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Monday, February 27, 2012

MACFARLANES CRONY DAVID KNOWLES SPEAKS TO THE PORTLAND BUSINESS ELITE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndsgk5Z61Cw

BEST COMMENT FROM EDITORIAL BOARD HACK JOB

Great, just what we need is another "board" to tell us what is wrong with TriMet, oh sorry, what's wrong with the horrible Union Employees who want decent pay for a hard days work. The people that actually make "TriMet Roll" every day. The ones that are up at 3am to get the buses and trains ready for first pull out of the day. The people who are up all night working on the buses, trains, overhead wires, track maintenance, while management eat dinner, having a night cap and off to dream land. The employees that saved TriMet millions of dollars working on "PIP" (Productivity Improvement Process), to streamline processes and make TriMet more efficient. Oh, what happened to the money that was saved by PIP? We were all praised by management for all of our hard work and input towards making TriMet a better place for everyone. Had Neil McFarlane come to the table with something that was at least "not laughable" I'm sure the union would have been open to dialogue. Across this great country working people are being told to take one for the team, while corporate earnings are the highest they have ever been. Neil's opinion on who he considers "critical" people to hire are different than mine. Without the people that get their hands dirty, have limited bathroom breaks, shear fingers off while truing a train wheel, inhale chemicals, work with 750 volts of electricity that can kill you in an instant, get spit on, cussed at, these are the "critical" workers in my opinion. It is back breaking and emotionally draining work and the workers deserve every penny they earn.
 End stranglehold on TriMet | OregonLive.com

IT TAKES 20 BUS DRIVERS TO EQUAL 1 FRED HANSEN

The pension that Fred is raking in could fund the pensions for 20 FULL TIME BUS OPERATORS for 10 YEARS OF SERVICE

NUMBER 4

Car fire, traffic backed up, and seven lost TriMet buses ...

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3514213940896&set=vb.1438368186&type=2&theater

Not sure what this is but it sounds good

Transit Employee Support Team - Portland, Oregon - Tri-Met employees and ATU Local 757 Transit Union members who want to make a difference for our disabled Transit Employees and retirees.

DISTRICT WANTS STRIKE -RIDERS WANT ARBITRATION

Online petition urges arbitration in transit strike | The Chronicle Herald

7 BUSES STUCK

Erik Halstead ‏ @sp_redelectric

Come on #trimet you have SEVEN BUSES stuck on 99W and no alert for it?? That is UNACCEPTABLE!! Start doing ur job, that's seven buses!!!

DISPATCH ASLEEP


BUS ATTACKED

Pdx Bus Driver ‏ @PdxBusDriver

Line 87 bus had an object thrown through windshield at 181 and glisan big hole in window

CAN'T FIRE TRANSIT EXECUTIVES WITHOUT PAYING THEM BIG TIME

They sure as hell don't need a union, unreal.
Firing TTC's Gary Webster could cost Toronto $500,000 in severance | Posted Toronto | National Post

Looks like Federal boondoggle light rail money will be saved

Boehner Concedes on Transportation Bill - WSJ.com

HERE THEY GO AGAIN-THE BOREGONIAN EDITORIAL BOARD

Last week, TriMet's mild-mannered  (looks are very deceiving) general manager, Neil McFarlane, attempted to grab this region by its collar.

In a speech of extraordinary power (malice is more the word) and candor, McFarlane warned that TriMet is "slowly strangling from a union contract that desperately needs a reset."

 End stranglehold on TriMet | OregonLive.com

Trimet bus driver RONALD GREEN WANTS TO BEAT BLUMENAUR

TriMet bus driver files to run for Earl Blumenauer's congressional seat | OregonLive.com

Oral surgeons light!

Blocher explains why Trimet doesn't know what its doing

YouTube

TriMet takes its Union Blaming activities to Facebook

See the Facebook post, comment if you like.

They also took it to Twitter.

DR JEFF SOLVES THE BUDGET CRISIS!

