Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Don't forget to check in on these kids

TriMet Wednesday | See where it takes you…


Drivers under the microscope

Unhappy Driver | TriMet Diaries

Boston's MBTA still cheap to ride but in budget crunch

Scenario I is a 43 percent increase in fares —from $1.70 to $2.40 for subway and trolleys, and $1.25 to $1.75 for buses

 T riders, pick your poison -

Even Muni doesn't make the cut when it comes to transit

Despite San Francisco's long-entrenched Transit First policy, nearly 2 in 3 trips in the city are made by car.

Eleven charts that explain what's wrong with America.

It's the Inequality, Stupid | Mother Jones

Editorial: Bad investment




Staten Island teen Amanda Cummings kills self by jumping in front of bus after being bullied


Lake Oswego Streetcar Plan Dropped in Favor of Moontrain

We thought Portlanders might want to go to Lake Oswego,” said Adams, “it turns out we’ve been wrong about that for over two decades. The feedback we’re getting is that no one really wants to go to Lake Oswego at all. Well I know where they really want to go and we’re going to build a streetcar that will get them there.”


TUESDAY (thanks)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Milwaukie TC Misses the Memo!

Apparently they didn't get the memo from Erik! These are BUS STOPS with MAX-style AMENITIES!

... and yet, I'm sure he'll still find something....................

¡New Vinyl Seats!

Henry and I caught a 75 with a full set of new seats. One thing that the video doesn't note is that the seats in the rear of the bus were not padded -- making them slightly less comfortable than the previous carpet seats. I like the pattern (lack thereof), though!

61500 rode free

TriMet gave 61,500 New Year's Eve revelers free rides Saturday night |

Neil wishes everyone a happy and successful new year

My best wishes to everyone at TriMet for a happy and successful new year. I hope your holidays were grand.

The new year brings a chance to refresh the work we do, and how we do it. Certainly the coming year's budget challenges will require it -- but thinking anew is part of what each New Year milestone should bring us.
I continue to appreciate the challenges put in front of us in the 5 year strategic plan -- and know that if we succeed in those areas -- we'll be doing well.  Recall the three major areas:
  1. Focus on the customer (including safety and excellent customer service)
  2. Ensure Financial Stability (not just a balanced but this year -- but a future of balanced budgets ahead of us)
  3. Partnerships for Transit Growth -- this is how we have built TriMet into a national model -- but more is asked of us every day.
I'm looking forward to the year ahead and working with all of you on this plan.

Again, happy new year to you all.  


Life of transit bus drivers

Safety concerns grow for Detroit bus drivers | News - Home

Waste in transit

MTA drivers allowed to sit in garages, play chess and watch TV while getting paid during holiday -

The police State

Does This Make You Feel Safe? | TriMet Diaries

Monday, January 2, 2012

You gotta see this

Many of them will sit there for hours, waiting for a bus that never comes, but convinced they left the oven on in the apartment they haven’t lived in for sixty years.
"You can't rely on rational arguments with dementia sufferers," Richard Neureither from a home in Duesseldorf told TV station NTV. "You have to enter into their reality."

Read the full story here!

Where the readers from?

New proposal for Lake Oswego-Portland transit

Why people think TriMet's fares are convoluted

How to find the correct fare, the TriMet way:

Look at this map.  Figure out where you are.  Figure out where you are going.  Read the instructions below.  (Don't mind the Validator that's in the way.  Bend your neck as needed.)

How to find the correct fare, the Erik way:

"All Adult Passengers boarding WES at this stop MUST purchase an All-Zone Fare.

Youth ages 7-17, high school and GED students may use a Youth fare.

Honored Citizens, ages 65 and up, people on Medicare and disabled citizens, may use an Honored Citizen fare.

Children ages 6 and under ride free with a paying rider."

(And, the TVM should not allow any other option...and the sign should be on the front of the machine, or at least on an open side that is clearly visible.)

Free Rides New Years Eve...what's the catch?

