvious distress. By focusing all of their attentions on the tiny screen, they are also spared the sight of our well-worn and crumbling urban infrastructure.
http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2011/07/dead-souls.html 

Wikepedia

Sunset Transit Center - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

TWITTERS-rapidly becoming one of my favorite Trimet posts

JacoBrucker: RT @nataweejones: if you can't afford a car, you can't afford kids. so many screaming babies on Trimet right now. #notokay

ea12l: I'm so glad @trimet is actually checking fares now- even on the street cars! Maybe this way there wouldn't be yearly fare hikes.

maxfaqs: MT @SauntChris God damn I love the @trimet tunnel when on a westbound MAX you burst forth into the sunlight.

bryanstearns: Wow, the 14 Hawthorne smells like sunscreen. Nice change,

The response to Max's comment

Catenary power

Expectations of every Trimet operator-SOP B101

This procedure outlines the primary duties, responsibilities, and expectations of every operator. More detailed information on how to complete specific duties and tasks may be found in other standard operating procedures.
If you have a problem or concern regarding work expectations, TriMet encourages you to talk with your supervisor or to use any of the following avenues to find a solution:

More on the economics of transit use vs driving

Portland Transport

ATU 757 CANDIDATE BRUCE HANSEN-1994

WISHY WASHY MANAGEMENT

I have been speaking to numerous operators all of whom get confused about stopping the bus after the bus has left a stop. It really is a safety hazard to make these stops but many of us "feel badly" about leaving people behind so we stop.

Trimet management could rectify all this mess by declaring publicly a firm policy on this problem:

Trimet management has directed its operators to not pull over for passengers once the bus has departed! All complaints regarding this issue should be addressed to customer service and not the operators.

Not hearing much from this guy, who was the guy that designed the original safety program

Wars OF terror, not war on terror

These so-called "wars" (so-called because they are not constitutional) are not "wars ON terror", but "wars OF terror", of which not all the victims are among these foreign tribes. The American people are victims, too. The Middle Eastern tribes do not hate Americans' freedoms, with which they have had no experience whatsoever; rather, they hate America's leadership class, which is bombing, shooting, and otherwise trying to kill them on a daily basis. And if Americans want to preserve their freedoms, they should begin to look closely at this situation through those tribesmen's eyes.

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

Switzerland takes over #3 spot!

Power Elite, the Police State and Opposing the Authoritarian Trend

I am not aware of any evidence that Hitler, Stalin, or Mao ever shot some political enemy in the back of the head; but hundreds of thousands of supposed "enemies" were shot by their lackeys. "Great men" of that stamp are apparently "great" because they can convince large numbers of "little men" to behave in the most bestial ways towards even larger numbers of their completely innocent and harmless fellow men. The questions that need answers, then, are: Why do the "lesser men" follow the Hitlers, Stalins, and Maos into the labyrinth of evil? And why do the masses allow themselves to be herded, and even slaughtered, by these thugs as so many sheep?
THE DAILY BELL

German unions call for healthy lunchtime siestas

The DGB confederation of trade unions argues that a short, lunchtime power nap makes sense for health and performance reasons. "Even though the siesta is something that isn't a given anymore in the southern European countries, it is still a good idea for health reasons," said Annelie Buntenbach, a DGB executive board member. "A short afternoon nap reduces the risk of, for example, a heart attack, and provides an energy boost," she told Tageszeitung in an interview.
Studies bear this out. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School in Greece found that Greek workers who took regular siestas had 37% lower mortality rates from coronary illnesses than their napless counterparts.
The idea has caught on in Germany, where big German companies such as BASF, Opel, Hornsbach and Lufthansa provide special rooms for their workers, and employers say they benefit from the increased productivity of well-rested employees.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/17/german-unions-lunchtime-siestas-naps 

Details released for SEIU tentative contract agreement with Oregon

“Over the course of the two-year contract, people will not go backward,” SEIU Executive Director Heather Conroy said. “In fact, they’ll go forward.”
Under the tentative agreement, SEIU-represented workers would begin paying 5 percent of the cost of their health insurance premiums in 2012, the same as workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 75.
But SEIU negotiated a richer health care subsidy to help lower-paid workers cover the cost of their premium share.
The state will provide SEIU-represented workers a monthly $40 subsidy for people making less than $2,816 a month, SEIU spokesman Ed Hershey said.
Full story here! 

