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Saturday, August 27, 2011

NY JOINS THE GOVERNMENT HYSTERICS CLUB

Is this an alien attack or something? There have been plenty of hurricanes over the years, they have never closed all forms of transit down, EVER!

New Yorkers brace for a big hit from Irene: No public transit - latimes.com

Boring ready to pull the plug

http://sandypost.com/news/story_2nd.php?story_id=131441849630848900

Keep that $$$ rolling in!

ORDINANCE No. Tri-County Metropolitan District of Oregon ( TriMet ...

TRIMET MANAGEMENT WANTS TO KNOW IF WE CAN DRIVE BUSES

This is a picture from one of the classes, as I stated previously, it's a little bit late to decide if your bus drivers know how to drive a bus for crying out loud!



Investigation against Merlo mechanics executive board member?

 (This has NOT been verified)

So ron Heintzman anjon hunt went to Merlo to defend jeff hunt over fraud the mechanics at Merlo are pist no more hunts!

Evan Whipple Retirement Party at Center St.














Video Log-August 26


CAN TRIMET OPERATORS HAVE A DRINK WHILE IN THE DRIVERS SEAT?

 An operator was written up for taking a drink of water while the bus was at a red light. They were instructed to be off the bus before taking a drink of water. 
Is this accurate?

Friday, August 26, 2011

ATU Members Resource

For ATU members that have problems finding some information online I am working on some resources that can help make finding some documents easier. Here are three links that I have put together as a start. I hope this helps keeps members current on events with in our union.

http://www.atu757.info/Audits
http://www.atu757.info/LM2s
http://www.atu757.info/Minutes

These are simple links that give you access to some documents to help you stay current if you are not able to make it to a meeting.

Posted at ruby!

LTD in Eugene now hiring Bus Drivers


Official post

Beaverton Bike and Ride report

NYC Subway shuts down in anticipation of Irene

The subway system cannot operate under conditions that involve sustained winds of more than 39 mph, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the mayor said that Irene is expected to strike the city as a Category 1 hurricane. A storm of that magnitude has winds of at least 74 mph.

Bloomberg said that service may not be restored in time for rush hour on Monday and urged employees to contact their employers about what proper steps they should take for the start of the business week.


http://www.thestreet.com/story/11232170/1/nyc-subways-shutting-at-noon-saturday.html

HERE IT IS FOLKS...TRANSIT CZAR MACFARLANES PLAN

Delivering MORE and BETTER Service TriMet’s Five Year Action Plan

We will build and operate the Total Transit System by delivering MORE SERVICE and BETTER SERVICE to our customers. 

MUNI reacting to transit bus killing

Muni looks at clearing all bus driver route picks

Cold case team launches bus advertising campaign

Cold case team launches bus advertising campaign | OregonLive.com

Somebody needs to do a better job proof reading


Portland Plans for Transit All Powered by Electricity

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/automobiles/portland-plans-for-transit-all-powered-by-electricity.html?_r=1

BART's Cell-Service Cuts

One member of the public asked the board, "Can you imagine what the police forces of our country would do with the power to shut down cell phone service at will?"
"That for me is the great concern," says Harold Feld, Legal Director for Public Knowledge, a DC based public interest group focused on digital technology. "It does not seem to have occurred to them that they were messing with the phone system."

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/08/barts-cell-service-cuts-not-egypt-but-not-quite-america-either/244161/

TRIMET DRIVER BUSTED FOR TAKING DRINK OF WATER AT A STOP

The insanity continues at our lovely company.
One of our best drivers Jerry W***** was photo'd as he took a drink of water while the bus was stopped.
The person who submitted the photo to our (mis)management stated:
This operator was putting my family in danger.

Disgraceful how much this workplace has become violently hostile to its drivers.

New York City Faces Evacuation Orders as Transit Shutdown Looms

NYC Orders Evacuations, Transit to Shut - Bloomberg

WANT INFO ON OUR UNIONS FINANCES?

