Saturday, October 22, 2011



melogna: I like how all #TriMet buses have the American flag in their window, lest someone question their loyalties.
MissErika92: FUCK TRIMET
cme2009: @trimet I was just wondering why on the online trip planner, the default walking distance is now 1 mile? It used to be 1/4 or 1/2 mile
  JosedePDX: @trimet The bus Driver did see me! He waved to me as he left!! ·
alannarisse: @trimet Do you have an after hours # I can call. Just had a run in with a bus driver with serious road rage issues. ·
alanpdx: Tis the season for bad perfume on Trimet. #Augh ·
Sequelcast: I hope @Trimet invests in something to soften the loud engines in the buses. Louder than an airplane!
anzadesu: This bus smells like piss... Like... Really bad. It's making me feel sick. #Trimet #bus77
anzadesu: Wow bus you are WAY early. Like 5 min early. No bueno. #Trimet
sporkbot: I am so fucking angry. The trimet officer gave me a "Curtosey Ticket" and kept the one I bought as "Evidence" EVIDENCE OF WHAT ITS NOT DATED
alicynx: @trimet, is the 12 line where you put your worst drivers? This is getting ridiculous!
mikerigsby: Good lord. Annoying chick on my #Trimet 99 is nagging at everyone to "Smile!" Bitch, I've been up for 16 hrs, too tired for tweakers. :p
  mikerigsby: Time to play #Trimet roulette and see if my bus actually shows up today.
Lextastic09: Mission to PSU. ahhhh I freakin HATE trimet!

I didn't shoot this video

Alcoholic Werewolf on the MAX

Shooting at Trimet bus stop

Gang team investigates Saturday afternoon bus stop shooting


The Greeks are fighting the battle before it gets to America,this war is heading here soon!



Stealing Your Pension: The Daily Show Looks At The 1% Reverse Robin Hood

One of the ways that Wall Street has caused this massive shift of wealth strictly to the top 1 percent is in the way corporations have decimated pension funds. Investigative journalist Ellen Schultz wrote the book Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers to illustrate how these corporations have pulled a reverse Robin Hood and robbed from the working poor to give yet even more to the rich. From the publisher's description:
It's no secret that hundreds of companies have been slashing pensions and health coverage earned by millions of retirees. Employers blame an aging workforce, stock market losses, and spiraling costs- what they call "a perfect storm" of external forces that has forced them to take drastic measures.
But this so-called retirement crisis is no accident. Ellen E. Schultz, award-winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, reveals how large companies and the retirement industry-benefits consultants, insurance companies, and banks-have all played a huge and hidden role in the death spiral of American pensions and benefits.A little over a decade ago, most companies had more than enough set aside to pay the benefits earned by two generations of workers, no matter how long they lived. But by exploiting loopholes, ambiguous regulations, and new accounting rules, companies essentially turned their pension plans into piggy banks, tax shelters, and profit centers.
Drawing on original analysis of company data, government filings, internal corporate documents, and confidential memos, Schultz uncovers decades of widespread deception during which employers have exaggerated their retiree burdens while lobbying for government handouts, secretly cutting pensions, tricking employees, and misleading shareholders. She reveals how companies:
Siphon billions of dollars from their pension plans to finance downsizings and sell the assets in merger deals
Overstate the burden of rank-and-file retiree obligations to justify benefits cuts while simultaneously using the savings to inflate executive pay and pensions
Hide their growing executive pension liabilities, which at some companies now exceed the liabilities for the regular pension plans
Purchase billions of dollars of life insurance on workers and use the policies as informal executive pension funds. When the insured workers and retirees die, the company collects tax-free death benefits
Preemptively sue retirees after cutting retiree health benefits and use other legal strategies to erode their legal protections.
Though the focus is on large companies-which drive the legislative agenda-the same games are being played at smaller companies, non-profits, public pensions plans and retirement systems overseas. Nor is this a partisan issue: employees of all political persuasions and income levels-from managers to miners, pro- football players to pilots-have been slammed.

