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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kitten rides the bus



4-month old kitten (not a service animal, hence the "pet taxi" - the cat is inside for your safety!) on my #62 home.

BTC bike&ride. 2 inside 5 outside

THE FAMOUS STEVE FUNG

I SUBMIT MY 4TH SAFETY REQUEST

So far I have been overruled in the previous 3 safety requests
Line-bus 1792-Going to end of line at-Direction of travel-West-Street & Cross Street-n/a-Bus stop-ID/location-n/a-Other Location-n/a-Time(s) of day-night-Day(s) of week-all
Please describe your safety concern
This bus has constant internal lighting which blinds me when I am in very dark conditions.
Please describe your suggested remedy/solution
Change the forward lighting from from fluorescent white to dim red.

Mom accused of punching toddler son on Boston bus

http://www.katu.com/news/national/126723018.html

Senator Merkely is one of the few that said no



Call his office and express your support: Senator Jeff Merkley: (202) 224-3753

Bruce Hansen wonders..............

Why is it when a driver see's a stop unsafe to service they send out a supervisor to look at it? The supervisor looks for a sec and declares is safe. Hmmmm who would know best ( not the driver who goes past the stop all day but someone who looks at it for only a min). And this is why we don't care!!!!

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 2

8/2/11 on Vimeo

Keith Olbermann's Debt Ceiling Special Comment

This is re-posted due to technical error:

Keith Olbermann's Debt Ceiling Special Comment: 'Our Government Has Now Given Up The Concept Of Right And Wrong' (VIDEO)

The men of the WES

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

The life and times of Thomas Truex-Bus Driver

Thomas Truex harbored a simple ambition, his relatives said: to treat the Earth kindly enough that no one would notice when he left it.
Mr. Truex's route. His body was discovered in his bus, which had been idling, unchecked, for hours at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
“He wanted to leave no footprint,” his nephew William Wendt Jr. said.
Mr. Truex nearly got his wish.

Yubi Key gets Trimet security contract

YubiKey Replaces Legacy Authentication Solution at Oregon Transit Agency -- PALO ALTO, Calif. and STOCKHOLM, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Corruption in Wilsonville

Cynthia Thompson, a contract consultant and former city employee who directs Wilsonville's transit agency, speaks during a 2010 event. Thompson's Portland-based firm has won $1.37 million in unsolicited contracts from the city since 2007.

No-bid contract stinker in Wilsonville (Jack Bog's Blog)

It's a wonderful world (no it isn't)

AT least 50 passengers were killed on Tuesday along Zaraki-Kabaa Junction, Okene-Lokoja Road, when a truck ran over them where they were lying face down in obedience to the order of some armed bandits who had earlier forced them out of the luxury bus in which they were travelling to Abuja.

STORY HERE!

Round up of fall service changes

They have added a bunch of trips, looks to me around 12 one way trips. But I know for a fact that they have eliminated trips, but they don't show that on this update. There was one trip eliminated on the 58 that is not listed as such. So I wonder how many trips were eliminated so they could increase the other trips? As usual the facts are not really the facts, no surprise of course, its the Trimet way.

TriMet: Fall Service Change 2011 Summary

Transit arbitrators stir controversy in overruling transit district incompetence

Sacked MBTA punks back on the job - BostonHerald.com

Metro in Seattle....is.....hiring?


I am a bit confused, it doesn't say "Temp", so who knows.

Apply quickly tho, the timeframes are fairly short and quick!


Forget light rail

Magnetic gliding pods that could be transit of the future being worked on in Mountain View | abc7news.com

Worried about Safety at Trimet?

Muni Is Shelling Out $32.8 Million on Collisions - San Francisco News - The Snitch

Monday Morning Layover at Rock Creek





The cana and and the other flowers look great.I wonder why the Learning Garden is allowed to be fallow this year.

The criminals in charge of our government

The 4,000 furloughed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) workers and 90,000 workers on airport construction projects stalled by the Republican shutdown of the FAA are worrying about how they will pay their bills in the coming weeks.

But the only worry House Republicans have is how they are going to spend their six-week summer vacation. House Republicans leaders adjourned the House last night until Sept. 7 without taking action on reauthorizing an FAA bill so the agency—shutdown since July 22—could reopen and construction funds move down the pipeline again.

Trimet improves its pass structure

A step in the right direction for sure!

