Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Keep blame focused on the bullies

THE SANDY POST

TRIMET TO TAKE REVENGE ON BORING?

Boring resists TriMet’s chopping block

notes on the "snowpocalypse"

via Jeff Welch

JARRET WALKER 

DID MACFARLANE ACTUALLY TWEET?


(excerpt)
TriMet invited people to the town hall meeting through tweets, a notice on its website, emails to riders who have signed up for agency alerts and a press release. Thirty-three people posted questions on a TweetChat page Trimet created, using the hashtag #askneil. During the hour-long session, McFarlane answered 35 questions — though he didn’t actually do the tweeting.

About a dozen people gathered in the room with McFarlane to view the questions on a large screen as they came in. McFarlane dictated the responses, but agency personnel familiar with TriMet’s Twitter account — and Twitter’s 140-character tweet restrictions — did the tweeting. Meanwhile, communication department officials were on hand to ensure responses were consistent, IT department folks were on hand in case there were any technical difficulties (there were none) and a handful of agency officials from various disciplines were in the room in case a question required a more specific response. Another person monitored the questions to ensure McFarlane answered to all participants (rather than addressing multiple questions posed by a single person) and grouped similar questions together as they came in so McFarlane could issue a single response.

ACTUAL SNOW-in portland

It finally started snowing, around 10pm in Portland. Does it vindicate TRIMET with its "chains all day" policy"
I say not at all. People were late to work for no reason, drivers and passengers were subjected to the worst sort of pollution, and the system became unreliable, well before it was necessary.
I personally can live with the chains, earplugs and a short work shift.
But the drivers that have to deal with this all day for 10+ hours for basically no reason, and everybody who was late to work this morning, they did not deserve that sort of treatment.

This is the sort of event that occurs when people who don't use the system and don't understand the system end up in charge.
From their ivory tower they think they are doing the public some sort of favor.
All they do is discourage people from using the transit system and make their drivers sick.
It would have been much more effective, and far fewer people affected, if they had just waited for the snow to hit, then dealt with it.

Just saying.....But I am a nobody.....


Quick:  What does the yellow highlighted (and red circled) text mean?

LIVE REPORT FROM THE DISASTER SCENE

Close up shot of extreme dangers water requiring chains

Chained up #94 bus on I-5 this evening



Now...WHY would you drive a chained up bus on I-5 knowing that you are going 25 MPH, and all those big trucks are doing 55?

PCC evacuated!

It's raining!

OSHA violation?

Hey al... has anyone looked up osha requirements of noise? I mean its loud on the busses with chains. Your ear plug idea may be required by law!

Fun working at Trimet

Noise is defeating but bus is on time!

Dispatch

Maintenance truck involved w/other vehicle at Murray and Jenkins

Ross reports

No chains on his 67!

Expensive trash cans!

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: TriMet trash cans: Oregonian Living in the Pearl - I haven't taken MAX lately so it wasn't until I was out drinking and dining with my son that I noticed an...

A REPRESENTATIVE TWITTER SAMPLE FROM TODAYS "END OF THE WORLD" RAIN

shellb7: What was up with US 26 traffic? Why is TriMet so eager with tire chains ... t.co/5EKEShgh

mranweiler: @pdxcommute #Trimet always has excuses. Those buses don't need to be chained in the garage. Set up stations around the city for chains

kristinanewmann: Got to love taking the fucking Trimet when your sick. ·

wscott5799: Rider Tip: As a MAX train comes in, move towards the one you want to board. Don't wait for it to stop #trimet

Ari_Caria: I hate being a slave to the trimet system. How does it make sense to have the bus connecting PSU and MLK run only every 30mins? IT DOESN'T!

PDXtrimetrider: I wonder if my bus will even run tonight? Tomorrow morn/night? Well, @trimet...i'm waiting for an answer

PDXtrimetrider: RT @pdxcommute: Boy, this thing is shaping up to be the biggest storm of 2012! #pdxtst #pdxtraffic #sarcasm #trimet

DXtrimetrider: Chained buses on bare pavement torture to continu for at least the next 24hrs: t.co/pg8hKAIp (via @apmargulies) great. Thanks #trimet

ironmysandwich: Nobody's at the mall because people are afraid to drive on wet roads. Maybe they should put on chains like trimet. Haha

heilkitler: So why did Trimet have to cancel service to the 20 when there's no snow? It's just rain. It's nothing we're not used to. :I

codebutler: All trimet buses running with chains on bare pavement today. Loud and bbuummmpppyy.

DelBravoTomTom: @trimet you suck. Portland needs to seriously learn how to handle snow.

supergalloo: Woa, Trimet buses have chains on their wheel today, no snow. No wonder our roads are all jacked up

nixesha: Fuck you, trimet. :'(

MrsDWhiteOR: RT @doctor_jeff: A belated thanks to all @trimet operators today, both for driving in this and putting up with people bitching about their bus being late

WiredPig: Headed in. @TriMet's drivers doing a good job today with the snow / slush / ice. I'm rocking it on the 57 bus (bus # 2903)

nahjuh_: woke up on time. . .still gonna be late cause fuckin trimet is trippin -______-

AMAZING

I'm always surprised by the casual nature of TRIMET management in creating mayhem at their transit system.
Most supervisors reported no snow in most of the service area, yet all the buses went out with chains.
Buses didn't show up, buses were late, and people were left standing, all for no reason.
What's the matter with this management?
Why are they so callous to the needs of its riders?

A COUPLE OF GOOD JACK BOGDANSKI ESSAYS

Portland burnout

More attitude from O reporters

Who knows how much damage TRIMET does to roadways with chains that are unnecessary

Tire Chains Damage Roads When Pavement Is Bare · OPB News

Panic on the Blue Line!

DR JEFF DIAIRIES

WARNING! WARNING! MANAGMENT INSANITY CONTINUES AT TRIMET

The chains will stay on for at least the next 24 hours, the agency says. “It’s just as difficult to remove the chains,” said spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. “With the weather forecast the way it is, we’d have to re-chain them later. It’s just a difficult endeavor in the field. We have to be ready for the next storm.”

MARY MIGHT HAVE HAD A LITTLE LAMB BUT SHE NEVER ENDURED THE TORTURE OF DRIVING A BUS ON PAVEMENT WITH CHAINS!

CLICK HERE FOR JOE ROSE ARTICLE

TRIMET NEEDS TO DO BETTER WHEN THE CHAINS GO ON

TRIMET does a monstrous disservice to its riding public by not being honest about its bus service when they freak out over possible snow and put chains on.
The correct alert should be:

DUE TO OUR SAFETY MEASURES (needed or not) RIDERS SHOULD LEAVE ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN USUAL.
ONE HOUR DELAYS ARE THE  USUAL  AND LONGER DELAYS ARE VERY LIKELY.
That would be the honest rider alert.
 They probably should also put something in the alert stating you might not get picked up at all!
I've received report that a Line 51 bus slide off Southwest Dosch Road about 8 a.m. but another chained-up bus soon came up the hill after it. Also, I'm hearing more reports of full buses passing up stops this morning. That's always a risk when the weather forecast prompts people to leave their cars at home. 
VIA JOE ROSE 

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Across the city's transit system, ridership has soared by more than 50 percent since 2008, steadily increasing every year. In 2011, more than 1.55 million people boarded a city bus, city officials said. The tally includes about half of the system's passengers who needed to take more than one bus on the same fare. Those people are counted more than once per trip.
City officials credit newer, cleaner buses, extended evening hours and route changes over the past few years designed to help buses run on time.
"They're more reliable, and people recognize we've made a lot of steps to improve service," said Randy Hume, the transit director.
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