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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One Day on the F’in’ Bus

http://trimetdiaries.com/2011/09/one-day-on-the-fin-bus/

Hard to stop the Church of Light Rail

$3.1-million LRT study for system between Victoria and Langford draws fire from critics

Here come the part-time Muni operators!

One of the biggest changes management sought and won was to cut costs by using part-time drivers instead of having more drivers earning overtime. This also gave bosses more flexibility in deploying operators when they're needed most.

Another blow to the defense in the Sandi Day trial!

AC Transit has agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who was severely injured when she was hit by a bus in North Oakland in 2008, her attorney said Monday.
Abby Nichols, 23, was walking across Telegraph Avenue at 51st Street in a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a bus turning right, according to her suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.

Coburn May Look to Block FAA, Highway Funding Deal in Senate

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- An agreement to keep U.S. aviation, highway and transit programs operating may be challenged by a senator who wants to stop requiring states to spend money on highway beautification and bicycle lanes.

VIDEO LOG-September 12

How much to use bike sharing in Portland? About $60-$95 per year

http://bikeportland.org/2011/09/13/how-much-to-use-bike-sharing-in-portland-about-60-95-per-year-58820

Merlo garage has one of the all time great executive board members

JEFF ACKERSON!

Portland Transit Authority: TriMet's Troublesome Transit Tax

TriMet's payroll tax is also different from most transit agencies in that the tax rate goes up by a small amount each year automatically. Over the next 12 years the rate will gradually increase from .6918% to .8218%. This system has been a key to TriMet's success in building out its frequent bus network and MAX light rail system, since in normal times they have been able to rely on a steadily increasing stream of revenue over time. The recent drop in employment, however, has exposed some problems inherent in using a revenue source that only gradually increases.
http://transportationchoicescoalition.blogspot.com/2011/09/portland-transit-authority-trimets.html

DIRTY BUS SUBMISSION


These windows are full of filth and mold.
They create numerous safety hazards especially since bus operators are required to close them.
They do not close easily, you can get back strain and/or broken fingers trying to get these closed. 

A Portland Visitor's Transit Fare Calculator

http://farecalc.incise.org/

CHOMSKY

Looking back on 9-11

Monday's rant

A old pal shows up-ROSS RACER!

Dueling Camera's

It's the Merlo Mars Show

Monday, September 12, 2011

TRIMET completes twitter survey

No action from them is listed, just results: http://trimet.org/news/twitter-results.htm

BART police should let reporters do their jobs

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/09/EDJP1L2GFH.DTL

Don't mess with the Longshoremen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bzoMNgDMELo

The Heat Wave is Over



I don't think I could have handled a 76/78 in a westside dinosaur today.

MAX incident

According to one of the Trimet dispatch monitors, someone tried to commit suicide by MAX yesterday. The person got in between the MAX cars. 
He was foiled by an alert operator who realized what was happening and did not move the train.

Interesting study about public transit in Portland

It's dated 1998, but is still rather interesting:

 http://debunkingportland.org/TriMetsTangeledWeb(T).pdf

No transit advocates in the whitest city in America

No event in Portland Oregon?

THE LAST REFUGE-THE INTERNET

The internet allows an electronic community of those who have not been peasantrified. On the Web, learning and taste will live or, perhaps I should say, hide out. When there is no longer enough interest in books to support bookstores—they close now in droves—the residual demand integrated over the surface of the earth will provide enough of a market to keep the One True Bookstore, Amazon, going. Project Gutenberg will do the same for works not in copyright.
If there is any refuge, it is the internet. Let usmake the most of it.

FRED REED

THIS GUY COULD BE PRESIDENT

Cheering On the Death Machine - NYTimes.com

Sunday, September 11, 2011

POLICE STATE OVERRULED BY COURT

Justia.com Opinion Summary: Husband learned of a problem on the school bus involving his 10-year-old daughter. He and his wife went to the bus stop, where they saw police cars and a school bus. They could not see their daughter, but saw their son being held against a police car.

The Mystery Train is having a meeting of its mystery advocates!

Be part of the CHURCH OF LIGHT RAIL!

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project: Get Involved

You wanna work in a lumbering bureaucracy? Come to Trimet!

Report to lift services Delivery manager who reports to operations manager who reports to director of operations etc etc etc

"Our budget is as tight as a drum"-Neil Macfarlane

TriMet: Jobs - TriMet Career Opportunities-Planner III

You want cash? We got cash!

TriMet Career Opportunities

TRIMET: "We couldn't care less"

Many of our fine drivers were forced to endure the uncomfortable heat wave this weekend in rickety old equipment.

Especially at the 'stepchild' of the {award winning} Trimet system, the west side, where the majority of buses are of the dinosaur model.

