Thursday, November 24, 2011


Employees of Trimet will be going to the December 14th board meeting to express to the directors that management has not upheld its responsibility in creating a safe working environment; 

schedules that work so that operators are not under undo pressure, equipment that meets basic standards of safe operation, and work schedules that do not create exhaustion

While McFarlane preaches safety, he has done nothing to address the systemic problems associated with safety. All of McFarlanes safety measures revolve around safety training for operators. He has ignored the operational issues that have created an unsafe work environment.

We intend to give the board of directors examples of some of the unsafe conditions under which we work under.

The current contract states:

Section 15 — SAFETY
Par. 1. The health and welfare of employees is a primary
concern of both the District and Association. Both parties
recognize the importance of achieving and maintaining a high
level of safety in all operations of the District. Both parties
also recognize the importance of reducing on-the-job injuries
and controlling property damage and production losses.
Both parties recognize the value of safety rules and practices,
as well as preventive and corrective safety measures.
Therefore, the District and Association, in recognition of their
common commitment to promotion of safety and reduction
of losses, will jointly support efforts to implement policies,
practices, procedures, and protections during the duration of
this Agreement to bring this about.

The management has failed to deliver a safe working environment for its employees.

Un-Spinning the Costs of Occupy Portland

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Kim Kardashian, Occupy Wall Street, & Credit Default Swaps

Plenty of questions about the way TRIMET management is handling these contracts

As I was watching the board meeting it became clear that there is plenty to be suspicious of when it comes to the awarding of huge sums of money.
The board appears to be waking up to some of these questionable practices!

Activist Cameron Johnson attempts to explain to the board why the transfer policy is flawed

The Trimet board never misses an opportunity to honor its executives

Streetcar blocked by TriMet bus

Line 77 bus lift was stuck out.  There actually was another streetcar or two
that wasn't showing up since they were being held.

Flowchart to Determine What GOP Candidate to Support


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VLOG-Wednesday/part 2

Trimet survey too complicated to expect bus riders to deal with

Transit Riders To Congress: Keep Our Tax Savings Rolling In 2012

CDL drivers to see new med card rules

Starting Jan. 30, 2012, Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles will require commercial truck and bus drivers to submit a photocopy of their medical certificate to continue holding a commercial driver license.
The new requirement is part of federal safety regulations aimed at making sure commercial driver license holders are medically fit to operate commercial vehicles.
The federal regulations require that state DMVs withdraw commercial driving privileges for drivers who do not maintain medical qualifications for their type of commercial vehicle operation.
All commercial drivers will need to submit a photocopy of their valid medical card to DMV to obtain and retain a CDL or commercial instruction permit by Jan. 30, 2014.

Bus rider punches driver in face

The boy was angry when he boarded the bus and began to scream obscenities at the driver, which caused another passenger on the bus to call 911. The youth's ticket fell to the floor as he tried to put it in the fare box, but he continued to move to the back of the bus.
The driver called the youth back and asked him to stop swearing. The young man then sucker-punched the driver in the right eye.


The president of the TriMet union will not spend any time behind bars.
A judge sentenced Jonathan Hunt to a diversion program yesterday.
He was convicted of DUII last week.
Hunt was arrested last December when police say they found him asleep at the wheel at a Gresham stoplight.
His blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, police say.

(Is it not true that CDL holders are not eligible for diversion?)


VLOG-Wednesday/part 1



Rally Regarding Proposed TriMet LIFT Fare Increases

TRIMET Bus driver good deeds

TriMet bus driver rescues toddler from middle of Northeast Portland street |

 TriMet driver reunites lost toddler & mom | Portland

TriMet driver takes action after spotting child in roadway | Community Spirit | Northeast Portland News

TriMet driver rescues toddler from busy NE Portland street - 

(saving babies instead of kicking them off! There is a dispatch call on the KGW story! That's a first!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Two more photos to ponder

Everything is broken

The switch problem has been fixed. Yellow Line service between Union Station and Rose Quarter stations is being restored. Riders should expect delays on MAX Blue, Green, Red and Yellow lines as trains return to regular schedules.