Jeff-Al-Brian-Ken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYsncieC1r8

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

“Peace Through Strength is a Fallacy-Mark Hatfield

As America is convulsed in the ‘debt debate’ it is an appropriate time to revisit the words of Oregon’s esteemed Senator.
"Today we are vulnerable. The national defense of this Nation, has left us vulnerable, but not because we lack an arsenal. The vulnerability of this Nation today is that we rank at the bottom of the list in math and science, and that at least 20 million Americans cannot read or write. The vulnerability of our Nation is the deterioration and erosion of our infrastructure, our highways, bridges, airports, our ports. Our vulnerability today is a nonproductive economy, a non-competitive economy. Our vulnerability is the people who are without homes, nutrition, education, health care.”
Senator Mark Hatfield -August 2,1989

BTC bike&ride. 3 inside 7 outside 1 using bike repair shop. 

The Man, the Myth, the Legend-MARS BRINGAS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mGWIZQzP40

Take good care of Dave whe you run into him!

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

BEAR KEPT IN BUS

Moscow Olympics bear now caged in parked bus in St Petersburg | World news | The Guardian

Oh dear god

Desperate, sick Indonesians use railroad 'therapy'

Ignoring the red-and-white danger sign, Sri Mulyati walks slowly to the train tracks outside Indonesia's bustling capital, lies down and stretches her body across the rails. Like the nearly dozen others lined up along the track, the 50-year-old diabetes patient has all but given up on doctors and can't afford the expensive medicines they prescribe. In her mind, she has only one option left: electric therapy.

"I'll keep doing this until I'm completely cured," said Mulyati, twitching visibly as an oncoming passenger train sends an extra rush of current racing through her body. She leaps from tracks as it approaches and then, after the last carriage rattles slowly by, climbs back into position.

Its Like we were just talking about it-

The (usual and heavily protested) TriMet fare increase this time around adds something new, a 30-day pass. Its only going to be available at the ticket office Downtown for now. TriMet says if these prove to be popular, availability in TVMs is a possibility. The cost of the 30 day is the same as its monthly pass counter part.

Fares up 5¢, Adult Monthly Passes up a whopping $4, Youth Fare Pass up $1 and no longer bears "Student" to lessen confusion to College kids. 7-Day Pass up $1, 14-Day up $2, and Day Passes will now be a flat $5.

TriMet "Official" Release: http://bit.ly/pZIO9H

Get rid of that worthless paper money

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDrfLNc2kVo

WALL STREET& MILITARY TAKE OVER THE USA

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/2/after_months_of_partisan_wrangling_wall

(These assholes rolled out the shot congresswoman as a "feel good" moment, just want to puke! The democrats are scum in this charade.)

FARE EVADERS HOLDING AREA

NJ Transit bus driver found dead in idle bus was subject of video made by angry riders

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/nj_transit_bus_driver_found_de.html

Transit makes B-I-G- $$$$ for people involved with it

HART salaries - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home

A Vote for the Debt Deal is a Vote for Treason

Today the U.S. Congress will vote on a legislative package that, if passed, will mean the end of the United States. If the package worked out through the debt ceiling negotiations with the Obama administration is passed, it means that the United States is sunk overnight, and the U.S. and the world goes into a Dark Age.

Video Log

August 1, 2011 on Vimeo

Regarding this fare situation

How our congressmen voted on the debt ceiling

Democrats — Blumenauer, N; 
DeFazio, N;
Schrader, Y; 
Wu, Y.
Republicans — Walden, Y.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shame on Trimet

I think it's highly unethical that Trimet officials give no leeway to riders that do not have the correct pass on the 1st of the month! Checks don't come in till the 3rd of the month for many riders! People that have passes for years but didnt get them on time for the first have gotten ticketed!
SHAME SHAME SHAME!

Email Received: Service Alert: MAX Blue, Green and Red line delays due to switch problem

Due to switch problems at Gateway Transit Center, MAX Blue, Green and Red line trains through that area are experiencing delays. Delays are most significant for eastbound trains along I-84. Riders should consider alternative options. Check trimet.org/a for updates.

Dave says: Riders are advised to consider alternative options...yet none are given.

#trimetfail

Funny joke of the day; Jack Bogdanski has me on his "candidates for mayor" list!

Bus held together with duct tape!

Safety tip of the day

Don’t watch her behind. Keep safety in mind!

