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Thursday, January 19, 2012

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“No Fare Disputes” – Here’s Why

JEFF WELCH

New Service helps PCC Rock Creek Students and Faculty

Columbia County Rider has partnered with Portland Community College to provide shuttles between Rock Creek and Willow Creek campuses. Riders who have PCC identification may ride on CCRider buses between these campuses for free. The bus shuttles utilize our buses that are already going between the campuses, and allow additional options to those folks that need to travel between them. We look forward to helping PCC move their students and staff!
 News - Columbia County Rider

SAVE THE INTERNET

PIPA Whiplist | Save the Internet

SNOW IN SEATTLE


Powered by biodiesel ?

Did you know it's only .05% of the total volume because Cummins will void the warranty if they used any more than that!

Dispatch

Apparently Center has run out of buses; a Line 44 trip being sent out in a 1600

Fast Eddie retires

Ed Parry leaves after 22 years of steady service.He will be missed.Have fun with your free time Ed.You earned it!



















What’s the Best Way To Get Users To Embrace Mass Transit?

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/transport/2012/01/jarrett_walker_s_human_transit_are_we_thinking_about_urban_planning_all_wrong_.html

Macfarlane whines about our pension...we got crap compared to this

Wonder what the new Portland pension number's going to be (Jack Bog's Blog)

Highlights from the recent event!

Highlights from the recent "snow(o rain)pocalypse - thoughts.com conversation engine

TRIMET NEEDS TO SERIOUSLY UPGRADE ITS TRANSFER SYSTEM

And not by using printed transfers! How bout this:

Cubic's Bay Area Transit Customer Tops One Million Contactless Smart Cards - MarketWatch

ROBBING TRANSIT

Metro employees charged with stealing thousands from transit authority - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

CRASH IN SNOW!

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

DAVE LISTER

Crime on TriMet: Let's face it, 'honor system' for fares doesn't work

OPAL says leadership change will refocus on transit organizing

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/01/opal-says-leadership-change-will-refocus-on-transit-organizing/

RALLY HELD TOMORROW AT PIONEER SQUARE AT NOON

BE THERE AND EXPECT TO GET WET

SCOTT WALKER FACES HISTORIC RECALL-SOMEBODY NEEDS TO RECALL MACFARLANE

Opponents of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker have submitted more than a million signatures seeking his recall in a statewide vote. The million-plus signatures amount to nearly double the required number of 540,000 and may mark the largest recall effort in U.S. history. Walker is being challenged for pushing through a controversial law ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers. The million signatures "represent almost half of the electorate in the last election, in 2010, and what you might reasonably presume to be the electorate that would participate in a recall election," says John Nichols of The Nation magazine. "[Walker] will be forced to face a new election, because he adopted the austerity agenda of the Republican and conservative leadership in Washington and tried to balance budgets on the backs of public employees, tried to destroy their unions, tried to cut school funding, and succeeded in cutting funding. And we’re going to have a referendum on the most fundamental of economic issues."

IS THERE A WAY TO FORCE MEXICO TO TAKE BACK TEXAS?


TRIMET NON UNION EMPLOYEES PORK

It takes 10 years, yes ten, to walk away from Trimet with a pension if your a union employee.

But it only takes 3 YEARS , that's right, THREE YEARS,(in fairness to accuracy readers should the review comments)  to walk away with a pension if your a non union employee!

 The employee is vested in the account after three years of service.

http://tinyurl.com/7gl4gaa

Non union employees can choose between ODS and Kaiser for dental. No Willamette Dental for them like the union employees have.

Non union employees get 6 personal paid days off along with the the 6 paid major holidays. Union employees get 3 paid floating holidays and their birthday off.

Vacations are accrued from the date of hire for non union employees. Union employees lose all of their vacation time and start back at zero when they go from part time to full time status

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS FILED


SF bus driver charged in crosswalk death

A San Francisco bus driver has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for the death of a pedestrian who was struck in a Castro district crosswalk last summer.
The San Francisco Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/zXINdV) says 36-year-old Wallace Loggins was driving his empty San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency bus to a new assignment when he ran over 23-year-old Emily Dunn on Aug. 19.
Loggins was released on $10,000 bail after he was arrested and booked on Saturday. His arraignment has been set for Friday.
Loggins was making a left turn when his 40-foot bus struck and killed Dunn as she was about to reach the curb.
Prosecutors say Loggins was negligent for not seeing Dunn crossing the street.
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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, www.sfgate.com

Man took his dead mother home on bus

Son wanted to get his mother home to Chorley after she died suddenly during day trip to Lancaster.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/19/dead-mother-home-bus

Q University Pet Sitting Services



Stewey,a miniature Dachshund,will attest to the good care that Scott provides.

The case of the "baby bus driver"

While the bloodthirsty press aided by our union busting management were quick to condemn Claudine Hendren, one fact that was interestingly left out was that Trimet conducted an 'investigation' just to find the mom in the case.

The mom really didn't want to make a big out of this but was basically forced to make the complaint. The mom Stated that she was not 'thrown' off the bus at all, she left on her own accord.

Due to Trimets own actions, in their zeal to make Claudine look bad and by default make all it's operators look badly, they got themselves sued by the mom!