In Which I Solve The Budget Crisis, Repeatedly

Last week, I wrote about the fact that TriMet was trying to divide us into separate rider groups. There are choice riders, says TriMet, and there are transit-dependent riders. I went into some detail about how these are arbitrary categories. I thought that maybe we should all just bond over the fact that we are riders. Then it hit me… instead of nit-picking at this little crap why not just do what really needs to be done? Why not SOLVE THE BUDGET CRISIS?
Ambitious? Sure. Impossible? Hell yes. But this is just a stupid little blog post, so bear with me, skeptics. Throw aside your jaded hipster transit geekery and come with me on a magical ride into the imagination. Come with me to the land of balanced TriMet budgets, where lemonade flows in the streets and your transfer is made of solid gold.
There have been a number of proposals on the table, as you’ve seen. TriMet has even invented a little budget balancing game. It has become clear that TriMet brass would like to simply have the union pay for all of their own benefits, and Neil McFarlane has proposed that union members perform minor surgeries on each other, with instruments that will be provided by the company. Bypassing expensive hospital care and going to one of your fellow transit operators for appendectomy or simply heart valve replacement seems like a no-brainer, and would save approximately 278 dollars after the increase in death benefits is factored in. So, cool story, bro, but not workable in the world of MY budget ax.

Then there is the CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS!

SP Red Electric

McFarlane is flat out being dishonest with the public and is pitting people against people to suit his own personal agenda. His background is in building light rail lines and other mega-projects like the Convention Center; he has ZERO experience in actual day-to-day operations of anything, and right now he's protecting his babies (specifically WES and MAX but also the Portland Streetcar) - and willing to sacrifice anything to get his way.
Never mind that TriMet consistently refuses to address many of my 24 specific ways TriMet could cut its budget.
Never mind that TriMet need make only TWO CUTS to balance its budget (before the recent ruling against TriMet for negotiating in bad faith) - cut WES, and cut the Portland Streetcar subsidy.

One of my favorite anti Neil Oregonian quotes

Where I have concerns is in the number of managers needed:
Seven Executive Directors: "Legal Services", "Capital Projects", "Operations Administration", "Communications & Technology Administration", "Government Affairs", and two "Finance Administration" Executive Directors. All but one of these positions could be eliminated, and even that one "Operations Administration" could be merged with the General Manager's duties if he'd spend less time on the speaking circuit, less time on an airplane, and more time dealing with the transit system he's supposed to be running. That would save a million in unnecessary labor.
Or the 13 "Director II"s, the 17 "Director I"s, the 63 "Manager II"s or the 12 "Manager I"s. Or the 9 "Analysts", the 9 "Landscape Maintenance Mechanics", the 6 "Accountants" AND the 5 "Financial Analysts", the 3 "Database Administrators", the 3 "Business Systems Analysts", the 3 "PC Specialists", the 14 "Programmer Systems Analysts", and the 14 "Software Systems Engineers". The 3 "Graphics Designers". 7 "General Counsel" and 4 "Litigation Specialists". 3 "Executive Secretaries".

Sunday, February 26, 2012

LET'S SEE YOUR STUPID LIGHT RAIL OUTPERFORM THIS!!


TESTIMOY ON THE LIFT FARE INCREASE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAG_53076kU

MUST SEE VIDEO

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine - YouTube

The road to hell is multi-modal

BOJACK.ORG

INSUFFERABLE PORTLAND

The same year Portland began implementing its urban growth boundary, Neil Goldschmidt became mayor. Goldschmidt quickly recognized that the land-use-transportation connection could be exploited to political ends, and this insight would make him the state’s largest powerbroker for decades to come.
In 1974, Goldschmidt canceled a major interstate freeway project before it broke ground. Aside from the usual gripes about a freeway reducing nearby property values, Congress had just passed a law allowing federal highway funds to be used on capital improvement for public transportation. More public transportation looked like a good way of helping Portland stay within its urban growth boundary.
The problem was that the feds had allocated so much for the highway project that the city couldn’t possibly absorb it all in buses. Goldschmidt had to find an irrationally expensive new mode of public transportation, and thus began liberal America’s love affair with “light rail.” And light rail had another advantage over buses, namely that the laying of tracks and the placement of stations allowed Goldschmidt even more power to manipulate land use, making him a kingmaker among developers. Naturally, Goldschmidt’s pioneering of a public works project distinguished by its exorbitant cost earned him a job as Jimmy Carter’s secretary of transportation.
Vaunted though it might be, Portland’s light rail system hasn’t been the success its planners hoped. It’s called “light” rail not because the trains are less heavy, but because it’s more lightly used by the public than, say, New York’s subway or Washington, D.C.’s Metro. Over the course of the 1980s, the city’s first light rail line was finally completed, and the percentage of Portlanders using public transportation declined.
READ THIS FASCINATING ARTICLE HERE

