Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Thursday, January 5, 2012

LONNIE HITS THE TRIMET BUS-TWICE!

Portland man sentenced to 6 years after 11th conviction for drunk driving | OregonLive.com

 Man convicted of 11th DUII sentenced to 5 years - KPTV - FOX 12

Stacy&Witbeck sure must love TRIMET

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THURSDAY


Great Bus Stops of Portland

The sad part is that this isn't even in the automobile-centric suburbs of Beaverton and Lake Oswego - this is right smack in the middle of downtown Portland and the Portland State University campus.  Where are you supposed to board the bus?  If you're in a wheelchair or other mobility device, what are you supposed to do?  Wait in the right lane of 4th Avenue?

TriMet should not be tolerating this.  If this were a MAX stop, there'd be cops and tow trucks here PRONTO.  What is the difference between MAX and a bus?  There should be cops and tow trucks here PRONTO...and the idiot that actually authorized the placement of two parking spaces in front of the shelter should be fired.  This is Portland, for pete's sake!

DID OBAMA FINALLY DO SOMETHING RIGHT?

President Obama has also made recess appointments to fill three vacant positions on the National Labor Relations Board, avoiding a suspension of the board’s operations. The NLRB had faced the prospect of shutting down this month with one board member’s term expiring and Republicans refusing to confirm two Obama nominees, thereby leaving the board without quorum. But on Tuesday, Obama tapped Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin and Republican Terence Flynn to fill the vacant seats. In a statement, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce denounced the move, saying it will "further poison the well with regard to labor-management issues pending in front of the board and on Capitol Hill." Labor leaders meanwhile have praised the recess appointments. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "We commend the President for exercising his constitutional authority to ensure that crucially important agencies protecting workers and consumers are not shut down by Republican obstructionism."

ANTI LIGHT RAIL ARTICLES

Portland Oregon's TriMet system - Tampa Bay Political Buzz | Examiner.com

Dr. Rich Show: Light rail - dead but apparently not forgotten

Bus drivers and subway workers are the real environmentalists

BILL MCKIBBEN

Moving People - Transportation Spirit Award-TUALATIN!

RAILS CRACK IN WASHINGTON LEAVING RIDERS STRANDED

Cracked rails from fast chill cause widespread delays on DC Metro system - The Washington Post

TRANSIT RIDERS GET PINCHED BY NEW TAXES

Due to Congressional inaction during last month’s tax deliberations, the new year ushered in a tax increase to public transit riders.  Currently, commuters who use public transit, commuter buses and van pools may see their annual commuting costs increase by more than $550 based on a bias in the tax code that benefits driving over taking public transit.  In addition, the failure to extend the benefit has resulted in a tax liability increase for companies offering the benefit.

 Congressional Inaction on Extending Commuter Benefits Leads Public Transit Riders to See Taxes Increase More Than $550 in 2012

AMERICANS WANT ROADS-NOT TRANSIT

Sixty Two Percent of Americans Prioritize Spending on Roads Over Public Transit - Reason-Rupe Surveys : Reason Magazine

CHINA

AFP: 18 die as Chinese bus plunges off bridge

Bruce Hansen provides some valuable information over at Facebook

Regarding how to change the bylaws:
 you rewrite the new verbiage with the changes as one and show the old language and give it to the Eboard,or read it at the charter. First is the reading with no discussion, the second mtg will have discussion and a vote.


NEVER ENOUGH BIKE PARKING

BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » TriMet says 'leaning rails' on transit mall now OK for bikes

UNION MEETING PROMISES EXCITEMENT

At the January 8, 2012 Charter meeting and continuation meetings, ATU members will consider whether charges preferred against Brother Jonathan Hunt are worthy of being further entertained and considered.

Jeff Welch

For the runner – here’s the deal, short and sweet:  the bus isn’t early:  YOU’RE LATE.  If the driver continues on by the stop you’re heading for, that’s not the driver’s fault:  IT’S YOURS.  This is true even if you jaywalk (or jay-run) in front of the bus to attempt to force them to slow down/stop for you; or if you criss-cross your way through moving traffic, mainly because you cannot read a bus schedule.  It remains true even if you stick out your arm as if to hail a cab (hint:  buses are not cabs).  It remains true even if you run to the next stop and are able to board your favored bus, then browbeat the driver for “passing you up”.  It remains true even if you LIE YOUR ASS OFF and claim you were “standing at the last bus stop” – even though you were nowhere near it, and running to catch a bus whose schedule you clearly didn’t know nor care about
 FULL ARTICLE IS HERE!

Jefferson Smith

Fourth: The safety on the MAX line is something I’ve been working on for the past year and a half with a bunch of people to try and find low-cost alternatives to improve safety on the MAX line. Crime on TriMet is down everywhere in the city except for east of 82nd Avenue. One thing we can do is link to my fifth point, which is community policing with a strategy. The plan we’re working towards is an “adopt a station” plan. The easiest way to think about it is combining neighborhood watch with Adopt A Highway and doing it around MAX platforms.

http://streetroots.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/mayoral-candidate-jefferson-smith-talks-to-street-roots/

FEEL LIKE GOING TO A MEETING?

http://trimet.org/pm/getinvolved/index.htm#currentmeetings

Tri-Met Citations

http://courts.oregon.gov/Multnomah/General_Info/Traffic/TriMetCitations.page