Trimet- the only place I have ever heard of that goes out of its way to get itself sued! Good job Trimet!
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On-board transfer printers????

TriMet is replacing its Bus Dispatch System (BDS) to comply with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations. As part of the upgrade, TriMet has the option to install on-board transfer printers. These printers would replace the current paper transfer system and eliminate the need for punches. We want know what bus operators think of this option.

Would it make issuing transfers easier?
Would it be simpler for customers?

See Max comments-employees can fill out survey in express line area of Trinet
Are there any other issues that should be considered?
There’s a demonstration of the transfer printer on display in the Center St report area. You can check it out during spring sign up through January 26. Try it out and tell us what you think by completing a survey.
In 2012, new CAD/AVL equipment, including a replacement for the VCH, will be installed on all TriMet buses to replace our outdated BDS system.
One upgrade option that TriMet is considering is a transfer printer, to replace the current cutter bar-metal punch-newsprint transfer system.

Here’s what this option would involve:

• Installing a transfer printer—a device about the size of two bricks stacked together— on each bus, in addition to the device that replaces the VCH.
• The operator pushes a button on the screen; a transfer with the correct expiration time prints out.
• Transfer paper and print quality are similar to tickets from newer ticket vending machines.
• Each roll of paper lasts for 300-500 tickets.
• Instead of punching and tearing transfers throughout the day, the operator changes the paper about once a day on Frequent Service lines, and less often on other lines.

The CAD/AVL team wants to know what bus operators think of the transfer printer option. A demo unit is on display during spring signup (Jan. 17-26) in the Center report area.

LIST OF TRIMET ASSAULTS 2010

CLICK HERE!

In response to a recent series of high-profile attacks on TriMet passengers, the regional transit agency said Friday that is changing its security deployment tactics and will be targeting missions to prevent similar incidents in the future.
TriMet officials declined to discuss the specific changes, saying they cannot provide such details as times and locations of the upcoming missions because they related to security.

Three attacks have generated headlines in the past few weeks. The first occurred on Dec. 26 when a 14-year-old Centennial High School student was assault by three young women on a Green Line MAX train. The attackers were arrested Thursday and their mother was also charged with hindering prosecution.
A 15-year-old Benson High School student was attacked by a motorist on Jan. 11 as he was walking to a MAX station in the Rose Quarter. His assailant has not yet been caught.
Then on Thursday, police arrested a mother and her daughter for punching two passengers on a TriMet bus near Southeast 122nd Avenue and Division Street.
According to statistics released by TriMet, 471 crimes were reported along the system in 2010, the last year for which full figures are available. They include 77 misdemeanor and felony assaults. 

THE MAN WITHOUT A HEART WANTS YOU TO TAKE A WALK FOR YOUR HEART

I'm sure that many of us made one or two New Year's resolutions this year - mine is to balance our budget - but I would challenge you to add one more to your list - focusing on your heart health.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the nation and one of the simplest things you can do to help decrease your risk is walk. On May 19, the American Heart Association in Portland is holding their annual Heart Walk and I have pledged TriMet's support. I ask that each of you consider joining me in the 5k and in raising funds for research and education. Our goal is to raise over $250,000 for continued research and to have 10 teams of TriMet walkers.

More information on the walk, including how to register and a friendly competition, will be shared in the coming weeks but until then, please think about joining me in this cause. I also encourage you to consider being a "champion" and rally support for a TriMet team. If you are interested, contact Susan Jeffries in Organization Development or click here.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19. There are two walk locations - Portland and Vancouver - to make participation even simpler. Not only is the Heart Walk a great way to show your support of the community, it's a great way to show your support for your TriMet family and those who have been, or may still be, touched by heart disease. Take the first step for your heart health!

Best,
Neil

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WE'RE $17 MILLION SHORT...waaaaaa...waaaaa


Wednesday


TRIMET BUDGET BALONEY


Join us at the next Information Picket – January 25th

It has been some time since ATU 757 has held a picket before the Tri Met Board meeting but this is so important that we feel we have no choice but to do it again. Please come join us at this informational picket January 25th at 8:00 am in front of the Portland building. Please feel free to stay for the meeting (9:00am) and give your opinion to the Trimet board.
TriMet has no budget crisis and they need to manage taxpayer dollars better. There is no need for slick expensive brochures that attack 87% of their employees ,websites or meetings with the public. TriMet should sit down and work with ATU 757. Please go to www.ATU757.org to see the Union's recommendations for TriMet.
This information along with the attached flier is meant for wide distribution and for all politicians and government board members. Please print and distribute the flier to all tax payers and those who are fed up with TriMet's mismanagement of funds, sending millions of dollars overseas, unnecessary rate hikes and service cuts.
We have been asking for help from all politicians for a long time with regards to TriMet's illegal actions toward our members. Please investigate our recommendations and help us make TriMet a more efficient agency.

PROPAGANDA FULL SPEED AHEAD

TriMet: TriMet's Future Depends on a Sustainable Labor Contract

Macfarlane hits the road with his anti union schpeel

Rich Kurz
Early taping this week - our guest? GM Neil McFarlane. His take on safety, budget & worker's benefits + new line to Milwaukie

DUH?