Dozens of air conditioned buses sit idle in the parking lots of Center and Powell St garages, tough luck you losers on the west side, suffer the TRIMET TORTURE TREATMENT, BECAUSE "we  couldn't     care less" about you!

10 best cities for public transit+ YOUR ONLINE DEGREE

Hahaha!
Online Degree: 10 Best Cities for Public Transportation

THE KOCH BROTHERS

THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED WITH THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE NAACP BOARD THAT THE INFORMATION IN THE EMAIL BELOW IS TRUE.
Brothers Charles and David Koch, with a combined worth around $35 billion dollars, are waging a war against President Obama. The Koch brothers are the majority owners in Koch Industries, America's second-largest private company with revenues of $100 billion in 2009, and 80,000 employees in 60 countries. Koch Industries main source of revenue is from the manufacturing, refining, and distribution of petroleum. They are major financiers of the Tea Party. They also are providing money to run anti-democratic ads.

Weird stuff

"Stewardesses"
is the longest word typed with only the left hand
And "lollipop"
is the longest word typed with your right hand.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

GOOD STUFF TO KNOW

The man that originally sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure you read the very last paragraph.

Some reminders on Customer Service



Stop Rupert Murdoch

SIGN THE UK PETITION

Camping at the Troutdale Truckstop



While taking a restroom break on saturday,I noticed a whole family sleeping under the stars near the #77 layover.

And now for something completely different...

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=2HiUMlOz4UQ&vq=large

NOTHING EVER CHANGES AROUND HERE-BLAST FROM THE PAST

THIS CALL IS BEING MONITORED OR RECORDED

Are you aware that when you call into the garages your calls are recorded?

All the calls are reviewed and operators can be subject to discipline for things they say over the telephone!




Trimet management does not bother to have the phone's on any sort of pre-call messaging system that informs you that the calls are being recorded.
(funny how I can be FIRED for doing the exact same thing that they do openly)

Even on vacation, you can’t escape the foibles of transit

After a summer hiatus, Starts & Stops is back. (In the interim, I was working on a Sept. 11 project and making the most of vacation time.) I hear it was a quiet summer at the Department of Transportation while I was gone.
First, some summer-travel observations: Rapid transit rides in Sydney and Melbourne, in Australia, cost 2 1/2 times more than the T fare; Sydney has a great ferry system, but the trains I rode were even more trash- and food-strewn than the T’s.

How would you like to be a Blue Line bus driver in India?

Are Blue Line bus drivers androids or terrorists or a unique species? Painted on the outside of each bus is the legend: “Propelled by Clean Fuel”. What is not painted is: “Driven by demonic fury”.

Read the great article HERE!

Shoved Bus Rider Intoxicated: Report

The woman who videotaped a driver shoving a rider from a Metrobus spoke to the agency about the incident.
According to Metro, the woman said the ejected man had been intoxicated with either drugs or alcohol, and had twice fallen over onto other riders, one of them a two-year-old child.

Read the article HERE!

Bus commuters 'walk 11 marathons'

Commuters who catch buses to work walk nearly 300 miles a year, a report has revealed.

BAD NEWS FOR TRIMET IN THE SANDY DAY CASE

Just like drivers of personal vehicles, city buses have a duty to use reasonable care in avoiding pedestrians. Under New York law, pedestrians generally have the right of way on public streets (especially in crosswalks), and vehicular traffic must yield. As such, a person hit by a car or bus may be eligible to seek compensation for injuries caused by a driver's failure to use reasonable care or to obey traffic laws. According to testimony given at trial, Ms. Kusz responded to the pedestrian walk signal and crossed into the intersection before the bus struck her.

MTA MUST PAY $20,000,000 IN PEDESTRIAN DEATH

New technology taxi's hit the streets of New York

The Transit Connect Taxi is a fuel efficient, all terrain vehicle, available with an engine preparation package for conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied propane gas (LPG). Both CNG and LPG lower taxi fleets’ operating costs and are better for the environment.

 Ford Transit Connect Taxis Hit The Streets of NYC

Get rich working for the City of Portland

Government creates huge wealth for some people.

Meanwhile 14 million Americans can't find any job at all in the "land of freedom and democracy"

Who Are The Highest-Paid City of Portland Employees? New Salary Data For 9,000 City Workers

They sure love Portland out there

These are urban "planners" of course who always know what's best for us lowly citizens. It's possible that the guy writing this is another proselytizer for the Church of Light Rail, they are as fanatic as some Christian Fundamentalists that I know. Of course I have no objection to light rail, I object to making the oldest riders of TRIMET (the bus riders) pay the heavy cost of light rail here in Portland.
That is of course, less and less bus service.

Actually I asked the members of Portland Transport to provide me with the facts about development along the MAX line, blogger Jim Karlock was the only one who responded. It appears that this post actually answers my question, but its in FRENCH so I can't read it!

