Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The last conversation I had with my Chief was over a customer complaint which said basically "Driver was talking too much and not paying attention to his driving". My Chief proceeded to lecture me - a 45 year old, college educated father, ex-military member and all-around grownup - about "the need for safety while driving a bus".
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
OK another numbers game here. So from what I am reading here is what I come up with:
One Fare Inspector/Supervisor would cost about $100,000.00 a year (including benefits)
If this inspector gave two tickets an hour for an eight hour shift
A five day work week that inspector
In one year
The average income for the past 3 years:
Vice President-Assistant Business Representative
The average income for the past 3 years:
Financial Secretary-Treasurer/Recording Secretary
The average income for the past 3 years:
Woo hoo! Fare-jumper tickets on MAX.
Yes, but Tri-Met actually nets only $69 of that -- the rest goes to the state and the county. And so, to pay for the six new fare "supervisors," who probably make $100,000 a year including benefits, it would take 8,696 citations that actually get paid every year to break even. That's 24 new paid citations every day, including weekends, above what Tri-Met's already been collecting. Think that's gonna happen?
They don't have this problem on buses -- at least the ones on which the driver actually enforces the fare rules.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
I love watching our ministry of propaganda doing its spinning, it's fascinating to me. And I always give credit where credit is due. This public service agency really has perfected the art of spin, my hats off to you in the propaganda department. Todays news release starts off with (you'll never guess), the HUGE WES increases! Of course if you have 100 riders and get 50 more that is a 50% increase, hurrah for WES!
Of course the big disappointment is the bus service, alas, broken down, germ infested, late or never even showing up at all , that bus service will be the death of Trimet huh? (sic)
Why is good attendance important for our organization? On the maintenance side, strong attendance means:
• Our daily maintenance needs are met. Absences prevent work from being completed as scheduled.
• By being here and performing your job at the highest level, you serve our customers who depend on our service to get to work, home, and manage their lives. You can take pride in the work you perform daily and appreciate the impact you have on the metropolitan area. The public appreciates what you do.
• When journey workers and service workers aren’t here as expected, it puts a burden on other members of the work group to get critical needs met.
• You are missed when you are not here. Your daily contribution to the overall mission is critical to our success in maintenance.
Our “In it to win it” attendance incentive is about reminding everyone of the impact of absenteeism on our daily business. By increasing our attendance we improve our service and our workplace. Thank you for your
If you have a question or concern about this safety reminder or any safety issue, feel free to contact a Transportation Safety Committee representative at your garage:
• Center Street: Dowell Kearney, Laverne Martin
• Powell: Brian Runyan, Joyce Ray
• Merlo: Patti Pellegrin, Jan Lamascus
Safety is great unless you’re late.
James Howard Kunstler
Sunday, July 24, 2011
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,
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:
THE DAILY BELL
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.
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!
"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
Saturday, July 23, 2011
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.
The Great Evil - NYTimes.com
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
Friday, July 22, 2011
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
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
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 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 –
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.
Likewise, the government should take sterner measures against the persistent jobless. Don’t just let their unemployment benefits expire. Take their homes!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.