ATU757 LM2's

THE "CLASS"

I will be finally seeing for myself the truth about the CERTIFICATION class come next Monday! I can't wait to go to be honest. And I will bring back as much about it as I can. Obviously they won't let me video anything, this company has lapsed into total paranoia with the advent of the Macrfarlane administration. But I will be getting the LO-DOWN on this story and you know I will not hold anything back! So far the strangest thing I have heard about the class is the DRIVING TEST! It's actually funny, they want us to pass a DRIVING TEST! Jeez Trimet, don't ya think its a little late to be testing our driving skills, some of us (actually a lot of us) have been driving 10 years and up already! Then there is some controversy over the paper work we are 'forced' to sign. I'll see what that is all about for myself.

88% of Americans say congress doing lousy job

First Read - Congress: Just 12% approve

2 Portlanders among those arrested at BART protests

SFPD releases BART protesters' names, cities

The land of the "free" is becoming the land of despair

On the Golden Gate Bridge, a Year of Rising Suicides - NYTimes.com

U.S. rail boosters are missing the bus

Now across my laptop comes news of another area in which private sector actors have overtaken government. Again an older technology has been improved and adapted to fill a need, while government dithers. The old technology in this case is buses.
While the Obama administration has been desperately seeking to spend $53 billion on so-called high-speed rail lines, private businessmen have developed Chinatown and Megabus lines that provide intercity service that has attracted legions of price-conscious travelers.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view/2011_0826us_rail_boosters_are_missing_the_bus/ 

DAVID SALE TALKS TO THE GOVERNOR

http://www.kgw.com/news/Father-of-Tri-Met-accident-victim-meets-with-Governor-128427613.html

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 25


WHERE IS OUR UNION HEADED?


Research by Chris Day

Thursday, August 25, 2011

MAYBE TRIMET SHOULD UPGRADE TO THESE BUSES

http://twitpic.com/6b7862

Dan Christensen

Hot news. Just saw Dan Christensen and he will be bringing back Trimet Confidential come the new year!

Hokey Smoke Bullwinkle!

Hokey Smoke Bullwinkle!

A TriMet Customer Service employee was spotted this afternoon at 5th and Hall and boarding the #94 bus to announce new schedules and handed out the new schedules to riders who wanted one.

AND...new signs have been posted at the stop!

Could this be...could this be...TriMet...actually...starting to take its role seriously as a multi-modal transit agency?  Stay tuned...

BTC bike&ride report


SEATTLE METRO STABBING

Suspect in Metro bus stabbing charged | KING5.com Seattle

WEST SIDE TRIMET DRIVERS UNDER DURESS


horror crash in Knysna

58 kids crammed into ill-fated bus - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za

$30 MILLION WANTED FROM TRIMET (or blood suckers prowl for $$$)

Fatal San Francisco Muni Bus Accident Highlights Dangerous Left Turns

BART NEWS

Hacker group posts explicit photos it says are of BART spokesman

Man who threw paint at former BART GM among 35 arrested Monday

Tea Bagger Hypocrite-Minnesota Congressman gets Union Disabilty Benefits


58 RIDER (BLUE MAN) GIVES THE CITY COUNCIL A 30 DAY NOTICE TO VACATE


POLICE EXECUTE A DOG AT BUS STOP-VIDEO


Video Log August 24 Part 2

Processing expedited for Steve

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 24 (part 1)


Holdup at the Max Zoo stop?

A rider reported that the MAX trains were halted because there was an attempted armed robbery at the zoo MAX station.

Coalition recommends cutting funding for new bridge

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/aug/24/coalition-recommends-cutting-crc-funding/

Police shoot, kill aggressive dog at TriMet bus stop

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Police-shoot-kill-aggressive-dog-at-TriMet-bus/JooYecf3Q0W9LlWyfne_xA.cspx

Transit officer shoots and kills Pit Bull

Transit police shoot aggressive dog near North Portland bus stop

Twitter is good for something...

