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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Why they cancelled your bus (Jack Bog's Blog)

2 YEARS NOW

Since the expiration of our contract.
Two years without a contract!

Correct call stop procedure on the #58

Government wants control of the internet (of course)

Click here to add your name and say NO to Internet Censorship.

Steve Fung's movie of the week

PUGET SOUND OPERATORS BLOG

A SHOCKING Day in the Life of a Full Time Metro Driver
Calling In Sick – Notes on Self-Care

TriMet YouthPass fate determined today

Today, Mayor Sam Adams, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith and TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane will meet to determine the fate of Trimet’s YouthPass program, which allows Portland Public Schools students currently enrolled in high school to ride public transportation for free during the school year.

THE VANGUARD

CHRIS DAY INCIDENT UPDATE


From the attorney that represents Mr Day:
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I wanted to let you know that I tried to contact Susan Stoner today, which was more difficult than it should have been. Her # listed in the Oregon State Bar directory says it has been disconnected. No one answered the phone all afternoon at ATU’s local # for me to request her #. I finally, found a # listed to her and the voice message said it was hers, but she never called me back. Anyway, I’ll try again tomorrow.
If she answered I was going to introduce myself and tell her how I represent you. I would inform her that Jonathan’s actions where in violation of Federal Law, and probably constituted several Oregon civil torts as well. I would then ask her if you are officially barred from union meetings. Depending on how she responded to all of this, I would either request a meeting to internally work this out or tell her we will pursue your legal rights formally. So like I said, when I actually get to speak to an authority figure over there that is basically what I will say. If too much time goes by and it appears they are totally ignoring you/us, then we can discuss what the next steps will be.

OCCUPY PORTLAND BAT SIGNAL

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"The pepper the cops are using on the Occupiers is like a derivative of real pepper. It's a food product essentially." -- Megyn Kelly, lying streetwalker on FOX News Link






Amalagamated Transit Union, Division 757 v. Tri- County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Ruling on Reconsideration)

http://www.oregon.gov/ERB/orders/UP01611Recon.pdf

MONDAY

Cameron Johnson came by to watch the theater of the absurd
VLOG-Monday-part 1
VLOG part 2

Monday, November 28, 2011

November 28, 1969: Portland Agrees to Take Over Rose City Transit, Transfer to Tri-Met

http://portland.daveknows.org/2011/11/28/november-28-1969-portland-agrees-to-take-over-rose-city-transit-transfer-to-tri-met/

My other hero

Gerald Celente

I apologized to Greg Larson


I know its not his fault, so I apologized for being sarcastic and abusive to him.
I'm taking out my frustration on the wrong person, and that's not fair of me.
We are working under a Stalinist regime who actively works at "tricking" us and finding fault where there is no fault.
Do I think I am being "set up"?
Ya, I do, but not by his efforts.

My hero-ALEX JONES!


PART 1
PART 2
PART 3

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Portuguese resist the power elite!

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A general strike is expected to shut down many public services and disrupt mass transit systems in Portugal as workers contest austerity measures linked to a euro78 billion ($104 billion) bailout.
Officials say international flights could be canceled during Thursday's protest, and few train services are scheduled to run.
Government offices, school classes, mail deliveries and trash collections are also likely to be severely affected.
The government has enacted tax hikes and cuts in pay and welfare entitlements as it tries to drive down the recession-hit country's high debts.
Portugal's two largest trade union confederations, representing more than 1 million mostly blue-collar workers, said Wednesday they also planned 34 protest marches across the country.

Comment from the Joe Rose blog

When is Trimet going to fire Al? This guy has shown an absolute hatred for his job, Trimet and sides on the side of drivers...that they never do anything wrong. If he worked for a private sector company, he'd be long gone with the stuff he pulls.

Stuff I pull? 

Like talking about working conditions and politics of a public sector employee?

Like being against a public agency that screws it riders and drivers while building useless MAXs line?

Like breaking union contracts contrary to established precedence and law.

Like imposing unjust and unfair discipline on its employees just because they can?

Like throwing your employees under the bus the minute anything goes wrong so that the executives don't have to take the heat?

Don't fret AL M haters, I got three months to go, then I AM OUTTA HERE!

Bus Stop Workshop: Action Meeting for the EPBS Project

OPAL NEWS!

Joe Rose says "I blame the media"

TriMet bus driver talks about crying baby incident; how bike lanes save lives; Southwest Portland street closure: Commuting roundup
 
Joe is wrong, I do NOT defend her past performance or her poor customer service skills.

But I do believe her that she did try to get the mom to come back on the bus.

Here is what I posted to Hard Drive:

Joe, I do NOT defend her and her past perfomance.
HOWEVER;
In this particular instance she actually did something "reasonable" and I do believe her that she tried to get the mom back on the bus.