Portland A-Foot

10th anniversary 9-11

Video of 9/11 10th anniversary memorial at Ground Zero, NYC - YouTube

10 Years After 9/11: Era of...

9/11 wtc Attack 10th Anniversary 'Tuesday Morning in September' Interview with ...

Jon Stewart's Post 9/11 Speech - YouTube

9/11 REMEMBERED [THE 25 MOST POWERFUL PHOTOS EVER!!!] ...

9/11 - Tribute RIP - 9/11 10 Year Anniversary-

DIRTY BUSES GOT YOU DOWN?

People are tired of the lack of response from TRIMET and ATU757 regarding the lack of cleaning of the TRIMET fleet.
See some potential health risks on your bus, report it here:
Send pictures, documents, or any other information to this email 
dirtybus@atu757.info


Or text over your pictures and/or complaint to
503-893-9329



15 Examples of How 'The Little Guy' Is Getting Absolutely Killed in America Today

Those without a lot of wealth or a lot of power are getting absolutely killed in America today. The big corporations, the major financial institutions, the ultra-wealthy and those connected to the top levels of government are absolutely thriving even though the economy overall is in shambles. Meanwhile, "the little guy" is being abused, harassed, regulated, taxed and mistreated like never before. In general, the big corporations and the government don't spend a lot of time tangling with each other. Instead, mostly they seem content with attacking the weak members of the herd (the rest of us). In the United States today, wealth and power have become more concentrated than ever, and the big corporations and the government have figured out thousands of different ways to drain even more wealth and power away from the rest of us. Most of the time, "the little guy" is not even able to fight back. Most Americans have very limited resources and a very limited knowledge of the law. Meanwhile, the "big guys" have almost unlimited resources and can hire huge numbers of lawyers. So what does that mean for the rest of us? Well, it means that until society becomes a lot more just, you better do your best to keep from becoming a target of the "big guys".

Read the article HERE!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

1 side of the light rail argument

LRT Development
Developer Goodies

UNION REPORTS-SUMMARIZED

TRIMET is cracking down on chronic time slip offenders. They will even go so far as to pull your data pack to verify that you are being honest. You can be fired if your being dishonest in this area.

Deal struck on highway, FAA bills

The agreement clears the way for passage next week of a single, short-term bill that extends operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration through the end of January and highway and transit assistance programs through the end of March, said Representative John Mica of Florida, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in an interview.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2011/09/10/deal_struck_on_highway_faa_bills/ 

Mechanics slow down transit bus service

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's office blames bus delays on angry mechanics | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

The incredible journey of an American hero; Michael Moore

Michael Moore: I was the most hated man in America | Books | The Guardian

Don't Be Terrorized

Even if terrorists were able to pull off one attack per year on the scale of the 9/11 atrocity, that would mean your one-year risk would be one in 100,000 and your lifetime risk would be about one in 1300. (300,000,000 ÷ 3,000 = 100,000 ÷ 78 years = 1282) In other words, your risk of dying in a plausible terrorist attack is much lower than your risk of dying in a car accident, by walking across the street, by drowning, in a fire, by falling, or by being murdered.
Read the rest of the article HERE!

Stoking the fear

Authorities on high-alert in New York because of terror threat - NYPOST.com

BART continues violating the constitution

BART considers new restrictions on media - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Bogus CSI or SIP (whatever)

How organized labor is supposed to show their displeasure

After overwhelming Longview’s security guards, the longshoremen allegedly dumped grain, broke the windows of the guard shack, and severed the brake lines of several railroad cars. Police were called in and 19 arrests were made. Meanwhile, dockworkers in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett walked off their jobs in support of the Longview action.

Organized Labor Finally Showing Signs of Life | Dissident Voice

Every light rail system built for its climate

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/09/max_and_heat_delays_light_rail.html

Portland legend/58 rider Michael Krupp (blue man) thrashes the city council

FACTORY INSTALLED FAN ON 2600 FALLING OFF

Meanwhile, back at the ranch on the Westside of the country, Merlo drivers sweat driving the shame of Trimet buses.

VIDEO LOG-September 9

HISTORICAL ARCHIVES

Friday, September 9, 2011

VOTE YES ON ARREST!

Should Canadian authorities arrest Dick Cheney for war crimes when he comes to Vancouver?

Didn't get the award...again!

 

God I love watching bureaucracy in action!

"Moving together" (oh boy)

Today the Moving Together project began the official search in Portland's Central Business District and the Lloyd District for a new leased administrative building.

Bridge view!

Episode 2: Why a Cable-Stayed Bridge Design

Bureaucracy slowly lumbers forward

Milwaukie planning department can move forward on implementing South Downtown Plan after Tuesday adoption | OregonLive.com

Famous blogger Dan Christensen gives TRIMET re-certification class thumbs up!

As Al would say "We Love Light Rail"

Big Power Outage yesterday in San Diego (and Orange County, parts of Mexico).

