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Ergonomics.Important for the 200 or so TriMet desk jockeys.Not so important for the hundreds of bus drivers subjected to personal injury driving a 1400-1900 series bus.Safety First, except when it's inconvenient.
well, when you're buying new...
When your flush with tax payers money you can spend it as foolishly as you want.It's gubmint ya know!
Gee, Jason, and why isn't TriMet buying NEW buses when they are at their federally stated 12 year old age???If old obsolete buses are good enough for TriMet...TriMet can go shop the used office supply warehouse at City Liquidators for office furniture.
Good quality office chair, $20 at City Liquidators.
Cafe Table, $49.99, good for conference tables and lunch rooms. At City Liquidators.
Computer Desk, $39.90, at City Liquidators.
Does City Liquidators have the items in the quantity that TriMet needs? How long will the used furniture last and what will the life costs be compared to new?And what about the fact that much of it is being paid for by the Federal grant (as relocation and/or project costs) and not by TriMet operating funds?why isn't TriMet buying NEW busesI thought they were.at their federally stated 12 year old age???It has been noted time and again that 12 years is a guideline established years ago that is being reconsidered and that, given the mild climate here, TriMet finds it is cost effective to keep buses longer than 12 years.
Remember some things of the federal minimum date of retirement is 12yrs or 500,000 miles. The company has right now the 1400s to the 2200s series bus that fall under the 12 yr rule, and since the company runs 23 hours a day for all buses, than you could possible add all the way up to the 2700 series buses that have more than 500,00 miles on them. Or you can look at parts life alone, such as axles (they need to be replaced at the 7yr mark), brakes (they need replacement at 3yrs) etc. Instead of putting more money (or that 1.5 million)into improvement of the equipment side, they rather put that money into glossy desks and work spaces, stupid. Ask the question, "how long does it take to replace a drivers seat as opposed to a office chair?",try years!HB
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