Pie night on the 67

Teabagger Constitution



STOP AMERICAN CENSORSHIP CLICK HERE!

Missed trip?

Line 84 trip just got bagged due to late bus

THE SOUND OF A TRIMET BUS ON WET PAVEMENT

Even the renowned transit blogger Jarrett Walker goes for the Trimet propaganda tool

Human Transit: portland: balance the budget yourself

(I will admit he made a decent point to my comment)

ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING...KEEP DEM DOGGIES ROLLING

Twitter town hall follow-up: How did it go? « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

 If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit the website now and take a few minutes to read about the issues and submit your feedback. The survey closes today at 5 p.m. Keep in mind, the survey isn’t your only opportunity to weigh in…

CLEANING UP THE MESS AFTER THE STORM IN NW PORTLAND

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wJ-DZ7EX4I

Drop your drawers instead



STOP AMERICAN CENSORSHIP

CLICK HERE to help!

THE COMPLETE STUPIDITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Six-Figure Bus Shelter Stirs Cries to Stop It - WSJ.com

TRANSIT POLICE BRUTALITY

ACLU Filing Lawsuit Against Metro Police | NBC4 Washington

ROBBING LIGHT RAIL

Copper Thefts Cause $250K In Damage To Rail System - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

THE WORLDS LARGEST BUS

WE LOVE LIGHT RAIL

Posted: Jan 18, 2012 7:20 AM PST Updated: Jan 18, 2012 7:42 AM PST
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) - MAX Blue Line service is back to normal after a train became stuck in Gresham on Wednesday morning.
The disabled MAX train was stuck near the Cleveland Avenue station.
Service to stops between Cleveland Avenue and Ruby Junction/E 197th Avenue was temporarily halted, and TriMet used shuttle buses until it could get the train moving again.
Commuters were told to expect delays in the area until full service could resume.
 MAX Blue Line service back to normal in Gresham - KPTV - FOX 12

TRIMET TAKES ITS ANTI UNION PITCH RIGHT TO ITS HOMEPAGE

http://www.trimet.org/
poor poor weak little TriMet being bullied by the big mean union.  Considering TriMet's $50-$75 million contribution to the Orange Line (numbers vary depending on who you ask I think), the union contract is hardly the part breaking the bank.  And as Erik said, YOU guys aren't the ones who picked the health care vendors
If Trimet was really serious in their budget discussion they would have included 
THESE POSSIBILITIES in the discussion 

MONDAY-RAIN EMERGENCY (at least from 9am-10pm)

This is a special EMERGENCY presentation, almost a full length feature. Some good stuff in there but you'll have to wade through it yourself to find it!

HOOD RIVER

Crews lift school bus off trapped driver near Hood River - Koinlocal6.com

Dispatch

Lead supervisor's tire has come off the rim; requesting a tow truck

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Keep blame focused on the bullies

THE SANDY POST

TRIMET TO TAKE REVENGE ON BORING?

Boring resists TriMet’s chopping block

notes on the "snowpocalypse"

via Jeff Welch

JARRET WALKER 

DID MACFARLANE ACTUALLY TWEET?


(excerpt)
TriMet invited people to the town hall meeting through tweets, a notice on its website, emails to riders who have signed up for agency alerts and a press release. Thirty-three people posted questions on a TweetChat page Trimet created, using the hashtag #askneil. During the hour-long session, McFarlane answered 35 questions — though he didn’t actually do the tweeting.

About a dozen people gathered in the room with McFarlane to view the questions on a large screen as they came in. McFarlane dictated the responses, but agency personnel familiar with TriMet’s Twitter account — and Twitter’s 140-character tweet restrictions — did the tweeting. Meanwhile, communication department officials were on hand to ensure responses were consistent, IT department folks were on hand in case there were any technical difficulties (there were none) and a handful of agency officials from various disciplines were in the room in case a question required a more specific response. Another person monitored the questions to ensure McFarlane answered to all participants (rather than addressing multiple questions posed by a single person) and grouped similar questions together as they came in so McFarlane could issue a single response.

ACTUAL SNOW-in portland

It finally started snowing, around 10pm in Portland. Does it vindicate TRIMET with its "chains all day" policy"
I say not at all. People were late to work for no reason, drivers and passengers were subjected to the worst sort of pollution, and the system became unreliable, well before it was necessary.
I personally can live with the chains, earplugs and a short work shift.
But the drivers that have to deal with this all day for 10+ hours for basically no reason, and everybody who was late to work this morning, they did not deserve that sort of treatment.

This is the sort of event that occurs when people who don't use the system and don't understand the system end up in charge.
From their ivory tower they think they are doing the public some sort of favor.
All they do is discourage people from using the transit system and make their drivers sick.
It would have been much more effective, and far fewer people affected, if they had just waited for the snow to hit, then dealt with it.

Just saying.....But I am a nobody.....


Quick:  What does the yellow highlighted (and red circled) text mean?

LIVE REPORT FROM THE DISASTER SCENE

Close up shot of extreme dangers water requiring chains

Chained up #94 bus on I-5 this evening



Now...WHY would you drive a chained up bus on I-5 knowing that you are going 25 MPH, and all those big trucks are doing 55?

PCC evacuated!

It's raining!

