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Friday, February 17, 2012

Trimet may have been hijacked by the rich and connected, but us little guys keep on fighting back!

Rail fight hits the gas

Opera at the Lloyd center max station?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWixaDDyd28

Shoulda voted for Dudley, I knew better to vote for Kitzhaber

I know it sounds like heresy, but Kitzhaber has lied about everything, not unlike Obama,  he gets rid of the only pro union board member.

TriMet gets two new board members
@APMARGULIES rumor is that woman hit by Trimet bus was known to police

gonna take my dispatch reports to my twitter feed

https://twitter.com/#!/APMARGULIES

Ed Zumwalt causing TriMet problems

Ballot effort could derail orange line to Milwaukie | Daily Journal of Commerce

Obama clueless on transit funding

But neither LaHood nor Obama bothered to explain why, exactly, there should be any such spending shift with money that comes largely from automobile drivers. The administration has instead been deploying gauzy buzzwords like “livability” — declaring that driving is bad, while transit, walking and biking are good.
In urban areas, that’s the right message. Everywhere else, driving is known as “the only way to get to work or to the grocery store.”

Time for this to happen in the Downtown Mall

In San Francisco, Buses Become the Police - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

The problem with Transit funding

These IDIOTS that control the money want $2.2 billion in funding to begin or advance construction of 29 significant rail and bus rapid transit projects in 15 states.

And therein lies the problem, PEOPLE CAN'T GET TO WORK NOW, AND THESE BOZO'S WANT TO PUT PEOPLE TO WORK?
What a crock, I'm going to turn Republican if this keeps up!

$2.2 Billion To Strengthen America’s Transportation Network | LogisticsWeek

Presley Kittredge Ewing IV

Put his hands around bus drivers neck

Oregon Historical Society

Twit pic

Looks like the MAX hit something huh? http://twitpic.com/8kvoyz

Tweet

Erik Halstead @sp_redelectric
#trimet 0606 operator forced to make evasive lane change to avoid collision - good job. Y no transit police to cite drivers here??
from Portland, OR
2h Erik Halstead Erik Halstead @sp_redelectric

#trimet pull video recording from bus 2011 @ 7:10 AM near miss with car illegally passing a stopped bus in rt lane...rt 94 tr 0606.

Tweet

Pdx Bus Driver @PdxBusDriver
Multiple bus shelters on Powell Blvd with glass panels broken out over night.that's money they could use for bus service

BICYCLIST VS BUS DRIVER CAUSES BUS DRIVER TO LOSE IT

Mr Mead suffered a broken leg and fractured wrist and as he lay on the ground in agony, the driver simply straightened up the single decker bus and continued on the journey.
But Mr Mead says far from feeling anger towards the driver, he actually feels sorry for him.
The computer programmer from St Anne’s, Bristol, said: ‘It just seemed to me that it was a complete moment of madness from him.

DRIVER CALLS DISPATCH ABOUT MAN PASSED OUT ON BUS

And the dispatcher wants a full description, of course.
It seems rather odd that they need a description, really.
Here is the description, THE ONE PERSON WHO IS PASSED OUT ON THE BUS, do you really need more than that?

Reports on The latest TriMet bus crash

This is interesting for several reasons from a bus bloggers point of view. First of all, we see somebody besides Mary Festch doing a high profile news story.  Also the bus driver involved in the incident appears briefly, he's the nicest guy. So sorry for everybody involved in this accident.

UPDATE FEB 19TH HERE! 

TRIMET LIFT PASSENGER "GOES ALL OVER THE BUS"

The lift dispatcher asked the driver: "how did it get all over the floor:
The driver answered, "she had to go a lot"!

Fred,Brian and Neil



IRONY

It took Trimet one month to get me Fred's pension report.
They demanded I give them $1.50 before they would hand over the report  that stated  Fred was generating $15,750 a month from its budget.


How's that for irony?

TRIMET BUS DRIVERS HAVE THE 'BEST' RETIREMENT PACKAGE

A full time transit bus driver at TriMet accumulates $75 for each year of service after 10 years or more.
Fred Hansen, here a little longer than 10 years accumulated $1500 for each year of service.

So a full time bus driver has a value in dollars of 5% of Fred Hansen.

ERGO 20 full time bus drivers=1 Fred Hansen

I wonder what Cynthia Chilton would say about that?

THURSDAY

PART 1
PART 2

TRIMET EMPLOYEES HAVE THE ***BEST*** BENEFITS IN THE COUNTRY

EXCEPT FOR FRED HANSEN-AND ALL THE OTHER FAT BLOATED EXECUTIVES THAT SUCK DOWN TAX PAYERS MONEY!

$186,612 A YEAR PENSION, TAX PAYER FUNDED

Thursday, February 16, 2012

43 went into a ditch tonight

Supervisors have been busy!

Woman hit by Trimet bus in Tigard



Grafitti on Bus #1828



On my way Dt today on the #58,this was on display in the back of the bus.

Khris Alexander comes 'frighteningly close to colliding with car"


OPAL POWER POINT PRESENTATION ON TRIMET CUTS

CLICK HERE!

Rail fight hits the gas

http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=132934531203991200

BRITISH BUS DRIVER RAMS BICYCLIST

BBC News - Bristol bus driver Gavin Hill who drove into cyclist jailed

DISPATCH

A lady poops her pants and the driver has cleaned it up as best she can!
Bus going back to garage...

SO HOW MUCH IS FAST FREDDIE AND BRIAN (the ghost) PULLING IN FROM TRIMET?

Fast Freddie is hauling down $15,551 a month!
And Brian the ghost is hauling down $10,799 a month!

