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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TUESDAY

RANT HERE!
VLOG HERE!

MANAGEMENT BY INFLICTING PAIN ON YOUR 'CUSTOMERS'

Listen to and understand our customers;
Make quality customer service a top priority;
Exhibit excellence in customer service through proactive communications, project management, understanding business processes, and building enduring customer partnerships;
Demonstrate our commitment to customers through respect, knowledge, responsiveness, and courtesy;
Ensure that our staff has access to the tools, training, and resources they need to achieve our customer service goals.


The above is the customer service philosophy from a very successful organization.
TRIMET does non of the above.

Let's look at an example that occurred yesterday morning around 7:30am.
Due to our bungling unconnected management, there was a major problem getting the refurbished fare boxes going in the buses at Merlo garage.

That created a shortage of buses, runs were cancelled and people left stranded.

A 57 inbound had a full load of people heading off to work.
Some genius somewhere noticed that the route 46 was not going to get any bus this morning!
What did they do, they called the full bus 57 and instructed that operator to discharge his passengers at the next stop and proceed to do a route 46.

Approximately 50 people were discharged into a nowhere location somewhere on TV highway, basically left on the side of the road.
The bus did the 46 route, picking up about 7 people.
50 people sacrificed for 7.

THAT'S THE TRIMET WAY!
Just like a 3rd world country

DOING THE MATH-TRIMET FARE INCREASE

This policy is a firm message from TriMet: We don’t want you, families. We far prefer commuters — who already go only one-way and can pay more, who are choosing the bus for convenience and downtown parking prices, not because it is the only option — and the elderly, whose discounted fares won’t increase and who, TriMet’s spokesperson says, tend to travel farther. A day-long ticket for these travelers would only be $2.
Many of the bus drivers are wonderful and sweet to my children; many other riders, too, light up with smiles and stories when we come aboard. My children love to sit in the way-back of the bus, where the teenagers and the surliest of the bus riders usually sit. Rarely do I see those bubbly boys fail to coax a smile out of at least one of the frowny-faced riders. Often I am surprised at how welcome we feel. Always I am glad to give my children the opportunity to interact with adults of all sorts.
Sadly, TriMet’s leadership does not share this welcome, and would rather have me interact only with my own kind (other families in minivans and Volvos, I suppose).

 READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE!

Bus hits pedestrian: Woman pulled under bus during accident in Downtown El Paso

STORY HERE!

Where have all the operators gone? Long time passing...

Apparently it is making the rounds, a rail supervisor was apologizing to riders that rail is short 8 operators and trains were cancelled

Smell the desperation

Smell the desperation (Jack Bog's Blog)
The recent re-doing of the Portland transit mall was not really necessary, and it cost a fortune, but the spendthrifts in city government and Tri-Met pushed it through anyway. Meanwhile, downtown has deteriorated to a point that in many ways resembles its bleak state around 35 years ago. But hey, we've got shiny trains, and this, this morning:
We're not sure what that is. Other than peculiar, and sad.

IF WE IGNORE HIM HE MIGHT GO AWAY

Ho Hum , still waiting waiting and waiting, to find out HOW MUCH IS FAST FREDDIE'S PENSION!

MACFARLANES EMPIRE


$17 million budget hole? let's hire hire hire

Coordinator, Information Development
Closes Friday, 2/10/2012; union, full-time; internal opening only

CRC Transit Manager
Open until filled; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

Director, Business Programs
Closes Friday, 2/10/2012; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

Engineer I - Construction Inspector (3)
Closes Friday, 2/3/2012; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

Engineer III - Structural
Closes Friday, 2/3/2012; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

Grants Accountant
Open until filled; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening

Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Operator
Closes Friday, 2/3/2012; union, full-time; internal opening only

Part-time Bus Operator
Open until filled; union, part-time; external/internal opening

BEATING ON BUS 4 SUNDAY

A man got into a heated argument with a woman on bus 4 which turned violent.
 The woman had a baby in her arms which ended up getting hurt in the melee.
It took police 30 minutes to arrive at the scene.
Somehow the media missed it.

OBLIVIOUS


Our leader, who believes that budget problems do not have any relevance to his life style as CZAR of Trimet, is now on a company paid trip to AUSTIN TEXAS!
And why would a company that has budget problems and preaching fare increases along with service reductions pay for its CZAR to travel to the only city in Texas worth visiting?

TO PREACH THE CHURCH OF LIGHT RAIL TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN OF COURSE!

@JaceDeloney
Jace Deloney
Three #transit leaders speaking this morning at #atxtwg, representing DART, TriMet & San Diego.

