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Thursday, February 2, 2012

TRIMET FOLLOWING THE TWITTERS

I wonder where they got that idea?

Seen and Heard: Tasting snow, rockin’ out and lost purse recovered « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans


Thursday


HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE THE DRIVER OF THIS BUS

Youngstown News, Transit bus loses wheels on I-376 near Pittsburgh

ALWAYS NICE TO SEE TRIMET IN THE NATIONAL NEWS

Portland transit police arrest boy, 11, with loaded gun on light rail train - The Washington Post

Hmmm?

Myrle U'Ren
why several times a wk the 5:08 greenline has 1 train. Delays me getting home by 1/2hr.
in reply to 
TriMet
In most instances, the reason we are running a single car is out of our control.

RON PAUL SUPPORTERS...MEET HIS GOOD BUDDY...MITT ROMNEY!!

Read the Story Here

Yes, that's a kid playing Beatles on a mandolin on the @trimet bus

this looks like one of my videos from the past!
http://yfrog.com/nvsqez

TriMet's April Fools Joke

photos from Poipu Beach




WHO ELSE REALIZES THE STORY NEVER CHANGES!

TriMet to beef up MAX & bus security | kgw.com Portland

$49,142.00 - $73,717.00 Annually

Better than a 40 hour a week bus driver, they got no money, but then again they obviously got plenty of dough!

TriMet: Jobs - TriMet Career Opportunities

And don't forget, only SAFE accountants need apply!

If these are out there I'm sure not getting any....maybe the west side doesnt get em...

All the fareboxes in TriMet’s Bus Fleet are being rebuilt to like-new condition. This rebuild will not change the operation of the fareboxes or the procedures for addressing mechanical problems. If you encounter a coin jam or bill jam in your farebox, follow the same procedures as before to clear these jams.
The rebuild project will be completed in February but there will be a break-in period for the new parts in the fareboxes. Maintenance appreciates your patience during this transition and asks that Operators report any problems by submitting an Operator’s Report of Defect Card.

Well, at least we get new chairs, oh wait, westside is NOT GETTING ANY CHAIRS....

TriMet’s current operating budget includes some limited funding for work environment improvements. One area of improvement highlighted by operators and managers was the need to upgrade the seating in operator break rooms out in the field. Much of that seating is below standards for comfort and durability.
As an initial step toward a more comfortable work environment, we are upgrading the chairs located at Gateway, Clackamas, and Gresham Central. The new chairs will be arriving at these locations soon.

Sounds like this was already decided upon, hopefully I'll be outta here by then

During the recent sign-up many of you had the opportunity to see the prototype of a transfer printer unit being considered by TriMet. More than 70 operators took the time to provide written feedback and many more offered verbal comments on the unit. The feedback will be used to help improve final design of the unit so that it best serves operators & our customers.

$30,000,000 for radios in case you forgot

TriMet is in the process of replacing our current radio system with a state of the art CAD/AVL system (computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle locator). The radio replacement project is important because our current radio system is costly to maintain and is not compliant with federal regulations.
In the near future a small fleet of buses with the new CAD/AVL radio will be placed into revenue service to test the radio performance. This in-service test fleet will operate out of the Merlo garage.
The upgrade of the bus fleet and operator training on CAD/AVL will be completed this year.
(Federal regulations, the heart of the problem, and I am NOT a conservative)

Another business shuts its bathroom to Trimet-via Shelly Lomax

Operators on the line 15 were recently notified that one of the restrooms TriMet employees use on the route is no longer available for our use. The business said that, although they felt bad ending the privilege, they had no choice. Unfortunately some operators were letting passengers use the facility and the restroom was not consistently left in good condition by operators or the passengers using the facility.
I wish the feedback from this business was unique, but from time to time we hear similar concerns from other businesses who allow us the use of their facilities. Sometimes it is a real challenge to find businesses willing to allow the restroom access we want and need - this can result in resorting to portable toilets or less convenient restroom access.
It is important to note that in most cases businesses that allow us access receive little or no monthly payment for allowing the use of their restrooms. These businesses typically welcome us because they value the service that TriMet provides and they generally appreciate the hard work TriMet employees perform. In short, they allow access to their private facilities as a courtesy.
As you go about your day, you may stop in at one of the businesses who have been gracious enough to allow us access. If you do, please do not allow non-TriMet personnel into the facility and be a good guest. Thank you.

TOP TRIMET STORIES

ADA FOLLIES
 DRIVING TRIMET EQUIPMENT IS DANGEROUS TO OUR HEALT...
 WARNING! CALLING STOPS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH A...
 TRIMET BRAGS ABOUT ITS U-TURN ON FARES
 DOES TRIMET MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS OF ERGONOMICS?
 THE TRANSFER PRINTERS
 His Holiness
 A Peak at the Future of TriMet Fare Collection?
 TRIMET CREATED THEIR OWN FAILURE

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JANUARY MEETING OF THE TRIMET BOARD

About the Trimet board of directors meetings
 2 NOTABLE TESTIMONIES TO THE TRIMET BOARD
 JEREMY CHASE NOT HAPPY WITH TRIMET AT ALL
 Disabled rider's dog keeps getting shocked by MAX train
 Michael Levine says "CAT" committee does NOT represent the disabled
 GUT WRENCHING TESTIMONY FROM PORTLAND DISABLED RIDERS
 LYN LERBACH PLEADS FOR THE DISABLED
 IS THIS GUY FOR REAL? OR COULD HE BE A PLANT?
 LES POOL SAYS TRIMET'S HORSE CAN'T CATCH UP TO THE CART
 DIRECTOR CLARK WANTS TRIMET EXECUTIVES TO EXPLAIN PROCESS
 Director Lerbach uncomfortable with handing out money
 Director Lerbach says construction project monitoring is seriously flawed!
 DR BETHEL WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE COST OVER RUNS
 STEVE SHOOP PULLS NO PUNCHES!
 STEVE CLARK REPORTS ARBITRATION MID MARCH
 TRIMET UNFUNDED LIABILITY IS $832,000,000
 BETH DEHAMMEL SAYS TRIMET AHEAD $10,000,000!
 MACFARLANE SAYS MILWAUKIE LIGHT RAIL STATIONS UNSECURED
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-3 HOUR TRANSFER
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-BUDGET TASK FORCE
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-TSA
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-'SNOW' EVENT'
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-attacks on Trimet
 MICHAEL LEVINE SAYS TRIMET NEEDS TO START TELLING THE TRUTH
 CAMERON JOHNSON OUTS TRIMET'S 'BUDGET TOOL' AS A FRAUD
 OPAL'S KEITH SHULTZ WEARS HIS SIGNATURE RAIN COAT TO PROTEST TRIMET SECRECY
 JASON MCHUFF TESTIFY'S BEFORE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 ATU 757 PRESIDENT JONATHAN HUNT SPEAKS TO THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 FAMOUS UNION ACTIVIST AND 67 RIDER STUART FISHMAN

