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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My written testimony to the TRIMET board

Example of unsafe TRIMET bus


Example of unsafe TriMet bus

 

Testimony to the TriMet Board of Directors-12/14/11
Al M

Members of the TriMet Board of Directors, I appear before you today because
I am concerned about what I am hearing from our general manager and what I
see on the job as an employee.

For months now Mr. McFarlane has been talking about how much his safety
Initiative is improving the operating conditions at TriMet; about changing
our culture and making safety a value, and not a word.

SPECIAL THANKS TO DEE WILLIAMS FOR COMING TO PROVIDE MORAL SUPPORT!

She couldn't stay for the testimony but her presence was greatly appreciated!

Michael Levine says TRIMET should have listened to its own CAT committee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIhwhefxF9I

The office of the general manager

267.135 General manager; qualifications; term; removal. (1) The board
shall appoint a general manager on the basis of the qualifications of the
general manager with special reference to the actual experience in or
knowledge of accepted practices in respect to the duties of the office of
the general manager. A general manager shall hold office for an indefinite
term and may be removed by the board only by an affirmative vote of a
majority of the members.

Jason says yes, Cameron says no

Jason Mchuff says yes to Boring withdrawal
 Cameron Johnson says no to Boring withdrawal

ATU 587 President Calls for Monthly Sick Out

Puget Sound Operators

Activist operators (and one retiree) address the TRIMET board

Alan Eisenberg gives quite a show at the TRIMET board meeting
 My testimony to the Trimet board of directors
 Steve Fung addresses the Trimet Board
 Jeff Asch adresses the Trimet Board

Trimet board surprises everyone and agrees to Boring's independence

TriMet board votes to approve Boring withdrawal | OregonLive.com

VLOG FOR TUESDAY-part 2

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

Board highlights

-Trimet directors grants Boring independence! 
-Director Swietzer leaves right after Boring vote and before public testimony.
- Macfarlane indignant about complaints about scheduling. Says bitterly " I'll be happy to provide report on how we do schedules" Neil not happy right now! 
 -Alan Eisenberg stole the show today! WOW!

What's with the fareboxes and why won't they just get new ones

Dear Al, Tri-Met has just recently refurbished the ominous fareboxes, much to the demise of the drivers....they are malfunctioning at a galatic rate !!! This has added no end of frustration to the drivers' already list of problematic elements to juggle,(not to mention the miscalculations that are occurring with the auditing dept) . I am speaking from center street experience, and do not know if Powell and Merlo were involved in last weekends' installation of refurbished machines. There seems to be a more than 50% failure in the machines in question...Who is the contractor, and why the Hell didn't Tri-Met just opt for the full replacement of all Fareboxes ?

What the Board really wanted to tell Al and I



Norway in state of panic

Butter shortages hit Norway

Car sharing takes off in the U.S.

Personal car-sharing spreads from California to Oregon and, very soon, to a neighborhood near you. The concept of hiring out your own vehicle has proven wildly popular here and around the globe.

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/car-sharing-takes-off-in-the-us 

 Peer-to-peer carsharing service coming to Portland

The perils of privatization

Ted Hesson: Surprise! Nassau Bus Deal Was Rotten

Light rail scrapped in Detroit

Detroit light-rail plan is dead; buses will be used instead | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Letters

My fellow officers; I write to you do to the fact that I can't sleep tonight. At our Union's Monday morning meeting today we had several Nela members present, one of which was a woman about 30 years old, timid and shy. She sat through the meeting not saying anything; just waiting until she could get a word in edgewise.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

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

Latest stories

TriMet to continue fare crackdown | kgwcom Portland
Oregon Iron Works is a finalist for big MAX train order
TriMet says crackdown on fare cheats is a success, even if it hasn ...
Video - Local News
A Clean and Safe Battle
Urban League Contract Under Review
MaxRedline: Tri - Met Hires Fare Inspectors For Light Rail

Great moments from Trimet Board meetings

 9:00 am tomorrow at the Portland Building!

What the hell is this?

Looking through the RSA's I spotted this one, of course I can't see the original request (so much for transparency) so I wonder what the hell its all about.


Request for safety assessments

They don't show us the original request anymore, which is a shame because I liked reading the original complaints.

