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Saturday, October 15, 2011

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

Readership getting back to normal levels.....


TRIMET PREYS ON ITS PUBLIC

A driver called me and asked me to post this.


Apparently Trimet sends a large crew of fare inspectors to the Jen Weld stop on the night of the soccer games in order to cite all the fans that did not get off at 10th, as that is the last stop in fare-less square.


He said he has seen as many as 20 fare inspectors citing soccer fans.


In his opinion it is entrapment and predatory, and he feels very sorry for the poor fans that are subjected to this type of behavior by a government agency that is supposed to be helping the public, not hurting the public.

Occupy Portland Peace March

OCCUPY PORTLAND (1)
OCCUPY PORTLAND (2)
OCCUPY PORTLAND (3) 
OCCUPY PORTLAND (4)
OCCUPY PORTLAND (5)
OCCUPY PORTLAND (6)

Video log-October 14 (3)

http://vimeo.com/30607672

Oregon Bus Inspections Turn Up Problems

http://www.ktvz.com/news/29467577/detail.html

Occupy Portland live stream

http://occupypdx.org/livestreammedia/portland-livestream/

Union reports

Only Trimet related posts are listed here:

Europeans don't take as much shit as Americans

Fight & Chaos: First video of 'Occupy Rome' rally turning violent

KATU story on crying baby bus

 Video report here!

TriMet reprimands driver who kicked mother, crying child off bus | Local & Regional

Video Log-October 14

Video log October 14 part 1

Video log-part 2

On board camera of the baby bus

TriMet disciplines driver who forced mother with crying child off the bus

Joe Rose story here!

Trimet official press release here! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

The "Trimet Way" winners are

John Fall, Capital Projects
Thomas Ngo, Capital Projects
DeeAnn Sandberg, Capital Projects


capital; pertaining to financial capital: capital stock.
project: a large or major undertaking, especially one involving considerable money, personnel, and equipment.
 
Don't see the word transit anywhere in the definition of capital project. 

As Calls for Protests Go Global, Italy Jumps the Gun

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/as-calls-for-protests-go-global-italy-jumps-the-gun/

Trimet customer service reviews

TriMet Customer Assistance Office User Reviews - Portland, OR 97204 - Citysearch

Remember this high profile event

War Without End :: View topic - Holocaust victim sues TriMet

HOLLY DANKS

An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is suing TriMet and a former bus driver
for more than $5 million, saying that when the driver yelled at her and
pushed her off his bus it reawakened the memories of Auschwitz.

TRIMET BUS CRASH!

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Stealthwaveraptor!

TRIMET LIGHTRAIL doing the EAGLE EYE 2 --ORGANIZED ...
UNION PACIFIC DOING EAGLE EYE 2 ---DOUBLE HITTER TODAY ...
TRIMET LIGHTRAIL GANG STALKING WITH RED COLOR CODE 8-13-11. INTERSECTION INTERCEPTION - YouTube
Chlorine chemtrail from TRIMET BUS UFO ( CHEMTRAIL FROM TRIMET BUS 0825081640.3g2) - August 25, 2008, 04:45 PM

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Portland streetcar insanity just won't stop (Jack Bog's Blog)

Bozo's in managment don't know what is going on!

Via a report from someone monitoring dispatch calls:

Dispatcher called an in-service bus to ask what color their jacket is, a management official spotted it and was concerned.
The operator said it was a trainee driving and informed the dispatcher that trainees don't get uniforms until they have completed 6 weeks service.

What a bunch of bozo's we have in charge!

Tweet from Michael Anderson

I didn't know Young is retiring next month! One of TriMet's most important & influential execs. Deserves major credit for agency's success.

TRIMET LIFT BLOCKS PORTLAND STREETCAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x9uDo9hFR8

Mr Macfarlane is putting his personal stamp on the lumbering bureaucracy

I am hoping most of you have seen the five year plan I’ve set out for our agency. We have quite a few challenges ahead. Knowing that, I have realigned the most important resource we have – our people – to better tackle some sizeable goals.
Today, I am announcing the remaining large realignments. While I still might make some slight tweaks along the way, I feel this new structure will help us better focus on our three priorities: customers, fiscal stability and building partnerships for transit support.
These changes have either gone into effect or will go into effect on October 17:
1. New division named Public Affairs that includes:
- Government Affairs
- Planning & Policy Development
- Communications (Media Relations & Internal Communication)
- Marketing & Customer Service (including GIS)
2. Creation of new Fare Revenue Department to be housed in the Finance & Administration Division
- TriMet Ticket Office will be moved to this department
3. Information Technology (IT) will now report to me.
We are almost close to naming the new Executive Director for a newly created Labor Relations and Human Resources division. Look for more information to come regarding that announcement.
As always, thanks to all of you for your support and commitment. Although I believe this organizational structure better positions us to focus on the work ahead, it’s going to take us all working together – to be successful.

Light rail fail

Transient struck and killed by San Jose light rail train - San Francisco Crime | Examiner.com

OCCUPY WALL STREET

NYC Withdraws Cleaning Evacuation Order in Face of Defiant Occupy Wall Street Protesters
Constitutional Rights Lawyer Michael Ratner: Failed Occupy Wall Street Evacuation Order is Illegal
Iraq Veterans at Occupy Wall Street Decry Financial Crisis Soldiers Face Returning Home

SPIN BABY SPIN

The whirling dervishes who populate the Ministry of Propaganda are always looking for ways to make things look better than they actually are. It's their job of course and they make MUCHO bucks to do that.