OSHA violation?

Hey al... has anyone looked up osha requirements of noise? I mean its loud on the busses with chains. Your ear plug idea may be required by law!

Fun working at Trimet

Noise is defeating but bus is on time!

Dispatch

Maintenance truck involved w/other vehicle at Murray and Jenkins

Ross reports

No chains on his 67!

Expensive trash cans!

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: TriMet trash cans: Oregonian Living in the Pearl - I haven't taken MAX lately so it wasn't until I was out drinking and dining with my son that I noticed an...

A REPRESENTATIVE TWITTER SAMPLE FROM TODAYS "END OF THE WORLD" RAIN

shellb7: What was up with US 26 traffic? Why is TriMet so eager with tire chains ... t.co/5EKEShgh

mranweiler: @pdxcommute #Trimet always has excuses. Those buses don't need to be chained in the garage. Set up stations around the city for chains

kristinanewmann: Got to love taking the fucking Trimet when your sick. ·

wscott5799: Rider Tip: As a MAX train comes in, move towards the one you want to board. Don't wait for it to stop #trimet

Ari_Caria: I hate being a slave to the trimet system. How does it make sense to have the bus connecting PSU and MLK run only every 30mins? IT DOESN'T!

PDXtrimetrider: I wonder if my bus will even run tonight? Tomorrow morn/night? Well, @trimet...i'm waiting for an answer

PDXtrimetrider: RT @pdxcommute: Boy, this thing is shaping up to be the biggest storm of 2012! #pdxtst #pdxtraffic #sarcasm #trimet

DXtrimetrider: Chained buses on bare pavement torture to continu for at least the next 24hrs: t.co/pg8hKAIp (via @apmargulies) great. Thanks #trimet

ironmysandwich: Nobody's at the mall because people are afraid to drive on wet roads. Maybe they should put on chains like trimet. Haha

heilkitler: So why did Trimet have to cancel service to the 20 when there's no snow? It's just rain. It's nothing we're not used to. :I

codebutler: All trimet buses running with chains on bare pavement today. Loud and bbuummmpppyy.

DelBravoTomTom: @trimet you suck. Portland needs to seriously learn how to handle snow.

supergalloo: Woa, Trimet buses have chains on their wheel today, no snow. No wonder our roads are all jacked up

nixesha: Fuck you, trimet. :'(

MrsDWhiteOR: RT @doctor_jeff: A belated thanks to all @trimet operators today, both for driving in this and putting up with people bitching about their bus being late

WiredPig: Headed in. @TriMet's drivers doing a good job today with the snow / slush / ice. I'm rocking it on the 57 bus (bus # 2903)

nahjuh_: woke up on time. . .still gonna be late cause fuckin trimet is trippin -______-

AMAZING

I'm always surprised by the casual nature of TRIMET management in creating mayhem at their transit system.
Most supervisors reported no snow in most of the service area, yet all the buses went out with chains.
Buses didn't show up, buses were late, and people were left standing, all for no reason.
What's the matter with this management?
Why are they so callous to the needs of its riders?

A COUPLE OF GOOD JACK BOGDANSKI ESSAYS

Portland burnout

More attitude from O reporters

Who knows how much damage TRIMET does to roadways with chains that are unnecessary

Tire Chains Damage Roads When Pavement Is Bare · OPB News

Panic on the Blue Line!

DR JEFF DIAIRIES

WARNING! WARNING! MANAGMENT INSANITY CONTINUES AT TRIMET

The chains will stay on for at least the next 24 hours, the agency says. “It’s just as difficult to remove the chains,” said spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. “With the weather forecast the way it is, we’d have to re-chain them later. It’s just a difficult endeavor in the field. We have to be ready for the next storm.”

MARY MIGHT HAVE HAD A LITTLE LAMB BUT SHE NEVER ENDURED THE TORTURE OF DRIVING A BUS ON PAVEMENT WITH CHAINS!

CLICK HERE FOR JOE ROSE ARTICLE

TRIMET NEEDS TO DO BETTER WHEN THE CHAINS GO ON

TRIMET does a monstrous disservice to its riding public by not being honest about its bus service when they freak out over possible snow and put chains on.
The correct alert should be:

DUE TO OUR SAFETY MEASURES (needed or not) RIDERS SHOULD LEAVE ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN USUAL.
ONE HOUR DELAYS ARE THE  USUAL  AND LONGER DELAYS ARE VERY LIKELY.
That would be the honest rider alert.
 They probably should also put something in the alert stating you might not get picked up at all!
I've received report that a Line 51 bus slide off Southwest Dosch Road about 8 a.m. but another chained-up bus soon came up the hill after it. Also, I'm hearing more reports of full buses passing up stops this morning. That's always a risk when the weather forecast prompts people to leave their cars at home. 
VIA JOE ROSE 

MORE TRANSIT STRIKES

TheSpec - City bus drivers poised to strike

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUS SYSTEM WORK-(hint-do the opposite of Trimet)

