Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Friday, January 27, 2012

TRIMET CREATED THEIR OWN FAILURE


Trimet's transfer system is and has been a miserable failure for a long long time. I have never seen another Transit district allow a ride to and from a destination on the same transfer.

There are very few places that have such unreadable and unenforceable transfers in use. Can drivers actually read the day code? The zone code? The classification code?

Some not too bright drivers actually do attempt to read all of the above and try to enforce what is actually a completely unenforceable methodology.

Passengers can use the same transfer for days, and many do, as a driver I gave up years ago trying to deal with the stupidity of the transfer process.

Trimet created a completely unsecured light rail system. The "honor system". It was all part of the 60's and feel good 70's mantra.
It was a different world back then don't forget for those of you who were actually alive and old enough to remember.

The system was meant to be "friendly" and easy to use.

A fare-less square gave riders easy access to buses and trains and allowed for very simple fare evasion.

When you think about it, it seems the planners INTENTIONALLY created a system that was destined to have problems.

Why would they do that?

I think they did it because they wanted to BRAG ABOUT PORTLAND HAVING THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA RIDERSHIP IN THE COUNTRY.

They achieved that goal by creating a unworkable transfer product and a 'fare FREE' zone where people could easily get on the system without having to pay.

AND THEN THE BEAN COUNTERS GOT TO DO THEIR MAGIC.

Abracadabra, LOADS OF BOARDING RIDES, LOADS OF THEM.

And then the planners started using those numbers to show PAPA FED that PORTLAND IS THE PLACE TO PLUNK DOWN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS for silly little projects that basically served people of wealth.

And the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FELL IN LOVE WITH PORTLAND because we HAD THE MOST RIDES PER CAPITA!

And even more money flowed into PORTLANDIA!

Then one day PAPA FED SAID, sorry Portlandia, we can't give you any more money.

And all those 'fake' boarding rides became somewhat irrelevant, because the PORTLAND BIG SHOTS couldn't turn boarding rides into cold hard cash.

AND THEN THEY WERE IN TROUBLE;
HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY PAY TO USE OUR SERVICE wondered the big shots?

AND NOW THEY ARE IN BIG BIG TROUBLE, THEY SEE THE FUTURE, AND IT IS BLEAK.

Women Use Public Transit More than Men

PORTLAND MERCURY

MERCURY ON THE NEW FARE IDEA

TriMet Looks Into Getting Rid of all Zones and Roundtrip Transfers | Blogtown, PDX

Union vote by proxy?

According to a very knowledgable source unless specifically prohibited in the bylaws-union members should be able to by designating a proxy.

NO WORD ON MY REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION

HOW MUCH ARE THEIR RETIREMENT PACKAGES WORTH?

TRIMET GOOD GUYS


NEW MILWAUKIE LIGHT RAIL STATIONS WILL STILL BE WALK ON HONOR SYSTEM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElPqg5eIVnA

BUS DRIVERS STILL ACTING LIKE FARE INSPECTORS

I can't #@$%ing believe it, really. (dispatch)

Union to TriMet: Cut managers, not drivers

Hunt’s Board testimony was a rare face-to-face with general manager McFarlane. Local 757 picketed McFarlane’s West Hills home Nov. 19. Hunt says the general manager has refused to meet with him, instead referring him to Randy Stedman, who was hired Nov. 14 as TriMet Executive Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources.
Stedman’s background is as a labor relations consultant. He takes credit on his web site for defeating a union campaign. In 2011 he represented Mt. Hood Community College, where he won concessions from faculty after a near-strike.

Full article is HERE!