This month's propaganda contain something new it appears, "rush hour trips".

As if "rush hour trips" are somehow more important than any other trip. Trimet watchers already know of course that they pencil geeks added a few trips during the peak hours of service, of course they would want to exaggerate any gains they have themselves created.

All the ridership statistics are a reflection of the management's slice and dice philosophy.

Rider statistics-spin free

WES weekly ridership:

May 2010 - 6300
June 2010 - 6600
July 2010 - 7000
August 2010 - 7000
September 2010 -7200

May 2011 - 8200
June 2011 - 8100
July 2011 - 8100
August 2011 - 8300
September 2011 - 8150

So, WES ridership has pretty much flatlined, where as this time last year it was still increasing. Next year's numbers aren't going to be nearly as interesting for WES. Meanwhile I'm just glad we're finally comparing existing levels of bus service since last Sept. was when the sweeping cuts were made..

Who needs bus cleaners when we can have

THIS!

Video log October 13

PART 1

PART 2 

TRIMET boondoggle reports

Do or die for the Milwaukie MAX line

Thursday, October 13, 2011

MAX Green Line and WES continue double digit growth (sic)

THAT is the headline of course, even though together they represent the puniest amount of riders

TriMet: News Release - TriMet ridership up in September

IT'S WES TIME!

Dwight Botel meets the board of directors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX7mLY0GlHA

Drivers fighting with each other

Just got a report that there is a heated yelling match involving two drivers in the Beaverton Transit Center Break room!
I love it here!

Neil Macfarlane and Jana Toran discuss Boring withdrawel from Trimet

They didn't have much to say about it that's for sure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pb0LhO2MyY

"Grievance"- Kangaroo court is more like it

I had mistakenly posted that I got not written determination on my grievance denials.

Actually I had gotten one on the step 2 and fully expect another one on this little farce I just went through.

It occurs to me, Robert tells me that someone was too 'ashamed' to go on duty as a result of my dispatch recording and that is why I am going through this KANGAROO COURT PROCEEDING.

But ya know what?

I have never seen any sort of complaint about this, just the words of Robert that this occurred.

And my buddy Joe, who is also going through this farce, was written up on call stop violations, but he has never seen any report to back up this accusation.

Why do we have to take the word of the company that these things are happening?

I don't have a right to see the actual operator complaint against me which has resulted in the kangaroo court that I am now experiencing?

Where the hell do we work anyway?

Josef Stalin's Russia? Accusation by no name accusers? 

Trimet must be taking lessons from Homeland Security, we are a "threat" and must be punished, don't actually need any evidence, just take the companies word for it!

HUE PHAM TAKES OFF RUNNING!

TRIMET BOARD BRIEFING.....direct from the underground of communications

Brought to you by two obscure bloggers who can get the job done which the BILLION DOLLAR GOVERNMENT agency can't seem to get done.


Safety update report-pdf

http://www.box.net/shared/4024f85600zbvnipcech

You getting adequate breaks?

TriMet and the ATU signed an agreement to ensure that Operators working straight runs that exceed 7½ hours get adequate breaks.

At least 70% of these straight runs must have a minimum of one 20-minute break and two 10-minute breaks.

Up to 15% of these straight runs may instead have a minimum of three 15-minute breaks.

Up to 15% of these straight runs may meet the agreement by having sufficient cumulative layover. (Runs up to 10 hours must have at least 60 minutes cumulative layover time and runs of 10 hours and longer must have at least 75 minutes cumulative layover time).

Neil Macfarlane

A real highlight of our Board Briefing this morning was an appearance by Operator Dwight Botel. You read about Dwight in today's paycheck flier - he and KC Rogers were inducted into the Million Miles of Safety club last May. KC wasn't able to be there this morning, but Dwight was, along with his managers from Powell.

The reason I asked Shelly Lomax to introduce Dwight to the Board - right after Harry Saporta's safety update - is that I wanted the Board to meet one of the employees who's a real-life example of safety. As I listened to Shelly and Dwight talk about what it takes to drive MORE THAN 30 YEARS without a preventable accident, I felt proud and grateful.
Our Board members were truly impressed with Dwight's accomplishments. Rick Van Beveren said, "I don't know how you do it," and when Steve Clark learned that Dwight's son, Blaine, is an operator too, he joked, "Can your son teach my son to drive?" Everybody laughed, but I think there's an important and serious point behind what Steve said. Last year, 975 TriMet employees - operators and others with professional driving jobs - earned Safe Driver Awards. These employees are truly role models for the rest of us.
Neil

Transit bus crashes

TTC bus driver charged in fatal crash - The Globe and Mail

MILKING THE PUBLIC

REGION: Part-time transit security chief already drawing nearly $219K pension

Despite push for safety, many students still run to catch light rail

http://downtowndevil.com/2011/10/13/14916/phoenix-metro-safety-light-rail/

Trainees line training in plain clothes

According to a trainee Trimet is not providing uniforms until the trainees have completed the sixth week of training!
Too many quitting or not making the cut!

Video log October 12 part 2

http://vimeo.com/30478265

City digs for money to keep streetcar on track

http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=131845396334491700

Trouble at Gresham Transit Center

A supervisor told me this week he had to intervene between 2 drivers who were about to enter into a fistfight over where the buses should be staged. I can also say I've had my share of passengers who boarded my bus thinking it was a 9.