The "transit exchange fund" (or how do I get a trip to Romania for free)

Trimet & ATU757 Contract states in
Articale 1 – General Provisions
Par. 14. Transit Exchange Program
The District shall pay the Association $1,000 per month
effective December 1, 2003, for the purpose of a program
to provide for the exchange of information and ideas
between national and international transportation industry
association executive officers. The District shall pay the
Association $1,000 per month effective December 1, 2003,
for the purpose of a Transit Exchange Program. The amount
of this payment shall increase to:
$1,100 per month effective 12/01/04
$1,200 per month effective 12/01/05
$1,300 per month effective 12/01/06
$1,400 per month effective 12/01/07
$1,500 per month effective 12/01/08

and as of August 2011 the Transit Exchange Account had $55,504.83 and about $4,500.00 should have been added to that for the past three months bring to a total of $60,004.83 and from my understanding the trip is going to cost close to $27,000.00
(thanks to Chris Day for providing this info)

Signal boost


Director Sweitzer says get ready for "service cuts" and "fare increases"

Director Clark says "transparency & accountability" are the key

Director Lerbach says its "ashame that people demonstrate at anybodys home"


Good old Neil

I want to wish everyone at TriMet a very happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful I work for a transit agency that is a national model. A transit agency that is #7 in the country in per capita ridership -- that carries more riders than any agency its size. I'm thankful that we have 2400 people at TriMet dedicated to providing great service to more than 330,000 rides per day -- as well as building and developing a great system that serves the future of our growing region. With all of your help, we'll overcome the challenges we face, and have even more to be thankful for in the years ahead. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Best Neil



Mary Fetsch demoted? She says no!

According to someone who spoke to her, the answer is no. she was not demoted, just "reorganized".
As part of that reorganization her job title was changed, her duties remain the same and her salary remains the same.



There is no evidence that there has ever been a union meeting that has been published on the internet and there is no evidence that any union meeting has ever been recorded by anyone!

Everybody should prepare themselves for full body searches before entering the union meetings.


Light rail on the street?

Two-car crash in Northeast Portland blocks MAX tracks; TriMet tells riders to expect delays |

Steve Fung's movie of the week

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We should be so lucky


Anybody know what the "transit exchange fund" is?


TriMet union boss gets four days in jail for drunken driving, says he wants to become a role model |

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Booking Information

Car smashes into MAX gates

car_vs_max_rails.mp4 - YouTube


I am sorry to report that interest arbitration to resolve the collective bargaining agreement between TriMet and ATU, which was scheduled for mid-January, 2012, has been delayed until March 14 – 17.  TriMet strenuously opposed the delay.  The January dates had been calendared since May 2011.   
Delaying the arbitration means delaying resolution of the outstanding collective bargaining issues that separate TriMet and ATU. TriMet, its employees, and the public deserve prompt resolution to the outstanding issues of wages, benefits, and working conditions.  From my perspective, wages, benefits, and staffing levels are the most critical element of budgeting for what promises to be a very tough year ahead.
And I know many of you are concerned that TriMet’s fiscal challenges will affect you personally.  For TriMet’s part, I promise you that we will continue to seek prompt and reasonable solutions that protect both TriMet and its employees because we know that the longer the contract remains unresolved, our mutual financial stability remains volatile and unpredictable.
I will keep you informed of our progress.
Neil (McFarlane)


At last months charter meeting, President Jon Hunt EXPELLED member Chris Day.
Mr Day does have an attorney and he is going through the appropriate steps in getting this resolved.

Solution for suburban gridlock is better transit

In the Portland area transit is drying up in suburban areas, all the transit is geared to Portland. Canada looking a different solutions.

Transit fare is coming to Canby


Business Line : Industry & Economy / Logistics : Bus Rapid Transport System is key to urban development: Saugata Roy



Sources have indicated that Jon Hunt is going to Romania, weather members like it or not. Mr Hunt states that the money for this trip is not coming from our dues. (Not verifiable)
Mr Hunt will be there for two weeks and Ron Hientzman is accompanying him along with one other person, at least three people.
After two weeks in Romania he is going to a 'summit' for 5 days and after that he will be going on 'vacation' for an indeterminate amount of time.


ATU International President Larry Hanley announced that he has ended the ATU’s 13 year affiliation with our counterparts in Romania.  Hanley stated in his opinion, the affiliation was only for travel and party purposes, and that he didn’t see where our International Union was getting “any return” for the $2300 a month financial assistance we were providing our brothers and sisters in Romania.