ESTACADA RESIDENTS NOT HAPPY

The meeting began with some ground rules from Dodrill before TriMet’s Pam Wilson, a marketing manager, Kerry Ayres-Palanuk, a service planning manager, and Clay Thompson, a marketing coordinator, made their opening statements.
“We’re looking forward to a two-way conversation,” Wilson said. “We are in the preliminary stages of a budget process and everything is on the table.” (except pay cuts for executives)

GROUNDLESS COMPLAINTS ROLLING IN


It's amazing how many people are calling in on operators when something happens to them they don't like.
Folks, we are really working in a horribly hostile work environment.
Take precautions, protect yourselves, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT!

Stop the light-rail obsession.

Proponents will cite the fact that light rail will create jobs. But so will building lane miles and bridges. Minnesota Department of Transportation studies have proven that roads have a benefit/cost ratio greater than one, meaning that the economic benefit of a project outweighs the actual cost of the improvement and will pay for itself over time. Most road and bridge projects have ratios of three or four, meaning that $3 or $4 of calculated value is returned for every dollar of costs. The Hiawatha Line was projected at 0.42 in 1999, meaning that for every dollar spent, we receive 42 cents in value.
When you look at the costs, building more light rail lines is nothing short of a money pit that will bankrupt our state and our nation. It is time to cut our losses and stop this madness.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

58 RIDER MICHALE KRUPP (blue man) MAKES THE MERCURY

And Now, a Prose Poem for City Council

TRIMET NEEDS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT TWITTER

https://twitter.com/#!/trimet/status/165143883540467712 - TriMet admits that customer service doesn't use Twitter.  But maybe they should, since people tweet to @trimet to make customer service related complaints, and all they get told is to contact customer service. What's the point of the Twitter account then?!

PROTESTING THE TRIMET POLICE STATE


BOSTON HAS MANY OF THE SAME EVASION PROBLEMS AS PORTLAND

Fare Collection and Validation a Branding Problem for the MBTA « Transit on the Line

65-year-old woman struck by transit bus

The crash report said witnesses told police the woman was hit in the head by the side mirror on the bus, and her leg was then run over by the front left tire as the vehicle turned left onto East 1st Street.

 65-year-old woman struck by transit bus in Kannapolis | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post

RIDERS HAVE NO VOICE IN PUBLIC TRANSIT DISPUTES

A Voice for the Riders, Lost Amid Transit Talks - NYTimes.com

TAKING OUT TRASH CANS TO CUT DOWN ON TRASH?

Sounds insane to me:
MTA continuing test to keep trash cans out of subway stations - am New York

TRANSIT DISTRICT SUED FOR $50,000,000

Brooklyn Mother Sues MTA in Son's Subway Tunnel Death | NBC New York

BOSTON COMMUTERS FIGHTING BACK HARD

A hell of a lot harder than the commuters in this passive city are.
Obviously compared to "real" transit cities Portland isn't even on the map. I'm talking about the actual % of the population that uses transit.
In the Portland area only 12% of the population uses mass transit, obviously there wouldn't be much push back, because most citizens could care less about it here.

MBTA public hearing in Boston draws crowd, frustrations - Boston Environmental News | Examiner.com

PRICES TO RIDE TRANSIT AROUND THE WORLD

Public transportation prices in 80 cities around the world

TriMet once again proposing Lift fare hikes to help balance budget

JOE ROSE BLOG

BUS DRIVER GUNNED DOWN

NFTA bus driver gunned down before work - YouTube

IF YOUR BUYING APPLE PRODUCTS YOU ARE SUPPORTING SLAVERY

Inside Apple's Hidden Factories. Finally. | Mother Jones

MBTA TRYING TO PULL THE SAME STUNT AS TRIMET

A group advocating for public transit in Massachusetts lashed out at Transportation Secretary Richard Davey on Monday for what it called a “false choice” he has laid out between “draconian” service cuts and fare hikes to help balance the MBTA’s books.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TRANSIT MANAGAEMENT RETALIATES AGAINST WHISTLE BLOWERS!

STOCKTON - San Joaquin Regional Transit District's top administrator took the stand Tuesday in an ongoing trial brought by three former employees who said they were let go because they helped a civil grand jury investigate the public bus company.

 RTD chief testifies in trial over dismissals | Recordnet.com


Rita Wages, 50, filed a charge of discrimination Jan. 19 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal laws against discrimination in the workplace. The charge says she was dismissed from Citrus Connection in December after three years of employment.
Wages, a Lakeland resident, claimed the firing came in retaliation for her reporting a violation of federal health information privacy laws while she was on medical leave in June.

Nissan Leaf rear-ends school bus in Oregon; results in minor injuries but no fire

CLICK HERE!

WEDNESDAY-VLOG


RANT FOR WEDNESDAY


Jeff Welch encounters a "security incident"

Another Day at the Office: Spiderweb « PSTO News

More from the Western Front








80 degrees,slight nw tradewind,sunny and very little people.Hmmm...a great vacation spot!




Haha!

This is to confirm that TriMet has received your request and it will be reviewed by our General Counsel. She was out of the office last week and returned yesterday. We expect to have a response for you early next week.

