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Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm sure glad Trimet has loads of $ for newspaper insert advertising but not our health insurance!

Truth in Advertising

My very own Trimet luggage tag!

Bike&ride- 9 parked outside the facility!

BTC bike&ride-1 bike

Pedestrian struck by MAX train in Hillsboro

http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2011/07/pedestrian_struck_by_max_train_in_hillsboro.html

Man uses fists for random attack on women at Gresham MAX platform

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Man-uses-fists-for-random-attack-on-women-at/W_L8hfzbUEKfJi5WdJMpLA.cspx

Checking out the new Trimet head lawyer-Jana Toran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6RBoUG_qQo

Time for my performance report

It appears another year has gone by and now its time for my performance report. I guess it looks alright?

Mass Transit Is Good For Poor People

http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/07/26/279850/mass-transit-is-good-for-poor-people/

Al-Qaeda Claims U.S. Mass Transportation Infrastructure Must Drastically Improve Before Any Terrorist Attacks

Click Here!

Erik Halstead comments on the Trimet Red Line celebration

ERIK HALSTEAD: TriMet celebrates MAX Red Line: 10 million passengers to PDX

Bus driver pleads guilty in death

Story here!

RAIL FAILS AT TRIMET TODAY

Max Train hits a pedestrian at Washington.


Car crash in Beaverton stops WES service.


Bus bridge in Hillsboro due to another pedestrian collision.

Trimet pats itself on the back

TriMet celebrates MAX Red Line: 10 million passengers to PDX | OregonLive.com

Transit executive likes porn at work

Metro chief suspended over adult content

Crumbling America

America Will Lose Thousands Of Jobs And Billions Of Dollars To Weak Infrastructure

Rail and switch review

MAX FAQS

VIDEO LOG-JULY 27

http://vimeo.com/27015179

July Trimet Board of Directors

Trimet board of directors-July 2011 from al m on Vimeo.

ANOTHER SILLY EVENT GOING ON AT THE AIRPORT RIGHT NOW

A blogger in attendance comments:
The whole thing was very masturbatory when you consider neil was in charge of capital projects for the red line, so his speech was essentially thanking himself

Light rail news: Art committee, NDA leaders debate public input, giant deer art

Full story here!

2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES DEPICTS TRIMET'S "DARK SIDE"

3 summers ago many of us "overpaid" Trimet employees suffered through a grueling heat wave. I became physically ill during that summer due to the disgraceful working conditions at this company. The company that is supposedly the "world leader" in transit. Well those of us that work here know the ugly truth about Trimet.
The only thing they are the world leader of is PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES. There is a dark underside to Trimet's shiny downtown rail bonanza facade, and it was captured in this film by Dave Stubblefield, staring me of course. The funny thing is, not a thing has changed as far as equipment is concerned in the two years since this was filmed. Culture of safety? My ass!
THE DARK SIDE OF TRIMET THAT THE WORLD DOES NOT SEE.

NEW TRIMET PODIUM SPOTTED AT AIRPORT

Our political elite selling our lives away, Americans go to sporting events

Richard Wolff: Debt Showdown is "Political Theater" Burdening Society's Most Vulnerable

Race is everything in the land of the "free"

Wealth Gap Between Minorities and White Americans Doubles After Housing Crisis, Recession

Bus Haiku #7

http://trimetdiaries.com/2011/07/bus-haiku-7/

Trimet legal department loses appeal

http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/A141388.pdf

WAKE UP AMERICA! - The Real U.S. Budget Problem: Defense & War Spending Equal 94% Of All Federal Income Tax Revenues




I thought this kind of puts things in perspective. In 2010, the US government collected $898 billion in federal income tax revenues. The same year, we spent $847 billion on useless wars and national defense. That means that 94% of all federal income tax revenue is equivalent to what we spend on the Pentagon. Who out there thinks it was money well spent?

Also, just to piss you off a little bit more - defense spending is equivalent to 443% of what we collect in total corporate taxes

George Carlin warned us!

