Sunday, August 21, 2011



I stumble through the 'Leverage' set


TriMet Purposed Change:

c. All employees who retire on or after February 1, 1992 and before April 1, 2012, shall receive the same health and welfare benefits available to active employees, not including orthodonture or dental coverage for dependents other than the employee’s spouse or Domestic Partner.

TriMet Purposed Change:

e. For those employees who retire on or after April 1, 2012, The District shall make available at District expense the same medical, vision, prescription drug insurance program for the retiree and the retiree’s spouse or domestic partner for a maximum of three years or until Medicare eligibility, whichever occurs first. Once a retiree becomes Medicare eligible, the retiree, spouse. Or surviving spouse of a retiree shall receive a monthly payment of ???? or eligible person, to pay for medical, dental, vision and prescription drugs, and all Medicare premiums without any reimbursement from the District, including reimbursement for Medicare ? and D.

f. For all new employees hired after april 1, 2011, and who become vested, the District’s fixed contribution (as outlined directly above in Par. 1 (e) )for an eligible retiree and the spouse or surviving spouse of the retiree shall be 4% of the fixed contribution upon the employee’s retirement multiplied by the employee’s years of service.
By way of example:

Years of Service Percentage of Fixed Contribution by District
25 100%
20 80%
10 40%

Par. 3. A Mini-run Operator must have a minimum of 2 years of service as a full-time regular operator before he or she becomes eligible for full time retirement benefits.

Funding the future: We need a transportation bill for the 21st century

Funding the future: We need a transportation bill for the 21st century |

23 perish in Mbooni bus accident


A handful of people listen to the dispatch calls, I'm one of them obviously.
What I find curious is that with all the overheated broken down buses that occur when it gets about 85, why are the bus on time statistics NOT horrible, I mean dastardly?

Trimet statistics present bus service as being on time 80% of the time?

I can't possibly believe it, there are far too many missed and late trips to make that figure even remotely believable.



Wish this guy well
Another nuke genie is out of the bottle
Breaking news: Sam Adams is bad people
From Japan, more disturbing images
Another blown story
Jeff Cogen doesn't read this blog

Massive Bus Rapid Transit System Proposed for Chicago

Portland gets "worst" rating

Travel taxes: The worst US cities for travel taxes | The Economist


Extreme heat introduction

This summer has brought a heat wave with unusually high temperatures that have lasted for weeks. High temperatures can be potentially dangerous to one's health.
People suffer heat-related illness when the body's temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. Under some conditions, sweating is not enough to cool down the body. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.


A healthy body temperature is maintained by the nervous system camera. As the body temperature increases, the body tries to maintain its normal temperature by transferring heat. Sweating and blood flow to the skin camera (thermoregulation) help us keep our bodies cool. A heat-related illness occurs when our bodies can no longer transfer enough heat to keep us cool.

No safety at TRIMET, at least not for drivers

This has been a pretty good summer, all things considered. But yesterday was 93 in Portland and hotter in other places.

My safety request for driver fans in the old buses was tabled, "for further review", translation, don't call us we will call you, aka: forget it!

In the year 2011, when we are witnessing this agency spend money on all sort of frills, when the leader of this agency preaches safety everywhere he goes, we now see  the truth of where we work.

This company, and its leaders think so little of us, they cant afford a A $12 DOLLAR FAN to enhance our safety as drivers.

It's pathetic how little regard the management has for us.

Our 1st 90 degree day this summer!

Thankfully,both my buses were low floors with air conditioning yesterday.
Pity the drivers and passengers in Washington County that had to travel in the "Easy
Bake Oven" dinosaurs.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


ATU757 August Meeting Minutes 2011

For all ATU members!
Here is the minutes of ATU757's August 2011 Charter meeting. Feel free to comment on this post as it is an open outside meeting from our union.
ATU757 August Meeting Minutes 2011

Obama's Made In Canada Bus Gets President Criticized

LA transit gives its riders benches, by the thousands

L.A. approves 10-year contract for up to 6,000 bus benches -

Muni bus hits, kills pedestrian in crosswalk

Police investigate

Afghanistan bus accident kills 35

TRIMET participating in government gang stalking BLUE COLOR CODE 8-17-11. NWO

YUP, it's Stealth Wave Raptor

After Cellphone Action, BART Faces Escalating Protests

Early last month, a BART police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding homeless man at the San Francisco Civic Center station. The incident provoked a series of small protests that drew little attention until Aug. 11, when the transit agency took the unusual step of shutting down cellphone service for several hours as activists prepared for another rally.
With that flip of a switch, BART has come under siege — in cyberspace and underground.