Amtrack goes down on the east coast

Amtrak Service Between New York And Boston Suspended Until Saturday - NY1.com

One-day strike snarls Italian transit

Europeans know how to hold a protest.

Corvallis Loop Bus

City hopes to raise money for loop bus

Gang rail 7-16-11

Crazy world of Stealthwaveraptor

Gresham seeks your input on transportation goals, policies

http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2011/07/gresham_seeks_your_input_on_tr.html

Seattle

Local News | In tunnel vote, 'no' may not mean 'no' | Seattle Times Newspaper

Scores Of Metro Bus Riders Urge King County Council To Save Current Service

Light rail around the country

But HRT and other transit officials that operate light rail say there's little that can be done to control how people act around the trains. A 2009 Federal Transit Administration report shows that more than 90 percent of fatalities and injuries in light-rail collisions over the previous five years were caused by "public behavior."
"There's a wide range of bad habits out there, egregious bad habits," Price observed after a few weeks of test runs through downtown. "Something happens pretty much every day."
Norfolk light rail's start-up could start up rash of accidents | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Non medical financial and operating report

http://216.25.208.100/pdfs/meetings/tctag/2011/jul21-11/Non-Medical-FO-Memo-2011-03.pdf

A Marc Maron WTF moment

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tri-Met touts benefits of flesh-eating bacteria on buses

lister.serendipityThumb Tri Met touts benefits of flesh eating bacteria on busesby Dave Lister 

You have to question the motives of the city of Portland, Multnomah County, Metro and TriMet when they seem to spend as much effort fueling their public relations machinery to promote their agendas and convince us they are doing a great job as they do in doing their jobs in the first place.
It’s a constant barrage of direct mail, emails and PR-flack radio interviews exhorting us to drive less and save more, or walk and bike the neighborhood, or jump on transit. Even during the wettest spring and early summer in recent memory, with the Columbia River dams’ spillways opened to maximum capacity, the radio jingles urging us to conserve water are already in full swing. And every dime spent to persuade us to behave one way or another is a dime not being spent on the services we require.

SAFETY IS A VALUE

BTC Bike & Ride weekend edition: 0 in, 0 out

Chris Day

Racism propels republican gains

A report released Friday by the Pew Research Center found that the Republican Party has made tremendous gains in party affiliation among whites since President Obama took office. This would be understandable if the largest gains were among the wealthy, but they weren’t. They were among the poor, the young and less educated — many of the same people who would be adversely affected by G.O.P. policies. (Blacks held relatively steady, and Hispanics fell.)
The Great Evil - NYTimes.com

WANNA READ THE ADMINISTRATIVE RULES FOR TICKETS/EXCLUSIONS?

Got em right HERE!

WANNA READ EXCUSION JUDGEMENTS?

RIGHT HERE!

WANNA HEAR TRIMET EXCLUSION HEARINGS?

You can hear them HERE!
And HERE!

Listen to supervisors/inspectors and defendants plead their cases!

HOW TO FIGHT TRIMET EXCLUSION/FINE CITATIONS

TriMet Hearing FAQ's

VIDEO LOG 7/22/11

http://vimeo.com/26795601

Portland bans plastic bags

http://vimeo.com/26785579
Mayor Adams on Single-Use Plastic Bags

NORWAY

"We should not let fear paralyse our ability to think clearly and wisely," wrote Harald Stanghelle, political editor of the daily Aftenbladet. "There is much that we should not allow to be sacrificed on the altar of fear."
Lars Helle, editor of the daily Dagbladet, said "we must avoid being preoccupied by fear, like the US was after 11 September 2001. Rather, we must look to Spain and England and how the people of those nations recovered their freedom after the horrible terrorist acts of 2004 and 2005".

