Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sure glad we have brought peace and justice to Iraq

The Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Iraqi girl recounts bus massacre

What the hell is actually happening on Lincoln Street?

Talk about insane bus driver rules!

District policy prohibits drivers from drinking water unless they lock the bus and leave the driver's compartment.

Bus drivers seek clearance to drink water as they drive |

Transit in shambles in Detroit

Detroit bus riders, mechanics, Bing administration clash | Detroit Free Press |


 (Riders love the express lines which will be scrapped by MLR)
Critics in South Jordan say the express bus service, route 327, from their area to downtown Salt Lake worked perfectly and usually had a ridership of 80- to 90-percent capacity. The express route had enough runs in the morning and evening hours that it accommodated both the eight-hour workers and the 10-hour-workers.
Then, the new Daybreak TRAX line opened and 327 was scrapped.

Rolly: Mass transit may be losing some of the masses | The Salt Lake Tribune


When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office this spring he laid out ambitious plans to remake public transportation in the city, including the promise of gold standard bus rapid transit (BRT) within 3 years.
The elements that make up true BRT guarantee shorter travel times when compared even to light rail: dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid fares, platform boarding, multiple entry and exit points on busses and limited stops. Although five U.S. cities have some form of BRT, no North American city meets the gold standard.

Lessons for Chicago from Colombian transit | WBEZ


Obama promised a paltry $447 billion for his American Jobs Act, much of it going to corporations as tax giveaways while the program is to be paid for, in part, by "deficit reduction" - cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other social programs. Such an insulting "solution" to the deepening recession must be shouted down in the streets, but labor and community groups don't seem up for the challenge.

Obama Co-Opts the Labor Movement | Truthout

What the hell is this all about?

Oregon Sustainability Center faces critical City Council vote

The Fall of the United States

We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling… the United States.
--Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Monkey Trial

Crowd cheers death-Amerika

James Strathman report on absences at TRIMET (re-posted)

In any event, frustrations over utilization of unscheduled intermittent leaves have reached a point where FMLA has been interpreted as the “Friday and Monday Leave Act” (Shopes, 2008).


Employee absence cost in Transportation is very high for the agency – about $1.5 million for every percent absent each year. The impact for absences is dramatic:

Have you seen the MLR project description?

Do these folks look like a public relations staff?

MLR and 17th Avenue

Light rail on 17th Ave means widening the street, to function a lot like Interstate Avenue. Tracks and platforms will be in the center, flanked by traffic lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks.

There will be no crossing or left turns except at signalized intersections. New traffic signals will be added at Rhine Street, Center Street, Boise Street (aligning with a new gate to the yard) and Schiller Street. The existing traffic signal at Holgate Boulevard will expand to allow left turns in all directions.
Where the street will widen
Continuing to provide adequate employee parking is a top priority.

VIDEO LOG-September 16/part 2

Video Log-September 16 (part 1)

Frank Delgado is planning to take a boat down the Amazon River

Is Jon Hunt about to sell us out?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Killer cop circus is back in town (Jack Bog's Blog)

We love light rail!

Due to an auto on the tracks NE Grand and Holladay, MAX service is disrupted. Shuttle buses will carry riders between the Old Town/Chinatown and NE 7th Ave stations. All lines are affected. Riders should expect delays.

86 year old can't find the brakes

Culture of DEATH

Bill Lascher

Along for the Ride: Max Blue Line 1 — Hillsboro

Grant Applications Available

TriMet: Public Notice - State Elderly and Disabled Transportation Grant Applications Available

Rethinking transit delivery

This is an idea who's time has come, especially on the West Side where service has been eliminated on weekends. Let's start thinking outside the box managers and redraw the routes rather than eliminate service nights or weekends.

Decentralizing Bus Routes

TRIMET completes Facebook survey

TriMet: TriMet Facebook User Survey Results

Light Rail Fail

VTA Light Rail Train Derails In San Jose « CBS San Francisco

NLRB attacked

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed a measure to limit the authority of the National Labor Relations Board. On Thursday, Republicans voted to prevent the NLRB from ordering an employer to halt production or relocate workers if labor rights were found to have been violated. The measure came in response to the NLRB’s ruling earlier this year against Boeing for retaliating against striking workers. The NLRB found that Boeing illegally shifted production of its new 787 Dreamliner passenger plane to a non-union plant in South Carolina to punish striking union workers in Washington state. The measure now goes to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely to pass.

Transit of the future

Heathrow's private, driverless pods offer a futuristic way to get to the airport terminal | TERMINAL U | Travel News

Transit strikes

Metro - GO bus strike deadline delayed

Phoenix transit union says bus strike now 'very probable'

Light Rail Fail

Second bus-train accident in Buenos Aires leaves 90 people injured — MercoPress

Another city dumps 'free ride' area

Time for this city to catch up with the 'real world'.