According to officials, BART’s technology personnel have been working round the clock to fend off a disparate group of hackers who penetrated the agency’s Web sites last week and released sensitive information, in retaliation for the shutdown of the cellphone and wireless services. 

Verizon strike ends, but no contract yet

Stop Clinging to False Hope and Face Reality

Everyone is complicit to some degree, but perhaps it is the people themselves, those being ruled, who are most to blame for the circumstances in which we all now find ourselves to varying degrees. Surely the American majority's willingness to shun the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights has enabled the "power seekers" to regulate and dominate virtually every aspect of an individual's life. For without the consent of the larger body, the rulers would have no power with which to abuse.
But as it is today, the greater mass of voters is still busy watching "Dancing with the Stars" and "American Idol." The vast majority of youth care not of real issues; rather they are focused on increasing the number of new "friends" who sign on to their Facebook accounts, or are busy discussing what Lady Gaga ate for dinner or some similar nonsense. It is a shame that people have fallen out of touch with the act of thinking and being responsible for their own lives.


How many presidential buses does it take to equal the cost of one light rail car?

President Obama traveled the Midwest on a new bus purchased by the Secret Service.
The vehicle is painted all-black with tinted windows and appears to be the size of a standard Greyhound bus. Inside, we can assume that it's tricked out with the latest in high-tech security gear and telecommunications and designed with a kitchen, shower, bedroom and lounge area.
Given its purpose, the price tag must be enormous.
Actually, it's not. It was purchased for $1.1 million. A typical light rail car in Portland costs $4 million.
Regular transit riders might want to ponder that. A light rail car has hard seats, no headrests, minimal legroom and no on-board internet access.
The Presidential bus can go on any road in America, while light rail is limited to just a small part of the Portland region.
The proposed Milwaukie light rail project will cost $1.5 billion. If we cancelled the project, we could buy an entire fleet of presidential buses and run them to Milwaukie, with free coffee and donuts for everyone, and we still couldn't spend as much as TriMet plans to spend on one mile of light rail.
Read the rest of the article HERE!


The Mule at Center Street

Another transit blogger appears!

Along for the Ride: Going Live on the 75 | Lascher at Large

Who is the fool here?

So what are THEIR purposes?
The true purposes are only known to them and I can only voice my speculations. I feel Sister Ellen Fox’s purpose is to avoid preferring of charges from moving forward and having to truly answer for her actions. President Jonathan Hunt’s purpose can be an attempt to discredit me as a Presidential candidate and to demonstrate that he controls the officer’s and members as he pleases. The purpose for the Executive Board Officers can be of either fear of retaliation from President Jonathan Hunt or to show loyalty to President Jonathan Hunt over truly defining the translation of our Constitution. My purpose is to stand up for myself and the members that supported my Constitutional rights.
  FULL POST AT TRUE Union Values?

Friday, August 19, 2011

New paint job on a 1600




The final brown bag session to discuss new dates for PMLR’s impacts to Center St, Holgate and Holladay St is Thursday, August 18, 12-1 p.m., Center St conf rm. C/D.  All employees welcome


The response from employees for stories about growing up riding the system was overwhelming! There were too many to fit into the August 17 paycheck flier. More stories appear below. You can add yours in the comments section.

Trimet official notice about fare changes coming up

Help customers prepare for September
Some changes—mostly positive for customers & operators—to many bus lines;
some fares increased; trip info available online and on paper

A Grass Root's Win in Wisconsin

War on the Workers

Drunken fool punches out bus driver

Drunken rider attacks Calgary transit driver | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

As roads, transit fall apart, Congress once again stalls

But, just when it's critical to move beyond the Eisenhower-era mind-set, some conservatives in Congress are resisting support for more efficient and innovative modes of transportation. And they apparently also want to undo Eisenhower's greatest achievement as president: the interstate highway system.