Ever notice?

How there is NEVER any follow up to any questions that the board or anybody brings up at one of these board meetings.

Neil will always agree to do some follow up, or send somebody to do followup, but then the issue is never heard from again.

The TriMet board meetings are clearly a stage show, something that is done because they are required to go through the motions.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Albert Einstein



HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS ANTI UNION CAMPAIGN?

RESPONSE TO THE LIES OF KATU AND JOHN CHARLES - YouTube

Unions, not manufacturing, key to economic revival

If there's a single reason the median wage has dropped dramatically for non-college workers over the past 3 1/2 decades, it's the decline of unions. In the 1950s, more than a third of American workers were represented by a union. Now, fewer than 7 percent of private-sector workers have a union behind them.

ASTORIA

Bus system feels aftershocks from terminated director - The Daily Astorian: Free

In context: What a bus driver's day looks like

CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL


It's frustrating that for the duration of the transit strike, now in its 24th day, we---the public---are left hearing competing versions of the scheduling and overtime issues that are at the heart of conflict, but haven't been provided with much information beyond talking points.

Fortunately, yesterday a bus driver gave me the actual scheduling documents used to assign shifts, called the "run cut," and the proposed documents that the city wants to use. I don't know why neither the city nor the union made these documents public before, but now people can look at the documents and form their own conclusions.

THIS WEEKS READERSHIP REPORT


NAZI COMMENT UNFOUNDED?

I've gotten some criticism from people about my Nazi comment when talking about Macfarlanes latest speech.

 I admit it's extremist, but Hitler did declare war on unions and on MAY 2, 1933 he did abolish all labor unions.

 I don't think its much of a reach to see that Macfarlane's end goal maybe the destruction of ATU 757.

But Macfarlanes technique of PROPAGANDIZING the dispute with the union is not that much different from Hitler making a speech looking for scapegoats. I thought MACFARLANE'S speech was brutal and unfounded.

Sure its extreme, Macfarlane is obviously not Hitler, but his propagandizing is very similar to historic events.

Poor America -

CLICK HERE FOR BBC PROGRAM

BEST COMMENTS FROM COVERAGE OF NEIL MACFARLANES HATE SPEECH

Despite a propaganda campaign who's viciousness is worthy of Nazi Germany, Macfarlane is not living in dumbfuck America.  Most Portlander's have an education that enables them to see above Macfarlanes gambit of using the unionized workers as scapegoats for management bungling. Of course there are the usual anti union baters, who will never be happy until all American workers are living at the Standard of the Chinese workers, but the majority of Portlander's see right through that nonsense. The following are some of the COMMENTS from the Joe Rose Oregonian article. The Oregonian by the way is rabid anti union.

PORTLAND FALLS APART WHILE THEY BUILD STREETCARS

It won't be quick enough to see the end of the Sam Adams tenure in this city.

Why can't Portland repave its rutted roads? | OregonLive.com

Jack Bogdanski commentary

 Tri-Met brass: It's all the union's fault
The head of Portland's insolvent transit agency has taken to badmouthing his employees' unions these days. But he can't seem to make that the speech without a "planning" consultant from CH2M Hill next to him. Ah, those consultants -- who make the millions setting up money-burning rail projects like the insane WES train and the equally nutty Mystery Train to Milwaukie. Yes, the unions have overreached in recent years, but when Tri-Met ends up in bankruptcy and the workers get maneuvered out of their pensions, you won't see CH2M Hill giving back any money.
Tri-Met brass: It's all the union's fault (Jack Bog's Blog)

The O on Tri-Met: "All is well" 

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.

