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Saturday, February 4, 2012

MBTA FINANCIAL CRISIS HAS SOME SIMILARITIES TO TRIMET

The MBTA may be financially broke, but it’s rich in apps. Transit riders in Greater Boston have access to more mobile and web applications (more than 50) than any of the nation’s largest transit agencies except New York’s MTA - though the T has about seven times as many apps per rider as the larger MTA.
Francisca Rojas of Harvard Kennedy School’s Transportation Policy Project recently praised the MBTA and TriMet (the transit system in Portland, Ore.) for doing the most to make high-quality data accessible and encourage third-party software developers to build apps at no cost to the agency and little or no cost to riders.
How T entered a tunnel of debt - Metro - The Boston Globe

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

TRIMET EXECUTIVES HAVE THE ETHICS OF A SQUID: MCFARLAND IS VERY CLEAR WHERE THE PRIORITIES LIE
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KATU SAYS TRIMET BUSES CHANGING TO MANY LANES - YouTube
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TRIMET EXECUTIVES HAVE THE ETHICS OF A SQUID: RON HEINZTMAN TO BE NEXT 757 VICE PRESIDENT?
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Sandi Day guilty!
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TRIMET EXECUTIVES HAVE THE ETHICS OF A SQUID: MY HERO APPEARS IN THE LABOR PRESS!
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TRIMET EXECUTIVES HAVE THE ETHICS OF A SQUID: REMEMBER THIS?
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TRIMET EXECUTIVES HAVE THE ETHICS OF A SQUID: SUNSET BOB THINKS DISPATCH NEEDS TO GROW UP
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TRIMET EXECUTIVES HAVE THE ETHICS OF A SQUID: ERIK HALSTEAD COMMENTS ON THE SANDI DAY TRAGEDY

A few twitters


PatriciaPDX: @trimet My daughter was on the Green line, it changed to a Blue line at Gateway TC, how does that happen?
pyratejack: Seriously #TriMet? I can't get over to NE Portland from my location by 8am tomorrow? Fuck you.
punkrawker4783: And we have a @trimet fare check at Clackamas Station t.co/6sKQhjFU ·
ChelseaStores: This guy like 65+ is hitting on my on trimet...he scooted closer to me..plz help ·
Darkk_Princ3: I Fckn hate trimet inspectors even if your ticket expired 10 min ago nd you are already on the bus by that time they give you a fine? Tf?
spankney1: My favorite kind of bus, empty
@punkrawker4783: The @trimet 72 just blew past my stop (2226) with out looking
  tritzbits: aaand the bus tracker lied.. so now i am going to be late. thaaaanks trimet?!
@destynnee is unsure who to call, there is a dead puppy just a few feet from my 20 @trimet bus stop, :'( #animalcontrol
ChristopOConnor: Man oh man, Trimet is so very dumb: t.co/pkFlDAKR Seriously? You didn't notice them taking away your money? #NeedTrimetElectedBoard

TRIMET BUS DRIVER SONG SET TO YELLOW SUBMARINE!

Get ready for HWY 26 to get messed up

Oregon Department of Transportation - Region 1 (Portland Metro Area) U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) Paving Project: Sylvan to I-405

Executives spotted in Waimea Grocery store

























HOW MUCH BALONEY CAN THEY THROW AT US

Here we have a Trimet document that is threatening LAYOFFS!
They go on a hysterical hiring binge and then turn around and threaten LAYOFFS!
We need some sort of EXTERNAL AUDIT performed on this agency that has NO CONNECTION to TRIMET staff.

TRIMET EXORBITANT FARE EVASION FINES

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: Public transport fare dodging an 'epidemic'

Investigating Tiffany Sweitzer's illegal parking lot

WHILE TRIMET HAS DONE AWAY WITH CASH FOR SAFE DRIVERS

Other more intelligent transit districts understand that money is saved by encouraging safety.

