Friday, August 12, 2011

Bike Count at GTC 3pm friday

Backlash at Sunset Transit Center

Operator on 12 or 94 w/family on dozed off and hit vehicle

I wonder how much overtime that operator has been working?

Verizon claims sabotage, calls cops on strikers

Postal workers next on the hit list

Labor Fight Goes Postal as Unions Rip USPS Cost-Cutting Plan to Slash Jobs, Revamp Benefits -

Jack Bogdanski commentaries

Half a loaf

It appears that the tighty-righties are giving up on stopping the new car-free bridge across the Willamette. But they're still fighting tooth-and-nail the plan to run an expensive, frivolous light rail train across it and down to the sleepy, small suburb of Milwaukie.
How about this deal, they ask: build the bridge, but just connect the Portland streetcar loop to it? Forget the crazy MAX train to Milwaukie -- run more express buses down there instead. Interesting idea. Probably makes too much sense for Portlandia.

The BEST Twitters

cedr: RT @urbanvole: Portland first: my bus driver missed a passenger so he circled the block to go back and pick her up... #nice #trimet · Reply · RT

ORcot_Dude: RT @CascadePolicy: $205 million per mile for Milwaukie light rail was “indefensible” and should be terminated #transit @TriMet #pdx · Reply · RT

transit_tweets: RT @mrkon: @trimet the accuracy of your time boards downtown have gotten worse. Bus hasn't come yet and it displayed the time for next bus. · Reply · RT

ATU 757 President Jon Hunt

Portland 10 year streetcar event

Police State takes hold in Amerika

S.F. subway muzzles cell service during protest | InSecurity Complex - CNET News

Time for Trimet to follow King County Metro

At a press conference this morning, it was announced that the Council has come up with the super-majority votes needed to pass the $20 Congestion Reduction Charge. With the deal, The Downtown Ride Free Area will be phased out by October 2012.

545 vs. 300,000,000 People

-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, “if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?”

Another sucide

A fatal fall from the Vista Bridge is affecting service on bus Line 58. More details to come. Riders should expect delays.

King County Metro is Saved, RFA cut

At a press conference this morning, it was announced that the Council has come up with the super-majority votes needed to pass the $20 Congestion Reduction Charge. With the deal, The Downtown Ride Free Area will be phased out by October 2012.

So, Metro service is spared from deep cuts, and pay as you leave is going away. There are some other parts to the deal, but these are the ones that matter most to me.

Who needs to get cut?

Salary of retired US Presidents .............$180,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate .......................$174,00​0 FOR LIFE
Salary of Speaker of the House ............$223,500 FOR LIFE
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ...... $193,400 FOR LIFE
Average Salary of a teacher ................ $40,065
Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000
I think we found where the cuts should be made! 

Asleep at the wheel

Larry Hanley

American infrastructure falling apart

Transportation: The high cost of underinvestment - Baltimore Sun

Chris Day rescinds the charges on Jon Hunt

The intention to “Prefer Charges” towards President Jonathan Hunt has been based off of communications and documents between him and me in reference towards the delivery of documents to a member. There was a dead line of July 30th, 2011 for the documents to be delivered to the member. It is not clear that this dead line had been met, yet it appears that the member has received the documents and the proceeding is moving forward.
Because the proceedings are moving forward and the member has the required documents as stated in our communications I find the intention of “Preferring Charges” towards President Jonathan Hunt Null Void and is not warranted. Though the delay is questionable the end result is the factor of dismissing the intention of “Preferring Charges”. 

Video Log-August 11 (part 2)

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 11 (part 1)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gresham Transit Center Bike Corral



AK Rucker

TriMet: Making a Difference - A.K. Rucker: Taking the First Step to Keep Kids Out of Gangs

Macfarlane panders to the bike crowd » Blog Archive » TriMet urges local agencies to boost plans for biking, walking

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 10 (part 2)

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 10 (part 1)

Dear public transit riders

Official fare information post

Trimet information about the fares - conversation engine

Classic Trimet incidents

Union says YouTube video violated bus driver's privacy

The union representing Gatineau bus drivers wants to prevent passengers from capturing video inside public buses after a passenger caught a bus driver doing paperwork behind the wheel.