Midday bike and ride report-8 outside the facility 2 inside

People want to use this, just not deal with the bureaucracy involved with it. It would have been much smarter to just leave it open for public use and have one of the numerous BTC's  camera's aimed right at the facility.
As all government seems to do, they made it too complicated for people to bother with.

Preferring Charges against President Jonathan Hunt

Today I am making it known of my intention to “Prefer Charges” against President Jonathan Hunt for nonfeasance in office. I have created a PDF file that has all the required documentation to bring this action forward. I am in need of ten (10) signatures from members of ATU757 who are in good standing and in support of this action. Please read all the documentation and if you are in support fill out and mail the last page to me as instructed in the instructions of the that documentation. Thank you for your support. -Chris
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION 

The Route 20 passengers get boned this morning



Our good pal Jeff,had to drive this old clunker for a 5 hour shift today.What is wrong with this picture? It turns into a #4 at Gresham.No ramp,no air conditioning on a crush load paddle.As Mr.T would say,"Pity the Fool."

BUS DRIVER DEAD IN SEAT FOR FIVE HOURS!

Agencies to review bus driver's death - NorthJersey.com

UNION WINS BIG AT DC METRO

Metro board to meet to discuss wage dispute - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

TriMet adding new service...but not where anyone actually uses the bus!

http://www.trimet.org/alerts/service-change/index.htm

84–Kelso/Boring

To improve service beginning Monday, September 5, there will be additional trips added traveling to SE School & Fireman Way leaving Gresham Transit Center at 7:35 a.m. and at 5:20 p.m. There will also be additional trips added traveling to Gresham Transit Center from SE School Ave & Fireman Way at 7:49 a.m. and 5:36 p.m. Further improvements include new signs at 25 bus stops.
Because Line 84 serves a rural area, operators will continue to serve customers who flag the bus at non-posted locations. View the preview schedule

Meanwhile, TriMet is reducing service frequency on the 76/78 line (35 minute headways instead of 30 minute headways) despite the promise to add service due to WES?

No restoration of ANY service cuts.  No restoration of "Frequent Service".

This makes sense...HOW??  Adding service to a bus route that has virtually no ridership, while continuing to ignore riders passed up due to crush load conditions?

All I can say is...as a rider to an Operator, PLEASE do your part and call in your crush loads so that the data exists.  If you don't call it in, TriMet could care less if the customers themselves complain.

His Holiness (aka Trimet General Manager) talks about increasing bus service

Amerika's elite sells its serfs down the river

Paul Krugman
The Diminished President - NYTimes.com
‪'US going down next after Greece'‬‏ - YouTube
Sen. Bernie Sanders: "Despite Democratic control over the White House, despite Democratic control over the Senate, despite overwhelming opposition from the American people, a small minority of the members of the Republican-controlled House have successfully pushed an extreme right-wing agenda onto the American political landscape. It is an ideology which believes that despite the fact that the rich are getting richer, the middle class is shrinking, and poverty is increasing, all of the burden should rest on the backs of working people." 

Layover at Forest Grove



This garden property is owned by Woodfold Mfg and is managed by the Forest Grove Community School.It is a place for students and the community to learn.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Money money money EVERYWHERE at Trimet

Just not for buses or bus service. (Who's the director of transit 'equity'?)


Interesting correspondence between union members and union officials

The following are some communications between ATU 757 members and union officials:

It can pay to evade (fares)

Report: Subway Fare Evaders May Have Upper Hand - NY1.com

Transit that needs no public money

The impending departure of Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Jay Walder for the more lucrative shores of Hong Kong to lead its metro and commuter rail system has one silver lining: It has brought our attention to a top-notch metro system that not only can pay its chief a million-dollar plus salary, but which doesn't need public money at all. In fact, the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corp. actually makes money.

C-Tran

C-TRAN VOTE: How much rides on November bus service ballot measure?

Express bus service to Milwaukie area soon to be a thing of the past due to rail

Too bad that rail is such a fixation around here, people could be riding like this:

Swank new high-tech buses heading here | SILive.com

NW Portland today

Another walk down Portland's famous 23rd ave
And another walk down Portland NW 21st ave

This bus driver couldn't wait to get his fried chicken I guess

Raw Video: Bus Crashes into KFC - Bing Videos

LOOKS TO ME LIKE THIS BUS DRIVER IS FILLING OUT AN ACCIDENT REPORT

http://youtu.be/S4lSosWriKI

RUSSIAN BUS DRIVER OF THE YEAR!