$17 million short? GOD THEY GOT NERVE

Job Title: Director, Business Programs
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/10/12 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $7,442.08 - $9,302.58 Monthly
$89,305.00 - $111,631.00 Annually
Job Type: Non-Union Regular Full-Time
Location: 4012 SE 17th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

CLIPS FROM AROUND THE TRIMET SYSTEM


HOW TO RIDE METRO BUS FREE-JEFF WELCH

Ride Free Area Not Limited to Downtown Seattle
While King County Metro has maintained a “ride free area” (RFA) in the Central Business District (CBD) since 1973, the RFA is slated to come to an end later this year and Metro will begin a universal “pay as you enter” system.  No more will passengers be permitted to board Metro coaches without paying.
So called “fare evasion” is the practice of riding a bus where fares or valid passes are required – without presenting a valid pass or fare.  In some cases the passenger has realized that they left their pass at home, or makes an honest error.  In many more cases however fare evasion is the deliberate act of a passenger wishing to make use of public transportation without paying the fare – either due to inconvenience (I don’t have change right now), entitlement (I pay taxes already), or outright disregard for the law (I just don’t feel like it).

KATU ON FARE CRACKDOWN

http://www.katu.com/news/local/TriMet-fare-crackdown-leads-to-more-citations-138495389.html?tab=video&c=y

ADA FOLLIES

Our mad managers, the hysterics that run this place, so quick to jump on its front line employees all the while hiding the gross incompetence of themselves, make such a big deal out of the stop's being called.

Management abrogated its promised upgrades to its bus system, now in their attempt to cover their own asses are finding ways of pointing fingers at operators,  which has been the technique used by management for some time now.

One of the glaring flaws in the ADA is the complete ignoring of the needs of the DEAF!

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THE ADA TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR DEAF PEOPLE TO HELP USE TRANSIT!

Interesting isn't it?

A PRIVATE TRANSIT COMPANY WITH ETHICS

PM - Bus boss's $15 million surprise 01/02/2012

TRIMET VS BELL-CASE DISMISSED

Court Upholds Two Year Statute of Limitations for Survival Actions against Oregon Public Bodies — Government Litigation Blog

ROUTE 52 ALERT!

Paving on Northwest 185th Avenue expected to delay Bethany traffic | OregonLive.com

STEVE FUNGS MOVIE OF THE WEEK!


TUESDAY


L.O. to lose bus service?

Jake Oswego | Lake Oswego News and Views

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Look at this Trimet facebook post

Click here!

DRIVING TRIMET EQUIPMENT IS DANGEROUS TO OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY

I CAN'T EVEN SEE THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS-DAVE HAS TO TELL ME WHEN THE LIGHT IS GREEN!

WARNING! CALLING STOPS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg61saArHhU

ABOUT THE FARES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlR93vxI340

JOE ROSE

TriMet report shows major crackdown on fare cheats in December | OregonLive.com

About the Trimet board meetings

CLICK HERE!

ANOTHER GREAT QUOTE FROM PORTLAND MERCURY BLOGGERS

""This city is run by children, for children. And not real children, because then our schools might be good. No, it's run for 30-year-old children. ""
 Portland Mercury | Blabby

SKATEBOARDER ATTACKS BUS


Raw video: Skateboarder rage caught on tape - The Globe and Mail

BUS DRIVER SHOT

Metro bus driver shot - YouTube

TRIMET BRAGS ABOUT ITS U-TURN ON FARES

Fare enforcement has never been high on the list of priorities for Trimet, now in business for 42 years.
For 40 years they have had this laissez-faire attitude about fares and fare enforcement.
Then all of a sudden the power elite of TRIMET decide that fares are important and must be collected and enforced.
They sprung this change on an unwitting and uneducated population and now brag at the "great job" they are doing.
The power elite have done nothing to simplify the fare system, or secure the MAX stations, or even make sure the ticket machines are 100% reliable.
Nope, they are just proud that they have been able to sik the cops and fare inspectors on a mostly poor and unsuspecting population.
Personally, I think its pathetic that citizens are not even given a first time warning, its just another example of government preying on the citizens to sustain itself.

Does Trimet meet basic standards of Timetables, shift schedules and break periods

There is a common myth that drivers are the "boss of the bus". In reality bus drivers often feel themselves to be prisoners of the timetable and unpredictable or unsocial shift times. They often feel helpless in the face of conflicting demands on them to stick to the timetable, drive safely, and provide a friendly service to passengers.


This powerlessness, or "low autonomy" as the experts call it, is in itself a cause of stress. Working-time practice should include


The working week should not be more than 40 hours, and the normal working day not more than eight hours.
No driver should be allowed to drive continuously for more than four hours without a break. Ideally a twenty minute break should be provided after two hours of continuous work.(not recovery time but break time) Drivers should be able to use their breaks to refresh and replenish themselves.
There should be enough time in the working day to reduce the conflict between the demand to stick to the timetable and the need to drive safely. This conflict is the underlying cause of a great deal of stress for drivers, resulting in them either driving too fast or being continually behind schedule.
The daily rest of drivers should be at least 11 consecutive hours, and split shifts should be avoided.
Assignments (routes, times, etc) should be regular and predictable, not day-to-day.
Days off should be guaranteed and should be at least two days at a time.

LIFE OF A BUS DRIVER-CAN YOU SURVIVE THIS JOB?

International Transport Workers' Federation: Bus Drivers Alert

DOES TRIMET MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS OF ERGONOMICS?

Bus compartments are often uncomfortable, inflexible, and exposed to the elements which makes them too hot or too cold. No allowance is made in the design for drivers of different height or weight. The ideal cabin design should include the following:
  • The driver’s seat should be vertically and horizontally adjustable and have adjustable lower back support and adjustable springs. The controls for adjusting the seat must be easy to operate.
  • The steering wheel should be no more than 460 mm in diameter and be adjustable along the axis of the steering column. Its angle of inclination should also be adjustable.
  • The pedals should be within easy reach for small and tall drivers alike. They should have equal angles.
  • The dashboard should have easy to read displays which are arranged according to functions and frequency of use. It should be easy and safe to operate all manual controls, especially emergency controls.
  • Big and small drivers must be able to enter and leave the working space easily, and effective heating and cooling systems should be provided for the cab.