Businesses hurt by rail construction

Tacoma rail project disrupts Pacific Ave. businesses | TOP BUSINESS - The News Tribune
Sounds like a 45 and 4 other Merlo runs may be cancelled

BART vs. Anonymous: Dumb and dumber

You might as well declare BART a separate country with its own laws. Also: No criticizing BART's on-time performance, or they'll lock you in one of those disgustingly filthy toilets.

Government tyranny in action

Donations pour in to help woman with bone cancer | Community Spirit | Salem News

Fill it to the Rim with Brim

My cup runneth over at 136th and Holgate layover.

'Flash mobs' pose challenge to police tactics

Los Angeles Public Transit Access Top Among Major Metropolitan Areas, Besting Even New York

Portland not the best? Sheesh!  BUT WES RIDERSHIP IS UP 555%

Study: 700,000 have no access to cars or public transit

Brookings Institute

SPREDELECTRIC {aka Erik Halstead}

Northbound WES train at old Greton
Southbound WES train at old Greton


Thursday, August 18, 2011


He can't wait to start the next one as soon as he is finished with this one!


No more ride free zone in downtown Seattle -

BART’s cellular shutdown: Safety or suppression?

Michael Risher, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, said he’s never heard of a government agency taking such an action. “Not in this country,” Risher said. “This is the kind of thing we hear about happening in oppressive regimes.”
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.


The 2nd Annual Equity Bike Ride takes place Thursday, August 25. TriMet is a sponsor of the ride, which includes stops that highlight efforts to achieve racial, geographic environmental and economic equity. The ride begins at 6 p.m. at Lents Park, SE 92nd Avenue and Steele Street.

Stealth wave raptor

TRIMET crossing over Trussel as I'm approaching 8-10-11 EAGLE EYE 2 - YouTube

Bus Driver: The game

Transport passengers around an attractive and realistic city!

  • 12 buses to drive, very detailed models inspired by real-world buses
  • 30 routes arranged into 5 tiers with increasing difficulty
  • Multiple duties, such as driving a schoolbus, transporting tourists, sight-seeing tours, and transportation of prisoners

  • Bus Driver


    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)

    Sunset Empire Transportation District

    Transit district selects new leader · OPB News

    Plenty of losers, few winners in BART debacle

    No one's still standing on the moral high ground in this BART debacle.
    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.

    Shaping Software for a Smarter Portland

    IBM approached the city of Portland in late 2009 to partner on creating such software, facilitating sessions with more than 75 Portland-area experts. Ten years' worth of historical data was collected to provide an interactive visual model of Portland as an interconnected system. This model helped develop the Portland Plan, setting the city's policy priorities and objectives for the next 25 years.

    Portland State University opens 'Electric Avenue' for e-commuters

    Portland State University opens 'Electric Avenue' for e-commuters |

    Grocery Stores Hire Strike Breakers as Labor Fight Intensifies


    Chicago to try launching the first true bus rapid transit system in the U.S.,

    The proposal being introduced by the Metropolitan Planning Council calls for starting with a network of 10 CTA bus rapid transit routes covering about 95 miles of mostly bus-only lanes, with buses making stops every half mile at special stations where passenger prepay their fares just like at rail stations.

    The unsolved mystery of

    The Unsuck DC Metro blog is known for chronicling riders daily complaints on Metro’s bus and rail network, but if you type in to your browser you’ll be directed to, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Web site.

    Uneasy riders: Mass transit systems caught short

    Many U.S. public transportation systems are struggling to cover costs, with more than a third projecting shortfalls for their upcoming budget years, the American Public Transit Association said on Wednesday.
    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.
    "Many agencies have also had to defer or delay planned capital projects, including returning existing facilities to a state of good repair or replacing aging vehicles and facilities," according to the survey, which noted that rising gasoline prices could push more riders into the system.(Trimet doing the opposite)

    Verizon Workers’ Strike "Most Important Labor Battle Going on Today"

    Video Log-August 17 (part 2)

    Major Metro Transit Systems Ranked By Bus Driver Top Hourly Wage-2007

    Operator's Top Rate Sept. 2006 Cost-of-Living Adjusted
    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

    Major Metro Transit Systems Ranked By Bus Driver Top Hourly Wage Adjusted for Cost-of-Living-2007

    Rank City Cost-of-Living Adjusted*
    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



    Supervisory Procedures
    Title: Fitness for Duty SOP 584
    Date: Approved 11/6/2008 Page 1 of 3
    1.0 Purpose:
    This procedure outlines how supervisory personnel assess operators for fitness for duty on
    a daily basis.