Feds want to take over safety administration for all light rail traffic nationwide

Obama administration seeks to regulate safety on subways, trolleys, light rail | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/11/2011

Church of light rail news

Legislature Pushed Rail System Regardless of Cost, Performance or Ridership | Hawaii Reporter

Transit workers in Miami told "eat shit or find a new job"

Mayor warns Miami-Dade transit workers not to consider a sick-out next week - Miami-Dade -

Trimet board meeting-August 2011

SUV smashes through mattress store

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

u hear about crash on jenkins with bus and 2 cars!

BTC bike&ride/3 inside/7 outside

Downtown building gets demolished-time lapse

Do they really appreciate me?

Graph of Trimet revenues

Graph by Jason Mchuff

Cascade institute proposes low cost alternative to Milwaukie MAX

Capatalizing on misfortune?

MAX accessibility


Are you a TRIMET believer?

Are you a TriMet believer and want the whole world to know? Have your picture taken Thursday, August 11, in downtown Portland in front of the Pioneer Courthouse at the SW 6th Ave MAX Station. We’ll be giving out TriMet stickers to our volunteer models! Look for us between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. We hope to see you!

Khris Alexander thinking of running for ATU 757 VP

Flash Mobs and the Ruling Elite Plan to Control the Internet

Jack Bogdanski-doing the work of a dozen reporters and editorialists

Finally -- public corruption in Portland gets spotlight
Street of screams
Staffer of the Week -- Adopt Amy Ruiz, my old pal!
Design on the dotted line
Immigration jail takes art school as human shield

Trimet gets $22,200,000 more in revenue this year

This company has generated more than $22 million in additional revenues over last year. Where has the additional revenue been allocated?

Michael Levine says disabled want 'transit equity'

John Charles says "don't cut down the trees'

Joy Kovacks asks "what happened to the total transit system"

John Charles message to the TriMet Board Members

Then imagine all the beautiful trees getting clear-cut by TriMet contractors on or before September 15. Imagine the entire street being blown up and widened to accommodate a slow, noisy light rail line. Picture a big light rail station in the middle of the block, with all the aesthetic glamour of light rail stations such as those located at East Burnside and 102nd, 122nd, 148th, or 162nd; or perhaps the station at North Interstate and Killingsworth, or the Beaverton Round.

John Charles message to the TriMet Board Members | Cascade Policy Insitute

Bus Driver Gets Fired After Rescuing 3 Cops,0,5016366.story


I can say with complete confidence that our budget problems are not and have not been caused by light rail expansion.

Your tax dollars at work

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Gen Allen said that after the helicopter crash, international forces sought out the insurgents and killed them.
"We dealt with them in a kinetic strike," he said.

BBC News - US says Taliban who shot at US helicopter dead

Britian in turmoil

Over 1,000 Arrested in U.K. as Anger Over Inequality, Racism Boils Over Into "Insurrection"

BBC News - England riots: Fightback under way, says PM

Transit District Launches CT's First 22-Foot Hydrogen Bus

Transportation and Trucking News - From Horses to Hydrogen-Greater New Haven Transit District Launches CT's First 22-Foot Hydrogen Bus

Blood thirsty public doesn't get its lynching of this bus driver

CTV Ottawa- Bus driver won't be fired for doing paperwork behind the wheel - CTV News

The case of the Oregon school bus driver who flied a confederate flag and got fired

'Backyard redneck' seeks reinstatement (

More news from America's most dangerous city to ride transit

Man shoots at SEPTA train; beaten man flees onto bus | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/10/2011

WE WANT TO BE LIKE PORTLAND, the question is why?

