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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Milwaukie rail slideshow

http://www.ci.milwaukie.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/2011-11-07_community_meeting_trimet.pdf

In critical condition

BOJACK

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JONATHAN HUNT

SHOCK OF THE YEAR!

Al,

My Mother always taught me, "WHAT'S RIGHT IS RIGHT" and I've tried to live by that principle as a guiding force in terms of my dealings with others.

Pottroff Law Office, P.A.

Transit Agency Caught In Mass Cover-Up of Serious Accident | Pottroff Law Office, P.A., Railroad Accident Lawyer

Portland Transport

A Note on Transit Board Governance
 The Transportation-Industrial Complex?

Trimet singer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg0wHqIHg08

COOLBUS CHANNEL 18

With all the hoopla I forgot totally about this grand event

BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » Man that's bright! Photos from 'Be Safe, Been Seen' event

Transit news from around the world

A stabbing in Newark that left a bus driver near death.
A brick thrown through the windshield of a bus at a nearby location in Newark.
Two armed robberies of bus drivers in Camden County.
Four violent attacks on NJ Transit bus drivers in less than three months have prompted the agency to hasten existing efforts to safeguard drivers.
NJ Transit tests 'security shields' to prevent attacks on bus drivers | NJ.com
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A disabled woman who wrote a book about her experiences riding buses in Detroit is offering to trade her more than 2,000-square-foot, 3 1/2 bath, herringbone brick, neo-Tudor home in one of the city's more desirable neighborhoods for a decent vehicle so she and her children won't have to rely on the city's troubled public transit system.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111110/METRO01/111100413/Fed-up-with-bus-system--Detroit-mom-aims-to-trade-her-house-for-car#ixzz1dLEg2PVN
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Man lauded for saving CTA bus driver - chicagotribune.com
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One worker increased his projected pension by $1.5 million, DiNapoli said in an e-mailed statement. DiNapoli’s office, which has audited the MTA 17 times since 2007, examined the unit’s 2010 payroll records.
N.Y. MTA Overtime Scam Netted Workers $1 Million, DiNapoli Says - Businessweek
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New Double-Wide at BTC







JEFF ACKERSON

ANTI RAIL/TOLL MEASURE IN WASHINGTON LOSES

Washington voters reject Eyman’s anti-tolling measure | The Columbian

C-TRAN WINS BALLOT MEASURE

Voters on board with C-Tran | The Columbian

Always something isnt it

MAX service throughout the system is experiencing delays due to a power outage at TriMet's Elmonica rail yard. While power has been restored, riders should expect delays through rush hour.

VLOG-November 9-part 2

VLOG-Wednesday/part 1

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Boring wants out

Boring withdrawal debate-trimet staff discussion
 Boring withdrawal debate-trimet staff discussion (2)
The petitioner in the Boring withdrawal speaks to the board

Election results show the demise of the republicans

Election Day 2011: In State After State, "Remarkable Wins for Progressive Politics"

2 LonelyGuys Presents, what a billion dollar agency can't

THE TRIMET BOARD BRIEFING

TRANSIT WRECKS

Palo Alto Online : Man dies at El Camino Real bus stop in Palo Alto

Voters rejecting Seattle car-tab measure

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Prop-1-2259051.php

Ottawa mayor backs silencing singing bus driver

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/11/09/ottawa-singing-bus-driver-silenced.html

Mary Fetsch demoted?

According to reliable sources Mary Festch has been demoted and now is now called "media relations officer" rather than "director of communications"

Carolyn Young retires

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozevc4buwsg
(the pic at the end of the video got screwed up somehow)

Macfarlane talks about MAX crash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zigAWN78L7c

Wait, Ottawa Drivers not done yet

The Antiplanner

Max Crashes » The Antiplanner

Every once in a while, a scumbag TriMet bus driver appears.

This post has nothing to do with our loveable Steve Fung by the way, its was the only picture of a bus driver the poster could find.

CLEARED TO RETURN TO WORK TODAY! SEE YA ON THE 58

Look what we get for $155k/yr+platinum benefits+perks+retirement

Harry Saporta « How We Roll – Blog for TriMet Fans

Tri-Met Driver on Administrative Leave for 1st Amendment Right

KXL ON LINE

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tri-Met MAX video coverup: Why?

