Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday

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“No Fare Disputes” – Here’s Why

JEFF WELCH

New Service helps PCC Rock Creek Students and Faculty

Columbia County Rider has partnered with Portland Community College to provide shuttles between Rock Creek and Willow Creek campuses. Riders who have PCC identification may ride on CCRider buses between these campuses for free. The bus shuttles utilize our buses that are already going between the campuses, and allow additional options to those folks that need to travel between them. We look forward to helping PCC move their students and staff!
 News - Columbia County Rider

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SNOW IN SEATTLE


Powered by biodiesel ?

Did you know it's only .05% of the total volume because Cummins will void the warranty if they used any more than that!

Dispatch

Apparently Center has run out of buses; a Line 44 trip being sent out in a 1600

Fast Eddie retires

Ed Parry leaves after 22 years of steady service.He will be missed.Have fun with your free time Ed.You earned it!



















What’s the Best Way To Get Users To Embrace Mass Transit?

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/transport/2012/01/jarrett_walker_s_human_transit_are_we_thinking_about_urban_planning_all_wrong_.html

Macfarlane whines about our pension...we got crap compared to this

Wonder what the new Portland pension number's going to be (Jack Bog's Blog)

Highlights from the recent event!

Highlights from the recent "snow(o rain)pocalypse - thoughts.com conversation engine

TRIMET NEEDS TO SERIOUSLY UPGRADE ITS TRANSFER SYSTEM

And not by using printed transfers! How bout this:

Cubic's Bay Area Transit Customer Tops One Million Contactless Smart Cards - MarketWatch

ROBBING TRANSIT

Metro employees charged with stealing thousands from transit authority - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

CRASH IN SNOW!

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

DAVE LISTER

Crime on TriMet: Let's face it, 'honor system' for fares doesn't work

OPAL says leadership change will refocus on transit organizing

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/01/opal-says-leadership-change-will-refocus-on-transit-organizing/

RALLY HELD TOMORROW AT PIONEER SQUARE AT NOON

BE THERE AND EXPECT TO GET WET

SCOTT WALKER FACES HISTORIC RECALL-SOMEBODY NEEDS TO RECALL MACFARLANE

Opponents of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker have submitted more than a million signatures seeking his recall in a statewide vote. The million-plus signatures amount to nearly double the required number of 540,000 and may mark the largest recall effort in U.S. history. Walker is being challenged for pushing through a controversial law ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers. The million signatures "represent almost half of the electorate in the last election, in 2010, and what you might reasonably presume to be the electorate that would participate in a recall election," says John Nichols of The Nation magazine. "[Walker] will be forced to face a new election, because he adopted the austerity agenda of the Republican and conservative leadership in Washington and tried to balance budgets on the backs of public employees, tried to destroy their unions, tried to cut school funding, and succeeded in cutting funding. And we’re going to have a referendum on the most fundamental of economic issues."

IS THERE A WAY TO FORCE MEXICO TO TAKE BACK TEXAS?


TRIMET NON UNION EMPLOYEES PORK

It takes 10 years, yes ten, to walk away from Trimet with a pension if your a union employee.

But it only takes 3 YEARS , that's right, THREE YEARS,(in fairness to accuracy readers should the review comments)  to walk away with a pension if your a non union employee!

 The employee is vested in the account after three years of service.

http://tinyurl.com/7gl4gaa

Non union employees can choose between ODS and Kaiser for dental. No Willamette Dental for them like the union employees have.

Non union employees get 6 personal paid days off along with the the 6 paid major holidays. Union employees get 3 paid floating holidays and their birthday off.

Vacations are accrued from the date of hire for non union employees. Union employees lose all of their vacation time and start back at zero when they go from part time to full time status

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS FILED


SF bus driver charged in crosswalk death

A San Francisco bus driver has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for the death of a pedestrian who was struck in a Castro district crosswalk last summer.
The San Francisco Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/zXINdV) says 36-year-old Wallace Loggins was driving his empty San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency bus to a new assignment when he ran over 23-year-old Emily Dunn on Aug. 19.
Loggins was released on $10,000 bail after he was arrested and booked on Saturday. His arraignment has been set for Friday.
Loggins was making a left turn when his 40-foot bus struck and killed Dunn as she was about to reach the curb.
Prosecutors say Loggins was negligent for not seeing Dunn crossing the street.
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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, www.sfgate.com

Man took his dead mother home on bus

Son wanted to get his mother home to Chorley after she died suddenly during day trip to Lancaster.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/19/dead-mother-home-bus

Q University Pet Sitting Services



Stewey,a miniature Dachshund,will attest to the good care that Scott provides.