However, her past performance is why this happened to her; she has developed many enemies out here and this is what happens to drivers when they don't give the public the respect they deserve.

TRIMET ROLLS IN USELSESS $$$$$$$$$$$$$

CLICK HERE!
 TriMet's $370600 solar-power project for MAX at Portland State University will ...

I need written clarification to do my job by the rules

This is another email sent over to the station manager:

I want you to know Mr Larson that as of today I will be following the exact procedure and rules regarding all my performance expectations at TRIMET.
I do need definitions however, since the rules require me to announce every time I turn, I need to know should the turn be announced before or after I make it, and if there is no stop where shall I pull over to make the audible microphone announcement?


For example I will announce by microphone (while bus is stopped and brake applied) that the first turn we will make today is "Lombard Street"


But then we turn onto "Canyon Road" and there is no stop until we are way down on canyon road, so where should the announcement be made?


Of course if I have the red light at the turn I can apply the brake and make the announcement that I am turning but that may cause me to miss the light and that is a 3 minute light.

STATION MANAGER FIRES BACK!

I don't get responses anymore from the management so this is rather impressive:

My memory has not failed me(why does he bother bringing up that I 'missed' the meeting then) and I believe we met on the 8th. We discussed the QAR ride of 10/21/11. Since then we’ve received another QAR report that took place 11/17/11 indicating no stops called. Both were random rides.(INTERESTING INDEED THAT THESE 'RANDOM RIDES' ARE SO CLOSE TOGETHER ISN'T IT? I'm sure he didn't send them, but there are plenty more managers around besides him.) I did not request them.
I did answer your email during our meeting and a video of yourself on your blog confirms that I did as does the second to last sentence in this email….”

This is very interesting, and I am trying to figure out what is going on here.
Regarding the allegation I made that he did not answer me and his response that he did answer me, I meant that he did not answer me in writing!

And now we have another "I called no stops" violation.
There is only one scenario that this occurs:
I KNOW EVERYBODY ON THE BUS AND WHERE THEY GET OFF!

I'm interested to see the full report, how many people were on the bus and what time did this happen?

See working for a company without ethics you get caught with your pants down because your using your brain instead of being a barking dog, which is what this management wants from us, BARK YOU DOGS BARK, it doesn't matter that the barking is of no use to anyone and you know for a fact that nobody actually needs a call stop.

So its one of my regulars that is the "spy".

I have a pretty good idea who it is, but managers need not worry, you will get your way now, I'll bark because you want me to, no problem. All they had to do was tell me that "Al, you need to be a barking dog and call out the stops even if it is obvious that nobody needs a call stop, we have spies who love love to bust our drivers for no particular reason."

I'm not quite ready to retire yet.

I want to say again: I HAVE NEVER HAD A REAL ADA COMPLAINT IN MY ENTIRE CAREER AT TRIMET, NOT ONE!

Ultimately TRIMET TRANSIT DISTRICT has failed the disabled, not  me and not other drivers.
They have been too busy building MAX to be bothered with getting the proper equipment in place for bus riders, including disabled bus riders.

How I intend to deal with TRIMET'S harassment

As of today, my entire approach to this job will be changed to following the exact letter of the regulations and rules.
I'm doing this because it has become obvious to me that I have been targeted for harassment.
I have been doing the job properly for 14 years, but this past year all of a sudden I am not doing the job properly.
This just happens to coincide with my very public criticism of our management and their complete lack of ethics.
Coincidence? I think not.
I am making copies of an explanation along with the two disciplinary letters to hand out to riders who may be wondering why the bus is not showing up on time anymore.

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Operator harassment

Life on public transit: CLICK HERE!

How come she doesn't look like the other picture?

Jessica Bucciarelli

America Has Become a Fascist Police State

Yet, today we live in a country where government aids the corporate takeover of elections. Here, banks who fraudulently took Americans' homes for profit can get bailed out by the taxpayers, and use the money to pay themselves 12-figure bonuses. This is a country where even US citizens can be detained without due process, tortured, and even assassinated overseas.
Today, in the Land of the Free, nonviolent political protesters using their First Amendment rights to speak out against all of the above can be beaten, tasered, and maced by heavily-militarized police forces, using military-grade equipment, without any provocation.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Occupy Portland

PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
 VIDEO: Riot Police Clash With Occupy Portland Protesters

ALEX JONES!

PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4

another ADA case against TRIMET

Can't figure out who won this one: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1499096.html

PAST COURT ACTION BY ADA PERSON (he lost)

254 F.3d 846: Joseph Midgett, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Tri-county Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Defendant-appellee :: US Court of Appeals Cases :: Justia

TriMet: ADA Policy and Grievance Procedure

CLICK HERE!

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TRIMET MAX

REPEATER SIGNALS

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

http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandcityhall/2011/11/how_will_costs_be_cut_on_458_m.html

Our November commuting podcast: Dr. Jeff edition | Portland Afoot

CLICK HERE!

