Sunday, September 4, 2011
Another major reason employees do not unionize is their belief that existing laws provide sufficient workplace protections. However, employees are shocked to learn that there is no federal law limiting the hours an employer can force someone to work without breaks.
And while most employees nominally know they are "employees at will," few realize this permits termination for reasons that are blatantly unfair. For example, if a store has merchandise that is missing, the boss may assume at least one employee is guilty and fire all the employees. Employees at will have no right to an investigation in the workplace. Likewise, a boss can fire an employee simply to hire her son. No federal laws prohibit nepotism in the private sector.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The petitioners argue that with trips often taking more than 90 minutes to complete, asking passengers to simply “hold it” until they get to their destination is inhumane.
The bottom line for decent public toilets - The Globe and Mail
According to OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, TriMet's service hours per capita in mid-2011 were the lowest since 1975.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A man was arrested and charged after he had allegedly threatened to kill a bus driver, 10TV News reported Friday.
TriMet is a public fiefdom run by political appointees. Citizens have little say in it, just as we have little say in the Portland Development Commission or the Port of Portland. These are very powerful organizations that report to the power elite of Oregon business and politics, not the people.
Friday, September 2, 2011
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Thursday, September 1, 2011
September 1, 2011
Line 84-Kelso/Boring gets added trips, improved stops
TriMet will improve bus service in the Boring area beginning Tuesday, September 6.
Additional trips will be added to the Line 84-Kelso/Boring.
- Two trips will be added traveling to SE School & Fireman Way leaving Gresham Transit Center at 7:35 a.m. and at 5:20 p.m.
- Two trips will be added traveling to Gresham Transit Center from SE School Ave & Fireman Way at 7:49 a.m. and 5:36 p.m.
Further improvements include changes to bus stops.
- The addition of new signs at 25 bus stops along the route.
- Signs with stop ID numbers have been added along 257th Avenue/Kane Drive, Powell Valley Road, Orient Drive, Bluff Road, Kelso Road and 282nd Avenue. The signed stops give riders and operators visible areas to provide service.
- Because Line 84 serves a rural area, operators will continue to serve customers who flag the bus at non-posted locations.
New schedules are posted at trimet.org.
With my first year as TriMet’s General Manager completed, I want to update you on the
direction I’m taking the agency.
Navigating tough economic times
Under Federal Railroad Administration regulations all employees who inspect, test or repair railroad rolling stock used on the general railroad system of the United States must be trained and certified as QMPs in order to perform these tasks alone.
On the new defect card, operators are asked to document conditions, odor type, and other potential odor source in detail. The mechanics requested this change in the card to help them more efficiently diagnose and fix any related mechanical issues.
Aligning Recognition Programs with Safety and Service Excellence Goals
TriMet’s adoption of safety as a core value means that safety must define everything we do as an agency. The recommendations made last year by the Safety and Service Excellence Task Force have guided many of the actions we have taken to ensure that safety steers our decisions.
TriMet invites community to a party celebrating 25 years of light rail | OregonLive.com
Previously, McFarlane had served as TriMet’s executive director for capital projects since 1998. In this role, he led the development, design and construction of TriMet’s capital facilities, including the Airport, Interstate, I-205 and Portland Mall MAX extensions, and WES Commuter Rail. From 1991 to 1998, he was TriMet’s project control director for the 18-mile, $963 million Westside light rail project.
Prior to his time at TriMet, McFarlane worked for Metro and helped manage construction for the 500,000-square-foot, $90 million Oregon Convention Center with landmark twin towers, successful public art program and cost-effective design.
February Luncheon: Neil McFarlane, TriMet General Manager | Emerging Local Government Leaders
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
After careful review, it is my finding that the negotiated Hours of Service Policy between TriMet and the Union is in compliance with Oregon Law and Oregon Administrative Rulses. We are not aware of any changes in the law or administrative rules since the policy was originally negotiated, submitted to and approved by ODOT.
Quite frankly, it appears that the deficiencies noted in the August 16, 2011 ODOT letter are more directed toward TriMet’s reporting performance, rather than policy non-compliance issues with applicable Oregon Law and Oregon Administrative Rules.
Full post here!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Bus stops were crowded and lines longer than usual as commuters re-engineered their morning routines.
At 6 a.m., some people at the New Rochelle train station either hadn't heard train service was suspended or came to the station hoping that it would resume.
"They said maybe - maybe - they'll start," Roberto Valencia, 41, of New Rochelle said of the trains. "So far there's no trains."
Morning commute: Bus the only choice for some | The Journal News | LoHud.com | LoHud.com
Thousands of travelers stranded as flights and trains canceled - The Boston Globe
TriMet raises fares, adds service and cracks down on fare cheaters in Portland area | OregonLive.com
Monday, August 29, 2011
And before I get the smart ass remark from Jason - Tigard does not use AMR meters. So someone has to walk onto the rail right-of-way once a month, pull the cover and read the meter.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
At age 12 success is . . . Having friends.
At age 17 success is . . Having a driver's license.
At age 35 success is .. . ... ..having money.
At age 50 success is . . . Having money....
At age 70 success is . .. . Having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . ... . Having friends.
At age 80 success is . . .. Not piddling in your pants.
Bus service in Manhattan and the Bronx was slowly starting to be restored on Sunday afternoon, and fares will not be charged for the rest of the day, transit officials said. Buses are leaving depots in those boroughs as drivers arrive, although that is no easy task, given the lack of subway service.
New York Expects Lengthy Recovery of Transit System - NYTimes.com
Saturday, August 27, 2011
New Yorkers brace for a big hit from Irene: No public transit - latimes.com
So ron Heintzman anjon hunt went to Merlo to defend jeff hunt over fraud the mechanics at Merlo are pist no more hunts!
Is this accurate?
Friday, August 26, 2011
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.
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.
"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."
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.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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...
Transit officer shoots and kills Pit Bull
Transit police shoot aggressive dog near North Portland bus stop