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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake: 10 Examples Of How The Elite Are Savagely Mocking The Poor

#1 According to an article in The New York Times, poor families that lost their homes to foreclosure were openly mocked during a Halloween party thrown by the law firm of Steven J. Baum. This particular law firm represents many of the largest mortgage lenders in the United States....

Gerald Celente (american hero)

Gerald Celente at Occupy base camp-part 1
Gerald Celente at Occupy base camp-part 2
Gerald Celente at Occupy base camp-part 3
Gerald Celente on the movement
The Republican candidates start hitting the campaign trail with predictably ridiculous platforms.

Steve mans the recruitment booth today

School bus crash in Hillsboro

Four hurt in school bus crash | OregonLive.com

The hazard of being a bus driver

Bronx Teen Accused Of Assaulting Bus Driver Over Chihuahua Appears In Court - NY1.com

DETROIT — Approximately 100 Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers walked out on their jobs, saying that they are afraid to board the buses after one driver was recently attacked on a bus at the Rosa Parks Transit Center, Detroit Free Press reported.

Trimet begins new campaign of harassment

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WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

Russia has taken over the #2 spot from Germany!


Wanna be a union activist?

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Health status

It appears that my little illness has passed, still sniffling away. I probably would have suffered through it but with my latest impending 'discipline' (undeserved btw) I had no desire to show up while sick. I got up late so I didn't call by ten which means I will have to take another day off but that's ok anyway.

Frustrated conservatives in Clackamas County gain momentum

OregonLive.com

A New Occupy Movement



Friday, November 4, 2011

TRIMET NEWS REPORTS

Don't look at the clock on a bus

  • Advisory: Possible technical problem on bus clocks‏

4:01 PM

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This Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and clocks roll back one hour. The LED signs on buses may experience a clock problem next week and display the wrong time. If this happens, the clock will display a time one hour ahead of actual time.

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This is what a MINIMUM bus stop should look like

This is what a bare-bones, MINIMUM TriMet bus stop should look like:  Well-placed sign, wide sidewalk with full pedestrian access in any direction, near a signallized crosswalk, with a signal light, area light and a schedule and map.

Sadly, by TriMet standards this actually ranks as "above-average"...but by major transit and European standards, this bus stop would be ranked "below average" or even "poor".

TriMet would go a long ways to improving customer satisfaction and ridership by spending money (including Stimulus funds that TriMet blew on other garbage) to bring EACH AND EVERY BUS STOP to at least this level.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


LETS CRASH THE BUS WHILE WE TRY TO CALL THE STOP-blast from the past

WHY I CANNOT USE THE MICROPHONE TO CALL STOPS - YouTube
CALLING STOPS IS ACTUALLY A SAFETY HAZARD

Safety is a word at Trimet.

So we can ignore you

Other news

Portland transportation bureau going broke (Jack Bog's Blog)
Occupy Portland marchers protest against JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon | OregonLive.com

TriMet's Culture of Safety

The good news is that Night Stop is coming soon.  The bad news is that it wouldn't have helped here, thanks to the great planning by TriMet and the City of Portland that prevented this bus from making a curb stop.  (And the bus stop sign and shelter are next to that blue car, and yes that is a "legal" parking space for the cars right where the bus stop SHOULD be.)

If I got the hell out of here right now

I guess I should send Neil's letter back to him

TRYING TO DEAL WITH TRIMET MANAGEMENT

This is the body of a letter I sent to Greg Larson regarding this ADA business:

CRAZY TRIMET ALERTS

TRIMET NEWS REPORTS: NEED TO GO EAST?---->GO WEST THEN TRANSFER EAST? HUH?

LATEST BUS NEWS REPORTS

TRIMET NEWS REPORTS HERE
INTERNATIONAL TRANSIT NEWS REPORTS HERE

Discrimination against Merlo operators?

The only garage where we hear of these nonsense "call stop" violations is the Merlo garage. I know several people who were written up about this besides myself and all of them actually did call the stops.

Is this action  targeted at Merlo operators? Does it need to be said that the management has been derelict in their responsibilities to upgrade the equipment properly? They take out their dereliction of responsibility on the poor hapless people that are stuck working here as lowly and disrespected operators.

I've always called my stops, maybe not the stupid zone boundaries, but who the hell knows what they want, they refuse to tell us.

The question for us operators is what to do about this form of tyranny.

The company doesn't tell us what we are doing wrong, the don't give us any facts about the 'quality assurance ride' and of course its all done anonymously.

