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Friday, September 30, 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

New 3D imagery from Google Earth of the Gresham Transit Center.

What's new in Gresham?


Facebook post:This was all done by Service Planning and Scheduling without consulting an operator or a Field Ops. supervisor (you know, those of us who are in the field every Goddamn day.) And no, the line 4 stop won't move to the regulatory stop sign unless SP&S will pay all the citations issued to operators by Gresham PD for parking too close to it.

Piling more shit on Operators-SOPB808

0 Purpose:
This procedure outlines how to park the bus and the requirements for doing so at layovers.
2.0 Procedures:
1. Make layovers only in authorized locations.
2. If your layover is at a bus stop, your doors must remain open to allow customer to board the bus. The only exceptions to the open door policy are as follows:

TriMet driver injured when car slams into bus

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
A TriMet driver was taken to a hospital after a car slammed into the front of the bus in southeast Portland.
TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said there were no passengers on board the bus when the crash occurred near Southeast 95th Avenue and Division Street on Friday afternoon.
The bus driver suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the car wasn't injured. Fetsch said it appears that driver may have run a red light before the crash.
Portland Police are investigating.
http://www.kptv.com/story/15590772/trimet-driver-injured-when-car-slams-into-bus 

Incident on the MAX-veiwed from a distance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czkwo2R3wzs

Be careful where u lock your bike!
Confusion at Gresham TC: Bus stops are changing Sunday but signs already changed
Car ran red light into driver's corner of bus; operator not bad but being transported

Steve Fung deals with illegal dumping

Watch the video here!

The Vanguard hits the streets with a camera

Torturing automobile users the norm around here

And taking TriMet, many commuters say, isn't viable. After repeated cuts, local residents say bus service on downtown-bound lines is sporadic at best. 
Multnomah Boulevard project continues to plague Southwest Portland commuters -- and there's more to come | OregonLive.com

Steve Fung goes fishing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UAnmuHgf90&feature=colike

Video log-July 29-part 2

NYC Transit Union Joins Occupy Wall Street

Click here to read storyOccupy Wall Street

VIDEO LOG-September 29

PART 1

Transit poll: Should TriMet extend transfer times to 3 hours?

VOTE HERE!

A step backward for TriMet

"It’s about fairness and equity,” Fetsch said. According to her, one inspector claims that, overall, people are “ecstatic” about the enforcement and that riders will be paying their fair share. She compares transit riders who “take a chance on beating the system or getting a ticket” to vehicle drivers who use street parking without paying the meters.


But typical parking tickets are $34 for overtime parking and $60 for exceeding two hours in a permitted area. Are transit freeloaders so much more heinous than parking “squatters” that they need to pay $175? 

PSU's Vanguard

The Trimet board discusses the Fare transfer proposal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA8dMMZI2d8

Our favorite flagger on Jenkins road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEPDI6oLUWc

Mars deals with TRIMET unsafe equipment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGk-JwlQAhg

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Supporters of the Campaign for Fare Transfer speak to the Trimet board

Activist asks board member to stay
Kaiser Permanante supports campaign for fare transfer
Supporters of the Campaign for Fare Transfer speak at the Trimet Board meeting-part 1
Supporters of the Campaign for Fare Transfer speak at the Trimet Board meeting-part 2

Chris Hedges Occupies Wall Street

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_occupies_wall_street_20110926/?ln

Transit bus shot at

AC Transit bus shot at with BB gun in Oakland

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Portland bus riders getting cranky

Can't say as we blame them. A once-proud bus system has been chopped up and decimated so that Tri-Met can become a rail company. This looks good in The New York Times and makes life easier for Earl Blumenauer when Neil calls.
But the folks who ride public transit on rubber tires are starting to fight back. It will be a long, losing battle, of course. Go by streetcar!

Another one bites the dust

The 're-evaluation' has produced the exact same result as the first evaluation of my safety request

TriMet to study OPAL's Campaign for a Fair Transfer

It's easy for transit agencies to be caught up in the dreaded death spiral; but reversing such spirals and driving demand often requires investments to be made. TriMet is willing to make such investments for expansion of its rail system. It should be equally willing, and not so quick to plead poverty, to keep the core of its customer base happy--and to treat them like customers instead of like hostages.