Video log October 12 part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181Cw_51I6c

ATU 757 Vice Presidential candidate Bruce Peek

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Last year, 975 TriMet employees operators and others with professional driving jobs - earned Safe Driver Awards.

From Neil Macfarlane

Trimet general manager talks about baby incident and announces spies will ride Trimet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eXzGI3TOhE

TRIMET'S $155,000 MAN APPEARS!

PART 1

PART 2

Trimet's obsession with Bureaucracy continues

Image from latest board meeting

Supreme Court Decision Rejects Death Penalty for Mumia

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Philadelphia prosecutors of a lower court ruling that declared the death sentence of Pennsylvania prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal unconstitutional. Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther and journalist. For decades, he has argued racism by the trial judge and prosecutors led to his 1982 conviction of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The ruling means Mumia will be automatically sentenced to life in prison unless prosecutors attempt to seek the death penalty in front of a new jury.

The stupidity of the TRIMET grievance procedure

I have now experienced my first grievance using the system that Trimet and the union have created.

It really is one the most meaningless experiences I have had since working here.

Completely controlled by middle management, which dominates the entire structure, what you have is each manager covering for the other manager.

Driver "Joe" shared his experience with the IRS grievance procedure. At each level the grievance is heard by a progressively higher management official.

Here at Trimet that would work like this:

The first grievance is held with the Station Manager, Robert Romo.

The second level would be heard by Robert Romo's supervisor, the director of transportation, Hayden Talbot.

The third level would be heard by Hayden's boss, which is the Executive Director Shelly Lomax.

Maybe the grievance process would have some meaning if we could work to higher levels of management instead of the endless meetings with middle management cronies.

Adding to the insulting nature of this "process" is the fact that every single person involved gets paid dealing with this, BUT THE ACCUSED ,  gets nothing, no compensation, for time or effort put into this task.

Thomas Jefferson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

When it comes to cars and buses, who's subsidizing who?

And while drivers pay just 17% of the cost of local roads, according to the study, bus riders paid almost 29% of transit costs in 2010,

http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=34897

C-Tran board to consider hiring independent administrator

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/oct/11/c-tran-board-consider-hiring-independent-administr/

Surfing the subways in NYC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdWMWYQ0mck

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/10/11/2011-10-11_subway_surfer_caught_riding_j_train__outside_car.html

Kyoto_Kid

In response to THIS post.

A good example of how drivers are left to fend for themselves concerns the the #20 and the ongoing construction project at St Vincent's Hospital which has the driveways through the campus torn up.
Yesterday we nearly got stuck as there was no viable means for the bus to exit the campus.

Cutting through red tape to get a bridge built

Tappan Zee Bridge project focuses on replacing span, excludes mass transit | The Journal News | LoHud.com | LoHud.com

Where you sit on a bus can define your personality, according to a psychologist.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/4109071/The-people-on-the-bus-are-...-of-diverse-personalities.html

And I thought TRIMET fare stucture was confusing

Rail users confused by 44,376 combinations.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/10/metro-consider-changing-how-riders-pay-fares 

Light rail fail

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/11/BAD11LG4A8.DTL&tsp=1

Video log October 11 part 2

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

Would TriMet please provide us with Bus Cleaners




I don't live in a dirty house and I should not be driving a dirty bus.

"breathless" over a trip planner

http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?a=368020&c=45195

Driver was right

http://keithandportland.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/driver-was-right/

Joe Rose Covers the Dwight Botel Story

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/10/trimet_operator_dwight_botel_l.html

Video log October 11

Part 1

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Is it just me, or do these look more like jail inmate photographs?



These and other photographs were taken at TriMet's "This is how I roll" photo extravaganza at the Clackamas Town Center MAX Station and Garage (and bus stop) a few days ago.  These three specific photos were taken at the bus stop, arguably one of TriMet's absolutely worst designed bus stops ever.  It seems that these all look at jail inmate booking photos; while the pictures taken around the MAX platform or on the walkway to the MAX platform are bright, sunny, full of children and families and smiling folks.  And these three?  I swear I'm at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office inmate website.
Dispatch:Also, operator shook up after looking up and seeing car flying through air

cwherewetku

In response to THIS post.

Home run. Truer words cannot be spoken.

There is no REAL culture of support from the top. A memo comes out and then they wait for the dust to settle, the media to move on and all is peaceful in the valley again. If it makes the paper or media, we gotta act on it NOW! The O seems to run this organization more than anyone thinks.

TRIMET STEP 3 DAY

Service Animals, Mental Health Problems Among Hot Button Issues as Landmark Disability Rights Law Enters Third Decade

http://www.traynorlawfirm.com/0610-oregon-state-bar.html

Trimet.com

http://www.mytrimet.com/legal.php

Miller v. Tri-Met

http://law.justia.com/cases/oregon/court-of-appeals/2011/a142393.html

STEP 3 HEARING OVER

It went exactly as expected, the judges were Jeff Hunt (not a big fan of mine I would imagine), Lyle Perierra,  Don (the ******) Allison and Bruce Duncan.

My case is clear, but this is TRIMET, trying to use logic and facts gets you nowhere. Who cares how it comes out, plenty of ways around their bullshit!
 
I'm starting to like Robert Romo however, don't ask me why.