The O on Tri-Met: "All is well" (Jack Bog's Blog)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

THE FOLLOWING QUESTION WAS POSED IN THE PRIVATE ATU FACEBOOK AREA

Does anyone know if this is Trimet management or union management?

Tony was back to work Friday

Says he was treated well by TriMet management in the aftermath of the incident.

Friday part 3

http://vimeo.com/37452918

THIS IS FOR YOU STEVE

CLICK HERE!

Friday-part 2

http://youtu.be/tu7bxilRxQI

ATU ELECTION OFFICER RULES

CLICK HERE!

Supervisors ONLY please


SPOOKY MAX VIDEO-by "fill time blogger Al M"

I like that fill time quote...its funny....

TriMet says shuttle buses will serve downtown Portland MAX stops Sunday morning; addresses no-door train mystery (video) | OregonLive.com

I wonder if something like this could happen here?

Swargate terminus still lacks round-the-clock security - The Times of India

Neil Macfarlane's BS speech at the BIG SHOTS (city club) dinner

CLICK HERE!

Firday-part 1

CLICK HERE!

HERE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHY TRIMET IS SO SCREWED UP NOW

CLICK HERE

MACFARLANES CRONIES PILE ON THE BULL SHIT

His connections to big business are OBVIOUS and DISTURBING , the 'power elite' 1%'s of the Portland cabal of legalized robbers who have profited from our transit system and continue to do so. Fred Hansen retired a MILLIONAIRE with a FAT PENSION OF $15,700 A MONTH.

Who knows how much Macfarlane has taken in so far as TRIMET'S TOP criminal for over 20 years.

His pension will probably be $20,000 a month.

BUT HERE THEY ARE, THE PORTLAND FAT CATS, TELLING THE WORLD THAT ITS ALL THE UNIONS FAULT THAT THIS TRANSIT SYSTEM IS IN SUCH A MESS.
WE HAVE HEARD IT AT GENERAL MOTORS, WE ARE HEARING IT IN EUROPE (see what happened to the Greeks) AND NOW WE ARE HEARING IT HERE.

MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS THE RISE OF FASCISM IN AMERICA...DO NOT TAKE IT LIGHTLY OR WE WILL END UP LIKE GREECE

Now read the sickening speech given by one of MACFARLANES BUSINESS CRONIES
(WITH MY VERY INSIGHTFUL COMMENTS, MAKE SURE TO CLICK ON THE LINKS INSIDE THE COMMENTARY)

YOUR TAX DOLLARS GOING TO SPECIAL INTEREST


Criminal class

MoodyGroup

With WES Leading The Way, TriMet Ridership Continues To Grow In January

That is the type of shameless fraudulent propagandizing that TRIMET is WORLD RENOWN for.
Making itself famous using self promoting shameless propaganda.

HERE is a good article about that.

WILL THE PUBLIC WAKE UP TO WHAT MICHAEL LEVINE ALREADY KNOWS?

CLICK HERE!

SO MANY LIES AND DISTORTIONS

Looking at Macfarlane's pathetic speech, its so full of boastful claims and downright lies, but here is the biggest one:


This translates to a Blue Cross bill averaging $22,000 per year for each union employee – nearly twice the industry average – and twice that of non-union TriMet employees.
This number the media has thrown out over and over.
It started at $1,600  a month for every employee;
Then it went to $1,800  for every employee;

A complete lie, my FAMILY blue cross is $1,600/mo.
There are many SINGLE EMPLOYEES who's blue cross is $1,200.
There are MANY employees who have KAISER, which is substantially less than Blue Cross.
Yet Macfarlane, master of half truths and distortions, attempts to paint the picture that TriMet is paying $22,000 for EACH EMPLOYEE!
A DOWNRIGHT LIE. 
Michael Levine sums up the truth about Macfarlane HERE!

Fact-Checking McFarlane

The Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail will carry riders for:
·       $1.50 each
·       compared to nearly double what it costs on the bus system ($2.90)
So...if what McFarlane is saying is true, let's see the proof in the pudding.