Sentencing scheduled for TriMet union boss convicted of DUI

The President of the TriMet driver's union will be sentenced this week for driving under the influence, according to court records.
Last week, a jury found Jonathan Hunt guilty of driving with a blood alcohol level almost twice the legal limit in Gresham in December of 2010.
Police said Hunt was found asleep behind the wheel at a stoplight and failed a field sobriety test.
The case was previously declared a mistrial last July, according to court documents.

Man gets 36 days in jail after dumping water on bus driver


How will costs be cut on $458 million Portland to Lake Oswego streetcar project? Portland City Hall roundup |

Doesn't GUSTAFSUN have some sort of relationship with the 'consultant'  doing the analysis?
More corruption in Portland.


Top beneficiary of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System: Mike Bellotti |

WOW, I had no idea!

TriMet rules MAX operator at fault in train accident -
TriMet says MAX operator was 'not in control' of train that hit bumper post in North Portland |
Tri-Met : Operator at fault for MAX crash

Monday, November 21, 2011

2 operators ticketed going across the Broadway Bridge; speed limit reduced from 35 to 25

Be Sure to Follow Protocol


TriMet: News Release - TriMet ridership up in October

The usual green line/WES bragging, still insignificant numbers in terms of total TRIMET riders.

Interesting that the graph they published looks like MAX ridership decreased but this press release says MAX ridership increased!

 Bus makes major gains in ridership while MAX declines


Pedestrian falls after incident with TriMet bus in Southwest Portland's Hillsdale neighborhood |

Press Releases

KGW Traffic
ACCIDENT : Sw Capitol Hwy at Sw Sunset Blvd -pedestrian struck by a Trimet bus

More lost Sunset Bob footage
(I sure miss Bob)


Bus app for blind developed at UW | Seattle
Attacks against MARTA drivers increase |
Rider takes stand vs. T search -
Getting it wrong at TriMet |
Metro, Unions expected to tangle over overtime limits | Kytja Weir | DC | Washington Examiner

Complete international bus news HERE!

Greyhound bus driver 'HAD ENOUGH'

According to passengers, the driver ordered a passenger off the bus near Sikeston, Mo., because he was being unruly.
Richmond said the company has extensive training for its drivers about how to handle passengers and that it would be acceptable to put an unruly or threatening passenger off a bus.
The driver then pulled over in Cape Girardeau, saying she was leaving. She walked off the bus and waited outside for someone to pick her up.
Passengers called 911; when police arrived, they ordered the driver back on the bus.
She complied, but after driving to a gas station in nearby Charleston, she left again at about midnight.

Greyhound bus driver leaves her passengers stranded 100 miles from St. Louis » The Commercial Appeal


TriMet Resolution 11-11-84 Exempting from Competitive Bidding Requirements a Contract for Design, Furnish and Installation Services for the Systems Component of the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Project

TriMet Resolution 11-11-83 Exempting from Competitive Bidding Requirements a Contract for Construction Manager/General Contractor Services for Modifications to TriMet's Center Street Administration Building


As a freeloader, Lexington was not alone - although a precise figure is difficult to calculate, the T estimates that tens of millions are lost annually through fare evasion. He was not even alone on this trolley. Half a dozen riders in the rear of that car Tuesday had boarded with no intention of paying. Garvey asked Lexington for an ID, preparing to write one of the 3,000 citations for $15 that the T issues annually.

 No more free passes on MBTA - Metro - The Boston Globe

Some old Sunset Bob material shows up on a memory card

Our old pal JEFF WELCH has come out of the shadows!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Occupy Park Blocks

Occupy Niketown

Getting it wrong at TriMet

The Oregonian Editorial Board


view all the photos here!
 More photos here

UC Davis Chancellor Katehi walks to her car-students watch in silence

Around the web

Protesters ask police why they're blocking the Trimet MAX with their riot squad and bicycles, while operator honks in frustration | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
 Michael Andersen: ""I thought TriMet was begi…" «
 Police motorcycle blocks Trimet bus | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
First Transit advertising on Craigslist
Slick Rider Insider
 Tri Met's RDC Budd Cars racing through the fog after dark (HD)
 My first ride aboard the RDC's of TriMet
 Tri Met's RDC Budd cars test running
TRIMET doing nothing on this topic
 MaxRedline: Cloaking Malfunction

Dog takes double-decker bus for a spin


Re-Sweet: @ancientportland -


The Transit Games

Light rail news

Airport MAX Red Line trains between PDX and Gateway and westbound MAX Blue Line trains are delayed between Cleveland Ave and Gateway TC stations due to a mechanical issue with an earlier train. Expect delays.