I woke up this morning after a hard nites sleep with my stomach gurgling, so I called off sick.

Now I don't know if my stomach problems are as a result of the companies ongoing abuse towards me, or if I am catching a flu of some sort.

But let me tell you one thing, I certainly understand why so many people don't show up for work here.

VIDEO LOG-November 2

And so it begins-THE HARASSMENT OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER/BLOGGER

Today when I walked into the garage after my shift I was greeted with TWO BOGUS complaints,the first one is a "call stop" violation
The funny thing about this is that I actually do call my stops. It appears I am not "precise" enough when I am calling my stops. This is the second time I have been through this. There is nothing more discouraging than getting punished for a job that your already doing but our (mis)management does not have the the decency to provide us with a call stop list or an explanation as to what you are doing wrong.

On my way home tonight I decided how I will handle this, see the video.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What Makes This Place Great...I have to use a school bus because TriMet won't take me there

And what's not mentioned is that you can't take TriMet to the Audubon Society (on N.W. Cornell Road, 1.2 miles to nearest bus stop which is the rush-hour only 18 line).  In fact, the ONLY picture of transit is a First Transit school bus!

Of course...you COULD take the 12 bus to the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge (but why would TriMet want to support bus service?), or the 9 bus to Powell Butte (again, a bus??), or Tyron Creek (only by bus),

What makes this place great...hardly any transit service at all?

Of course what ISN'T mentioned is the fact that one cannot use a bus to get from Tualatin to Sherwood (despite a very busy road connecting the two cities), or that one cannot use a bus to get from the various residential neighborhoods on the northern part of Tualatin along the Tualatin River, or the area east of I-205 (except for the little leg of the 76 that runs from Mohawk P&R to Meridian Park Hospital)...or that the neighborhoods in the south of Tualatin have just the rush hour 96 bus (and only every other bus at that)...

Or that on Saturdays, the 76 bus only runs every 35-40 minutes until 9:30 PM or so leaving no late night service, or on Sundays and holidays that the last bus leaves Tualatin at around 6:30 PM.  And that the majority of these buses are good ol' 1700s and 1800s.

But, hey, Tualatin has WES!  That solves EVERYTHING.  (Except on weekends, and holidays, and during the middle of the day, and late at night...and of course WES doesn't go to Bridgeport Village, or Sherwood, or Lake Grove, or Portland, or the Target and Costco in Wilsonville.  Nor is there any bus service to/from the WES station to serve the various residential and employment centers in Tualatin so you're stuck using the park-and-ride to get to WES and have no hope of getting to work from WES...)

Lewis & Clark College Gillig Phantom on the "Pioneer Express"

Light rail screwed up (again)

Due to a switch problem at the Steel Bridge, MAX Blue, Green and Red line service westbound from Gateway TC is delayed. Switch technicians are on-site to fix the problem. Riders should expect delays.

MAX FAQS SAYS STOP SCAPEGOATING TRANSIT WORKERS!

The detrimental health effect of being a transit operator is not a matter of opinion. There is an extensive body of research on the health risks of the job and strong links between working as a transit operator and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and chronic illnesses.

WE ARE BROKE-MESSAGE TO RIDERS/OPERATORS/MECHANICS

If your an executive you get to go on TAX PAYER FUNDED TRIPS!
What's a few thousand dollars when it comes to the executives right?

ANOTHER CRASH!

Car hits TriMet bus in Beaverton | People | Beaverton News

BUS GETS JAMMED ON ITS WAY BACK TO POWELL GARAGE



Nobody ever questions TRIMET executive pay scales

Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman questions $130,000-plus salary for new Office of Equity and Human Rights director | OregonLive.com

Laws about recording police

If an Oregon police officer is recording your traffic stop, it's legal to make your own recording of the encounter | OregonLive.com

Oregon, Washington drivers among the nation's safest

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/11/oregon_washington_drivers_amon.html

Hillsboro school bus driver and four students suffer minor injuries in two-bus accident

http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2011/11/hillsboro_school_bus_driver_an.html

