Friday, August 19, 2011
Some changes—mostly positive for customers & operators—to many bus lines;
some fares increased; trip info available online and on paper
HIGHLIGHTS: SERVICE CHANGES as of 9/4/11
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Fairow called such comparisons “unfortunate,” but agreed that he’d never heard of another agency shutting down signals.
Risher also pointed out that “jamming” cell phones, which is technologically different than shutting down a signal, was recently dismissed by the Federal Communications Commission as a law enforcement tool. Prisons and jails have sought permission of the FCC to jam the signal around lockups to prevent inmates from communicating via smuggled cell phones. One of the reasons for the FCC’s continued opposition to jamming, Risher says, is that shutting down cell signals can interfere with safety.
In Bus Driver, your job is to transport passengers around an attractive and realistic city. You must drive to a timetable on a planned route, whilst obeying traffic rules, and taking care not to upset or injure your passengers. This makes Bus Driver unlike any other driving game - the experience of driving a bus is very different from blazing through a racing circuit.
Download game here (appears to be Windows-only)
Not the protesters who chose to vent their outrage by hammering on ticket machines. Not the group of hackers who leaked private information in the name of free speech. And not the transit agency that took draconian steps to stifle a piddling protest.
With states, cities and counties struggling to recover from the 2007-09 economic recession that devastated their revenues, they have slashed aid for local bus and rail systems. The group found that a third of public transit agencies received less funding from their local governments this year and 40 percent had fewer dollars come in from the states.
Revenues from fares have increased for nearly half the U.S. public transportation systems, the survey found, and since January 2010, 34 percent of the transit agencies have hiked the amount they charge riders and 32 percent may soon raise fares.
At the same time, since January 2010, 47 percent of systems have cut services, including reducing rush hour services and limiting locations they serve.
1 Boston $26.55 $19.03
2 San Francisco $26.50 $15.66
3 San Jose $26.45 $17.18
4 Chicago $25.33 $22.72
5 Washington $24.92 $17.76
6 Seattle $24.60 $21.35
7 Los Angeles $24.30 $16.53
8 New York $24.28 $16.74
9 Oakland $23.97 $16.57
10 Sacramento $22.96 $18.87
11 Minneapolis $22.35 $21.57
12 Newark $22.29 $17.43
13 Pittsburgh $22.18 $23.30
14 Philadelphia $22.18 $17.65
15 Portland, OR $22.13 $18.49
16 Cleveland $22.08 $21.95
17 Baltimore $21.91 $18.15
18 Providence $21.60 $17.13
19 Milwaukee $21.56 $21.56
20 Columbus $21.38 $20.94
21 Phoenix $21.12 $20.75
22 Cincinnati $20.74 $22.21
23 Miami $20.56 $18.19
24 Kansas City $20.33 $21.54
25 Charlotte $19.92 $21.70
Chart by Pennsylvania Economy League
1 Pittsburgh $23.30
2 Chicago $22.72
3 Cincinnati $22.21
4 Cleveland $21.95
5 Charlotte $21.70
6 Minneapolis $21.57
7 Milwaukee $21.56
8 Kansas City $21.54
9 Seattle $21.35
10 Columbus $20.94
11 Phoenix $20.75
12 Boston $19.03
13 Sacramento $18.87
14 Portland, OR $18.49
15 Miami $18.19
16 Baltimore $18.15
17 Washington, DC $17.76
18 Philadelphia $17.65
19 Newark $17.43
20 San Jose $17.18
21 Providence $17.13
22 New York $16.74
23 Oakland $16.57
24 Los Angeles $16.53
25 San Francisco $15.66
Chart by Pennsylvania Economy League
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
RANDOM THOUGHTS OF A RANDOM GUY FROM A RANDOM PLACE UP IN THE SKY
The Executive Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources leads, manages, and directs TriMet's labor relations and human resources programs and activities including labor contract policy development, negotiations and administration; labor relations and human resources programs and staff development. (and more bureaucratic bullshit)
(Interesting that the whole SAFETY SCHPEEL is not present for this position)
The self-serving must stop!
This time, the hackers gained access to a Bay Area Rapid Transit police union website and posted personal information on more than 100 officers.
BART Police Deputy Chief Daniel Hartwig said his office "has been made aware of the breach" on Wednesday and referred inquiries to the BART Police Officers Association. Union president Jesse Sekhon didn't immediately return a phone call.
The union's website was disabled later Wednesday.
Last week, hackers broke into BART's marketing website and released personal information on more than 2,000 customers.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Portland doesn't make the cut.(transit alert)
Protest shuts down 4 BART stations - latimes.com
It's freaking hilarious! It's ok for her to disclose private union business (signatories of a preferring of charges) but its not OK for me to disclose private union business (ATU reports to all members).
I disclose the reports because there are 1000+ union members who NEVER go to the meetings, they deserve to know what is going on at the organization that they are paying their hard earned money into.
And because the money we pay to the union is actually the TAX PAYERS MONEY, the public has a right to know what's going on also.
I think our union should be held to the exact same standards that we hold TRIMET.
Now that Ellen found out she was protected after disclosing union business, I expect the exact same treatment from our union officers.
"It may be BART's equipment, but that doesn't mean that they have the freedom to do whatever they want to with it," said Michael Risher, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.
Some civil-liberties groups said BART overstepped the First Amendment because it imposed restrictions on the speech of everyone in the area as punishment for speech and behavior that it only speculated would happen.