What is it that they see that I cannot see in this? It's obviously not about transit riders, development then? Where has the MAX  spurred development? The pearl is a good example of the streetcar and how that tempted affluent yuppies to buy high priced condos partly because they have a 'free' streetcar out the front door. But where else has light rail made that much difference? The yellow line is basically a dud, the green line is nice but jeez, big deal. The WES is carrying more people and its very nice, but necessary? HARDLY! I just don't get it, what's with this church of light rail and why are so many people fixated on it?
Mayor challenges City Council to be bold and fund rail projects | Ballard News-Tribune

inShare High-speed rail price tag soars again, this time on pace to surpass $60 billion


Defendants: Beth DeHamel, Yvette Farra, Jon Hunt, Lynn Lehrback, Pension Plan for Bargaining Unit Employees of Tri-Met, Sam Schwarz, Janna Toran and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon

Video Log-August 9

Powell Garage Driver of the Month Parking Spot

Wisconsin recall fails

BBC News - Republicans survive key Wisconsin recall elections

TriMet could sue if county reneged on $25 million

“a binding, enforceable agreement” that put Clackamas County on the hook in writing for either payment or interest charges by Sept. 2, 2013.
(Funny how some things are "binding" and others can be tossed out because of "austerity")

BCC nixes vote on light rail

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Board Meeting -- Texas Style

Looks like Houston's METRO posts video from all of its public meetings online; there's even a link from their front page!

Take a moment to watch the first 5-10 minutes of the 7/28/11 board meeting (the first public commenter & the board's response to him). Very similar topics as the TriMet board, but note how the board actually responds to the public! My favorite line is: "So you won't give me the list of the members of your organization, so I can meet with them and hear all of their good comments?" That's pure Texas, baby! haha....

Also, note how the public comment forum is up-front.

The guy with the blue shirt / red tie is their GM (who was just busted for looking at porn using the company internet access).

Bachman Boner Overdrive

 Infrared camera with sound at Beaverton TC

BTC report-3


31  imagine_enigami: Train appears to be normal, but who the fuck knows... #trimet · Reply · RT

Is Harold Hut any relation to Harrison Hut?

Harold Hut just won an award for redesigning the CSI into the SIP policy!
BOOOO to Harold Hut, we want Harrison Hut!

Jack Bogdanski editorial

New chief lawyer for Tri-Met

It's Jana Toran, 50-ish, a hard-charging litigator with a reputation among some opposing lawyers of playing rough. That may be a good trait in courtroom battle, but now she'll be running the entire legal department of a transit agency, which requires a different set of skills. What's more, Tri-Met's a scary client to have these days, as it teeters toward bankruptcy with the tea party turning off the D.C. money spigot. We wish Toran luck as she takes on her new role. She's going to need it.
At last report, Toran's old salary was north of $162,000. The guy she's replacing, Brian Playfair, was getting paid more than $192,000. Go by streetcar, people.



Soon we will all be riding the Milwaukie Mystery Train to see this!

Support the Verizon strike against corporate greed

Wednesday August 10th noon to 1:30 pm --Mall 205 Store, SE 99th and Washington Thursday August 11, 1:30 to 3:30 pm--Portland downtown store, 616 SW Broadway

Grown in Oregon? I thought it was China?

My fourth safety request is APPROVED

One of the buses was blinding me while I drove around the Canyon Rd curves at night.
I wrote it up as a safety defect, and believe it or not, I have received a letter that they are installing the correct lighting where I requested it!

Hallelujah, Thank ya Jesus!

Portland Cop Tasered A Disabled Man on TriMet

According to Welch's written report, Green had his hands tucked into the sleeves of his bulky jacket and refused orders to take them out. Green said "I just want to go home" and "I'm not doing anything wrong," according to Welch's report.

Story here! 

While bus service is in shambles...come celebrate the shiny rail!

Trimet bus repairs-part 1 (thank god for duct tape)

Trimet bus 'repair'-part 4 (leaks from roof cause flooding)

Trimet bus repairs-part 3 (wire holds pedals on)

Trimet bus repairs-part 2

The truth about the debt ceiling

Hidden Agenda: The "Debt Crisis Plan" was to Strike a Blow at the National Social Safety Net


Private Messaging Network Is Said to Link London Rioters -

Meanwhile, back in Greece where all this current shit started

Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Greece - CNBC

Scott Walker-the future of a divided Amerika

Walker Union Fight Intensifies as Wisconsin’s Recalls Threaten Republicans - Bloomberg

Republicans get ready for next hijacking

US gasoline tax renewal fight in Congress imminent: House Democrat - Oil | Platts News Article & Story

Bart goes down due to glitch

BART service restored following computer glitch - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Muni starts live video transmissions from buses

Do Muni cameras infringe on your right to privacy? |

Philidelphia-most dangerous city to be a transit worker

Man shoots at SEPTA train; beaten man flees onto bus | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/09/2011



This one over 'forced' overtime.