The train pulled away. I maybe yelled something along the lines of "THANKS A LOT, %#**@," and it maybe was a little less pleasant than that. Like every spurned passenger, I had only one recourse - Twitter.

http://drjeff.livejournal.com/2170524.html

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

videoBTC bike&ride report


Wow - police shoot man's pitbull @ Interstate & Lombard as he tried to get
on a TriMet bus.

WARNING! UNSAFE DRIVING CONDITIONS EXIST FOR MANY TRIMET DRIVERS TODAY

CURRENT CONDITIONS

PONDERING THE MIND OF NEIL MACFARLANE

Neil has come out with another "memo". It's an amazing document. He talks about fiscal "uncertainty" in one sentence and in another sentence he adds a bunch of new bureaucrats. He's on track to beat FRED HANSEN in creating bureaucratic bloat to this agency.

HERE'S NEIL~~~>Put bluntly, we face some challenging budget times but I’m optimistic this proactive approach will make a significant impact.

And here is the next part~~~> The two biggest changes include the formation of a new Public Affairs division that will house Government Affairs, a new Policy and Planning Development department, will consolidate our internal and external communications, and will also house Marketing, and Customer Service. The second big change is the formation of a new division called Labor Relations and Human Resources. Recruitment for a new Executive Director for this division is underway.

How many goddamn directors do we need around here?

ATU PICNIC

ATU757 annual picnic at Blue lake park this Sunday, August 28th at 9am.
20500 NE Marine Dr. Fairview.
Here is a link to Blue Lake park showing other activities there and directions.
http://www.facebook.com/l/LAQCEiBfKAQAhMp-7jhh7KmbfCvEaVfG38mCpo7W7sQ3bHg/oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=149
Hope to see you there. Wear your Vote for Bruce if you have them, if not contact Bruce. Shirts available for $5.00(100% of the money goes toward Bruce's campaign)

TransitTracker by Text still having technical issues


TransitTracker by Text users, our service provider is still having technical issues. We will notify you when the service is available again.

TAX MONEY AVAILABLE---PLACE YOUR BID

TriMet: Bidding Opportunities

WORST GOVERNOR EVER

http://www.worstgovernorever.com/

MLR

Re: Milwaukie light rail commitment based on 'quicksand of lies,' (Aug. 17 issue), Milwaukie can be accused of bag attention from "blight rail" to plastic bags.
The plastic bag issue is an obvious diversion from critical issues, e.g., TriMet's MAX Orange Line, a superfluous light rail incursion wherein an "unmistakable majority believe should be halted in its tracks completely – or, at least terminated at the Clackamas County line."
For sure, the egregiously costly $200 million-per-mile construction project to Park Avenue is NOT in Milwaukie's best interests, even though Mayor Jeremy Ferguson, also a TriMet employee, "twitches" that issue be inconspicuously bagged and/or flushed down into some twilight zone where voters don't know squat. Ha!
Folks, show the governmentium politicos the d'oh and encourage common-sense thinkers like Ed Zumwalt to lead in restoring common sense in Clackamas (vs. Calamitous) County, and free good folks like DaVinci's, et al, from the transit agency's cancerous metastasizing, please!
"wnd"

TRANSIT WORKER BEAT TO A PULP

TTC employee viciously beaten | Posted Toronto | National Post

LIGHT RAIL DISEASE INFECTS CANADA NOW

Forget AIDS or SARS, there’s a new billion-dollar contagion popping up across the country. Symptoms include visions of grandeur, severe loss of reality and a propensity to enact massive tax hikes. It’s called LRTS: Light-rail transit syndrome.
City planners infected by LRTS, however, come to believe tracks have the magical power to transform drivers into eager transit users, regardless of local evidence, density or geography.

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/08/23/light-rail-disease/ 

HOW FAR DOES TRIMET PROPAGANDA REACH?

All the way around the country, this headline is from a national news service:

Oregon 
Light rail ridership up last month -- especially Green Line and WES, TriMet says
TriMet's light rail scored another success in July, with ridership up across the board and in some cases by double digits, but the number of passenger trips on buses slipped slightly.
 

What I find incredible is how the media just spits it all back to the public. Actually folks, its fascism in the flesh, government and business extolling the virtues of each other.