TRIMET management always bringing the most vital information to our attention

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday
Remember Weather Safety and TriMet’s Night Stop Program
Remember to turn back the clock as Daylight Saving Time ends. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 a.m.
During this time of year, days are getting darker, cloudy and rainy weather is increasing and other potential seasonal hazards such as slick spots created by dropped leaves and standing water on roads or tracks return. Use extra caution as these changes in operating conditions occur. Remember to scan (click HERE for scanning instructions)  before you move and as you enter intersections; be especially mindful of pedestrians crossing the street or tracks during this time of year.
Bus operators should keep an eye out for intending customers at unlit bus stops.(too bad they cut the flasher program)  They will be harder to see as daylight decreases. (duh)  Bus operators are also reminded that the Night Stop Program returns with the end of daylight saving time (see SOP B602):(Click HERE to download your very own copy of the hundreds of rules that we are supposed to know)
Night Stop service is available to passengers anywhere outside Portland city center and the Lloyd District between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
During Night Stop Service hours you may let a customer off at a location without a posted stop as long as the bus is still on route.
Do not make a courtesy stop prior to a left hand turn unless there is enough clearance to safely move into position for the turn. (and what exactly is that supposed to mean?)
In all situations, only allow customers to board or disembark at non-posted stops if it is safe to do so.
If you have questions, please see your trainer or manager. Thank you for your help keeping TriMet operations safe. (How about putting new wipers on all the old buses, checking all the heating/defrosters on the old buses for operating capability, including some sort of anti water build up repellant for the mirrors, making sure all the two way radios are working properly, getting the trip sheets to list the proper emergency phone numbers)

BUS DRIVER OWES $3 MILLION FOR WRECK

Jury: Cap Metro driver owes $3 million for wreck; agency's liability unclear

Ruckus in Eugene

MESSAGE VEHICLE | Car shop owner draws attention to his battle with the city over his right to protest a bus line

Transit districts trampling all over civil rights

Officials won't expand civil rights probe as sought by bus riders - latimes.com

WATCH DOWNTOWN TRANSIT MALL GO FROM RAIL TO BUSES BACK TO RAIL

Traveling through Time - Portland Transit Mall

YOUR BUS SERVICE MIGHT BE GOING AWAY BUT AT LEAST WE HAVE THIS

Inside Trimet’s Beaverton Bike & Ride | The Prudent Cyclist

TRIMET BOONDOGGLE REPORTS

FROM THE EDITOR

Passengers injured in collision involving bus

Passengers injured in collision involving bus - KPTV - FOX 12
Car strikes TriMet bus in SE Portland, 7 hurt | kgw.com Portland

VLOG FOR TUESDAY-PART 2

http://vimeo.com/31474720

Greece on the edge of reason

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oulANV8Y5N8

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

RANT

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON AT JENKINS AND MURRAY?

45 Central begins site work for Beaverton mixed-use development | OregonLive.com

STEVE FUNGS MOVIE OF THE WEEK

http://youtu.be/P34b-rxfqRM

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

STATION MANAGERS ON THE PROWL

Apparently giving out performance awards!

POLICE STATE IN PORTLAND REVS UP

Portland police clear Occupy Portland encampment at Terry Schrunk Plaza

Vagabond opera-halloween party

http://vimeo.com/31451494

Fire Nw burnside&23rd!

MARQETA AND TRIMET-WTF is it?

Marqeta - Get More For Your Money At Your Favorite Places to Shop

 

Total transit gets award

Nope, its not the "total transit system" its THIS HERE!

Dangerous jobs: Transit bus driver

Union: City Transit Employees Discouraged To Report Assaults On Co-Workers - NY1.com

MICHAEL MOORE IN PORTLAND

Light rail advocate appointed to Trimet board of SOCK PUPPETS

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE!

Yes yet another ONE PERCENTER gets appointed to the Trimet sock puppets committee.

Sure glad Kitzhaber is in charge!

Threat of people voting sends the "free" markets down

The prospect of allowing the citizens to vote on their future sends fear through the stock markets around the world.

The Daily Bell - Stock Markets Value Coercion Over Greek Choice

Punkrawker!

SB Hwy99 Timelapse - Aurora Br / New Viaduct Bypass / W Seattle Br - YouTube

Monday's rantings vlog

PART 1

PART 2

Occupy Jamison Square

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Spider at BTC



I like the TriMet logo.

HUIRRY HURRY HURRY--YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!

Trimet's BIG TENT safety rally!

Event schedule:

4–5:40 p.m.: Contestants for the "Best Lit Bike" and "Best Lit Outfit" contests sign in at the Drive Less Save More booth
4:10 p.m.: First Reflective Fashion Show
5 p.m.: Second Reflective Fashion Show
5:45 p.m.: "Best Lit Bike" and "Best Lit Oufit" judging begins
6 p.m.: Bike riders depart for city tour with safety expert
6:05 p.m.: Winners of the "Best Lit Outfit" announced
6:45 p.m.: Safety makeovers
7 p.m.: Winners of "Best Lit Bike" contest announced; Grand Finale Glitz Blitz (all fashion show/makeover/contest winners do a final spin around the fashion runway)

And HERE are the wonderful pictures from last years big event!
http://trimet.org/news/beseenbesafe.htm 

I did not film this!