BBC News - Norway police say 85 killed in island youth camp attack

The boys are back in town




The huge empty lot at 11th and Belmont is again being weeded by a herd of goats this summer.

Friday, July 22, 2011

BTC BIKE&RIDE REPORT

video

Trimet about to kick you off your property

‪Daniel Speaks to Businesses - Eminent Domain‬‏ - YouTube

Facebooks

Diane Hallbach Azhdari:  wow see positive attitude gets a free ride on trimet! The driver gave me a free day pass!! Ahhhh!!! Nice!!!

Tony Cooper:  Dear Tri-Met, Find a fire. Jump into it. Stay there. Thanks. 

Karl Kondracki:  FUCK trimet

Stacy Burke:  anyone have a cheap car i can buy???had to give mine back and o i am not friends with tri-met< 

Marcus Moore:  I totally almost got caught twice today using the max at the edge of fairless square without a ticket. I have done this probably 500 ... 

Ben Puckett:  fuck tri-met

Shannon Halda-Wipf:  Oh good. Maybe they will raise rates AGAIN for this new crack-down. 

Britten Jenkins:  I HATE trimet missed my meeting over this slow asss bus driver.

Shawn Aldridge:  I like when TriMet changes bus schedule but doesn't tell anyone 

WHY I REFUSE TO ENFORCE TRANSFERS

FROM A FACEBOOK POST: Lauren de la Garza:  omg i cant believe this..the trimet guy gave me the wrong transfer..now i have to use another ticket instead of using the .

Too many drivers make errors when handing out transfers and I refuse to penalize our riders because our pinhead bosses won't update our fare collection methods!

Interesting tweets

@jonesrich: @trimet once again the MAX overlook park to city center ticket machine is out of service. And youre increasing fare inspection. #entrapment

Rayvhen: Dear Trimet, you suck. thank you. #trime

chavaboyett: Aaahhh...the smell of gin & juice wafting from somebody's paper sack in the morning on

skylark64: Wow. @trimet's detours suck. Every time I check @pdxbus the arrival time is later. Coulda spent this time with my kids

marissawelch: i was just sniffed by a police dog at the albina/mississippi stop again! she looked like my old dog ginger. #yellowline

alanpdx: Crap! Possible medical emergency on the Max train. The one day I was running ahead of schedule. #TryMet #trimet

Trimet didn't show up this morning, leaving me fat and unhappy and missing my gym date. Prom night flashbacks! ACK!

JDThyme: Dear #trimet passenger: 1) you smell of rancid fish, and 2) he's sitting next to you, volume control is sexy. ·

SydRaeMel: Trimet stay hittin cars. Lol

ButchGeek: Omg.. 34 second graders climbing on this #trimet #9 like a chatty pirate hoard. Its been 6 minutes and they're still boarding us.

mikerigsby: Wow. #Trimet buses are like a rubber raft paddling through the shallow end of the gene pool.

mikerigsby: It's a miracle! My #Trimet 56 driver has been on time 2 days in a row.

JustinHanes: Trimet fare nazis are checkin your papers around gateway. #BustinCheapskates #PDX

  

Trimet comment form

http://trimet.org/mailforms/comments_general

Instagram

http://instagr.am/p/IP7yG/

Electricity problem stalls @trimet #max riders at Hollywood station

http://www.twitvid.com/VEYH8

Portland A-Foot starts podcast

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/07/introducing-our-new-monthly-podcast-2/

How to lose a kid in 10 seconds-instant replay

MAX FAQS

Appeal of Christopher Michael Schofield

Hearings Office

STUFF


Republicans getting outed for who they really are

Although the debate over the debt ceiling is far from over, a new CBS News poll shows that no one is winning -- but one side is certainly losing: congressional Republicans.
According to the survey, a whopping 71% disapprove of their handling of the debt-ceiling negotiations, versus 58% who say that about congressional Democrats and 48% who say that about President Obama.

