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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Homer Simpson On Strike?

Image: The Simpsons

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The Joke's On Us

The whole baby incident is a symptom of a larger Trimet structural problem

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

ATU 757 President Jon Hunt stands behind the driver in the baby case

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALUiCoZX7Ig

Strange twist in the driver vs baby case

It turns out that TRIMET management has been aware of this operators difficulties in dealing with passengers for some time now and had agreed that when she ran into problems they would immediately come to her assistance.

Apparently that assistance was not around when needed the most . There is much more to this story than what is currently available .

Management had been working with her in dealing with the difficult people and situations that occur during our workday.

This comes from Jeff Ackerson, Merlo union representative, who is currently on vacation.

It also needs to be said that this operator has an excellent record of safe operation of the bus.

A bus operator has to have a variety of qualities, but if you want to rank in them in terms of importance, being able to handle the vehicle safely is the most important.

While this whole event has been sensationalized beyond it's actual importance and damage done, once the hysteria clears, people might be able to realize that this entire event was indeed the product of an overworked and over stressed operator, a screaming child and a mob of angry passengers, which all together created a sensational media event, but in reality it was a non event.

Nobody got hurt, the woman got home, apparently picked up by her husband and the irate passengers all boarded the next bus.

Remember Marshall McLuhan,THE MEDIA IS THE MESSAGE, and that has been made completely clear in this case.

Interesting isn't it?

That the 'victim' in this non-event has not bothered to call Trimet with any sort of complaint.
Obviously she must have seen it on one of the news channels or in the paper.
So why isn't she complaining about this "horrible" driver?
My thought, because maybe she realizes that this was a bad situation and not 100% the drivers fault?

And here is one voice of reason amongst the crowd of hysterics, this is posted by one of the riders on that bus to the KATU website:

Trimet wants to talk to mom, who by the way. HAS NOT COMPLAINED!

Starring our #1 superstar-MARY FETSCH!



Read the story from KGW here!

Mary's got a new perm!

This is how she looked at a KGW interview!

HR COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST TRAINING DEPT

It has been brought to my attention that a student in one of these 're-certification' classes has taken offense to being presented with a retirement form as an option to doing what was being taught in that class.

Apparently the instructor created "a hostile and abusive" workplace by threatening peoples employment if they did not do what they were told.

I've heard about this tactic,  although I did not experience this during my training class however.

I thought my instructors were very professional and very informative.

APTA: public transit grows to $55 billion industry

The report shows that America’s public transit systems carried more than 10 billion passenger trips for the fifth consecutive year in 2010, the highest levels since 1957. It also shows support for better public transportation through public approval of transit ballot measures. These ballot measures have a 73 percent approval rate over the past 12 years.

http://www.railwayage.com/breaking-news/apta-public-transit-grows-to-55-billion-industry-3573.html

National transit union supports ‘Occupy Wall Street’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/post/national-transit-union-supports-occupy-wall-street/2011/10/04/gIQAy2l0KL_blog.html

NY judge denies restraining order; transit union wants to stop NYPD from busing protesters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ny-judge-denies-restraining-order-transit-union-wants-to-stop-nypd-from-busing-protesters/2011/10/04/gIQAwGhWLL_story.html

Big brother closes in on the citizens

Hundreds Question Possible Sunriver Post Office Closure - News Story - KTVZ Bend

Questions About Union Picnic Prize Fund

SEC. 501. (c) Any person who embezzles, steals, or unlawfully and willfully abstracts or converts to his own use, or the use of another, any of the moneys, funds, securities, property, or other assets of a labor organization of which he is an officer, or by which he is employed, directly or indirectly, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.

TRUE Union Values?: Questions About Union Picnic Prize Fund

Blog readership goes through the roof

Too bad this blog is just a hobby from which I get no remuneration. With this latest crazy (non) story readership has gone through the roof. I was curious which was the #1 traffic source for my blog with all the hoopla, and THIS is the top referring site!



Funny what the media covers

While the hoopla over the driver and the baby continues unabated, there are real stories about buses and bus drivers around the world that are ignored:

RIDING BUSES IN PAKISTAN

I thought TRIMET bus/rail operators were the best paid in the country?