    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 17 (part 1)

    Milwaukie light rail commitment based on ‘quicksand of lies’

    Anyone worried about the county's reputation if they "defaulted" has only to look at TriMet's believability factor regarding federal money for the Milwaukie light rail project. They knew in October of 2008 they were only getting 50 percent of the project in federal money, not the 60 percent they were telling the entire region. They waited until July of 2010 to let us in on that dirty little secret, all the time dealing with Clackamas County for $25 million and Milwaukie for $5 million. It only took them 21 months to spit out the truth, and then only because they had to. Tri-Met General Manager Neil McFarlane's comment to the Milwaukie City Council on this matter was, " We just had a little hiccup in our financing." Well, golly, Neil. Is their stance even legal, much less ethical, when their request is based on such a quicksand of lies? Why is it that everyone is held accountable except TriMet and Metro? 

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    TRI & GET - a look at public transportation in Portland, OR

    That Tri & Get has not made any moves to remove its outmoded spoke and hub system exposes not only their arrogance but the continued boondoggle nature of spending funding on looks good/feels good projects which do little if anything to address public transportation needs. The citizen's victories of the late 1960's and '70's certainly seem hollow indeed in today's light. I'm sure out there, many of you have your own Tri & Get tale(s) of woe. Please share.


    12 outside!


    Facebook Now Helping Governments Spy On And Arrest Peaceful Activists

    The Ron Paul Tipping Point


    Executive Director, Labor Relations & Human Resources

    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)


    Surveillance shows passenger attacking bus driver |


    No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive XXXX XXX (removed for Max) retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense..

    The self-serving must stop!


    SAN FRANCISCO—Hackers again targeted a California transit agency that came under fire last week for turning off cellphone service in its stations to thwart a potential protest.
    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.


    Transit Agencies Plan Fare Hikes, Service Cuts - Bloomberg


    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 16 (part 2)

    Costly Rail Project Boondoggles Still Fascinate Politicians

    It is this cavalier attitude toward spending American taxpayers’ money that has caused our nation – and states like California – to rack up trillions of dollars in debt with no end in sight. Clearly, this rail line has become a taxpayer-funded boondoggle, despite what its apologists say.

    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 16 (part 1)

    Trimet MAX Green Line invites Planet Argon team (historical)

    Jonathan Hunt makes a request

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    BTC report-1

    Understanding the different levels of transit service.


    Farebox recovery ratio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Graphic designer looks at MAX

    Rail Transit of Portland, Oregon | Cameron Booth

    America's Top Public Transportation Cities

    This is a Forbes study and the relevant criteria is the % of the population that actually use public transportation.

    Portland doesn't make the cut.(transit alert)

    You got the answers you want?


    Tell the FCC: Government Agencies Cannot Censor Communications, THAT INCLUDES BART!



    BART managment hysetria strands commuters

    Demetria Polk, 21, stood perplexed at the Powell Street station. It was the Oakland resident's first day on the job at a check-cashing operation in the city, and she had no idea how to get home to her daughters, ages 1 and 4.

    Protest shuts down 4 BART stations -

    Bus driver flees and his bus is burnt to crisp

    In another road mishap, a boy was crushed to death at Mohib Ullah Road near Old Golimar within the jurisdiction of Pak Colony police station. Atta Mustafa, 10, son of Shahab Hussain was a resident of Asif Colony. He was going home from school when a speeding passenger bus (1-L) bearing registration No JP-1872, knocked him near Mohib Ullah Road. Resultantly he died on the spot. The involved driver managed to flee while angry people set his vehicle ablaze. Police and fire brigade squads rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire. Police said victim was a student of grade five and a case has been registered against the unknown driver. staff report


    I don't bother with Ellen's blog because its nothing more than a place for her to attack people, mainly me of course. But it was just brought to my attention via Ellen Fox Watch Blog that she is now accusing me of violating the same section of the ATU contract that she was accused of violating.