TRANSIT ADVOCATES IN SF CREATING PROBLEMS FOR POLICE

August 22 demonstration against BART - the second Anonymous #opBART protest
San Francisco BART arrest Anonymous protesters
Anonymous - Operation BART Protest
Anonymous - Operation BART Protest(2)
pt.5 San Francisco BART protest Monday, August 15, 2011
SFBG August 22 BART protest
pt.3 San Francisco BART protest Monday, August 15, 2011
SFBG August 22 BART protest
BART Protest August 22nd 2011 San Francisco COMPLETE


Bus drivers to go on strike in Arizona

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Passengers-told-to-be-ready-for-bus-strike-2139164.php

Congress heads for another showdown over transportation funding

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/congress-heads-for-another-showdown-over-transportation-funding/2011/08/23/gIQAUoYEaJ_story.html

Mayor vows to keep public transit safe

LA Times

San Francisco Transit Board Developing Cell Phone Policy

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/24/san-francisco-transit-board-developing-cell-phone-policy/

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 23 (part 2)


Campaigning Reality Check

I am getting word back from people saying how crazy I am to think that it would cost $20k - $30k to run a successful campaign. 

CHRIS DAY HERE

MAX ATTACK



STORY HERE!

Somebody on the 58 line screwing with bus drivers

I was accused of "driving impaired" (although it was the wrong 58 it turns out) and yesterday another 58 driver was accused of "driving impaired".


Too strange to be just a coincidence.


Somebody has it in for 58 bus drivers!

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 23 (part 1)


Mental Health Association of Portland

Portland Cop Tasered A Disabled Man on TriMet

Oregonian spits back the propaganda

Light rail ridership up last month -- especially Green Line and WES, TriMet says | OregonLive.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

videoBeaverton bike&ride report


First Ever iPad-powered Mass Transit Kiosks

Come on Trimet, you can't let them beat you on this stuff!
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-ever-ipad-powered-mass-transit-kiosks-catch-a-ride-on-charleston-trolleys-128239883.html


WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO TRIMET IF THIS HAPPENED HERE?