Steve Fung adventures to Pioneer Place

South Salem High concert at Pioneer Place

OREGON CITY CONSIDERING SCREWING ITS SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

Oregon City School District considers contracting out bus services

BUS DRIVER IN TROUBLE FOR TELLING KID SANTA IS FAKE

School bus company defends driver accused of saying Santa is fake — Maine News — Bangor Daily News

Belgium attack: grenades thrown at bus-stop in Liège

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/blog/2011/dec/13/belgium-attack-grenades-thrown-at-bus-stop-in-liege-live-updates

I run into my old pal CHUCK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z35aQANuWow

Analysis of Transit Signal Priority Using Archived TriMet Bus ...

segments comparing operations data derived from the TriMet Bus Dispatch ... The TriMet Bus Dispatch System is inimitable among North American transit ...
https://www.pdx.edu/sites/www.pdx.edu.cus/files/PR128.pdf

Monday, December 12, 2011

VLOG-Monday-part 2

http://vimeo.com/33583000

Steve meets Max

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoPDTAOjvNo&feature=youtu.be

VLOG-Monday-part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9r1_fpYDjo

Latest ridership figures out

Bus ridership is up significantly,the biggest increase of all the modes of transport at TriMet.
However, no where in the body of the press release statement does this get mentioned.
As usual they trumpet their beloved rail services, bragging away about the puny WES ridership.
I'm tired of going through the figures every month to show just what baloney they really are but you can see them yourself:

Chris Day supports proposal that would set ATU presidents at last salary

Chris Day states: I want you to be clear on my statement of if it is for the membership I am in full support of maintaining the same pay of the position you have with your employer. If the members approve that as a bylaw I am in full support 

What is the right amount?


Bruce Hansen supports pay reduction for union president!

Bruce Hansen has come out in support of a proposal that would reduce the ATU 757 presidents salary by 20%.

Hotel California at the Parkrose Transit Center































I spent part of my break on Sunday inspecting the bike path along the 205 freeway. That is an endorsement for the TGIF chicken wings.

Should be one of the more entertaining board meetings Wednesday

There are several  items that should produce some interesting reactions:

1-Boring declaration of independence...how will the empire react?

2-If I'm not mistaken, this is when they will decided the issue of fare increases for TRIMET lift. This was put over from last summer.

3-Last but not least will be the testimony of several bus operators, including myself....

Dr Jeff always a good read

All I learned I learned on TriMet | TriMet Diaries

Will the empire allow Boring independence on Wednesday?

They changing our EMAIL accounts for us

They produced a VIDEO about this. (Trinet users only)
 I don't use their email much anyway.

Weird stuff that they do

In a previous post we looked at the "usability hunt" that some of the staff here participated in....

This is the POST ABOUT IT!

Trimet always has instructions and/or advice for us

Before another event:

* If you drive to work, have your vehicle thoroughly checked, especially the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield wiper fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes and defroster.

Interesting picture

This was given to me, allegedly its the "service planning" staff....

Vintage Trolley

Yesterday was one of the few times a year that the Vintage Trolley was running. In other words, if you want to ride it, do it next Sunday because after that it won't run until one day in May, one day in July and then one day in September before the Christmas season begins again. I did a PSU-PSU trip.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

TRIMET BOARD MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY

COOLBUS CHANNEL 18

Fareless Sq., Trimess

Get your TRIMET "gear"..got to have it right?

TriMet Gear Store

Trimet earrings for Xmas? I dunno...

Cutesy little images that supposedly "image" commendations

Not sure who or how these were made from commendations, but I wonder why? How much effort put into this silliness?

Sexual Harassment on the Bus

Puget Sound Transit Operators Blog

All I have to do is step on TriMet property...

To find something screwed up.

Like this wonderful TVM at Sunset TC this morning.  Only cash accepting machine is out of order.

On the plus side, the MAX Operator saw me taking pictures of her train and in amusement stuck her tongue out at me.  Unfortunately the glare of her windshield didn't let me get that Kodak moment.

WHO HAS BEEN PAYING FOR ROMANIA?

According to the 1010 AUDIT report, ATU international has been paying for the trip to Romania. We know that is not going to happen anymore. So who is paying for the trip then? And where did the 'transit exchange' money go last time around?

