Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jon Hunt gets off

The jury was hung on Jons duii charges today-that's ATU 757 president Jon Hunt

WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG DEAL TO DISINFECT BUSES ONCE IN AWHILE, LIKE AT LEAST MONTHLY?

Spray the seats and mop the floors with something like THIS!

The miracle of life (the tunnel under OHSU idea)

Behold. This is the definitive "birth of a project" Oregonian article of all time. If Portland lasts 1,000 years, you will not see it done any better. This is like looking back at the primordial ooze of bureaucracy and witnessing the beginnings of life. The article doesn't just report on something -- it actually serves as an incubator, or a petri dish, while the new life form begins to grow.

Look at this picture of Brian Playfair!

And here he is in a recent picture

DOES THE SANITARY CONDITION OF THE BUSES WORRY YOU?

Take the poll HERE!

REST IN PEACE MISTY PLITZ SHERMEISTER

Misty has passed away from cancer. She had been a road supervisor for the past several years. I didn't know her all that well but I did a road relief for  her during her career as a bus driver and liked her. I also  thought she was a good supervisor.

NO RDO WORK WEEK?

It was proposed at the last union meeting that no drivers should work RDO for one week as a protest to TRIMET against unfair labor practices!

KGW DOES STORY ON DIRTY BUSES-(with mystery bus driver)

Dirty bus video from Steve Fung on Vimeo.

Portland Mode Share

In response to Al's query of why Portland is not in the top 15 metro areas that use cars the least, here are Portland's statistics:

Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton Metro

Car: 81.5% (9.9% carpooled)
Non-Car: 18.5%
Transit: 6.1%
Bike: 2.1%
Walk: 3.2%
Other: 7.1% (6.1% worked from home)

This puts Portland barely out of the top 15 (#15 was 19.2% non-car), but look at the area this includes:



If we look at just Portland, here's how the statistics change:

Portland

Car: 70.1% (8.5% carpool)
Non-Car: 29.9%
Transit: 11.5%
Walk: 5.6%
Bike: 5.8%
Other: 6.9% (5.9% worked from home)

That would put us at #2. I think the honest answer is somewhere in-between.

It would be interesting to see what these stats look like if you limited the geographic area to just the major cities (Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Gresham, Milwaukie, Oregon City, etc).

Also, I would prefer to see the ratings include the carpoolers as non-car (i.e. instead of Car/Non-Car it should be SOV/Non-SOV).

NOW HERE IS SOMETHING INTERESTING

Seeing Yellow… But Not For Very Long by Eric Peters

ABOUT THE DIRTY BUSES

I'll tell ya where they DID NOT LOOK, the venting system!
I will bet you that there are colonies of MOLD growing in the venting/heating systems.
How do I know that?
Cause every time I turn on the heaters I GAG!

The new buses you can't even open the windows, a wonderful idea to share everybody's virus's and bacterias.

SPEAKING OF DISEASE INFESTED BUSES

Maryland Transit Administration worker dies from bacteria that causes meningitis - baltimoresun.com

Fighting the religion of rail

Rail opponents take out newspaper ad to raise money - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home

California state government bonanza for some

500 state workers earn more than $240,000 | news10.net

The Geography of How We Get to Work

 Portland is conspicuously absent from this list!
 Finally, and perhaps most interesting, the way we get to work is associated with the kinds of work we do. The share of workers in the creative class--scientists, engineers, techies, innovators, and researchers, as well as artists, designers, writers, musicians and professionals in healthcare, business and finance, the legal sector, and education--is positively associated with the percentages of people who take public transit or walk or bike to work. In fact this creative class variable was the largest of all.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/06/the-geography-of-how-we-get-to-work/240258/?CFID=3187&CFTOKEN=21470599

Macfarlane filling Fred's shoes, hiring more and more useless executives

Trimet general manager says "I need a labor relations/human resources 'executive'..." - thoughts.com conversation engine

Trimet general manager says "everyone needs to pay"

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/trimet-general-manager-says-everyone-needs-to-pay

Banks squeezing the life out of the world while the policticians play games with our lives

First Read - First Thoughts: Always darkest before the deal

July 13

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

THE JOKES WE CALL PRESIDENTS

BUSES FILTHY+ FULL OF BACTERIA

Preliminary results show that oxacillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus could be among the 120 bacteria colonies found on trains and buses. Commonly known as MRSA, the bug is notorious for rejecting antibiotics, eating flesh and causing pneumonia. 

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/07/riding_trimet_plenty_of_bugs_c.html