Westbound MAX Blue Line trains are delayed between Cleveland Ave and Gateway Transit Center stations due to a mechanical issue with an earlier train. Riders should expect a 10-15 minute delay.

Freedom of Speech in Portland

Riot police use pepper spray to try to control Occupy crowd

Interview with a pepper-sprayed UC Davis student

Click Here for story
Officers Put on Leave After Pepper Spraying Protesters -
U.C. Davis Calls for Investigation After Pepper Spraying -

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Government goon squads torture citizens


The truth is that she DID NOT kick her off the bus, she said she couldn't roll with a screaming baby.

The media has the story wrong, as usual.

Ross notices that Neil had his house painted since google maps posted it


Claudine had been in the news before!

It's nearly moving day for mobile home parks

Portland legend/58 rider Michael Krupp (blue man) addresses the city council

So this is Jessica Bucciarelli

Those of us that read and research TRIMET material are familiar with this name.  This picture comes from an insert in the paychecks of employees.


France makes #10!


This position reports to the Public Art Program Manager

Now they have a manager, a coordinator, what's next? 
An assistant administrator?
TRIMET- "#1 at wasting your tax dollars"
"Mission Critical!"


Local union members protest LIFT agreement with TriMet subcontractor outside general manager's house
Pictures are below:


Is going on right now! A live report sends us the following information;

-Neil is not home-

-One neighbor supports the occupation one neighbor does not!

-About 40 people are participating in the occupation-

Occupy Portland

Bus driver attacked

MARTA bus driver Andrea Andrews had picked up a passenger in Grant Park last week and just turned east on Memorial Drive when the man protested the direction the bus was headed. He wanted to go downtown.
He slugged the 41-year-old driver in the face after Andrews said she couldn’t return his fare, a fight ensued and the assailant fled, according to a police report.

Atlanta bus driver attacks on the rise  |

DO NOT become a bus driver!

"You're always working in front of an audience. If one person is mad at you, chances are there are probably more people in the bus who are thinking the same thing. So you're in a never-win situation," he said.
He said he decided to speak out because he wore his uniform with "pride" for many years and while he's retired now, he doesn't like the battering bus drivers are getting from the public.
"To see hard-working men and women being treated like this is difficult because they go through hard times just like everybody else. When you get behind that wheel, you can't just say, 'I had a really rough night last night and I'd like to take it easy today.' It's not like having an office job (where) you can close the door and if your paperwork stacks up you can do it tomorrow."

VLOG-Friday-part 2

Friday VLOG-Claudine

A word from a TRIMET driver of the year

What to do when fare inspectors gets on your MAX


Another 4-car MAX train, Type 1 version


Friday, November 18, 2011

The true story of a BUS DRIVER fired by the press

Click Here!

TRIMET appeal gets tossed out

     In a prior decision, ERB prohibited TriMet from proposing changes to wage levels or employee-paid health premiums at the up-coming interest arbitration. This is because TriMet waited to spring both ideas on the Union until after it submitted its final offer to the interest arbitrator, instead of making those proposals during bargaining. In September, TriMet sought to make ERB reconsider its decision. Today, ERB refused to reconsider; noting that TriMet had no good explanation for its failure to properly address these issues during bargaining. What’s next is the interest arbitration hearing which will occur in mid-March.

Full decision is HERE!

btw-the decision means TRIMET LIES!  

Portland school bus driver gets the kids out on time

Driver gets six kids to safety as bus smokes, bursts into flame

TRIMET review of the new buses

A group of TriMet employees just returned from the Gillig factory where they observed the manufacturing of new buses. They toured the entire manufacturing facility and had a chance to witness thepowertrain functionality work being done at the end of their first manufacturing line. At this point there are no body panels on the bus, it’s just a frame with the motor at the back and tires. TriMet staff was impressed with a key company policy: if the engine fails, the president is contacted. Having our employees there made the difference in a number of ways:

TRIMET explains the Boring process

In 1987, the Oregon Legislature passed a law that, in part, allows cities with a population of less than 10,000 and certain unincorporated areas to withdraw from TriMet. These areas must meet certain withdrawal criteria. Petitions for withdrawal can be filed with the TriMet Board of Directors every five years during the period from January 1st through August 30th. On August 30, 2011 the Board received a petition to withdraw from the Boring area, an unincorporated area in Clackamas County, from the TriMet district.