Beaver transit workers vote to go on strike


Rally in support of public transit scheduled for this Saturday |


Joe Ayala, a driver for 18 years — who said he has driven more than 1 million miles without an accident — provided an example of what he described as a disciplinary approach that has managers second-guessing what's happening on the street.
Ayala pulled his bus to the side of the road so a woman could, for safety reasons, get control of her child. The woman instead got off the bus and called in to complain.
"I was suspended for two days," Ayala said, adding, "I know what I'm doing out there."

Mary Fetsch responds to Joe Rose, and then gets some responses to herself

Mary Fetsch TriMet August 05, 2011 at 3:56PM

Joe: I sent an update to you and Brent. Wanted to share with your readers more details about what happened.

Video Log-Monday

This is a photoshopped train to Portland Airport

I'm probably late to the game on this because I never pick up maps/schedules for the trains (given that I have no need of them..) But anyway, this is the map of the Red Line that's currently available. Do you see what I see?


Further riots in London as violence spreads across England



BBC News - Asian markets tumble after share sell-off in the US

Monday, August 8, 2011

BTC report-3 inside&5 outside

The latest TRIMET TWITTER REPORTS (some good ones in this stack)

1 m 5945  KOIN_Local_6: Yes @bkkimball: RT @trimet: Due to mechanical issues on MAX, red/blue lines between Rose Q. & Jeld-Wen Field will be served by a bus bridge · Reply · RT

3 m 132  transit_tweets: RT @mattrabe: @trimet thx. I can see the problem train. Switching tracks. Assume they are taking it to Galleria. Waiting for shuttle. None seen. · Reply · RT

Light rail fail pic

Never a good sign when you see 2 @trimet trains that close. on Twitpic

London burning!

BBC News - London riots: Violence erupts for third day
‪LIVE update: Riots spread to Birmingham, London chaos no end‬‏ - YouTube

And yet ANOTHER light rail fail

This is becoming a daily event!

TriMet <>
Due to mechanical issues on a MAX train, Blue and Red lines between Rose Quarter and Jeld-Wen Field will be served by a bus bridge. Riders should expect delays.

Ballad of the Mystery Train to Milwaukie

"Our budget is as tight as a drum"-Neil Macfarlane

But we here at Trimet can afford to send him around the country to speak about his wonderful rail inventions.(notice how they mention his non existent bus system improvements, what baloney)

Neil McFarlane is General Manager of Portland TriMet. Before that, he served for 12 years as TriMet’s Executive Director for Capital Projects, advancing the expansion of the region’s rail system and overseeing extensive capital investments for bus systems. McFarlane helped establish TriMet’s MAX light rail transit as an internationally known and respected system for planning, design, and construction innovation, delivering three light rail lines on-time and on-budget.

Federal Transit Administration - Federal Transit Administration Announces Panel to Help Advance Transit in Southeastern Michigan

More accidents of the week

Our union dues at work

I've been looking at our unions LM2 report for last year.
I didn't realize that our union officers are enjoying such luxurious travel budgets:

Bus crash of the week

Musical bureaucrats continues at Trimet

Kim Sewell has been promoted to replace Toran to lead the litigation department as TriMet's new Director of Legal Services. Sewell has served as a litigator for the agency for nine years, handling complex personal injury, employment, labor and contract-related disputes. 
(The big shots are cashing out with their loot, lots of loot I bet. How much is fearless Freddie pulling down traveling around the world right now?)


As we know, Sam Swartz is retiring soon. 
The question has been asked what exactly is Sam retiring with in terms of benefits. 
We know he will get is Trimet retirement and social security (who knows about any of that of course) but does he walk away with anything from our union?

Dumping stocks

Market Report - Aug. 8, 2011 - CNNMoney


The losing war on drugs continues sucking down our tax dollars

Wars war and more war, great country we have here.