CTA chief knocks ‘archaic’ work rules, projects $277 million deficit - Chicago Sun-Times

N.Y. Police Can’t Use Bus Drivers in Protest Arrests, Union Says

The Transport Workers Union Local 100, which said last week that it’s supporting the protests, asked U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer to prohibit the New York City Police Department and the New York City Transit Authority from requiring drivers to transport such protesters.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-04/n-y-police-can-t-use-bus-drivers-in-protest-arrests-union-says.html 

Trimet appoints trustees for retirement fund

http://trimet.org/pdfs/meetings/board/2011-09-28/Res-11-09-62.pdf

MAX train crashes into abandoned car

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1j9mbZhhxI

KUIK says "SUPPORT THE DRIVER" in the baby incident

VIDEO LOG-October 3-part 2

http://vimeo.com/30029062

The hits just keep on coming-KPTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM-WwtQAqU0

VIDEO LOG-October 3-part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5p58OdOn2k

THE FRENZIED MEDIA IS ACCURATELY DEPICTED BY THESE HOUND DOGS

Good representation of the American Media chomping at the bit for a story

Trimet drivers discuss the baby issue-part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2VVr1K4kyE

Trimet drivers discuss the baby issue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eytFRaxyU4M

BABY STORY MAKES THE NATIONAL NEWS-ABC

Baby Story makes it around the world

Oregon public transit driver accused of berating woman, crying baby into leaving bus - The Washington Post

Mom, Crying Baby Kicked Off Bus

Bus driver kicks mother, baby off bus in Hillsboro

Kicking baby off bus not 'good customer service' | OregonLive.com

Bus driver 'kicked off mum, crying baby' | thetelegraph.com.au

Mom, Crying Baby Kicked Off Bus - Irresistible News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

9&10 News - Global jitters...Trade deals...Freed American returning

OR bus driver accused of berating mom, crying baby | KOB.com

Watercooler Stories - October 4, 2011 - UPI.com

Rider says TriMet driver sent mother, crying baby off bus | NWCN ...

Monday, October 3, 2011

From Trimet Diaries
Sophie Soong from KPTV out on TV Highway interviewing people on the baby thing

With signature validation, petition by Boring group to withdraw from Trimet moves forward

BORING — In the next step for a group of Boring residents and business owners who wish to stop Trimet service to the area, a petition to withdraw has been certified by the Clackamas County Elections Office. Steve Bates, chief petitioner and representative of the Boring Business Coalition, said the petition to end the TriMet Line 84 service to Boring is a result of what he feels is an unfair tax burden placed on businesses.

http://www.oregonlive.com/happy-valley/index.ssf/2011/10/petition_by_boring_group_to_wi.html

Joe Rose covers the frenzy story of the "baby bus"

'It's public transit': Did TriMet bus driver who bounced crying baby in Hillsboro violate policy? (Poll) | OregonLive.com

From KOIN TV

Jenny Hansson from KOIN writes:

Thanks for your response, Al. Although, the passenger we spoke with said the woman was told to get off… not that she left on her own free will.


Your blog is entertaining. Just so you know, we did not board any buses or attempt to talk with any drivers. Not sure who did that---but wasn’t KOIN.

This was my response to her inquiry:
I left you a voice message, I have nothing to really say about this other than the operator screwed up, obviously under intense pressure.

I don't understand why this is news? Nobody got hurt, and the transcript shows the woman with the baby left the bus on her own free will, she was not kicked off.

You can read my comments on my blog regarding this, I have several posts regarding the situation, I DO NOT SPEAK AS A TRIMET BUS DRIVER but as a blogger who happens to be a transit bus driver.

Good Transit Is Ugly Transit

Spending a lot of money on flashy stations is also not something that Spain, the world leader in cheap and efficient tunneling projects, recommends. In a report on railway expansion in Madrid, tunneling expert Manuel Melis Maynar writes: “Design should be focused on the needs of the users, rather than on architectural beauty or exotic materials, and never on the name of the architect.” And it makes sense – the point of transit is to transport. Money buys movement, and funds are finite. When a system is running well, people aren’t sticking around to stare at the ceiling, anyway.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stephensmith/2011/10/03/good-transit-is-ugly-transit/?partner=contextstory 

Feeding frenzy reports

Driver accused of kicking mom, crying baby off bus - Forbes.com

Ore. driver accused of kicking mom, crying baby off bus, saying ‘Can’t drive with that noise’ - The Washington Post

Bus driver kicks mother, baby off bus in Hillsboro | The Columbian

TriMet bus driver kicks mother, crying baby off bus in Hillsboro, 'Can't drive with noise' | The Republic

MEDIA ALERT! MEDIA FEEDING FRENZY GOING ON!