Jack Bogdanski commentaries

Rah rah, siss boom bah, here's how Portland's newspaper "covers" its dying transit system. The headline writers over there must start drinking at breakfast. "With WES leading the way" -- yes, one of the biggest transit flops in history is certainly a fitting image for Tri-Met these days. The subsidy per boarding ride on that thing is $15. But hey, they make it up in volume.
Read more: http://bojack.org/#ixzz1maJmBgxc

Rail project backlash gets mainstream attention

Here's a pretty decent summary of where the protests against the Mystery Train to Milwaukie (and other boondoggles) stand. Jim Redden of the Trib manages to report without slanting, unlike his rivals at Portland's monopoly daily newspaper.
Read more: http://bojack.org/#ixzz1maJsLeeJ

We're never too broke for the condo developers

Just as Tri-Met is building pointless new light rail while it radically slashes existing service, now the City of Portland parks bureau will blow millions on the SoWhat greenway while it closes facilities and lets existing parks rot. To Portlandia's local government, shiny new is always better than maintaining what we already have. It's no surprise that people who live here because they like what we already have are keenly disappointed. Go by streetcar!



DRIVER GETS IN DISPUTE WITH DISPATCH

LIVE FROM SCANNER- A dispute between a passenger and driver occurred and the end result was the operator somehow got the guy off the bus and told dispatch "I never get any help from you, all you do is ask a whole bunch of questions so forget it"

He then hung up and the dispatcher couldn't raise the operator.
A road supervisor was sent to the operator.
(probably to do a 'fit for duty' check, I've experienced that before, do we get enough compensation for the abuse we take? HELL NO!)

TRIMET WANTS US TO STRIKE? I SAY LETS GIVE IT TO THEM!

Metro Transit managers to handle driving duties as service resumes on a limited basis during strike

COUPLE OF REPORTS

Moving Forward: A Better Way to Govern Regional Transportation

 Tri-Met Measure 26-74: South/North Light Rail

 State of Oregon Ballot Measure 32--Authorizes Bonds for Portland Area Light Rail, Transportation Projects Elsewhere

Joint Roads/Transit Funding for the Portland Metropolitan Area

 Choices for Metropolitan Portland's Mass Transit System

And even more HERE!

THE SHAMLESS PROPAGANDA IS A BORE

WES ridership is an increase over January 2011, but has been hovering around 8000 since June.

Hard Drive - OregonLive.com

Portland labor union beats the city!

Court orders Portland to negotiate changes in pension formula; city could owe thousands to 260 retired firefighters, police | OregonLive.com

We are customers, not criminals!


Tiffany gets to cheat I guess


Field Guide to Field Operations

MAX FAQ's

Drivers threaten to walk off job over foul smell deriving from mouldy bus seats

Sounds familiar huh?

"Despite photographic evidence, showing mould growing all over the back seats, management has shown little interest in cleaning the seats which not only smell awful but are a health hazard to drivers and passengers,'' a spokesman for the bus driver's union the RTBU said.

Story here! 

Invest in rail or "die"

Destined to fail: Rust Belt cities without rail | Rust Wire

TriMet--->the leader in everthing except TRANSIT

TriMet, Portland's regional public transit agency, will commission a 60-kilowatt solar installation featuring SolarWorld solar panels at the South Terminus of the MAX green and yellow light-rail lines near Portland State University in late February. The system, installed by REC Solar, is the agency's first large-scale photovoltaic installation. In addition to generating more than 64,000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy each year and helping shield TriMet from rising utility rates, the graceful, curvilinear design of the installation has been hailed as public art by some local transit observers
(Jack Bogdanski is right, how come there  is no revolution against TriMet in Portland

 Advanced Transportation Energy Systems Chart Cleaner Future with Solar Panels from SolarWorld - MarketWatch)

WEDNESDAY

PART 1
PART 2

PORTLAND: AMERICA’S ARMPIT … SCENES FROM A TRIMET BUS

Strange blog post HERE!

Trimet "open house" (organized confusion)


Portland A-Foot

You’re nobody in Portland’s transit world until you’ve been criticized by Al Margulies. After yesterday’s post interviewing a citizen critic of TriMet’s union, Portland Afoot has joined that club. I respect Al, who does a lot of important reporting; we’ll take our knocks.

 Getting around the local media | Portland Afoot

Funny...........

Phuket Attracts Candidate 14 for Light Rail Transport Project
Phuketwan
Governor Tri met with company representatives at Provincial Hall in Phuket City yesterday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Thailand's Cabinet will meet on Phuket March 18-20 and expectations are high that the summit on the island will produce ...
See all stories on this topic »

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Man's neck gets broken after getting off the MAX


Is this "our" Willie?

Tea Party transit
To further illuminate Neal Peirce's argument in "Move to undercut transit from Tea Party playbook" (Commentary, Feb. 13), I'd like to suggest that all transit, bike and pedestrian travelers participate in an "All Drive Day."

Show the Tea Partyers the roadway capacity and parking places that are used up when transportation funding does not support individual freedom in how we travel in our communities. Instead of the steady stream of cyclists next to you on the Hawthorne Bridge and the buses full of fellow commuters, imagine inching along in the auto gridlock.

WILLY MOORE
Southwest Portland 

President Jon Hunt addresses the dispute with TriMet

TriMet causes further delay in contract arbitration dispute

TriMet has repeatedly accused the ATU of causing delays in preventing the contract dispute interest arbitration from being held in a timely manner. Now, once again, TriMet’s failure to comply with the order of the Oregon Employment Relations Board (OERB) has resulted in the contract interest arbitration hearing date being pushed forward to May 14, 2012.

When the parties reached impasse in July 2010, they expected the contract interest arbitration to be held by the end of the year. When TriMet submitted its final offer to arbitration as required by law, the Union filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the OERB, alleging that TriMet’s proposal violated state law. That action automatically delayed commencement of the arbitration. The OERB agreed with the Union and found TriMet guilty of violating the law on September 12, 2011.

COMING SOON, TO A BLOG NEAR YOU!

The pension reports for our favorite retired TRIMET STARS!