The worst Trimet riders

http://www.portlandpulp.com/transportation/131366508.html

Official notice

Remember safety and professionalism on Halloween
Halloween is a festive event for many people, and is sure to bring out customers young and old who will look to TriMet to provide them with safe transportation to and from their activities. Remember that operators are the face of TriMet, and your contact with customers is important to how they view our organization and our service:
• The wearing of costumes is not permitted while operating a TriMet vehicle, or performing work as a TriMet employee.
• Be especially alert for children and families who may be out trick or treating on Halloween.
• Some of your customers may be wearing Halloween costumes. TriMet does not prohibit passengers from wearing masks and facial coverings. Masks or facial coverings, in and of themselves, are not considered to be “obviously suspicious” under the H-O-T protocol. It is suspicious behavior, not appearance, which prompts the H-O-T protocol.
If you have any questions, please contact your manager. Thank you for your hard work, and have a safe Halloween.

Michael Krupp takes the Portland City Council to task

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8xr2BVbRpE

What IS customer service?

Erik Halstead

Wanna work as a transit bus driver?

Police: Metro bus driver stabbed during fight with passenger - Crime Scene - The Washington Post

RIPTA bus driver in crash in stable condition - Boston.com

Wasting time and money at TRIMET

Today will be my 'step three' grievance hearing, where I am contesting TRIMETS assertion that they have the right to regulate my off duty behavior, in my house, at my personal desk, on my personal time, using my personal computer, accessing publicly available information for this blog.

I am under threat of termination if I continue doing this particular  activity.

Other than the complete absurdity of putting me through this, (while other drivers throw mom's and babies off buses) JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN, lets look at the cost involved with this.

There will be three union personnel and three management personnel in attendance, all on the clock, getting paid and taking time to deal with this. (And me, on my own time without pay of course)


All of that costs money, but at TRIMET money is no object when it comes to the whim of the management that control this place.

Sacrifice is only for the "little people" around here, namely the riders and the drivers.

The BONANZA continues for everybody else like hogs at the trough.

CTA continues cutting managment to save money, exactly the opposit of TRIMET

About 200 white-collar jobs are being cut at the CTA and sick and vacation policies tightened for non-union employees to save millions of dollars, the transit agency announced Monday.
The staffing reductions, some of which were announced in July when some senior management positions were eliminated, will save about $22 million annually, officials said.

CTA cutting 200 jobs, tightening vacation and sick days - chicagotribune.com

Trimet orders operators to perform illegal left turn?

Here is the POST where Trimet tells operators how to make a left turn, read the comment after studying the post.

Why the Elites Are in Trouble

The lords of finance in the looming towers surrounding the park, who toy with money and lives, who make the political class, the press and the judiciary jump at their demands, who destroy the ecosystem for profit and drain the U.S. Treasury to gamble and speculate, took little notice of Ketchup or any of the other scruffy activists on the street below them. The elites consider everyone outside their sphere marginal or invisible.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_the_elites_are_in_trouble_20111009/ 

Video log October 10-part 2

http://vimeo.com/30361181

Video log October 10 part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnmqyJ0fjkk

Monday, October 10, 2011

FRANK FARRELL v. TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT

This has been posted before so this is a re-post:

Past rulings- Joseph Midgett vs TRIMET

254 F.3d 846

Past rulings- Trimet vs ATU 757

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BOARD OF THE STATE OF OREGON

IS TRIMET REALLY A SAFE PLACE TO DRIVE A BUS?

Based on the findings of this study, a discernible pattern was observed that shows that there is a correlation between preventable collisions and the length of transit operator driving hours.

According to this study TRIMET is hardly a safe environment for people to operate buses. There are very few 8 hour shifts here, most employees are forced into working long hours. SAFETY IS NOT FIRST IN THIS ORGANIZATION ACCORDING TO THE STUDY!

FULL DOT REPORT IS HERE!


IS TRIMET REALLY A SAFE PLACE TO DRIVE A BUS?

CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT DOT REPORT

following distances). But crashes and observations of driving performance show that 97 compensatory strategies are not sufficient to remove all excess risk (8). 98
99
The most general factors that cause fatigue are lack of sleep, bad quality sleep and sleep 100 demands induced by the internal body clock. Besides these general factors, prolonged driving 101 (time-on-task) can increase driver fatigue, especially when drivers do not take sufficient breaks.

Interesting

That Boring's withdrawal from TriMet is on the retreat agenda, but not the full board meeting agenda.

Watch those turns

Board of Directors coming up

TriMet: Board of Directors Meetings

Should Seattle spend millions to plan more streetcars?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016457737_streetcars10m.html?prmid=head_main

Bus driver hauling Occupy Wall Street protest prisoners can see both sides of tension

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/10/10/2011-10-10_bus_driver_hauling_protest_prisoners_can_see_both_sides.html

Light rail fail

Truck wedges under Light Rail bridge in Bayonne; third incident this year | NJ.com

My hometown makes national transit news!

