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Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TriMet Gillig Low Floor Bus with BRT Appearance Package

New Buses?

http://www.portlandtransituser.com/

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

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

A well-maintained, customer-friendly bus fleet

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

Long Island blogger pal PINE POWER under attack by you tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iij6JBIDAE

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

PATTI AND TERRY SHOW UP!
 CARAL
 STEVE BANTA PRESENTS OPERATIONS REPORT
 FRED MAKES HIS REPORT
 SAMATHA TURNS UP THE HEAT ON TRIMET MGMT
 TRANSIT ADVOCATE JASON BARBOUR SPEAKS ABOUT FARE LESS SQUARE
 Mild civil disobedience at TRIMET board meeting - YouTube
What was I ranting about 2 1/2 years ago?
 WILLY the MOOR
 ACTING STATION MGT SUNSET BOB CONTACTED BY MEDIA
 BOB CHECKS OUT OVERHEATED BUS

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

Here is a guy that molested who knows (DOZENS)  how many young boys and his bail is $100k.
I seem to remember another story, local, where the person was charged with fondling a minor, what was his bail? $500k?
Is there justice in the land of the free?
HELL NO!

RUMOR MILL

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

Presidential Timber Kindling. Sawdust. Charcoal.

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


 http://fredoneverything.net/Romney.shtml

TOP BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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“Smart” card for SF parking, taxis and maybe Muni in the works | City Insider | an SFGate.com blog
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Complete roundup of international bus news is atNATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUS NEWS REPORTS

Bus union to fight firing of swearing driver

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

STORY HERE! 

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

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

Riding the 20

http://trimetdiaries.com/2011/11/riding-the-20/

Not much ballyhoo over this pedestrian death-unlike Trimet's Sandi Day

Sober drivers rarely prosecuted in fatal pedestrian crashes in Oregon | OregonLive.com

Felon on TriMet Bus: Passed Out w/Gun in Waistband

http://pdxtraffic.blogspot.com/2011/11/oregon-city-police-arrest-felon-on.html

Tuesday VLOG-part 2

MAX FAQS

APACU

VLOG FOR TUESDAY

Henry B

Mr. Hunt
In our last communication (about 2 months ago), this was your last comments, “our citation to particulates and equipment below indicate that you are asserting that operators are being exposed to pollution, in addition to be forced to drive dirty buses.

TRIMET SUPER HERO

Henry B

Mr. Hunt and everyone else.
 “We” need a change now; Trimet has hit a new low, “falsifying” video.  “We” need to change how data packs are gathered, and receive a copy of any video used against “us”.  There needs to be a paper trail when the data pack is requested for use against an operator, there needs to be no gap in time, from point a to point b.  This doesn’t allow time for tampering.  Some of our shop stewards know about this, please let the rest know.  Operator’s make sure you request a copy of the video at the time of a meeting, again, so there is no gapes in time, for tampering.  We also need to change a policy that says, “Once a case is closed that there can be no reopening for the purpose of disciplinary action”.  “We” need to get these things changed so that “every” brother and sister is protected against this type of situation.
ThanksHenry.