Monday, January 9, 2012

The yellow tint glasses really do make it easier to see at night

I suggest people that wear glasses look into this if your driving at night. Especially when its raining out.

Government financing the developers-your tax dollars at work

Financing set for 155-unit apartment building in North Portland | Daily Journal of Commerce

Line 50 endangered by TriMet budget shortfall

Cedar Mill News

Milwaukie offered fire sale prices!

Molly Harbarger
Hedges releases executive session information: TriMet willing to accept $4.1 instead of $5 million for light rail payment.


But nothing on TRINET?
spoke too soon, file wont open on trinet, but it is there

Crash on Canyon Road yesterday

KATU report here

"Fall" from Vista Bridge disrupts MAX

Vista Bridge fall disrupts MAX service
TriMet MAX service disrupted by fatal fall from Portland's Vista Bridge |

Gresham Transit Center Mens Restroom

After a 2 hour and 20 minute run fron Sherwood to Gresham,a driver is entitled to a clean restroom.This was the condition on saturday.Dispatch was called that afternoon.As of 4pm on sunday,the problem was not resolved.It is a shame that I found some bushes instead.

Bus driver turned lawyer

Impressive example of accountability from Singapore

TODAYonline | Singapore | Govt takes a very serious view of SMRT disruptions: Transport Minister Lui

Jeff Welch comments on the Jon Hunt re-call

Local 757′s Hunt Stays – For Now



max-train-bikejpg-08a731a989284aac.jpgView full sizeGot Twitter? TriMet will use the social media service to take questions about its budget woes this Thursday.
Ten months ago, TriMet officials, who in many ways are still trying to figure out how to use that radical 1989 technology known as the pager, treated this Twitter thing as if it were something that just might steal their souls in 140 characters or less.

To a lot of riders, the TriMet social media team's tipidness stirred up images of monkey men dancing around the singing black monolith from outer space in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” For millenials, here’s your YouTube reference.

My, how things have evolved. Facing a shortfall of up to $17 million (translation: more service cuts for riders are a-comin’), Oregon’s largest has announced an honest-to-hashtag budget tweeting, er, meeting featuring General Manager Neil McFarlane. Of course, you wouldn’t know it from the agency’s website, where’s there’s no mention of it on the home page (sigh).

Here’s the skinny: At 6 p.m. Thursday, McFarlane will be hosting “a live town-hall-style chat on Twitter, to help answer your questions about TriMet’s budget issues and how they might affect you.” The hashtag: #askneil.

Only "safe" planners need apply

(please help us figure out how to cut $17 million please)

Only "safe" accountants need apply

TriMet: Jobs - TriMet Career Opportunities

Do you think Trimet will ever have a truly modern fare box?

New COTA system requires new BuckIDs - Campus - The Lantern - Ohio State University

TriMet Diaries

 Mobile Metal Churchland: Bad Driving Party

Crime report-things are ugly out there

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Michael Anderson digs deeper into the TRIMET/OHSU deal

Behind the scenes: Deciding not to report a story | Portland Afoot

Rampant Lion

Hunt Charged with Misconduct
 About Lionel

Here is how our government really works

The Cost of Trickle-Down Government Job Creation: $1.5 Million Per Worker | Truthout

Chris Day writes to the ATU International

Read his letter HERE!


Union meeting synopsis

Generally speaking, the meeting was conducted in the usual style of union meetings, mayhem ruled the day. Here are the highlights:

Nobody surprised with outcome

Including myself!
However it was surprising how many voted for Jon.
We all knew that 75% would never be possible.
In an ironic twist I could have won $50 but couldn't find my ticket in time.
After I showed Jon The winning ticket he said "you can frame it or put it back in the coffee can".
I put it back in the coffee can.


Pretty good comment debate here

Anti-light-rail petitioners seek vote in Clackamas County on Portland-Milwaukie line


Dysfunction Junction


The executive board will be voting against this recall, that's not a surprise.
I am voting yes on the recall and here is why:

1-The failure of our union leadership in its dealings with TRIMET in our contract negotiations.
2-The failure of our union leadership in advocating against the unjust disciplines that are being handed out by the ruthless, libelous management.
3-The lack of judgment by Jon in putting himself in a position  that ended up with his arrest and conviction.
4-The tyrannical leadership displayed by Jon in his humiliation and exclusion of brother Chris Day.

While I think Jon is a brilliant man, I think he is no longer an effective president.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jason Mchuff listening to dispatch

Supervisor making sure that riders who missed Line 12 to Tigard & therefore last Line 76 to Tualatin get taken care of

This is something Erik argues would never happen
And I should be clear it sounds like the riders weren't able to get on the Line 12 bus they needed for some reason

Oh brother.........

This is so sweet, too bad Trimet doesn't do anything about our UNSAFE CRAPPY EQUIPMENT!

Do you know the reason for these rails?


Remember when Portland had its very own income tax?

Well guess what? They're back!


Local News | State auditor will examine Sound Transit performance | Seattle Times Newspaper


Suit Renews Debate on Free Fares for Transit Retirees -

Utah officials release video of train hitting car

Click here!