I wonder what they'll say about the little "blow up" that occurred at Barbur TC this afternoon about 5:10 PM or so. Karen commuted on TriMet for the first time ever starting a new job and as we left the Barbur TC there was a HUGE explosion from the bus area (with smoke shooting up).
When we drove around on Barbur, all we could see was one abandoned vehicle 1430 with a bunch of people standing around it. Vehicle 1430, if you may recall, is the one that left me stranded in the center of Barbur Boulevard while a TriMet Supervisor stood outside smoking a cigarette (at least he was wearing his safety vest) and left the Operator to say "Well, I can't keep you on the bus, but if you left you're on your own." Never mind the Ford F-150 truck that the Supervisor showed up in had big orange flashing lights that could have been used to SAFELY evacuate the bus...
Had the bus blown up in NYC, there'd be heads rolling...but in Portland I guess scaring the crap out of transit users in the parking lot is OK (at least one woman was running in horror).
Monday, August 15, 2011
I drive a trimet bus and I also work the extra board and that means every day I have a new route to drive. IT can be any time, any place so I'm use to driving all sorts of crazy places. I know how it is to be that driver, I know how it is to be depending on others to help you and still get lost.
19000 cycle, walk over Portland's bridges during Sunday's ...
Bikes take over freeways, streets for Bridge Pedal | kgw.com Portland
Providence Bridge Pedal draws over 18000 cyclists - FOX 12 - KPTV ...
Portland Bridge Pedal 2011 (2 of 2) - YouTube
Thursday’s move by Bay Area Rapid Transit authorities was greeted by an uproar of comparisons to Egypt and Libya. The hacking collective Anonymous responded in typical form over the weekend by defacing the agency’s website, and stealing and releasing the private account information of some 2,000 San Francisco–area transit riders.
San Francisco Subway Shuts Cell Service to Foil Protest; Legal Debate Ignites | Threat Level | Wired.com
Young Park, Manager Capital Projects, joined academic dignitaries from around the world in Korea earlier this summer for a forum on transportation. KTI is the equivalent of the Transportation Research Board in the U.S. Park’s presentation, “Portland – A case study of Livable Transit-First City” was well received and garnered many inquiries about TriMet from the attendees.
Lloyd District Transportation Management Association Summer Transportation Fair at Oregon Square Park (Holladay between 7th & 9th streets)
There have been two major decisions, both involving Ellen Fox of all people, that have had a huge impact on union members.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Go by streetcar, lose your pension
Cities and local governments make lots of promises: to their citizens, workers, vendors and investors. But when the money starts to run out, as it has in Central Falls, some promises prove more binding than others. Bond lawyers have known for decades that it is possible, at least in theory, to put bondholders ahead of pensioners, but no one wanted to try it and risk a backlash on Election Day. Now the poor, taxed-out city of Central Falls is mounting a test case, which other struggling governments may follow if it succeeds.The whole thing is here.
Washington should have been trying to find a way to help states avoid the layoffs and cutbacks that have contributed heavily to the high unemployment rate. Instead, it seems to be doing everything possible to make the situation worse in state capitals around the country.
I have been informed that somewhere in there (I don't see it) it states that union members are permitted to discuss union business both "inside" and "outside' the union, which of course means that we are now free to discuss the union business publicly.
The Reed group is screwing drivers left and right, the company allows the screw ups and takes no responsibility.
Willie Moore and Hazel Lavalee both got the hell out of here. (retired)
While it saddens me that a woman can go around slandering and victimizing with impunity, the plus side is that we can now discuss openly the events of our union.
THE CASE AGAINST FREE SPEECH
Ellen Fox bears no responsibility in posting members names and driver numbers!
There has never been a preferring of charges that has actually gone through at ATU 757.
Is that a good thing? I really don't know.
SAN FRANCISCO — An illegal, Orwellian violation of free-speech rights? Or just a smart tactic to protect train passengers from rowdy would-be demonstrators during a busy evening commute?
The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and beyond as details emerged of Bay Area Rapid Transit officials’ decision to cut off underground cellphone service for a few hours at several stations Thursday. Commuters at stations from downtown to near the city’s main airport were affected as BART officials sought to tactically thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by transit police.
Two days later, the move had civil rights and legal experts questioning the agency’s move, and drew backlash from one transit board member who was taken aback by the decision.
“I’m just shocked that they didn’t think about the implications of this. We really don’t have the right to be this type of censor,” said Lynette Sweet, who serves on BART’s board of directors. “In my opinion, we’ve let the actions of a few people affect everybody. And that’s not fair.”
The next time you buy tires,insist that your tire be made in the USA.Les Schwab,the leading retailer in the NW,sells mainly imports from Korea,Japan and China.I cringe when I look out my drivers side window and see Toyo,Yokohama, Hankook or their private labels such as Open Country.Put a US citizen to work in Ohio,Iowa,Tennessee or S.Carolina by keeping those factories running.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Read the story and watch the video HERE!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Half a loaf
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.
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!
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”.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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!
John Charles message to the TriMet Board Members | Cascade Policy Insitute
"We dealt with them in a kinetic strike," he said.
BBC News - US says Taliban who shot at US helicopter dead
Mayor challenges City Council to be bold and fund rail projects | Ballard News-Tribune
(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
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).
New chief lawyer for Tri-Met
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.