Trimet wants your bid-can't figure out what it is though

TriMet: Bidding Opportunities

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

This guy did an interesting video about Portland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Fxlvd7AwM

While the earth exists in constant chaos, there is something bigger and more important

Republicans have intentionally destroyed this country

The reason that the Republicans deliberately destroyed the balanced budget and created unprecedented government debt was precisely in hopes that at some point they could use the debt as an excuse to destroy social security, medicare, and myriads of educational and health programs. They represent rich people, and the rich don’t want to be having to bear their fair share of the national burden. What better way to get out of having to pay those pesky taxes than making sure the government doesn’t do anything for anyone but the rich.
So everything unfolding in Washington was planned out in a room in 2001, and is going according to plan.

A Story More Important than Debt Limit Kabuki | Informed Comment

EMAIL FROM DRIVER

Yesterday, two thermometers in Hillsboro read at 93 degrees.Like filthy buses,hot vehicles
which sit for 20 minutes at layovers,are a health risk.As a heart attack survivor,I was very uncomfortable for the last 5 hours of my shift as were my passengers.I even saw 2 dinosaurs working the 57 line even though there were many rows of 2900's ready to go at Merlo.
(It's very sad indeed that our management allows us to suffer even though they have the means to fix the issue)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

and here they are, direct from REAL PEOPLE...TWITTER REPORTS


PortlandAfoot: Signature-gathering is allowed on TriMet because it's categorically a "free speech" activity, TriMet says bit.ly/rewHjA ·
  mikerigsby: A hot, stuffy #Trimet bus with several off work fast food workers on it. Nothing like the smell of sweat & french fry grease. :p
zfekede: #trimet has to be the worst transportation system in the world
esseAdamDavis: The trimet outfits look like police uniforms haha #pdx
eenrightsguy: @trimet trimet has made an enemy of me, & i really don't see the wisdom of it. i will keep people aware of the agency's inexcusable behavior
transit_tweets: RT @teenrightsguy: @trimet that is outrageous. i've already put you on notice via these tweets that i have concerns. i will not go out of my way further
sisterthyme: My love/hate relationship with Trimet is only matched by my love/hate relationship with rhubarb. And the Trimet iPhone ap? I just hate you.

Twitter

edwartica: Trimet keeps saying how they're so desperate for money. Meanwhile they create two brand new positions.

Bike Sharing petition

I Support Bike Sharing
(and I personally support the concept of bike sharing)

Be on the lookout for ryan614@hotmail.com

He is harassing a Trimet bus operator making false claims and complaints!

As America Continues to Tank, What Will You Do?

When we are born, we are born free. As we grow older and are shepparded through public schools and out into the work force, we begin to face the realities of a centralized society – one that continually tries to collectivize people's time under a life-long bond to the State. It is as if there are fields full of gallows with fresh nooses swaying gently in the winds of time awaiting the necks of all the fresh blood entering the workforce. The heads slip in and the serpent-like noose fastens itself – for life. And once a person succumbs to the pressure, they lose their abilty to think. For who has time to think when one's life (time) is constantly being robbed by a collectivist State?

THE DAILY BELL 

Letter from an ATU 757 member to Jon Hunt

Mr. Hunt.

It seems like we have lost another brother in "our" union. His name was Larry (forgot last), and he started a little bit after me (3yrs), he was older (50's), he stayed a mini-runner for his designation at Tri-met. He past from cancer. He'll be missed. Since you probably have not heard anything. I'll tell you that he worked while he was sick. He worked out of Powell around the last time I seen him (on a holiday run), he had lost 30lbs since I saw him before this. I didn't get a chance to talk with him at that time. He worked the 3, 10hr. shifts.

Layover at the Hillsboro Transit Center




One of the great perks on saturday is the Hillsboro Farmers Market. I came home with raspberries,blueberries and zuchinni.