Safety is a value?

Except when it comes to health/safety, or if it's on a weekend... Earlier today I needed to transfer from a bus to a train at Hollywood TC. I took the elevator down to the train platform, and it was hard to miss the GIANT POOL OF VOMIT on the wall/floor of the elevator. It's Saturday so I can't call TriMet's customer service, so when my train came in I knocked on the cab door and told the operator.

He says, "Yeah we know, it was called in yesterday--"

"YESTERDAY?!" - I generally make an effort to not interrupt people, but seriously?

"--Yes, yesterday" he continued, "but with the cutbacks in cleaning apparently there's no one who can clean that until Monday morning."

So if you're going through the Hollywood TC & need to take the elevator tomorrow, enjoy riding it with 2-day old vomit. Sure, that sounds safe.



If only we could get our fellow Americans to understand the importance of fighting the banks!

Greeks fight against the bankster control

Trimet in violation of federal law "13c"?

But it also appears to be in conflict with a federal labor law, sometimes referred to as 13C, which requires that public bodies receiving federal grants preserve the collective bargaining rights of public unions, according to Gerald Poisson, chairman of the SMART board of directors.
The contracts of the four unions representing SMART employees expired Dec. 31. Because the new state law forbids SMART to pay for step increases and medical coverage provided for under the old contract, the Amalgamated Transit Union petitioned the Department of Labor to withhold $20 million to $26 million in federal grants to SMART -- which the feds have tentatively agreed to do.

Editorial: Fix Michigan labor law or risk devastating cuts to SMART bus service | Detroit Free Press |

Another car plows into bus stop

Car plows into bus stop-warning, gruesome

Transit police rough up guy in wheelchair

My old pal Marcus Griffith still around

Vancouver couple had history of abuse allegations -

Mayor Sam Adamas, city say streetcar attracted $4 billion in private investment

The Truth-O-Meter Says:

OPAL press room

Portland Transports (Bob Richardson) production of the street car music bands

A Little Streetcar Music

Classic scene from "The Big Bus"-Bus drivers in Bus drivers bar

Bus drivers start clicking their ticket punches all together in disapproval of one of their own!


Bibiana McHugh

Boring survey released

TriMet asks for input, releases survey results in Boring withdrawal petition |

Mary Priester-director of trimet art

Transit funds are not about providing transit anymore:


Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, presented a top honor to Metro and TriMet last week, pointing to the region as a leader in efficiency and inclusiveness. The light rail project received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence in providing accessible, "truly useful" information to the public and decision-makers.

Comedy here!

Video log-October 21



I wish Trimet had night owl service, especially for the lack of taxis. : Portland
Do you have a completely selfish fantasy transit line wish / map? Here's mine. : Portland

Video log-October 20-PART 1(a)

Friday, October 21, 2011

The 1100s

What were the 1100s?

According to this online historical Tri-Met bus roster the 1100s were a group of GMC and Flxible New Look (a.k.a. "Fishbowl" buses) that were purchased second hand from a variety of sources including Denver and a Hawaiian transit agency.  Tri-Met purchased the buses between 1975 and 1980 so they actually pre-date the 700s (artics) which were purchased in 1981.  However the artics had more than their fair share of problems when introduced (including the infamous falling-off-the-wheelchair-lift incident resulting in the disabling of the center-door mounted wheelchair lifts, and the cracked frames).

Many of the buses were originally numbered in lower series, such as in the 200s, 400s, 500s, and 900s.  In 1981, these buses were renumbered into the 1100 series to make way for the GMC RTS fleet that would occupy the 900 series.  The RTSes and Crown-Ikarus flxibles would be the first buses delivered in the red, orange and brown stripe scheme and not the orange scheme Tri-Met used since its inception, and would exist well into the 1980s on older vehicles.