MAX - YouTube

Fred Reed

I read frequently among the lesserly neuronal of the supposed honor of soldiers, of the military virtues of courage, loyalty, and uprightness--that in an age of moral decomposition only the military adhere to principles, and that our troops in places like Afghanistan nobly make sacrifices to preserve our freedoms and democracy. Is not all of this nonsnese?
Honor? A soldier is just a nationally certified hit-man, perfectly amoral. When he joins the military he agrees to kill anyone he is told to kill, regardless of whether he has previously heard of the country in which he will kill them or whether the residents pose any threat to him or his. How is this honorable? It is cause for lifelong shame.
Read the Article Here!

Another attack on the MAX????????

Man assaults and robs woman, attacks bystanders at MAX station

LET'S CATER TO TOURISTS SAY PORTLAND BUSINESSES-THE HELL WITH RESIDENTS

Downtown neighborhood group says ‘whoa’ to eliminating free rail zone

LIGHT RAIL FAIL

Back-seat Driver: Light-rail crossing-arm glitch prompts investigation - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Michael Anderson comments on the "How We Roll" blog

Michael Andersen

Nice to see TriMet's top dog blogging about the public's business! But where's the comment thread, Mr. M?

Stories of Interest

Public Transportation: Is It a Civil Right?

5 Studies That Prove Women Are Safer Drivers Than Men - DriveSteady.com

Commuting: One More Thing Europe Is Better At - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

9 types of drivers that piss everyone off

Why Did Some Streetcars Survive When Most Didn't?

A Field Guide to TriMet Operators

http://t.co/4oQ5s2EO

Portland Transport discussion of Trimet budget announcement

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/10/more_trimet_bud.html

Sunday, October 30, 2011

OCCUPY MOVEMENT

27 Peaceful Protesters Arrested At Occupy Portland! Cops Say "Matter Of Public Safety" - YouTube

MAX FAQS ON KGW!

CRAZY RIDER ALERTS-strange alerts issued by TRIMET CONTROL

Michael Moore has confirmed that he will be visiting Chapman & Lownsdale Sq. this Monday, October 31st at 3:30pm. #OccupyPortland

Gerald Celente-trends journal for autumn

http://www.box.net/shared/static/inv5oknx80pokaoi1tju.pdf

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

Italy makes the top ten for the first time!

I thought the TVMs were supposed to be working...

So I take my son Carter downtown to check out the Amtrak 40th Anniversary train.  I decide to take MAX in from the Sunset TC since I was planning on doing some other things in Beaverton on my return.

On my return trip, the cash TVM at Pioneer Courthouse Square westbound was broken.  OK, I'll give TriMet a pass here.  I walk over to the new Finnegan's Toys & Games, then to Galleria & 10th.  The cash machine there is broken too.  WTF?

So I call 238-RIDE.  I press option '5' to report a broken TVM.  It plays through the spiel and right as it's supposed to put me to a mailbox...I hear the TriMet duh-duh-duh-da-duh jingle and the menu starts over.  Now I can't even report a broken machine?

So, TriMet's officially out $1.50 because I tried to be a good guy and pay the fare even though my son just turned seven a few months ago.  What happened to the machines that were supposed to be working?

PROTEST IN SEATTLE TELLS RIDERS TO STOP PAYING FARES!

"To the bus driver he said, 'We just wanted to let you know that we are not going to pay the fare. It costs too much to ride the bus,'" she said. "I was pretty upset about it."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

When Does Mass Transit Save Money for The Rider?

http://pdxtransport2.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/when-does-mass-transit-save-money-for-the-rider/

TriMet Management Smoking Crack??????

http://www.stumptownblogger.com/2011/10/is-trimet-management-smoking-crack.html

24 Common-Sense Ways TriMet can Reduce it's budget - WITHOUT NEW TAXES

OREGON LIVE

Mercury on budget cuts

Q&A: What the Hell is Going on With TriMet's Budget? | Blogtown, PDX

Republicans look to give federal transportation funds to states

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/190317-republicans-look-to-give-federal-transportation-funds-to-states

Prisoners of Transit: Why Public Transportation Deserves More Attention

http://www.infrastructurist.com/2011/10/27/prisoners-of-transit-why-public-transportation-deserves-more-attention/

Washington State employees say enough is enough

Politics Northwest | State employee unions reject request to renegotiate health benefits | Seattle Times Newspaper

Occupy Portland threatened by Oregon’s leading newspaper

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/port-o29.shtml

$17 million short?