The New York Times has revealed the United States has increased its involvement in Mexico’s bloody drug war. In recent weeks, CIA operatives and former military personnel have been posted at a Mexican military base in the northern region of the country. Manned by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, CIA officials and retired military personnel members, the intelligence outpost is modeled after compounds operated by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the first time, U.S. operatives are reportedly working alongside Mexican authorities in collecting information about drug cartels and planning operations. Officials from both countries are also considering embedding private security contractors in a specially vetted Mexican counter-narcotics police unit. In addition to efforts at intelligence collaboration, the United States has also begun flying unmanned drones over Mexican soil in recent months.


Watch as the board of sock puppets, oops, I mean directors, hands out nice big fat contracts to build a mystery train to Milwaukie!

No transit equity for residents outside Portland!

And no transit equity for residents outside London either!

Transport spending per person in London is twice the level in Wales - Wales News - News - WalesOnline

New Flyer gets contracts

Streetcar? We don't need no stinking streetcar!

"With respect to rail, wires and the monetary return on the investment, it's just not there with streetcars at this time," he said. "We'll strengthen our transit network and we'll make further investments in the alternative methods of transportation for downtown."
Instead, the board is exploring the idea of an electric bus shuttle.

Transit scandals

Many on track to jail as two MTA workers plead guilty to taking bribes from unqualified work-seekers

Greatest Show on Earth is bus contract antics

The circus is coming back to town, and this time it might be goofier than ever.
Swing by the Regional Transportation Commission on Thursday and see for yourself. Come join dozens of Mesquite residents taking the bus to Las Vegas and bus drivers taking their concerns to the commission.
Witness high-priced consultants and attorneys pumping up their companies and punching holes in the competition's reputations, as First Transit and Veolia Transportation continue their feud over a $600 million contract to operate a bus system.
Watch commissioners listen intently as Veolia representatives describe how buses will break down and union workers will be paid pennies if the contract is awarded to First Transit. See them squirm in their seats as they explain to taxpayers why they are voting in favor of Veolia's bid that over a seven-year period costs $50 million more than First Transit's proposal.

Read more..... 

Streetcar Fail

Riverfront streetcar tracks shift due to heat |


 Video shows Metrobus driver swerve to avoid 4-year-old | Kytja Weir | DC | Washington Examiner

These camera's are installed to "spy" on drivers. More evidence that entering this occupation nowadays is foolish, you basically are allowing your employer to legally spy on everything you do. I can't think of one other occupation that is allowed to video tape your every action like this. Who would have ever believed that being a bus driver would ever evolve into such a lousy job. This used to be such a great job back in the day.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mark Hatfield

Mark Hatfield, 89, Dies. Lion of Oregon Politics

Guess who?

Being from Boston

Here is a little history of my home state Massachusetts, and Boston, where I spent most  of my time  growing up:

Dead Horse Theory

If you don't understand this theory, you haven't lived long enough......

 The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to
 generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead
 horse, the best strategy is to dismount."

The green thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.   
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." 
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our  environment." 

London bus burnt to a crisp

Some great bus painting!

A feel good

Concept development chart

Plane that flies like a bird

Electric Buses...not in Oregon

Sustainable Business Oregon

All-electric bus manufacturer Proterra Inc. said Monday it has received $30 million from a group of investors led by Silicon Valley venture powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Other investors in the Golden-based private company include GM Ventures, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Vision Ridge Partners and 88 Green Ventures LLC.

Proterra said the money will be used to complete federal testing of its buses, roll out more test fleets and work on cutting costs and raising volume production at the company’s Greenville, S.C., manufacturing plant. The plant can produce about 400 buses a year.

“Our goal at Proterra is to fundamentally transform urban transit,” said Jeff Granato, Proterra’s CEO, in a statement. “The tremendous resources of Kleiner Perkins, leveraged with GM’s automotive expertise and the financial and technical strength of Mitsui, Vision Ridge and 88 Green Ventures gives us an enviable platform to compete and win in the electric transit bus market.”

On its website, Proterra boasts its commitment to U.S. sourcing. The company reports companies from 33 states among its suppliers, including Oregon.

