Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Monday, October 3, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

From KOIN TV

Jenny Hansson from KOIN writes:

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


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

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

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

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

Good Transit Is Ugly Transit

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

Feeding frenzy reports

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

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

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

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

MEDIA ALERT! MEDIA FEEDING FRENZY GOING ON!

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

The following is a pictorial representation of our beloved media:

What a difference a few weeks makes


POINT OF INFORMATION

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

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

PUBLIC NOTICE

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

DISPATCH WAS WRONG ABOUT THE CRYING BABY

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

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

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

This dispatcher is not one of my favorites BTW.

Rider on the 'baby bus' comments over at KATU

Passengers: Crying baby gets mother kicked off TriMet bus


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

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