BOJACK.ORG

your safety stop here sign at the WES platform in tigard is very broken.

http://yfrog.com/h32eaoxij

Blast from the not so distant past

VIDEO LOG-November 8

ATU 757 developed sensible call stop program plan

Michael Ford never acted on it.

Dan Christensen calls me up to express his suppport

Oregonian Editorial Board trashes Trimet management

EDITORIAL HERE!

WOW! We had a similiar incident here in Portland, one I remember vividly

Spokane Transit Apologizes To Youths - Huckleberries Online - Spokesman.com - Nov. 8, 2011

Beaverton Transit Center serves as political battleground in 1st District race

http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/news/story.php?story_id=132077846462587900

Maybe we should follow Lima Peru's transit privatization policies

There are some similarities between our old fleet and Lima's.

The Associated Press: Taming Lima's chaotic, poisonous transit system

Mary Festch on Lars Larson

Portland engineer Suresh Paranjpe asks $458 million question: Is Lake Oswego streetcar based on distorted commuting future?

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

KATU TALKS WITH ME

My appearance on the Lars Larson Show

I stuck to facts only and did not embellish anything in an attempt to sensationalize this story any more than it already has been.

Story continues mushrooming-front page feature Oregonian

Transit advocate Michael Levine shows me support


If I can help in anyway please let me know....

We do not always agree on every issue but I do believe you are providing an important service and anyone including me that puts TriMet in a negative light is a target - trust me I know!

I'll be speaking with LARS LARSON today at 12:20 PM

And I will be emphasizing my rights to freedom of movement and ideas when I am off the clock at Trimet!
Trimet has no right to be threatening my job right now because I got an email from somebody that contained information that embarrassed the agency.
Trimet managers are lying if they are trying to put forth the argument that I "stole" the video file from their secret vault. 
Trimet has been breaking the law by violating the union contract, and Trimet is breaking the law in trying to discipline me for exercising my  freedom of expression and freedom of the press! 


The video Tri-Met didn't want you to see

BOJACK

Stealthwaveraptor gives me some support!

go figure as i always say. its the big brother control freaks that are causing the trouble with all of us and our jobs using freedom of speech against us

Stealthwaveraptor

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ottawa Transit Bus Driver Loses it on Passenger

HOW DID I GET THE MAX CRASH VIDEO?

And the stories begin pouring in-WOW

TriMet worker who posted crash video on YouTube put on paid leav - KPTV - FOX 12

Security camera captures MAX train crashing into barrier | Local & Regional | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon

TriMet investigating 2 operators after 'not releasable' video of Yellow Line MAX crash shows up on YouTube | OregonLive.com

In shit (again)

Ive been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation over the Max video.
For the record: that video came to me on an email address were I literally get 1000's of emails. I thought it was a publicly available video which is why it was circulating around the
Internet. I routinely post all items that are of my specific interest, namely transit related material. I had no way of knowing this video was 'stolen' from the Trimet archives.

Stuck in Santa Rosa

Guy climbs 65 foot tall Obelisk (made out of bicycle frames) in Santa Rosa to put a "Don't Tread on Me" flag on top. Then he realizes he's too tired to climb down.

New employee relations director a good thing?

I had a conversation with someone who brought me some new facts about the new labor relations director.

Macfarlane decided to remove the issues from the current executives by bringing in this new executive.

This is being done because Macafarlane has recognized the complete and utter failure of his current executive management to effectively deal with the ongoing labor problem and the resulting destruction of employee morale.

He can't get rid of the executive staff right now, but he can bring in someone else to usurp the current people in charge.

Interesting theory isn't it?

Another Lying Transit Agency

The Antiplanner

Trimet management begins to wake up?

SERVICE WORKER Fuel, monitor and record fluid levels, vacuum interior, wash exterior, and park vehicles. Clean the interior of vehicles; remove graffiti, clean exterior when necessary.

OMFG-This is what happens on Trimess

Guy has dick hanging out riding the max

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

To XXXXXXXXXX@hotmail.com
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)