Downtown free-fare zone may disappear | The Salt Lake Tribune

Union leadership OUSTED over financial mess

The leadership of a Chicago unit of the Amalgamated Transit Union has been ousted because of “runaway financial problems.”
The union’s international president, Larry Hanley, says the leaders of Local 241 were relieved of their duties Monday because of inability to control and account for expenses. Two ATU international vice presidents were named as trustees to oversee the local.
The major issues are the failure of Local 241, which has been led by president Darrell Jefferson, to control expenses, implement controls to account for and protect union finances, and pay for escalating legal fees related to arbitration cases with the CTA, the international union said.
“We had 14 people go to the ATU Latino caucus in San Francisco from Sept. 7 to 11,’’ Jefferson said. “The international told me to cancel the trip, which was approved by the (executive) board and the members. When you are in financial straits, you shouldn’t be going, but this was what was approved by the board and the membership.’’ 

CTA union leadership ousted over financial problems - Chicago Sun-Times

Video Log-September 15 (part 2)

VIDEO LOG-September 15/part 1

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NEIL MAC(the knife)FARLANE responds to recent ruling

In August, ATU filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) against TriMet with the Employee Relations Board (ERB). A ruling on part of the ULP that addressed TriMet’s Final Offer submitted July 20, 2010 to the ATU was just issued. The ruling determined that some of the proposals in TriMet’s Final Offer did not “logically evolve” from earlier negotiations and, therefore were improperly included.
The ruling means that TriMet must delete those items from its Final Offer that will be considered by an arbitrator scheduled in mid-January 2012.
As always, TriMet remains open to resolving open issues with the ATU.

Check out comments from blackfloydphish


So as always (and I know it’s not what people want to hear), if you want to be on a particular train (or bus), be at the platform ready to board before it gets there, and allow a little extra time if you’re at a stop that isn’t a timepoint. And by “ready to board” I mean have your fare paid and everything 

Erik Halstead articulates why bus drivers are worth the pay they get

Think of it this way:
Do you want some schmuck making $7.25 an hour (or whatever the minimum wage is) driving around a big 40,000 pound, 40 foot long brick on wheels?
Anyone theoretically could drive a bus. Turn the ignition, pop in the air brake valve and hit the gas pedal.
But, can that untrained schmuck off the street drive the bus safely and on route, on schedule, while NOT getting into any collisions or breaking laws, taking care of the passengers (yes, transit bus drivers do have to wear the customer service hat - they have to take fares, issue transfers, and assist customers with where they are going)...?

The Merlo Mars Show

Today's episode: "Mars drinks TRIMET vitamin water"


Buses continue being the workhorse of the TRIMET system supplying 1,077,200 trips.
That’s 56% of all boarding’s at TRIMET.
Bus boarding’s increased by 26,300 rides over last month.
MAX boarding’s were 846,000, that’s a decrease of 33,700 rides, almost the same amount the bus increased!

TRIMET brags about the double digit ‘growth’ of the green line. (of course the numbers are from this month last year), but the real facts are that Green Line boarding DECREASED from last month by 800 boarding rides!
That’s about 1% of TRIMET ridership, hardly worth bragging about!

WES boarding actually increased by 40 boarding’s, to a total of 1,660 boarding’s wow, big deal!
And TRIMET brags about the double digit growth of WES too!
But then again WES carries NOT EVEN 1% OF TRIMET RIDERS! Not deserving of any mention at all!



Transit executive tries to "stack" the meeting

BART spokesman in hot water for staging support

When is TRIMET going to get around to this?

Regional Transit District may streamline complicated fare menu |

Transit districts being held accountable for poor security

Mother of Man Fatally Stabbed on Red Line Plans to Sue MTA Over Lack of Proper Security: LAist

Is it possible that PHOENIX is more progressive than GREEN PORTLAND?

They have homeless transit passes in Phoenix, not here in (fake) progressive Portland.

Phoenix homeless transit passes at issue

TRIMET decides to PUSH the new Beaverton bike&ride

Secure area of Beaverton TC Bike & Ride open to the public (bring a bike lock). Free BikeLink cards to the first 15 customers. Free coffee, too!

VIDEO LOG-September 14/part 2

Let’s stop the ‘urban utopia’ dream for LO

Welcome back from your summer fun, Lake Oswegans. Your mayor and redevelopment department have continued to be busy pursuing all of their wish lists for Lake Oswego without input from you. They roll out new projects to spend your tax dollars on because they know they can do it and get away with it.