Portland Transport

Longshore workers make a stand for labor

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/27/EDLN1L9JTD.DTL

Under pressure from riders, TriMet promises to consider longer transfer times

Although the board voted unanimously to look at the feasibility of expanded transfer times, the vote is far from an endorsement. With the economy and its budget still teetering, TriMet considers the idea an epic policy shift that could cost more than it's worth. 
Under pressure from riders, TriMet promises to consider longer transfer times | OregonLive.com

Rail Fail

Escape from New York: Signal problems lead to NJ Transit commute from hell | NJ.com

MUNI sanctioned!

Muni, CPUC meets Thursday to discuss investigation into railway operations | Will Reisman | Under the Dome | San Francisco Examiner

Punkass kid

http://www.portlandmercury.com/IAnonymousBlog/archives/2011/09/27/punkass-kid

Oregon City left behind by Trimet

OC sends wish list to Amtrak, TriMet

Why light rail was rendered USELESS all last night

Police in standoff with man who threatened people with gun

VIDEO LOG-September 28

The beauty of fixed rail

Due to police activity at SW 16th and Yamhill, MAX Blue and Red line service is disrupted. Shuttle buses are carrying riders between Galleria/SW 10th Ave and Goose Hollow stations. However, the police perimeter is not allowing buses to stop at Kings Hill/SW Salmon St or JELD-WEN Field. Riders should expect delays.
(this has been going on for HOURS now)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

STUPID TEABAGGERS

Why the Corporate Media Will Never Get Behind Campaign Finance Reform

The TV networks rake in about 90% of the money raised for political campaigns.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18954486?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com
Guy with a rifle has max closed!
Bus bridge goose hollow to kings hill

Spotted on bus 1838!

Disabled rider is shooting videos of her experiences on Trimet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hU-8vU4Ul8

DAMN! I thought I was going to win this year!

I would like you to join me in congratulating the first recipients of the General Manager’s Safety and Service Excellence Awards:  Jose Borquez, Assistant Maintenance Supervisor;
Jessica Bucciarelli, Employee Communications Coordinator; Allen Morgan, Transportation Operations Training Manager; Brian Runyan, Bus Operator; Chris Tucker, Customer Service Manager; and Erik Van Hagen, Deputy General Counsel.

Michael Levine is disgusted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yN86RLn81Y

Neil Macfarlane forgets one big thing in his general manager report

TRIMET LOST THE UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE!
KINDA A MAJOR OMISSION NEIL DON'T YA THINK?

Neil Macfarlane seems to think the only safety issue is operator errors-not system deficiencies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP1JS2xRzoc

TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS-SEPTEMBER 2011

TRIMET DIRTY TRICKS?

http://rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/2011/09/trimet-dirty-tricks.html

Portland A-Foot covers the campaign for fare transfer

http://portlandafoot.org/w/Campaign_for_a_Fair_Transfer#TriMet_cost_estimate:_.241.8_million_to_.243.2_million

OPAL rallies for longer transfer times (photos)

PORTLAND A-FOOT

OUR OLD PAL CAMERON JOHNSON ON KBOO!

Asking Tri-Met for a Fair Deal for Bus Riders | KBOO Community Radio

SEATTLE TRANSIT BLOG TAKES UP THE PORTLAND CASE

Transit synergy, land use, and the glue that holds us together - Seattle Transit Blog

The Beaverton Bike and Ride event-special guest star-COLIN MAHER

ACTION AT TODAYS BOARD MEETING!

http://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23omgCFT

Fare Transfer campaign logic

http://www.opalpdx.org/2011/09/rally-for-fair-transfer-at-trimet-board-928/

Video log-September 27

Transport Workers Ask Members of Congress 'Didn't You Say...'

Is Voting Worthless?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/world/as-scorn-for-vote-grows-protests-surge-around-globe.html?_r=1

TRIMET LUNACY?