Tri-Met also had a trio of GMC buses in the 1200-1202 series.  From 1988 through 1989 Tri-Met would backfill the now empty 500 and 600 series with the first order of Flxible Metros.  In 1990, Gillig made its first appearance in Portland with a fleet of Phantoms showing up in the 1400 series - a model and series that exists to this day as TriMet's oldest fleet vehicle.  For some reason the 1500 series was skipped over, and the 30 foot Phantoms took the 1600 series.  Tri-Met returned to Flxible for more Metros in the 1700 and 1800 series, plus an order of 10 30' buses in the 1900 series in the mid-1990s.

By the late 1990s when Westside MAX was opened, Tri-Met (soon to become just TriMet) would place in service its 2000 series New Flyer D40LFs (TriMet's first Flyers) and its 2100 series Gillig Phantoms...and then retire the last of the 300 and 400 series Flxible New Looks dating back as far as 1972, the 700 series Crown-Ikarus artics, and the 900 series RTSes.  Some of the 900 series vehicles were sold to SMART and Cherriots, and I am still kicking myself for not getting a picture of a former TriMet 900 series vehicle still in TriMet colors at the Barbur Transit Center running SMART's 2X route.  (The bus was later repainted, but the Tri-Met fleet number above the driver's window was not removed giving a hint to its heritage.  I have a picture of the bus in that paint somewhere, and I believe that bus was only recently retired when SMART purchased some used Phantoms, believed from C-Tran.)  Cherriots has also recently retired its once large RTS fleet and replaced it with a mixed fleet of Orion and Gillig low-floor buses.

The 300s, 400s, 500s, and 700s quickly disappeared - rarely one can be found purchased by a private party who intended to convert it into a RV; I've never seen a successful conversion of an ex-TriMet bus.  One bus, vehicle 434, was purchased by a "bus fan" and is the only known preserved former Tri-Met bus.

Back to the 1100s...most of them were of the following models:

GMC TDH-5303
GMC TDH-5301
Flxible F2D6V-401
Flxible F2D6V-401-1

The GMC naming convention is pretty easy:
T:  Transit (as opposed to S: for suburban/commuter)
D: Diesel (G: gas was also available)
H: Hydraulic Transmission (as opposed to M: for manual transmission)

53:  53 passenger seating configuration (a 40 foot bus)
01:  Series, these buses were manufactured between 1959-1962

Here's a picture of such a bus from Wikipedia.

Here's a picture of a Tri-Met TDH-4519, a 1963-1967 era 35 foot bus (vehicle 575, originally a Rose City Transit vehicle.)

Flxible's model numbers were obviously a little different.  For a model F2D6V-401:

F2:  102 inch wide body (all GMCs were 96 inches wide)
D:  Diesel (Propane was an option)
6V:  Detroit Diesel 6V71 engine with a T-Drive transmission
-40:  40 foot length
1:  Transit (Suburban buses had a '7')

The buses that had the additional "-1" had air conditioning.

Here's a video of a restored Seattle Transit System F2D6V which you can ride as part of Metro's Historical Vehicle fleet (and proudly owned by King County Metro!)

Carrying this around with me

Just in case I need to use it at a moments notice!

Drivers that understand what safety means-WITHOUT THE STUPID RECERTIFICATION CLASS

March to Vancouver for Jobs

STEVE FUNG'S Oregon State Marching Band at Pioneer Square

Who knows what's going on around here with our LUMBERING BUREAUCRACY

A week ago I sent out a note about some organizational realignments that I have put in place. Those changes are intended to better align the agency to focus on the very challenging work we have ahead of us. I know that change is hard and I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past few months. Now that the organizational changes have been made, some people will be physically moving to be closer to their new work groups. Throughout this process we attempted to communicate and involve you in conversations about these changes. However, there may have been some cases where we might not have been able to communicate as quickly as we wanted. I hope you understand that this was not intentional. Although the bulk of the organizational changes have been made, continuous improvement means we will be tweaking as needed. We have rough seas ahead of us with our many budget uncertainties. I will definitely keep you abreast of what all of this means as we begin to navigate these troubled waters. Communication, although not an exact science, is key to keeping us all afloat. I would ask that you focus on the destination and stay positive on the journey. We’re all in this together and I need everyone rowing in the same direction! Best to you all! Neil