This is going in come hell or high water

TriMet, cities sign off on agreement to begin Lake Oswego streetcar refinement work | OregonLive.com

REST IN PEACE ALAN TOWNSEND


Alan Townsend was a pal that I met on the group BUS EMERGENCY, this is the post that I made on that group.

One of the very first people that I met online and became pals with I met right
here in BUS EMERGENCY.
Those of you who have followed this group might remember that occasionally
someone would post some wise ass comments always directed at me, his name was
Alan Townsend, he lived in Seychelle Canada.
We became friends and chatted often via video chat. I even drove up to Canada
and visited with him. As time went on we chatted less and less but always kept
in touch with each other.
I got word today from his daughter that he died.
Rest in peace old pal

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Beaverton bike&ride report-1 bike

David Kay

Treating us like children

This is actually a piece of a comment made on another post but it describes pretty well how we are treated in the eyes of the management and how far the management goes sometimes to placate the public. Remember, complaints from the public are ALWAYS embellished.

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".

Cameron Johnson says "we can not trust you"

JANA TORAN (took over for Playfair)

TRINET HOME PAGE DISAPPEARS

San Antonio says 'GIVE US THE PORTLAND MODEL"

Full speed ahead for light rail, streetcars - San Antonio Express-News

TRIMET TACTICS DEBATED IN FLORIDA

Florida Train Heist: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul on SunRail | Sunshine State News

Board of Directors uses delaying tactic

Main Entry:   
delaying tactics
Part of Speech:   n pl
Definition:   an action taken to defer or postpone an event in order to avoid the outcome or gain an advantage; also written
TriMet delays decision on raising rates on LIFT service for disabled | OregonLive.com

Video log-July 26

http://vimeo.com/26972790

Closed light rail station

Gresham Central Platform back open after police closed it for stabbing investigation | OregonLive.com

MO MONEY MO MONEY MO MONEY

http://trimet.org/pdfs/meetings/board/2011-7-27/Res-11-07-51.pdf

Tom Hall gets his recertification card

Trimet bus drivers discuss recertification card

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Actual re-certification card issued by Trimet!

Don't ride your wheelchair down the stairs at Sunset TC

http://trimetblues.tumblr.com/post/8114302067/trimetblues-wheelchairs-and-stairs-dont-mix

Assorted transit pics this month

Merlo MAX stop

City of Roses @ Beaverton Transit Center

Beaverton TC Bike & Ride

Bus stop closeup & Wells Fargo tower



videoBTC bike report- 2 locked inside/3 outside

2011 TriMet bus rankings

http://portlandafoot.org/w/2011_TriMet_bus_rankings

Steve Fung's movie of the week

Operators need to do the job right

Now that Trimet management has gotten hysterical about the fares, we operators need to make sure that we have handed out the correct transfers! This is not the time to put riders through additional stress because of operator errors!

Hiring Fare Inspectors is good business

Chris Day was looking at the Jack Bogdanski post and did some calculations. What he came up with is that hiring fare inspectors is actually a money making venture.

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
TriMet =$1,104.00
Portland =$1,696.00

A five day work week that inspector
TriMet =$5,520.00
Portland =$8,480.00

In one year
TriMet =$287,040.00
Portland =$440,960.00

NO FAN OF TRIMET

Matthew House, J.D. (teenrightsguy) on Twitter

WU TO RESIGN

Rep. Wu to resign amid teen sex allegations

SEATTLE METRO NEWS

Local News | Council postpones vote on $20 car-tab fee to help Metro | Seattle Times Newspaper

Candidate for VP Bruce Peek

How much are our union executives making?

Full Time Officer Positions - These positions are voted on by the entire membership

President-Business Representative
The average income for the past 3 years:
$119,405.00

Vice President-Assistant Business Representative
The average income for the past 3 years:
$108,807.33

Financial Secretary-Treasurer/Recording Secretary
The average income for the past 3 years:
$105,227.33

VIDEO LOG-JULY 25 (updated)

http://vimeo.com/26927098

UNION FACTS.COM

http://www.unionfacts.com/lu/1158/ATU/757

20 Clever Bus-Shelter Ads to Brighten Your Travels

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/20-clever-bus-shelter-ads-brighten-your-travels-133561

Jack Bogdanski weighs in on the fare evasion action

Woo hoo! Fare-jumper tickets on MAX.