Storage Tracks

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012




Volvo's 7700 Hybrid Bus on display

Woman badly hurt by NJ Transit bus wins $7.85M in lawsuit settlement

Mercedes Perez can't say what she thinks of the settlement, however, because the 59-year-old woman suffered brain damage from the accident in Paterson and cannot speak after sepsis took her voice, her attorney said. She is fed by a tube.

What's coming up at this Sundays union meeting?

1. – The preferring of charges towards President Jonathan Hunt.
2. – The bylaw changes we keep hearing about.
3. – A list of Side Notes on contracts.
4. – How was the trip?

Michael Connor announces run for VP ATU 757


Passenger reaction when on a westside dinosaur

Small mirrors,poor defrosters,vacuum powered wipers,filthy floors and windows,deafening rattling at every bump/pothole, inadequate heat/ac systems, petri dishes called seats, easy to enter steps,the oversize steering wheel, the million plus total miles and the efficient lift mechanisms. Did I fail to mention anything else?

TriMet's $10M Contribution for OHSU Life Sciences Building

Seems like lots of people are questioning where TriMet got $10M to fund OHSU's life sciences building during the current budget crisis. Well after some digging, it looks like it comes from this TriMet board resolution. As far as I can tell it works something like this:

  • OHSU is $10M short in local match funds, and may suffer delays in getting bonds unless they can come up with $10M quickly
  • Lots of PSU students will be traveling to/from the new building (apparently it will offer some classes for PSU students).
  • There will be a new MAX station (Porter St) close to this building, thus connecting it to PSU.
  • TriMet sees the timely construction of this building to be a critical component to hitting ridership goals of PMLR
  • TriMet agrees to pay PSU $10M to manage the construction of "the porter street station retaining wall and the Harbor St. aerial structure" (these are components of the PMLR project)
  • Both PSU & OHSU are part of OUS (Oregon University System), and somehow paying $10M to PSU to manage these construction projects meets the need for the $10M that OHSU needs.

Clear as mud?

Maybe the idea is to take part of PMLR and make it part of the life sciences building project. Then TriMet uses PMLR money to pay PSU to build the parts they gave to OHSU. OHSU then turns around and says "hey, here's $10M of the life sciences building project we've funded;" thus making them more eligible for the bonds.

ticket machine is broken at Kenton/N Denver station.

Makes it difficult for those who actually do want to pay.

What the heck is up with this schedule display?

Sanding the brick of the transit the absolute worst time possible. Brilliant,

Everything down the transit mall is backed up. BRAVO! #Trimet needs to get an award or something for this brillance...

MAX train #112a has a bar loose.

$17million short? Hire a planner!

Job Title: Planner II - Active Transportation 
 "active" you gotta be kidding!

Friday, January 6, 2012


Steve Fung's Christmas Card

Maybe TRIMET can try this for extra revenue

Bus Zone Photo Ticket - People Behaving Badly - YouTube

Driving the blue light special tonight!

Gotta love that Trimet equipment!

Neil to tweet!

Oh god.... Thurs at 6pm, neil is going to be hosting a town-hall style chat on twitter about the budget

 TriMet: Live Twitter Chat with General Manager Neil McFarlane January 12, 2012, 6-7 p.m.


Election Dates and Information:...
Christopher Rafael Day 12:33pm Jan 6
Election Dates and Information: has posted the Nomination date for the 2012 ATU757 Elections. Here is the information as provided by the site and ATU757 bylaws:

Nomination Date: May 20, 2012
Note about bylaw statement: Section 13 of ATU757 Bylaws clearly state that “Nominations shall be held at the first regular Union meeting in May every three (3) years. They shall be held at the 7:30pm meeting as set forth by the financial Secretary-Treasurer.”
The interesting thing about this is that we no longer have a 7:30pm meeting. The Charter meeting is now held at 3pm so the time of Nominations must be clearly posted as well and/or a correction to the Bylaws to reflect the actual time of the event.

Section 14 of ATU757 Bylaws clearly state that “Election ballots are to be counted no sooner than 20 days nor later than 25 days from the meeting at which nominations were made.

This means that ballots must be made, mailed out and returned as soon as June 9, 2012 as late as June 14, 2012. Between these two dates a counting date must be made and all ballots must be in by 9am the date of the counting. Ballots must only be mailed in to the post office and no ballots will be accepted any other way. Only Ballots collect from the post office box will be counted.

So that is the date information as of current. Get the word out about how important every members vote is. Last election on 52% of the membership voted.


Funding includes $110 million in state bonds through the Oregon University System  , $83 million from OHSU supporters, $92 million from OHSU and $10 million from TriMet, the regional transportation agency. 

OHSU collaborative sciences building makes big splash - Portland Business Journal



Trimet board briefing coming up

Wouldn't it be nice if they gave the public at least a weeks notice!

Light rail construction

trimet using enourmous post-hole digger for new light rail route.