Buses running in place of Trolleys, since they can't run when theres no power.
Dispatch-Operator said she was going to pass out due to heat; told to tie up. (Same?) Line 12 oper transported

Clusterfuck Nation

Perestroika

KATRINA IN VERMONT

History is not your therapist

HIGH CORN

Bus driver who killed pedestrian was fired ‘illegally’, Appeals Court rules

A bus driver who in 2010 was fired for killing a pedestrian on a zebra crossing after working 14 hours was illegally dismissed, a court has ruled.
The Appeals Court decided that the driver, fired by transport company Vimeca after running over a pedestrian during his 14th hour of service, was unjustly discharged.

News from Portugal

Former Fort Worth bus driver files sexual-harassment suit

CLICK HERE!

POLICE STATE REVS UP ITS ENGINES

BART cops arrest dozens at protest in free-speech area | Andrea Koskey | Local | San Francisco Examiner

POLICE STATE REVS UP ITS ENGINES

Andrew Tobias: Listen to a Highly Placed Long-Time Republican Staffer

The [Republican] Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.
It was this cast of characters and the pernicious ideas they represent that impelled me to end a nearly 30-year career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill. A couple of months ago, I retired; but I could see as early as last November that the Republican Party would use the debt limit vote, an otherwise routine legislative procedure that has been used 87 times since the end of World War II, in order to concoct an entirely artificial fiscal crisis. Then, they would use that fiscal crisis to get what they wanted, by literally holding the US and global economies as hostages.
http://www.andrewtobias.com/newcolumns/110907.html

Ashland

Bus fares to stay $1 until 2012 | DailyTidings.com

VIDEO LOG-September 8

Could this new republican bill threaten MLR?

a bill released Wednesday by a House subcommittee would prohibit transit projects from receiving more than half of their funding from Washington.

House Republicans Threaten Central Subway Funding - The Bay Citizen

Buy American

Fla. Transit orders 50 new NABI buses - News - METRO Magazine

Thursday, September 8, 2011

TRIMET on Twitter-best tweets

@trimet: @skyesidhe Sorry to hear about the early/missing bus. Customer Service would like more info. Please fill out this form: t.co/HQTG3Al · Reply · RT
trimet: @alicynx Sorry you feel our operator was discourteous. Customer Service would like details. Please fill out this form: t.co/bGpdIEV · Reply · RT
rimet: @tcraighenry Sorry about the late 20. Customer Service would like details. Please fill out this form: t.co/HQTG3Al · Reply · RT

The Transit Czar 'salutes' us

A bit belated – but I wanted to offer my own Labor Day salute to the employees of TriMet. You offer a great service to our customers and our region, and you do it in circumstances that are always changing and often challenging. We ask a lot of you, and you deliver. I am proud to work at TriMet with such a dedicated and talented work force

Joe Rose comes to the defense of TRIMET?

The truth about TriMet and trees on Portland's Southwest Lincoln Street | OregonLive.com

Jack Bogdanski commentary

More dismantling of Fareless Square ahead/Tri-Met MAX citations: Plead guilty, only $50.

Stressed commuters turning to public transit, tech

Commuter unhappiness is one reason IBM attributes to consumers turning to public transportation. Forty one percent of people surveyed in 20 cities around the world believed that public transportation would reduce traffic congestion. Of the 35 percent of people who changed their commuting mode last year, 45 percent are going for public transportation.

Altair unveils world's first hydraulic-hybrid transit bus

From an economic perspective, it’s the total cost that has to be considered. On that front, BUSolutions is projected to lower the cost of ownership by $170,000 per bus as compared to a conventional diesel bus. With the average local transit authority operating approximately 300 buses, the savings could reduce a city’s cost of transit bus operation by approximately $50 million.
http://www.torquenews.com/119/altair-unveils-worlds-first-hydraulic-hybrid-transit-bus 

A TRIMET MINUTE

Bus driver shot!

Officials urge special protection for transit workers after shooting of SEPTA driver | Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/08/2011

Bus driver stabbed

MARTA IDs driver stabbed aboard bus  | ajc.com

400 union workers protest EGT-bound train, clash with police

About 400 union longshoremen blocked a train for about four hours outside the new EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, but the train passed through Wednesday evening after the protesters were confronted by about 50 officers in riot gear.

Streetcar staff recommends leaving Free Rail Zone

Two years after TriMet rejected a proposal to eliminate what was then the country’s largest fare-free transit zone, the former “Fareless Square” is dying by degrees.
Portland Streetcar staffers told their citizens’ advisory committee Wednesday that they recommend pulling out of the Free Rail Zone in September 2012, raising the base streetcar fare to $2.10 across the system and making central-city MAX the city’s only free transit service.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/09/exclusive-streetcar-staff-wants-to-leave-free-rail-zone/

Video Log-Sept 7

Hartmann: Destroying the Postal Service - another Manufactured Crisis

HERE!