Except that:

1.  New Year's Eve was on Saturday.  WES doesn't run on Saturdays.

2.  WES doesn't operate after 8:00 PM.  The last train of the day leaves Tualatin at 7:52 PM and arrives in Wilsonville at 8:02 PM.  So...if you can somehow board the train just two minutes north of the Wilsonville station stop, then you can ride those two minutes for free.

3.  Even if you left Wilsonville for Portland to celebrate...then what would you do?  SMART did not run any service at all on New Year's Eve, doesn't run at all on you'd have to pay for a very expensive taxi ride back home to Wilsonville.

What are those boxes under the seats on the MAX trains? / What's that buzzing sound?


Somebody fakes fireworks at MAX train (via facebook)

Huge transit bus crash in Maryland

County may look at health impacts of bus transfers

Re-route on the 67-filmed by a rider

Word Press gives MAX FAQS a glitzy year end report!
(to bad blogger doesn't do that)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

15 passenger relates the story of an accident

Funny-Bit-of-Meaningless-Trivia: SO! Its 4:35 pm and my daughter and I are on the 17 bus line, coming home from having our necks and backs adjusted from my great Chiropractor, Dr. Mark Walsh, and picking up my Thyroid medicine from my Naturopathic Dr. Marz, after having lunch together and hanging out. The bus is going South on 21st avenue, in NW. Right there on Marshall, this crazy woman in a whit...e SUV runs a stop sign and the bus swipes the back end of her vehicle. Made quite a loud sound and the driver slams on the breaks. Pulls into the church there, (I think there's a church there) but the bus end is blocking traffic. Technically, THAT makes it a police matter. So, exercising my right to engage my civic duty, I call 911 and tell them of the car/bus collision and that the East/west bound lane of traffic is now blocked. Then after about 15 of the 20 people on the bus leave like rats jumping from a sinking ship, me, my daughter and the other 3 or 4 good souls stay on and fill out the little forms, giving our vital statistics and explaining what we saw. My daughter was all ready to hang the poor woman who got swiped and told me how I should fill out the form but I had not technically seen this woman run the stop sign. I think it was a combination of the bus driver and the car driver, (both women) thinking they had waited long enough and then both accelerating at around the same time, an understandable accident. I explained what I saw and tried to be honest, while Amelia berated me for not hanging the (old woman) in the car, who had collided with the (old woman) driving the bus. But I had to hold on to my ideals and my understanding of accidents AND the law. Theresa Griffin-Kennedy

What ever happened to the electric car?

Click here for the history of the electric car

Most read posts of 2011

As most readers know, I post many things of interest to this blog, there are thousands of posts.
Most of my posts generate between 5-20 viewings, but there are some posts that generate 50-several thousand viewings. I was going to list all the most widely viewed posts of 2011 but I only made it to April 3rd before my eyes gave out. If I get motivated I may try to finish the job but its very tedious and there are other things I'd rather be looking at. Some of the posts that were most widely viewed were surprising however, this is the first time I have looked at viewings per post going all the way back to the beginning of the year. Anyway, if your interested these are the most widely viewed posts of last year up to April 3

The World's Most Beautiful Subway Stations

12 Most Innovative Bus Stop Concepts

The life of a transit bus driver is no ride in the park

Another driver said he gets sworn at all the time just for following the bus route.
"This mother gets on the bus with a child in a stroller and another kid.
She asked if I was turning right on Arlington Street. I said no," he recalled. "She started yelling, ‘F— a—, I phoned 311 and they told me your f— bus was turning at Arlington.’ I told her again that I was going straight.
She called me a f— a— again and told me, ‘You don’t know what the f— you’re doing.’ " Said yet another driver: "I’ll never forget some of the things people say or do to me. Stuff like that really sticks with you."


Eugene bus driver nabs bank robber

Bolivia's "death road"

Glad I wasn't working yesterday

Packed bus -

January 1, 2012

Dear Santa: I know you are up at the North Pole resting.Can I ask for one more favor? Please don't let the man in the wheel chair at 28th and Sandy get on the bus today.After he peed himself and on the floor, he deboarded at 16th/Sandy.As Bill Murray said in Caddy Shack,"He stiffed me"on the fair as well.

