Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/how-congress-shapes-your-commute/2011/10/19/gIQA7GHOxL_blog.html 

WTF?

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51YOA6QUZkw

Video log-October 19-part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7e1Tg3uNPQ

TRIMET LIFT SERVICE GETTING READY TO STRIKE!

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:


THE ACCIDENT RATE IS IDENTICAL TO THE ACCIDENT RATE AT THIS TIME BEFORE THE CLASS EVEN EXISTED!
IN OTHER WORDS THERE IS NO CHANGE!

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REvxwsGM8Ww

STOP THE PRESSES! STOP THE PRESSES!

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFlCkMVYhK0

BUS FASTER THAN LIGHT RAIL FROM VANCOUVER TO PORTLAND

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WisY9DZyZU8

Video log-October 19-1

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