TriMet's crackdown overloads court system

The flood of people stretching the system beyond capacity has become known as "TriMet Tuesdays" where the court system deals with an unexpected amount of people who didn't pay to ride on the MAX. It's an unexpected consequence of TriMet's new get-tough policy.
The line of people this Tuesday spilled out onto the Justice Center’s steps. They were there because TriMet has hired more fare inspectors and deployed more “get-tough” patrols – tickets now outnumber warnings, 3 to 1.
This Tuesday there were 358 tickets to process and standing room only in the courtroom.
“They did it all at once and they didn’t stop to think about what the downstream affects would be,” said Multnomah County Court administrator Doug Bray.

http://www.katu.com/news/local/129432258.html 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

90@10:14pm

94@9:05

94@8:15pm

100 1/2 @. 7:02pm

104 @ 6:04pm

Trimet enforcement agenda part of a world wide action?

TRIMET bus drivers conveniently left out of this story

Some workers can't stay out of the heat | kgw.com Portland

Bus driver tosses unruly passenger off bus

Read the story and take the poll HERE!

Trimet

Trimet is highly focused on sales and service with the latest probing, scanning and innovative technologies from various manufactures. Owners Tim Dobrinich, Mitch Fields and Kevin Fields have over 30 years of industry experience and are excited to serve their customers. will serve the aerospace, automotive, heavy duty/agriculture, white goods and manufacturing companies.
Trimet offers a broad range of products to fit their customer's application from; Optical CMM's, Articulated Arms, Indoor GPS, Laser Radar, Adaptive Control, Laser Tracker, and Vision.
Trimet - Service offers its customers in North America with the latest technologies for inspection, reverse engineering, & CAD modeling.
For additional information email info@TriMetgroup.com

We love light rail!

(Can't wait for the first natural disaster to hit!)

Due to high temperatures today, MAX and WES trains will be traveling at reduced speeds once temperatures reach 90 degrees.
MAX trains will travel 10 mph slower in all areas where the speed limit is 35 mph or higher. If temperatures reach 100 degrees or higher, the maximum speed for all trains will be 35 mph with a 10 mph speed reduction in areas where the speed limit is between 25 and 35 mph. High temperatures can cause MAX’s overhead power lines to sag and rails to expand, so trains will travel at reduced speeds in key areas to maintain safe, reliable service.
WES trains will also be traveling at 35 mph during the afternoon commute for safety due to possible rail expansion caused by the heat.
MAX and WES riders should expect delays.

Obama's Promise Taken to the Bank (literally)

Transit execs live lives of luxury and excess

Metro exec pays for worker shindig | Kytja Weir | Capital Land | Washington Examiner

Supreme Court rules against TRIMET

http://www.smithfreed.com/Libraries/Articles/Luka_v_Tri-Met_9_1_2011.sflb.ashx

The Coast Guard gets in on the action

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-25/pdf/2011-21700.pdf

Bicyclists worried about streetcar safety

Some great comments on the post to!
http://bikeportland.org/2011/09/06/odot-looks-to-study-safety-impacts-of-streetcar-tracks-58518

TriMet's war on urban livability: Light rail hurts neighborhoods, slows commutes

Yes its "John Charles", the very name conjures up immediate reactions. When it comes to his views on light rail however, I cannot find fault.
Between First and Fourth avenues in Southwest Portland, Lincoln is a quiet, tree-lined street that has everything urban planners say they love: high density with a mix of land uses, regular TriMet bus service, more than 65 mature shade trees, and a wonderful north-south pedestrian walkway bisecting the street.
Yet, on or before Sept. 15, TriMet will destroy all of this. The trees will be clear-cut, the street shut down, and several businesses lost, including the popular Candlelight Cafe. The reason: TriMet is taking the right-of-way for the proposed Milwaukie light-rail line

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/09/trimets_was_on_urban_livabilit.html 

TRIMET: "Let us mess with you"

Interesting exchanges over on Twitter, not sure if you would've seen it.  Basically, @Rimbaud1854 brought up an excellent point in that even though TriMet "tweeted" about the fare increase & service changes, they didn't have anything on the buses or trains or at stops to let people know.

Videos Show Fire and Destruction in Texas

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/videos-show-fire-and-destruction-in-texas/

Video Log-September 6

We love light rail!

Due to high temperatures, MAX trains are traveling at reduced speeds. Trains are traveling 10 mph slower in all areas where the speed limit is 35 mph or higher. High temperatures can cause overhead power lines to sag and rails to expand, so trains will travel at reduced speeds in key areas to maintain safe, reliable service. Riders should expect delays.