GOOD PICTORIAL OF HOW FAR TRIMET HAS MOVED FROM ITS MISSION

TRIMET BUSES BREAKING DOWN LIKE YOU WOULDNT BELIEVE

I have been listening to some dispatch calls and it is unbelievable how many buses are breaking down right now.

How can the management get away with this? Somebody needs to be asking questions.

Better pay attention to what happens at FIRST TRANSIT

Don't think it can't happen here at TRIMET


Why people hate riding the TRIMET Max service

CLICK HERE!

Another Baby Bus incident appears-Canada

dailygleaner.com - Mom, baby told to get off Fredericton transit bus | By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada

Violence between transit workers

MTA worker stabbed by another transit employee during  spat in Bronx subway station: cops - NY Daily News

Sam Adams quoted on Rueters-harshest critic of "occupy movement"

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/10/us-usa-protests-mayor-idUSTRE7B90DZ20111210

Sam Schwarz

Weekly readership report

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Must see Trimet video

Max Prototype (Winter 2009) - YouTube

Freddie is back!

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/12/freddy-is-back.html

Portland Firefighters Train to Respond Efficiently to MAX Light-Rail Incidents

http://www.fdnntv.com/Portland-Firefighters-Train-Respond-MAX-Light-Rail-Incidents

Some photos

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/trimet

Totalitarian to speak

Location Announced for February Forum with TriMet GM Neil McFarlane

Rhyan Van Horn (TriMet) has finalized the location for the 2/9/12 joint luncheon between ELGL and OMFOA Development Professionals. The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. in room 1E of the State’s main office building in Portland. The room is on the first floor, accessible through the cafeteria. The address is 800 NE Oregon St, Portland, OR 97232.  Parking is metered. TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane will be the guest speaker.

Bridge lift delay on the saturday #12













Here we go again.....ANOTHER FEAR ALERT

This time Washington Square! No buses allowed in till they realize they have no actual bomb, which they always seem to find out.
But its a great excuse to roll out the police state!

David Kay



Hotseat: Public Transit Consultant Jarrett Walker

The Portland Streetcar has done a lot of good for the Pearl District, but it was introduced as a development tool, and as it was presented, it was always very clear that the emotional attraction of the vehicle itself was an important part of why we should build it. Why should we build a streetcar instead of just running a really good bus service? We’re moving into a much leaner time. We may start having different conversations about how important it is to have emotionally appealing vehicles, as opposed to creating a system that maximizes people’s personal freedom.

 Willamette Week

The only MAX ticket machine at Sunset TC that takes cash

Punkrawker rides the West Coast Express

Violence against bus drivers

Ha! Cato’s O’Toole to Detroit: Don’t Repeat Portland and Denver’s “Mistakes”

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/12/09/ha-catos-otoole-to-detroit-dont-repeat-portland-and-denvers-mistakes/

Rouge boards of directors

Leaders of the Utah Transit Authority continue to struggle with the idea that their taxpayer-supported agency exists to serve the public interest, not to provide development bonanzas for their friends, business associates and, worst of all, fellow board members.

Missing the bus | The Salt Lake Tribune

SCHOOL PASS DETAILS

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2011
Contact: Amy Ruiz, Mayor’s Office, 503-823-4799
Mary Fetsch, TriMet, 503-962-6403
Matt Shelby, PPS, 503-916-3027

BOJACK

Equitable, sustainable...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday VLOG-part 2

http://vimeo.com/33439294

Vlog-Friday-Who picked this fight?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut7WAM5fscc

Is Portland's relationship with its sexy streetcar system about to take a costly turn?

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/12/is_portlands_relationship_with.html

Four-year-old Gresham boy found safe after taking MAX trip to find mother

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Four-year-old-Gresham-boy-found-safe-after-taking/okL_9gXfdUCjc6DxBSXiEg.cspx

Dr Jeff pans TRIMET's type 4 MAX trains

Dear Type IV | TriMet Diaries

TRIMET targeting my associates?

An operator that I know pretty well is convinced that his association with me and any appearance he has on my web site leads to direct retaliation from the company.
He comes to this conclusion due to his two recent appearances and then the next day SIP's appear in his company mail.
Cause and effect?
After the first incident I considered the guy paranoid, but after the second incident, I am beginning to wonder.
Of course like most operators he is scared of losing his employment, they surely have us all thinking like slaves, you loose this job and its under the Burnside Bridge with ya!
Do people really want to live like that?