Sharon In Early Talk Of Bus Service To Train Station - Sharon, MA Patch

Dumping expensive light rail for more efficient less costly bus service

The Marietta Daily Journal - Light rail shoved to ‘back burner’ Cobb’s roundtable reps opt for ‘premium’ bus bus rapid transit service

California orders camera's pointed at operators, one more reason to avoid this occupation

Operator surveillance ordered by state will cost BART, Muni big | Will Reisman | Local | San Francisco Examiner

Making space for bicycles

Mertolink rolls out 10 new 'bicycle cars' | 89.3 KPCC

DOT ORDERS-TriMet Language Implementation Plan

TriMet Language Implementation Plan

As part of its application for a cooperative agreement under the FTA’s Transportation Equity Research Program (TERP), the Tri-County Metropolitan Transit District of Oregon (TriMet) developed the attached plan in 2006. The plan’s contents are consistent with the guidance on an effective language implementation plan expressed in Section VII of the the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Policy Guidance Concerning Recipients' Responsibilities to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons [Federal Register: December 14, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 239)]. The attached plan directs a cross-section of departments within the transit agency to undertake language assistance activities including the following activities that are recommended in the DOT LEP Guidance on an implementation plan:

Seattle Metro

Bus drivers accounted for just 30 of Metro's $100,000 employees last year; and just 1 percent of all bus drivers made $100,000. Supervisors, managers, engineers and planners accounted for most of the transportation department's six-figure workers.

Missed stories

Crews to begin installing traffic signal at dangerous Aloha intersection | OregonLive.com

Sunday, October 9, 2011

FED'S FLUNK TRIMET LIGHT RAIL?

Apparently TRIMET has flunked some sort of federal inspection and has three weeks to correct the errors?
This comes from the latest union meeting.
Jon Hunt did not mention this at the second meeting!
I wonder why? He wouldn't intentionally put out false stories would he?

HERB WAS RIGHT-PART 2

The way of the world

Crazies riding transit buses in New Zealand

Bus indecencies raise indignation - National - NZ Herald News

Union meeting

John Hunt says that his stopping members from having financial reports is because the union is "going green". (funny)

They want to hand out $5500 to the political hacks that in reality do nothing to help our or any union cause. (of course the members will vote yes, as always)

BUS HITS TRANSIT WORKER IN THE GARAGE!

Bus hits HRT employee at HRT garage | wavy.com | norfolk

What city has the worst transit system in America?

DETROIT

Chicago to city employees: TAKE THE BUS

City employees will be required to take public transportation to meetings and assignments during the work day or explain why not, under a strict new mileage and travel reimbursement policy tailor-made to save $1 million.

Take the bus: City employees ordered to use public transportation - Chicago Sun-Times

ODE TO THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Tea Party and American Exceptionalism

If I were to speechify to a conclave of Tea Partyers, “America is the free-est...the most democratic...the best educated and most dynamic country the world has ever known, an example to all mankind,” the assembled would hoot and hooroar and applaud in dizzy exaltation. Here is the soul of the American approach to existence, bottomless self-admiration devoid of knowledge or curiosity, wrapped like a psychic burrito in the patriotism of overwrought middle-schoolers. And there are many, many of them.

FRED REED HERE 

Don't forget the union meetings today and tomorrow

You too can watch as the officers spoon feed you information with questionable value.

Watch as the president rules you out of order or just cuts short any discussion that he doesn't like.

Have fun, I won't be there for this farce.

FOR ALL TO SEE

…where was any media coverage of Joel preventing a fatality? Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that this is at least getting internal recognition at TriMet. Donna said it, I’ve said it (more than once), and now Joel, and who knows how many other operators that I just don’t have links for – TriMet bus and rail operators really are saving lives every. single. day by compensating for the poor attention of / decisions made by the public around the buses and trains. This is not news to any operator, but it’s nice that this was distributed to other TriMet employees who don’t see it the same way since they’re not out in the field.
But Joel is right – if an operator does something stupid, there’s no end to the media coverage of it, and no official support from TriMet in the media for the rest of the operators who do their jobs, and do them well. The fact that operators prevent hundreds of horrific accidents every day, well, I guess that doesn’t sell as many newspapers as “look at the dumb thing this bus driver did!” TriMet bus ridership averages around 61 million boarding rides per year, the overwhelming majority of which DON’T make the news. Then one woman in August and another in September had negative interactions with bus operators when their small children were being fussy, and now somehow it’s fair that the public is viewing all bus drivers as baby-haters?

MAX FAQS BLOG 

Passenger pees in seat on my bus







On my final run of the "44", a customer let me know of an accident towards the rear of my bus. I was told to put caution tape around it,write up a work card for disinfecting the seat and alert the shagger. I hate myself.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

WTF IS THIS?

TriMet: Visitor App Contest

Blast from the past

LINDA

TYRANNY AND HYPOCRISY AT TRIMET

I am preparing for my step three appeal and have been looking at the write up again, and am amazed at how much BULLSHIT THIS WHOLE THING REALLY IS!

The Year’s Most Ignored News

 Willamette Week

Herb was right

QUESTION AUTHORITY

Tea partiers think that discrimination against whites a big problem in America

Racial Resentment and the Tea Party | Mother Jones

TOP BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Wandering BC toddler found by bus driver
Streetsblog Capitol Hill » Transit Union Challenges NYPD Order to Help Arrest Fellow Protestors
Bedford County bus beating caught on camera leads to $20 million lawsuit | WSLS 10
Bus driver in critical condition, four others hospitalized following bus /semi ...
3 Major Road Accidents In China Kill 56 In 1 Day | Fox News
Bus driver in critical condition, four others hospitalized following bus /semi ...
Bus driver federally indicted for videotaping sex assault of kids
Bus crashes into car on China highway, 35 killed
School bus crash kills 10 in Peru: Voice of Russia
Bus full of kids plunges; driver dies | The Japan Times Online

For more bus news from around the world you can go HERE!