THE BULLSHIT WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH

PORTLAND, Ore. - A mother and her 6-year- old son get separated by a closing door at a MAX light rail stop last weekend, the latest in a series of incidents in which children were separated from parents at transit stations.
The incident took place Sunday in downtown Portland when the young boy dashed onto the train and the doors closed behind him while his mother struggled to get a stroller on the train.
The incident was caught on video and shows the child darting onto the train just as the doors are closing, leaving his mother behind. The train then leaves the platform.
Family members of Donna Negron reportedly yelled at the driver to stop the train, but it kept going with her son Noah on board. Donna tried pushing the door buttons but got no response.
Her brother – who happens to work for TriMet –

OBAMA--YOU ARE A DAS SWINE HUND

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH2KjFv0xko

ENTITLEMENT? WHERE?

Random Paycheck
How is something an "entitlement" if I am paying for it? Hell no it's not an entitlement. These people are planning on stealing things we paid for!

THAT NUT OVER THERE WHO'S BLOG IS ABOUT ME (and others she is obssessed with)

That crazy woman  continues pretending she is a "victim" and continues making up stories about me and others, so it's time to bring back to public attention our history together.

MY HISTORY WITH ELLEN FOX HERE! 

Point of information, I have had nothing to do with this woman since the dispute in question. She continues her sick obsession with me however.

THE BANKS AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THEM ARE PLANNING TO STARVE US

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/22/pushing_crisis_gop_cries_wolf_on

THE PERVERTED OBSCENE WORLD WE LIVE IN

Famine was declared in two regions of Somalia on Wednesday where 3.7 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Another eight million people need food assistance in neighboring countries including Kenya and Ethiopia. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the situation a "catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought" and has appealed for immediate aid.

BOMB GOES OFF IN OSLO


Story Here!

TRIMET ROLLS OUT BRAND NEW ACRYLIC PODIUM

Fall schedule signup week

CORRUPTION

XXXX XXXX was charging Trimet for hours worked and thy caught him AGAIN and didn't fire him but a driver who time slipped a total of 16 minutes for work not done and is up for firing.why is XXX treated so different then others and this is his 2nd time being caught? Um wonder what his XXXXX is charging union that's not union business or related to union but keeping for himself.makes you wonder.

Analysis of trimet.org

http://statsie.com/trimet.org

Mother Too Busy Fighting A Stranger To Notice Her Child Rolled Out Of Subway Car

http://jezebel.com/5823655/

Urgent: Make a call to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

CONGRESSIONAL SWITCHBOARD-866-251-404

Bonuses for Billionaires

 Republicans won’t extend unemployment benefits, even in the worst downturn in 70 years, because that makes people lazy about finding jobs. They’re right: We should be creating incentives for Americans to rise up the food chain by sending hefty checks to every new billionaire. This could be paid for with a tax surcharge on regular working folks. It’s the least we can do.
Likewise, the government should take sterner measures against the persistent jobless. Don’t just let their unemployment benefits expire. Take their homes! 
Story Here! 

Great Bus Stop @ 14th/Morrison westbound




This is a good example of a good stop-reading material,a sitting area and shelter from the storm.
And yes,I enjoyed my visit to Nostrana Restaurant.

SAFETY IS A VALUE

VIDEO LOG-"JULY" 21

http://vimeo.com/26755151

Not this again.....unbelievable

Boy separated from family on downtown MAX - FOX 12 - KPTV
VIDEO: Boy separated from family on downtown MAX train - Koinlocal6.com

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Giant deer art starts debate about what is appropriate for Park Avenue light-rail station

The debate over public art was set off when the Milwaukie neighborhood district association leaders, with one exception, sent a letter last month to the Public Art Advisory Committee, saying they are unhappy with the deer concept and how they could have more influence in finalizing the design.