This seems like:

1.  A great way to revitalize shuttered RV factories and truck building factories throughout Oregon, creating hundreds of local jobs instead of jobs in South Carolina,

2.  A great way to introduce clean transit in various neighborhoods and campuses.  TriMet could EASILY integrate these vehicles on the shorter feeder routes where they return to a transit center and layover (allowing a recharge) before the next trip, as well as develop new routes that could feed mainline buses and MAX trains.  These vehicles would also be great for smaller transit agencies (think Canby Area Transit, Sandy Area Metro, SMART and YCTA) that run short city routes.

Britain blows up in anti police riots

Portland and its taxi's

Portland's Taxi Drought

State workers to vote on contract

Oregon state workers to vote on union contract |

Verizon workers go on strike!

Verizon Labor Strike: Defense Of Middle Class Jobs, Workers Claim

Trimet's most loyal customer

Safety a value?

Then get one of THESE!

Privatize Trimet?

Sometimes I wonder if all this spending by our management is intentional, with the goal of "privatization".

Macfarlane has publicly stated that all of the projected "savings" is based solely on the backs of the union labor and if the arbitrator actually rules in the unions favor then Trimet will be millions of dollars in the hole.

Trimet had a financial "crisis" that lasted about a year. Layoff's were threatened, service cuts implemented 3 month unpaid furloughs for union workers etc etc. Now all of a sudden everything is back to normal, hiring dozens of new operators, more bureacrats with fancy job titles, building bridges and rails all over, planning future extensions of rail, on and on (the bus service cuts continue, there is no plan to restore any of that service that is not peak hour service.)

The republican playbook it turns out was to bankrupt the country, they are happy about it! It will be a huge boom to private business interests.
Bush starts an expensive war and at the same time cut taxes,they had to know it would bankrupt the country. It was all intentional, Americans too busy being entertained to pay attention, all part of the plan.

Is it possible that Macfarlane may be intentionally bankrupting Trimet So as to "privatize" the labor force? It is happening in other places around the country, don't think it can't happen here.

Trimet functions with the same principles as corporations now. Except that it functions for the good of business, not for the good of the riders.


MAX having lots of problems lately

Not sure if this got a svc alert-disabled blue line at btc interrupting EB red & blue line service

Oh it gets better.. Suicidal person on blue line behind that one 

Gore Vidal interview 2007

Tweets (consolidated)

RT @Rimbaud1854: @trimet I'm only upset when I can't get on the bus/train. Which is so rare I feel bad mentioning it. Thanks for all your hard work. · Reply · RT

345  CEOemail: @carolynmain Here's the e-mail address of the Trimet CEO, Neil McFarlane: · Reply · RT

1 d 666  lunarobverse: I'm betting @trimet does NOTHING in response to this horror story, and says only the most bland pr-speak. · Reply · RT

Required Placards on all Dinosaurs,especially the 1400's

Saturday, August 6, 2011

NO to streetcars

Transit board says no to streetcars

Max pops in

Guess who?

Psst-Dispatch,check your spelling before sending out your fleetwide message

Walking around Portland with my camera

Burnside-Morrison-PGE Park
Burnside between 5th and 14th

Another 14 dead in Zimbabwe bus crash

36 killed as bus plunges off bridge

Channel 6 News » At least 37 killed after bus plunges from bridge in Ivory Coast

the rampant ramblings of a twenty-something mind


* “Worst. Congress. Ever.”:

 A couple of weeks ago, congressional scholar Norm Ornstein dubbed this 112th Congress as the “Worst. Congress. Ever.” And after the combative and exhaustive debt debate, it appears the American public agrees with him. Per a brand-new New York Times/CBS poll, 82% now disapprove of Congress’ job, which is a record high in that poll. A CNN poll also had Congress’ disapproval at an all-time high of 84%. Here are more numbers from the NYT/CBS survey: 72% disapproved how congressional Republican handled the debt negotiations, while 66% said that of congressional Dems and 47% said that of Obama; the Tea Party’s fav/unfav is now 20%-40%, compared with 26%-29% back in April; and by a margin of greater than 2-to-1, respondents said creating jobs should be a higher priority than spending cuts. The best news for Obama this entire week? His job approval (48%-47%) remains relatively unchanged. By comparison, however, House Speaker John Boehner’s disapproval rating has sky-rocketed to 57%

A real bike culture

 There are also in the United States certain perceptions associated with both cycling and public transportation that are not the case here. In Holland, public buses aren’t considered last-resort forms of transportation. And cycling isn’t seen as eco-friendly exercise; it’s a way to get around. C.E.O.’s cycle to work, and kids cycle to school.