Interesting comment from the Mercury Blog

Oh the cuts! The only people who are truly affected by these cuts don't read this blog. It's just so, so, fucking tiresome to read about and hear absolute retards say that this city has such wonderful, amazing public transportation.

It doesn't.

Sure it does, compared to like second rate, nationally unimportant cities that have none.

MONDAY


MARY FETSCH QUOTES

"I think it's disturbing," said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch, "When you think about transit as a reflection of the community, and what happens in the community well, at times will happen on transit. An 11-year-old. Wow. You think, 'What has our community come to?'"
 Boy, 11, arrested with gun on MAX ordered to wear GPS bracelet | NWCN.com Washington - Oregon - Idaho

Another crash picture

TriMet rider taken to hospital after SUV collides with bus | OregonLive.com

THE TRANSFER PRINTERS

Cash register

I had a very interesting conversation with an operator that saw a demonstration of those 'transfer printers'.
He said it reminded him of the McDonald's computer screen.
You know, when you buy a burger!
He then described how it worked, and that's when I got worried!
Do they actually expect us to work a 'cash register' and print a receipt every time someone pays a fare?
Because if they do, IT AIN'T GONNA WORK!

Monday, January 30, 2012

THEY HIDING SOMETHING?

A couple of weeks ago I sent a request for public records to Trimet for the pension amounts for Fred Hansen, Brian Playfair, Carolyn Young.

They acknowledged it and that was the end of it.

I tweeted Portland A-Foot's Michael Anderson asking if they had any sort of time limits to respond.

Here is his answer:

 @PortlandAfoot: @APMARGULIES They have to give you a timeline "as soon as practicable" but don't have a set time to respond. http://t.co/ZEuygmHZ






City Transportation Workers Protest Cuts

PORTLAND MERCURY

LISTS

List of U.S. cities with high transit ridership - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 List of U.S. cities with most pedestrian commuters
List of U.S. cities with most bicycle commuters

Snacks at PCC

Dispatch

Operator upset she had her picture taken by person who was in their truck in front of a bus stop

Tri-Met's new ATM for trains: you

 A couple of readers have alerted us to this one: The not-so-clever people who have been running Tri-Met have come up with a proposal to pile up tons of tax dollars for future rail projects. And apparently the plan will mean new taxes for all of us. As one reader put it --

2 NOTABLE TESTIMONIES TO THE TRIMET BOARD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UWWLTp9MNs

MORE TESTIMONY FROM PORTLAND DISABLED COMMUNITY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbpn5ETyXTw

JEREMY CHASE NOT HAPPY WITH TRIMET AT ALL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvfKqtanI0o

"Working with TriMet" Coffee Klatch Follow up


Greetings,

We discussed several items with the TriMet representatives last night at the “Working with TriMet” Coffee Klatch. For those of you who couldn’t make it, please find a general summary below regarding the budget cut process and advocating tips.

BUS DRIVERS UNDER MICROSCOPE WORLDWIDE

Spotted: Kid sitting on steps of moving bus

HALIFAX METRO INVOLVED IN 663 COLLISIONS

Metro Transit buses were involved in 663 collisions over a one-year period, CBC News has learned.
CBC reporter Bob Murphy filed a freedom-of-information request with Metro Transit and received a database of the crashes involving its buses between November 2010 and November 2011.
It works out to be almost two incidents per day. Collisions range from minor bumps to more serious incidents involving pedestrians, which happened three times, according to the data from Metro Transit.

 Metro buses involved in hundreds of crashes a year - Nova Scotia - CBC News

MAN TAKES OVER BUS AND THEN GOES ON RAMPAGE

Pune rampage - DNA

BUS DRIVER SUES CHICKEN STORE

Chicken delight it wasn’t! Lajzer Grynsztajn's lawsuit says ‘wired’ food put him in hospital - NY Daily News

1 hurt in collision involving TriMet bus

http://www.kgw.com/news/1-hurt-in-Portland-collision-involving-TriMet-bus-138347619.html

Federal Way mulling ways to leave Sound Transit

CLICK HERE FOR STORY

FEDERAL BULLSHIT

Building BART cars overseas adds insult to cost

DEATH BY LIGHT RAIL

Sacramento light-rail crash devastates family - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Report: 98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others

READ THE ONION HERE!

Transportation chief says oil supply ‘unlimited’

In remarks that raised some eyebrows in the audience, the nation’s top transportation official said this week that there is an “unlimited supply of oil” in parts of the world.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made that statement Wednesday at Virginia Commonwealth University at the end of a town hall meeting attended by about 75 students, staff, and faculty members.

READ HERE!

POLICE STATE ON TRIMET TOO

TSA rail, subway spot-checks raise privacy issues - CNN.com

C-Tran leaders weigh other options for paying for light rail | The Columbian

CLICK HERE!

THE BEST OF TWITTER

http://twitter.com/#!/bkerensa/status/163365711140491265

http://twitter.com/#!/necrotelicom/status/163155613877141504

http://twitter.com/#!/iKarith/status/163153902072635393

I WONDER

Twitter / @bkerensa: I wonder if Liberty Tax pa ...

Gresham, 1995

MAX FAQ's

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Michael Levines letter to the board


TriMet Board of Directors
Via E-mail
℅ Kelly Runnion

Re: There must be more options than just pricing people with disabilities off of needed due mandated LIFT Paratransit service. *Before you consider the fare increase proposal on the table, more below...

Dear Board Members:

I know there can be other options besides huge unfair fare increases focused on the backs of people with disabilities in order to balance TriMet's budget shortfall. That due to TriMet managements' errors causing the budgetary issues using proposed/unfair fare increases as the method of balancing TriMet's budget is ludicrous. That overall public transit needs to be managed in a proper manner keeping transit affordable encouraging people to use public transit as intended for a healthier environment etc. And, one example of poor judgment by TriMet management is the labor dispute with the union which to date outcomes have not been what management thought outcomes would be. That shortfall due to managements' wrong presumption has impacted the budget horribly and pricing people with disabilities off of LIFT Paratransit service because of managements' errors in judgment etc is clearly wrong. Additionally the ADA is clear paratransit service must be affordable and the proposal on the table makes LIFT unaffordable in direct conflict with the ADA as pointed out by TriMet management. (Management pointing out found in the ADA guidance for paratransit service: paratransit service must be affordable.)