Did this make the news?

On October 21 an operator was punched by a passenger. In response to the report filed by the operator, Transit Police put together a flyer and distributed it through the Portland Police Bureau. An Officer recognized the suspect and the suspect was arrested and charged.
This case is a reminder of the importance of notifying Dispatch or Control when you are the victim of a crime while on duty, even if the suspect has left the scene or is unknown to you. Police use a variety of investigative tools to identify and locate criminal suspects but without a formal report of the crime they have no way to begin an investigation.

About those strollers.....................

Stroller Policy Reminder
Per TriMet’s policy baby strollers are allowed on the bus and customers may board the bus with a child in a stroller. Once they are on the bus, it is TriMet’s policy that the child be removed from the stroller. Collapsible strollers must be folded and stored by the customer after boarding. In all cases (whether on buses or trains) strollers must be positioned in a manner that does not create an obstacle for other passengers.
These policies are a matter of safety. In the event of a collision, or even a hard braking event, a child in a stroller is much more vulnerable and may even become a projectile and cause injury to others.
Some customers may require additional time, effort, assistance and patience to fulfill these requirements. In all cases, responding to questions and challenging situations in a polite, respectful way is always the right choice. If you need assistance with a customer who refuses to comply with the policy, immediately contact Dispatch.
If you any have questions, please see your trainer or transportation manager.

Heressssssssssssssssssss SHELLY

Your dedication to maintaining service and helping our customers during yesterday’s Occupy Portland events was greatly appreciated.
With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday approaching I wanted to take a moment to thank each of you for the contributions you make every day. You are a critical part of the service we deliver.
“Thank you” to the operators who serve our customers day in and day out; the supervisors, controllers and dispatchers that help keep the system moving; the schedule writers who work with limited service hours to provide schedules that work; the station agents who work hard every day to fill the work; and the maintenance personnel who keep buses, trains and non-revenue vehicles running smoothly - as well as keep our infrastructure in good working order and ready for our customers each day.
Looking back on this past year, I want to give special thanks to the MOW team who made sure our TVMs received the latest updates in record time, and to our Rail Equipment Maintenance team for putting their shoulders to the grindstone on preventative maintenance, additionally a big “thank you” to our bus operator training team for completing the bus operator certification program.
I am sure I may have missed a group or two, if I did I hope you will forgive the oversight and know that your work is appreciated.
I wish each of you a safe, warm and happy holiday. Thank you for your commitment to serving our customers and being part of TriMet.

Does Neil really write these little notes?

Staff have been getting our agency ready to take on Mother Nature and all of her antics. As we look at weather reports – there could be a chance of snow in the higher elevations. It’s times like these that our riders rely on us to get them where they’re going – safely. Even when many of us face the same challenges in getting around in inclement weather as our customers, I know I can rely on you to do the right thing – get to work and help the thousands of people who would  otherwise be stranded.  This is really the time we need “all hands on deck” – from office staff to operators.  
It may be cold. You may be all bundled up. But there are three things I ask you to remember while we’re trudging through the snow or ice:
·         YOU ARE NEEDED: Each of us needs to be prepared to get to work and do our part during a winter weather event. It takes all of us to do the job!
·         SAFETY FIRST: Wind, rain, snow or sun – it’s our value no matter what the forecast holds. Please – be safe out there.
·         CUSTOMER SERVICE: When the weather turns ugly – our community turns to TriMet to get them where they’re going. Some folks will be getting on the system for the very first time. Keep that in mind and use those good customer service skills!
My thanks to all of you in advance for rising to the occasion in what is generally the most challenging time of year.  
And speaking of challenges—my thanks again to everyone for putting safety first during the continued disruptions in downtown Portland yesterday. You did a great job!
Have a great weekend!

Bus makes major gains in ridership while MAX declines

TRIMET claims $12-$17 million dollar budget gap

But there own figures show a gap of $1.3 million!

MAX rider reads about TRIMET bus driver

TRIMET tells riders to prepare

TriMet: 4 Essential Winter Weather Tips for Riders

Boring won't take NO without a fight

Boring ready for TriMet challenge

The true story of a BUS DRIVER fired by the press

The OC Transpo driver who was fired for a tirade against a passenger has provided us his side of the story.
He is devastated at the turn of events - "the insanity" he calls it - the loss of his career, income, peace of mind, only three years short of retirement. "I'm just kind of numb, you know?" He could barely get the story out without tears.

