Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Friday, January 20, 2012

Form letter that goes out when people answer the survey

I want to extend a “thank you” to everyone who provided feedback about TriMet’s budget options in our interactive Challenges & Choices survey. Since we launched the site back on December 14, more than 4,800 of you weighed in.

NEW TRANSIT BLOG APPEARS

Urban Planning and Transportation Blog: Six months riding Trimet and Counting...

THE SUPREME KOCH


Occupy the Courts Rally at Pioneer Square

Ross Wrede and I attended the rally today at Pioneer Square.



























Trimet puts driver on leave for asking passenger to remove foot from seat

That's right-a driver asked a passenger to take their foot off the seat and now the driver is on PAID leave! That's $226/day + $330/day overtime costs to fill the run!
(and they complain about money problems)

Streetcar whiners, and the newspaper that loves them (Jack Bog's Blog)

Streetcar whiners, and the newspaper that loves them (Jack Bog's Blog)

Trimet Diaries

The TriMet Charon Express

Big shots pat themselves on the back

Portland transit projects praised

And now for something fairly positive

We take short break from our management bashing behavior to a more positive development:

HOW MUCH IS FRED HANSEN....

BRAIN PLAYFAIR and CAROLYN YOUNG
pulling down from the tax payers now that they are retired?
I submitted a request for public information, usually I get a response immediately, this time nothing.
Granted the person that usually handles this is out till Monday, but I am sure the person who I was supposed to contact while she was on vacation is perfectly able to handle the request.
Makes ya think huh?

TRIMET MANAGEMENT ALWAYS COMING UP WITH STUPID IDEAS

The district has added a near miss button on our new radio system.
You can guess how well that news was received.
The most entertaining comment was they should nick name it the snitch on yourself button.
Better yet nickname it the DUMB ASS button.
TriMet Safety and Service Excellence Task Force - PortlandAfoot 

Get ready for your cuts so Trimet executives can continue making six figure salaries

Concerns arise over potential TriMet cuts to Boring, Estacada bus lines | OregonLive.com

PORK PORK AND MORE PORK

Capital projects executive director-$184,700
Capital projects director II-$166,000
Capital projects director II-$147,600
Capital projects director II-$147,600
Capital projects director II-$156,800
Capital projects manager II-$143,500
Capital projects manager II-$121,500
Capital projects director I- $120,000
Capital projects director I- $143,500
Capital Projects manager II- $120,529
This list goes on for hundreds of positions that are similar in nature.
YET MACFARLANE SAYS THE UNION IS THE PROBLEM?

There are so many middle managers at TRIMET  its surprising this place hasn't gone into bankruptcy years ago.

The creek at the Beaverton Transit Center yesterday

TOP STORIES

1-TRIMET NON UNION EMPLOYEES PORK
2- REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS FILED
 3-The case of the "baby bus driver"
4- Join us at the next Information Picket – January 2...
5- PROPAGANDA FULL SPEED AHEAD
6- Macfarlane hits the road with his anti union schpe...
7- TRIMET TAKES ITS ANTI UNION PITCH RIGHT TO ITS HOM...

LETS GET A MOVEMENT LIKE THIS IN PORTLAND

“The MBTA and the MBCR have been horribly managed, in my opinion, for certainly the 10 years I’ve been in Boston,” she said. “I would start at the top and work down, and make a real effort to radically overhaul the system.”
She wants state or federal intervention to solve the budget crisis. “As a society, we have to decide sometimes that some things matter enough that we’re willing to do what it takes to keep these essential services up and running,” she said.
FULL ARICLE IS HERE

How to Entice Car Owners to Switch to Public Transit

The first thing the researchers noticed, in line with previous research, is that dependent transit riders tend to take the bus and choice riders tend to take rail. Bus/dependent riders tend to come from lower-income zones and has less access to a car, compared with rail/choice riders. Unlike their bus-riding counterparts, rail riders place a premium on out-of-vehicle travel time — in other words, they don't like when it takes a long time to get to a transit station. The central business district is a major destination for rail riders, and they also seem to prefer going through transit-oriented developments. Neither of these factors plays a major role in bus/dependent travel, according to the report; on the contrary, bus riders are trying to reach lower-density employment centers.
FULL ARTICLE HERE!

Congress Will PAY YOU to Avoid Public Transit in 2012

As part of the 2009 stimulus package passed by the Democratic controlled congress, commuters could qualify for a subsidy of $230 per month towards mass transit expenses. But your tax write off for parking? Ten bucks more at $240.
So much for Washington believing in public transportation.
If that isn’t crazy enough, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (that’s the formal name for the “stimulus” bill) only offered a temporary increase to mass transit reimbursement. As of January 1, commuters getting a pre-tax reimbursement for transit will revert to just $125.
That’s right. You get twice as much of a write-off to drive to work instead of taking the bus. Read the details at the University of South Florida’s National Center for Transit Research.
FULL ARTICLE HERE