Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What Makes This Place Great...I have to use a school bus because TriMet won't take me there

And what's not mentioned is that you can't take TriMet to the Audubon Society (on N.W. Cornell Road, 1.2 miles to nearest bus stop which is the rush-hour only 18 line).  In fact, the ONLY picture of transit is a First Transit school bus!

Of course...you COULD take the 12 bus to the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge (but why would TriMet want to support bus service?), or the 9 bus to Powell Butte (again, a bus??), or Tyron Creek (only by bus),

What makes this place great...hardly any transit service at all?

Of course what ISN'T mentioned is the fact that one cannot use a bus to get from Tualatin to Sherwood (despite a very busy road connecting the two cities), or that one cannot use a bus to get from the various residential neighborhoods on the northern part of Tualatin along the Tualatin River, or the area east of I-205 (except for the little leg of the 76 that runs from Mohawk P&R to Meridian Park Hospital)...or that the neighborhoods in the south of Tualatin have just the rush hour 96 bus (and only every other bus at that)...

Or that on Saturdays, the 76 bus only runs every 35-40 minutes until 9:30 PM or so leaving no late night service, or on Sundays and holidays that the last bus leaves Tualatin at around 6:30 PM.  And that the majority of these buses are good ol' 1700s and 1800s.

But, hey, Tualatin has WES!  That solves EVERYTHING.  (Except on weekends, and holidays, and during the middle of the day, and late at night...and of course WES doesn't go to Bridgeport Village, or Sherwood, or Lake Grove, or Portland, or the Target and Costco in Wilsonville.  Nor is there any bus service to/from the WES station to serve the various residential and employment centers in Tualatin so you're stuck using the park-and-ride to get to WES and have no hope of getting to work from WES...)

Lewis & Clark College Gillig Phantom on the "Pioneer Express"

Light rail screwed up (again)

Due to a switch problem at the Steel Bridge, MAX Blue, Green and Red line service westbound from Gateway TC is delayed. Switch technicians are on-site to fix the problem. Riders should expect delays.

MAX FAQS SAYS STOP SCAPEGOATING TRANSIT WORKERS!

The detrimental health effect of being a transit operator is not a matter of opinion. There is an extensive body of research on the health risks of the job and strong links between working as a transit operator and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and chronic illnesses.

WE ARE BROKE-MESSAGE TO RIDERS/OPERATORS/MECHANICS

If your an executive you get to go on TAX PAYER FUNDED TRIPS!
What's a few thousand dollars when it comes to the executives right?

ANOTHER CRASH!

Car hits TriMet bus in Beaverton | People | Beaverton News

BUS GETS JAMMED ON ITS WAY BACK TO POWELL GARAGE



Nobody ever questions TRIMET executive pay scales

Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman questions $130,000-plus salary for new Office of Equity and Human Rights director | OregonLive.com

Laws about recording police

If an Oregon police officer is recording your traffic stop, it's legal to make your own recording of the encounter | OregonLive.com

Oregon, Washington drivers among the nation's safest

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

Hillsboro school bus driver and four students suffer minor injuries in two-bus accident

http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2011/11/hillsboro_school_bus_driver_an.html

TRIMET management always bringing the most vital information to our attention

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday
Remember Weather Safety and TriMet’s Night Stop Program
Remember to turn back the clock as Daylight Saving Time ends. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 a.m.
During this time of year, days are getting darker, cloudy and rainy weather is increasing and other potential seasonal hazards such as slick spots created by dropped leaves and standing water on roads or tracks return. Use extra caution as these changes in operating conditions occur. Remember to scan (click HERE for scanning instructions)  before you move and as you enter intersections; be especially mindful of pedestrians crossing the street or tracks during this time of year.
Bus operators should keep an eye out for intending customers at unlit bus stops.(too bad they cut the flasher program)  They will be harder to see as daylight decreases. (duh)  Bus operators are also reminded that the Night Stop Program returns with the end of daylight saving time (see SOP B602):(Click HERE to download your very own copy of the hundreds of rules that we are supposed to know)
Night Stop service is available to passengers anywhere outside Portland city center and the Lloyd District between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
During Night Stop Service hours you may let a customer off at a location without a posted stop as long as the bus is still on route.
Do not make a courtesy stop prior to a left hand turn unless there is enough clearance to safely move into position for the turn. (and what exactly is that supposed to mean?)
In all situations, only allow customers to board or disembark at non-posted stops if it is safe to do so.
If you have questions, please see your trainer or manager. Thank you for your help keeping TriMet operations safe. (How about putting new wipers on all the old buses, checking all the heating/defrosters on the old buses for operating capability, including some sort of anti water build up repellant for the mirrors, making sure all the two way radios are working properly, getting the trip sheets to list the proper emergency phone numbers)

BUS DRIVER OWES $3 MILLION FOR WRECK

Jury: Cap Metro driver owes $3 million for wreck; agency's liability unclear

Ruckus in Eugene

MESSAGE VEHICLE | Car shop owner draws attention to his battle with the city over his right to protest a bus line

Transit districts trampling all over civil rights

Officials won't expand civil rights probe as sought by bus riders - latimes.com

WATCH DOWNTOWN TRANSIT MALL GO FROM RAIL TO BUSES BACK TO RAIL

Traveling through Time - Portland Transit Mall

YOUR BUS SERVICE MIGHT BE GOING AWAY BUT AT LEAST WE HAVE THIS

Inside Trimet’s Beaverton Bike & Ride | The Prudent Cyclist

TRIMET BOONDOGGLE REPORTS

FROM THE EDITOR

Passengers injured in collision involving bus

Passengers injured in collision involving bus - KPTV - FOX 12
Car strikes TriMet bus in SE Portland, 7 hurt | kgw.com Portland

VLOG FOR TUESDAY-PART 2

http://vimeo.com/31474720

Greece on the edge of reason

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oulANV8Y5N8

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

RANT

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON AT JENKINS AND MURRAY?

45 Central begins site work for Beaverton mixed-use development | OregonLive.com

STEVE FUNGS MOVIE OF THE WEEK

http://youtu.be/P34b-rxfqRM