Some interesting comments, especially SP_Red Electrik's:
TriMet broke state labor laws in contract dispute with union, Oregon board rules
Car ran into back of bus; driver had no license and possibly no insurance


Trimet Board Briefing-September 2011

VIDEO LOG-September 14/part 1

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BUS SUCKS! RAIL GREAT! (so says the Ministry of Propaganda)


Macfarlanes report to board


Drew Blevins-Ken Zatarian-Alan Lehto

Neil Macfarlane says "pay your fare!"

Macfarlane wants "safety climate" committee

“an actual conflict of interest”

Milwaukie council split over $5-million payment to TriMet




TRIMET has lost its case of bargaining in good faith regarding its first, last and final offer!
TriMet broke state labor laws in contract dispute with union, Oregon board rules

Facebook's Pre-Crime Scanner Technology: On The Street Report


Land of Democracy and 'Freedom'

New government census figures show the number of Americans living in poverty has hit a record 46.2 million — one out six people. Nearly 50 million are without health insurance, the highest total in over two decades. The overall poverty rate has climbed to 15.1 percent from 14.3 percent, and from 2007 to 2010 rose faster than any similar period since the early 1980s. The percentage of Americans without health insurance rose from 16.1 percent last year to 16.3 percent. The gap between the rich and the poor has also grown. While the average income for the top five percent of the population dropped 1.2 percent, the same figure for the bottom fifth of households fell 4 percent.


Transit officials were surprised earlier in the year when they discovered that transfer information was being shared by bus riders through social media.
The old transfers — paper tickets that allow passengers to change buses without paying an additional fare — were stamped with a randomly assigned letter of the day. Some transit users had cheated the system by collecting several tickets of each letter. They then used those accumulated transfers for free bus rides by using the appropriate transfer for the posted letter of the day.
"I actually had a guy who had a glass case who had everything [all the transfers] alphabetical. So he would just go on to Twitter in the morning and find out what the letter of the day was and he'd use the transfer all day," Achadinha said. "The bus drivers were the ones who flagged it to me."

Bus driver wounded by crossfire

A SEPTA bus driver was injured by shattered glass during a shooting Tuesday night in the city's Cedarbrook section, only a week after another SEPTA driver was shot in South Philadelphia.


Here is how you hold an effective protest:
About 50 transit workers and union leaders barged into an MTA office building in downtown Brooklyn Monday morning for a brief but boisterous protest rally over wages and benefits.
The sudden surge of protesters, and their refusal to leave the lobby of 180 Livingston St., was the first in a series of demonstrations Transport Workers Union Local 100 plans to carry out over the next several months, union leaders vowed.
"This fight starts now," Local 100 President John Samuelsen bellowed to bus and subway workers who chanted "Fight Back!" and waved union placards in the vestibule.
Read more:

Capital projects is us!

This position reports to the Sr. Manager,who then reports to the head manager, who then reports to the executive manager blah blah blah blah...

$6,967.33 Monthly


I want to commend Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for her position on the Columbia River Crossing. I, like her, also want to have a countywide vote on the CRC as soon as possible.
I especially want to vote on the issue of light rail being included in the new bridge crossing. For the cost of light rail we could purchase dozens of C-Tran or TriMet buses and they could run more often than the trains and take people closer to their job sites than light rail could.
So hats off to Herrera Beutler for sticking to her position on the CRC and light rail. Wake up Vancouver and demand a countywide vote on the CRC before we end up with the light rail boondoggle.
David A. Johnson

Ron Paul-he looks better and better

VIDEO LOG-September 13

Take a ride on the 58

This is NOT my movie nor did I participate in the production of this movie!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One Day on the F’in’ 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

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


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.


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


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:

BART police should let reporters do their jobs

Don't mess with the Longshoremen!

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:

No transit advocates in the whitest city in America

No event in Portland Oregon?


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.



Cheering On the Death Machine -

Sunday, September 11, 2011

POLICE STATE OVERRULED BY COURT 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

Online Degree: 10 Best Cities for Public Transportation


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

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".


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


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...



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.


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.


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 - Tribute RIP - 9/11 10 Year Anniversary-


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

Or text over your pictures and/or complaint to

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


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. 

Mechanics slow down transit bus service

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

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 -

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

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


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

VIDEO LOG-September 9


Friday, September 9, 2011


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 |

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



History is not your therapist


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



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


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.


Bus fares to stay $1 until 2012 |

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: · Reply · RT
trimet: @alicynx Sorry you feel our operator was discourteous. Customer Service would like details. Please fill out this form: · Reply · RT
rimet: @tcraighenry Sorry about the late 20. Customer Service would like details. Please fill out this form: · 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 |

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. 


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  |

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.

Video Log-Sept 7

Hartmann: Destroying the Postal Service - another Manufactured Crisis


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. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011




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 | Portland

Bus driver tosses unruly passenger off bus

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(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

The Coast Guard gets in on the action

Bicyclists worried about streetcar safety

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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 

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

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.

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

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




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