WHACK JOBS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK

As a result of the TROLLS sending spam messages to this blog moderation has been put on comments.
Due to the amount of spam messages the blog comments have been restricted to blog members only.

Sorry about that but I don't have time to deal with crazy readers.

UNION MEMBERS-COVER YOUR ASS WHEN DEALING WITH THIS MANAGMENT

This document will be signed before we start talking!
I highly recommend that others use this or a similar form when you are called into  a meeting! 
(This should be a standard procedure) 

Agreement to provide documentation

All parties involved in today’s meeting will be provided in writing a written signed summary of the topics and solutions discussed at the entire meeting.

This summary shall be provided at the end of the meeting while all participants are still present and must be signed by all participants.

This document is to provide protection for all parties involved so there is no confusion as what occurred and what was decided during the meeting.

If this contract is not agreed to then I request a written letter to which I can respond in writing and will not provide any information verbally.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Management (print/sign/date

……………………………………………………………………………………………………
Employee (print/sign/date


……………………………………………………………………………………………………
Union rep (print/sign/date)

God I miss the old days when it was fun here---BLASTS FROM THE PAST!

ZAGREAUS
TOM CORD RAISES HIS UGLY HEAD
NEVER A DULL MOMENT AT TRIMET
just another day
puesta del sol bobsleigh en
LAO/ROSS/SUNSET BOB/PICTURES ON THE BUS/ROLF/TRMET BUS DRIVERS THE BEST
MAX ON TIME/ROSS RACER/WACKENHUT STORIES/ANGIE/TRIMET BUS DRIVERS BEST IN THE WORLD
DR FLASHER/LUCI PISSED/BICYCLES/BUS STOP SCHEDULES/JOYS OF BEING A BUS DRIVER/MAX TICKET MACHINES
THE FUN NEVER ENDS WHEN YOUR SUNSET BOB

THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS

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In transit-first San Francisco, cars still rule the road

Established in 1973, The City’s official policy was created to ensure that every new transportation initiative had the end goal of moving people out of automobiles and into more-sustainable options such as public transit, biking and walking.
While more San Franciscans are using alternative forms of transportation now, nearly 39 percent of city residents said in 2009 — the most recent year of available data — they drive alone to work, more than any other mode of travel.

How do we get in on the pool?

Whack jobs are betting I will be "fired" before the end of the year!
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Get my life back?
WOW! What a thought, not a slave to TRIMET anymore?
I can't even imagine having my life back to be honest.

My very public battle with TRIMET-another email to Greg Larson


Mr Larson;
I am in receipt of your letter informing me of a “MANDATORY” meeting on November 29.
 I am unable to meet the time as requested; Jeff Ackerson will be contacting you about that.
Your letter states “you marked off sick during the last scheduled meeting”.
Your memory must be failing because on November 9 I was summoned to your office to discuss the releasing of the MAX crash video.  At that time we discussed the call stop problems.  I told you then that I have been calling the stops and have been doing so for years. You said I overreacted to the call stop violation letter. I then offered to pull the bus over at every single point where there is supposed to be a call stop, put on the parking brake and make the appropriate announcement. You said that was unnecessary.
In addition I sent you an email about this situation, which was ignored and unanswered:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TRIMET INSTUTIONAL CONFUSION

Numerous operators have contacted me and have communicated that this company does not supply us with the exact stops they want called.
Operators have had enough of this institutional abuse.
EITHER TELL US WHAT YOU WANT OR LEAVE US ALONE!
PUT IT IN THE POUCH, WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US!

NO MORE UNDOCUMENTED MEETINGS

Unless these unethical managers allow me to record the meetings,I will not participate in any more meetings with these people.
If they refuse to to allow me to record the meeting then I want IN WRITING exactly what they want me to do!
These people are setting me up and I will not allow this to go forward without a fight!

SECRET RIDERS?

TRIMET transit district employs secret riders, has it ever occurred to them that some of us may have our own secret riders?

The governor of Oregon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtK6m2H-ds0

ATTEND THE NEXT BOARD MEETING DECEMBER 14

CLICK HERE!

Another driver shares his story of TRIMET unethical behavior

ETHICS OF TRIMET'S "QUALITY ASSURANCE RIDERS"

Weekly Readership

Mexico and Israel!

Friday VLOG

http://vimeo.com/32712503

TRIMET DEALS DIRTY-UNION OFFICERS FORCED TO FIGHT THEM

TRIMET HARASSMENT GOES INTO HIGH GEAR

Thursday, November 24, 2011

OPERATORS-PLAN TO BE AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING

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


Click here to read article

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9SrvDD-3X8

The Trimet board never misses an opportunity to honor its executives

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2mYT1PXZK4

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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VLOG-Wednesday/part 2

http://vimeo.com/32644596

Trimet survey too complicated to expect bus riders to deal with

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU9MbW0LdM4

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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2011/11/23/transit-riders-to-congress-keep-our-tax-savings-rolling/

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.