Who says transit workers are dumb?

Bronx transit worker stole enough scrap from rail yard to build a trailer: MTA Inspector General  - NY Daily News

People think TRIMET bus drivers are bad?

You could be living in China right now!
AFP: Bus driver in China crash flouted traffic rules

Steve displays his parking brake knob which has broken off his bus


Where is $57 million going to come from?

From "How we Roll" blog:

Our goal is to reduce the average age of our bus fleet from 13 1/2 years to 8 by 2020, and to replace all remaining high-floor buses (those with steps at the door) with low-floor vehicles by 2013.

Lets look at some facts:

All low floor busses have air conditioning and about 33 non low floor busses (2100s) have air conditioning. This means about 200 buses are not low floor buses.

TriMet states that they will receive 55 new low floor air conditioned buses in fall of 2012. In 2013 they will receive another 14 buses making a total of 69 buses.

This leaves about 131 buses that are not low floors. At a price of $440,000.00 that would be a total of $57,640,000.00.

Where is TRIMET planning to get $57+ million dollars in the next two years?

And does anybody have any idea what this means:

That’s why, using grant funding and debt service, we’re replacing 55 of our oldest buses in 2012. (from "how we roll' blog)

Debt service? What in the world does that mean anyway?

Baby bus driver (Claudine) tells me her side of the baby story

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Toxic runoff at BTC

It is appalling how much runoff there is at the BTC.It drains right into Beaverton Creek.I am sure that if DEQ were to monitor the situation,TriMet would be forced to replace or repair the dinosaurs,which are responsible for most of this pollution.

I wonder if any of this goes on around here?

Area pair charged in T scam - The Sun Chronicle Online - News

Here we go again

Planning for Inclement Weather
Wintery weather is in the forecast for November 18 and the coming weekend.
A service plan for November 18 has been developed and communicated to Bus and
Rail Maintenance, Field Operations, OCC, and facilities.

McFarlane addesses the First Transit issue

You may have heard about ATU’s request for TriMet to intervene in their dispute with First Transit, our paratransit contractors. ATU believes that a federal statute referred to as “13(c)” applies to the labor relationship between First Transit and their Multnomah County employees at TriMet’s ATP.

13(c) was enacted  to prevent federal funds from being used to destroy the collective bargaining rights of these organized transit workers, and applies where there has been an acquisition by a public transit agency of a private transit company or a worsening of protected employee rights and benefits directly connected with the federal grant.

In the case of First Transit, there has been neither an acquisition of a transit entity nor a worsening of employment conditions caused by the receipt of federal money.  Also, the Agreement expressly provides that it does not apply to paratransit programs.  

TriMet has contracts with a number of contractors, many of whom have a union workforce, including First Transit. TriMet does not engage in the negotiations of the various individual businesses as they negotiate their contracts (nor are we typically asked to).  Each contractor is responsible for their own negotiations and outcomes.  While we expect our contractors to follow the law, there is a basic disagreement about whether the law requires arbitration in this instance.  That is an issue that is, perhaps, better resolved in another forum.   

My hope and my advice to each party, ATU and First Transit, is to sit down and negotiate a settlement, don’t put our customers at risk.

One of the advantages of fixed rail

Due to police activity related to Occupy Portland protests, Green and Yellow Line trains are disrupted. Riders should expect delays.

Joe Rose on the new buses

TriMet plans to add 55 new state-of-art buses to Portland area fleet in 2012 |

Cameron Johnson

That One Portland Transit Activist Kid: Activist Kid's Unauthorized Guide to the Bus Series of TriMet Part 1- Defunct Series and 1400s/1600s

Trimet gets grant for Hybrid, Biodiesel Buses

Feds Grant Millions For Hybrid, Biodiesel Buses · OPB News


Not me!


TriMet union boss found guilty of drunken driving despite defense that he was just tired when Gresham Police found him asleep at the wheel |

Southern Calif. transit rolls out hydrogen-powered bus

Story Here!

Wilsonville transit director to be full-time position


Transit union wants 'witch-hunt' against drivers to stop | CTV Ottawa | CTV News

Weather Proof Windshield Seal on my Dinosaur

I had to stuff paper towels around the weather stripping in order to keep the rain water from entering the inside glass this morning.

Double Standards?

Am I the only one wondering why when a bus Operator is involved, the name is public.