OREGON PUBLIC TRANSIT AND TRAVELER INFORMATION

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/PT/Transit_Riders.shtml

2011 Oregon Public Transportation Conference, October 23-26, Seaside, OR

The annual Oregon Transit Conference provides great training and networking opportunities for individuals in the transportation industry. From Legislative Session reviews to reigniting grass-roots transportation efforts, this conference is a successful venue for discussing new ideas and progress in Oregon.
For more information please visit the Oregon Transit Association website at
www.oregontransit.com

Transit ITS Workshop

The National Transit Institute (NTI) in collaboration with FTA is hosting a Transit ITS Workshop on October 11-12, 2011 in Portland, OR at TriMet.  The goal of the workshop is to showcase deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and discuss timely industry topics

Public Transit Division Public Transit Division Site Index

Sound familiar?

Claypool also criticized the employee absenteeism rates, which he said cost the CTA $40 million in 2011. But Kelly refuted that the number could be that large, and said he was disappointed that he hadn't been told about the CTA's interest in changing work rules.
"We do not deny there is an absenteesm problem, we can't control that," said Kelly. But, "We do not hire people. Chicago Transit Authority hires individuals."

Transit union fights back against CTA budget claims | WBEZ

Weird

ABERDEEN, Wash. —
A woman was waiting in a bus shelter in Aberdeen when a car smashed into it, knocking it down.
Police tell KBKW the woman climbed out of the rubble Wednesday, got on a bus and left. Police would like to find her and ask about the accident that involved two other cars.
The driver was taken to a hospital.
Grays Harbor Transit workers removed the bus shelter debris.
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Information from: KBKW-AM, http://kbkw.com

Bicycle innovations-award to U of O!

Wall Street Journal

Oregonian coverage of Occupy Portland

http://topics.oregonlive.com/tag/occupy%20portland/index.html

BIG WEEK AT THE BLOG

Trimet 'professional' sign!

Better than they used to be however.

Remembering the Mall

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/10/remembering_the_mall.html

VIDEO LOG-October 7

http://vimeo.com/30223763

Line 67 "alerts" issued Friday

2:12 PM:
Line 67, buses are detoured as follows: Northbound regular route to 158th
and Jenkins, continue 158th, right Walker, right Murray, left Jenkins then
regular route, reverse on the Southbound.


2:26 PM:
Line 67, buses are detoured as follows: PCC buses regular route to 158th and
Jenkins, continue 158th, right Walker, right Murray, left Jenkins then
regular route, reverse to Beaverton Transit Center.


2:31 PM:
UPDATE at 14:27. Line 67, buses are detoured as follows: Beaverton Transit
Center buses regular route to 158th and Jenkins, continue 158th, right
Walker, right Murray, left Jenkins then regular route, reverse to PCC.


2:41 PM:
Latest update at 14:35. Line 67 to Beaverton Transit Center. Regular route
to 158th and Jenkins, continue Jenkins, right Walker, right Cedar Hills blvd
& regular route Reverse to PCC. Ok to leave end of line 3 minutes early.


2:46 PM:
Latest update at 14:35. Line 67 to Beaverton Transit Center. Regular route
to 158th and Jenkins, continue 158th, right Walker, right Cedar Hills blvd &
regular route Reverse to PCC. Ok to leave end of line 3 minutes early.

The honcho's (aka sock puppets) are going on a "retreat"

Monday, October 10, 2011, 8 a.m.
Location

World Forestry Center, Mt. Hood Room
4033 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR

They keep telling us they are broke, but they hire everything under the sun

Field Outreach & Community Relations Representative
Assistant Manager, Transportation Training
Engineer IV
Public Information Officer

Bureaucrats love to hand each other awards

TriMet: News Release - FTA recognizes Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project for outstanding achievement

STEVE FUNGS MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Another week in Puddle City

Friday, October 7, 2011

RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPr_iVWnIHc&feature=related

Meanwhile, our fellow citizens are battling the machine

PioneerSquare
PioneerSquare2

I seem to be on the wrong side of public opinon, again

We count as our treasures what we have been socialized to count as treasures, though they defile our lives and make robots of us all: the automobile, the TV, the encapsulated suburban existence, the gleaming high buildings, the ever-rising GNP, 'fast' food. [To which we might add: the terrible legacy of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg--"heroes" only in an upside-down world.] We are moving in the wrong direction for human beings."

Morris Berman

Interview with the Second mom kicked off Trimet bus -Oregonian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dAN1lWG__k

Portland A-Foot with yet another baby story?

OCCUPY PORTLAND

Occupy Portland protesters plan to remain downtown - Koinlocal6.com

TRIMET EMPLOYEES DOING GOOD WORK OUT THERE!

The Electric Trolleybus: a Sustainable Choice for Portland

Portland Transport

9,000+ views on that one post!

Oct 2, 2011, 32 comments
9,053 Pageviews

Do you think this silly little contest actually motivates anybody to come to work?