Ya it's John Charles, but love him or hate him he expresses a point of view that many people subscribe too.

TriMet Lunacy Exposed, Part 1 - YouTube
TriMet Lunacy Exposed, Part 2 - YouTube
TriMet Lunacy Exposed, Part 3 - YouTube

Writing on riding

MAX FAQS

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Recession? Not for these people!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7JImMF3Dho

Subways crash into each other in China

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuuhLGIjdb4

Wanna be a union activist?

Trimet under review-by Neil Macfarlane

Every three years, the Federal Transit Administration conducts a review -- making sure we are following the rules, regulations and guidance that we agree to when we accept federal funding. The review looks at a wide variety of TriMet business functions, from preventative maintenance, to procurement. The reviewers include staff from FTA region 10, as well as a team of contractors hired to do this special work. A great deal of the work is done prior to the actual review visit -- and we have some champions in the Finance Division, and helpers throughout the agency who did an A+ job on the pre-work. I mention this because it lets me share my philosophy about this -- my hope is that we are 'A' students when it comes to following these rules and regulations. We ask a lot of our federal partners, and we receive a lot in federal funds. Paying close attention to the regulations shows our respect for that, but it also builds trust with the federal government, so that they KNOW an investment in TriMet programs will be well spent. Now, I know the regs are complex, and sometimes honest misunderstandings occur, but still -- my expectation is 'A' student status overall -- and a reputation with FTA as the well-run, hardworking transit agency that we are. thanks and Best Regards Neil

OPAL TO STAGE DEMONSTRATION AT TOMORROWS BOARD MEETING

OPAL Bus Riders Unite along with representatives from 30 endorsing organizations call on TriMet to adopt a 3 hour transfer and make transfers after 7pm good all night. OPAL volunteers have collected 6,000 petitions and conducted a 6 month grassroots campaign of research, community meetings and engagement with TriMet Board and Staff. Key leaders and allies will make a formal presentation to the TriMet Board on September 28th at 9:00 AM.

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/671428/1b412d518b/TEST/TEST/%7BVR_HOSTED_LINK%7D 

Shock Doctrine at U.S. Postal Service: Is a Manufactured Crisis Behind Push Toward Privatization?

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/9/27/shock_doctrine_at_us_postal_service

Holy shit!

China rail staff beat passenger to death: News24: World: News

TRANSIT EXECUTIVES RAKING IN THE $$$$ REGARDLESS OF CUTBACKS

RTA chief Joe Calabrese gets $20,000 bonus, pay hike for job well done, board says | cleveland.com

TRANSIT FARE BREAKTHROUGHS!

CAMDEN, NJ--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - PATCO and Cubic Transportation Systems, the transportation segment of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), have partnered to provide Philadelphia/New Jersey region commuters with the first transit-branded, contactless Visa® prepaid card in the world. The new PATCO Wave & Pay ANYWHERE Visa® Prepaid Card began a 12-month pilot program on September 26. This marks the first time that consumers will be able to use the same transit payment card for both transit and retail purchases. 

Cubic Partners With PATCO to Offer Riders the World's First Transit Agency-Branded Contactless Visa(R) Prepaid Card for Transit and Retail

MBTA may increase cost for program catering to elderly, disabled

This was on the Trimet agenda also, coming back up in January for further discussion.
http://dailyfreepress.com/2011/09/27/mbta-may-shut-down-program-for-elderly-disabled/

High Transit official falls asleep during public testimony!

Joe Rose looks into the census data and transit use for Portland

Census data: Portland region still car-dependent, despite bike and public transit commuting

TRIMET DIRTY TRICKS?

The sudden appearance of yet another "dumb bus driver" story on the mainstream media has many of us wondering about the motives behind it.

As one of my colleagues pointed out, there has been none of this type of story appearing in the media for some time now. Remember the last flurry of these "dumb bus driver" media events occurred during the contract negotiations.

The stories stopped appearing after the implementation of the Macfarlanes health care plan and the upcoming arbitration.

After TRIMET management loses it's unfair labor practice and loses the #1 rating there just happens to appear yet another story on the mainstream media about a dumb bus driver.