Across the city's transit system, ridership has soared by more than 50 percent since 2008, steadily increasing every year. In 2011, more than 1.55 million people boarded a city bus, city officials said. The tally includes about half of the system's passengers who needed to take more than one bus on the same fare. Those people are counted more than once per trip.
City officials credit newer, cleaner buses, extended evening hours and route changes over the past few years designed to help buses run on time.
"They're more reliable, and people recognize we've made a lot of steps to improve service," said Randy Hume, the transit director.
FayObserver.com - Fayetteville bus ridership jumps, FAST turnaround credited to improvements

BUS CUTS THREATEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

OUR OPINION: MBTA must look at more than just bottom line - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger

SALUTE TO MLK

SPECIAL : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in His Own Words

Monday, January 16, 2012

NO MONEY TO PAVE THE ROADS-PLENTY MONEY FOR THIS

The Portland Streetcar Loop Project is a 3.3-mile extension of the existing Portland Streetcar. The project will extend streetcar service from the Pearl District in NW Portland, across the Broadway Bridge to serve the eastside of the Portland Central City.
There will be 28 new streetcar stops between Memorial Coliseum and OMSI. The tracks will travel on Weidler Street to Lloyd Center at NE 7th Ave, south on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to OMSI and return north on Grand Ave to Broadway and the Pearl District. Later, as a separate project, the Loop will be completed via a new bridge at the south end, allowing continuous connections around the entire Loop east and west of the Willamette River.
The cost estimate of the Loop Project is $148.27 million dollars:
  • $75 million provided by the Federal Government
  • $15.50 million from a local improvement district
  • $27.68 million from the Portland Development Commission
  • $3.62 million from regional funds
  • $6.11 million from SDC/other City funds
  • $.36 million from stimulus funds
Construction began last year and is expected to be completed by early 2012. The Portland Streetcar Loop is scheduled to begin operations Spring 2012. For more information on the project, visit www.portlandstreetcar.org.
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I wonder what Martin Luther King would have thought of union busting Neil?

Hello Colleagues,
Public access to transportation will forever have an intrinsic connection to the Civil Rights’ movement in the United States. As many would say: It All Started on the Bus
On Monday, our nation remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. TriMet is proud to be a community sponsor of this year’s Skanner Breakfast and the World Arts Foundation’s, tribute to Dr. King.
As your schedule permits, I’d encourage you to take time to participate in the many events taking place throughout the day. TriMet’s General Manager, Neil McFarlane, will be giving remarks at the World Arts Foundation, Inc . 27th “Keep Alive The Dream” Tribute around 4pm (flyer attached).
Thank you for all you do every day and I hope you have an opportunity to participate in the festivities.

Click here for more information on events around our region.

Thank you

Johnell


Johnell McArthur Bell

SNOW EMERGENCY-BETTER READ THIS

Of ice and electricity

SNOW EMERGENCY? BLAST FROM THE PAST


AGE ACTIVATED ATTENTION DISORDER

CLICK HERE!

WHETHER ITS SCREWING THE EMPLOYEES OR THE TAX PAYERS, TRIMET ALWAYS GETS ITS WAY

Great guy (and his family)


WE LOVE LIGHT RAIL

MAX Blue Line trains heading westbound have been delayed due to a disabled automobile on the tracks at East 102nd Avenue. The vehicle has been removed, however riders should expect delays for the next half hour or so.

THROWING YOUR TAX PAYER MONEY OUT THE WINDOW

Suspension of streetcar plans put Lake Oswego on the clock to overhaul Foothills redevelopment | OregonLive.com

OPERATORS DON'T FORGET YOUR EARPLUGS

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
TriMet is chaining up their entire bus fleet in preparation for a winter storm that could complicate Tuesday's commute.
TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said crews are working to chain up the entire fleet of about 950 buses, a task that takes anywhere from eight to 10 hours.
Fetsch said about 450 buses will be fitted with chains in time for Tuesday morning's commute.
TriMet has 65 buses that have automatic drop-down chains which will run on "key routes."
Because of the chains, the buses can only travel at about 25 mph. Because of the slower speed, Fetsch said that buses will likely not be on time, but will be arriving at stops at regular intervals.
TriMet is asking riders to dress warm and expect delays for Tuesday morning's commute

 TriMet chaining up fleet ahead of Tuesday's commute - KPTV - FOX 12

In fight with union, is TriMet about to throw a long bomb?

Portland A-Foot here!

Aint driving no damn bus today

How'd they get in?

Via dispatch:
Fox 12 van driving around Center Street yard kicked out

TRYING TO STOP THE UNSTOPPABLE

Milwaukie light rail petition could "confuse things" for City Councilors, but might not stop $5 million payment | OregonLive.com

RUMOR-MACFARLANE HAS BEEN IN SALEM PRESSURING LAW MAKERS

I've heard rumors that Macfarlane has been in Salem and trying to get legislative action to resolve his labor issues.
The sort of action that SCOTT WALKER got from his legislator.
Now we have some possible confirmation that this could indeed be in the works.



The Legislature compounded TriMet's woes several years ago. Now the governor, the Legislature, TriMet's board and the transit union leadership need to work together to fast-track a solution. As for the no-strike status, remember, what the Legislature gives, the Legislature can take away. 

 OREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD HERE!

MICHAEL ANDERSON'S POST HERE!