"If $1 million of our taxes go toward paying for this art, I don't want to pay for it," said Linda Hedges of the Hector Campbell neighborhood at the meeting.

Oregonlive

Anybody know what was going on at Ruby?

Tea Baggers Cuckoos Nest




 
Bike&ride report-2 inside the gate 2 outside the gate!

Latest Portland urban rail expansion project delayed, city to get one less streetcar

KATU

Interesting tweets

  WalkOfLife503: Homeless man with four inch blade scratching his scratchets #trimet #maxlife

SKETCH! · 6  ginarau: Completely stressful @trimet train ride this am thanks to girl w/large pitbull sniffing around & she clearly has no control.

@rhickok: @trimet driver just left stop, early as always, while a senior with a broken foot tried yelling at her to stop ·

@robinbalmer: And again, all pioneer square ticket machines are down. 90, 91, and 92. Get your act together

neekaneeks: And today my air is smoke free at the #parkrose stop. HUZZAH @trimet

ReposingRogue: Hey, @Trimet, instead of 45 minutes behind schedule, why not shoot for an entire hour next time? #fai

carlyw66: I hate the MAX @trimet... there are too many sketchy people on after dark!! I want to tape this drunk/high punk's mouth shut! >:

JBspeaksup: Hilarious to watch the people on the mac transform between Hillsboro and Skidmore. #trimet = #portlandia at its finest 

nootelluh: Like! RT @PortlandAfoot Breaking! TriMet spends 25 yrs & $3B building elaborate infrastructure to transport you to our party tomorrow

  yuetsu: oh miz trimet bus driver, please do not “mosey.” got places t'be, bay-bee!
·
transit_tweets: RT @piggyflowers: @trimet Thanks! NY subway so quiet compared to Max because riders have to pay

gtotheibson: Well that was a trimet-fueled fail of epic proportions


WalkOfLife503: Rt @jonesrich Hope the new fare inspectors spread a little love to NW street car and don't just hammer NoPo and Gresham.

kimberlytnguyen: Never using the 82nd max stop after 6pm again. #Trimet #PDX

revrendoni: RT @WalkOfLife503: The reason I got a fat fine. See you in court #trimet t.co/VsGqVsA


sarahesterman: And then the bus driver said he'd have gone to prison if he'd had kids. And I live tweeted it... #awkward #trimet

morepoole: RT @VictoriaTaft: Thankyou @SchackMasterMike for handing out toilet seat covers to TriMet riders today for the Victoria Taft Show @CootiesOnMax #5vtshow


RT @GreyDuck: @trimet Highly appreciated. Got the stink-eye from a bus driver because they could barely read the stamp on my ticket/transfer.

nerdword: Oh also fuck trimet
 

Pink Slips For "Planners"?

http://maxredline.typepad.com/maxredline/2011/07/pink-slips-for-planners.html

Unaccompanied Minors in Transit

http://www.urbanmamas.com/urbanmamas/2011/07/unaccompanied-minors-in-transit.html

TriMet fare inspectors

P(DX)eeves and Cheers:

Notice of Hearing, Case #3110299

Hearings Office

Are We Living In A Nazi State?

Are Portland Police ever going to stop their persecution of young black males in this supposedly avant-garde city of ours? Sure he may have been taking a small portion of business away from TriMet's Max train profits, but Zach was only trying to earn a living. I'm sure you're going to ask what exactly was Zach doing to provoke an arrest for Interfering With Public Transportation and there is a perfectly reasonable answer for that. 