Re:Willamette Shore

Claim: The value of the Willamette Shore/Jefferson Street right-of-way is $0 since at least some of it is only an agreement to allow a rail line, and no railroad would be interested in purchasing it

Reality: I don't know if Erik (partially) owns his home or not, but he should understand that the value of it isn't what he could get for it today, but in the shelter it provides. Likewise, the value of the right-of-way is the ability to use it for a rail transit line.

(The value matters since the Federal government is willing to use that as match in a project funding agreement. Also, to be clear, I haven't been gung-ho for the streetcar project that was proposed.)

"VIPR" teams...sheeesh

Transit Police Officers (TPD) teamed up with federal security partners this week on a 4-day mission on MAX. The VIPR teams (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) are Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) federal agents. TriMet and our federal security partners conduct these types of deployments regularly at random times throughout the year. The missions are designed to enhance security by working in mass transit, aviation, maritime, rail and other transportation modes alongside local law enforcement agencies. The exact makeup of the VIPR teams is determined jointly with local authorities and DHS.
 This particular deployment was not in response to any specific or recent activity or threat. The deployment started last Sunday, January 22nd, with teams riding the trains looking for any suspicious activity. They walked through trains and deboarded, allowing trains to continue revenue service. The missions were successful but reported back no higher-than-usual rates of arrest or exclusions.

People know "stay off Trimet" when it snows (or when it chains)

Overall ridership was down about 10 percent during last week’s two snow days. Ridership typically drops during winter weather events and last week’s snow days were no exception. TriMet sees many new riders during winter weather events, but a lot of people stay home or do not make as many trips as usual. Here are the ridership numbers for last week’s snow days:
Tuesday, January 17
·         Bus - 208,700 (compared with Tuesday, Jan 10 - 216,400)
·         MAX - 126,500 (compared with Tuesday, Jan 10 - 133,700)
Wednesday, January 18
·         Bus - 198,800 (compared with Wednesday, Jan 11 - 219,500)
·         MAX - 117,900 (compared with Wednesday, Jan 11 - 135,800)

His Holiness

There is going to be a lot of conversation in the coming weeks and months about fares. Should we re-structure them, how much should we raise them, how do we make them easier to collect, how much more should we be investing in enforcement, and how does it affect particular communities or particular stakeholders. It is an important topic - after all, about 1/4 of our operating budget comes from fares. When I talk to operators, no topic gets more attention. For example, we are getting pretty positive feedback on the transfer printer being showcased during this week's sign-up.
Most operators also tell me - get rid of the zones! One of my objectives, embedded in our five year plan - is making sure whatever we do in the short-term lines up with the trajectory we want to be on in the long term. More specifically, I think we need to modernize our fare system, and move to the next generation of electronic fares - that will take a few years - but one thing we've heard from other transit agencies who have already implemented electronic fares: "...the first thing you  need to do is simplify your fare policy and structure as much as possible." Electrons don't make a complex fare system simple all by themselves.
Between now and February 8th, I will be working to put together the budget plan based on the work of the budget task force, the nearly 5,000 survey responses we got, stakeholders, and what I've heard over time from our operators and other staff. A fare proposal will be part of that - and then the whole community of transit riders will have a chance to engage on the topic. Much more to come.
Best
Neil

Disabled rider's dog keeps getting shocked by MAX train


Michael Levine says "CAT" committee does NOT represent the disabled


GUT WRENCHING TESTIMONY FROM PORTLAND DISABLED RIDERS


CHANGE THE RULES!

Rick Van Beveran used to tell us occasionally that the TRIMET CHARTER does not require that the TRIMET BOARD listen to any testimony from the public.
That's a truly telling statement about the governance of our transit system.
They have been allowing testimony however, but its limited to 3 minutes.
They need to allow at LEAST FIVE MINUTES for members of the public to speak.
AND THEY NEED TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY, NOT JUST SIT THERE AND LISTEN POLITELY!

LYN LERBACH PLEADS FOR THE DISABLED


IS THIS GUY FOR REAL? OR COULD HE BE A PLANT?


LES POOL SAYS TRIMET'S HORSE CAN'T CATCH UP TO THE CART


The Italian Cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino began his new job as a bus driver yesterday....


VISTA BRIDGE-1930

They do have a clue at least

Though TriMet strives to balance simplicity and ease of use for the customer vs. offering different products to address specific markets, it is apparent that over time the fare system has become too complicated, with too many different products. It is very difficult
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for new and infrequent riders to figure out, primarily due to a zone system that can be complicated even for frequent riders. This can be a barrier to new riders, and for existing riders, the complex fare structure can lead to disputes at the farebox. Another source of customer concern is that transfer times are different on bus and rail. TriMet will review changes to both fare policy and technology to address these concerns.

New riders and visitors in particular complain that it is difficult to determine the correct fare to buy. TriMet’s own research on how riders buy fares shows that new and infrequent riders often buy the wrong fare because they have difficulty figuring out zones.
In addition to the zones, the fare structure is complicated by the fact that TriMet has more than 35 different fare instruments, including a variety of tickets and passes, for customers to choose. For example, there are 5 different monthly passes: adult all zone, adult zone 1 and 2, adult zone 2 and 3 zone, honored citizen, and youth. In addition, TriMet issues an annual pass, a half monthly pass, a 30 day rolling pass, a 14 day rolling pass, a 7 day rolling pass, a packet of ten ride tickets, a seven day scratch-off pass, an upgrade, and employer passes.

TriMet does operate commuter rail service. Most transit properties charge a premium fare for commuter rail service. When the WES commuter rail service began, an interagency agreement specified that the fare would not be higher than TriMet’s fares. The cost to ride WES is an all zone fare with a free transfer to other TriMet service. Because WES provides premium commuter service, a premium fare could be considered as part of the fare review. However, a premium fare would need to be balanced against the potential negative effect on ridership.