You don't have to be a logistics professor to notice the connection here. Especially since a bus driver on a cell phone is NOT NEWS, its just another dumb bus driver on the road, who cares?

It's becoming very clear that these stories are coming from TRIMET management themselves, will full cooperation of the corporate media, either to humiliate the drivers or distract the public from management misdeeds.

Remember Marshall McLuhan "The medium is the message".

A dumb bus driver is not news. A dumb bus driver getting into a serious accident is news. There is no news here.

Green washing

Construction begins on new mixed-use development in Hillsboro's Orenco Station | OregonLive.com

Fire on NW Everett St

VIDEO LOG-September 26

Another dumb Trimet bus driver makes the mainstream media

The corruption of Portland transit: How did things go so wrong?

As a young environmental activist growing up in north Jersey in the 1960s, I took transit buses all over – into Newark, Elizabeth, and New York City. Later as a college student in Pittsburgh, I took Greyhound across the state many times to get home.

Trimet board to consider 3 hour transfer


26 September 2011
Contact: Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Co-Director
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
(503) 512-0490 | joseph@opalpdx.org | http://www.opalpdx.org/

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rally to Save America's Postal Service

Come and show support!!!
Tomorrow Tuesday, September 27, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Main Post Office, NW Hoyt @ Broadway
Save 6-day delivery & community post offices
Transfer the surplus funds, pass HR 1351

The wonders of Light Rail-you can't move it.....EVER!

Due to police activity, no Blue or Red MAX trains are operating on SW Yamhill between 15th and 18th. Shuttle buses are replacing MAX service between SW Galleria/Library and Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson stations. Some Yellow Line trains are operating on the Red/Blue alignment through downtown but only traveling as far west as Galleria/Library stations. Riders should expect delays.

Say goodbye, forever

How much hypocrisy are we expected to endure?

I'm really having a hard time right now feeling good about my job here.
I know the honcho's would be happy to see all us old timers out the door. They could replace all of us with new hires, with no vacation time, lower pay scales, and less retirement benefits, and that is what they really want apparently.

Last week I was subjected to two instances where management failure has jeopardized mine and my passengers safety. One day I had to drive a round trip with no signals or emergency flashers and the next day I lost my steering while doing down highway 26.

I suggest you folks that call yourselves managers stop talking about safety till you get our equipment up to standards that can qualify as safe.

Last week I was also subjected to a management "lecture" because I didn't make two attempts to call dispatch after having already sent them a 'ready for service' message that they did not answer. While they failed, I get lectures, its the usual bullshit abuse we operators take while in the employ of TRIMET.

Jack Bogdanski commentaries

Just call them Tree-Met

THE UNSINKABLE MARY FETSCH

Transit bus crashes

Atlanta 911 dispatcher among 2 killed in attempted robbery  | ajc.com

Tolls boost mas transit use but hurts businesses

http://gothamist.com/2011/09/26/pa_toll_hike_has_been_great_for_mas.php

Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

Latest information from the Institute

BRT working in China

ITDP | Institute for Transportation and Development Policy : News : Guangzhou BRT Reduces CO2 Emissions by 86,000 Tonnes Annually

And more on Lincoln Street

KATU report, featuring that tree hugger, JOHN CHARLES

I Ride

On some lucky mornings we stop on the bridge. Suspended there above the river, our view is exclusive to transit commuters and to the legions of cyclists who now pass us in our moment of stasis. I wonder some days whether our train operator is just exercising his prerogative, remembering the days of childhood when piloting a train over a bridge and then sweeping into a bustling city must have sounded like the best job in the world. As the train starts to descend into Old Town, I hope my operator is still finding some joy in his job. I hope that amidst all the schedule pressures and time-points he gets just a moment to realize that he’s the one who got to grow up and drive a train.
TriMet Diaries