TriMet: Job Descriptions

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

More Trimet "art"

@trimet What is this sculpture supposed to symbolize? on Twitpic

Sheesh, now they are having their very own "rally"

TriMet: "Be Seen Be Safe" Rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Nov. 4, 2011

Boring businesses, residents ready to challenge TriMet

“We maintain that the people of Boring meet all of the (lawful) requirements,” he said, “and the TriMet board, by law, must grant withdrawal. Testimony at the hearing will add further proof.”
“The governor of the state of Oregon has failed to ensure the residents of Clackamas County, and particularly Boring, their rights to representative government afforded by the Oregon State Constitution,” Bates said.
Story here!

We love light rail!

Due to a switch problem on the Steel Bridge that is now resolved, all MAX lines are delayed. Riders should expect delays.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Spotter shack at Powell garage tonight



This capped a totally ugly day on my last #20 for a while.

More violent crime on MAX

http://bojack.org/2011/10/more_violent_crime_on_max.html

For protesters, a platinum opportunity

http://bojack.org/2011/10/for_protesters_a_platinum_oppo.html

1087 transit professionals graduate-some with honors!

Congratulations to all 1,087 bus transportation employees who completed the 2011 recertification campaign! On Thursday, October 27, the 131st and final class completed the recertification which focused on some vital safety concepts - how, when and where to scan. Operators were instructed to:


· Scan before they get to a turn


· During their turn


· After completion of their turn


· One other key point trainers focused on - instructing operators to go into turns slower, especially the tight left and right hand turns. This allows plenty of time to do these three scans properly.


Midway through the campaign data showed operators who had completed the class received 10 percent fewer safety-related customer complaints than those not-yet recertified. In all, 1,022 bus operators and 65 managers/supervisors completed the training.

photo:(removed due to I could get fired I guess)

Better not let this happen to you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7s8-BvI_iU

And the winners are.............

Spooky bus to haunt the Halloween streets of Clarksville

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20111028/NEWS01/110280323/Spooky-bus-haunt-Halloween-streets-Clarksville?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

CRASH!

Union busting First Transit gets award

First Transit - Current Company News, Issues and Transit Service Information | First Transit

Here comes $8,000,000 but I guess this doesn't stop any cuts

TriMet: Public Meetings & Hearings - Special Transportation Advisory Committee (STFAC)

BUDGET CUTS COMING TO THE 'GREEN' CITY-ALL STORIES

TRIMET ANNOUNCES BUDGET PROBLEMS!!

BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS-tweets by Joseph Rose


BULLSHIT IS A VALUE AT TRIMET

IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY EYESIGHT?

Macfarlane's report to board

BUDGET PROBLEM IMMEDIATE FIXES-revised

Trimet financial officer speaks to board

Dan Christensen shows up in Beaverton

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver - YouTube

TriMets Budget Woes

Will transit's gloomy future hasten the biking boom?

Three ways TriMet could close a budget gap without bus cuts

What does MACFARLANE do about the so called "crisis"

TriMet, facing another budget gap, looking for places to cut -- with some exceptions

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: TriMet, facing another budget gap, remains disinge...

HOW WE (don't) ROLL

Getting Priorities Straight

Northwest News: TriMet to cut millions from budget but spendy public art stays;

Confessions of an Actual Man

Like a wolverine digging at a rabbit's hole, this column seeks truth, wherever it lies. (Of course, if truth lies, how can you trust it? These are deep waters.) To this end, I have been reading feminists about what slugs men are, and bandits, and slaves of vanity, and cause loose fillings and sunspots and roach infestations. In the past I dismissed these tiresome viragos as mere creatures of bile and ill-breeding. This time, I thought, maybe I should listen to them. After all, ugly short-haired unmarried women are people too. Pretty close anyway.

FRED REED 

Consider TriMet for Clark County

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/oct/28/letter-consider-trimet-clark-county/

Northwest News: TriMet to cut millions from budget but spendy public art stays;

Well, not quite everything, reports staff writer Joseph Rose. Turns out the agency's budget for public art won't get the axe. And, Rose reports, the agency's tough times didn't keep administrators from hiring "four executive and manager positions, totaling $495,000 in annual salaries."