As bad as Bush

Bend over please

I spent the summer in places like Tunisia and Egypt, where people were similarly taken advantage of by the corrupt and the wealthy and by the politicians the latter bought, and where they rose up and got rid of the miscreants. It is a matter of some astonishment that most Americans are just bending over and taking this treatment without so much as a protest.

Downgraded US Credit Rating: What comes of Coddling the Super-Rich | Informed Comment

Our tax dollars at work

BBC News - US special forces Afghan helicopter 'downed' by Taliban


Appeal of John Holger Swetman

Portland Firefighters Train to Respond Efficiently to MAX Light-Rail Incidents


Part-Time Bus Operator

Another MAX film

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died ...a letter from Michael Moore

From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent's income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. That people only worked five days a week, eight hours a day, got the whole weekend off and had a paid vacation every summer. That many jobs were union jobs, from baggers at the grocery store to the guy painting your house, and this meant that no matter how "lowly" your job was you had guarantees of a pension, occasional raises, health insurance and someone to stick up for you if you were unfairly treated.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ever wonder why closing the windows in the 17/1800 buses is so hard?

BTC bike&ride-3 inside 5 outside

Heading downtown-a walk down Morrison st


Clergy bless Valley Transit to show support for busing | Appleton Post Crescent |


ckillah77: 175$ back in debt thanks to trimet*& ·
T @shannonmmoore: You know you're a pro at riding the Max when one of the doors always hits the spot where you're standing.
bradfuc: You could have terminals WORKING / more than ONE @ a TC, no offense.
@KyleKrocodile: This man smells of tomatoes.
Agree I use Spanish & German RT @Rimbaud1854: Just had a nice convo in #french with someone from Paris. #trimet has such nice diversity


MAX – 41,200,200 trips, up 7.5 percent

Bus – 58,431,700 trips, down 3.6 percent

WES – 370,800 trips, up 21.2 percent

Lets examine this simple chart for propaganda.
Notice how even though the bus service hauls most of the people, its in the #2 position on the chart.

Notice how MAX and WES are capitalized but bus only the B is in capital letters.

Notice how there is no mention of fareless going strictly rail or of the very significant cuts in bus service.

The green line addition is not mentioned.

It's interesting that the % increase and decrease are such an important part of these news releases.

“The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief”

Jacques Ellul quotes

Neil Macfarlane on Comcast Newsmakers!

They have disabled comments on this video! Ha! 


Safety’s OK if you got all day.

Running a red light?


Things have really slowed down as far as operators requesting safety analysis. From March 15 there was not one submitted until July 28th!
Not surprising of course since so many of them have been disregarded. I personally have submitted four and have not had one adopted. Sounds kinda like the old yellow card system, but with a new name this time.

Petitioning for Bus Service Restorations

 Discussion of the OPAL petition HERE!
Here is a comment that I thought was important in the discussion.

Don't forget "freeloading pedal pushers" and "car haters".
Your words not mine Bob.
You guys clearly are a "streetcar lobby" are you not?
That's your right, and your lobby is highly effective.
I don't need to remind you that the streetcars are duplicating already existing services, which of course are the bus.
But bus service is not "sexy" so won't attract "development", hence the streetcar concept. And its a concept that has taken hold around the country.
But to my eyes, and the eyes of organizations like OPAL, this is an elitist hijacking of scarce transit resources that should be used for people that need transit not people that need condo's.
Put me on the Opal side of the argument.

Trimet customer incident report

TriMet: Question, Comment or Suggestion

TriMet’s Bicycle Signage

The Prudent Cyclist

Bids? We don't need no stinkin' bids.