Real commuter rail (my hometown)

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

GREYHOUND DRIVER KICKS OFF OCCUPIERS FOR NO REASON

“Occupiers” kicked off bus in Texas: Police begrudgingly enforce driver's order - Los Angeles LA County Liberal | Examiner.com

SEATTLE

Metro Buses Stay on Snow Routes Through Monday

HOLLAND'S 'MAX' SERVICE HITS 3 MILLION

The MAX bus system in Holland reaches 3 million this week | wzzm13.com

NATIONAL TRANSIT DATABASE

Portland A-Foots Michael Anderson says that the information that Trimet is providing the public comes from the National Transit Database.

AUSTRALIAN BUS DRIVER TO BE EXECUTED AT MIDNIGHT

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

TRIMET PLEADS POVERTY BUT THEY SURE GOT $$$ FOR THE PET PROJECTS

New state-of-the-art bus shelters installed on Jackson Street in Milwaukie « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

MACFARLANE SENDS THE PROPAGANDA AROUND TO THE MAYORS OF THE AREA


Subject: The Challenges & Choices Ahead
From:    "McFarlane, Neil" <McFarlaN@trimet.org>
Date:    Thu, January 5, 2012 11:35 am
To:      "'mayor@cityofestacada.org'" <mayor@cityofestacada.org>
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Mayor Arnold,

As you may have heard, TriMet is facing a $12 to $17 million budget
shortfall. Tough budget choices are ahead and we want to know what's most
important to you and your community.

TRIMET throws around information without supporting documentation

It's very nice that the propaganda department can construct these cute little charts. But to put out this sort of propaganda without producing the facts that created the chart is evidence of ethical failure.
And ethical organization would produce for all of us to see a list of other transit districts along with a clear explanation of their EXACT benefit structures. Showing the public a chart without the facts  is disingenuous. Are they putting forth the argument that they surveyed ALL the other transit districts before making this chart?


TRIMET CLAIMS THEIR BENEFITS "MOST COSTLY IN USA"

Of course its a lie, take a look at the CTA BENEFITS STRUCTURE!

ATU bylaw changes

CLICK HERE!

Oink Oink

Provide administrative and technical support for the Diversity and Transit Equity Department

Sunday, January 15, 2012

How many of us remember this? I sure do.....

Nothing like a JASON MCHUFF movie to end the week

PORTLAND A-FOOT DISCOVERS THE REAL RATIONAL BEHIND "FARELESS"

I've been saying it for years, the real reason that Trimet loves fare less square is that IT GETS PEOPLE ON THE TRANSIT SYSTEM.
We all know how they BRAG about Trimet having the most rides PER CAPITA.
Well, guess what, It turns out that the great Blog PORTLAND A-FOOT which is written by MICHAEL ANDERSON, has discovered that if FREE is taken out of the equation, there will be a resulting DROP in total ridership.
Enough to end bragging rights about MOST RIDERSHIP PER CAPITA? We will only find out when its gone.
Elimination will certainly end MAX BRAGGING RIGHTS for sure.
I would wager heavily indeed that MAX RIDERSHIP WILL TUMBLE if the fareless is ended.
I've always speculated that TRIMET'S FLAWED TRANSFER SYSTEM is another way to bump up ridership numbers.
If they actually created a transfer system that was actually ENFORCEABLE, Trimet ridership would just be ho hum.


When we set the price of a Lindt truffle at 15 cents and a Kiss at one cent, we were not surprised to find that our customers acted with a good deal of rationality: they compared the price and quality of the Kiss with the price and quality of the truffle, and then made their choice. About 73 percent of them chose the truffle and 27 percent chose a Kiss.
Now we decided to see how FREE! might change the situation. So we offered the Lindt truffle for 14 cents and the Kisses free. … Some 69 percent of our customers (up from 27 percent before) chose the FREE! Kiss, giving up the opportunity to get the Lindt truffle for a very good price. Meanwhile, the Lindt truffle took a tumble; customers choosing it decreased from 73 to 31 percent.

TRIMET USERS ALONG SUBURBAN ROUTES, GET READY TO LOOSE YOUR SERVICE

Eliminating lowest-ridership bus service

TriMet estimated that it could save $1.8 million a year by discontinuing four to six bus lines and reducing trips on another ten to 12 lines "with less than half the system average ridership effectiveness," as well as service for "seasonal events."
In January 2012, TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said the agency hadn't made "any final determination on which lines might be eliminated and which ones could be scaled back" but she singled out TriMet's 16 lowest-performing bus lines: the 16, 18, 23, 30, 34, 36, 37, 38, 43, 47, 50, 55, 59, 84, 152 and 154.

[edit] Eliminating 'redundant' bus service

TriMet estimated that it could save $1.3 million a year by reconfiguring overlapping or "redundant" bus routes to save costs, simplify routes or make travel more direct.
In a January 2012 email, spokeswoman Mary Fetsch offered "a look at some which have some redundancy":

MACFARLANE SAYS HE SUPPORTS TRANSPARANCY-BUT HE LIES

The TRIMET budget task force meets BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!
And the are all appointed by MACFARLANE!
If that's transparency I'm the king of England!