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/10/northwest_news_trimet_to_cut_m.html

Getting Priorities Straight

http://ti.org/antiplanner/?p=5783

HOW WE (don't) ROLL

http://howweroll.trimet.org/2011/10/27/budget-shortfall-expected-due-to-stagnant-economy-federal-funding-and-labor-contract/

Rantings of a Trimet bus driver

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: TriMet, facing another budget gap, remains disinge...

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: TriMet, facing another budget gap, remains disinge...: TriMet seems surprised that they have a $12 - $17 mil budget shortfall. And that number is the one that TriMet hopes will act a cushion to t...

TriMet, facing another budget gap, looking for places to cut -- with some exceptions

McFarlane also told the board that he has imposed a hiring freeze requiring his approval of all new employment. In the past year, that has included four executive and manager positions, totaling $495,000 in annual salaries. "He considers all of those positions mission-critical,"(god please help us)  said spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. "Each of them has been reprogrammed and expanded from other positions, often with lower salary costs."

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

No money around to fix up the buses I guess

TRMET HANDS OUT $4 MILLION TO PORTLAND SPIRIT

And now MACFARLANE complains about 17 million!

Portland area TriMet LIFT drivers threaten strike as labor talks with First Transit collapse

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

What does MACFARLANE do about the so called "crisis"


He starts yet another "committee"!
An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Marshall McLuhan

Michael Crino, Network Communications Systems Engineer II at TriMet, Oregon Transportation Agency.

Yubico Provides a Radically New Approach to Secure Remote Access - MarketWatch

Three ways TriMet could close a budget gap without bus cuts

Shut down WES commuter rail: $6.2 million. This idea comes from TriMet board member Steve Clark, who used it as an example this morning that “everything should be on the table.”
WES offers Cadillac transit service – free WiFi, cushy seats, a conductor on every train – at Ferrari prices: $6.2 million last year. That’s a lot for a train that serves about 600 815 people a day. 
Read the rest of this article here!

WILL BORING RESIDENTS BE TREATED FAIRLY?

Boring businesses, residents challenge TriMet

LEAD 411

http://peop.lead411.com/Beth_deHamel_8389869.html

Labor unions join Occupy Portland for downtown march

http://www.katu.com/news/local/132656328.html

Will transit's gloomy future hasten the biking boom?

BIKE PORTLAND

TriMets Budget Woes

We all know TriMet thinks outside the bus, but never outside the box.
Cut the salaries of all Managers, Directors and Executives by 15%. Most of these employees make over $100,000 per year (Thats anyone with the above words in their titles, or who act in such a capacity). While they say they have had a wage freeze, and cut positions, theres more that can be done here. There are over 100 employees making over $100k per year that fall under the above category. That is a savings of at least $1.5 million! Those who actually provide the service to the riders, have taken a pay cut, in the way of the forced upon Medical Premium sharing costs. The riders have put up with less service, less options. The nation is tightening its belt, and TriMet Admin/Execs has done this in almost every way, except to themselves. These people are selfish to keep making these above average salaries on the backs of its riders. If you can not afford the paycut, then you shouldn't be living outside your means in a economic climate like this, and it certainly shouldn't become the problem of your riders and customers. Take a paycut to preserve service, to preserve jobs, and to do the right thing in this economy.
Read the rest of this excellent editorial HERE!

Video log October 26-PART 3

Special guest star: DR FLASHER!

Video log October 26

PART 1
PART 2

Transit advocates

Cameron Johnson
Dan Christensen shows up in Beaverton

Dan Christensen shows up in Beaverton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CCr4U2wVQ8

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

PART 1
PART 2

Trimet financial officer speaks to board

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2A4ycD6AXs

Tri-Met toll: 15 hurt in 2 days (so far)

http://bojack.org/2011/10/trimet_toll_15_hurt_in_2_days.html

BUDGET PROBLEM IMMEDIATE FIXES-revised




VIA ERIK H:
1. End Free Rail Zone TODAY.

2. End the City of Portland Streetcar subsidy. City runs their own system, city can pay for their own system. If there is a legal challenge, then cut the overlapping service - don't cut service in Oregon City to pay for Portland's trolley.

3. All park-and-ride facilities become pay facilities. TriMet's job is not to run parking lots.

4. Immediate cut in non-revenue motor pool fleet. If you can't get there on TriMet, you don't need to go.

5. ZERO the travel budget. We can't afford to run buses; we certainly can't afford for junkets to RailVolution and Australia.

