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Thursday, September 22, 2011

No service alert?



Some pretty major construction on SW Jenkins between Murray and 153rd, all traffic routed through the westbound bike lane, but no mention of how this is affecting the 67 in terms of delays or stop closures on the service alerts page...

Oh boy! The excitement is too much to bear!

Surveys to take place on buses

On Board Surveying on Buses and MAX September 23 – December 31
As part of FTA’s evaluation of the Green Line, an on-board passenger survey will be administered on buses serving the Transit Mall (plus Line 6), buses serving Clackamas Town Center, and on MAX Green and Yellow Lines.
The survey will ask customers about their ridership and is designed to provide TriMet and its federal partners valuable information about the performance of the Green Line. This information will also inform future decisions about bus and rail service in the region.
Surveyors employed by NW Transit Count will be handing surveys to passengers on-board the following TriMet services starting on Friday, September 23:
Bus Routes: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 43, 44, 45, 54, 55, 56, 58, 71, 72, 79, 92, 94, 96, 99, 152, 155, 156
MAX: Green Line, Yellow Line downtown service
The survey work will conclude on December 31.
Surveyors will have picture ID, a permission letter TriMet letterhead, and will be wearing vests with the NW Transit Count logo.
Please allow NW Transit Count surveyors working on the system to have access to bathroom facilities and keep their supplies on-board during layovers.
If you have any questions about surveyors or witness any behavior that is of concern, please contact the Operations Command Center (Dispatch/Control).

Transit strike ends

ECAT workers end strike; buses rolling | Pensacola News Journal | pnj.com

Another Transit agency that cut back on its cleanliness suffers rats now

Subways crawling with rodents after MTA cuts back on staff, transit workers say

Meanwhile-in Greece

ATHENS—Thousands of Greek public-transport workers walked off the job Thursday in a 24-hour strike over austerity reforms, a day after the government approved new budget cuts to appease the country's international creditors.
The walkout halted all mass transit around the Greek capital, Athens, leading to massive traffic jams during the morning rush hour—

More dirty bus pics



US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT REVOKES PORTLAND #1 TRANSIT!

After dropping $8,000 on bus and train billboards declaring “#1 Transit” in bold yellow letters, TriMet is scrambling to remove the self-aggrandizing ads from public view.
Oregon’s largest transit agency started putting the placards on the side of 168 buses and trains after seeing a February U.S. News & World Report story naming Portland “the nation’s “best city for public transportation.”
 The corrected version knocks Portland from first to fifth place in the rankings.
“This is unheard of,” said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. “We’ve tried contacting the story’s author to find out what happened with the faulty data.”


Read the story HERE!

A LAST LOOK AT LINCOLN STREET BEFORE IT IS DEMOLISHED

MAX FAQS BLOG

The congressional crisis about to hit, what will be the effects here?

Federal transportation cuts could derail local transit plans - The Daily Californian

MORE ON THE STUDENT FREE TRANSIT PASS

Free Muni for youths? Good idea needs more thought

All Aboard! All-Electric German Bus-Tram-Train Hybrid Coming Soon

Is it a bus? A tram? A train?
http://www.fastcompany.com/1781646/all-aboard-all-electric-german-bus-tram-train-hybrid-moves-forward-using-innovative-charging

VIDEO LOG-September 21

http://vimeo.com/29416652

ODOT to close 82nd Avenue bus lane for safety reasons?

Portland Transport

Portland Streetcar Musical Night

Lonnie Johnson slams into a Trimet bus

Serial drunk driver gets arrested for DUII - KPTV - FOX 12

Streetcars, light rail, and bridges more important than the future of Portland youth

In TriMet's current budget, and way of thinking, there's plenty of money for the $1.5 billion Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project and a groovy new bridge over the Willamette.
There's cash on hand for the Lake Oswego streetcar, staffing for the constipated Columbia River Crossing and start-up costs for the eastside streetcar. There's $53 million for bus maintenance, a million for media relations and government affairs, and $10 million in the mysterious file drawer labeled "Contingency."
But for YouthPass, the essential bus ride to school for more than 10,000 Portland teenagers?

Steve Duin

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sunrise this morning, as seen from TriMet.


At Millikan Way MAX Station

On the 62 at Murray and TV Hwy

SOME STATS---pictures not the greatest

You Might Be A Conservative If…

1: You’re irate over the president taking so many vacation days on the taxpayer’s dime (61 thus far), but you thought George W. Bushz earned every minute of his leisure time (196 days at the same point in his presidency).
2: You’re happy with your 40 hour work week, paid vacations and company-provided healthcare, but you’re strongly anti-union, because those commies haven’t done anything for you lately.

Read the rest of the article here! 

CORRECTION

After a conversation with my Executive Board representative Jeff Ackerson,  I have amended an earlier post were I referred to the ATU 757 executive board members in a less than flattering manner. It turns out they were just as surprised by our Presidents behavior as I was.