A tweat of interest


Motorcycle into side of Trimet bus 27 and Alberta motorcycle under bus

Bicyclist hit by bus mirror (lightly)

Monday, I was riding northbound on N Williams, hugging the left side of the bike lane, as I normally do when passing parked cars [in order to avoid the door zone]. At about NE Thompson, I was startled by a light "thwack" on the left side of my helmet. My instant thought was "tree branch", but my startling carried on as a TriMet bus passed me within an elbow's reach.
I realized my helmet had been grazed by the bus's side mirror.
Story here!

Huh?

Distributed 2/9/2012 by Operations to provide employees with important work-related information. This information is
also available on TriNET. Please post until instructed to remove or an updated notice is provided.
Temporary Removal of Modesty Panels on 1400s and 1600s:
Keep personal items safe
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). In preparation, the modesty panel on all 1400 and 1600 buses has been removed to accommodate installation of the CAD/AVL.
The CAD/AVL installation schedule continues to evolve. At this point, the timing for permanently replacing the modesty panels on 1400s and 1600s as part of the radio installation is not scheduled to occur until later this year.
To ensure that operators are able to shield their personal items from public access, maintenance will be installing a temporary modesty panel in these buses over the next few weeks. In the interim, operators of 1400 and 1600 buses are encouraged to reduce the size of personal carry on items and to store these items in a manner that keeps them inaccessible to the public.
If you have any questions, please contact your manager.

Top stories from around the world

NJ Transit rider survey: service barely acceptable | NJ.com
 Maglev Kaput: Death of a boondoggle - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 DC transit agency Metro settles 7 wrongful death suits from 2009 train crash ...
 Insourcing Infrastructure: A Local Transit Director's Plan to Bring Back Jobs
 Halifax transit strike - Mayor Peter Kelly, council will not go to binding arbitration

Republicans are understandably skeptical of "new starts"

The House Republican transportation bill ends gas tax subsidies of transit and requires that any new rail projects receiving “New Starts” grants meet strict financial tests and not simply be awarded on the basis of some vague concept such as “livability.” In response, Secretary of Livability Ray LaHood says it is vital to keep funding transit out of gas taxes. As an example, he cites the Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail line, which he says is “an integral part of rebuilding the nation’s economy.”

14,500 jobs created by Milwaukie project

So says the Trimet PROPAGANDA machine!

Candidate for ATU President Bruce Hansen to be at todays open house!

Wednesday, February 15, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Location

Portland Building, Room C
1120 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR

"THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY'? I DON'T THINK SO!

The problem is . . . you keep losing. Money. My money, not yours. Because your fares don’t even cover half the T’s costs. The single biggest source of MBTA money comes from sales taxes paid by the rest of us.
So when one of the rider/whiners asked Monday, “How much do you expect the poor to pay?” she was right: How much do you freeloaders expect low-income Dorchester families to pay in sales taxes, subsidizing T rides for rich Boston College kids and downtown attorneys?
If the problem were temporary, if my T-dependent neighbors just needed a one-time handout, I’d throw a few bucks in their cup. But the MBTA has an addiction problem. It just keeps spending and spending and it can’t seem to stop.
Despite having the highest debt burden of any transportation system in America, the T plans to spend $161 million more this year than it takes in. It’s on track to keep spending itself into the red, hitting a projected annual loss of $308 million in 2016.
 MBTA mustn’t be a gravy train - BostonHerald.com

CHECK THIS OUT MR ANDERSON AND MS CHILTON:

 And where is the money going? With 631 T staffers making $100,000 or more last year in salary and overtime, it’s not too hard to figure out. If you’re still not sure, just ask one of the folks on the amazing MBTA pension system, who may have retired as young as 41 with health-care benefits for life.
THERE GOES YOUR BEST IN THE COUNTRY BALONEY!

Boston's MBTA and Portland's TriMet, the similarities are shocking

The MBTA shelled out more than $863,000 last year to pay more than a dozen public relations and marketing staffers to promote the transit system, including spreading the news of possible fare hikes.
Barbara Moulton, the top marketing earner, was paid $111,757 last year as assistant general manager of customer communications and marketing, according to payroll records obtained by the Herald. Moulton oversees both the customer service and marketing divisions.
(Trimet shelled out a hell of a lot more than that!)
  Payroll report shows MBTA PR in high gear - BostonHerald.com


Scores of T bus and trolley operators raked in massive overtime last year — some pushing their take-home pay to $100,000 or more — by working extra shifts that put them behind the wheel for up to 14 consecutive hours, raising alarms over drowsy drivers.
“If it is not properly managed, you could see a risk,” said Stuart Spina, chairman of the T Riders Union. “I can imagine doing your regular shift and then the overtime ... if you have a trolley- or bus-load of passengers, you don’t want your operator to be nodding off.”
 T drivers’ overtime overdrive - BostonHerald.com

TRIMET WON'T RELEASE ANOTHER VIDEO

We would like to remind the Trimet managers of the general managers  WORDS to the Trimet Board of Directors.

TriMet bus drivers song....

Clowns to the left of me (management) Jokers to the right (public)

Jana Toran calls me up

Chief Trimet counsel Jana Toran called me and told me that a response is forthcoming on my request for Fred's (and his pals) pension records.

I can barely stand the wait, will she say yes or will she say no?

Is this picture our Jana Toran, it looks like her and it came up in a search for her picture.


City streetcar plans represent another developer-fueled heist

San Antonio TX

Guy who grabbed throat released....he's nuts

 And what do you know, Trimet is NOT releasing the video, as usual, citing, "the ongoing investigation"
(they always have an excuse)
How is it that other transit districts have no problem releasing videos, even if the investigation is ongoing?

KGW VIDEO REPORT HERE

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Trimet gets 100 million of the 1.5 billion

Obama budget: $119M for Oregon transportation projects - Portland Business Journal

Tuesday

Video Log!

A million here, a million there

We're gonna cut your bus and raise your fare but at least we got this:

A broad funding package is paying for the project. The Portland Development Commission contributed $4 million in 2010, and TriMet is providing $1 million for habitat improvements as environmental mitigation credits it needs to proceed with the Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail project.