Bus transfers are made of flimsy paper, are extremely difficult for riders to decipher and difficult for operators to issue because they must be ripped individually.

AND IMPOSSIBLE FOR OPERATORS TO READ I ADD!

About the fare boxes


Interesting stats from the fare report


FARE SYSTEM WHITE PAPER COMMISSIONED BY TRIMET

READ HERE!

A Peak at the Future of TriMet Fare Collection?

Read the article at PORTLAND TRANSPORT HERE!

For TriMet, image is everything

 I don't know whether TriMet is equally resigned to its inability to police the mess, but the agency's public perception and commitment to the task both took dramatic hits at week's end. On the morning following another celebrated brush with violence aboard MAX, TriMet was lobbying for another obnoxious fare increase

BUSINESS MAN TO REPLACE LERBACH?

Lyn Lerbach is asking too many questions apparently and the rumor is he is being replaced by THIS GUY!


It used to be pretty predictable that a man/woman from the minority race would be fairly progressive and be a good watch dog for those less fortunate, but those days are gone.

Kitzhaber turned out to be a Judas, won his office via labor now is turning his back on labor.  Of course its not really surprising. 

DIRECTOR CLARK WANTS TRIMET EXECUTIVES TO EXPLAIN PROCESS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChRpEHP6mas

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Director Lerbach uncomfortable with handing out money


PORTLAND POLICE BRUTALIZE PROTESTERS

Portland Police Continue To Brutalize Peaceful Occupy Protesters! "One Officer Got A Scratch!!!" - YouTube

In "suicide by cop," collateral damage (Jack Bog's Blog)

Slow moving TriMet bus

VIDEO

OHSU tram tour

The OSHU tram turned 5 yesterday, so today they had a birthday party for it in the Center for Health & Healing which is OHSU's South Waterfront location & the bottom terminus for the tram. Inside was tram artwork & photography, a couple of tram operators with some of the tools & tram parts & segments of the cables to see up close, and also cupcakes.  Every half hour or so they ran tours of the engine room and control room.

video


More pictures....

DIRECTOR LERBACH SAYS TRIMET MANAGMENT IS NOT MONITORING CONTRACTORS PROPERLY!


Remember this?

This was a microphone that was plugged into the main bus speaker so you could call stops without losing your teeth. It turned out to be another failure.

DR BETHEL WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT COST OVER RUNS


TRIMET UNFUNDED LIABILITY IS $832,000,000


STEVE CLARK REPORTS ON THE ARBITRATION

Hearing will be Mid March, decision mid April, but the contract expires THIS COMING NOVEMBER!

STEVE SHOOP PULLS NO PUNCHES!

BETH DEHAMMEL SAYS TRIMET AHEAD $10,000,000

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY80w4aMJLY

OK MARY FETSCH-LETS SEE YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS

Toronto transit boss steers image 'undercover' | CTV News

TRANSPARENT TRIMET (hehe)?

Well I guess they do have transparency when it comes to their bus GPS data. Not that that actually means much in terms of what the word TRANSPARENCY is supposed to mean. They are the leader in this sort of technology, but the lagger in the technology that helps secure stations and pay/enforce fares. Which is more important? I say the latter.
Transit transparency: Open data in action ~ Policy by the Numbers

IS MACFARLANE ABOUT TO USE THE TWINKEE DEFENSE?

Hostess Brands asks to shed union obligations Hostess Brands asks to shed union obligations
Associated Press
Posted on January 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Updated yesterday at 8:04 AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, has asked a judge to slash some of its commitments to union employees, saying it's the only way it can emerge from bankruptcy as a viable company.
The Teamsters union issued a swift rebuke on Thursday, saying Hostess was trying to "bully" its way out of obligations to its employees.
Hostess filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, hobbled by Americans' preference for healthier snacks, and stiff competition from other sweets makers like Entenmann's. The announcement came just three years after Hostess emerged from a previous bankruptcy restructuring.
Unions represent more than three-quarters of Hostess' 19,000 employees, the company said.
Hostess is based in Irving, Texas.

LYING&CHEATING YOUR WAY OUT THE THE MESS YOU MADE

TriMet: Moving Forward while Cutting Back | City Club of Portland

I GOT MY OWN PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN!

My new blog title "Trimet Executives have the ethics of a Squid" is circulating very well around the net.
You see it numerous times in numerous places:

IF PEOPLE SEE IT OVER AND OVER THEY JUST MIGHT START REPEATING IT THEMSELVES!



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JACK GETS IT

Tri-Met collapsing under its own train madness

Making it much more expensive for honest passengers to ride, all the while cutting bus service, is just going to accelerate the death spiral. Goldschmidt crony Fred Hansen parachuted out just before the plunge became obvious. Why his hapless successor took the gig is anybody's guess.
Tri-Met's allowed itself to be Blumenauered into oblivion. You'll have to ride a bike, because there won't be a bus, and the streets will be pretty much blocked to cars.
And now we're up to a five buck minimum entry fee every time we go downtown? The phrase "ghost town" comes immediately to mind.

Friday, January 27, 2012

TRIMET CREATED THEIR OWN FAILURE


Trimet's transfer system is and has been a miserable failure for a long long time. I have never seen another Transit district allow a ride to and from a destination on the same transfer.

There are very few places that have such unreadable and unenforceable transfers in use. Can drivers actually read the day code? The zone code? The classification code?

Some not too bright drivers actually do attempt to read all of the above and try to enforce what is actually a completely unenforceable methodology.

Passengers can use the same transfer for days, and many do, as a driver I gave up years ago trying to deal with the stupidity of the transfer process.

Trimet created a completely unsecured light rail system. The "honor system". It was all part of the 60's and feel good 70's mantra.
It was a different world back then don't forget for those of you who were actually alive and old enough to remember.

The system was meant to be "friendly" and easy to use.

A fare-less square gave riders easy access to buses and trains and allowed for very simple fare evasion.

When you think about it, it seems the planners INTENTIONALLY created a system that was destined to have problems.

Why would they do that?