6. Eliminate WES. Plain and simple. If you can't eliminate WES, than eliminate the free Wi-Fi, charge to park, shut down the lighted platforms (including those Transit Tracker displays and TVMs) when WES is not in service, and charge distance based fares resulting in a Beaverton to Wilsonville ride costing around $6.00 if not more - one way, no transfer privilege. Also, if WES cannot be discontinued, convert to two train operation every 40 minutes so as to eliminate one train and its associated fuel and labor cost.

7. Convert MAX to distance based fares.

8. Eliminate all landscaping. TriMet's job is running buses and trains on time, not making sure trees and grass look pretty.

9. Complete halt to all capital projects. That means stopping Milwaukie MAX construction altogether.

10. Review status of bus fleet, continue new bus purchases to reduce maintenance expense. Older buses cost more to run and maintain than new buses, so using federal funds to replace older buses will result in operating savings (including lower overtime expense, fewer mechanics needed).

11. Use articulated buses on heavy usage routes to reduce labor and fuel expense. Running 3 artics per hour (20 minute headways) provides the same quantity of service as 4 40' buses, but has 25% lower fuel and labor expense.
NEIL MACFARLANE SAYS:

Earlier this morning, I briefed the Board on the outlook for our upcoming budget. Yes, this is ‘earlier’ than we usually start – here’s why… We are in a time that I am calling the “new normal” – a time of when fiscal uncertainty has created the Perfect Storm leaving us to face a $12 to $17 million budget ‘gap’ in fiscal year 13 – the year that starts July 1, 2012. Why? Three main reasons: 1. Stagnant Economy – with employment in the region growing ever so slowly, our payroll tax (over 50% of our budget) grows slowly too. While we didn’t have ‘wild’ expectations – we were hoping to see that grow from 4 to 5% next year. Reality has forced us to reduce our projected revenues by $3 million for next year. 2. Federal formula funds – there is a great deal of uncertainty over federal formula funds which comprise about $42 million in revenue to us. Who knows what will happen, but ‘automatic’ reductions could go into effect and our estimate is about a $4 million impact on our budget. 3. The ATU contract – the recent ERB decision removed from TriMet’s final offer certain provisions – so some cost reductions we were hoping to see will have to wait for a future negotiation. This could mean between $5 and $10 million in our FY13 budget. All this said, TriMet continues to be a service our community needs and wants. We face increasing requests for more and better service. The hard reality is that we cannot afford to expand, and I'm awfully afraid our service levels will diminish. As a ride, I know how important it is to preserve service but it is hard to see how some cuts can be avoided. These are not easy choices. That is why everything needs to be on the table – fares, service, and current fare discounts. We will need to examine our activities and investments carefully, and make sure we are confident about the value of every dollar we spend. To give us added time to address these issues and make those tough choices, I have created a Budget Task Force that will begin to meet in November. Given our best budget assumptions, these key business and community members will be tasked with providing me suggestions on how to appropriately balance our budget. Starting early will give us more time for input from taxpayers, riders, and other stakeholders. The budget itself will need to come together through a series of actions during the first half of 2012. This certainly isn’t the news I was hoping to share, but it is important that I share with you what is ahead. I will need your ideas, help and continued commitment to delivering exceptional service, no matter the decisions. Neil
Document

Macfarlane's report to board

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXQtM8LNGqc

OCCUPY PORTLAND MARCH TODAY

http://www.jwjpdx.org/jwjnews/2011/occupy-portland-labor-march

Candidate for VP Bruce Peek speaks at board meeting

Due to technical difficulties there is no video of Bruce speaking at the board meeting but according to reliable sources Bruce spoke on the subject Cascade Policy Institute and their anti transit propaganda. He also brought up the funding of the policy group as being from anonymous sources.
Bruce also talked about the "customer service committee" which is mandated by the union contract but does not exist at the present time.
The SIP's issue was discussed and the basic unfairness of that with drivers getting complaints because they actually are attempting to enforce the fare policy.

IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY EYESIGHT?

This is from TRIMET'S dashboard,  the most recently available.
 It clearly shows (unless my eyes are failing) that ACTUAL revenues are MORE THAN budgeted revenues!
 So what changed in one months time? Or are they BULLSHITTING US?