Raw Video: Scaffolding Collapses, Hits Bus in NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp_m-uPFFLg

Bus vs. Train: Is It a Fare Transit Fight?

Bus ridership, however, outpaced trains in subway cities with 3.7 billion trips and trumped all rail with 5.2 billion trips nationwide.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11254517/1/bus-vs-train-is-it-a-fare-transit-fight.html 

Al's sunday night rant

Seat Conditions on the Westside Dinosaurs




In addition to harboring bacteria that makes you sick,the cloth seats are threadbare and worn out. It is just pathetic that the westside transit riders
have to endure this type of equipment on their bus rides.

Killed by light rail

http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-authorities-investigating-light-rail-accident-downtown-20110920,0,7111002.story

Tequila party bus

There were at least two TRIMET employees in attendance at this grand event!
video

VIDEO LOG-September 20

Light rail news: Public art undergoes revisions as design completion nears

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

This guy looks familiar

OPERATOR COMMENDATIONS


The money masters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXt1cayx0hs

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Barbur Boulevard MAX looking like a done deal

Getting stressed cause the company has bungled your break time?

Then go fill out there on line break review form HERE! (trimet employees only)

AND, if you think the crappy work done in our scheduling office is leading to HAZARDOUS UNSAFE operating conditions fill out the safety form HERE!(trimet employees only)

Deadly transit crashes

Riding the school bus aint what it used to be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muisXNw6LU0

Pakistan bus attack kills dozens

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/20/pakistan-bus-attack-kills-dozens

Scaffold falls onto bus

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/scaffold-collapses-onto-city-bus-in-harlem/

Can't get answers from TRIMET

Portland TriMet commuters looking for straight answer on downtown Sixth Avenue bus stop closure | OregonLive.com

Got some vehicles? Provide transport for disabled

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

VIDEO LOG-September 19

http://vimeo.com/29305565

Sound familiar?

No charges in fatal bus-pedestrian crash, DA says

Monday, September 19, 2011

Why do they put temporary stops signs on permanent signs? 

Good is Evil

Stefan Molyneux

How to act like a union

Longshore workers show up outside court, ready to be arrested

Lots of various reports and such available from TRIMET

TriMet: Reports, Publications and Fact Sheets

The wonders of human existence

Cats tortured

Noam Chomsky: 2012 GOP Candidates Views are "Off the International Spectrum of Sane Behavior"

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/19/noam_chomsky_2012_gop_candidates_views

"WE DON'T HAVE TOO"

Evette told us union members yesterday that the approval of the budget is due to the good graces of our tyrannical (yes, tyrannical) union leaders who respect us so much have decided to let us "vote" (sic) on rows and columns of numbers!

Anybody that has attended these union "meetings" (word used loosely) can attest to the brutal nature of these gatherings.

Basically the supreme exalted leader (Hunt) only allows discussion on topics that he chooses and cuts off discussion if he is finding the discussion going in the direction he doesn't approve of.

Virtually the whole meeting is stacked with Hunt supporters anyway.


It turns out that the EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS were just as surprised by Jon's behavior at this meeting as I was.  It's understandable the position they are in, how to you buck the union president who holds all the power? It aint easy I'm sure!

Anyone who dissents is labeled a "union buster", I say bullshit to that!

Personally, I don't like to be threatened and challenge the union to throw me out!

Bus strike 'inevitable' and 'imminent' says union rep

http://www.azfamily.com/news/Bus-strike-inevitable-and-imminent-says-union-rep-130115293.html

UNION INSANITY

Our union leaders sit up on their little chairs and tell us they have very little money left in their coffers.
Then they go ahead and hand out $3000 to a bunch of political hacks, who never have voiced any support for union issues publicly, all with the support of the corn husks (aka members) who just vote yes on everything that Hunt says vote yes on, and then have to gather up all their chairs and move them outside.

Another bus driver gets fired

'Pushy' Metrobus driver no longer with Metro | Kytja Weir | Capital Land | Washington Examiner

Retaliating against freedom of speech

This is a letter to ATU International President Hanley and 757 President Hunt from Chris Day
 President Hunt,
                I am writing you to address your retaliation and attempted interference in my use of “freedom of speech” to communicate with other members. Your attempts to control members as you see fit and to instruct all members that the information you provide is to stay within the walls that you designate is limiting this membership to a select few. Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 Title 1 allows us to not only meet and talk freely with in the walls you designate but to freely meet outside of the union without fear of retaliation. Your retaliation has taken many forms from letters of cease and desists to the removal of meeting minutes documents (not only to me but the entire membership) to encouraging a member to move forward with charges towards me.