 Construction of South Waterfront greenway to begin despite budget shortfall | Daily Journal of Commerce

Trimet bus drivers have the best health insurance in the WORLD WORLD WORLD!

 But we sure as hell do not have the BEST PAY!


We luv jackie

Trimet driver sends message

gawd i hate this place at times..drivers mirror flopping around..seat flopping around...microphone sceeching..drivers idiots!...waaahhhh

PROSSER WAS BARELY APPOINTED TO BOARD


GREECE FALLING APART PUSHED OVER BY THE BANKS

CLICK HERE!

THE TRUE STORY OF THE BLACK HOLE KNOWN AS LIGHT RAIL-LONG VERSION-as told by the Simpson's

video

ANTI JON HUNT CAMPAIGN STICKER


TRIMET THE LEADER IN BLOWING THROUGH $$$$$!


MICHAEL ANDERSON Interviews Cynthia Chilton

CLICK HERE!

HOW THE CITIZENS OF GREATER PORTLAND GOT SUCKED INTO THE BLACK HOLE CHURCH OF LIGHT RAIL

CLICK HERE!

THE QUESTION OF WILSONVILLE

Wilsonville left the TRIMET transit district on its own accord.
So the question is, WHY IS TRIMET PROVIDING WES SERVICE TO WILSONVILLE?
Willsonville should be paying for the WES service, not TRIMET employees and TriMet bus riders!

MONDAY

PART 1
PART 2

BOJACK

Partners in crime

If it weren't already crystal clear where Tri-Met is coming from these days -- ripping out a perfectly good bus system and replacing it with an array of inconvenient and dangerous trains -- it's impossible to miss the message here. The Tri-Met general manager is going in front of the Portland City Club next week to speak on "Moving Forward While Cutting Back." And who is he bringing along to do some of his talking for him? A dandy dude from CH2M Hill.
Who is CH2M Hill? We'll give you a hint: they're not into bus maintenance. CH2M Hill is into real estate development and giant construction projects.
And therein lies the problem. Real estate developers want railroad tracks next to their apartment bunkers, just long enough to load in some tenants, flip the property, and move on to the next deal. They could care less how awful it is to ride the public buses and trains. They just want public money to make their lives "pencil out," and keep the lobster bisque flowing at the Arlington Club.
The future of Tri-Met is in bankruptcy. And you know what? CH2M Hill won't be there with them that day
 Partners in crime (Jack Bog's Blog)

Monday, February 13, 2012

TRIMET OFFENDS READERS/TRANSIT RIDERS


TriMet has put their foot in mouth with putting clearly racial language in "our" faces, that is offensive and intolerable. For those that don't know what I'm talking about there is a new proposal concerning revamping the fare system. For those who had chosen to read these sets of posters. The posters in question shows a heading of "A,B,C,D" as the title. Go to the "C" column and read that paragraph. It says, "Our region has changed dramatically since "fareless square" was first introduced in downtown Portland back in 1975. We no longer have the air quality issues that prompted the creation of the freefare zone, and our transit system has expanded significantly. Service has improved in the suburbs, where communities of color and low-income populations have become more concentrated. While free transit has become a hallmark of Portland's tourist-friendly city center, Trimet aims to provide equitable service throughout the region and the free tail zone is a benefit exclusive to downtown Portland and the Lloyd district."

This is blatantly offensive to some of "us", even though "we" all should be offended by such derogatory statements about "us" and "our" riders in all of the communities "we" serve. Last I checked talking about people's ethnic backgrounds left with Jim Crow. What next, are they going to make statements about sexual orientated, gang, drug, "those-people" communities, where does it stop????? "We" all remember "The back story", http://atu757.org/backstory.html (written by Mr. Hunt), about correcting the perception of racial (sexual, etc.) inequality at Trimet. This is the 2nd time this type of language has reached "us" employees. What I'm saying is that "we" need to come together and create "real" change on a day to day level, "we" have "our selves" to carry the torch. "Our" issues are valuable to "us" and "we" need to be heard.

Steve and Scott ride the WES (aka Trimet 'sinkhole')

http://youtu.be/l0MCFdv9tlQ

Portland Mercury gets in on the TRIMET BUS DRIVER BASHING!

Dear TriMet Driver | I, Anonymous

OREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD STRIKES OUT AGAIN AT UNION LABOR

 Blaming us for all the problems as usual.
A  new horror series is unfolding in Portland called The Monster Benefits That Ate TriMet. And bad and bloody as it looks so far -- the agency is coping with a $17 million budget shortfall -- the story is only going to get much worse.

 Don't let TriMet sinkhole swallow Free Rail Zone | OregonLive.com

THE OREGONIAN COPIES PRESS RELEASE ALMOST WORD FOR WORD

The original press release:
 http://www.portlandonline.com/police/pbnotify.cfm?action=ViewContent&content_id=2812


The Oregonian article:
 http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/02/portland_police_identify_man_a.html


Trimet bus driver choked!

Press Releases
Portland police identify man arrested for allegedly grabbing TriMet driver's ...
 Man arrested for grabbing TriMet driver | kgwcom Portland
 55-year-old man arrested after allegedly grabbing TriMet bus driver's throat

What's going on at MOW?

I've been reading posts by MOW personnel and they are just shocking! MOW is an area at TriMet that is completely ignored by the blogs& the public.
But the stuff I have been reading is Very disturbing!
Harry Sapporta where are you?

The Trimet way

AM 6768 canceled this morning

OPB TACKLES THE TRIMET BUDGET(with the union busting macfarlane)

TriMet Budget Plan · Think Out Loud

Trimet's union bashing has no traction with the public

Driving through puddles of red ink and starting up public meetings on its budget-balancing plans, TriMet is all but guaranteed to be the big commuting story over the next several weeks.

On Saturday, more than 100 people attended a public open house on the plan at the Beaverton Library conference room on Southwest Fifth Street.