A walk on Portland's NW23/21 ave -New years eve

Saturday, December 31, 2011


Happy New Years

What/where is this?

Live MAX train broadcast here

Supervisors in Pow Wow in preparation of new years eve

Happy New Year

Steve Fung no longer the face of Trimet

Happy new year-be happy we don't drive buses here

VIDEO - Gunmen shooting into a Philadelphia Septa Bus | 2 Video Newscasts FoxPhillyNews - YouTube

Crazy rider alerts

6:26 AM:
#52 #67 #76 #78 52nd, 67th, 78th, 76th. PCC buses, the gates are closed for
the holiday. Will be open again on Tuesday. Use your gate closure reroutes.
6:41 AM:
#52 #67 Lines 52 & 67. The gates to PCC are open. Regular route into
#76 #78 78th, 76th. PCC buses, the gates are closed for the holiday. Will be
open again on Tuesday. Use your gate closure reroutes.
7:21 AM:
#76 #78 UPDATE. Line 76, 78. PCC Sylvania gates are open Today. Please
follow regular route. thank you.
Also note that Line 44, which serves the Sylvania campus, is not included
but Line 76, which doesn't serve any campus, is (but may have been included
due to interlining).

The joys of being a bus driver.....


Catching up with TriMet's hit-and-run bus driver |


12 Most Innovative Bus Stop Concepts

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nope-It was no rumor

 Yet another bus driver with superior intelligence. Good job HR!

TriMet bus driver suspected of shoplifting | Portland

Happy New Year



Hanley, who started his career driving a bus in Brooklyn in the 1970s, cited a case in 2004 where a driver in Oregon was killed when her bus rolled over her after she didn’t properly set her brake. She was running behind schedule and was racing to get to a bathroom, according to news reports. 

 Metrobus drivers say tight schedules don’t leave enough room for bathroom breaks - The Washington Post


A driver was arrested for shop lifting while on duty at Clackamas Town Center.
The bus was left running while the driver was taken to jail.

Lionel Rampant for Grand Poobah of the Local Union of Water Buffalos


Joe Rose top 10

Read it here!

Hell on wheels

It's Virtually impossible to communicate to the world exactly what some TriMet drivers have to put up with during heavy downpours at night driving a TriMet antique.

These old buses, with windshield wipers that can drive you insane. They are so noisy and clunky that when you hit a red light you have to turn them off, or you have to keep adjusting the speed. 

And the noise, the bus is rattling like a something you would see in a horror movie.

The rain is leaking through the body. 

The mirrors and windows are so full of water that forms into tiny little balls, you make turns 'blind" because you can't see anything out there!

The windows are fogged because the defrosters are useless.

You can't even see where you are going never mind actually attempt to call the stops!
(watch out though, a TriMet spy may be on board)

The seat so uncomfortable, your back is hurting you.

It really is hell on wheels. 

(Wait till they make us put chains on without any snow)


Attention all Oregon state taxpayers

Through our tax system, the State of Oregon gives each tax-paying Oregonian a $50 gift. But you can't keep it. Instead, you must either pay it back in state taxes -- or donate it to a qualified political campaign or cause.

To put it another way: By donating $50 to a political campaign of your choice, you can reduce your taxes or increase your refund by that same $50 (assuming you pay at least $50 in taxes). That's right: it's a full 100% credit, not a deduction. Better yet, if you are married, the state allows a $100 credit. I know that's small change for the Koch brothers, but it's an opportunity for the rest of us to have our say too.

For more information, check out the Oregon Department of Revenue web site:

For your information, Suzanne Bonamici for Congress, Jobs With Justice, Move to Amend, and The Other 98% gets my donations this year.

Thursday, December 29, 2011



Very strange Trimet rider alert

#53 Line 53 is detoured: Regular route to blah bhal bhal bhalblah...

Where is the MAX train that crashed at Expo?

It appears that it is still out of service!