Another gem from todays union meeting

Yvette put up a bunch of numbers in rows and columns on the screen and hardly explained any of it or what they really represent.
We were then asked to "approve" the budget.
Even though nobody really understood what those numbers meant, they all voted yes to the union budget.
I voted no, and so did one other person. I refuse to vote yes on an issue that I have no understanding of.
Apparently the vast majority of members are willing to take the word of our officers.
And so 40 people get to make decisions for the 1500 of us.
Personally, I think it pathetic. It mirrors our political system. A minority of people get to decided on what the majority of people will have to live by.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Seeing Stars

We seem to put on these shows because we don't know what else to do, and because the only truly effective homegrown industry left in the USA is public relations, the business of making your own reality.
ClusterFuck Nation

Governance Reform at TriMet: A Path to Democracy and Accountability

Portland Transport

Less Work, More Living

Earn less, spend less, emit and degrade less. That’s the formula. The more time a person has, the better his or her quality of life, and the easier it is to live sustainably. A study by David Rosnick and Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that if the United States were to shift to the working patterns of Western European countries, where workers spend on average 255 fewer hours per year at their jobs, energy consumption would decline about 20 percent.
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/new-livelihoods/less-work-more-living 

NEILS 'MORE AND BETTER' PLAN HAS SOME HOLES IN IT!

Last week, I began a round of employee brown bags to discuss TriMet’s 5-Year Plan. What I have been calling the MORE and BETTER Plan. As part of my introduction, I outlined a number of “threats” facing TriMet – some in and some out of our control.

This is interesting

From the "how we roll' blog:http://www.flickr.com//photos/trimet/sets/72157627395247771/show/
(gotta admit, kinda cool)

Hong Kong makes top ten list

Protesters Occupy Wall Street

Live stream here!

The hits just keep on coming out of the Ministry of Propaganda!

Introducing the latest Trimet Production: "How We Roll" Blog! http://howweroll.trimet.org/
 

ANOTHER UNION MEETING (sigh)

OREGON OLDER COUPLE TRIES TO FIGURE OUT COMPUTER VIRAL VIDEO

http://youtu.be/FcN08Tg3PWw

TRAIN BUS CRASH

The ongoing crusade againt Transit Drivers continues unabated

Calgary transit driver photographed reading book at red light

TRIBUTE TO NEIL MAC(the knife)FARLANE

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?

http://trimet.org/pdfs/pm/stations/Station-Area-Fact-Sheets/PMLR-Lincoln-Fact-Sheet-August2011.pdf

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 | TBO.com

Transit in shambles in Detroit

Detroit bus riders, mechanics, Bing administration clash | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

THIS IS WHAT THE MLR WILL BRING TO MASS TRANSIT AT TRIMET

 (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

BUS RAPID TRANSIT EVEN BETTER THAN LIGHT RAIL

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

O-BAMA BUNGLE



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

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/15-0

Crowd cheers death-Amerika

http://youtu.be/MF64QzDSG60

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).

Absenteeism

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?

http://youtu.be/PAHofNhe95U
http://trimet.org/pm/routeandstations/index.htm#route

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

http://youtu.be/Ms0NawosQFs

Culture of DEATH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yh7LNY0hZo

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.
Neil

Check out comments from blackfloydphish

http://connect.oregonlive.com/user/blackfloydphish/index.html

Timepoints

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

http://maxfaqs.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/timepoints/ 

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"

TRIMET MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA



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!

WHAT BUS DRIVERS PUT UP WITH



STORY HERE

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 | Recordnet.com

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!

http://bikeportland.org/2011/09/15/event-eaverton-transit-center-bike-ride-open-house-bta-service-station-92711-59040

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.

http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=131604484532710300

JOE ROSE COVERAGE OF UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE RULING

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

Dispatch!

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)

CRASH!

Macfarlanes report to board

http://vimeo.com/29069537

TRANSIT MALL TROUBLES

Drew Blevins-Ken Zatarian-Alan Lehto

Neil Macfarlane says "pay your fare!"

Macfarlane wants "safety climate" committee

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

“an actual conflict of interest”

Milwaukie council split over $5-million payment to TriMet

STEVE FUNGS MOVIE OF THE WEEK

COME FOR THE MUSIC

TRIMET LOSES THE UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE

TRIMET has lost its case of bargaining in good faith regarding its first, last and final offer!
http://www.oregon.gov/ERB/orders/UP01611.pdf
TriMet broke state labor laws in contract dispute with union, Oregon board rules

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

TheAlexJonesChannel

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.

HOW MUCH OF THIS IS GOING ON AT TRIMET?

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.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/129779023.html

ATTENTION JON HUNT! ATTENTION JON HUNT-

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: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/09/13/2011-09-13_transport_workers_union_local_100_battle_with_mta_with_protests.html#ixzz1XwafQGDw

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

Letters

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
Vancouver

Ron Paul-he looks better and better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xfU7QFRZvc

VIDEO LOG-September 13

http://vimeo.com/29030524

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

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