I think they did it because they wanted to BRAG ABOUT PORTLAND HAVING THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA RIDERSHIP IN THE COUNTRY.

They achieved that goal by creating a unworkable transfer product and a 'fare FREE' zone where people could easily get on the system without having to pay.

AND THEN THE BEAN COUNTERS GOT TO DO THEIR MAGIC.

Abracadabra, LOADS OF BOARDING RIDES, LOADS OF THEM.

And then the planners started using those numbers to show PAPA FED that PORTLAND IS THE PLACE TO PLUNK DOWN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS for silly little projects that basically served people of wealth.

And the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FELL IN LOVE WITH PORTLAND because we HAD THE MOST RIDES PER CAPITA!

And even more money flowed into PORTLANDIA!

Then one day PAPA FED SAID, sorry Portlandia, we can't give you any more money.

And all those 'fake' boarding rides became somewhat irrelevant, because the PORTLAND BIG SHOTS couldn't turn boarding rides into cold hard cash.

AND THEN THEY WERE IN TROUBLE;
HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY PAY TO USE OUR SERVICE wondered the big shots?

AND NOW THEY ARE IN BIG BIG TROUBLE, THEY SEE THE FUTURE, AND IT IS BLEAK.

Women Use Public Transit More than Men

PORTLAND MERCURY

MERCURY ON THE NEW FARE IDEA

TriMet Looks Into Getting Rid of all Zones and Roundtrip Transfers | Blogtown, PDX

Union vote by proxy?

According to a very knowledgable source unless specifically prohibited in the bylaws-union members should be able to by designating a proxy.

NO WORD ON MY REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION

HOW MUCH ARE THEIR RETIREMENT PACKAGES WORTH?

TRIMET GOOD GUYS


NEW MILWAUKIE LIGHT RAIL STATIONS WILL STILL BE WALK ON HONOR SYSTEM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElPqg5eIVnA

BUS DRIVERS STILL ACTING LIKE FARE INSPECTORS

I can't #@$%ing believe it, really. (dispatch)

Union to TriMet: Cut managers, not drivers

Hunt’s Board testimony was a rare face-to-face with general manager McFarlane. Local 757 picketed McFarlane’s West Hills home Nov. 19. Hunt says the general manager has refused to meet with him, instead referring him to Randy Stedman, who was hired Nov. 14 as TriMet Executive Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources.
Stedman’s background is as a labor relations consultant. He takes credit on his web site for defeating a union campaign. In 2011 he represented Mt. Hood Community College, where he won concessions from faculty after a near-strike.

Full article is HERE!

CUT MACFARLANE/NOT ESTACADA

Estacada residents respond to TriMet

NOBODY WANTS TO DRIVE THE BUSES OVER HERE

Manpower crunch causes bus staff stress | Deccan Chronicle

HOLY COW-KIDS IN AMERIKA THINK NOTHING OF INFLICTING VIOLENCE ON EACH OTHER

Even though our ignorant management refuses to put audio into the video on buses, this clip shows how vital that is to capture the full extent of things going on in a bus:
As a school bus loaded with 67 students headed along a foggy, narrow southwest Marion County road at daybreak a few weeks ago, seven middle school students jumped a 13-year-old, the new girl on the bus that morning.
Within two minutes, the Liberty Middle School child was beaten unconscious. Though the community was concerned by the Jan. 6 attack, it wasn't until Wednesday's release of a security video, which showed the attack, did people become outraged.
The video, released Wednesday by the State Attorney's Office, turned an already-alarming event into a movie of sorts, one where viewers could get their own look at what happened instead of relying only a written interpretation.
Judith Tellerman, a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, watched the video and said the reason community reaction has escalated is simple: The incident came to life.
A newspaper article simply states a beating occurred. An Ernest Hemingway novel, on the other hand, captures sights, smells and sounds. In this case, the video gives that kind of context.

DRIVER GETS CALLED "A BUTCH"

Passenger dispute on dispatch right now!

COUPLE OF GUYS DOWNTOWN VIDEOTAPING BUSES AND BUS DRIVERS

On dispatch right now!

Watch this guy get lucky while he is working on the Rail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dwh4H3KK28&feature=colike

TIFFANY SWEITZER NEEDS TO RESIGN RIGHT NOW!

Ms Sweitzer has questionable ethics after revelations about her illegal parking lot that collected hundreds of thousands of dollars, which I understand, is still making money for her!
HERE is my complaint to the government ethics commission
HERE is the Portland A-Foot article on this subject.
HERE  is the Tribune article on this subject.







HOW TO FIX THE TRANSIT SYSTEM-BY AL M

As posted to the Joe Rose blog:

 Here's my idea, after driving Trimet and studying Trimet for the last 15 years.
All executives, their staffs, be immediately dismissed.
Capital projects dissolved completely.
Trimet board of directors DISSOLVED and a new board created that should be elected or appointed by LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS.
Expansion ideas all terminated until such time that Trimet becomes financially stable.
Rides cost $1 per vehicle, no time limits, no zones, no classifications, no transfers.
Each boarding will cost an additional $1, a smart card system can be used as a debit card or $1 cash will be accepted by on board fare boxes on buses, rail stations will be secured so that riders must pay BEFORE entering any station.
The only passes that will be issued are to the disabled, $25 per month unlimited rides on Trimet or Lift.
There will be one manager for every 100 operators, that would be about 15 managers. (that includes road supervisors as well as station managers)
The General Manager will be appointed by the elected board of directors, his staff will be limited to one administrative assistant.
Legal department will be limited to 3 attorneys and three assistants.
HR will have one director with one assistant.
Mechanics division will employ based on free market principles.
Marketing department immediately dissolved as Trimet is a monopoly and does not need marketing.

Communications department immediately dissolved as unnecessary.
IT department dissolved until such time that Trimet is financially solvent and can afford luxuries.
Citizens advisory committee to be comprised of CITIZENS THAT USE TRANSIT.
PROBLEMS ALL SOLVED.....


ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE

I have no issue paying for part of my benefits as long as I know our collective dollars going back to TM are being spent WISELY. TriMet has a long track record of scary (and FUEL-ish) spending. (A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS for a big deer art statue? Really?) Another $120k MANAGER? Has anyone really researched the organizational chart? There must be one manager/director/leadership position for every 5-10 non manager employee (I don’t know the exact figure but TM is top heavy)
2) WE DIDN’T BREAK THE LAW in our negotiations. TRIMET DID. AND, we haven’t slung anywhere near the mud TM has slung at us. Negotiating in good faith? The TM talk internally has been butterflies and rainbows…but that’s not the message the media and the public get.

Read the entire article at MAX FAQ's! 

JACK BOGDANSKI-telling it like it really is in Portland

Just as we wrote when it happened, it was a smart move on the other passengers' part to shut the heck up and get off at the next stop. Check out the latest MAX shocker from the PoPo:

THURSDAY

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11-year-old boy arrested after allegedly threatening woman with gun on MAX train

CLICK HERE!

Just some examples

 {Editors note: Jason Mchuff and Erik Halstead have had a long running feud, Jason insists his point of view is the correct one and Erik insists his point of view is the correct one. I'm of the opinion that both points of  view have validity}

HOLY COW! TriMet considering major fare changes, eliminating zones

JOE ROSE BLOG

Thursday, January 26, 2012

MACFARLANE APPEARS TO DO SOMETHING LOGICAL

TriMet expresses support for delay of Lake Oswego streetcar plans | OregonLive.com

What TriMet Should do re: Healthcare Costs

I think if TriMet wants to fix the healthcare problem, all they need to do is pass the $$ for health care to the union & tell the union that they're in charge of providing health care coverage in whatever way they see fit.

At that point the union/employees are directly in charge of what their plan looks like, how much they do/don't pay, retiree benefits, etc. When the plan costs goes up, then the union has to deal with collecting more money from the employees, reducing benefits, finding cost savings, explaining the cost rise to the employees, etc.

Seems like everybody wins.

DEBUNKING MACFARLANE

DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-3 HOUR TRANSFER
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-BUDGET TASK FORCE
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-TSA
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-'SNOW' EVENT'
 DEBUNKING MACFARLANE-attacks on Trimet

THE CHANGE IN MY BLOG TITLE HAS BEEN A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION


Many of my associates  have been asking me about the name change for my blog.
I try to explain to them that since TRIMET is using its WEB SITE to basically defame and demean its union personnel I thought it was appropriate to use my web site to return the favor to TRIMET EXECUTIVES.

I would have never thought of doing such a thing as this in the past, but the past is gone, we have a whole new bunch of tyrants ruling the roost and apparently the gloves are off.

L.O. SAYS BYE BYE TO PIE IN THE SKY

Lake Oswego officially suspends streetcar plans with goal of retaining Willamette Shore right-of-way for future transit use | OregonLive.com

TWITTER IS THE TRUE WAY TO JUDGE PUBLICS PERCEPTION OF A TRANSIT AGENCY

Forget high priced consultants and studies, just keep an eye on Twitter!

 "The most interesting thing we found is that transit riders do not give any positive sentiment at a particular time. They only give negative sentiment," he said. Now, this may seem depressing if you work for one of these agencies. "But that’s not very disappointing," Hasan said, "because we found that the lack of negative sentiment is basically what transit authorities should look for. If there’s no negative sentiment at any given time, that means that things are running smoothly."

 Science Confirms What We Know About the CTA and Twitter - The 312 - January 2012 - Chicago

FED'S CHANGE RULES

‘Social Equity’ to Be Weighed in U.S. Transit Funding Rule - Businessweek

 Edward Wytkind: Giving Up My Seat on the Bus

HEAD SQUID TO HOST MEET YOUR CRONIES LUNCHEON

RSVP: ELGL Forum with TriMet General Manager | Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders Network

TRIMET'S PLAN FOR THE DISABLED

LIFT - PortlandAfoot

TIFFANY SWEITZER NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE TRIMET BOARD

The senior member of TriMet’s board said Wednesday that she knew her development company wasn’t allowed to pave a Pearl District parking lot when tenants started asking about it in 2008.
But the prominent Portland developer said she did it anyway, because she disagrees with the city’s ban on adding surface auto parking downtown. Her company charged $100 a month per space in the illegal 112-space lot for three years.

TriMet board member says she knowingly violated city code with Pearl parking lot | Portland Afoot

I can point to several THOUSAND  Trimet riders who object to paying the EXORBITANT Trimet fares,but THEY ARE BEING HAULED INTO COURT AND EXCLUDED FROM TRIMET.

This SQUID thinks she is above the law!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DESTROYING TRIMET LIES AND DISTORTIONS


But okay, fine. You want to bring union workers in line with non-union workers? Well then, we’ll just take that to its logical conclusion. Let’s see… about 30% of our buses have no air conditioning, so to help save money, we’ll disable the A/C in about 30% of TriMet offices, like, oh I don’t know, the top floor of Center Street to start. And just like operators use seniority to sign good runs, non-union employees can use how long they’ve been at TriMet to bid for a good office. So to the newly hired Executive Director of HR? Sorry my friend, you’ll probably get stuck with no air conditioning. Good thing Oregon summers are more or less mild. But don’t worry! Every hour or so you’ll be allowed to get up, drink some ice water, and use the bathroom, as long as you don’t take more than 10 minutes to do all that.

 Empower. Trust. Stand Behind.” | MAX FAQs

JANUARY MEETING OF TRIMET ENABLERS AND SOCK PUPPETS


Wednesday

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Dueling disabilities on the 48

A man with a cane who had limited mobility got into a fight with a man in a wheelchair when he wouldn't move so the wheelchair could board! The wheelchair ran over the feet of the man with a cane and the fight was on!

Knives drawn on the MAX!

8 police units Beaverton!

PROUD TO BE PART OF THE RAG TAG ARMY THAT IS FIGHTING THE SUPERPOWER

I watch the testimony of those of us who are struggling to fight the unstoppable power of the behemoth known at TRIMET, and I gotta say we are a rag tag bunch very dedicated activists.

I think we should all stand proud even though it appears we are talking to a light post!