Boring residents petition for withdrawal from TriMet

Citing a lack of usefulness and financial burden on business owners, a group of Boring residents is petitioning for withdrawal from TriMet service.

http://www.oregonlive.com/happy-valley/index.ssf/2011/09/boring_residents_petition_for_withdrawal_from_trimet.html

Milwaukie City Council split on how to pay $5 million for light rail

http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2011/09/light_rail_news_milwaukie_city_council_split_on_how_to_pay_5_million_for_light_rail.html

model isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

If you like diversity, Portland is not for you. The metro area is 93 percent white, with a large population of Asians. There is hardly a dark face to be seen. The black population is only 1.7 percent. The root cause of that may be that after the Civil War, Oregon passed anti-immigration laws and even made those laws part of its constitution. For decades, blacks, for example, could own no real estate of any kind under Oregon law.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

86@10:12pm

86@10:12pm

88@9:03

92 at 8:12pm

96 in the bus 7:13pm

Neils "note"

MAX @ 25

On Friday, we celebrated with many TriMet veterans and partners the 25th anniversary of the opening of the line that started it all -- the Banfield light rail project. It was terrific to share the event with many TriMet retirees and project veterans. 25 years ago I was on the trains, with tens of thousands of our neighbors -- and a new era was born in public transportation.

Harry sends a memo

With the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks approaching, I wanted to remind all TriMet employees and contracted operations personnel of their important role serving as the "eyes and ears" of the system.
Although there are currently no known security threats to the TriMet system, your vigilance is always needed. Please take a moment to review the security and H-O-T item protocols on the back of your TriMet ID badge and always remember that if you “See something? Say something.”
Immediately contact the Operations Command Center (Dispatch/Control) via TriMet radio or XXX upon observing:
• Security threats, including suspicious items, persons or behavior; and/or
• Criminal behavior and unbadged persons in a TriMet workplace who do not belong.
Thank you for your help keeping TriMet safe and secure

Dealing with the heat

Portland demographic

White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 83.6% 72.4%

A New Plan for Public Toilets Shows Promise

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/02/us/02bcjames.html?ref=sanfranciscobayarea

September 5, 1986: MAX Light Rail Debuts

http://portland.daveknows.org/2011/09/05/september-5-1986-max-light-rail-debuts/

MLR BUREAUCRACY GETS ITS REAMS OF PAPER WORK READY

Milestones reached in Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project

TRANSIT EXEC GOURGES HIMSELF ON PUBLIC'S DIME

Dick Spotswood: SMART chief's eye-popping pay package - Marin Independent Journal

Congress creates a transportation time bomb

That's a far more meaningful deadline than any one-day delay in rolling out the jobs proposal — particularly given the likelihood that House Republicans will nix whatever Mr. Obama wants to do to improve the economy anyway. Unless Congress extends legislation to fund highways, transit and air travel, the economy could lose 1 million more jobs.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-highway-impasse-20110906,0,410601.story

Our marvelous 19th-century fixed-rail system

MaxRedline: 25 Years Of Light Rail

O-BAMA

PRESIDENT URGES HOUSE TO RENEW TRANSPORTATION & FAA BILLS IN ORDER TO PROTECT JOBS AND PUBLIC SAFETY | East County Magazine

HIGHLIGHTS

REVIEW OF TERMINATION AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION BY TRIMET 2000-2009

LOCATED HERE!

TRIMET MANAGEMENT GANG OF RACISTS?

Bargaining unit members were shocked to read the TriMet general manager's announcement that the agency had created two new big-paying positions of "Director of Diversity and Transit Equity" and "Multicultural Program Manager." It seems like a peculiar thing to do since "poverty" is management's continual cry when it comes to improving the lives of TriMet workers - many of whom are minorities. So why did TriMet management choose now to create two more management jobs?
What follows is a “backstory” that could lead a cynic to say it was management trying to head off media inquiries about TriMet’s history with regard to racism. Certainly, cynicism lay behind management’s claim that this new team “will continue TriMet’s regional and national leadership in transit equity...”

Read the rest of the article here: TriMet and Race - The Back Story

Monday, September 5, 2011

TRIMET is a microcosm of the government at large!

If they can film us then we should be able to film them!
TRIMET is a microcosm of the government at large!

How to recognize a stroke!

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

YOUR Yearly Dementia Test:

It's that time of year for us to take our annual senior citizen test.

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!
Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to the last test. Some may think it is too easy but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty. Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.
The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.
OK, relax, clear your mind and begin...

2010 DARWIN AWARDS

You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado, here are the 2010 Darwin Awards.

MAX FAQS on the KGW Live at 7 show

Readers bonus

A copy of my paid subscription of Gerald Celente's TRENDS JOURNAL

UH OH!