Dispatches from Twitter

MAX FAQS

Transparency

Port Authority to post employees' pay, other compensation online | The Asbury Park Press | APP.com

ATU INTERNATIONAL RESPONDS TO CHRIS DAY'S COMPLAINT

Click Here!

Jon Hunt defends Romania trip



King of the Ranters-GERALD CELENTE

Gerald Celente-oogie boogie Iran
 Gerald Celente-don't buy the bluff
Gerald Celente-Eisenhower ignored
Gerald Celente-Black Friday

Portland police catch 87 bicyclists, 4 skateboarders using downtown sidewalks during 2-hour crackdow

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/12/portland_police_catch_87_bicyc.html

Violence now 'occupational safety hazard' for bus drivers

"Driving a bus has become an occupational safety hazard, and it shouldn't be," said Clarke in the wake of recent incidents involving attacks on MCTS bus drivers.
"If you look at our airlines, you can't get to the pilot anymore. They protect the pilot. If you look at our subway systems, the drivers' (doors) are closed. You can't get to the driver. I've talked about that. I've talked about giving them defensive weapons, and it's all been pooh-poohed by the transit administration," said Clarke.

Read the story here!

Thrashing libertarians

Some Real Numbers : Center for Public Transportation

Thursday, December 8, 2011

VLOG-THURSDAY

http://vimeo.com/33388027

King County Metro + Sound Transit != TriMet

Transit Slueth
(2010)

Wanna open a business?

TriMet: Concessions Opportunities

COME TO THE BOARD MEETING AND SPEAK

STEVE FUNG SHAKES UP THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 My statement to the Trimet board of Directors on Vimeo

We are hoping that there will be more than us three present to speak directly to the TRIMET board of directors!

MAX GOES DOWN-AGAIN!

How many service disruptions have we had this week? This is unbelievable!

Due to an incident involving a MAX train and auto at NE Holladay and Grand, MAX Blue, Green and Red Line trains are disrupted. Shuttle buses will transport riders between Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center stations. Riders should expect delays.

Lake Oswego citizens repeatedly are saying ‘no’ to streetcar

Citizen testimony at public hearings ran two to one against streetcar. Email correspondence to council ran approximately three to one against streetcar. The Citizen Budget Committee voted to eliminate any streetcar/Foothills funding. Now, a professional survey of Lake Oswego citizens identified that 82 percent of the citizens think other things are more important than Streetcar. This should be more than adequate information for the mayor and his majority on the council to listen to the citizens and understand that Lake Oswego does not want this streetcar.
Story is here!

Jack Bogdanski commentary

East side streetcar goes Wapato

TOP BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Eight dead in Thai bus crash | Business Recorder
Seven killed, 22 Injured in Bus Crash in Algeria
Teenager comes to the rescue when bus driver falls asleep
School bus blown over and roads blocked by debris from 80mph storm
Privatizing of Long Island buses shows flaws in system | 7online.com
19 killed when bus hits Afghanistan mine
All news is here!

Drivers robbed punched, thugs threaten family

A Hamilton bus driver was tailed and punched by an angry motorist, while another had threats made against his family by gang members who boarded his bus late at night and demanded to be taken where they wanted.
Full story here

LOVE IT

When some of the themes I use show up in other places around the net!
Transit funding 101: no money, mo’ problems | Streetcar Named Disaster

LOW FLOORS A HAZARD?

Vendors near Ajmeri gate shouted slogans against the authorities. "The basic flaw with these buses is that its engine is on the backside due to which many a times you don't get an idea that the bus has come nearer. I think in order to avoid such accidents these buses should be banned in Jaipur. Likewise, they should have trained and skilled drivers," said Vishnu Sehajwani, a vendor.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/60-year-old-man-run-over-by-low-floor-bus-driver-arrested/articleshow/11026001.cms 

Stroke can’t beat former bus driver

http://democratherald.com/news/local/stroke-can-t-beat-former-bus-driver/article_a911c98c-20a0-11e1-8bf2-0019bb2963f4.html

FIRST TRANSIT SCREWS THINGS UP

GLTC to start looking for new management | The News & Advance

San Francisco coughs up $8M in Muni health costs

Under the old San Francisco City Charter, members of the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A were entitled to annual cash allotments from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to help pay for health, vacation and pension costs. Operators at the union could receive up to $3,000 each from those payouts.