@austinmobility
ATX Trans. Dept.
McFarlane: rail costs us $1.60 per stop compared to $2.89 per bus stop in Portland #atxtwg


@austinmobility
ATX Trans. Dept.
McFarlane: Rail has a "cool factor" People in Portland who don't ride bus will ride rail #atxtwg

CHANTRIX FREAK OUT!

The latest FREAK OUT by our FREAK OUT management is the stop smoking drug 'Chantrix' because it can make you 'drowsy'.
You can work 14 hours in one day, and you can work 13 days straight, AND THAT'S OK WITH OUR FREAK OUT MANAGEMENT,
but if you take this anti smoking drug, you can't work!

MONDAY-PART 2


Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday-Another rip roaring union meeting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m7CilCXBWE

Govenors office replies to MOW complaint


Governor Kitzahapers office responded saying he is forwarding my complaint to the states transportation manager to look and see if there is any area the state can help with. His liasion warned however that while Trimets board is picked by the governor it is operated more like a private company than a public agency.

Gate arms blowing in the wind

Macfarlane having a bad day

Also, there was almost a Green Line bus bridge due to a bag in the overhead wires

Lots of problems with gates today

We love light rail

Possibly west side bus bridge....
Broken gate arm at hocken, not sure if wb trains can pass

NO SMOKING AT BEAVERTON TC?

Apparently there are signs posted throughout the transit center that say "NO SMOKING"
The signs don't say "no smoking within 10 ft of shelter", just NO SMOKING.
Why are those signs there if they are wrong?

NON TRANSIT USE PROHIBITED?


I guess that depends on who are you are.
A rail operator called dispatch to let them know there was a man preaching a the Gresham Transit Center.
Dispatch told them there is nothing they can do about it.

So I guess that means that non transit use is allowed, unless your like a person who has no where to go, then non transit use is prohibited.

Typical bullshit.

Runs cancelled due to management screw ups

Runs were cancelled do to fare box problems. Another management screw up but they are not accountable:

My AM 6768 never went out. Op sat at garage

WERE'S THE FREAKING VIDEO?

PORTLAND - Surveillance video from a TriMet bus showed a passenger approaching a driver in a "menacing fashion," but no physical contact between the two, a spokeswoman said Monday.

The driver did not press charges, but there were initial questions last week, over whether the passenger may have punched the driver.

After reviewing the tape, TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said the passenger appeared to be yelling at the operator. Then, the passenger jumped up and quickly approached the driver "in a menacing fashion."

"Initial reports from the scene stated that the operator was punched, however, the video shows just a verbal altercation," Altstadt stated.

As a result, the passenger was kicked off the bus and will not be allowed to return for 90 days.

The driver continued on his route on the 45-69 line after the incident.

Transit Police Division officers also investigated the incident.

 TriMet video confirms 'menacing' of bus driver - Local News - Portland, OR - msnbc.com

THE BS KEEPS PILING UP

Promote safety culture. Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.
$58,510.40 - $73,132.80 Annually

TRIMET TO DELIVER THEIR VERDICT ON WEDNESDAY

 TriMet pain due to arrive Wednesday; Portland parking drama; Clint Eastwood is the ultimate car salesman: Commuter roundup | OregonLive.com

Wednesday is D-Day -- D as in “downsize” -- for TriMet riders.

That’s when Oregon’s largest transit agency is expected to announce a long list of proposed service cuts, route changes and fare increases to deal with a budget shortfall of up to $17 million.

General Manager Neil McFarlane has promised to avoid slashing service if at all possible, since the past three years have essentially cut into the bone of daily bus and train schedules. But you can bet there will be more bad news for low-ridership bus routes and MAX runs in 48 hours.

Well, technically, until there’s a round of public meetings and the board votes, it will be proposed bad news.

As The Oregonian has reported in recent weeks, you should also expect to see plans for the elimination of Free Rail Zone, a significant increase in adult fares and the end of two-way transfers. According to leaked documents from McFarlane’s in-house budget task force, the agency is also expected to start pushing riders to purchase $5 day passes and to end fare zones.

CRIME IN NW PORTLAND

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Rampant Lion

I am a ‘big picture’ kind of guy. Our workers and the people we serve both have the same problem—bad leadership that doesn’t believe they have to answer to us—the people, with their anointed appointed Board of Directors, and us workers with our gerrymandered incumbent Presidents. We are constantly being divided against ourselves by the wedge issues our so-called leaders, their management henchmen, and their private profiteering pirate pals publish in the popular pabulum-puking press! Downright dirty and disgusting, wouldn’t you say? This is the root of many evils as I see it.
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JACK BOGDANSKI SCOOPS THE NEW TRIMET BOARD PRESIDENT

Our spies tell us that Bruce Warner (left), chief executive of the Portland Development Commission under Mayor Tom Potter, is about to be nominated by our retread governor to be the new president of the board of Tri-Met. The linkage is perfect -- it illustrates so clearly that Tri-Met is all about apartments. That's what Warner was about at the PDC, and that's what he'll be about on the transit board. Streetcars, trains, and condo bunkers for all -- now, ain't that the Portland Way? Oh, and your bus has been cancelled.