In it to Win it Continues!
Fall Attendance Campaign
Our summer attendance campaign was a great success. We saw improved attendance in Operations this summer. Thank you for supporting our customers and each other!
We’re on the right track, now let’s keep moving. We launched a fall attendance campaign on September 1. Like the summer campaign, during the months of September, October and November, we will have prize drawings for $100 or $25 gift cards; all operators, supervisors, and maintenance employees who have perfect attendance during each month will be entered into the prize drawing.
What about employees who make it through all three fall months with zero chargeable time loss? Those folks will have a chance to win paid time off!
Review notices at garages or contact your manager for more information.
(It would have no bearing on my behavior, I couldn't care less bout those 'prizes')

Shelly Lomax says

At a recent TriMet board meeting a customer came forward with her laptop and played a snippet of video and audio from a bus ride. The audio and video were played without context, but as you may imagine, it was intended to cause raised eyebrows about an interaction on a bus. This sharing of video was on the heels of a photo sent by a customer to the local media making news.
Both of these incidents serve as a stark reminder that with pocket video cameras, smart phones and the like, every interaction has the opportunity to become a "YouTube" moment.
Please continue to use good judgment out there, stay off your cell phones when driving and stay calm when dealing with difficult people (contact Dispatch for help when you need it). Let the only thing they "catch you" at is doing a great job.
From RANTINGS OF PEOPLE WHO USE PUBLIC TRANSIT IN PORTLAND OREGON

Gresham Transit Center changes explained

Attention operators of lines 4, 9, 12, 20, 80, 81, 82, & 84: Bay assignments at Gresham TC have changed
The bay assignments at Gresham Transit Center changed on October 2. Previously, some buses were turning south onto Kelly from 10th Avenue (or Gresham Terrace Rd). The timing of this maneuver over the MAX tracks resulted in occasional contact between TriMet buses and the crossing gate arm.
To remedy this safety issue, the Transit Change Review Committee approved changes to the bay assignments at Gresham Transit Center. These changes improve the timing of bus movements across the tracks and minimize the potential for contact with the crossing gate:
• Line 9 arrival bay is now located on 8th Avenue.
• Line 20 arrival bay has moved to the Transit Center driveway.
• All lines that are deadheading from GTC or returning to the garage now serve the “Arrivals Only” bay located on 8th Avenue.
• Do not layover at the “Arrivals Only” bay. This bay is only for passenger drop-off prior to deadheading or returning to the garage.
Your paddle outlines these changes. A map of the new bay assignments has also been posted at the garages and is being displayed on the flatscreens.
If you have any questions about the new GTC bay assignments, please contact your manager or Dispatch.

Trimet digital fail

All of our digital information displays are down throughout the system. We're working to identify the problem now.

TRIMET'S BABY INCIDENT MAKES IT AROUND THE WORLD-ALL THE COVERGE


THIS IS A ROUNDUP OFF ALL THE STORIES REGARDING THIS INCIDENT COVERED ON THIS BLOG.
Coverage is in reverse order!
Read from bottom up for actual story time-line.
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RATS TAKING OVER SUBWAYS IN NYC

MTA To Launch New Cleaning Initiative To Combat Rat Infestations - NY1.com

STRIKE!

GO Transit union announces strike date - CityNews

Stupid bus drivers on cell phones

Passengers Say Driver May Have Been On Phone During Nebraska Bus Crash | Fox News

Ireland covers the baby story, right after "dad pulled sons teeth" story

Dad in court after son pulled teeth - World News - Independent.ie

Seattle Times coverage of Baby incident

Nation & World | Oregon bus baby story stirs public outcry | Seattle Times Newspaper

Oregon gets props on jobs training program

Transportation repair programs can put disadvantaged on the road to good jobs | OregonLive.com

United Kingdom "daily mail" does comprehensive coverage of the baby incident!

Now second mother claims she was thrown off TriMet bus by female driver because her child was crying | Mail Online

Turn down the music!

Macedonian bus drivers told to turn off turbofolk | Reuters

Light rail station attacked!

Shots Fired at NJ Transit Light Rail Station | NBC Philadelphia

Light rail fail in Denver

High Winds Cause Problems, Disrupt Light Rail - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

San Francisco gives what Portland takes away

Free Muni for youths a step closer

Boring getting ready to bolt

http://www.sandypost.com/news/story.php?story_id=131777867674205700

VIDEO LOG-October 6-part 3

http://vimeo.com/30177397

Architects honor Transit Mall renovation

They have to honor something about themselves I guess! Personally I think the design stinks and eventually somebody(s) will be killed down there.

TRIMET stops for nobody!

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/7RjS-L1b4DQO4j05iB6lSg?select=c9UJH_AYf1AoQv75xEAaVA

Prestigous Washington Post runs story on the baby incident

Ore. transit agency had earlier case of bus driver ejecting mother and fussing child - The Washington Post

ATTENTION BUS DRIVERS! WANT A PAID VACATION WITHOUT USING YOUR VACATION?


Kick a mother and her child off your bus and trimet will give you A FREE WEEK OFF WITH FULL PAY!

VIDEO LOG-October 6

Part 1
Part 2

Award winning operator TOM Hall talks about the baby incident

Thursday, October 6, 2011

KATU interview of the mom in the baby bus incident

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cikw9OfDA-g

VIDEO LOG-October 5-part 2

http://vimeo.com/30161294

How many of these does TRIMET need?

Public Information Officer
$56,340.00 - $84,509.00 plus add to the agencies UNFUNDED LIABILITIES!

Veteran operator "Ben" talks about the irate customer on his bus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcAlZ9J-zOQ

Corporate executive turned bus driver "Terry" advises me on my step 3 hearing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uCOS5sN-4

Checking out the Occupy Portland demonstration

Veteran operator Ed Choi talks about his service in the South Korean Army

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dQxk9Bpgdg

Rachelle Rock goes fulltime and a biblical flood hits BTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeVOXG2UUG4

all power down on entire steet car line, whole thing bus bridged

We love light rail don't we! (But don't get rid of those stinky low class buses yet!)