    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.

    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 15 (part 2)


    BART's action last Thursday - which ignited an international debate about technology, free speech and public safety - was an effort to diffuse an antipolice demonstration. But it spurred an even larger protest Monday that was organized online by a loose-knit band of computer hackers known as Anonymous.

    "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.

    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 15 (part 1)


    From Erik:

    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).

    Photos from the Leverage shoot

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Dan Christensen comment on Oregonian 35 nightmare

    Dan Christensen August 13, 2011 at 7:56AM

    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.



    RT @trimet: @PDXStreetcar Just confirmed this is a comment re: streetcar: RT @clayroody first time ever feeling carsick on a trolley @trimet #leadfoot
    RFOregon: Wanted sex offender frequents TriMet stations, authorities say: Parole and probation officers ... #News #US #Oregon ·
    WalkOfLife503: Old man sniffing boys on #trimet ·
    lazulisong: Culinary students eating results of baking class on #trimet bus. Q_Q cheeedddder biscuuuuuiiiitsssssss

    Wanted sex offender frequents TriMet stations


    Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work.
    Deputy General Counsel


    Man has heart attack on Bridge Pedal
    19000 cycle, walk over Portland's bridges during Sunday's ...
    Bikes take over freeways, streets for Bridge Pedal | Portland
    Providence Bridge Pedal draws over 18000 cyclists - FOX 12 - KPTV ...
    Portland Bridge Pedal 2011 (2 of 2) - YouTube


    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Passengers of the Los Angeles County Metro bus system now can watch full episodes of One Economy's groundbreaking web-series, Los Americans, delivered in shortened segments through the Transit TV broadcast network Monday through Friday. Hollywood icon Robert Townsend, cast members of Los Americans and representatives from One Economy and Transit TV hosted a screening of the series and answered questions today for a preview event onboard a Los Angeles County bus.

    BART has opened a real can of worms trampling on freedoms

    For apparently the first time in the United States, a government agency shuttered mobile-internet and phone service in a bid to quash a demonstration — the same type of speech suppression exercised by Middle Eastern tyrannies to quell dissent.
    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 |

    Trimet capital projects manager goes to Korea

    Hmmmm, do we have money for this sort of thing? But they sure do love Portland, even around the world I guess. Must be doing something right? Right?

    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.

    Trimet management heading out to the community

    TriMet staff will be setting up booths at a number of community events this week to promote safety around vehicles and tracks:

    Lloyd District Transportation Management Association Summer Transportation Fair at Oregon Square Park (Holladay between 7th & 9th streets)


    I've been watching Trimet on the twitters and it appears they are really starting to respond to people there. That's good news indeed! Congratulations Trimet for finally hopping on board that boat!

    About that statue of the giant teletubby deer

    Portland A-Foot



    If you missed the union meeting...

    The 1000+ Trimet union employees that don't go to these meetings finally get to see what is going on inside the meetings. Chris Day lost the battle but he won the war on transparency.
    There have been two major decisions, both involving Ellen Fox of all people, that have had a huge impact on union members.

    50 organized union members attempted to prefer charges on Jon Hunt

    They didn't understand the technicalities of doing it however. The new rulings allow public disclosure of union business.


    In 1967, the California Supreme Court ruled that a city couldn't prohibit nondisruptive political activity inside a railroad station.

    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Jack Bogdanski editorials and exposé

    Go by streetcar, lose your pension

    Why Portland City Hall employees' unions continue to support politicians who will spend money on tomfoolery like the Mystery Train to Milwaukie (population 20,291) is beyond us. When those electeds overspend on their pet projects, the unions may find themselves losing their precious retirement checks:
    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.

    The treasury department has issued a new dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy.