Bus drivers under constant surveillance

Bus driver doing paperwork at the wheel | Ontario | News | Toronto Sun

VIDEO LOG

7/29/11

TriMet increases police presence in light of recent attacks

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/TriMet-increases-police-presence-in-light-of/8W1YwR3kSUm07w9W1F6GuQ.cspx

To the Riders of Trimet

http://www.portlandmercury.com/IAnonymousBlog/archives/2011/07/29/to-the-riders-of-trimet

Poor Local Union Leadership

Our Union has its Bylaws, Constitution and General Laws that governs how it is to operate. Section 21.7 “Disclosure of Union Business” of our Constitution and General Laws states “No officer or member of the L.U. shall furnish to any unauthorized person a list of the names and addresses of the membership. All business of the L.U. must be kept strictly private from persons outside of the Union, unless publication be authorized by the L.U., and persons giving out any information contrary to the L.U. shall, after proceeding in accordance with the provisions of Section 22, if found guilty, be fined, suspended or expelled.”

http://betrueunion.blogspot.com/2011/07/poor-local-union-leadership.html 

Friday, July 29, 2011

I love that blue!

BTC bike report-2 inside (1had just left)

BTC report-2 bikes unsecured

Elderly woman beat up at MAX stop


Portland area disabled speak to the board

Michael Levine says Trimet will make disabled "homebound" and is "wrong wrong wrong"
Portland disabled address the Trimet Board/part 1
Portland area disabled speak to the trimet board/part 2

Downtown Portland getting most of the $$$$$$ (we knew that)

“There are bad streets everywhere, but the city is spending most of its money in just one place, downtown,” says David Hampsten, a member of the Portland Bureau of Transportation Budget Advisory Committee, using the common term for the planning district that encompasses the urban core.
Street projects lose traction

Sam Adams calls it quits

http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=49278&a=358679

Jack Bogdanski commentaries

Two seniors badly injured on MAX
However they may trump up statistics, they can't deny these: a 65-year-old man with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a train on the west side, and an 84-year-woman thuggerized by a sicko on one of the MAX system's many dangerous east side platforms. Does this stuff happen on buses, and we just don't hear about it?
Read more: http://bojack.org/#ixzz1TXF8nh3J


You'll never guess what just happened with Milwaukie MAX
All together now, kids:
It's too late to turn back now!
Public process in the Portland area is such a bad joke.
Read more: http://bojack.org/#ixzz1TXFFjacg

My very own red line cup

Oh boy, no comment on this

There is no end to the amount of bureaucrats that this place is willing to hire.
(Cultural competency?)

HEAR YEA HEAR YEA!!

At the August 14 charter meeting ATU members will consider weather charges against
sister E**** F** are worthy of being further entertained.

Sometimes you just don't care

Mocking bus riders for profit

Photo Richard Layman
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/11454/arlington-credit-union-mocks-bus-riding/

Trimet's latest self mastabatory event

Trimet's latest self mastabatory event from al m on Vimeo.

Trimet congratulates itself and other bureaucrats for their brilliant vision for Portland Orygon, the whitest city in America.

Catching bus drivers in the act

Metrobus drivers caught using cell phones by different kind of camera | Kytja Weir | DC | Washington Examiner

Killing transit fare evaders

http://sfbayview.com/2011/riding-muni-is-getting-dangerous/

Trojan asteroid caught circling Earth

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/29/trojan-asteroid-caught-circling-earth-the-greeks-deny-involveme/

Public testimony Trimet board of directors-7/27/11

David Kay says changing lift will flood fixed route service
Cameron Johnson says "we can not trust you"
RA Fontes says don't degrade the bus service for streetcar
Michael Levine says "forget bureaucrats, reach out to the disabled"
Big shot doctor wants streetcar to get to his office
Anything is better than funding highways says streetcar supporter
Streetcar supporter says gas is running out

VIDEO LOG-JULY 28

http://vimeo.com/27054370

An 84-year-old woman survives an attack at a MAX stop

Max service is just so wonderful isn't it?

Pedestrian trying to catch train hit by MAX in Hillsboro

 http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Pedestrian-hit-by-MAX-train-in-Hillsboro-126360208.html

Trimet bus riders pay and pay and pay for rail

Too bad Trimet management doesn't inform our beloved public just what happens when MAX service goes down for one of its numerous reasons.
Trimet management PULLS BUSES OFF IN SERVICE ROUTES in order to take care of its beloved rail riders. This includes high density routes like the 57 and 76 at rush hour!
So what does that mean for bus riders? Long delays, overcrowded buses, missed appointments, reporting to work late, and other assorted misery's.

VOTERS? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING VOTERS!

Clackamas County commissioners reject sending Portland-Milwaukie light rail project to voters | OregonLive.com

Party on dude

Red line extravaganza:

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