OBAMA MAY BE A SELL OUT BUT HE DIDN'T CREATE THE MESS

For eight years, Bush spent like a drunk monkey. The world was the GOP's Bergdorf and they had our credit card. If there was a shiny, new war on the shelf, they just had to have it: Iraq, Afghanistan, and let's not forget the Fantasy Wars, the half a trillion dollars a year on fancy-ass weapons for a war that won't happen. (Example: the Virginia Class submarine. (The V-class was designed to attack Soviet subs. There are no more Soviet subs, but Bush ordered three dozen anyway - at $1.8 billion each.)
Altogether, George W. Bush blew up the national debt by over $3 TRILLION - then left the bills to Barack Obama.
EXCLUSIVE: The Deficit Is Not Default of Obama | Truthout

Video log-July 20

http://vimeo.com/26710216

Crazy directives

One of the operators was having a problem with his front doors.
He was instructed by dispatch to use only the back door and remain in service. (incredible huh?)
The operator hung up on the dispatcher.
The dispatcher finally decided that using the back doors to board and deboard passengers probably not a good idea so he sent a mechanic instead.
(It was the same dispatcher I had a problem with)

They are "looking" into the modern age of fare collection

Why doesn’t TriMet move to an electronic fare system like many other cities have?
Wouldn’t that cut down on fare evasion and on operator-customer conflicts?

There are many benefits—and costs—to electronic fare systems. We gathering information and
looking carefully at all our options.

(unbelievable that they have such a problem getting on board the era of technology for fares, even though Trimet is supposed to be a technological leader in the transit industry)

TIGHT AS A DRUM MY ASS

Why is the change happening now?
There are several reasons:
• Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) performance has improved. TriMet has increased the
number of technicians dedicated to maintaining TVMs on the MAX platforms. TVMs now
perform at approximately 93 percent uptime. While checking fares, fare enforcers have
access to real-time TVM performance data to verify if a machine is out of service through a
call to the Operations Command Center (OCC).
• Although TriMet’s finances are still “tight as a drum,” there was enough “breathing room” in
the FY12 budget to avoid service cuts and make a few key investments, including bus
operator recertification, bus replacement, some service restoration—and the six new
supervisor positions.

Ohio voters to decide on anti union measures!

http://www.kptv.com/story/15123211/repeal-question-on-ohios-union-law-makes-ballot

Streetcar news from Portland Transport

Eastside Streetcar delays and Buy America requirements
Oregonian Discovers Change in Streetcar Schedule

Layover on the #15 Thurman













I have found a great location to eat my food in peace and quiet.

SAFETY IS A CORE VALUE

Locations of collisions from Janaury to June 2011




What does a fare inspector do anyway

SOP 312 Effective 11/18/2002
Purpose:
TriMet goals are customer education and service, increased ridership, and the efficient collection of revenue in an equitable and effective manner.  The Field Operations Inspectors’ Mission Statement reflects agency goals:
Our mission is to provide our customers with excellent service and support with particular focus on customer assistance, education, TriMet Code enforcement and security.  Our commitment is to value all members of the community and to treat them in a fair and equitable manner through interactions that are positive, professional and respectful.

Speaking of fare evasion

43% of subway fare-beaters are kids, report finds, costing the MTA millions

For years, TransLink officials made the ridiculous claim that the loss of revenue from using the honour system for fare payments was so little it didn't justify the high cost of gates.
Almost no one agreed, particularly since nearly every other transit system in the world has used faregates for decades.

When design kills: The criminalization of walking

Bad design kills people.
That's right. It's not a matter of aesthetics, or of politics, or of opinion. It's a plain fact: When you design streets solely for cars, people die as a result. The underlying conditions that are responsible for those deaths are rarely or never challenged. The victims often get blamed for their own injuries or deaths.

http://www.grist.org/infrastructure/2011-07-20-when-design-kills-the-criminalization-of-walking 

Bus drivers battle each other

A Napier Go Bus driver who was prosecuted and dismissed from his job after punching more than tickets, has failed in his bid to get his job back.
Ralph John Dickinson, 46, was found guilty of assault after a back-seat brawl with colleague Gary Esau while they were travelling to work in 2009, and subsequently dismissed from his job with the bus company.
http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/local/news/punch-throwing-driver-justifiably-sacked-era/3960190/ 