CUT MACFARLANE/NOT ESTACADA

Estacada residents respond to TriMet

NOBODY WANTS TO DRIVE THE BUSES OVER HERE

Manpower crunch causes bus staff stress | Deccan Chronicle

HOLY COW-KIDS IN AMERIKA THINK NOTHING OF INFLICTING VIOLENCE ON EACH OTHER

Even though our ignorant management refuses to put audio into the video on buses, this clip shows how vital that is to capture the full extent of things going on in a bus:
As a school bus loaded with 67 students headed along a foggy, narrow southwest Marion County road at daybreak a few weeks ago, seven middle school students jumped a 13-year-old, the new girl on the bus that morning.
Within two minutes, the Liberty Middle School child was beaten unconscious. Though the community was concerned by the Jan. 6 attack, it wasn't until Wednesday's release of a security video, which showed the attack, did people become outraged.
The video, released Wednesday by the State Attorney's Office, turned an already-alarming event into a movie of sorts, one where viewers could get their own look at what happened instead of relying only a written interpretation.
Judith Tellerman, a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, watched the video and said the reason community reaction has escalated is simple: The incident came to life.
A newspaper article simply states a beating occurred. An Ernest Hemingway novel, on the other hand, captures sights, smells and sounds. In this case, the video gives that kind of context.

DRIVER GETS CALLED "A BUTCH"

Passenger dispute on dispatch right now!

COUPLE OF GUYS DOWNTOWN VIDEOTAPING BUSES AND BUS DRIVERS

On dispatch right now!

Watch this guy get lucky while he is working on the Rail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dwh4H3KK28&feature=colike

TIFFANY SWEITZER NEEDS TO RESIGN RIGHT NOW!

Ms Sweitzer has questionable ethics after revelations about her illegal parking lot that collected hundreds of thousands of dollars, which I understand, is still making money for her!
HERE is my complaint to the government ethics commission
HERE is the Portland A-Foot article on this subject.
HERE  is the Tribune article on this subject.







HOW TO FIX THE TRANSIT SYSTEM-BY AL M

As posted to the Joe Rose blog:

 Here's my idea, after driving Trimet and studying Trimet for the last 15 years.
All executives, their staffs, be immediately dismissed.
Capital projects dissolved completely.
Trimet board of directors DISSOLVED and a new board created that should be elected or appointed by LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS.
Expansion ideas all terminated until such time that Trimet becomes financially stable.
Rides cost $1 per vehicle, no time limits, no zones, no classifications, no transfers.
Each boarding will cost an additional $1, a smart card system can be used as a debit card or $1 cash will be accepted by on board fare boxes on buses, rail stations will be secured so that riders must pay BEFORE entering any station.
The only passes that will be issued are to the disabled, $25 per month unlimited rides on Trimet or Lift.
There will be one manager for every 100 operators, that would be about 15 managers. (that includes road supervisors as well as station managers)
The General Manager will be appointed by the elected board of directors, his staff will be limited to one administrative assistant.
Legal department will be limited to 3 attorneys and three assistants.
HR will have one director with one assistant.
Mechanics division will employ based on free market principles.
Marketing department immediately dissolved as Trimet is a monopoly and does not need marketing.

Communications department immediately dissolved as unnecessary.
IT department dissolved until such time that Trimet is financially solvent and can afford luxuries.
Citizens advisory committee to be comprised of CITIZENS THAT USE TRANSIT.
PROBLEMS ALL SOLVED.....


ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE

I have no issue paying for part of my benefits as long as I know our collective dollars going back to TM are being spent WISELY. TriMet has a long track record of scary (and FUEL-ish) spending. (A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS for a big deer art statue? Really?) Another $120k MANAGER? Has anyone really researched the organizational chart? There must be one manager/director/leadership position for every 5-10 non manager employee (I don’t know the exact figure but TM is top heavy)
2) WE DIDN’T BREAK THE LAW in our negotiations. TRIMET DID. AND, we haven’t slung anywhere near the mud TM has slung at us. Negotiating in good faith? The TM talk internally has been butterflies and rainbows…but that’s not the message the media and the public get.

Read the entire article at MAX FAQ's! 

JACK BOGDANSKI-telling it like it really is in Portland

Just as we wrote when it happened, it was a smart move on the other passengers' part to shut the heck up and get off at the next stop. Check out the latest MAX shocker from the PoPo:

THURSDAY

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11-year-old boy arrested after allegedly threatening woman with gun on MAX train

CLICK HERE!

Just some examples

 {Editors note: Jason Mchuff and Erik Halstead have had a long running feud, Jason insists his point of view is the correct one and Erik insists his point of view is the correct one. I'm of the opinion that both points of  view have validity}

HOLY COW! TriMet considering major fare changes, eliminating zones

JOE ROSE BLOG