Deason v. TriMet :: March, 2011 :: Oregon Court of Appeals Decisions :: Oregon Case Law :: US Case Law :: US Law :: Justia


Miller v. Tri-Met :: February, 2011 :: Oregon Court of Appeals Decisions :: Oregon Case Law :: US Case Law :: US Law :: Justia

Did you know..............

267.130 Additional compensation prohibited. No officer or employee of the
district shall offer, solicit or accept money or any other thing of value as
a consideration, in addition to the salary paid the officer or employee by
the district, for services performed within the scope of the official duties
of the officer or employee. [1969 c.643 §13; 1971 c.23 §8]

Finalists for the world wide sustainable transit award

ITDP | Institute for Transportation and Development Policy : Get Involved : Sustainable Transport Award : Finalists

The police state presence on Trimet

TriMet: News Release - TriMet reports increase in citations and fare revenue since move to fare enforcement

Scene from the movie "The Hunted" featuring a bus made up to look like a MAX train

Local Funding for Public Transportation Operations: Producing Inequitable Results?

The Transport Politic


Maryland Bus Crash Kills 1, Hurts Several

Portland Transport on the LO streetcar

The Non-intuitive Math of the Lake Oswego Streetcar

Argument to keep the free rail zone

Downtown's economy thrives on rails

Stalking Trimet

Suspect accused of sex abuse followed PSU student off MAX train and into university restroom, court records say |

Director of Operations for TriMet’s WES

Click Here!
Commuter Rail Operations 1125|Director II Jeffrey S Lowe $151,801.47 $13,062.48 See note 1 $164,863.95


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jack Bogdanski commentary

The O says, "Kill the Lake O. streetcar"

They said it the day after Christmas, when nobody would notice, but still -- they said it.
When even the O is against something shiny and Goldschmidtty, you know it's a screaming waste of money. The nattering nabobs on the Lake O. City Council can keep pushing this for Homer Williams if they like -- they may soon be rewarded by getting to spend a lot more time with their families.

JackPortlandia got the right idea


Cut 10 percent off the salaries of your top 100 paid employees, you save over $1M. $5M in cuts can be done

With that amount of admin, why not set an "internal efficiencies" goal of cutting $5 million?

You have over 70 people with salaries over $100K, and 200 people getting more than $100K in total compensation

I am a bus rider. Fares keep going up and your service keeps going down. Please don't cut any more buses, cut management/admin jobs.

Remember the driver that collapsed after driving?

Passengers noticed something strange smelling in the bus so dispatch had the driver take the bus back to the garage. The smell turned out to be a battery problem. The driver collapsed when he walked into the garage. The Trimet "safety team" told Joe Rose that his collapsing had nothing to do with the "battery problem.
Apparently that driver is still away from work.

Watch Kim Jong-il’s Can’t-Look-Away Bizarre Funeral

 Kim Jong-il funeral: Hysteria as cortege moves through Pyongyang snow - YouTube
 Funeral for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il begins on streets of Pyongyang 28-12-11 - YouTube

Portland A-Foot

Our December podcast: The Money Episode | Portland Afoot

Transit Commuter Tax Benefit Will Be Slashed Almost In Half January 1



Do you think public transportation should be free? Would this help the city be 'progressive'? : Portland


Stranded passengers sue NYC transit agency -

How does the cost of a car compare to the cost of Trimet?

Employee complaints

Ok so sick of some of the white shirts here at this fuckin company do they not remember what it is like to be a driver aparently not because they regulary and consistantly treat us like we are just scumbags and all we want to do is get out of work and nreak all the rules. Mabye remember what it was like when you were in these sboes with mngt regulary fucking us ebery which way come on people you people will suffer every which way we xo when it all comes down too it you people are no better tban us so its about time you start acting like it fuck just fucking disgusted by all the bullshit at this company (name removed)

Red Lines and Ticking Clocks: U.S. War Plans Against Iran

Here we go again.

