Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Sunday, January 15, 2012

How many of us remember this? I sure do.....

Nothing like a JASON MCHUFF movie to end the week

PORTLAND A-FOOT DISCOVERS THE REAL RATIONAL BEHIND "FARELESS"

I've been saying it for years, the real reason that Trimet loves fare less square is that IT GETS PEOPLE ON THE TRANSIT SYSTEM.
We all know how they BRAG about Trimet having the most rides PER CAPITA.
Well, guess what, It turns out that the great Blog PORTLAND A-FOOT which is written by MICHAEL ANDERSON, has discovered that if FREE is taken out of the equation, there will be a resulting DROP in total ridership.
Enough to end bragging rights about MOST RIDERSHIP PER CAPITA? We will only find out when its gone.
Elimination will certainly end MAX BRAGGING RIGHTS for sure.
I would wager heavily indeed that MAX RIDERSHIP WILL TUMBLE if the fareless is ended.
I've always speculated that TRIMET'S FLAWED TRANSFER SYSTEM is another way to bump up ridership numbers.
If they actually created a transfer system that was actually ENFORCEABLE, Trimet ridership would just be ho hum.


When we set the price of a Lindt truffle at 15 cents and a Kiss at one cent, we were not surprised to find that our customers acted with a good deal of rationality: they compared the price and quality of the Kiss with the price and quality of the truffle, and then made their choice. About 73 percent of them chose the truffle and 27 percent chose a Kiss.
Now we decided to see how FREE! might change the situation. So we offered the Lindt truffle for 14 cents and the Kisses free. … Some 69 percent of our customers (up from 27 percent before) chose the FREE! Kiss, giving up the opportunity to get the Lindt truffle for a very good price. Meanwhile, the Lindt truffle took a tumble; customers choosing it decreased from 73 to 31 percent.

TRIMET USERS ALONG SUBURBAN ROUTES, GET READY TO LOOSE YOUR SERVICE

Eliminating lowest-ridership bus service

TriMet estimated that it could save $1.8 million a year by discontinuing four to six bus lines and reducing trips on another ten to 12 lines "with less than half the system average ridership effectiveness," as well as service for "seasonal events."
In January 2012, TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said the agency hadn't made "any final determination on which lines might be eliminated and which ones could be scaled back" but she singled out TriMet's 16 lowest-performing bus lines: the 16, 18, 23, 30, 34, 36, 37, 38, 43, 47, 50, 55, 59, 84, 152 and 154.

[edit] Eliminating 'redundant' bus service

TriMet estimated that it could save $1.3 million a year by reconfiguring overlapping or "redundant" bus routes to save costs, simplify routes or make travel more direct.
In a January 2012 email, spokeswoman Mary Fetsch offered "a look at some which have some redundancy":

MACFARLANE SAYS HE SUPPORTS TRANSPARANCY-BUT HE LIES

The TRIMET budget task force meets BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!
And the are all appointed by MACFARLANE!
If that's transparency I'm the king of England!

Just look who is on this committee! 
Retired Benefits Consultant
 Economist and Regulatory Analyst
  Principal, ACME Business Consulting, LLC 
 Executive Director, Portland Business Alliance
  Corporate Accounting Manager, Integra Telecom 
 TriMet Board Member/Retired Manager, City of Tigard 
 Program Officer, Northwest Health Foundation 
THE LIST GOES ON!
DO YOU SEE EVEN ONE PERSON WHO ACTUALLY USES TRIMET?
NOPE! 

A few videos

Drunks on the Train
Tweeker on the max
GOOD MORNING UNION PACIFIC

Great guy


COOLBUS CHANNEL 18

ATU757 - YouTube

KHRIS ALEXANDER



Director Lehrbach says people that don't show up for work should be fired!

http://vimeo.com/35119336

Seattle

Seattle streetcar knocked off tracks after collision with car | KING5.com Seattle

Trimet on alert status

Roads are starting to ice over, sanding trucks being sent to TCs

Director Lehrbach says UNION and COMPANY must negotiate a settlement

http://vimeo.com/35117742
(he says the union is 'belligerent') 

MAX as a crime enabler

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon

Director Prosser says budget needs to be long term not one year

http://vimeo.com/35117377

WELCOME TO PORTLAND

SPIKE TV

EVETTE FARRA


ROMNEY GIVES WOMAN $150

Romney Gives Unemployed Woman Cash on Ropeline - ABC News

BUS DRIVER CLEARED ON BRAKE INCIDENT

Tooting bus driver cleared after passenger flung into window in Streatham (From Your Local Guardian)

EASY TO BEAT FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON BUS TRANSPORT

Bus line shutdown fails to slow traffic | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

MAX REDLINE always entertaining

Updates On The Latest Tri-Met Violence
Friday The 13th

Old timey music festival


TRIMET expects others to honor contracts, as long as they don't have to.

This mess over the mystery train is showing the public just how hypocritical TRIMET management truly is. Trimet says they "have a contract" with Clackamas County and will go to court to enforce it.


Funny how they don't seem to follow contracts when it comes to labor law. Our union has been forced into court to get them to honor that contract. What a bunch of slugs the Trimet management are.

 Chaimov, along with Clackamas County attorney Scot Sideras, interprets the U.S. Constitution to say that government bodies cannot change laws to void existing contracts. 
I guess Scott Walker is in violation of the US Constitution then? Funny how nobody has mentioned that?