Tri-state area transportation delayed, suspended in wake of earthquake | NJ.com

2 BART stations open, close as protesters roam

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/23/MN8N1KQJSB.DTL

KEEP ON PUMPING OUT THE PROPAGANDA

There were 8.5 million trips taken on TriMet buses, MAX and WES Commuter Rail in July, with overall weekly ridership up 2 percent compared to July 2010. Weekday trips on the MAX Green Line increased 15.5 percent and increased 16.5 percent on WES. Rush hour trips were up 2.5 percent on all modes; bus ridership was flat. All figures below are compared with July 2010.

~~~>Listen to a day of bus dispatch calls  and it is amazing anybody is riding our crappy bus service.
Service is infrequent, buses are late or not showing up at all, loads of non-air conditioned equipment. I wouldn't rely on this bus service if I had a choice. 
Congratulations Trimet, you've done a very good job extolling your virtuous and wonderful light rail service, at least with your deceitful statistics.

The real deal:


The buses haul most of Trimet riders at 1,103,500 or 55%.
The green line hauled 51,500 trips or a measly 3% of all Trimet riders.
The WES hauled 8,100 trips or less than 1% of Trimet riders.


The WES and the GREEN LINE are headliners in the Trimet ministry of Propaganda news release. Will any media challenge it? NOPE!

COMMENT:
I'll take it a step further for you.

WES ridership (weekly avg):
May 2010 - 6300
June 2010 - 6600 (+300 over May)
July 2010 - 6950 (+350 over June)

Rate of change from May to July 2010 = +650. Not too shabby.

May 2011 - 8200
June 2011 - 8100 (-300 from May)
July 2011 - 8100 (no change from June)

Rate of change from May to July 2011 = -100.


Doesn't look as great when you lay out the numbers that way, does it? I think WES ridership has flatlined at its peak...

Bus stop sign/Burnside & St Claire


FACEBOOKS

STREETCAR CITY

Types of Transportation | Streetcar City | Oregon Experience | OPB

TRIMET MANAGEMENT-SEND SOMEBODY TO METRO TO SEE HOW ITS DONE

Bruning eyes Milwaukie for Rivers-style project

http://www.clackamasreview.com/news/story.php?story_id=131362032350445700

DC METRO DRIVERS WIN BIG AGAINST THEIR MANAGEMENT!

Metro union workers to get pay raise soon

Metro’s union president said workers will likely receive pay raises by the end of September after a long fought battle.

Muni dispatch violated rules before fatality

The Muni driver who struck and killed a 23-year-old woman in a Castro district crosswalk Friday was driving his bus to a new assignment along a route he picked on his own after dispatchers at central control allegedly failed to give him specific directions - an apparent violation of Muni policy, the transit agency's spokesman told City Insider on Monday.

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 22 (part 2)


I SUBMIT MY 5TH REQUEST FOR SAFETY ASSESSMENT-SICK TIME POLICY

So far I have one win and three losses:

protest against BART becomes violent

http://rt.com/usa/news/protest-bart-violent-police-715-993/

Parsons Brinckerhoff gets some TRIMET boodoggle money!

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/TriMet-contracts-Parsons-Brinckerhoff-to-design-lightrail-maintenance-facility--27716

ONE OF MY REGULARS GETS HASSLED BY A FARE INSPECTOR

I'm filing this complaint against employee Nancy XXXXX ID XXX,  for the way I was treated.  Mrs XXXXXX asked me if I could read, and when she looked at Honored Citizen she said she understood. I was giving a Notice of Exclusion for smoking,which I was and take full responsiblity for actions. The way Mrs. XXXXX treated me was very rude and inappropriate. I don't know what Trimet's laws are, but I feel a warning would have been more then sufficient.

I agree that handing out fines for first time offenders is just government out of control. Everybody deserves one warning no matter what the violation given the fact that TRIMET had a 'anything goes' policy for over 40 years.
 

Ten years of Portland streetcars (actually, more like 63)

Some were skeptical of the streetcar from the start.  Factoring in platform stops and minor delays associated with mixed traffic operations, the average speed from one end of to the other is between seven and 12 miles per hour. The average speed of a person walking is three miles per hour. So if you pick up the walking pace just a bit, chances are you can be faster than the streetcar. What's more, streetcars usually go where buses already went, and bus lines are much cheaper than streetcars. What's more, although Portland has branded itself America's streetcar capitol, it's not as if people have given up their automobiles in droves. The streetcar seems to symbolize for some how Portland's central city is a kind of urban boutique while its outer neighborhoods and suburbs are more or less as automobile dominated as Anywheresville, USA.

http://chatterbox.typepad.com/portlandarchitecture/2011/08/ten-years-of-portland-streetcars-actually-more-like-63.html

Bicycles - anarchy in motion

http://oldtownperspective.blogspot.com/2011/08/bicycles-anarchy-in-motion.html

Motor Vehicle Socialism & Subsidies, They Keep Adding Up…

Transit Sleuth by Adron Hall

Video log-August 22 (part 1)


Monday, August 22, 2011

BEAVERTON BIKE AND RIDE REPORT


GREAT SUBWAY CRASH SCENE FROM THE MOVIE "KNOWING"


LANE COUNTY TRANSIT