WELCOME TO THE BUREAUCRACY RANDY (keep on hiring new execs Neil, we are rolling in $$$)

I am pleased to welcome Randy Stedman to the TriMet family. Randy has been selected as TriMet’s new Executive Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources. Randy has over 30 years of human resources and labor relations experience and has spent the last nine years at Workplace Practices Group where he was the Founding Principal.
With nearly 85% of our workforce represented and with my desire to strengthen our relationship with the Amalgamated Transit Union, it’s more important than ever to have someone with Randy’s skills at the agency. His experience in building healthy relationships with labor unions and his strong background in human resources will make him a great addition to our current skilled HR team. His expertise in maintaining a highly-qualified and energized workforce will be invaluable to our agency as we work through these challenges together.
Randy’s primary responsibilities will be overseeing our labor relations and managing the Human Resources and Workforce Development departments. All will be located on the second floor here at Center Street. Randy’s first day at TriMet is November 14, 2011.
I know that you will join me in welcoming Randy to his new role here at TriMet.
Neil (Mcfarlane)

Workplace Practices Group - Randy Stedman - W-P-G Founding Principal
Workplace Practices Group - About Us
Facebook Page

Video log-October 20-part 2


TriMet: Board of Directors Meetings

Is TriMet Getting Some Hybrid Lift Vehicles?

Portland Transport Here!


Mass Murder of Wild Animals in Ohio. Horrific.

How dare you say no to federal funds?

LaHood chides Fla. Gov. Rick Scott again for rejecting rail money - The Hill's Transportation Report

He's leaving home bye bye » Blog Archive » TriMet's bike access planner Colin Maher to leave at end of month

Trimet customer service "sucks"

Last week, my commute home was interrupted. I was frustrated when my train was behind schedule, and then taken out of service.
Not in Service Yellow Line trainMy reaction was similar to the reaction of those around me. “We are all late because your trains are running behind schedule, and your response is to kick us off the train and tell us to wait for the next one? Seriously, TriMet?”
The next day, it happened again. This time we were told there were too many trains. However, our train was nearly shoulder to shoulder. Saying there were too many trains, to those of us on the train, didn’t ring true. And it underlined that TriMet didn’t care about us, a train full of riders.

calling a general meeting of TriMet riders


Rembering the 1100 series buses
Steve scopes out the restaurant guide
Why would they turn off public access to drinking water?
Video log-October 20-

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Keiser Report

Keiser Report: Live and Let Fail (E199)

Americans want to DRIVE to work

Despite considerable investments in transit systems, there was only a marginal increase in usage (less than half of one percentage point). Even this was considered a triumph, because it ended an actual decline in transit use. Still, fewer than one in 20 workers uses public transportation to get to work. Cycling, for all the noise and debate about bike lanes, inched from 0.4% of workers to 0.5%. Another 40 years or so and it might make it to one in a hundred!
Between 2000 and 2010, Metros (subways and elevated) accounted for 48% of the increase in transit commuting, while buses and a trolley buses accounted for 43%. Light rail (trolleys and streetcars) accounted for less than 2% of the additional transit commuting, despite the fact that light rail has been the dominant form of rail transit expansion.
Get that? People take subways. They don’t take streetcars. No matter how effective streetcars may be in Copenhagen. And they’d rather stay home and work than take either.

More people than ever drive solo to work despite a decade of green lectures | Full Comment | National Post

Good article about traffic congestion

Why congestion pricing will always be unpopular | Reuters

How Congress shapes your commute

Even our daily sojourns to the office are affected by the twists and turns in the U.S. tax code. If you drive to work, your employer can cover up to $230 per month in parking costs tax-free. And in recent years, if you take mass transit, your employer has also been able to reimburse you, tax-free, for up to $230. This latter program was part of the 2009 stimulus bill, and one Businessweek survey found that, when companies do offer it, many workers really do shift to public transportation. 