Farewell Fareless Square

http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=132329670840488900

58 riders suffer on TRIMET's decrepit bus service

Tough commute on line 58-city center: bus breaks down SW Canyon Rd; riders get off and on new bus; then 2nd bus breaks down

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Steve Fung takes cleanliness SERIOUSLY! (unlike our management)

Steve mops the floor before his shift

Wednesday Vlog

http://vimeo.com/33330308

County’s $25M payment to TriMet looms

http://www.clackamasreview.com/news/print_story.php?story_id=132327928935558500

More on the physics of panic stopping a TriMet bus (Yep, that's one lucky bicyclist)

Allen Morgan, TriMet’s manager of operations and training, sent me an explanation of what’s at play when a driver has to take evasive action to avoid hitting a bicyclist blowing a stop sign.“Stopping distance has three variables – the time taken to recognize the hazard + reaction time+ braking distance. We also have to take into account speed and road conditions.” 

Joe Rose Blog 

"Operators collapse is not related to the sulfer smell" Uh huh....sure....

  • A headline over at the Rantings of a Transit Bus Driver blog: “DRIVER PASSES OUT DUE TO EXHUAST FUMES.” Sounds alarming. Blogger and bus driver Al Margulies reports: “An operator passed out due to a ‘sulfur smell.’” Well, yes and no, says TriMet. Here’s the email reply that spokeswoman Mary Fetsch sent in: “The operator was Cliff McGrady (note correct spelling). Riders told the operator of the smell. The operator said he did not smell the sulfur that was caused from overheating batteries. Passengers were off loaded onto another bus. The operator, with maintenance following, drove the bus back to the Merlo garage. He collapsed just outside the report area. Our safety staff believe the operator's collapse is unrelated to the sulfur smell.” 
  • Joe Rose Blog 

What kind of people apply to be a bus operator

This is from Puget Sound Operators blog, Jeff Welch, and it goes a long way in explaining why some of the people that end up working here are not exactly fit for the job:

but also because of the obvious lack of selling points: new part-time Operators are guaranteed no more than 2.5 hours per day (less than 13 hours per week), with no security regarding advancement, increases in hours, availability of desired schedule, etc. As one base chief once said to me – “What kind of profession attracts desperate people? Only desperate people would apply for the kind of job with this kind of working conditions, at least initially.” He was right. I was desperate.

We start at 12 an hour.You have to be desperate to start at 360 dollars a week at TriMet.

Bus didn't show up? Here's one possibility why..........

Due to a commercial power outage, MAX signals and switches are affected through the Rose Quarter and Union Station. Blue and Red Lines are on regular routes but are experiencing delays. Green and Yellow Line trains are looping on 5th and 6th avenues downtown and not crossing the Steel Bridge. On the eastside, Yellow Line trains are traveling between Expo Center and Rose Quarter and then east as a Green Line train to Clackamas Town Center. Shuttle buses are also transporting people from Rose Quarter to 5th and Glisan. Riders should expect delays.

Steve Fung's movie of the week

My favourite MAX driver improves my morning commute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-FEs0Lvo_0

One day before deadline, 54 of 57 streetcar riders say they’re unaware of plan to leave Free Rail Zone

Portland A-Foot

City: We’ll still accept comments on Streetcar leaving Free Rail Zone

Portland A-Foot

LIGHT RAIL SCRWED UP (again)

http://twitter.com/#!/arrivaltracker/status/144486724607803392

Westbound MAX trains delayed/halted in Lloyd District due to power outage in NW Portland

TRIMET SHOULD OFFER DIFFERENTIAL PAY TO OPERATORS

Since this agency has two distinct operator functions one of which is clearly more difficult than the other Trimet should offer differential pay for the operators doing the more difficult work.


Driver that are forced to use old equipment and have the extra distracting burden of calling stops in addition to everything else that this position requires should receive additional monetary compensation.


This company has no problem finding $390,000 to hire spies to see if we who are driving the old antique equipment are calling the stops, but the company doesn't have the smarts to realize that for the same amount of money they could have equipped all the buses with automated technology.


Trimet calls itself a leader in technology, unfortunately for the transit division the technology has very little to do with operating a bus.