GUEST VIEWPOINT: EmX line key in city’s growth | The plan for the west Eugene extension maximizes benefits to businesses, customers and residents

The BEST Twitters


mahaloluinoa: @trimet Will you EVER enforce the maximum limits on the number of bikes per train? ·
RT @sarahesterman: Sometimes I wonder if I text trimet transit tracker more than I do my friends... #trimet
@Dan_Christensen: Overheard on my #Trimet bus: "I can't decide if Portland was laid out by a wild psychopath or expertly laid out by a blind man."
Zakyrie: I have the best morning #Trimet driver! :-D
Yuu_you_U: @Ya_rail_mylife そうだ、シアトルでモノレール乗ったぞ TRIMETと言い何といい、こっちの都市交通は進んでる、何処まで行っても人が密集してる日本と違って設計しやすそうな気が

CLASSIC

nootelluh: RT @Dan_Christensen: Overheard on my #Trimet Bus "I'm short a nickel is it ok if I ride..." Me: "Yes but you will have to get off a block early"

TRIMET-THE EARLY YEARS-MORE STORIES FROM EMPLOYEES



TRIMET HATE BLOG

http://amplicate.com/hate/trimet

OBAMA LIAR IN CHIEF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIybk7vzV0s

America's war against social media

http://youtu.be/SZluJtEGS2o

WES BOONDOGGLE NEWS

WES is having signal problems. Riders should expect 10-15 minute delays.

BART CONTROVERSY RAGES ON AND ON

BART officials keep highlighting that their job is to provide safe passage for its passengers. That's true. But they are also part of a government agency with a police force. That power comes with the duty to use law enforcement authority responsibly, and with restraint.
Unfortunately, BART doesn't seem to recognize that. Police have fatally shot two men on station platforms in the past 2 ½ years.

L.A. transit activists rally for a federal probe

(This sounds very familiar!)
The union and several other activist groups at what was billed as a "transit justice town hall," accused the county transportation agency of hurting poor riders by aggressively pursuing new rail projects while slashing bus service. The groups say the cuts unfairly hurt low-income, nonwhite residents and insist that bus service needs to be expanded.
Redman described a recent experience, waiting for a transfer bus on a sun-baked curb for 45 minutes. She was dressed in a black business suit, Redman said, and she spent the time feeling miserable and praying for her bus to arrive and shuttle her toward Santa Monica.
"I wanted to cry. I was hot and sweaty," Redman said. "I was late for the interview."

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/21/local/la-me-stranded-20110821

SHE LOVES THE BUS

Reading & Riding « I Love the Bus

The Cold Harsh Truth of Reality

Adron Hall, aka the Transit Sleuth!

Gallery of Portland Streetcars

http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperience/programs/33-Streetcar-City/slideshows/25

Jack Burton watches over this stop

http://trimetdiaries.com/2011/08/trimet-diaries-links-of-interest-22-august-2011/

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT


Sunday, August 21, 2011

THOUGHTS DOT COM

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/trimet22543-channel

VIDEO OF THE DAY

I stumble through the 'Leverage' set

THE NEW CONTRACT...WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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 | OregonLive.com

23 perish in Mbooni bus accident

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/08/21/23-perish-in-mbooni-bus-accident/

CURIOUS ISN'T IT?

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.

As MAX RED LINE WOULD SAY:

JACK BOJDANSKI REPORTS

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

http://www.infrastructurist.com/2011/08/18/massive-bus-rapid-transit-system-proposed-for-chicago/

Portland gets "worst" rating

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

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR JOB AT TRIMET STARTS KILLING YOU


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.

WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO TRIMET BUS DRIVERS DRIVING DINOSAURS?

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

READERSHIP REPORT


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

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/08/17/obama-made-in-canada-bus_n_929405.html?just_reloaded=1

LA transit gives its riders benches, by the thousands

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

Muni bus hits, kills pedestrian in crosswalk


Police investigate
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/20/BAGJ1KPNO8.DTL

Afghanistan bus accident kills 35

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14601034

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.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/us/21bcbart.html?_r=1 

Verizon strike ends, but no contract yet

http://www.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/08/20/verizon.strike/

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.

http://www.thedailybell.com/2825/Anthony-Wile-Stop-Clinging-to-False-Hope-and-Face-Reality

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 19(part 2)


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!

VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 18(part 1)


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



BEAVERTON BIKE AND RIDE REPORT


OREGONIAN WINS LAWSUIT

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/10-35751/10-35751-2011-08-15.html

CENTER STREET PEOPLE

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

