Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

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.