Foothills, streetcar challenged

One or two West Linn residents looked completely lost as if they were a 2017 TriMet feeder bus line driver searching for a bus-to-streetcar transit platform stuck in traffic on State Street. 

http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=131119901415163400 

CRC boondoggle

Columbia River Crossing funding has half-billion-dollar hole: Oregon treasurer report | OregonLive.com

Bikes on Trimet

TriMet is spending $1.4 million to build new bike-and-ride facilities. That's an awful lot of money to spend on facilities that aren't going to be used any more than the one at Sunset Transit Center -- which averages just 1.2 bicycles a day. Cyclists want to have their bikes with them when they reach their destination.
A simpler, less costly solution to bikes on MAX would be to install more bike hooks on the trains. On a recent trip downtown, I counted 11 bikes in one train car. There are only four hooks in each car, and only in the newer trains. Cyclists had to place their bikes in aisles and doorways, which created great inconvenience for the other passengers.
How much would adding four more hooks per car cost? Certainly not $1.4 million.

TOM WIRCH
Northeast Portland

C-TRAN gets Automated bus-tracking

New C-Tran service revs up quickly | The Columbian

Public sector public relations: Money going to propaganda instead of services

Of all the paid mouthpieces getting a public sector paycheck, the award for excellence has to go to TriMet's communications director, Mary Fetsch.

Court of Appeals of Oregon.

TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF OREGON v. POSH VENTURES, LLC. - Argued and submitted on December 2, 2010.

TriMet: No warnings, just $175 tickets for those that don't

http://youtu.be/WF6m_SGhSzo

Let's Replace the Dinosaurs at Merlo with this Model





I could see Al M tooling down the road doing his #58 in style.

They love Portland (in other places)

Portland: weird but wonderful

Jeff "doesn't care"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChP0pfl3qtI

Candidate for VP Bruce Peek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoWaFsWJ8HE

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#70 northbound from Center



Two passengers who adopted two kitties yesterday from the Humane Society.

Great Bumper Sticker on Morrison/14th



We should attach this one on the entire fleet.

Bike&ride report-4 outside

Daily bike&ride report-3 locked inside

Jeff Ackerson wants to know

With the push to enforce the fares are Trimet managers going to continue the practice of using
Fare disputes as SIP's that get added to an operators file? Or will Trimet managers stand by operators who attempt to enforce fares? It's been a lose/lose proposition for operators up to now!

SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY AND MORE SAFETY

Question: How does a train know where to go?

MAX FAQS

Bus(ting) drivers strike over toilet breaks

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/busting-drivers-strike-over-toilet-breaks-20110719-1hmyi.html?from=brisbanetimes_sb

TriMet begins stricter fare enforcement in Portland with promises, tickets

McFarlane said the improving economy helped when it came time to scratch up the funding. “We see payroll taxes performing a little more than 4 percent better this year,” he said.
http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/07/trimet_begins_stricter_fare_en.html 

Official TRIMET news release on the fare crackdown

TriMet: Cracking Down on Fare Evasion
TriMet: News Release - TriMet shifts to enforcement over education when checking fares

Trouble at Streetcar

Portland's $148.3 million eastside streetcar project delayed five months, includes five streetcars instead of six | OregonLive.com

More proof the recession is over at TRIMET

They have already planned to dig a tunnel under pill hill, now there is THIS!

Jeff gets hit in the head with a garbage can by "a cop"

School bus drivers strike looms in Gresham

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/School-bus-drivers-strike-looms-in-Gresham/ohxfIH0WYEq6_vcMyZZ3tA.cspx

No recession around here.....

Johnell Bell as our new Director of Diversity and Transit Equity and Martin Gonzalez’s promotion to Manager of Multicultural Programs.
Jana Toran has been selected and has agreed to serve as TriMet's new General Counsel.