More on Lincoln St

VICTORIA TAFT: Tri Met: Destroying the Neighborhood to Save It

Police state closes in on Wall Street Protesters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFXPixgWnbM
Wall Street Protest Man Thrown To The Ground & Arrested - YouTube
Protesters arrested in anti-Wall Street rally - YouTube
Wall Street protest, including police arrests, September 22, 2011 - YouTube
09-18-2011 wall street Protest Useless Cop Trying To Intimidate - YouTube
Occupy Wall Street Protest September 2011 - This is only the beginning pt.1 - YouTube

Ireland says "NO" to costly light rail construction

Rapid bus network for capital - National News - Independent.ie

Children in NY abandoned by government cuts in transit

7th & 8th-graders forced to take public transit, hours-long commutes as bus cuts leave kids stranded

Transit strikes

Union strike could come to Santa Rosa | union, strike, transit - Northwest Florida Daily News

MBTA trying to eliminate free transit passes for employees

Bill looks to restrict MBTA employee benefits | The Daily Free Press

SMART card system glitches in Denver

Maybe someday this transit agency can actually catch up to the rest of this countries transit systems by getting modern buses and modern fare collection systems.
Editorial: Is RTD missing the bus on the future of transit? - The Denver Post

Agreement reached at SAMTRANS

I thought only TRIMET employees paid nothing for health and welfare benefits? Of course not, that was all media lies.
Wage freeze part of SamTrans contract agreement with bus, maintenance workers - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

Transit districts need to be part of the poverty solution, not part of the problem

Transit discounts for the poor urged at gathering of the faithful - San Jose Mercury News

Where people really use transit

This is back in the news, the cities that really do use transit in numbers. While Seattle Makes this list sadly Portland does not.

10 Cities Where Workers Most Use Public Transit: Census

More from the Great transit fail of 2008

Max - Gateway Max to PDX Bus bridge to the Portland Airport
Max - Gateway station
Max - Tri-Met Gateway Station

Life will never be the same on Lincoln St

According to TriMet, the removed trees will be reused in a variety of ways. Higher-quality wood will be salvaged and provided to furniture and structure builders, such as Habitat for Humanity. Large sections of trees will be reused as playground furniture for City of Portland parks. The remaining wood will be made into firewood for low-income households, or mulched for use in local parks and community gardens.

Portland trees come down to make way for new MAX line

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bus in Central Oregon carrying $1,000,000 in meth

http://www.ktvz.com/news/29274693/detail.html

TRIMET IS A SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD

Click here!

That fine Trimet equipment

A story for the blog

The lighting at merlo max station is terrible. The lights are in all the wrong places and the schedule is in the dark!! 

Den­nis Kucinich

Kucinich On The Ever-Expanding Use of Drones to Kill: “Unaccountable, Immoral And, by Definition, Inhuman” | NationofChange

The great debates

Saturday Night Live - GOP Debate Cold Opening - Video - NBC.com

Blast from the past

In this series of never to be seen again videos I deal with the last actual winter storm emergency, classic footage including the bus mechanics going above and beyond to get chains on the buses:

Blast from the past

Sunset Bob talks about the corruption and incompetence of our leadership.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST

In this little video I make fun of the stupid KATU news stories about bus drivers for Trimet.

Big contest if you don't use sick time

http://rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/2011/09/oh-boy-excitement-is-too-much-to-bear.html

READER REPORT

Unions Breathe Easier After GOP Assault On NLRB Fails

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/unions-breathe-easier-after-assault-on-nlrb-fails.php

GREECE-TEST LABORATORY FOR THE USA

Greece faces fresh destruction, pillaging

MUNI DANCERS

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/09/23/dancers-bust-some-sweet-moves-on-muni-bart/

LIVE FIELD REPORT

Wow... The driver of the 8 that i am on makes his own "caution: the bus is turning" announcements

Horror bus crash in South Afrika

The Citizen Online | Horror bus crashes claim lives of 16 - Local News

THAT WOMEN OVER THERE

Is on yet another tirade about us "evil man/boys" and our "victimization of her"  so its time to re-post MY HISTORY WITH ELLEN FOX for readers who are not familiar with this never ending saga.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jack Bogdanski logs 6,000,000 visitors

http://bojack.org/2011/09/6_x_106.html

Latest award winners

(only one from the capital projects this month!)