How much does it cost for a Green Line rider between Gateway and Clackamas TC?

Now...now much does it cost for a 72 line rider between I-84 (the 82nd Avenue MAX station) and Clackamas TC?

McFarlane is citing the cost of one line, against the AVERAGE of all bus lines.  Which means, he's trying to compare ONE MAX line to the 84 Kelso/Boring line (because that one bus line that costs a Godawful amount of money throws the bus system average).  Clearly, that the AVERAGE is only $2.90 shows that there are many buses that aren't anywhere near as costly.

And, TriMet's CFO even confirmed to me that many bus lines are just as cost effective - or in some cases, MORE cost effective - than MAX.  Like the 72 bus.  MORE cost effective than MAX.  MORE cost effective than the Green Line.

Apples to apples, not apples to the whole freakin' damn orange tree orchard.

Did Neil McFarlane really say THIS?????

Those who know our business know that the MAX system has been the best thing that ever happened to the bus system…

NUMBER 5

Friday, February 24, 2012

THE COWARDS THAT CALL THEMSELVES TRIMET MANAGEMENT

 The post you are about to read is somewhat brutal in nature. It is an extreme illustration of how I view the use of viscous propaganda

Michael Anderson's coverage of the head SQUIDS vicious attack on his employees

Union contract is ‘slowly strangling’ TriMet, exec tells local leaders | Portland Afoot

MACFARLANE BULLSHITTER IN CHARGE OF TRIMET

WARNING! THIS BULLSHIT IS HARD TO READ AND MIGHT MAKE  YOU VOMIT, READERS BE WARNED!
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City Club Speech
February 24, 2012

Thank you City Club President Melody Rose and thank you to the Program Committee Members

I’m grateful for the invitation to speak to the City Club, and I’m honored to be here.

I’ve attended many City Club presentations – listened to many statesmen and women – and I hope I do the podium justice.

As noted in the introduction – I became TriMet General Manager 20 months ago after nearly 20 years at the agency.

I inherited an agency inspired by a Dickens’ novel – I call it – A Tale of Two TriMet’s.(give us a break will ya)

Portland police arrest 18-year-old man who allegedly threatened MAX operator with knife

Nah, we don't need good health insurance:
  Portland police arrest 18-year-old man who allegedly threatened MAX operator with knife | OregonLive.com

Woman arrested after allegedly spitting on TriMet bus driver in Northeast Portland

Who needs decent health insurance?


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BLAME THE UNION-ITS ALL THE RAGE

TriMet general manager tells Portland crowd that union contract is 'slowly strangling' public transit | OregonLive.com

 TriMet, union remain at odds - Portland Business Journal

 TriMet chief sees union stance as budget stumbling block

 TriMet chief sees union stance as budget stumbling block

Who does he look like?

TRIMET-WORKING HARD TO GET YOU!

Busting citizens with exorbitant fines (The base fine for not having a valid fare is $175, but fines may go as high as $250) for not having a $2.10 ticket, one of the highest fare evasion fines anywhere in the world, that's right, the WHOLE WORLD!

AIN'T GONNA WORK!

Probably you have heard of Mcfarlans big plan to short line Red line trains at Terminus turnaround @11th and Morrison. Good luck Neil, 3A switch is out of service again due to band aid fixes falling apart again. Better tear up the streets and fix it right first. Track substructure there is totally beyond worn out.

Thursday Part 2

VIDEO HERE

Macfarlane continues his anti union ranting...


Loud applause from some TriMet managers as (frequent TriMet contractor) Knowles calls for an end to the no-strike rule. @pdxcityclub


Crossover joke from @ch2mhill's David Knowles at @pdxcityclub: 19-year-old PDXers seeking early retirement should become TriMet bus drivers.



Since legislature approved no-strike law, McFarlane says, "TriMet had found itself mired in what seems like a Byzantine legal process."



At @pdxcityclub, TriMet GM McFarlane tells city elites that agency is "slowly strangling from a union contract" that "needs a reset."
  http://PortlandAfoot.org

Portland Transport and John Charles, its all about the union

Would single-payer healthcare help resolve the TriMet labor impasse?