Witnessing the debacle of the WILLOW CREEK ART SUPPLIES CATASTROPHE of yesterday, it is obvious how pathetically unprepared and unmanageable this organization has become, god help us if there is ever a real emergency.

Milwaukie Council wants say in light-rail bridge

http://www.oregoncitynewsonline.com/news/story.php?story_id=132323328247979600

DAN CHRISTENSEN ANNOUNCES RUN FOR VP ATU757

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

http://vimeo.com/33268352

TriMet will decide the fate of Boring Wednesday

http://www.sandypost.com/news/story.php?story_id=132321921380647800

SHUT DOWN MAX-HIJACK BUSES-THOUSANDS INCONVENIENCED-WHY?


DO WE LIVE IN A HYSTERICAL COUNTRY OR WHAT?

FEAR ALERT AT WILLOW CREEK!

JEFF ACKERSON FRACTURES HIS WRIST

When he slipped on this diesel fuel at the Beaverton Transit Center
Willow creek bomb turned out to b cardboard box

67 riders abandoned

One 67 bus broke down, another was hijacked for the stupid Willow Creek art supplies hysteria. People were left out freezing. Should we be surprised? Not me!

Drunk Hooker on MAX pt. 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgDP22lgNUA

Stealthwaveraptor!

TRIMET BLUE LIGHT TRAIN --- MARSHAL LAW -- POLICE STATE -- NWO. 11-30-11
TRIMET LIGHT RAIL TRAIN -- NWO BLUE LIGHTS POLICE STATE 11-26-11

Toy Run Trimet Bus Barn crowd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW8e1H-NKOU

Pinky 9 Fingers Giggin On Tri Met Max

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAxtl8zgZdU

Woman beats her cheating boyfriend on transit

http://youtu.be/OBZwDjocX14

Transitioning from Part to Full Time Operator

JEFF WELCH FROM PUGET SOUND OPERATORS

BIKE CUTS OFF BUS-SLOWED DOWN BIKE APPEARANCE



Story HERE!


TriMet video shows bus make 'panic stop' to avoid stop sign-running bicyclist in Portland's Old Town | OregonLive.com

COOL BUS CHANNEL 18

ATU 757 - YouTube

(The board of "drektors" haha!)

OH MY GOD-START THE SUSPENSION PROCESS!


Mike Rigsby
Driver stopped before the stop due to traffic. Then bitched at passenger for not walking up to him from actual stop.
To which our lovely pencil neck geeks sitting behind desks pretending they are important responded:
TriMet's reply: "Please report the operator of 5468 to Customer Service. Our operators are not supposed to encourage passengers to enter traffic.
Enter traffic? WTF? I think I know what the complainer was talking about, where the bus stops a few car lengths before the stop (like at a traffic light) because there are cars in the way waiting at the light, & so the driver waves the passengers forward to board so they don't have to stop twice. Which I think makes sense if the passengers are able to walk to the bus (I could see that not working if there's someone in a wheelchair, for example). But how did that get spun into the driver asking people to enter traffic?!

ANALYSIS OF THE CRIPPLED LABOR MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES

Massive labor strikes hit the UK; US next? - YouTube

BUS SHELTERS TRASHED IN SALEM

Vandals cause 'thousands of dollars' of damage to Salem bus shelters, businesses and vehicles | OregonLive.com

BUS DRIVER CAUGHT IN CROSS FIRE

Argument sparks shooting, MARTA driver injured - CBS Atlanta 46

INNOVATION IN BUS OPERATIONS

Building a Better Bus Route, With No Defined Stops - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

HUH?

Each year TriMet’s Creative Services staff participates in a team building session to celebrate and support the concepts of usabililty. This year they competed in the Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (CHIFOO)’s 2011 Usability Hunt.  It’s part of World Usability Day that was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals’ Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. Each year, on the second Thursday of November, over 200 events are organized in over 43 countries around the world to raise awareness for the general public, and train professionals in the tools and issues central to good usability research, development and practice. TriMet had two team entries (TriMetUXers and TMCreates) in the local CHIFOO’s contest and team TriMetUXers took first place with 34 out of 38 points. See the results and read more here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

MARS MAKES 30 YEARS AT TRIMET

One day before deadline, 54 of 57 streetcar riders say they’re unaware of plan to leave Free Rail Zone

PORTLAND A-FOOT

MAX voices

MAX FAQS

The Good Guys-Honoring the Epic Drivers Who Go the Extra Mile

After all, drivers are the lifeblood of the system. There wouldn't be anything to ride or use without them. They deserve a little bit back.