Just look who is on this committee! 
Retired Benefits Consultant
 Economist and Regulatory Analyst
  Principal, ACME Business Consulting, LLC 
 Executive Director, Portland Business Alliance
  Corporate Accounting Manager, Integra Telecom 
 TriMet Board Member/Retired Manager, City of Tigard 
 Program Officer, Northwest Health Foundation 
THE LIST GOES ON!
DO YOU SEE EVEN ONE PERSON WHO ACTUALLY USES TRIMET?
NOPE! 

A few videos

Drunks on the Train
Tweeker on the max
GOOD MORNING UNION PACIFIC

Great guy


COOLBUS CHANNEL 18

ATU757 - YouTube

KHRIS ALEXANDER



Director Lehrbach says people that don't show up for work should be fired!

http://vimeo.com/35119336

Seattle

Seattle streetcar knocked off tracks after collision with car | KING5.com Seattle

Trimet on alert status

Roads are starting to ice over, sanding trucks being sent to TCs

Director Lehrbach says UNION and COMPANY must negotiate a settlement

http://vimeo.com/35117742
(he says the union is 'belligerent') 

MAX as a crime enabler

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon

Director Prosser says budget needs to be long term not one year

http://vimeo.com/35117377

WELCOME TO PORTLAND

SPIKE TV

EVETTE FARRA


ROMNEY GIVES WOMAN $150

Romney Gives Unemployed Woman Cash on Ropeline - ABC News

BUS DRIVER CLEARED ON BRAKE INCIDENT

Tooting bus driver cleared after passenger flung into window in Streatham (From Your Local Guardian)

EASY TO BEAT FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON BUS TRANSPORT

Bus line shutdown fails to slow traffic | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

MAX REDLINE always entertaining

Updates On The Latest Tri-Met Violence
Friday The 13th

Old timey music festival


TRIMET expects others to honor contracts, as long as they don't have to.

This mess over the mystery train is showing the public just how hypocritical TRIMET management truly is. Trimet says they "have a contract" with Clackamas County and will go to court to enforce it.


Funny how they don't seem to follow contracts when it comes to labor law. Our union has been forced into court to get them to honor that contract. What a bunch of slugs the Trimet management are.

 Chaimov, along with Clackamas County attorney Scot Sideras, interprets the U.S. Constitution to say that government bodies cannot change laws to void existing contracts. 
I guess Scott Walker is in violation of the US Constitution then? Funny how nobody has mentioned that?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

TERRY PELLEGRIN'S 5 STAR PRODUCTION OF XMAS AT MERLO GARAGE

REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS


RAMPANT LION

Campaign songs
 "TriMet workers don't count."
 January Union Meetings
 Lion On Stump
 TALKING POINTS

NY'S MTA WANTS HUGE CONCESSIONS-UNION LEADERS SELL OUT

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) formally presented its concessions demands this week, only days before the contract deadline for some 35,000 bus and subway workers in New York City.

The transit agency is insisting on a three-year wage freeze along with a host of other major concessions. The givebacks include the elimination of the guaranteed 40-hour work week, with the introduction of part-time bus operators. A proposal to approximately double the amount workers pay for their health care coverage would be the equivalent of a huge pay cut.

MAYBE TRIMET SHOULD GO TO POLAND TO FIND DRIVERS-LIKE THE BRITISH

Bosses behind new London Routemaster bus fly to Poland to hire drivers after 'turning down Britons' | Mail Online

DIRECTOR BETHEL SAYS THE UNION "WILL BRING TRIMET DOWN"

http://vimeo.com/35070259

ATU 757 HAVING ITS OWN BUDGET PROBLEMS

But informed sources tell us that ATU spent $14,000 for a guy to do the BBQ at the union picnic?
Holy cow, they are as bad as TRIMET management!

YOUTUBE PLAYS FAVORITES

I had my youtube version of that MAX attack movie forcibly removed by Youtube stating that it violated the terms of service showing "shock" videos.
(My Vimeo version is the best anyway)
However, KATU is allowed to show the exact same movie.
It's great to see that sort of favoritism thrown right into our faces isn't it.
One user gets threatened with extinction, the other user gets to do what they want.

ATU 757 VICE PRESIDENT


MACFARLANE BRAGS ABOUT THE 80/20 HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN THAT MANAGMENT HAS

Macfarlane always seems to forget that most of the managers make far more money than most operators, and all the office people work in a controlled environment, basically nine-five. Operators are working all kinds of unhealthy work shifts covering all hours of the day, are exposed to toxins being emitted by the Trimet equipment, and exposed to all sorts of illnesses by being in such close contact with the public at large. In other words, our jobs kill us!
Macfarlane is comparing apples and oranges, people should not be fooled by his rhetoric.


I'd also like people to be aware that all the non union employees are vested after 5 years on the job. Union employees are vested after 10 years. How is that fair?


Macfarlane also likes to brag that he hasn't had pay raise in 4 years! Bus operators haven't had a pay raise in 28 years. The only reason our wages have risen at all is due to cost of living index. We are also now saddled with paying a % of our health care premium...


DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE OF MACFARLANE

Friday

35

Friday, January 13, 2012

Disappeared Portland A-Foot post


More on the MAX attack

TriMet beating of 14-year-old girl on MAX last month started with exchange over a boy, police say | OregonLive.com

MAX beating was ugly, but the reaction by some has been just as bad | OregonLive.com

4 arrested in TriMet MAX beating caught on video | kgw.com Portland

Mother and daughter accused in Thursday assault on Tri-Met bus arraigned in court | OregonLive.com

 TriMet steps up patrols in wake of assaults

Mother and daughter accused in Thursday assault on Tri-Met bus arraigned in court

TriMet beating of 14-year-old girl on MAX last month started with exchange over a boy, police say

 When a city is also the victim | OregonLive.com

TriMet promises new security missions

OH MY GOD-A MAN HAS A GUN "NEAR" THE MAX STATION

KATU crew records man with a gun being chased near MAX

Get ready operators! Bring your earplugs!

NO MORE LIP SERVICE


TriMet promises new security missions

PORTLAND TRIBUNE HERE!

ROME MAY BE BURNING BUT THATS NO REASON TO STOP THE PARTY

We were pleased to host FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff here in Portland over the last two days.  He was here to kick-off and attend the first ‘Streetcar Roundtable’ – we co-hosted the event with the City of Portland. It drew 55 city, transit district, and federal officials to share best practices in streetcar development.   

One of the highlights was a tour and ‘opening’ celebration for the reconstruction of Moody Street in South Waterfront.  Construction cranes and hard hats were evidence of the rapid change that District will see. The Oregon university system is developing a 265,000 square foot ‘collaborative life sciences building’ right at the future intersection of the Portland to Milwaukie light rail line, streetcar, our north south buses (now the 35 and 36), and our future bus lines using the PMLR bridge (9,17, 19).  The cranes supporting the construction of the bridge was part of the scene.   The new Moody is the kind of ‘complete’ street we’ll see more of in the region’s future.  It includes a cycle track, pedestrian way, streetcar, and auto lanes. Nice design – and good for transit.

In meeting with the Administrator, we reviewed the status of the PMLR project, CRC, and our growing ridership. He told me personally what he later said at the Moody Street event regarding the PMLR – “ …the money is on its way." Message couldn’t get better than that.         

I want to offer special thanks to the community relations team, particularly the staff in Ann Becklund’s department (but others as well), for the great effort in co-hosting the roundtable.   Their efforts made us look good once again to a national audience – and key stakeholders and funders.  
Great job all!
Neil
Docume

Trimet Diaries

The Detour

MONDAY IS MLK DAY-CHECK YOUR BUS SCHEDULE!

TriMet: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Service, January 17, 2011

JACK BOGDANSKI

Rakeshia, Markishia, and their mothers (Jack Bog's Blog)

America's war on the poor via transit

Metro Bus riders attack service cuts - News - The Buffalo News

Oregonian Editorial Board

Lake Oswego plan rightly derailed

$3.70! WAS IT WORTH IT?


Trimet's latest humiliation happened yesterday on bus 71. Two fare evaders were asked to leave the bus over two bad transfers The incident escalated out of control and now we have two people in jail (at the cost of much more than $3.70), several people emotionally scarred, and another incident where Trimet looks to be the most dangerous place to be in Portland.

When will the bus drivers learn to PUSH THE FARE EVASION BUTTON and let the evaders ride for crying out loud!

It's not worth the trouble, there are uniformed personnel that handle fare evasions. The bus drivers job is to drive the bus and NOTIFY DISPATCH in case of fare evasion.

Macfarlane's absurdity

TriMet's sparsely attended Twitter town hall; transit study; Oregon's windshield obsession; and bus crash video: Commuting roundup | OregonLive.com

 TriMet promoted Thursday night’s virtual Tw-on hall with General Manager Neil McFarlane as if it were the agency's moon-launch moment on Twitter. I’m not sure the event managed to leave the Portland skyline.

McFarlane started the 6 p.m. #askneil Q&A conversation in bursts of 140-character-or-less messages with one simple rule: “We have one hour, so I’ll try to answer as many questions (one question per tweeter) as I can before 7 p.m.”

Of course, that one-question-per-tweeter rule stalled out as soon as McFarlane realized TriMet riders weren’t exactly clamoring to drill him on budget issues in the middle of the evening rush hour.

The GM wound up answering (or, in some cases, not answering) multiple questions from the same handful of tweeters. There seemed to be just as many transit haters as riders hurling tweets.

For the most part, the queries stuck to trying to make sense of how TriMet is once again running on red ink even as ridership grows. Among other things, McFarlane hinted at the agency working on options to pay fares electronically and making money by selling ads on its website.

But many comments and questions strayed into the misinformed, conspiratorial, union-bashing and wildly hyperbolic (“ChargerJeff” claimed 80 percent of Clackamas residents oppose light rail, before changing that figure to 71 percent and eventually dropping the issue altogether).

In the end, McFarlane signed off with: “You can provide your feedback in person, if you prefer. We’re holding open houses in February. #askneil"
Fortunately, the MAX FAQ’s blog archived the entire conversion.

PROOF POSITIVE THAT THE PART TIMERS AT TRIMET GET THE CRAP WORK

What you see in this first picture is a list of % of total time of a FULL TIMERS SHIFT is break time.
And what we see in this second picture is the % of total time of a PART TIMERS SHIFT is break time
The disparity is quite noticeable!
These figures are from the spring merlo signup.