GOODBYE TO LYN LERBACH-YOU WILL BE MISSED


THIS IS FASCINATING!

Bus riders support driver who was suspended - YouTube
(notice the ADVANCED technology of audio as well as video and notice the REAL transparency of this transit company providing the video the day after the event,unlike some Districts that we know of, like Trimet)

Albert's gut wrenching testimony

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

I think Keith Shultz is great

I love his signature "raincoat" mocking TriMet's claim of transparency!

Michael Levine says "you can't believe what Mr Macfarlane says"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdQlP5upwDA

Neil making the rounds...Jon nowhere to be found

TriMet Budget Plan · Think Out Loud

Republicans Said to Consider Dropping Transit Funding-Cut Plan - Businessweek

Republicans Said to Consider Dropping Transit Funding-Cut Plan - Businessweek

More bus cuts heading our way

CLICK HERE!

Look at our world class boondoggle!

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project - Online Open House

Wanna be a bus driver?

Better think twice before going there:

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a bus driver who was stabbed in the face with a pen while trying to resolve a dispute with a passenger has been suspended.
Cobb County spokeswoman AikWah Leow tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/AxIjA1) the driver was suspended with pay for not following protocol. She says he should have stayed in his seat and called the Cobb County Transit dispatch.
Authorities say he was suspended by Lombard, Ill.-based Veolia Transportation, which provides drivers for the system.
Veolia spokeswoman Valerie Michael told The Associated Press Thursday morning the company was still investigating. She wasn't able to discuss details because it's a personnel matter.
Police say a female passenger grabbed a pen from the driver's pocket and stabbed him several times in the face on Monday in Kennesaw.
 Bus driver suspended after pen stabbing - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Thursday

 6!
Friday rant
 Hanging with the "boys"
Steve and Scott get doughnuts! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BART board of directors takes a clear stand againt violence against employees!

BART - BART Board: Zero tolerance for attacks on front line employees

Award winning idea

Set up an occupy encampment across from Macfarlane's house!

The check is NOT in the mail!

If operators are expecting some sort of payment to be forthcoming you are in for a big disappointment!
It could be quite some time before any money is received as this winds its way through the system
Via Jeff Ackerson

Fred's mail piling up

Our $15k/mo man has sold his nw condo (at significant loss)!

He provided the wrong forwarding zip code so all his mail is piling up at the post office!

Tony driving "training bus"

That's right. Operator involved with Tigard crash being "retrained". He is in this bus.

BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Director of OPAL says TRIMET lacks credibility
The board has no answers for Michael Levine
Does the board have any idea what its like to be disabled?
Disabled rider attempts to illustrate his plight!

Regarding those 1,100 jobs.....

A conservative (which I am far from being) would do the math and misleadingly say that 1,111 jobs from a $1.5 billion project means each job cost over a million dollars to create. This would be misleading because it doesn't factor in the cost of the raw materials nor does it consider the value of the finished project or product. Since Trimet, however, is a transit agency, the real questions should be more about the fact that these are largely temporary construction jobs as opposed to permanent transit jobs. The one dimensional, one trick pony aspect of more and more light rail sacrifices creativity and resources that could better be used to build a robust transit agency. A modern total transit system, conveniently serving all neighborhoods of the region, would build ridership and revenues through frequent and reliable service. Implementing bus rapid transit as well as electric trolley buses are just a couple low cost (relative to rail) ways Trimet could go about improving it's service and sustainability while creating good, permanent transit jobs. The federal matching funds for doing this are there, management needs only to go after them.

JC VANETTA

He was in the background of the speakers at the TriMet board meeting!
His name is JC Vannatta.

TRIMET VS THE CTA

When is TRIMET going to make "choice" riders pay their fair share?
Board members make out big time in Chicago
CTA Open Fare System
2012 Budget Recommendations: Labor Reforms, Work Rule Changes Key to Preventing Increased Fares and Service Cuts

TRIMET FEBRUARY 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS


The new light rail bridge


STOP THE MONSTER!