 That One Portland Transit Activist Kid: The Good Guys-Honoring the Epic Drivers Who Go the Extra Mile

MARK YOUR CALANDARS-SHOW UP AND SPEAK AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING DECEMBER 14


Some of us are tiring of the abusive work environment that has been designed by our management.
The union is only helpful with grievances, they are no help at all when it comes to our working conditions.
Let's make sure our board of directors is aware of our feelings.
MacFarlane is twisting the facts, its time we set the board straight!
We have a right to speak to the board of directors, the company cannot penalize us for speaking our mind.

Show up at the Portland Building on December 14 9 AM and sign up to address the board on the issue you feel is being ignored.!

City of Portland Building, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 

VLOG-Monday

PART 1
PART 2

Kids blogging their Trimet adventures

http://trimetw.wordpress.com/

Portland students keep bus passes

TriMet YouthPass program, seen as key for many Portland students, gets reprieve | OregonLive.com
 City, TriMet, PPS near agreement to continue YouthPass (updated) | Portland Afoot

DRIVER PASSES OUT DUE TO EXHUAST FUMES

An operator passed out due to a "sulfur smell".
His name was Cliff M******.

More on the CTran accident

Woman struck, killed in Vancouver bus crash | kgw.com Portland

Several streetcar assumptions wrong

Portland Tribune

I wonder why the State of Oregon doesn't inspect TRIMET buses for violations?

LI Bus checks wreak havoc on riders

HOW TO ENFORCE FARES WITHOUT POLICE

TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is defending the need to keep the Transit Police service even though a big part of the force's job – enforcing fare payment – should all but vanish when fare gates and smart cards come to the transit system.

BCLocalNews.com - Transit Police still needed but role changing: CEO

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TRANSIT BUS KILLS 5 YEAR OLD-heart wrenching story

"Everyone's walking around with their iPods, not hearing what's going on around them," Lacoursière said. "People don't look around. They are all living in their own bubble."
Lacoursière said city bus accidents are no more common than accidents involving other vehicles. Isabelle Tremblay, a spokesperson for the STM, refused to comment about the accident, except to extend her condolences to the family.

(notice the rational explanation rather than the demonizing of  the transit worker)

Bronx Man Charged With Assaulting City Bus Driver - NY1.com

STORY HERE!

What do TRIMET managers actually do?

Portland, Ore.-based TriMet says it has selected CH2M Hill provide on-call construction management services for the Portland to Milwaukie light rail transit extension project. The 7.3-mile, $1.4 billion project will connect Portland State University in downtown Portland with southeast Portland, Milwaukie, and north Clackamas County.

trimet_logo_2009.jpgEnglewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill will provide construction, procurement and management, and risk analysis and management services, TriMet says. The company will also review construction proposals, conduct change order analysis, provide quality assurance and quality control, and lead safety and field inspections.
http://www.railwayage.com/breaking-news/trimet-chooses-manager-for-lrt-project-3774.html

Stacy & Witbeck always get their cut of the $$$

Each level of bureaucracy takes its "administration fee" off the top:
Click here!

Interesting map of road casualties across the country

http://map.itoworld.com/road-casualties-iframe-usa

COMPLAINT

http://twitter.com/#!/DoctorTink/status/143571886989770753
just saw a max operator with headphones on listening to music. 
10pm skidmorefountain/Gresham bound/ trains #216/ #213
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It just so happens that I have reliable information about this operator, he is one of the most senior operators on the MAX line.
The explanation of the "headphones" is that they are EAR MUFFS.
It gets COLD in the driver compartments in the trains, so he wears them.
Notice how the complaint says "listening to music". That is a perfect example of how someone would EMBELLISH a complaint. How would anybody know what the person is listening to?

But above all, we see just how poisonous the public atmosphere is towards transit workers. The public just can't wait to 'inform' on us.

It's sickening what has happened to transit workers in this city, pathetic, just how much more can we take?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The mother in the baby bus incident provides an incident report to Trimet (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3j0ELih35k

Union meeting synopsis

The following synopsis is what I heard at the meeting. As with any event which is recalled later from notes, there may be other perceptions of what happened. These are the most memorable events from today’s meeting. I don’t report anything specific since the union is so paranoid about the public/management getting a hold of any information.

