Friday, November 18, 2011

The true story of a BUS DRIVER fired by the press

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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!

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


Where is $57 million going to come from?

From "How we Roll" blog:

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.

Lets look at some facts:

All low floor busses have air conditioning and about 33 non low floor busses (2100s) have air conditioning. This means about 200 buses are not low floor buses.

TriMet states that they will receive 55 new low floor air conditioned buses in fall of 2012. In 2013 they will receive another 14 buses making a total of 69 buses.

This leaves about 131 buses that are not low floors. At a price of $440,000.00 that would be a total of $57,640,000.00.

Where is TRIMET planning to get $57+ million dollars in the next two years?

And does anybody have any idea what this means:

That’s why, using grant funding and debt service, we’re replacing 55 of our oldest buses in 2012. (from "how we roll' blog)

Debt service? What in the world does that mean anyway?

Baby bus driver (Claudine) tells me her side of the baby story