UNION BOSS GETS NO JAIL TIME

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
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.
http://www.kptv.com/story/16111660/trimet-union-president-sentenced

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

VLOG-Wednesday/part 1

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

TRIMET BOARD MEETING

TRIMET BOARD MEETING-1
TRIMET BOARD MEETING-2
TRIMET BOARD MEETING-3

Rally Regarding Proposed TriMet LIFT Fare Increases

http://www.disabilityrightsoregon.org/news/rally-regarding-proposed-trimet-lift-fare-increases

TRIMET Bus driver good deeds

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

 TriMet driver reunites lost toddler & mom | kgw.com Portland

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

TriMet driver rescues toddler from busy NE Portland street - Koinlocal6.com 

(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

MAX FAQs

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1zNYS3N0v0

Director Clark says "transparency & accountability" are the key

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZLgAUjE0JA

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSheGvMyiY8

THE PETITIONER IN THE BORING WITHDRAWAL PRESENTS MORE DATE TO SUPPORT HIS POSTION

http://vimeo.com/32596126

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

GENERAL MANAGERS REPORT FOR NOVEMBER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByAcsDIZ2sQ

BUS IN TOW

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.

TRIMET LIFT ABOUT TO STRIKE

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/TriMet-Lift-drivers-threaten-strike-132699593.html

REMEMBER-OUR UNION OPERATES IN TOTAL SECRECY (using tax payer funds)

http://atu757.org/

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.

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

http://vimeo.com/32559617

Light rail on the street?

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

Steve Fung's movie of the week

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We should be so lucky







AT BEAVERTON TC

Anybody know what the "transit exchange fund" is?

JON HUNT GETS JAIL TIME!

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

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Booking Information

Car smashes into MAX gates

car_vs_max_rails.mp4 - YouTube

ARBITRATION DELAYED!

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)

THE CHRIS DAY INCIDENT UPDATE

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.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/21/f-traffic-congestion-lamb.html

Transit fare is coming to Canby

OregonLive.com

BUS RAPID TRANSIT

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

VLOG FOR MONDAY

ATU 757 JON HUNT GOING TO ROMANIA

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.

HANLEY ENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH ROMANIA

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.
http://hanleybakerwatch.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/professional-or-vindictive/

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.
http://www.kptv.com/story/16102320/sentencing-scheduled-for-trimet-union-boss-convicted-of-dui

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

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1090410

SCREWING THE TAX PAYERS SO DEVELOPERS CAN CASH IN

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

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

AND THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR BENEFITS

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

WOW, I had no idea!

TriMet rules MAX operator at fault in train accident - Koinlocal6.com
TriMet says MAX operator was 'not in control' of train that hit bumper post in North Portland | OregonLive.com
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



MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA!

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

UH OH!

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

Press Releases

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

More lost Sunset Bob footage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0A8Nf3c0Zo
(I sure miss Bob)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP

Bus app for blind developed at UW | KING5.com Seattle
JAPAN WAKES UP TO THE FUTURE OF TRANSIT-ITS BUSES NOT RAIL
Attacks against MARTA drivers increase | www.wsbtv.com
Rider takes stand vs. T search - BostonHerald.com
Getting it wrong at TriMet | OregonLive.com
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

SOCK PUPPETS MEETING THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING

http://trimet.org/meetings/board/index.htm

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
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

TRIMET FARE EVASION TICKETS WAY OVER PRICED COMPARED TO OTHER CITIES

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU2e2tFPQ2A

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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Occupy Park Blocks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcDckM4B3jc

Occupy Niketown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxc42QEd64Y

Getting it wrong at TriMet

The Oregonian Editorial Board

OCCUPY MCFARLANES HOUSE PHOTO GALLERY

view all the photos here!
 More photos here

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8775ZmNGFY8&feature=colike

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…" « Deck.ly
 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

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/dog-takes-double-decker-bus-for-a-spin/story-e6frea6u-1226200673459

WEIRD!

Re-Sweet: @ancientportland -

WEIRD

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 - NYTimes.com
U.C. Davis Calls for Investigation After Pepper Spraying - NYTimes.com
 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

CHICKEN SHIT COPS IN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA

Government goon squads torture citizens

EDITORIAL


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

CLICK HERE!

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.

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

France makes #10!

MORE BUREAUCRACY AT TRIMET

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!"

FIRST TRANSIT WORKERS OCCUPY MCFARLANES HOUSE!

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

OCCUPY NEIL MACFARLANES HOUSE

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  | ajc.com

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

TRIMET DIARIES

Another 4-car MAX train, Type 1 version

MAX FAQS

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!
Neil

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