Wars don’t just happen.
Before the first bomb falls disinformation specialists prepare the ground.
Leading media outlets, foreign policy journals and a plethora of think tanks funded by elite foundations, energy and weapons’ conglomerates, “right,” “left” or “center” take your pick, churn out war propaganda disguised as “analysis.”
From the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to the neoliberal Center for American Progress (CAP), rhetorical skirmishes aside, the line is remarkably similar.
Indeed, for “conservative” and “liberal” elite bloviators alike, Iran poses an “existential threat” to Israel and America’s regional “allies,” a disparate crew of land-grabbing colonizers, murderous princes and profligate potentates

A Christmas card wish list

Monday VLOG


Monday, December 26, 2011

Trimet good deeds

Steve Fung's movie of the week

Christmas week in Portland - YouTube

Pull the plug on the Lake Oswego Streetcar |


Dan Christensen hits the campaign trail

End Of A Long Day - BusDriverDan -


Ms Tan said: "This is especially so for bus captains, upon whom the core of our business depends on."
Ms Tan reiterated that "special measures have been put in place" to ensure the bus drivers are not overworked. On average, its bus drivers work about nine hours each day, she said.
In recent weeks, there have been accidents involving public buses as well as news reports about bus drivers who lost their way. A female passenger is also in a coma after a bus captain allegedly hit the brakes abruptly, causing her to fall and hit her head. 

Full story is here!

More information on board member Sweitzer and her illegal parking lot

Updated post is here!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Executive bus driver restroom at Washington Square 

Christmas Card Wish at Gresham Transit Center

Take a ride on Jenkis road during christmas

When bus driver's strike

York transit strike goes nowhere fast

Readership this week

Friday-Monday Leave Act

Transit Manager: FMLA Abuse and Transit Operations

Why I Quit the Union – Part 1: The Last Straw

Puget Sound Operators Blog

A couple of good articles via Jeff Welch

Transit Manager blog
Human Transit: on unacceptable behavior
Day in the Life - Transit Operator - YouTube

Lane County bus santa

Does Santa drive a city bus? Sometimes

Confusing riders

#52 Due to gate closure, buses will not serve PCC Rock Creek until December 27. Transfer to line 67 for service north of 185th.  (huh?)

I wonder if anybody in management actually is aware that the gates are indeed open at PCC rock Creek.
The innner gate is closed but not the outer gate which allows access to our bus stop.

Trimet rider

A TriMet Rider: Hahaha! TriMet, you liars! I read that news articl...: Hahaha! TriMet, you liars! I read that news article and it said PORTLAND was #1 for transit, not TriMet alone!

Preferring Of Charges Facts and Questions:

Fact #1 – On November 30, 2011 a Preferring of Charges towards President Jonathan Hunt was signed by more than ten (10) members in good standing and submitted to ATU757 office. The charges were in writing and were specific. This was submitted at least thirty eight (38) days before the scheduled January 8, 2012 Union Meeting.
Fact #2 – On December 4, 2011 a Preferring of Charges towards President Jonathan Hunt was presented to President Jonathan Hunt and Financial Secretary Evette Farra (received a copy for the office) at the schedule Meeting. These charges were in writing; they were specific and were signed by more than ten (10) members in good standing in the L.U. or J.C. This was submitted at least thirty five (35) days before the scheduled January 8th, 2012 Union Meeting.
Fact #3 – As of December 24, 2011 at 3:00pm there was no postings of either charges at Center Street Garage Transportation Drivers Room Union Board or on ATU757’s website.
Fact #4 – On page 114 and 115 of Amalgamated Transit Union Constitution and General Laws and located online at is section 22.3 The Preferring of Charges.

Question #1 – If all the components of section 22.3 is not met can the charges be presented at the January 8, 2012 Union Meeting?
Question #2 – What stops two Preferring of Charges towards an officer that was in writing; that was specific; each was signed by more than ten (10) members in good stand of a L.U. or J.C. and was submitted with more than thirty (30) days before the January 8, 2012?
Question #3 – Is it not the duty of all officers to assure contemporaneously notice is provide to all members? (It was not done. Why?)
Question #4 – Is this not a clear example of how our officers are not assuring that our constitutional rights are being followed and protected?