It appears that there are media outlets are out in the field trying to board buses and talk to operators!

The following is a pictorial representation of our beloved media:

What a difference a few weeks makes


POINT OF INFORMATION

It also appears from the transcript that the driver DID NOT actually kick that mother off the bus, she left on her own accord.
As usual the media seems to be ignoring the reality of the situation.

Furthermore, I would not recommend reading the comments on the various sites covering these stories. A real testimony to the complete and utter stupidity of the general population.

PUBLIC NOTICE

It appears that we are in the midst of another media feeding frenzy.
Be advised THAT I WILL NOT MAKE THIS DISPATCH RECORDING PUBLIC AT THIS TIME.
CONTACT TRIMET ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

DISPATCH WAS WRONG ABOUT THE CRYING BABY

The dispatcher informed the driver of the 'baby bus' that "she had to continue driving the bus" and there "was nothing we can do about it".

Obviously we do not have to do anything. Remember, safety is a value at TRIMET, and if the driver felt that continuing in route would jeopardize safety, then they should not continue to operate the bus.

The correct response from dispatch would have been, "if you feel unsafe driving the bus please park the bus until a supervisor gets there."

This dispatcher is not one of my favorites BTW.

Rider on the 'baby bus' comments over at KATU

Passengers: Crying baby gets mother kicked off TriMet bus


Hello, I'm actually one of the riders from this incident. I will only speak for myself here over what I witnessed in the event, as well as what few constructive comments I've read here.

Reagan Called For An End To ‘Crazy’ Tax Loopholes That Let Millionaires Pay Less Than Bus Drivers

Sunday, October 2, 2011

And now for something completely different...politically incorrect...and not work safe

video

The Oregonian piles on the hype

Rider says TriMet bus driver bounced mom and crying baby | OregonLive.com

What really happened with the baby incident

I reviewed the dispatch call on this incident.
It appears to me that this driver just had reached her limit and "broke" which is something that happens periodically around here. This is a very hard job and the public has no sympathy at all for what we really have to put up with.
The driver did wrong in the incident, she should have never removed the mother and baby from the bus but when you "break" well, bus drivers are people too.
The following is the transcription of the call between the bus driver and dispatcher. The actual recording will not be released by me or anybody that I know at this time:

Turkey shows up this week

More ignorant bus drivers making the rest of us look bad



Woman alleges driver kicked mother, baby off TriMet bus - Koinlocal6.com

It should be noted that this driver was extremely distracted and probably was unable to operate the bus safely. Unfortunately, the proper thing would have been to call for a supervisor, not just kick the woman and baby off.

Torturing bus drivers and riders for no particular reason

We are all aware that Trimet runs limited bus service on Sunday, which means of course they have plenty of low floor buses not in use.
Why in the world do they insist on assigning high floor buses to busy routes such as the 57 when that complicates life for drivers and passengers who have problems getting up the stairs?
Is it indifference or stupidity of not knowing what's going on out here?
No matter what the reason, it illustrates the gross incompetence of Trimet management.

STUFF

Are we on the cusp of major change?

Choose. But choose fast. The state and corporate forces are determined to crush this. They are not going to wait for you. They are terrified this will spread. They have their long phalanxes of police on motorcycles, their rows of white paddy wagons, their foot soldiers hunting for you on the streets with pepper spray and orange plastic nets. They have their metal barricades set up on every single street leading into the New York financial district, where the mandarins in Brooks Brothers suits use your money, money they stole from you, to gamble and speculate and gorge themselves while one in four children outside those barricades depend on food stamps to eat. Speculation in the 17th century was a crime. Speculators were hanged. Today they run the state and the financial markets.
The only word these corporations know is more. They are disemboweling every last social service program funded by the taxpayers, from education to Social Security, because they want that money themselves. Let the sick die. Let the poor go hungry. Let families be tossed in the street. Let the unemployed rot. Let children in the inner city or rural wastelands learn nothing and live in misery and fear. Let the students finish school with no jobs and no prospects of jobs. Let the prison system, the largest in the industrial world, expand to swallow up all potential dissenters. Let torture continue.