Humor

http://www.wimp.com/hilariousdan/

The TRIMET director of Equity and Diversity

Johnell Bell
http://www.theskanner.com/article/Johnell-Bell-Hired-as-TriMet-Director-of-Equity-and-Diversity-2011-09-02

Johnell Bell TriMetTriMet’s new Director of Equity and Diversity Johnell Bell has worked his way up from the grassroots: as a Benson High School student he served on the Portland Public Schools Board; from there he became a coordinator of Multnomah County’s federally-subsidized summer food program; then a policy intern for former Gov. Ted Kulongoski; next, a community engagement project manager for former Mayor Tom Potter; a community liaison for Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler’s office; a policy analyst for the Multnomah County Health Department Health Equity Initiative; and most recently, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

Checking out my new schedule

Bus driver loses it

Police: Bus driver beat passenger | Albuquerque, N.M. | KRQE News 13

Jack Bogdanski commentary

The local mass transit haters are reporting that Tri-Met is planning to whack all the trees off SW Lincoln Street in downtown Portland for the Milwaukie MAX light rail line. Now, ordinarily the tighty righties could care less about trees -- if the state were cutting them down for freeway widening, for example, they'd think it's fine -- but despite the insincere messenger, it's an important message.
"Green" in Portland is so, so hypocritical. A street full of beautiful trees gets destroyed and for what? A $2 billion mystery train to the utterly failed SoWhat District and all the way down to Milwaukie (pop. 21,000). And maybe some of this. Dumb, crooked, both?

Transit use DECLINES in Adelaid!

This is funny because this is where our former fearless leader has had some impact with his "Church of light rail"  preaching!

Transport boss defends fall in train, bus trips - ABC Melbourne - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Dennis Kucinich speaking at the Cleveland Ohio Labor Day Parade

http://kucinich.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28928&Itemid=2

2008: Chris "Criswell" Predicts: The Year in Transit

http://transittalk.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=funds&action=display&thread=298 
Don’t worry. The predictions are here, as usual. The introduction is longer than in year’s past, because 2008 offers a time of unmitigated spleen-venting that comes along, well every four years. That’s just too long to wait.

The citizens of the United States of America, some by choice, the rest by fiat of the Supreme Court, took an eight-year voyage on the scenic road to hell that began on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the eleventh month in November, 2000 anno domini.

WE LOVE LIGHT RAIL

TriMet sent this bulletin at 08/29/2011 08:50 AM PDT

Due to mechanical issues with a westbound train at Old Town/Chinatown, all westbound MAX trains are experiencing delays up to 30 minutes.

Amerika, falling apart one piece at a time

Welcome to the race to the bottom postal workers: 
At the same time, decades of contractual promises made to unionized workers, including no-layoff clauses, are increasing the post office’s costs. Labor represents 80 percent of the agency’s expenses, compared with 53 percent at United Parcel Service and 32 percent at FedEx, its two biggest private competitors. Postal workers also receive more generous health benefits than most other federal employees.

In E-Mail Age, Postal Service Struggles to Avoid a Default - NYTimes.com

TriMet Golf Tournament

http://youtu.be/TA7geazRvxE

Blazing Saddles


It will be a hot one this week

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tweets!


chibi_missy: My eyes burn. I should probably go to bed, but we just got home 20 minutes ago because of schedule changes with Trimet today. ·
swissqueso: I like how my train starts to smell like tuna when we pick up people at Lloyd Center. #trimet · Reply · RT
360DegreesUnLTD: Solicitation on trimet should be banned. · Reply · RT
Just gave my 3 hour #Trimet transfer to a random guy. Good deed of the week completed. Good riddance. · Reply · RT

Classic twitters

nexxylove: Dear #trimet, you can't put signs up about "congestion" being a dirty word, when your trains are packed like sardines. · Reply · RT

Americans Love Democracy, Except in the Workplace

Currently, 93.1% of the private sector work without any elected representatives in their workplaces.
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. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johnda-bentley/americans-love-democracy-_b_948697.html

Green to Grey: TriMet and Portland's SW Lincoln Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNmCbI_A2JE

Airport closed due to "suspicious device"

Trimet red line halted due to this, no bus bridge to get people to airport!

Scene cleared at Portland Int'l Airport after bomb scare | Local & Regional | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon

WEST SIDE TRIMET DRIVERS UNDER DURESS

It looks like we are entering summer in September, the first really hot heat wave! 
Older drivers, drivers with medical problems, over weight drivers, be cautious out here! 
Our jobs and our company are killing us. Do not expect the management to do anything to mitigate the situation. 

Low use East side lines and trippers into Portland will get air conditioned equipment, but west side drivers on the high volume lines such as 52+76 can expect  no such consideration. 
All other smaller use lines will have to suffer through the heat wave as usual. 
If your feeling sick, use your sick time.  Don't be a hero, it's definitely not worth it!