Crime and punishment


STOP THE MONSTER!

http://portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=132995285975837800

THINK YOUR JOB IS STRESSFUL?

Zook used to drive a bus for an urban transit district in Northern California. There was much about the job that she loved, especially the economic rewards -- decent pay, good family medical benefits, and a great pension. But after 10 years behind the wheel, Zook hit the wall. Squeezing a 20-ton machine through city streets rife with traffic jams, potholes, road construction, jaywalkers, bike messengers, double-parked trucks, and often heedless motorists had taken its toll. The job's day-to-day stresses on her body and nerves had built up over the years and emerged in clenched muscles and crying jags.

FULL ARTICLE HERE!

Insightful commet left at Portland A-Foot

THIS COMMENT was left on Michael Anderson's blog in his interview with Cynthia Chilton:

The financial problem has been a long time in the making. Ask any employee of TriMet's Training Department, and you can discover that this is a hole dug by TriMet management a long time ago. Three decades ago, full retirement was at age 62, with a 20 year vesting for Union employees. The pension was tiny. But there was the promise of improving seniority over time, and health care in retirement. Employees could retire early at age 55, but with a much-reduced pension -- out of compassion for drivers who developed health problems and could no longer drive. It was hard to survive retirement at 55 with no social security until 62, and a tiny pension. TriMet is not part of PERS.

Who goes where?


TriMet New Bus Driver Class


This is a fairly large group of 16 students.

Wednesday

Part 1
Part 2

Blood suckers smell blood

Tri-Met bus accident lawyer « Portland Accident News

Interesting attendence chart


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

TriMet boosts LIFT fares; increase to be phased in


TriMet: Bus driver who hit Tigard woman on Oregon 99W has 'good record'

The TriMet bus driver who struck a woman crossing Oregon 99W in Tigard last week has been identified as 64-year-old Tony Dauenhauer, a six-year veteran who has a clean driving record with the transit agency.
 Dauenhauer remains on administrative leave as TriMet conducts its own investigation. “He has a good record,” said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch.

Joe Rose Here!

Crime down on Trimet?

Despite recent rash of crime, TriMet says overall numbers are down - Koinlocal6.com

TriMet bus shelters vandalized across Metro


ATU 757 President Jonathan Hunt: Stop the propaganda campaign!


Neil Macfarlane states clearly that he would rather have a strike then settle


ATU 757 president Jon Hunt addresses the Trimet board


What's wrong with this MAX train?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9HOm0RbMPM

Actual Trimet bus stop sign


Nothing like senseless vandalism

TriMet bus shelters vandalized in Southeast Portland | OregonLive.com

Lift passengers get the hike

 votes unanimously to hike LIFT van fares 32% for people w/ disabilities 

 TriMet: News Release - TriMet board approves phased-in fare increase for ADA LIFT rides

Portland police arrest in MAX station robbery

Press Releases

TOP STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD OF TRANSIT

ALL ABOARD THE SARDINE CAN
 
DART bus drivers ask tough safety questions | wfaa.com Dallas - Fort Worth

 ANOTHER LIGHT RAIL NIGHTMARE

IS US OUT OF LOVE WITH CUTTING EDGE TRANSIT?


Fighting the mega monster

Light-rail fight picks up steam

Here is what a shot up shelter looks like

http://t.co/WYQiguKU

TriMet considering fair increase for LIFT service


SOMEBODY JUST JUMPED OFF HAWTHORNE BRIDGE

Pdx Bus Driver @PdxBusDriver Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Jumper on Hawthorne bridge oh wait they just jumped

1,111 jobs created so far

Is it believable? Who knows...........

CLICK HERE!