MR SAFETY AND MS GORGEOUS TALK TO THE MEDIA


If you mess up, ‘fess up

Mr Safety

Somebody stole my safety!

VLOG ENTRY JULY 19


  " Quench the thirst – safety first"

Al's Christmas wish



Dear Santa: Please bring Al M this bus for the Holidays.

New Flyer Buses on eastside low passenger load routes



Why can't some of this equipment be allocated to the westside where it is needed?
Where is Rockation by the way?

Beaverton TC – The Song (by Dr. Something)

http://trimetdiaries.com/2011/07/beaverton-tc-the-song-by-dr-something/

Jack Bogdanski ridicules Trimet's latest promotion

How Tri-Met does things
You can't make this stuff up. Portland's transit agency is the laughingstock of the fare-dodging public, and it's needed many, many more fare inspectors for years now. So what does it do? Hire six new supervisors. Gee, Neil, how many actual fare inspectors could you get for the cost of six supervisors? Nine?
Posted at 6:10 PM
http://bojack.org/2011/07/how_trimet_does_things.html

Seaside news

Residents react to threat of bus cuts - Cannon Beach Gazette: News

How Portland Keeps Homeless From Bus Stops

http://www.kitv.com/news/28603426/detail.html

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

52 driver hit in the head by garbage can thrown by irate passenger!

2 bikes inside fence 4 bikes outside the fence

Safety first!

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A Humble Suggestion to Improve Beaverton Transit Center

By a different way, Trimet means the way they prefer. Just last month, Maus summarized results from a large study in Los Angeles that concluded,
Survey respondents overwhelmingly said that being allowed to take their bike on the train influenced their decision to travel by bike and rail. Of the 477 people who responded to the question, 65 percent chose “allowed to take bike on train” as a factor that influenced their decision. (my emphasis)


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No summer for us, scorching heat across the USA

Authorities are warning the heat wave currently gripping states in the Midwest could prove deadly. The heat index in parts of Minnesota reached 123 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday. The National Weather Service has called the rising temperatures and humidity in the Midwest “the most significant heat-wave the region has experienced in at least the last five years." So far this month, more than 1,000 high-temperature records have been broken across the country.

Portland A-Foot looks into the fare evasion issue

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Mr 'Safety' (aka Neil Macfarlane) expected to make big announcement

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Is Bruce Hansen The Right Choice?

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Punkrawker needs to work at TRIMET

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Your blogger buddies are encouraging fellow blogger Chad Solomon to apply as a Mini Runner at the #1 Transit agency in the wide wide world, TRIMET!

CHRIS DAY DISCUSSES THE RECERTIFICATION CLASS

This post is rated *** on the safety scale.

NASTY NEIL-this post is rated ***** on the SAFETY SCALE

Safety is my life!

Good luck trying to find a job in Portland

Oregon June jobs report shows the state remains in recession's grip | OregonLive.com

BIKE AND RIDE BONANZA

Trimet has spent $1.4 million tax dollars to create these bike and rides. That turns out to be $3627 per bike space!

CHRIS DAY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR ATU 757 PRESIDENT

The newest dirt on TriMet

The results found an alarming amount of bacteria present on all plates, yet TriMet is cutting its cleaning staff. Shouldn't companies be held accountable for keeping their facilities clean? Many complain over a dirty table or restroom at a restaurant, and those who find the environment unsuitable may choose to go to a different eating establishment.
But, as far as public transportation goes, there is no other choice for Portlanders. Herein lies the issue—TriMet has recently reduced the amount of cleaning employees—thereby reducing the frequency the buses are thoroughly cleaned. The result is that buses are hotbeds for germs and viruses.
Germs on wheels - Vanguard - Portland State University

Waiting for my #15 bus

VLOG ENTRY 7/18/11

http://vimeo.com/26615332

WOOPS

http://www.nbcdfw.com/traffic/transit/Accident-Leaves-DART-Bus-Inside-Building-125683458.html?CFID=2942&CFTOKEN=88935671