I believe one of the reasons the union movement in this country is doing so poorly is because unions have indeed become a ‘secret society’. And that’s how the public view unions, as something more or less ‘devious’ that works in ‘secret’. If unions would actually include the public in the process it would be easier to get public support when dealing with issues that ultimately affect the public.

I’ve always had a tremendous respect for Jon Hunt after watching him conduct a union meeting.
Obviously a brilliant man, too bad things have gone so astray for him this past year.
He can function under the most extreme stress it appears, you would never know that the man was having such a bad couple of weeks watching him in action.

The first item was the issue of recording of meetings; they are very worried about being recorded, enough that Sandy Guengrich actually made a motion that all cell phones should be turned into Evette.
Motion failed something like 50-4.

First Transit is following the lead of Neil Macfarlane and lying about events that occur in its dispute with its unionized employees. The management over there refuses to return phone calls are among the unethical behavior being used in that dispute. An Unfair Labor Practice lawsuit is planned.

There were several arbitration's that resulted in members receiving full back pay.

The next picket at MacFarlanes house is scheduled for November 19th.

Jon did indeed serve the 4 days in jail, and he did that over the holiday. The news report that he did not was wrong.

Regarding Macfarlanes latest attempt to bully the union, Jon Hunt has sent a response over to Trimet about that. Again we have Macfarlane playing ‘bully boy’ and making decisions on his own without abiding by past practice and labor law. Nothing unusual about that, he is as anti union as Scott Walker although he pretends via internal posts that he is not. His actions betray his words.

Al Thomas got up and gave a speech in defense of Jon Hunt criticizing the members who are attacking him.

A member attacked Evette harshly, another member defended her.

The biggest surprise of the meeting was another PREFERRING OF CHARGES was filed against Jon Hunt.
Apparently this is based on his DUI conviction while on union business and using a union vehicle.

Jeff Ackerson made a passionate speech about honoring the process of charges and keeping it out of the management’s eye. This was in response to his witnessing the latest charges that ended up being published in the Oregonian being “left around tables” at the Merlo garage.

Jon sees nothing wrong with his trip to Romania, its in the "contract". I know there are other people that agree with that point of view.
We have all found out that a "contract" can indeed be violated (TRIMET?)
and just because something is in a contract why do you have to actually abide by that clause?

Personally I think Jon shows very bad judgement by going to Romania right now. It's of no real value obviously and another complete waste of tax payers money.
Evette got one up on Jon when he referred to "we made the decision" and she cut in and said "who made the decision?" Jon had to say "I made the decision".

C-TRAN CONDUCTING WAR AGAINST ITS DRIVERS

C-tran with 2 very disturbing terminations! Both were obviously not the drivers fault yet they were terminated! C-Tran drivers beware of your management!

In one case somebody in a mobility device rolled the device onto the lift, (battery was dead) the driver asked if he was ready, the person said yes, and the driver proceeded to bring up the lift. The guy fell backwards off the lift. They blamed it on the driver and terminated him.

In the other case a chair with attendant and woman on a walker boarded the bus. The attendant always puts the straps on the chair. The driver proceeds to leave the stop and a vehicle turns from the left lane into a right turn. Driver puts on the brakes and the woman with the walker "falls" (actually leans) into the wheelchair and ends up with a bruise. C-Tran fired the driver for not actually checking to see if the straps on the wheelchair were properly hooked. (Bizzare)
They would not pull the DVR for some reason.

ATU 757 CHARTER MEETING TODAY AT 3 PM

3645 SE 32ND AVE

GERMAN VS AMERICAN TRANSIT

What we can learn from German public transit - The Washington Post

This sums up my saturday split shift







Saturday, December 3, 2011

Figures screwed up in 'secret shopper' evaluation

I keep looking at this 'secret rider' stuff and it looks like I got my math completely wrong.

The contract is for 5 years, not one year, so the rides are actually less than I thought.

The total contract was still for $297,500 which buys a heck of a lot of recording devices and a whole heap a bunch of call stop electronics at $200 each.

It's still bullshit no matter how you look at it!

MAX vs car, 18th & Morrison.