I am reviewing the latest RSA (request for safety)which was updated 10/13/11.

According to the report, there has been no request for safety assessment since May 2011?

That's rather odd, unless you have been working here for awhile.
Many of us have found out that unless your request is about some sort of mechanical issue, (sign is broken, light is broken etc)then nothing will be changed.

So we gave up, just like we did with the yellow cards.
We get tired of putting our effort, on our time, into a process that goes nowhere

Some management crony, who most likely knows nothing about the route or about driving a bus, is paid to review these and then comes up with an elaborate explanation as to why they won't do anything about the structural issue.

For example: fans for buses without air conditioning, or road reliefs that require you to jump in the seat and then make the necessary adjustments to mirrors, seats, etc as you drive down the road.

Another fake "process" that changes nothing created by our top managers who are addicted to bureaucratic answers to real world problems.

Motorcylist gets creamed by car-slowed down version

Video log-October 19-part 3


Almost all the operators have gone through the RE-CERTIFICATION CLASS

So has it done anything, well, lets take a look at this next chart provided by TRIMET:

Let's take a closer look:


More interesting data

The chart below is called "efficiency" or "cost per ride". (not including the cost of installation of course)

But the interesting thing about this chart is this:

Remember the red line is the light rail, costs per ride on light rail are increasing while cost per ride on bus is DECREASING, and buses cost ZERO in terms of additional capital investment!

Video log-October 19-part 2


Do my eyes deceive me?

We better look a little closer at this chart, remember the BLUE LINE is bus ridership:

YUP! Bus ridership is UP, light rail ridership is DOWN, funny how they didn't see that on the monthly report?

Steve Fung's movie of the week


A trip from downtown Vancouver to downtown Portland would take more than twice as long on a light rail train as it would on existing bus service, a recent analysis of Columbia River Crossing plans found.

Analysis puts light rail, bus times side by side | The Columbian

Gaddafi Killed; Mauled by Tiger in Ohio

ZANESVILLE (The Borowitz Report) – A grim chapter in the history of Libya came to a close today when fugitive dictator Muammar Gaddafi was mauled to death by an escaped tiger in Zanesville, Ohio.

At the Central Intelligence Agency, a spokesman stopped short of speculating how the Libyan strongman somehow made his way to the remote Ohio town, saying only, “We didn’t plan on Gaddafi being taken out this way, but a win’s a win.”

The tiger, a longtime Zanesville resident, is being flown to the White House where she will receive the Presidential Medal of Honor.

In a brief statement, President Barack Obama said, “Under my watch, we’ve killed both Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi. That really should be enough to reelect me, especially if I’m running against a pizza man.”

Meanwhile, on the campaign trail, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) offered this comment on Gaddafi’s death: “Muammar Gaddafi will no longer live to terrorize Asia.” Read More Here

Why are they protesting?

Mars shows me how to manually retract the wheelchair lift

Video log-October 19-1

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Mother of All Strikes: Greece grinds to halt for 48 hours
Athens Clashes LIVE: RT at Greece massive protest showdown
Violence erupts as strike paralyses Greece
Greek Battlefield: Video of...

Transit of the future a reality in London

London Heathrow Gets Driverless Pod Cars to Transport Passengers Around Terminals

28,000,000,000 riders

CTV Toronto - Toronto Transit Commission: 28 billion served - CTV News

While American policy is tax breaks for corporations and cuts to mass transit

Brazil President Announces US$ 17 Billion Investment in Subway, Bus and Light Rail

Church of light rail

Buses should be top priority, not trolleys - Editorial -


Click here for pdf file

Lost and found

Operator reported an lost and found item, a back pack. They looked inside the pack after calling dispatch and found a GUN! The person who lost it is in route to reclaim it, they might be surprised when the police are there waiting. (It was a pellet gun)


Is a value to me.