U.S. incomes fell sharply in 2009: IRS data

Sudden death overtime

Rep. John L. Lewis, D-GA, wrote to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (PDF), saying, “Administrative action is needed to review the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) exemption which prevents drivers, helpers, loaders, and mechanics from receiving fair overtime pay.” 
Every week another bus crash is in the news. Since spring, there have been nine horrific crashes with 26 people killed and countless more injured. ATU’s white paper Sudden Death Overtime makes a strong case for applying FSLA overtime provisions to the over-the-road bus industry.

ATU President Larry Hanley on How to Build a Strong Coalition for Transit

Have the Light Rail Votes Already Been Counted? Before A Vote?

Metrolink Lures Cyclists Aboard With Customized Railcars That Hold 18+ Bikes

Why are these positions at a transit district

Neil's crying our budget is "tight as a drum" is such baloney as evidenced by his hiring of positions such as these, which have nothing to do with transit. Neil spends like a drunken soldier and wants to save money on our back so he can hire cute little managers like these.

Korean design

While we fixate on rail the rest of the world is realizing that bus service is most likely the transport of the future giving its almost zero installation costs and flexibility of service.


Dramatic Video Shows Gunmen Firing Into Philadelphia City Bus -


8/4/11 on Vimeo

Let the fun begin

Dow plunges 512 points | Video |

$1.45 million planning grant: a help or a waste?

By Matt Cooper The Register-Guard

Joe Rose picks up the bus 35 twitter saga

Something to read on tonight's TriMet bus ride: A Line 35 horror story |

Trimet bus drivers discuss the issues

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Sunset Transit Center reopened after Beaverton police respond to report of a 'suspicious device' |

Rail is so gosh darn reliable

Beaverton police have responded to a report of a suspicious package at the Sunset Transit Center, according to Washington County dispatchers.

Because of the police activity, the Blue and Red Line MAX train service has stopped in the area, according to TriMet. Shuttle buses are in place to transport passengers between the Beaverton Transit Center and Washington Park Station, TriMet said.

Passengers should expect delays.

More details to come.

Twitter reports

Varchild: RT @blackedout: You knoe... @trimet should probably get this post match bus thing sorted. Sucks waiting 35 minutes for a frequent line.
anthonypants: RT @pdxcommute: Costanza? RT @lunarobverse: Guy on bus is a) wearing sweats and t-shirt b) late 30s early 40s c) bald d) reading Dating For Dummies
HelpMeMSD: @kimberlypdx we feel the same way! for a town with so many bars, @trimet doesn't run late enough for bar staff to get home.
Rimbaud1854: I've been waiting for over a half hour for a train that has room. I shld walk down and get on the green line then transfer to blue.
Rimbaud1854: We're upto 4 trains with no room! @trimet
Rimbaud1854: How about having a train start further down the line so non-soccer fans can get on?
a_SmartCookie: It smells like sweat & fresh baked doughnuts at this max stop. Weird.
  UVGKassi: 3min, er, 15min, er, 59min till your bus! #trimet #beavertonhillsdalevortex
transit_tweets: RT @UVGKassi: @trimet what's the point of transit tracker? it hasnt been remotely right all week. #line54doesntexist
deeehlaych1983: Again, Trimet, fuck you for making me miss a good game. No love, one angry Timbers fan.
deeehlaych1983: Fuck you Trimet. ·
kateheimes: Some guy is screaming the details about how to kill a gopher on the trimet
perezal: @trimet Bus 2653 Line 77 going west. I don't need the driver's unprovoked rudeness, thank you.
TheMikeDonovan: RT @PDXToddDiskin: We are on 18th by the trimet stop. Follow the smell of fresh paint.
  mikerigsby: @trimet Thanks. I already have at least once but I will again. Late once in awhile is expected but he's seriously late every day.
PDXecom: Anyone have an update on the Trimet involved MVA with injuries @ Hall x Greenway??
JBspeaksup: #trimet is full of the crazies today. #ninja pic time. #portlandia ·
sp_redelectric: #trimet: LISTEN UP! both the 12 AND 94 at 5th and Hall denied boarding due to crush load!