According to the transit agency, the discussion focused on (in order) the proposed fare restructuring, then service reduction and, in third place, the state of  “union negotiations.”

 Joe Rose here!

NEXT TIME YOU COME TO WORK SICK BETTER READ THIS

It's interesting that our company makes such a big deal out of calling in sick.
Drivers come in sick all the time due to management pressure and work rules that encourage penalties for drivers that call in sick.

Well it turns out that driving sick is worse than driving drunk, TELL THAT TO HARRY SAPPORTA!

TRIMET 'OPEN HOUSE?"- blogger report

Click here!

Blackhole.org


Too bad that there can't be an online forum. Nope: submit comments into the and expect to be ignored

IS THE PROBLEM REALLY THE LABOR CONTRACT?

$12,000,000 to fund special interest rail projects...
 $15,300,000 for "C+T?
  $2,400,000 FOR OUR GENERAL MANAGER AND HIS PET PRO...
 Capital Projects Department Labor: $10,332,547.98
$31 million for "debt service?"

State auditor's office looking into Sound Transit's practices

STORY HERE!

MAX opponents launch petition drive

TRIBUNE HERE!

TRANSIT BUS DRIVING WORTH THE RISK?

Victim's family sues city Transit, bus driver | SILive.com

The public DOES NOT WANT LIGHT RAIL!

Hawaii Poll shows decline in support for rail project - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

House Republicans facing big test as $260 billion highway bill heads for cliff

Article here!

Choice Rider?

Dr Jeff here!

Travails of a Transit bus driver

morrisdailyherald.com | Man killed in head-on crash involving CTA bus on South Side in Morris, Illinois

Subsidizing the Elite and Their Drivers, on Buses and Trains

Even then, New York has arguably been shortchanged. That 13 percent? Figures compiled by the American Public Transportation Association show that New Yorkers account for 67 percent of the country’s daily subway riders, 45 percent of its suburban commuters and 24 percent of its bus passengers.
FULL ARTICLE HERE!

FASCINATING ARTICLE

“On an average day we’ll have 495 buses in service,” James K. Farasey, RTC’s superintendent of transportation, told the Democrat and Chronicle in March 1943. “Thirty more are being overhauled. Because priorities make it difficult to get parts, a bus may be laid up for as much as two or three weeks.”
Moreover, drivers kept getting drafted into the military.
Finding replacements was tough, Farasey explained. Because peak hours were in the early morning and late afternoon, the bus service frequently had its drivers work split shifts. “Older men (exempt from the draft) don’t like that. They’d rather go into war plants where they have a straight eight-hour trick.
In other words, more and more people were trying to catch fewer and fewer buses.
Talk about a “perfect storm”!

Bus service was overwhelmed, pushed to limit | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com

DRIVER HAULED OFF BUS FOR WATCHING MOVIE WHILE DRIVING

A complaint came in about a driver watching a movie on his lap top as he was driving down the road!
The driver was immediately removed from the bus and brought to Trimet Guantanamo. (Romo's office within the locked gates of Merlo garage).

It was determined that the driver did NOT EVEN POSSESS a computer!

The driver was released. 
And so the suffering of Trimet unionized employees continues unabated.

Unions in a “death spiral”? Not on my job site

CLICK HERE!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

When does this ticket expire


Muni bus cameras bust drivers in transit-only lanes!

"Within the next 15 months, every one of Muni’s 819 buses will be outfitted with cameras capable of snapping photos of vehicles illegally travelling or parking in The City’s transit-only lanes. Any car caught on tape will be subject to fines of up to $115."

Full story here

$12,000,000 to fund special interest rail projects?


The "commuter rail" has been a money pit since the day it opened. Serving only the tiniest of Trimet riders, its one of TriMet's most beloved projects. They refuse any talk of cutting it.

The "Portland Streetcar" has been a boom to Portland developers, like board member TIFFANY SWIETZER who runs the largest development company in the Pearl district of Portland. It's been operating as a free service for years and its main purpose is to get developers to invest along its route. It's not about transit, but it has been sucking down transit funds.

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY!

LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS #1 RATING FROM US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

Trimet's rail system is supposedly one of the best in the country, I find that hard to believe

Lake Oswego ready to GO BY STREETCAR

ADRON HALL'S TRANSIT BEER CONFERENCE RESUMES IN SEATTLE!

I SENT THIS VIDEO TO ROBERT ROMO , HAYDEN TALBOT, SHELLY LOMAX

HOW REASONABLE IS THIS TURNING PROCEDURE?

TRIMET MANAGERS TORTURE SANDI DAY

$15,300,000 for "C+T?

We can see from this how far this agency has gone away from providing transit service to the public.
Just abolishing this department would end the "crisis".
We need a RON PAUL type general manager.


$2,400,000 FOR OUR GENERAL MANAGER AND HIS PET PROJECTS


READERSHIP REPORT


WHY I AM SUPPORTING A BRUCE HANSEN/JEFF ACKERSON TICKET FOR ATU PRESIDENT/VP

As we near the election of our officers for ATU 757 it's time to decide which individuals would have the best prospect to turn around the fortunes of Trimet unionized personnel.

Make no mistake, we are in a fight for our very survival.
Macfarlane's bold attempt to destroy his unionized employees is clear for everyone to see.
From his audacious public complaints about our union, to the systematic torture inflicted on union members by the careerists who make up most of the Trimet management personnel,  if we loose this war we loose everything.

I know both Bruce and Jeff personally, they both have worked tirelessly for me in my fight for  civil rights while working here at Trimet.

Bruce, as steady as one can be, with impeccable character traits such as intelligence, honesty, integrity, commitment, and understanding of the issues and processes of the union, makes the best candidate for the job of President.

While there are other candidates that would be excellent (Chris Day, Tom Horton for example), they don't have the extensive knowledge of how our union works. Bruce has assured us "his door will always be open"  and people like Chris and Tom will be able to access our president and implement some of their excellent ideas.