Bus safety reaps rewards: Courtesy emphasized as drivers, MTA win awards, save about $200K - Local & State - Macon.com

Developers raking in the dough after Trimet gets through building

Jay Zidell plans to develop Portland’s largest riverfront property - Portland Business Journal

Bus driver talks about stress

Bus driver talks about stress | The Chronicle Herald

Sound like Trimet?

Transit Frustrations Shared by Politicians - YouTube

Slow times at the Steel Bridge (and what the cones are for)

MAX FAQ's

You'll Want My Birth Certificate Next



THE 'SAFETY' CAMPAIGN AT TRIMET

RUSE-a trick, stratagem, or artifice.

So now we have yet another story of a deaf and dumb management that turns its backs on front line worker safety recommendations.

How many times do we have to be witness to this GROSS INCOMPETENCE that seems to be part of our management culture?

A management that has NO REGARD for its employees insights and recommendations when it comes to improving the safety of its system.

A management that "always knows best" on how to handle on the ground issues, even though they themselves are never actually 'on the ground'.

A management that thinks ROCK AND ROLL is a way to handle all the defects in the operating equipment.

Something goes wrong, Management says : "We taught our operators to ROCK AND ROLL , and told them to SCAN."

We are on to your bullshit, your little attempts to place blame upon your operators when things go wrong and ABSOLVE MANAGEMENT MALFEASANCE IS NOTHING BUT A RUSE!

A POLICE OFFICER WHO TAKES HIS CAMERA TO WORK WITH HIM

Antonio Bolfo, the Police Officer With a Camera - NYTimes.com

TRIMET LIGHT RAIL SAFETY COMPROMISED!

I have sent an appropriately edited version of the following message.I distributed it to the following , Community leaders in Washington county, the Oregonian, ODOT and Gov Kitz, about up and coming changes they are making to the Maintenance of Way Dept. The reasons for this can only be attributed to retaliation by management against MOW employees. R K the MOW manager is nuts. Working for R K is like being a victim of a child molester. He gets his jollies by abusing all around him. He needs to go, Moral of the employees are at an all time low. The light rail physical plant is deteriorating from differed maintenance by the minute. So much for the rant, read the following and think twice about your safety when it comes to riding the train because this is only a small piece of the total deterioration at Rail.

Sorry about it being long winded but I thought you, Union brothers and sisters would like to know!

To the Honorable City Officials of the community,

FRIDAY VLOG

Skip the first 15 minutes if you saw the rant about the federal funding

TRIMET SAYS CRIME IS DROPPING ON THE MAX LINES

Do we believe them? Statistics are pretty easy to gerrymander.
TriMet: Transit patrols work

STEVE FUNG SAYS HE'S ON VACATION

But we HAVE NOT SEEN HIM in any of his pictures or movies! OK Steve, we are on to you, your not really there are you?

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO OF STEVE'S "VACATION"

Friday, February 3, 2012

WTF? GLAD THEY GOT MONEY FOR ALL THIS FLUFFY STUFF

TriMet: Rider Photo Shoots (Say "Cheese!")

WHO KNOWS?

AECCafe.com - ArchShowcase - Portland Mall Revitalization in Portland, Oregon by ZGF Architects LLP

THE BEST OF THE TWEETS

PDXtrimetrider: RT @PortlandAfoot: "No one in Salem or at Portland can remember exactly how" TriMet lost control of $125k in fare penalties. t.co/aaf4C2SB

@nwfilmcenter: Have you seen PIFF around town on Trimet buses/in bus shelters? Here is one of the beauties: t.co/UK38Oy2L

@ChristopOConnor: Man oh man, Trimet is so very dumb: t.co/pkFlDAKR Seriously? You didn't notice them taking away your money? #NeedTrimetElectedBoard

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

We are going to start looking at what was going on here on this date last year:
 2 YEARS AND RUNNING
OPAL
MCFARLANE SAYS FAILURE!
NEED A JOB? TRIMET LIFT WANTS YOU!