This is Boring's time to speak

Video log-October 18

Part 2
Part 3


Overhead Bin - Southwest plane diverted due to screaming passenger




CrimeStoppers Case 11-37 - YouTube

Press Releases

Is getting out of the seat against the rules?


Government departments, businesses, offices and stores are all expected to be shut, with small business owners and shopkeepers taking part in strike action for the first time.
Air traffic controllers are staging a 12-hour walk-out, with some 150 domestic and international flights cancelled. Trains, buses, taxis and lorries will not be operating.
A strike over recent days by rubbish collectors has left uncollected waste piling in the streets.
"We are going to send a loud message to the government and the political system," said Costas Tsikrikas, the head of the public workers' union Adedy.

BBC News - Greece general strike begins over spending cuts

Video Log

Video Log-October 18/1

Motorcylist gets creamed at Sylvan exit

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Keiser Report


C-Tran tax hike backers cautiously optimistic | The Columbian


Man hit, killed by TRAX train in Murray | The Salt Lake Tribune

Transit executives living big while public endures cuts

Charge it! Former Metra CEO lived it up on company dime -

Fed's talk alot, but do they actually deliver anything the public can use?

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $928.5 Million To Put Americans Back to Work Repairing, Rebuilding, Modernizing the Nation’s Transit Infrastructure | Journal of Commerce

Here she is again

Maybe this time they won't move the movie on me!

BridgeView, Episode 3: In-Water Work and Cofferdams

ATU dispatch

ATU Out in Force for Occupy Movement
From Santa Rosa, CA to Washington, DC, from New York City to Vancouver, BC, ATU members have been out in force across North America as the Occupy movement picks up more steam and has now gone global.
In Pensacola, FL ATU Local 1395 participated in an Occupy rally and gathered 1,000 signatures for a petition to support bus drivers in their contract dispute with Veolia. In Atlanta, GA, Local 1700 and Local 732 joined with other labor unions to persuade Atlanta Mayor Reed to back down on his eviction notice for the Occupy Atlanta movement.

Bus transport around the world

Bus roof torn off: Miracle escape of passengers as single-decker hits two cars, a lorry and a shop | Mail Online
Sata mourns 18 crash victims
Police hunt as bus is hit by brick
Chaos averted as IRC orders Sydney bus drivers to lift bans

Forget it, its nice out-report from the field

everybody marking off sik..canceled six runs already!....15 people marked off since 6 am1...funny how that works wen its nice-txt msg

Fall Color at Rock Creek

Hacker Group Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook On November 5

Safety a value or advertising gimmick?

TriMet to increase patrols after stabbing on MAX

Video log-October 17


Monday, October 17, 2011

Are you affected?

My favorite part of the Boring meeting notice is the:

Description of the affected area

If you're unsure if you'll be affected by Boring pulling out, just read this simple sentence.

The Low Information Voter

Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of plutocratic and corporate interests, and absolutist religious groups.


Barry Tillson and Greg McGrew are retiring....


BBC News - Probe in to how bus hit shop in Swansea street

Railvolution going to DC this year

How many Trimet execs will be attending this little yearly church service for all the light rail fanatics around the country? How much will be spent on having these execs attend this thing?

Boring wants out

TriMet: Public hearing to obtain comment on petition for withdrawal of the Boring, Oregon, area from the TriMet District

Twitter report

Kyle Iboshi
TriMet says increase in security will be done through overtime and redeployment of personnel. Not talking money or numbers just yet.

Occupy Wall Street

I guess I am really driving the pencil necks nuts

I was reviewing the latest 'request for safety assessments' and when I opened the file to my surprise I see they have changed the format.

There is no longer the original safety complaint word for word in the copy provided for us, but a very shortened summary of the safety complaint.

I find that rather interesting to say the least.

Why do they want to hide the original complaints I wonder?