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT


Evan Whipple retirement party

Bus falls into swollen river in northern India, killing 12

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/bus-falls-into-swollen-river-in-northern-india-killing-12/2011/09/04/gIQA6ozJ1J_story.html

$350, trimet year pass august 2011- 2012

click here

Open for Business

These profiles tell the stories of some of the businesses along the project route and how the project is helping them during construction.

http://trimet.org/pm/abouttheproject/openforbusiness.htm

Saturday, September 3, 2011

ANYBODY SEEN HARRY?

ANYBODY SEEN HARRY? from al m on Vimeo.

Harry Sapporta has gone missing!

Director Lehrbach wonders "what does TRIMET staff actually do?"


Purse lost, found on the streetcar; two people want to claim; turns out to be full of weed; police called

Early Trimet riders


TRIMET FAILS MISERABLY ON THIS SUBJECT

For a growing number of citizens, reasonable access to a decent public toilet is no joke, and the lack of it may actually prevent them from riding transit, or even leaving the house. It's a question of accessibility and needs to be taken seriously.
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 

TRIMET BUS SERVICE BEING HACKED TO PIECES

TriMet bus service hours rose rapidly in the 1990s, held steady for the early 2000 and began dropping sharply in 2009. The agency cut total bus service hours 13.3 percent from October 2008 to October 2010, and has threatened further cuts in late 2011 if it fails to negotiate cheaper benefits for TriMet employees and retired members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757.
According to OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, TriMet's service hours per capita in mid-2011 were the lowest since 1975.

Source:http://portlandafoot.org/2011/08/trimet-fares-on-the-decline/

People transit bus drivers deal with

Man Accused Of Threatening COTA Bus Driver | WBNS-10TV
A man was arrested and charged after he had allegedly threatened to kill a bus driver, 10TV News reported Friday.

We love light rail!


Who pays the bill?

Regarding TriMet's parties to celebrate 25 years of light rail: Isn't this like throwing a party for someone and then sending them the bill?

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.

TOM SHILLOCK
Northeast Portland

TRIMET "does not listen" to local concerns

TriMet needs to make changes

"Give more back to riders"


Got a Deferred Comp Account?

The transition for TriMet employees to ICMA-RC’s Deferred Compensation (457b) & Defined Contribution (401a) plans will take place in October, with on-site visits scheduled for the week of August 29, 2011. Here are some questions about the transition that have been heard most often:

Video Log-September 2


Overtime as a Raise




From Canada

Kelly McParland: Public transit stinks, StatsCan confirms | Full Comment | National Post

Friday, September 2, 2011

YES, HERE IT IS, THE GRAND EVENT OF ALL TIME IN PORTLAND

MAX BLUE LINE TIME

2011 Transit Beer II Proposal


Jason recaps Blue Line 25th Anniversary


JEFF ACKERSON DIGS IN FOR A FIGHT


Jeff is involved with an operator disciplinary action where the operator is being disciplined after he was assaulted by a passenger.

The operator never raised his hand to the assailant but the company has decided the entire incident was the fault of the operator; no charges will be filed against the assailant.
After reviewing the data pack the only violation that was seen is the operator getting out of the seat to exchange words with the assailant.  The operator was then attacked by the passenger and never fought back.

Jeff is so distraught over the companies action that he is ready to dig in for a protracted down and dirty brawl with our management.

Speeding up TRIMET bus service

Portland Transport: The Case for Stop Consolidation

Gresham & Portland celebrations mark the anniversary of region's first light rail line

This is the 'official' Trimet news release. Surprisingly, they have actually mentioned the bus ridership in the body of the news release, which is about three times as many as the MAX line.

BART protest turns ugly

Does White Make Right? Racism and Gay-Shaming Drown BART Protests - COLORLINES

Transit bus disasters

Bus driver in fatal TTC crash had drugs on him, police allege - The Globe and Mail

TRIMET wastes money on the IRAQ war scale

They spend like there is no tomorrow around here on marketing and propaganda, but then MAC(the knife)FARLANE has the absolute gall to whine about our "tight as a drum" budgets.

ID Branding
A new campaign we created for TriMet is launching today:

Retweeted by

THERE IS A BUDGET CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY?

U.S. Wasting Billions While Tripling No-Bid Contracts After Decade of War in Iraq, Afghanistan

VIDEO LOG-September 1


Money for Blue Line throwaways-No money for schedules

How to fix your horn


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Boring Wants out, TriMet counters

TriMet improves bus service to Boring

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.

RUMOR MILL

Rumor is that a Merlo maintenance  executive board member is about to be fired for fraud. Might find position at ATU 757 office.

Beaverton Bike&ride report

25 years of MAX

This is one hell of a piece of self promoting  propaganda! 

Maybe the Portland traffic couplet fiasco isn't so funny

Jack Bogdanski

Multnomah County short another $11 million


Jack Bogdanski

No jobs anywhere, except the GUBMINT! TRIMET hiring

 Some of these are internal only.