Jeff is a bulldog in representing unionized members. He possesses all the same character traits as Bruce does.
Jeff is excellent in front of a camera and is able to articulate issues clearly and accurately.
There are other excellent candidates for VP, (Mike Conner/Joe Ruffin, Dan Christensen)however I cannot vouch for them as I do not know  them well enough.

And finally BRUCE AND JEFF, work well together, they are friends, AND THAT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT for an effective team of leaders.
Some will say it's the "Merlo Gang", but that is a false notion. We are not about Merlo, or Center, or Powell, or First Transit, etc, WE ARE ABOUT UNION AND EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP!

While Jon Hunt and Ron Heinzman have done an excellent job in representing union members in the past, the time for change is now.
We need a new leadership and some new faces to deal with the management people who have so far been unreachable by the current administration!

TRIMET 'OPEN HOUSE' (reported by a fellow blogger)

The first TriMet open house for the service cuts & fare increases was held in the Beaverton Library yesterday afternoon from 1-3. I got there a little before 1 and a sign off the lobby of the library was directing people to the open house and a sizable crowd was already there. The open house itself was a conference room with tables going around the perimeter of the room and a large disorganized group of the general public in the middle. I heard many people saying what I was thinking, that this was not what we expected. We thought it would be like a town hall kind of discussion, with TriMet representatives giving a presentation on the proposed changes to service and then hosting a Q&A or discussion/dialogue session. Instead the way it worked was that you had to figure out what kind of question you had, if it was related to fares, to cuts/reroutes, to other parts of the budget, etc and then go to the TriMet "expert" who was there to answer those questions.

The problem was that if you can't identify those "experts" on sight, and it seemed that pretty much no one could, you'd find yourself finally making it up to a table to talk to someone only to realize that you were talking to the service planner when you really needed to be talking to the marketing guy. So then you'd go back into the fray to work your way over to who you should have gone to see in the first place. I didn't like this system. I'd love to know what kinds of questions other people were asking but it was so noisy and chaotic in there that communication was very difficult. This probably also meant that the TriMet staff was repeating the same answers over and over for several hours. I hope the future open houses are more organized to answer the frequently asked questions first and then allow the opportunity for people with specific, more detailed questions that aren't easily answered to be able to talk with the TriMet expert on that issue. 

Randy Stedman was also there but I didn't see him talking with any of the public like the rest of the TriMet staff were (nor did he have a nametag on like they did), he mostly circled the room and talked to other TriMet staff. I guess he was there to answer union related questions if anyone had them, but I don't know if that happened. 

Attached pictures, one is the pie chart in the back of the room explaining why there's a budget shortfall. I think it's funny that the union section of the pie is orange, when you consider that since TriMet is borrowing against future operation revenue to the tune of $60 million to pay for the Orange Line which is well over what the union is supposedly costing TriMet now.

The other picture I took at about 5pm on a Red Line to Beaverton from when I went out after the meeting. While it's not standing room only, it's pretty crowded when you consider that if these cuts pass as-is, this train would no longer be there since the Red Line will only go to Beaverton on weekday rush hour, not on weekends anymore.

NOTE-I agree that this sort of "presentation" does not serve the public at all. Participants don't get to hear answers from other citizens to improve the general understanding of the overall changes. One has to wonder if this was intentional, so as to keep people from 'organizing'.
Obviously the best way to handle this sort of thing is to make a presentation to everyone, the take answers from those present, with the correct person answering the question for all to hear.
The presence of the new highly paid executive (Steadman) is curious, especially since he did not participate in the public discussion.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky speech: "Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours" - YouTube

A few tweats

@sabrinapdx: You Hipster teen kids are major assholes taking up three spaces including a handicapped space on a crowded bus #trimet #iwannakickyouboth

@sabrinapdx: You Hipster teen kids are major assholes taking up three spaces including a handicapped space on a crowded bus #trimet #iwannakickyouboth ·

TRIMET GOES TO GILIG

Behind-the-scenes at the bus factory! « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

ANOTHER DAY FOR A SUPERVISOR

Hey Al. Well I had a little excitement tonight on MAX. Myself and 2 other Supervisors were checking fares between Gateway and the PDX. We switched cars at Cascade Station heading towards Gateway. I ran across a guy that had expired MAX tickets and transfers. I could tell he usually pays. He looked but could not locate his day ticket that he told me he bought. The guy even showed me on his smart phone that there was an entry from his bank. He was very calm at all times. I was just handing him his citation and he instantly snapped and yelled "I don't have the money for this ticket!" The he proceded to vilently strike the left side of his head into the side window. After the third strike the window broke. Every strike after that the damage just got worse. The window was now very loose and bulged out 1.5 inches. The guy then calmed back down as though nothing had happened and stated over and over how sorry he was. The police were call and they came code 3. The guy was arrested and the train had to be taken out of service.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

CYNTHIA CHILTON WAKES UP FROM COMA AND DOES NEILS BIDDING

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8WHOVXU5C0

STILL WAITING FOR AN ANSWER


It's been more than three weeks since I asked for the PENSION RECORDS for Fred Hansen and two other high ranking now retired Trimet officials.
Can they just ignore me like that?

IF I'M READING THIS RIGHT THE 'DEBT SERVICE' IS ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE PENSION!


I WISH SOMEONE COULD EXPLAIN "DEBT SERVICE"


Another transit bus crash video that Trimet would never release

http://vimeo.com/36623675

Interesting video taken on the MAX

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcmVsDIXhZA&feature=colike

Mayor of Damascus talks about light rail

http://youtu.be/YHaSUFAPPwI

Tour guide on the WES-Trimet's money pit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7KB18BoJh8
boy is this corny....

GOTTA LOVE THOSE PEOPLE THAT TALK ON CELL PHONES WHILE RIDING TRIMET

"Just tap on the window!" - YouTube

Best of 2011: Visions of futuristic public transport

CLICK HERE!