TRIMET-THE EARLY YEARS-STORIES FROM EMPLOYEES

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
HIGHLIGHTS: SERVICE CHANGES as of 9/4/11

A Grass Root's Win in Wisconsin


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-worth/a-grass-roots-win-in-wisc_b_931002.html

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.

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20110819_DN_Editorial__A_Daily_News_editorial.html

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.

 http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/bart-vs-anonymous-dumb-and-dumber-170087

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

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-08-18-flash-mobs-police_n.htm

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%

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/los-angeles-metro-transit-access_n_930835.html

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

MACFARLANE HEADS TO FLORIDA

http://www.techzone360.com/news/2011/08/18/5714424.htm

Thursday, August 18, 2011

MACFARLANE OBSESSED WITH HIS SAFETY RECERTIFICATION CLASS!

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

COME ON TRIMET-GET WITH THE PROGRAM

No more ride free zone in downtown Seattle - seattlepi.com

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.
http://informant.kalwnews.org/2011/08/barts-cellular-shutdown-safety-or-suppression/

WTF?

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

    Driving

    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.

    http://www.governing.com/columns/shaping-software-smarter-portland.html

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

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

    Grocery Stores Hire Strike Breakers as Labor Fight Intensifies

    http://thejobmouse.com/2011/08/17/grocery-stores-hire-strike-breakers-as-labor-fight-intensifies/

    PRESIDENT OBAMA'S $1.1 MILLION BUS

    http://youtu.be/QDKbMSh4qC4
    http://www.kcautv.com/story/15270403/obama-traveling-midwest-on-new-11-million-bus?clienttype=printable

    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.
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-17/news/ct-met-bus-rapid-transit-0817-20110817_1_bus-rapid-transit-cta-and-metra-rail-routes

    The unsolved mystery of unsuckdcmetro.com

    The Unsuck DC Metro blog is known for chronicling riders daily complaints on Metro’s bus and rail network, but if you type in unsuckdcmetro.com to your browser you’ll be directed to wmata.com, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Web site.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/post/the-unsolved-mystery-of-unsuckdcmetrocom/2011/08/15/gIQAo5YcLJ_blog.html

    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

    SNOPES ON CONGRESSIONAL PENSIONS

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/socialsecurity/pensions.asp

    FIT FOR DUTY SOP

    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?
    http://www.clackamasreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=131362276547363900 

    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.

    RANDOM THOUGHTS OF A RANDOM GUY FROM A RANDOM PLACE UP IN THE SKY

    12 outside!

    BTC-3

    Facebook Now Helping Governments Spy On And Arrest Peaceful Activists

    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/07/08/facebook-now-helping-governments-spy-on-and-arrest-peaceful-activists-33681/

    The Ron Paul Tipping Point

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqVQ5oUkU6w

    NOW HERE IS SOMETHING TRIMET REALLY NEEDS!

    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)

    BUS DRIVER ATTACKED!



    Surveillance shows passenger attacking bus driver | KOB.com

    POLITICIANS STEALING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

    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!

    REVENGE AGAINST BART CONTINUES

    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.

    http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903596904576514681763537032.html?mod=googlenews_wsj&mg=com-wsj&mg=reno-secaucus-wsj

    TRANSIT GOING DOWN THE TUBES ACROSS AMERICA

    Transit Agencies Plan Fare Hikes, Service Cuts - Bloomberg

    HERE IT IS! THE FALL PREVIEW OF SCHEDULE CHANGES!

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

    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.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/bob-barr-blog/2011/08/17/costly-rail-project-boondoggles-still-fascinate-politicians/

    VIDEO LOG-AUGUST 16 (part 1)


    Trimet MAX Green Line invites Planet Argon team (historical)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA4ebIe0t5Y

    Jonathan Hunt makes a request


    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    BTC report-1

    Understanding the different levels of transit service.

    http://transitinutah.blogspot.com/2011/08/understanding-different-levels-of.html

    FAREBOX RECOVERY RATIOS BY CITY

    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)

    http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mdg45ejkh/americas-top-public-transportation-cities-2#content

    You got the answers you want?

    BOJACK.ORG

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

    CLICK HERE FOR INFO!

    STEVE FUNGS MOVIE OF THE WEEK

    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 - latimes.com