The case of the "baby bus driver"

While the bloodthirsty press aided by our union busting management were quick to condemn Claudine Hendren, one fact that was interestingly left out was that Trimet conducted an 'investigation' just to find the mom in the case.

The mom really didn't want to make a big out of this but was basically forced to make the complaint. The mom Stated that she was not 'thrown' off the bus at all, she left on her own accord.

Due to Trimets own actions, in their zeal to make Claudine look bad and by default make all it's operators look badly, they got themselves sued by the mom!

Trimet- the only place I have ever heard of that goes out of its way to get itself sued! Good job Trimet!
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On-board transfer printers????

TriMet is replacing its Bus Dispatch System (BDS) to comply with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations. As part of the upgrade, TriMet has the option to install on-board transfer printers. These printers would replace the current paper transfer system and eliminate the need for punches. We want know what bus operators think of this option.

Would it make issuing transfers easier?
Would it be simpler for customers?

See Max comments-employees can fill out survey in express line area of Trinet
Are there any other issues that should be considered?
There’s a demonstration of the transfer printer on display in the Center St report area. You can check it out during spring sign up through January 26. Try it out and tell us what you think by completing a survey.
In 2012, new CAD/AVL equipment, including a replacement for the VCH, will be installed on all TriMet buses to replace our outdated BDS system.
One upgrade option that TriMet is considering is a transfer printer, to replace the current cutter bar-metal punch-newsprint transfer system.

Here’s what this option would involve:

• Installing a transfer printer—a device about the size of two bricks stacked together— on each bus, in addition to the device that replaces the VCH.
• The operator pushes a button on the screen; a transfer with the correct expiration time prints out.
• Transfer paper and print quality are similar to tickets from newer ticket vending machines.
• Each roll of paper lasts for 300-500 tickets.
• Instead of punching and tearing transfers throughout the day, the operator changes the paper about once a day on Frequent Service lines, and less often on other lines.

The CAD/AVL team wants to know what bus operators think of the transfer printer option. A demo unit is on display during spring signup (Jan. 17-26) in the Center report area.

LIST OF TRIMET ASSAULTS 2010

CLICK HERE!

In response to a recent series of high-profile attacks on TriMet passengers, the regional transit agency said Friday that is changing its security deployment tactics and will be targeting missions to prevent similar incidents in the future.
TriMet officials declined to discuss the specific changes, saying they cannot provide such details as times and locations of the upcoming missions because they related to security.

Three attacks have generated headlines in the past few weeks. The first occurred on Dec. 26 when a 14-year-old Centennial High School student was assault by three young women on a Green Line MAX train. The attackers were arrested Thursday and their mother was also charged with hindering prosecution.
A 15-year-old Benson High School student was attacked by a motorist on Jan. 11 as he was walking to a MAX station in the Rose Quarter. His assailant has not yet been caught.
Then on Thursday, police arrested a mother and her daughter for punching two passengers on a TriMet bus near Southeast 122nd Avenue and Division Street.
According to statistics released by TriMet, 471 crimes were reported along the system in 2010, the last year for which full figures are available. They include 77 misdemeanor and felony assaults. 

THE MAN WITHOUT A HEART WANTS YOU TO TAKE A WALK FOR YOUR HEART

I'm sure that many of us made one or two New Year's resolutions this year - mine is to balance our budget - but I would challenge you to add one more to your list - focusing on your heart health.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the nation and one of the simplest things you can do to help decrease your risk is walk. On May 19, the American Heart Association in Portland is holding their annual Heart Walk and I have pledged TriMet's support. I ask that each of you consider joining me in the 5k and in raising funds for research and education. Our goal is to raise over $250,000 for continued research and to have 10 teams of TriMet walkers.

More information on the walk, including how to register and a friendly competition, will be shared in the coming weeks but until then, please think about joining me in this cause. I also encourage you to consider being a "champion" and rally support for a TriMet team. If you are interested, contact Susan Jeffries in Organization Development or click here.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19. There are two walk locations - Portland and Vancouver - to make participation even simpler. Not only is the Heart Walk a great way to show your support of the community, it's a great way to show your support for your TriMet family and those who have been, or may still be, touched by heart disease. Take the first step for your heart health!

Best,
Neil