Drop-down "Insta-Chains"

TRIMET TV

A BUSY CHAOTIC MIX

TriMet Max Rose Quarter Transit Center - YouTube

This is freaking hillarious!

NozzlPDX - bikes, buses, babies, lolcats...
 NozzlPDX - MAX train fight - YouTube
 NozzlPDX - special bike edition! - YouTube
 Snowpocalypse 2012 paralyzes Portland, Oregon - YouTube
 NozzlPDX - Snowmageddon, shooting in butt... - YouTube

THE MIND OF STEALTHWAVE RAPTOR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqD_jh_PPbw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFm0B5tfc4w

MARY FESTCH BLAMES UNION FOR PROBLEMS

Proposed Tri-Met changes could cost you - YouTube

DON'T MISS THIS VIDEO!

AM 860 host Victoria Taft drives TriMet bus - YouTube

STRIKE SMARTER! STRIKE WISER!

  • When you get to your bus and are out of sight of supervisors, take off your uniform shirts and insignias, instead,
  • Put on a simple ‘Pirate’ costume, a blowsy shirt with ruffles or cuffs, no words, but obviously ‘private’ personal attire, perhaps a bandana or three-corner hat, an eye-patch only when not driving the bus.
  • Accept no fare arguments, because when you are paid $12.50 per hour you will not think it worth the risk to come between people and their money.  I will NOT tell you to put the ‘out of order’ sign up on the fare box, or NOT to collect someone’s fare.  You could hold out your hand, and in a gruff, growling pirate’s voice ‘inform’ the passenger, “Argh, ye mate, we private pirates will make no argument if you refuse to pay your fare.”
  • If you have a disruptive passenger, handle it as though you were a private pirate employee only earning $12.50 per hour.  “Alas, ye scoundrels, we private pirates will not intervene when you disturb the other passengers.”
  • When you get asked for information, be cooperative, but say, “Growling Jim would say you could take the Line 9 bus, but a private pirate would not be inclined to answer your questions.”  Or, “Argh, ye highland cow, the time is 5:09, but a private pirate can tell the time by the sun in the sky if there’s no clouds.  Argh, in other words, don’t expect to have a timely system if it’s operated by private pirates!”
  •  FULL POST IS HERE!

IS CYNTHIA CHILTON ACTUALLY CONSCIOUS?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW2bW7SA2QE

"LIGHT RAIL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX"

This term came into my vision a few days ago.
It struck me as an accurate way to describe the fascination with light rail development, since light rail is hugely expensive to build why the fixation on the continuation of this sort of planning?
The rest of the world has sought much more cost effective methods of providing transit services to the public, yet in America, boondoggles continue being the preferred choice of government.

After some investigation, the terms LIGHT RAIL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX is a very accurate way to describe its continuing existence, even in the face of massive monetary shortages.

Light rail–industrial-congressional complex[1] (LRCC) is a concept commonly used to refer to policy and monetary relationships between legislators, transit districts, and the industrial base that supports them. These relationships include political contributions, political approval for light rail spending, lobbying to support bureaucracies, and beneficial legislation and oversight of the industry. It is a type of iron triangle.

Ben Singh quotes

"You're the Trimet terrorist, you use that camera to terrorize everyone here"!

To which I responded: "Yup, this camera is my  weapon of mass destruction"

HOW TO PROTEST AGAINST BUS DRIVER CUTS

A lesson from Europe

Coming to our shores soon

This Is What An Economic Depression Looks Like In The 21st Century | Hawaii News Daily — World

FATAL BUS CRASH VIDEO RELEASED

Something we will never see at our transit district, and there is even sound,something else our backwoods Transit district doesn't have!

$1 million worth of heroin found on bus in Medford

Police seize roughly $1 million worth of heroin on bus | MailTribune.com

TriMets Budget Woes, Part Duex

Ummm, so I get theres been a salary "freeze" & positions cut, however, Bonuses need to be cut. Your cutting service, your not doing a good job, no bonus. Also at least a 5-10% salary cut to non-exempt employees. You need to re-evaluate the amount of supervisors you have. If I see 2 or more shooting the bull at a transit center, I see resources that can be better used as operators. Also, theres doesn't seem to be a hiring freeze of non-exempt employees, that needs to be employed NOW!


punkrawker blogs on here!

1998

Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - Thursday, October 29, 1998
Author: GORDON OLIVER of the Oregonian Staff
Summary: With Sunset and Gateway, the last places to park on the MAX line
before town, filled to the gills, Tri-Met is suggesting alternatives
Tri-Met's park-&-ride lot at the Sunset Transit Center fills up most
mornings at 8:30 a.m., leaving potential mid-morning MAX riders in a futile
pursuit of parking spaces.

EVERYBODY SUFFERING MANAGMENT ABUSE-JOE RUFFIN



Live twitter report from Trimet open house-

And people just wander around...It is such a disorganized mess in here.

One for marketing (drew Blevins is here) on for fares etc....Stedman is also here which is interesting...

Well this is unexpected ..There is no speaker, no speeches ...Instead it's a small room w a bunch of tables...

Report from Trimet 'open house' to follow

Interview with OPAL leader

Click Here!