SO YOU CAN TWEET NEIL?

http://pinterest.com/pin/152559506096990785/

ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL TRANSIT FUNDING

All this gnashing of teeth over the republican take over of transit funds. I don't really get it?
I don't see the fed's actually helping any of the transit dependent riders.
Transit is a mess across the country, BEFORE THIS REPUBLICAN TAKE OVER, how can it get much worse?
Look at Trimet specifically, all I see federal funding being used for is high priced pencil pushers and a bunch of construction contracts.
It's not helping any transit riders.
So I say who cares about the Federal money, its already wasted now.


CLICK HERE FOR RANT ON THIS TOPIC

They missed one!


Taken at about 8:30pm today, February 3, 2012

TriMet Rider Taken To Hospital After SUV Collides With Bus

CLICK HERE!

Ross Racer for mini runner of the quarter!

Trimet blows it

 But now there's a problem: TriMet's government affairs staff apparently fell asleep at the wheel during the 2011 Legislature. Until last month, the agency was oblivious to a new law – signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber last June– that ended TriMet's ability to collect money from fines.

Since Jan. 1, the money that once went to the agency has been funneled into a state public-safety fund created by House Bill 2712.

Now, anticipating a sudden loss of about $250,000 this year, TriMet is lobbying hard for an amendment during the current, abbreviated legislative session. The agency is already facing a budget gap of up to $17 million.


New law undercuts TriMet's effort to boost revenue through fare-cheat fines

Palihale State Park


I love it when they "upgrade" their stuff

SEATTLE

700 assaults, disturbances on three Metro routes - seattlepi.com

DEBATE OF TRANSPORTATION BILLS

Transportation Bills: House and Senate Bills Miles Apart - Amalgamated Transit Union
 Transportation Program: Reauthorization Another Big Spending Problem

TRIMET NEWSLETTER

Ok, these are very nice and all that, but what is MORE important, nice newsletters or actual transit service that gets people where they need to go?

TriMet: toWork Newsletter - February 2012

BRUCE HANSEN-CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT ATU 757


FTA NOT ABLE TO OVERSEE RAIL NATIONALLY

FTA lacks rail safety data, says OIG - FierceHomelandSecurity

TRANSIT BUS CRASHES

SUV, bus crash leaves 3 injured - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

BUS DRIVERS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING "KHAT"

Bus drivers arrested for drugs - Crime & Courts | IOL News | IOL.co.za

'TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT'

Neighbors appeal Beaverton zoning changes to Peterkort properties | OregonLive.com

WON'T SEE THIS AT TRIMET

At Trimet there is always some excuse for not allowing the public to see things.
Here we have a pedestrian hit by a bus and the district immediately releases the video and is in the process of conducting the investigation.



Bush vs Manning



Letters

Can't find this online, but in the letters section of yesterdays Tribune there is a letter from a Richard Ferguson praising the enforcement efforts of a 12 line operator. Appartenly this operator was enforcing this "new policy" on New Years Eve (before 800PM I hope). Looks to me like it's a case of another stupid operator asking for a knuckle sandwich.

SOME OTHER TWITTERS

vanlue: Seriously @TriMet? You feel that 42 minutes is an acceptable transfer time? Don't my taxes pay for your services?

  anzadesu: Last bus of the night and you're 10+ min late? That's just cruel :( #line77 #trimet #publictransi

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GET CALLED INTO THE OFFICE OVER THIS

AJH1993: @trimet The APACU on 205B is announcing incorrect stops. It's about. 3-4 stops behind the real stop ·

Of course since its RAIL nobody will do anything, but if this happened on our BUSES WE WOULD BE CALLED INTO SOME STUPID STATION MANAGER'S OFFICE!

OPAL TO HOLD WORKSHOPS ON THE TRIMET BUDGET

CLICK HERE!

TRIMET RECRUITS ITS HOW WE ROLL PEOPLE

bikeyguy: trimet tried to get me to pose' on WES today, had to pass but my buddy Jim next to me took the offer. haha how we roll,and some other sign

(OK, HOW MUCH THEY SPENDING DOING THIS?)

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)