Trimet not feeling groovy right now

Not feeling groovy: TriMet pulls plug on 'sonic bike path' idea for Portland bridge | OregonLive.com

Still wanna work at Trimet?

Money is still flowing like water around here $60-$70K right here!

KATU SCOOPS UP THE MOM IN THE BABY BUS STORY

http://www.katu.com/news/local/131202879.html

Mom fears TriMet driver

WITH FILE PHOTO OF WHAT A BUS MIGHT LOOK LIKE

Whatever, you already know the story.

Bus Baby makes it to the phillipines!

Man drives15 kmsthe wrong way up Austrian motorway | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online

VIDEO LOG-October 5-part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlacwZ42HbU

Oregon Catalyst-can we believe them though?

Latest Audit Shows TriMet Continuing to Circle the Drain | The Oregon Catalyst

Complaint reveals that second TriMet driver booted mom and child off a bus in Hillsboro

(We seem to be having a slight public relations problem don't we?)

http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2011/10/complaint_reveals_that_second.html

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Uber-Vultures: The Billionaires Who Would Pick Our President


The untold story of the sources of the loot controlled by Paul "The Vulture" Singer, Ken Langone and the Kochs - and why they need to buy the White House.



www.truth-out.org/uber-vultures-billionaires-who-would-pick-our-president/1317769580

Riders abusing drivers now

Live field report, passenger told a driver "fuck you" , the reason for the curse is unclear at this time.
Be ready for lots of disrespect from riders operators!

New policy statement from our management

Customer Service is a Priority at TriMet
TriMet provides a critical service in a diverse operating environment. Every day you interact with people from diverse backgrounds. This includes riders with limited English proficiency, the elderly, persons with disabilities and youth. Some customers will require additional time, effort, assistance and patience. TriMet expects operators to be polite and courteous to all customers and to respond to questions and challenging situations in a polite, respectful way.
Live from the route 57! that baby screamed for 25 minutes!..some ppl on the bus told them to do something the baby has been screaming the whole ride

VIDEO LOG-October 4-part 2

http://vimeo.com/30107230

LIVE FROM TRIMET BUS OPERATORS IN SERVICE


DRIVER: Screaming baby, Haha!
ME: Kick them off!
Driver: Haha..OK!

Starting to understand the hoopla around the baby bus story

MOMS! ITS ALL ABOUT MOMS! They are really interested in this story of the mom with the baby. And that also explains why a web site such as the THE CONSUMERISTwould beat out all my usual readers, like bus bloggers and even news bloggers!

Former TriMet bus driver pleads guilty to misdemeanor sex abuse of 15-year-old passenger

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/10/former_trimet_bus_driver_plead.html

Tyranny at Trimet-my fight for civil rights as a Trimet employee

Those that have been following this blog over the years know that I have been in a fight with Trimet management for my rights as a citizen of Oregon and the United States of America.

Trimet management asserts they have the right to regulate my off duty behavior, in my house, using completely legal apparatus, to listen to and re-publish over the air wave communications of transit operations.
They contend that I violate their internal rules which require me to seek 'permission' to record any employees voice or picture, on or off duty, over the public airwaves or at any public meeting.

'Occupy Wall Street' plans Portland rally without permit


Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that began in New York two weeks ago are spreading to Oregon, with disruptions likely in downtown Portland on Thursday.
Occupy Portland plans a protest Thursday at Waterfront Park that will then march along a route not yet disclosed to downtown Portland. The Portland Police Bureau announced Wednesday morning that the group declined to obtain a permit for a march.
Occupy Portland faxed police, stating: "For best impact, we will march in the streets and disrupt the city," according to the Portland Police Bureau.
The group will meet at Waterfront Park near the Burnside Bridge at noon on Thursday, and then march to undisclosed locations in the city.
Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson cautioned downtown businesses to be aware of protesters, and that the event will disrupt mass transit and slow down both vehicle and foot traffic.
"The Portland Police Bureau is committed to vigorously pursuing the goal of allowing participants to express their view which is there free speech right," he said, "Our overall objective is to take all appropriate action to help make this event happen in a way that is safe for participants and the general public alike." More: Read PPB release
The occupation protest is based on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, now in their third week, which have spurred other similar demonstrations in major cities like Boston and Los Angeles, all to protest corporate greed.

Larry Hanley Occupies Wall Street on 'Ed Show' (MSNBC), Approximately 10:20 PM EDT Tonight



International President Larry Hanley will appear on the ‘Ed Show,’ at 10:20 PM EDT, tonight on the cable news channel, MSNBC.
Hanley will be discussing the ATU’s support for the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations in New York and all around the country.
ATU members participated in the Occupy Wall Street March today in New York City.  Hanley pledged ATU’s support for the movement saying, “The ATU applauds the Occupy Wall Street activists for their courage and strength to expose the greed and corruption on Wall Street as the rest of America struggles to survive. These young people are speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have profited on the backs of hard working people.”
““While we battle it out day after day, month after month, the millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street sit idly by – untouched – and lecture us on the level of our sacrifice.” he continued.  "Working Americans have sacrificed too much already. Transit riders have paid with record fare increases and service cuts.  How dare they demand that we coddle the rich while poor people are losing their benefits and millions are becoming poor?”
Hanley urges all members to participate in “Occupy” demonstrations taking place in their area.