Strike shuts Jerusalem light rail indefinitely

(Labor still has some muscle over there I guess)

Public says streetcar is a waste of money in more places than Portland

Most call Cincinnati streetcar 'wasteful' | |

Fatal train collisions tough on engineers

In reality, he braced for the inevitable collision. It arrived with a loud "clonging," the sound of the locomotive striking her 150-pound body — a sound the 39-year-old still finds hard to shake, five years later.

The Challenge of Making Sense out of Milwaukie Light Rail

KGW video report on Max stabbing

TriMet boosts security after 3rd stabbing on MAX train

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Vera's bus joke


For ATU 757 members only!
A secure site to which you can express yourself regarding our union leadership.
Register and comment today HERE!

Latest "How we Roll" photo shoot

These are kinda cool, but its pure propaganda financed by our tax dollars.

John Fall rides the 8 bus


After third MAX-related stabbing this year, TriMet plans to increase security


Protests are a bonanza for the cops and Trimet supervisors

I'm sure people are aware just how much money these protests make for the cops and the Trimet supervisors, both groups basically stand around and watch.

Occasionally a Trimet supervisor will direct a bus or train through something, but most of the overtime is just for standing around and watching.

There has got to be a better way to protest that won't make a bunch of overtime for government bully boys.

Grinding your operators into the ground all the while pretending safety is a value

The following is a transcript of a recent dispatch call which was sent to me.
It's significant because it proves, once again, that safety is only hype at Trimet.
The management continues its unsafe practices and attempts to put all the blame on the operators when things go wrong.
 They keep getting away with it because our corporate media is very quick to point the finger at union labor.
The following shows quite clearly that the management has been fostering unsafe operating conditions, they've known about it for months, but yet they let it continue.
Is it possible that this sort of callous management contributes to operators "breaking down" and acting rude to the public"
You better believe it!

1972 Flxible New Look Tri-Met #361

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Taking a stab at safety (Jack Bog's Blog)

Woman arrested after reportedly stabbing man on MAX early Sunday

The bus stop dance

Funkshone - 'Stop The Bus'

Click here!


Greek Unions Vow More Building Take-Overs - ABC News
Greece: TV news halted as Protestors interrupt broadcast... - YouTube
ΜΑΤ - Ένοχοι για εγκλήματα κατά της κοινωνίας - YouTube
Violence erupts in Athens during Greek strike - YouTube

Nepal Bus Crash Kills 42: PHOTOS

Foreign language driving tests to be banned after soaring accident rates by motorists who can't read road signs

Story Here!

Transit courtesy campaign-1930 version

CASE 1. A Passenger Complains that Your Car (or Coach) Starts and Stops Too Suddenly.
“The best thing to do is take stock of your driving and see if the passenger is not right. Tell him that it is your desire to carry everyone in the greatest possible comfort. Above all things, don’t try to tell the passenger that you are giving him a smooth ride when you are not. This is one feature of service about which passengers are usually right.
“EXAMPLE - ‘I am sorry that it happened. I didn’t realize that the operation was rough.’’’

Courtesy campaigns travel well on T - The Boston Globe

I wonder just how much money does go into developing this fluff?

TriMet: News Release - TriMet launches first-of-its-kind multimodal trip planner

Abusing tax payers money

How many 'communications' specialists does this MONOPOLISTIC transit district employ?

There are 125 "public affairs specialists" alone on the state payroll. Their wages, not including health insurance and other benefits, cost $7.5 million annually.

Toss in top-level communications and public relations managers, along with employees who work in design shops, and the roster of officials devoted to state messaging swells to more than 220 employees collectively paid nearly $13.5 million last year. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Readership getting back to normal levels.....


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


Video log-October 14 (3)

Oregon Bus Inspections Turn Up Problems

Occupy Portland live stream

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

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


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.




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.


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 |


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


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


Video log October 13



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


Dwight Botel meets the board of directors

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:

"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!


TRIMET BOARD 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

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.

Transit bus crashes

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


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

Despite push for safety, many students still run to catch 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

City digs for money to keep streetcar on track

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.