BULLSHIT IS A VALUE AT TRIMET

This is unreal, last month everything is hunky dory, new executives hired, new station agents hired, new road supervisors hired, a whole bunch of middle managers hired, Milwaukie MAX moving full speed ahead, new computer applications introduced, and this month THE SKY IS FALLING!

HOW MUCH BULLSHIT DO WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH?

BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS-tweets by Joseph Rose

warns of $12 million to $17 million budget gap, asks public for help dealing with red ink

board member Steve Clarke brings up phantom of WES cut as "example" of everythign on the table

McFarlane: Suggests maybe another fare increase in early 2012 instead of Sept.

My guess: proposed #trimet fare transfer idea is now stuck in the mud.

McFarlane: LIFT fare increases will be put back on table as result

f TriMet cut its full $12m shortfall from service, it'd be a worse cut than 2010's devastating round

McFarlane: "all hands on deck mentality." everything looked at for cuts, with "riders' benefits coming first."

McFarlane: Budget problems "presume" there will be at least a 5 cent fare increase next year, maybe more.

deHamel: Easy cutting decisions long gone.

In past 3 years, #trimet cut 13% of bus service, 10% MAX service. More coming?

deHamel: Expecting $4 million less in federal funding in FY 2013. Usually gets $40-45 million a year

finance director Beth deHamel: Recent union board ruling eliminated potential savings in union contract of $5-10 million.

McFarlane: after decades at #trimet "not sure I’ve ever seen so many forces of uncertainty coming together

Neil McFarlane: #trimet thoroughly reviewing bus, MAX injury incidents in Washington County this week.

Tomorrow, all #trimet drivers will have gone through recertification program sparked by Sandi Day striking 5 pedestrians in 2010

board still waiting for quorum, eight min after meeting was supposed to start. Not good role model for buses running on time

TRIMET ANNOUNCES BUDGET PROBLEMS!!

Well Neil Macfarlane, why don't you do what you always do when you have an insurmountable problem:

HIRE ANOTHER EXECUTIVE WITH A SIX FIGURE PAYCHECK!


What about the billion and a half dollar  MYSTERY TRAIN? I guess that gets fully funded  because it's RAIL CAPITAL PROJECTS and without that money coming in YOU MIGHT GET THE BOOT RIGHT OUTTA HERE!

A BLAST FROM THE PAST

http://www.portlandtribune.com/opinion/print_story.php?story_id=118521936262758700

Nothing has really changed in the 4+ years.

MICHAEL MOORE MAKES PORTLAND APPEARANCE OCTOBER 31

http://www.revolutiontruth.org/halloween-fundraiser-2011

He will also be at Powell's for a book signing at 500PM

Video log October 25

PART 1
PART 2

Hillarious

Mr Macfarlane has just gotten through adding at least 3 high priced executives to our budget, (safety director, labor director, cultural director) and now they have the nerve to talk about budget problems.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Après moi, le déluge

MAX FAQS

Guy steals city bus and goes for a ride

Bus thief caught after wild ride in Fla. Panhandle - Florida Wires - MiamiHerald.com

SOME GUY SHOOTING VIDEO AT BTC

He is trying to catch bus drivers not stopping at the little stop area in the middle of the transit center, crazy shit!

4 riders hurt when TriMet bus stops short to avoid collision with car

5767...involved with some medical problem...ambulance, fire trucks, police, supervispors out here in forest grove...looks crazy!

Candidate for VP Bruce Peek

Transportation's future a rocky road

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66732.html

Video log October 24-part 2

GOVERNMENT GOON SQUAD MOVES IN ON OCCUPY OAKLAND

Dozens Arrested as Police Close Occupy Oakland Encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza - KRON 4 News

CAR 235! HOW ARE YOU?

MAX FAQs

One of my all time favorite TRIMET characters-MERLO MARS

I wonder who sent this in?

Remember, being a bus driver at TRIMET means you can be targeted, anonymously, by anybody anywhere, even by people that don't ride your bus.
(This person uses my full name but I don't get to know their name. You might remember where this sort of practice was commonly used to condemn people, STALIN'S RUSSIA)

TRIMET (mis)management already has the answer to this nonsense SIP.
This is actually my first SIP, these SIP's stay in your file forever  weather they have foundation or not.

They go into a "green file" and after you get some number of these TRIMET (mis)management sends you to a 'retraining' class. (Like Stalin's Russia)

HERE IS THE COMPLAINT:



AND HERE FOR THE WORLD TO SEE IS MY RESPONSE:

ORS 165.540(7)
(Look it up yourself)