Tri-Met's acting all rough and tough on the legion of scofflaws who don't pay money to ride Portland's wonderful, turnstile-free rail network. Those tickets are $175 apiece!
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.

WES RIDERSHIP DECLINES IN JUNE!

MAY  RIDERSHIP  8200
JUNE RIDERSHIP 8100
100 trips less!

$6,250 fine AND 1 year in STATE PRISON if you go on the tracks!

Al-Tom-Jeff discuss the bike situation

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tom Hall for governor

Feerless Leader Recieves Commendation



Good job Al!

Layover-Beaverton TC

! People everywhere! Driver's room insane! 1 of the worst places for a layover!

BTC bike&ride report-

2 in storage/1 outside

TRIMET REAL STATS FOR LAST MONTH

TOP PERFORMER-BUS SERVICE AT 58,431,700 trips
RUNNER UP-MAX SERVICE AT          41,200,200 trips
DEAD LAST IS THE PUNY WES AT          370,800 trips

Dangerous offender: man jailed indefinitely for attack on bus driver

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/126130568.html

Transit authority hits end of the line!

. The KRM project fell victim to a tough economic climate where officials would not support construction of new transit systems as bus service is being cut back, said Karl Ostby, chairman of the Southeast Wisconsin RTA.
(WOW! UNREAL!)
http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2011/07/25/transit-authority-hits-end-of-the-line.html 

Creating a 'culture' of safety

Rose Quarter

Max Faqs

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA!

TriMet ridership tops 100 million mark again
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) 

You coming to work these days?

June saw a noted improvement in Operations Department attendance. The summer attendance campaign is continuing through the months of July and August.
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

Watch out Dumbasses!

The Transportation Safety Committee recently noted that frequent Operator injuries have occurred while Operators are stepping on or off the bus. Operators are reminded to please use caution when manuveuring the high step on an off the bus in the yard.
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.

Nobody Knows Anything

Here in the pitiful tweet-sphere that contains the atomized remnants of USA governance, there is no such clarity. We don't know if that's spaghetti hitting a wall or the shit hitting the fan. But due to the amazing obduracy of the parties involved, the next sound you hear may just be the wall itself tumbling down, perhaps even the famous wall with the famous street attached.
James Howard Kunstler

Football is the priority of our broken and twisted culture

Winners and losers in the NFL labor deal - ESPN Chicago

2012 ATU757 Elections

Nominations of candidates will be held on the first regular union meeting in May 2012 at 7:30pm as set forth by the Financial Secretary-Treasurer. Names of the nominated members shall be recorded at the time of nomination by the Financial Secretary-Treasurer/Recording Secretary and shall be placed on the ballot in alphabetical order. Chick here for a list of all ATU757 elected Offices.

Is safety a value here?

Safety is great unless you’re late.

Oregonian editorial board

TriMet finally taking action

Fascinating video of bullet train disaster in China

Anger in China as bodies 'fall from carriages' during train crash clean-up - Telegraph

Woman fights transit system

Winston-Salem woman fights public transportation battle | JournalNow.com

Opening up transit court proceedings

New York Civil Liberties Union fought a good fight to open Transit Authority's court to the public

The place where I learned how to drive a bus now provides 'official' transit program

UMass, Hartford bus company offer transit training - BostonHerald.com

Bus vs Rail debate

Rising cost of Purple Line reignites bus vs. rail fight | Liz Farmer | Local | Washington Examiner

Rail Fail

Passengers rescued from sweltering train stalled in Westport - Connecticut Post

Layover at Meridian Park Hospital

There is a picnic table in the shade where one can enjoy their lunch with peace and quiet.

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.