A tale of two TriMets
One of the Trimet’s is staffed by people who get up and go to sleep at all hours of the day and night.
They work outside in all sorts of conditions, the wet, the cold, the hot and even the icy.
They deal with every type of human being alive, some of them are violent, some are mentally ill, and some are severely physically handicapped.
Some of the personnel in this Trimet operate equipment that is 20 years old, full of dust and mold exposing them to all sorts of bacteria and viruses.
They work long days, some work days are 15 hours then a few hours off and back to work again.
These people work hard day in and day out to make the transit system operate. Without these people there would be no transit system.
Then there is the other TriMet.
This TriMet is staffed by people in suits; they go to meetings and have air-conditioned offices.
They mostly work 9-5 weekdays only.
They go on company junkets around the country giving speeches and listening to others giving speeches.
They deal with big money contracts and big money grants.
They make advertisements for themselves, they throw functions congratulating themselves.
They also make big money, many of these people in the other Trimet make six figure salaries, and they retire with huge pensions.
Nobody knows what other perks they get, this Trimet operates like the National Security Agency, they don’t give up any information unless they have too. And even then they charge the citizens to get it.
If the people that work at that TriMet didn’t bother to show up for work nobody would notice, the transit system would still be operating fine.
This is the tale of the two TriMets.