But what is the name and past record of the MAX operator that caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage and potentially put all sorts of people in danger by failing to stop his train properly, running into a track bumper and shaking a substation building 20 feet away when his train came to a stop by a concrete walkway?

We all know who Sandi Day is.

We all know who Claudeen Hendren is.

But who is the mystery MAX operator?

Why isn't HIS photo on the front page of The Oregonian; why isn't Mary Fetsch talking about HIS personnel records; why was he not put IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT DELAY on administrative leave; what are his drug test results (he was drug tested immediately, wasn't he?  S.O.P. for a major mechanical incident...all CDL license holders are drug tested after an accident regardless of cause).  Why isn't his name in big bold letters?

How many days elapsed until TriMet released the names of the MAX operators in the "child left behind" incidents...  How many minutes elapsed until TriMet releases the name of a bus operator?

And more importantly...why is there ANY difference between bus and MAX? 

It's no wonder there is a bus versus MAX culture in Portland.  And it all starts with one man:

Neil McFarlane.

General Manager of TriMet (excuse me, General Manager of MAX, and has to put up with a bunch of buses.)

58 rider captures the 58 re-route-canyon road is closed!

Tribune editorial

Our Opinion • TriMet shouldn't leave public trust behind

A management without ethics breeds a staff without ethics

While the press is busily looking at our rogue operators they should be looking at our unethical management.
This is a management that "imposes" it's will without regard to law. 
A management that perverts the ADA regulations so it can spy on its employees without cause.
A management that allows anonymous complaints used against its employees as valid.
A management that perverts the grievance process in order implement it's will knowing full well that it will cause problems for the union members.
Basically we have a company that acts very much like the accused in the latest news about a Trimet operator. 
So is it any wonder that it has produced a number of operators who also have questionable ethics?

Time for the press to start looking at the management with the same microscope it looks at the drivers.

It also needs to be said in defense of Claudine that the MASTER himself, Mr McFarlane, had very publicly announced the ZERO TOLERANCE policy of fare evaders on the system and I can tell you that many operators took his statement literally, and from that point on they started cracking down hard on fare evaders.

I believe Claudine strictly enforced the fares and many of her problems stemmed from that.

Being a bus driver is hard work, you work around all sorts of people not all of them are particularly nice. In order to survive at this profession, especially as a woman, you need to be tough.
Claudine is tough as nails, obviously a little too tough, but that is how she adapted to surviving the wild world of being a bus operator out here.

I suggest the public might want to observe the police sometime, you will see the exact same type of behavior in many officers, but it seems its acceptable for police officers to act rudely and disrespectfully, but bus operators are held to higher standards than even the police.

As is always the case, double standards everywhere we look.

Does TRIMET actively engage in sexual discrimination?

Now that I have seen Claudine's case history, it brings up an issue that I myself have raised to our HR department:


My theory is yes indeed, TRIMET is much more lenient with the female operators regarding disciplinary process than they are with the male operators. I bet ya if it had been a male operator with  a record such as hers he would have been out of here long ago.

Can I prove it, no, not without examining the files closely, but as an observer for years now, I'm pretty sure that sex discrimination does exist here when it comes to discipline.


Claudine makes the news

TriMet driver who told woman to silence her baby on Hillsboro route has history of problems with riders |

 Bus driver still rolling despite complaints

 Hey, Tri-Met -- pull the plug on this driver, now! (Jack Bog's Blog)

(Time to retire Claudine?)

Metro and ODOT are recruiting transit users

Metro and ODOT are currently recruiting transit users to participate in a Portland area household travel survey. They are offering a monetary incentive for each qualifying household that completes the entire survey.
To find out if you qualify to participate in the entire survey, complete the short web survey at:
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact William McDonald at:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TriMet Gillig Low Floor Bus with BRT Appearance Package

New Buses?