Friday, December 23, 2011


Post card from the Edge

This was my view on my way home on the train tonight.

Last time I looked I didn't go on 'Hildago'

 #44 #52 #67 #78 Buses will not serve the PCC Sylvania Main Campus through Tuesday, December 27. Board buses on SW 49th at Hildalgo.

Peacock Lane tour

New fare box busted? Don't call us!

They have installed "refurbished" but the supervisors cannot fix them so don't call in, write a work card.  Unbelievable!
Stay off W Burnside!

Larry Hanley

A Holiday Message from International President Larry Hanley

Like all of you, I will be gathering with my family and friends during the holiday season.  During times like these I have the greatest appreciation for the work we do as a Union. I don’t have to look any further than the people that I love and care for to find the inspiration I need to do what I do.
I know it’s the same for you. They are the reason we put up with the long hours and inevitable frustrations of union work. They are the ones we fight for. They are the ones to whom we hope to give a better life. And because of them, I think there is no better work that we could do on the face of this earth.
I want to thank each and every one of you for all that you do for your members and for the Union. And I look forward to continuing to fight the good fight with you in the coming New Year.
Larry Hanley
International President

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jason Mchuff gives his point of view on the TriMet budget

My thoughts on TriMet: the budget and more

Thursday VLOG

It looks like route 84 will be gone sooner than Boring

TriMet: Public hearing to obtain comment on petition for withdrawal of the Boring, Oregon, area from the TriMet District

Mary Festch with Christmas scarf

Building shit that citizens don't really need

New TriMet bridge begins to take shape | Portland

Who decked this bus out?


Ridership drops?

According to the latest chart it does
But the press release shows bus riders and max riders up?
Oh yea, they use statistics from A YEAR AGO!

Watch out!

The signal timing at Hillsboro Transit Center (HTC) has raised concerns about potential conflicts between TriMet buses exiting the HTC and westbound MAX trains approaching the platform.

Transit maintenance hub planned for Wilsonville

Trimet celebrates its first year of its latest boondoggle

TriMet: News Release - Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge – 1 year milestone



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More stuff that Trimet management can't do

TriMet UIC and Stormwater Program Support, Merlo Garage Stormwater Management Plan, TRI-MET

WES advertising

TriMet: Ride WES | Funnelbox Production Studios

Wednesday Vlog

Part 1
Part 2

Safety is a value (equipment excluded)

The lift got stuck today, I had to get out of the bus and push it in while a passenger pushed the power button. I strained my back.

False advertising still on buses



Join us at our 1st Bus Stop POP!
TODAY Wednesday Dec 21st | 4:00-6:30 PM
SE corner of 82nd and Powell (Carl Jr's parking lot)

Bus Stop POP! Is a form of community education and reclamation that turns neglected bus stops into the center of community celebration. At least once per month EPBS Project will POP up at a bus stop in East Portland that needs some community love. We’ll offer riders hot beverages, snacks, information about the project and OPAL and an opportunity to reclaim the bus stop as community space through active participation. Bus Stop POP is about having fun and building community!
Meet at 4pm at the SE corner of 82nd and Powell (Carl’s Jr. parking lot) today!
snowflakeOPAL Community Holiday Party Tonight!
Wednesday Dec 21st | 7:00-9:00 PM


There is an anticipated $12-17 million shortfall in TriMet’s operating budget for next year. In response, we’re given a false dilemma of a survey (as OPAL put it, “big fare hikes or really big fare hikes!”) where we’re presented with the illusion of choice on “some of the options” being considered – you’re not given all the options, just a few of them. Then after you’re done deciding how much service you want to cut and how high fares should increase (since you absolutely have to pick those to meet the $17 million mark), you can submit your answers to TriMet.
Funny, for it being our core business and what we are striving to preserve, it seems to be the first place we’re looking to cut.
But okay, YOU said it. Now I’m going to hold you to it