1 YEAR AGO TODAY-MY CONTEMPT FOR THIS MANAGEMENT IS BORN

THREATS ARE THE WAY OF TRIMET THESE DAYS
MANAGEMENT BY LIES AND DISTORTIONS
Time to head to the attorneys
TYRANNY AT TRIMET-EMPLOYEES WILL BE PENALIZED EVEN IF THEY ARE PERFORMING LAWFUL ACTIVITIES
I MISS FRED HANSEN
MANAGEMENT BY HYPOCRISY

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

TriMet: RiderInsider Newsletter - February 2012

Seattle's 'most dangerous bus' game

Time to Play the Most Dangerous (Bus) Game | The SunBreak

FRIDAY

PART 1
PART 2

MACFARLANE AND LIFT 'IN HOUSE'

 {Can we believe anything that this guy says though? He has proven himself to be a liar and manipulator}
I want to set the record straight as many of you have seen calls for TriMet to save money by bringing our LIFT paratransit service "in-house" and how it could save us $7 million. This couldn't be further from the truth. TriMet awards contracts for our LIFT service, and selects the contractor, after going through a highly competitive process which ensures that we not only get a contractor who can provide the service levels we need, but that they will do it as cost effectively as possible. TriMet currently contracts with First Transit for its LIFT paratransit service. Just so you know - most First Transit employees are ATU 757 members.
In 2008 TriMet and the ATU jointly requested a study about the impact of bringing LIFT operators in-house. The 2008 study by Lauka & Associates found labor costs for the contracted service to be $8.5 million annually compared to $16.1 million for labor costs if we used TriMet employees. The report also understates the cost if LIFT operations were brought in-house because it did not account for supervisory, dispatch and maintenance positions. The report also uses FY2005 data so the costs would be even higher as wages and benefit costs have increased since the report was completed. As TriMet faces a $17 million budget shortfall, and will need to raise fares and reduce service, we can't consider anything that would increase our operating costs.
Neil

TriMet service cutbacks, fare increases and bicycling impacts

BIKE PORTLAND

Friday, February 10, 2012

LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GETTING SICK LATELY


This job is making many of us sick, too sick to work actually.

TriMet vs KC Metros Homepages

King County Metros Beta Homepage

Notice the "Accountability Center", right on the (new) homepage. Audits, surveys and financials. What a nice example to set for TriMet to follow?

Bye bye Apple

Apple, Accustomed to Profits and Praise, Faces Outcry for Labor Practices at Chinese Factories

PLEEEZE....

This morning, I rolled out an initial budget proposal to the Board and public that outlines fare increases and service cuts for the next fiscal year to help close a $17 million shortfall.  It is very possible that some of your customers may voice their unhappiness about these proposed changes. Amidst a difficult economy and tepid job market, the changes we propose may be a hardship for many of our customers.  In educating the public about our budget shortfall, I have had to acknowledge that our healthcare benefits for union employees and retirees are simply out of step with the rest of Oregon’s public sector and with transit agencies nationwide and that the ever increasing costs are having a significant impact on our budget.  I regret this public conversation may seem personal, so I want to assure you that I have the greatest respect for each of you who come to work every day and give your best.  

I look forward to the day when federal funding and payroll taxes returns to historical levels.  However, for now, we have a budget deadline and Oregon law that requires us to submit a balanced budget to the Board.  Without fare increases and service cuts the budget simply will not balance.

In the days ahead we will need to pull together, find common ground and solve this potential crisis.  I count on you to always do what’s best and you seldom disappoint.  
Best
Neil

MACFARLANE: THE MATH IS THE MATH

click here!

GREECE BOILING OVER

BBC News - Violence flares amid Greece austerity strikes

KXL ACTUALLY TALKS TO RIDERS ABOUT CHANGES

 Trimet cuts could be a boom for the bicycle lobby.

http://www.kxl.com/02/10/12/Riders-React-To-Proposed-TriMet-Changes/landing.html?blockID=586324&feedID=10446

Highway Bill Tests Boehner's Leadership

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203646004577213400938595244.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

This is something that is DEFINATELY could happen here

The real culprit, if there were one, said defense attorney Stuart Hanlon, was inadequate supervision at Muni that allowed his client, Wallace Loggins, to drive a 40-foot bus along unfamiliar streets.
“He was was doing everything right, but he was lost,” Hanlon said. “Central Control sent him on a street he didn’t know. I just think it’s an awful accident.”

 Muni operator “was lost” when bus killed pedestrian | City Insider | an SFGate.com blog

PETERKORT TO MAKE A BILLION DOLLARS

Peterkort zoning decision stuns neighbors of Sunset Transit Center | OregonLive.com

BOJACK

Did victim of MAX beating ask for it?

Apparently the girls who administered the infamous Dec. 26 group smackdown on Tri-Met -- and whose mother was arrested for allegedly hiding them from police -- are arguing in The Skanner that the target of their violence provoked it:
Sandra Abiori, the grandmother of two of the teens, says the incident has been mischaracterized as a racist attack and, with the help of the media, blown out of proportion. "I’m not saying that the girls were in the right – they should never have hit anyone," she says. "The problem I have is that, here this girl opened her mouth and started a fight – and now my family has to face prison time?
"Where's the fairness in that?"
To us, this attitude says a lot about why the whole thing happened.

Baling Wire and Duct Tape



How to avoid broken teeth and bloody mouths while announcing stops on the Merlo Dinosaurs

CHRIS SMITH CALLS FOR AUDIT!

A Couple of Things I'd Like TriMet to Think About

Digging Into TriMet's Proposed Service Changes: NE Edition

PORTLAND TRANSPORT

ELLEN FOX

Originally, I contacted Customer Service as directed by some people in the bullpen who were handing out brochures so we could familiarize ourselves with the new service proposals. They were encouraging us to contact Trimet with feedback (from our perspective as Operators) be it positive, negative, suggestions, concerns - whatever. I did and then received this e-mail in response. That's why I ended up posting my comments here.

BEST HEALTH COVERAGE?

But we sure as hell don't have the best pay!
Match the best pay in the country and we might consider compromise on the health care front.
We make only $25.14 an hour, lagging the best transit agencies in the country..


At $28.64 an hour, the top wage rate for Chicago Transit Authority bus drivers ranks third-highest among U.S. transit agencies, according to an analysis conducted for the Tribune.
CTA bus drivers trail only their counterparts at two transit agencies operating on opposite coasts. The top hourly salary for bus drivers at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston leads the industry, at $30.18; while the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, Calif., pays bus operators with the most seniority $28.86 an hour, according to John A. Dash & Associates, a transit research firm in Havertown, Pa.

This should be Standard Equipment on all the Dinosaurs at Merlo