Great news for bus riders! We’re adding 55 new buses to the fleet next year.
As riders can attest, many of our buses are overdue for replacement. (About 150 buses in our fleet are more than 18 years old.) They’re noisy and bumpy, and some don’t even have air conditioning. Not only are these older buses uncomfortable for riders and operators, they are becoming too unreliable and expensive for us to maintain.
That’s why, using grant funding and debt service, we’re replacing 55 of our oldest buses in 2012. We’re also planning for future bus purchases, starting with a “State of Good Repair” grant from the Federal Transit Administration that will fund an additional 14 buses in 2013.
The new buses are currently being designed at the Gillig factory in Hayward, California.
In addition to air conditioning, automatic stop announcements and low floors for easy boarding, they’ll feature:
  • vinyl seats that are easier to clean
  • LED lights on the mirrors that alert pedestrians and motorists of intent to turn
  • an innovative electronic cooling system based on auto-racing technology
  • a longer, more gradual boarding ramp capable of carrying heavier loads
  • a streamlined front end
Four of the buses will be next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles, which we will test for performance, maintenance needs and fuel efficiency.
The electronic cooling system, dubbed “mini-hybrid” technology, is already in use on more than 100 of our buses and has been shown to improve fuel economy by more than 5 percent. It uses an electrified subsystem to operate at an optimal temperature range, as opposed to a standard hydraulic or mechanical fan system.
Our goal is to reduce the average age of our bus fleet from 13 1/2 years to 8 by 2020, and to replace all remaining high-floor buses (those with steps at the door) with low-floor vehicles by 2013.
A prototype bus is expected to arrive in Portland next spring, and the rest will begin shipping from the factory in the fall. Stay tuned for more details!
Of course...why is TriMet "testing" next-generation hybrids?  Is it that difficult for TriMet's crack team of product testers to take one of TriMet's many buses from Center Street over to the Transit Mall, get off the TriMet bus, walk a block or two to a C-Tran stop and board one of the many C-Tran hybrid buses?

The TriMet bus appears to be the identical model of bus as the C-Tran Hybrid bus (but minus the hybrid system, of course)...and also identical to Cherriots' newest buses (however Cherriots opted to not buy the buses with the "BRT Appearance Package" and have a more standardized front cap.)  Of course TriMet's crack test team could jump a WES train to Wilsonville and check out Cherriots' bus.

A well-maintained, customer-friendly bus fleet

This was the window I found myself next to on fleet 1756 running the 94 this afternoon.  Picture taken at Barbur TC.

Long Island blogger pal PINE POWER under attack by you tube

Some blasts from the past-republished movies with some ex-trimet stars

 Mild civil disobedience at TRIMET board meeting - YouTube
What was I ranting about 2 1/2 years ago?

Penn State's Jerry Sandusky out on bail of $100,000k

Here is a guy that molested who knows (DOZENS)  how many young boys and his bail is $100k.
I seem to remember another story, local, where the person was charged with fondling a minor, what was his bail? $500k?
Is there justice in the land of the free?


There was some talk about some drivers getting together and picketing the union office in protest of Jon Hunt's latest actions, just a rumor.

Presidential Timber Kindling. Sawdust. Charcoal.

Someone named Romney was speaking. I checked the Wicked Pedia to see what manner of creature he might be. No surprises. Pampered rich kid, apparently not too bright, mediocre student in fancy private schools. A Mormon. Only one wife, though. A former missionary in France. It might have been worse. We could have bombed St. Denis.
I thought of all the Mormon missionaries I had seen in various countries, black-suited in Taiwan in August, peddling around like bicycle-borne undertakers, earnest, solemn, living in some eerie head-bubble inaccessible to outsiders. Oh help. 
I'm going to slit my throat. Do ants have throats? A country of 315 million, nuclear-armed, able to wreck other countries it has never heard of in minutes, and the candidates sound as if they were addressing a warehouse of stuffed animals. This is the best we can do?


Chinese school bus accident kills at least 20
Double-decker bus tour guides may get pink slips as Gray Line Sightseeing ...
Report: Dave Bing to propose privatizing Detroit's buses and lights; will it ...
Pace Bus Crashes into Building, Hospitalizing 24 Passengers
Passenger saves bus as driver collapses
Thugs hit bus passenger with brick
Muni seeks to cut down on ‘bunches and gaps’ on transit lines | Will Reisman | Under the Dome | San Francisco Examiner
“Smart” card for SF parking, taxis and maybe Muni in the works | City Insider | an blog
Transit workers' union honcho: ‘We won’t be bullied’ in labor talks - NY Daily News

Complete roundup of international bus news is atNATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

Bus union to fight firing of swearing driver

Queale defended the driver, an OC Transpo employee for the past 25 years — saying he had been spat on two days before the tirade. Queale also said the man lost both his mother and wife to cancer within the past year.


Bus driver has had enough-walks off job leaves passengers stranded

The press and public DO NOT understand the pressures of being in a job like this!