You can stop wondering why @trimet machines are always broken. They run on Windows. 148 at Quatama!/mattg/status/154963249601847298/photo/1

One perilous rail crossing



So many people have told us they are willing to take an express bus if there was Wi-Fi and more comfortable seating," said Ken Yeager, chairman of the Valley Transportation Authority board. "We're doing it now, and we're hoping this increases overall ridership levels."
The VTA will roll out about 10 buses Monday and a total of 20 by the end of the month. They will be easy to spot, as they are candy-apple red and silver, with "VTA Express" and "Hybrid" written on each side.
The VTA is taking a cue from Yahoo, Google, Cisco and Apple, Silicon Valley titans that contract with private bus lines to ferry workers to their campuses in plush, worker-friendly buses.


A case of REAL cyber bullying

Cyberbullies insult the memory of Amanda Cummings, tragic Staten Island teen hit by bus |

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Portland man sentenced to 6 years after 11th conviction for drunk driving |

 Man convicted of 11th DUII sentenced to 5 years - KPTV - FOX 12

Stacy&Witbeck sure must love TRIMET



Great Bus Stops of Portland

The sad part is that this isn't even in the automobile-centric suburbs of Beaverton and Lake Oswego - this is right smack in the middle of downtown Portland and the Portland State University campus.  Where are you supposed to board the bus?  If you're in a wheelchair or other mobility device, what are you supposed to do?  Wait in the right lane of 4th Avenue?

TriMet should not be tolerating this.  If this were a MAX stop, there'd be cops and tow trucks here PRONTO.  What is the difference between MAX and a bus?  There should be cops and tow trucks here PRONTO...and the idiot that actually authorized the placement of two parking spaces in front of the shelter should be fired.  This is Portland, for pete's sake!


President Obama has also made recess appointments to fill three vacant positions on the National Labor Relations Board, avoiding a suspension of the board’s operations. The NLRB had faced the prospect of shutting down this month with one board member’s term expiring and Republicans refusing to confirm two Obama nominees, thereby leaving the board without quorum. But on Tuesday, Obama tapped Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin and Republican Terence Flynn to fill the vacant seats. In a statement, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce denounced the move, saying it will "further poison the well with regard to labor-management issues pending in front of the board and on Capitol Hill." Labor leaders meanwhile have praised the recess appointments. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "We commend the President for exercising his constitutional authority to ensure that crucially important agencies protecting workers and consumers are not shut down by Republican obstructionism."


Portland Oregon's TriMet system - Tampa Bay Political Buzz |

Dr. Rich Show: Light rail - dead but apparently not forgotten

Bus drivers and subway workers are the real environmentalists


Moving People - Transportation Spirit Award-TUALATIN!


Cracked rails from fast chill cause widespread delays on DC Metro system - The Washington Post


Due to Congressional inaction during last month’s tax deliberations, the new year ushered in a tax increase to public transit riders.  Currently, commuters who use public transit, commuter buses and van pools may see their annual commuting costs increase by more than $550 based on a bias in the tax code that benefits driving over taking public transit.  In addition, the failure to extend the benefit has resulted in a tax liability increase for companies offering the benefit.

 Congressional Inaction on Extending Commuter Benefits Leads Public Transit Riders to See Taxes Increase More Than $550 in 2012


Sixty Two Percent of Americans Prioritize Spending on Roads Over Public Transit - Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason Magazine


AFP: 18 die as Chinese bus plunges off bridge

Bruce Hansen provides some valuable information over at Facebook

Regarding how to change the bylaws:
 you rewrite the new verbiage with the changes as one and show the old language and give it to the Eboard,or read it at the charter. First is the reading with no discussion, the second mtg will have discussion and a vote.

NEVER ENOUGH BIKE PARKING » Blog Archive » TriMet says 'leaning rails' on transit mall now OK for bikes


At the January 8, 2012 Charter meeting and continuation meetings, ATU members will consider whether charges preferred against Brother Jonathan Hunt are worthy of being further entertained and considered.

Jeff Welch

For the runner – here’s the deal, short and sweet:  the bus isn’t early:  YOU’RE LATE.  If the driver continues on by the stop you’re heading for, that’s not the driver’s fault:  IT’S YOURS.  This is true even if you jaywalk (or jay-run) in front of the bus to attempt to force them to slow down/stop for you; or if you criss-cross your way through moving traffic, mainly because you cannot read a bus schedule.  It remains true even if you stick out your arm as if to hail a cab (hint:  buses are not cabs).  It remains true even if you run to the next stop and are able to board your favored bus, then browbeat the driver for “passing you up”.  It remains true even if you LIE YOUR ASS OFF and claim you were “standing at the last bus stop” – even though you were nowhere near it, and running to catch a bus whose schedule you clearly didn’t know nor care about

Jefferson Smith

Fourth: The safety on the MAX line is something I’ve been working on for the past year and a half with a bunch of people to try and find low-cost alternatives to improve safety on the MAX line. Crime on TriMet is down everywhere in the city except for east of 82nd Avenue. One thing we can do is link to my fifth point, which is community policing with a strategy. The plan we’re working towards is an “adopt a station” plan. The easiest way to think about it is combining neighborhood watch with Adopt A Highway and doing it around MAX platforms.


Tri-Met Citations

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