The Best Among Us

NBA the next to go on strike, nobody complaining about collective bargaining here

NBA lockout threatens to deliver big blow to businesses and workers | OregonLive.com

Trimet bus just hit a central patrol vehical. Details not given, sergeant en route.

Twitter alert

Semper Fi: Marines Coming To Protect Protesters On Wall Street

The thousands of indefatigable protestors, who have been risking their eyes and recording equipment against Wall Street’s personal jack-booted thugs in the NYPD at the Occupation of Wall Street, recently garnered even more support– the US Marines. That’s the type of support that might make an NYPD cop think twice before he decides to go all Tiananmen Square on a group of teenage girls armed with chalk and cardboard signs.
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/10/01/semper-fi-marines-coming-to-protect-protesters-on-wall-street/

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Is safety really a value or nothing but hype

So this looks safe. | MAX FAQs

Dead by Transit bus

Bloomfield man killed in NJ Transit bus accident - NorthJersey.com

Transit changes ahead in King, Pierce counties

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/130888793.html

We The People... Occupy Wall Street - Day 14

Toppling trees for transit

http://youtu.be/2wUv0xTiJIM

I check out that double decker

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

Latest exclusion info

Located Here!

Bus shelters are a mess in Hillsboro.

http://www.katu.com/younews/120031729.html

Kaiser endorses longer TriMet transfers; AORTA says TriMet would come out ahead

And Howell made his group’s first public endorsement of OPAL‘s proposal, coolly brushing off TriMet’s careful projections that longer transfers would cost the agency upwards of $2 million annually.
The amount of money involved is just too small to predict precisely, Howell said after the meeting.
"They make it sound like a big deal," Howell said. "It isn’t. It’s pocket change in a billion-dollar operation."
http://portlandafoot.org/2011/09/kaiser-endorses-longer-trimet-transfers-aorta-says-trimet-would-come-out-ahead/

L LIGHT RAIL ELECTRIFICATION Built-in-Place Substations Beauty

http://www.wangyouxiazai.com/infoshow.asp?id=bde66caaffdea786d6ed323583c258cb

Trial Attorney comments on Trimet

We’re #1 … not

September 23rd, 2011
This is kind of a funny story. We often find fault with TriMet, our local transit authority, but apparently TriMet thinks very highly of itself. When a U.S. News & World Report article rated Portland as “the nation’s best city for public transportation,” TriMet interpreted that to mean the agency was the nation’s top transit agency and took the ball running. TriMet spent some $8,000 on signs for its buses and trains that proclaimed “#1 Transit.”
Unfortunately for TriMet, U.S. News & World Report changed its mind, or rather, a correction noted that the original article had been incorrect, and just like that Portland dropped from #1 for public transportation to #5.TriMet plans to take down all 168 signs.
Posted in Public Safety | No Comments »

The trees in SW Portland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff0H2l0EXJA&feature=colike

TRIMET PROPAGANDA. OPIATE ABUSE. YOU CAN BUY 300 MILES NORTH OF HERE IN CANADA OVER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgYP6tyJrTc

TriMet Tree Destruction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrI_jgHE1Pg

13 dead in SA

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1666103.php/Road-crash-kills-13-in-South-Africa

Pakistan bus crash kills 26 children, 2 teachers

http://en.news.maktoob.com/20090001091804/Pakistan_bus_crash_kills_26_children_2_teachers/Article.htm

Video log-September 30

http://vimeo.com/29873258

The Good, the Bad, and First Student

First Student, Inc, announced the unilateral change that effective September 30, 2011, it was cancelling the current health plan, Health Net of Oregon and replacing it with coverage provided by Kaiser Permanente in Salem, Oregon effective October 1, 2011. The impact of this unlawful change is devastating to city transit workers. These workers, who are currently receiving services from Corvallis area physicians participating in the Health Net of Oregon plan, will lose their physicians and be forced to travel an hour one-way to Salem, Oregon to receive all services provided by Kaiser Permanente. Some of these workers and family members are currently receiving medical care for and are recovering from various forms of cancer and other major medical conditions.
http://www.atu757.org/firststudentarticle.html 

Ross deals with Trimet crappy equipment-the new sign up is posted!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBhjP8OyeE0

One of the all time GREAT stations agents shows up at BTC -JANET NELSON

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8g8OK74XBU

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