ATU 757 MEMBERS UPSET WITH UNION PROCEDURES

There are  plenty of  disgruntled union members after yesterdays meeting.

Since Trimet pretty much makes up this union and without Trimet members there is no union at all, there are  concerns that we need to be more focused on Trimet issues during the meetings, maybe a meeting only for Trimet members is appropriate.

Another problem is the fact that there are  time limits on the meeting.
These meetings need to continue until all the members present have their say, our officers WORK FOR US and need to listen to us till we are done.




TRIMET THE PREDATOR-steals money from the poor over a simple mistake

David Hamblin
READ FROM BOTTOM TO TOP
did you get a ticket from trimet? I left my monthly pass at home and got popped for $175! That almost 7 monthly tickets for me
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David Hamblin
I honestly can't believe your company just suggested I panhandle to get enough $ to go home! Really? As soon as I can I'm done.

Proposed "High Speed Rail" track in Junction City

A view of the Portland & Western's "OE District" track looking north.  Eventually this track becomes the WES corridor.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

MBTA/TRIMET-2 PEAS IN A POD

MBTA under fire for alleged 'false choice' of service cuts and fare hikes - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger

TRANSIT DISTRICTS SUE WHEN THEY LOSE ARBITRATIONS

If you want to work in this industry be prepared to work for slugs and thieves who will do anything to get their way.

 Metro files lawsuit against union - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

UNION MEETING SYNOPSIS

A retiree got up and addressed the group about social security.  He wanted all of us to contact our legislators and demand they handle the issue of social security to our benefit. He also wanted us to convey to our legislators should be paying into various charities if they don’t pay into social security.
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Jon kept referring to information that has “got out”. He has never been specific as to what actually got out and how that actually caused any sort of problem. He continues to state that “management” is getting a hold of information that is hurting the union effort. (It’s interesting that Jon makes this contention since so much of what he does is never presented to the members.  Many of us think his argument is completely faulty and is basically just his personal paranoia)

BLAMING BUS DRIVERS A WORLD WIDE PHENOMENON

A BUS driver who lost an eye in a vicious assault has been blamed for the attack by the bus company that employed him.
Bus operator Swan Transit has accused Gerard Sin of provoking the youth who robbed him of the sight in his left eye while he was on the job.

Buses and Rail Vehicles in Eugene

Union Pacific Maintenance-of-Way "school" bus.  Due to a major maintenance blitz on UP's mainline, at least a dozen of these buses were spotted in Eugene and Albany, along with dozens of pieces of track equipment, a ballast train and a rail train.

Quality in Bus Stops

A "standard" bus stop in downtown Eugene in front of the Oregon Electric Station restaurant.  Note the artistic "people" that decorate the shelter.  Also note the bus stop sign with schedule information and two seats.

THERE WAS A QUESTION AT THE MEETING ABOUT TRIMET PAYROLLS

Apparently they are waiting for a public records request to be answered. We have the following information.

IT PAYROLL
MARKETING PAYROLL
STREETCAR PAYROLL
CAPITAL PROJECTS PAYROLL

Privatization failure in Canada

Poor lost again in transit strike - thestar.com

DID DREW BLEVINS REALLY SAY THIS?

Blevins on left  

This comes third hand but the person I heard if from I trust completely and she says the person she heard it from was at the meeting when Drew Blevins said this:
His statement: I won't ride Trimet buses because of the people that ride the buses and the people that drive the buses!

Is Evette OK?

Evette is obviously under extreme stress right now dealing with Jon and it shows.

I am hoping she is getting fair treatment and allowed the respect that an elected officer should have from her fellow officers.

She is entitled to voice her opinions and  its good for the membership that she has taken a contrary point of view from our president.


Union meeting roundup-part 1


I'll go through my notes and prepare a better summary of what happened at today's meeting, writing in the most general of terms of course since the paranoia of our president about information 'getting out' continues in full force.
Packed house for today's union meeting!

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT


ATU 757 CHARTER MEETING TODAY-3PM


Unfortunately rather than focusing frustration on the management of TRIMET there is a continuing focus on internal disputes.

Personally, I find this a shame, since its so close to election time I was hoping the internal bickering would ease up so we could all focus on bringing down Macfarlane rather than bringing down ourselves.

There are lots of reasons to be angry at President Hunt, some of his behavior has been quite tyrannical, but that is for the election to decide at this point.

Now we have another officer also on the hot seat, which is another distraction.

Can't we all just get along, at least until the elections?

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