Bye Bye Lincoln Street

Starting September 26, stops on Lincoln between 1st and 4th closed until further notice due to construction. A temporary stop to Montgomery Park is located on Lincoln between 4th and 5th Avenues.

Fighting the light rail expansion into Vancouver

Vancouverites against light rail and the CRC project are angry about potential costs | OregonLive.com

Big shots get raises

Oregon - Candidate miffed over raise for administrators

Census bureau report on commuting patterns

Transit use is down. Carpooling is down. And driving to work alone is up. That’s according to data just out this morning from the American Community Survey.

Study on Seattle transit use

study by Gilmore Research

SamTrans Reaches Three-Year Agreement With Bus Operators, Maintenance Workers

http://halfmoonbay.patch.com/articles/samtrans-reaches-three-year-agreement-with-bus-operators-maintenance-workers-bf1642fe

Detroit transit national disgrace

http://michigancitizen.com/detroits-mass-transit-worst-in-years-p10280-1.htm

Empire transit district gets bailout!

Seaside Signal News service

Fed's begin nationwide crackdown on Bus drivers!

http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=41&sid=2560377

Transit bus disasters

CTA bus runs red light, critically injures woman - Chicago Sun-Times

Video log-September 23

Longshoremen fighting hard for justice

To sum up: a taxpayer-subsidized international conglomerate, which is operating on public property, is suing the public so it can avoid paying the area’s standard wages and undercut its competitors that do. Then, it exacerbated tensions with the local labor community by importing union workers from another jurisdiction to cross the picket lines.
That’s why ILWU members are angry, and that’s why this is about more than just 50 jobs in Longview.

Here's why Washington longshore workers are so angry | libcom.org

MY STEERING GOES OUT AS I GO DOWN HIGHWAY 26!

TRIMET IS A SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD

Over the past two days I have driven buses that were clearly extreme safety hazards.

Yesterday I had a bus with no signals or flashers and today I had a bus that lost its steering while I was heading down highway 26!

We are having a serious crisis at this company and as far as safety being some sort of "value" I have come to believe that is nothing but another in a long list of marketing campaigns designed to trick the public into thinking that this transit system is "safe".

Nothing is further from the truth!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Windows 2.0




I wrapped up my 5 days at Merlo by cleaning the windows of my 3rd bus this week.As the pictures show,my cleaning rags were filthy after washing just one panel of a slider.This dirt/filth that the drivers and the public must put up with is unacceptable.

CRASH!

Budget Problems?

Neil Macfarlane says:" ""Those threats really are a list of the many budget uncertainties we face. First, there is the economy as a whole."

Engineer II - Systems 
Payroll Clerk

KATU interviews people on Lincoln Street

videoBus turns on Nw 23rd

Michael Anderson got the US News story before US News did

Trust content from Portland Afoot, Vol. III | Portland Afoot

Transit Bus hits bicyclist at busy intersection

http://www.mndaily.com/2011/09/22/bus-hits-woman-busy-intersection

Run over by a Transit bus

Man fatally run over by LCTA bus | The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton PA - News

San Francisco: Bicyclist avoiding illegally parked car run over by bus

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18961411?nclick_check=1

The Mystery is Solved


Back in July, a 50 dollar savings bond arrived in the mail.Since I had no idea who sent it to me,I sent out thank-you notes to various family members.Yesterday,I was given my 3 year safe driving award along with Neal's thank-you letter.Inside,I was told that I was awarded a savings bond.Mystery solved.

Aussies Support Longview Longshoremen

Here we go again

Washington is facing another potential government shutdown in a new partisan dispute over federal spending. Republican-controlled House has approved a short-term funding measure that would link disaster relief to cutting funds for energy-efficient cars. Senate Democrats have vowed to reject the bill. If the dispute is not resolved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund will run out of money next week and the entire government would have to shut down on October 1.

VIDEO LOG-September 22 (a don't miss episode)

http://vimeo.com/29470543

TOM HALL SAYS JON HUNT SCREWED UP

DISPATCH PISSES ME OFF-AGAIN

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