    A Growing Gloom for States and Cities

    States and cities had already endured a harrowing three-year financial slide when the debt-ceiling crisis darkened their outlooks even further. In the space of just a few weeks, the Republican-led standoff on spending and taxes brought them a triple dose of bad news: a budget deal that will probably lead to a significant reduction in federal aid; a bond downgrade that could eventually trickle down to the local and state level, making borrowing more expensive; and a stock market plunge that is bleeding state employee pension funds. 
    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.


    Checking out Portland's reservoir

    The case against ellen fox

    Was dismissed under the U.S. Department of Labor — Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) — Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, As Amended

    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.




    It takes 18 years of full time seniority to get an am straight at merlo.

    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)


    In a past preferring of charges I posted all the information about that case. It now appears that it is permissible after the current union ruling.
    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.



    Reports are the ATU president has come down on the side of Free speech, with the approval of the executive board, and a vote of the membership.

    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.


    Remember the story that KGW ran on me? Well here it is, in all it's glory. There are 4 videos, two from the station, and then the two that I made with Jason Mchuff that were not edited. I would encourage anyone who is being interviewed by a TV network to make sure they bring an assistant to film the ENTIRE interview.

    My versions are the next two:
     This is the video I made before going (against all advice) down to that TV station.

    Jim Karlocks website ( I think)

    Inside Story-China train crash


    3645 SE 32ND PORTLAND OR

    SF transit agency’s cell phone shutdown: Shielding commuters or hints of Orwell?

    (Robin Weiner, File/Associated Press) - FILE - Commuters enter and exit a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Francisco’s financial district in this Sept. 15, 1997 file photo. Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said Friday Aug. 12, 2011 that they blocked cellphone reception in San Francisco train stations for three hours to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting.
    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 continuing failure and waste of resources on the 'war on drugs'

    Camelopardalis MAX FAQS

    Someone put Chillaxin' on the MAX on Reddit a few days ago. This is the second time MAX FAQs ended up there (the first, strangely enough, being my post about dynamic braking - who knew the internet would find that so interesting?), so for everyone still wandering in from Reddit, hi.
    Anyway, some good news: we now have the video PSA for Chillaxin' on the MAX.
    Can we bring these guys back for the Orange Line opening? I think I like them better than the Green Line dance team.


    After Action report
    After Action report
    Action report
    Action report
    Action report
    portland is too crazy!...shuting down all these bridges for friggin in gridlock!....taking me almost an hour to get across to NE

    A Half-Century at the Local Tire Factory in a Globalizing World

    A Half-Century at the Local Tire Factory in a Globalizing World | Dissident Voice

    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



    Fare increases got you down?

    Don't worry, just hop on Streetcar and buy your fare there (assuming you aren't going out of Zones 1-2). Still valid on bus & MAX, but cheaper than buying it on either of those!

    Paul Cooper loses his arbitration hearing

    We have been informed by reliable sources that the final decision on the Paul Cooper case affirmed his firing. It was his work record that did him in.

    Bus wrap on 1731

    It kind of made me wonder - is it cheaper for companies to advertise on a bus like this that isn't likely to spend a lot of time downtown compared to a newer low-floor (and therefore isn't as likely to be seen by as many people?)

    The tea party


    Coffee with Steve Banta of Phoenix Metro

    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 12(part 2)

    Steve fung says "turn off FOX news"!


    Union members will vote on charges against Ellen Fox in the next round of union hearings.
    I would imagine that the first thing that most people will think is “here we go again, Chris Day and Ellen Fox “
    But this is not the issue in the latest case. The issue this time is a member taking ‘private’ information about other union members and giving that information to the company for discipline and to the public at large.

    Gore Vidal one on one

    A COACH driver took over from his pal at the wheel of a bus doing 60mph

    NY bus driver, fired for aiding police, is rehired

    King County votes to save transit

    Portland government didn't do that. They just cut services for citizens and benefits for employees. They also continued the rail expansion at the expense of bus service. Congratulations to the citizens of King County for having a truly progressive government.
    Read the story and watch the video HERE!

    Jason tells his side of the story

    Jason tells his side of the story from al m on Vimeo.

    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 12(part 1)

    The "insider"

    TriMet: RiderInsider Newsletter - August 2011

    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?