Neil Macfarlanes latest comments on the labor ruling (with my insightful comments of course)

I wanted to post an update to our efforts to secure a new ATU contract.  It’s taken more twists and turns over the past week.  First, the arbitration is delayed until mid-May.  Second, the ERB once again limited the issues the arbitrator will have before him.
On February 16, 2012, Employment Relations Board (ERB) issued an order that precludes TriMet from making any wage proposal as part of our final offer in the arbitration with ATU. This decision comes just three days after the arbitrator, at ATU’s request, agreed to a second delay in the interest arbitration that would resolve our long standing labor contract dispute with ATU. The arbitration is now delayed until mid-May. Previously, the ERB eliminated from the arbitration most of TriMet's proposals intended to reform the medical plans that we believe are out of step with the market.(see GREECE for market conditions) As you know, this year we are trying  to close a 17 million dollar budget shortfall mostly with service cuts and fare increases. The latest ERB decision is posted on our website.

Somebody is using shelters for target practice

Bus shelters on line 19 with bullet holes

Pdx Bus Driver @PdxBusDriver
Over 10 bus shelters with broken glass panels on the line 14 route from 12th Ave to 82nd.more money down the drain and budget shortfall

Humanity on Wheels: An Evening of Mass Transit Tales! (20-March-2012)

http://trimetdiaries.com/2012/02/humanity-on-wheels-an-evening-of-mass-transit-tales-20-march-2012/

"TriMet" (sculpture)

http://cyclotram.blogspot.com/2012/02/trimet-sculpture.html

Scores killed in Argentina train crash

YouTube

The insanity will never end in Oregon

Another rail (or trail) line to another Podunk town?

Forest Grove envisions transit link, Congress envisions cuts to projects

2 new cronies for Neil's board of sock puppets

Warner, who will represent Washington County, has had a long career in public policy and transportation in Oregon. Most recently, he served as interim city manager of Hillsboro, Ore., and before that was director of the Portland Development Commission. He also served as director of the Oregon Department of Transportation and director of Washington County’s Land Use and Transportation.

Stovall, who will represent east Multnomah County, currently serves as executive director of the East Metro Economic Alliance. He previously was president of the Gresham Chamber of Commerce.

Not around here


so when do you think outside the box and stop with the cuts? The board of directors doesn't even use transit.

Your speed

http://www.bjdorr.com/20120221p227

Tuesday

Part 1
Part 2 (jump to 15 minutes)

Trimet market share

http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2012/02/tri-met-market-share.html

Mayhem in the streets

Two teens accused of robbing another at knifepoint on a Gresham MAX platform | OregonLive.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TRIMET-Leading the nation-in everything but getting people where they need to go

Advanced transportation energy systems chart cleaner future with solar panels from SolarWorld | AltEnergyMag Press Release

TriMet: News Release - TriMet solar system now producing clean energy at South Terminus

Perfectly Portland (Jack Bog's Blog) 

Where does money come from for this stuff?

MAX ATTACK?


I submit another request for public records


Another view that's bad

http://pic.twitter.com/ZsYNGWhk

Credit/debit card machines were out of order yesterday


Workers Rights Board Hearing on the Hilton Workers Contract Negotiations

Jobs with Justice

Bus driver stabbed with pen

Police: Commuter bus driver in Georgia stabbed repeatedly with pen during melee - The Washington Post

Nice huh?

Vibration from the train slamming down on these potholes results in damage to delicate signal instruments, cracks up to 3 feet long in the bridge structure, damage to train cars,etc. Differed maintenance over the last couple of years has vastly increased. Maintenance of way manager XXXX incompetence along with his supervisors and Neil Mcfarlans gutting of the system is showing its raggedy edges.

Reporter from PSU's Vanguard interviews me


Monday rant-Trimet breaks the law


Monday-video log


MY PAL STEVE BANTA MOVING ON UP!

He did say we gotta "sink the ship" (or something like that) and he turns out he was right!

Transit Boards name METRO CEO as leader of Valley Metro | News | Breaking Travel News

MAYBE TRIMET IS DANGEROUS?

Shots fired by fleeing suspects in SE Portland | kgw.com Portland
 Shooting follows purse-snatching at SE Portland MAX station, 2 arrested - Koinlocal6.com

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lift stuck@jenkins&cedar hills

"TRIMET IS BREAKING THE LAW"

How many times have we heard ATU 757 President JONATHAN HUNT chant that slogan?
Well we now have the second instance where Trimet Management has been determined to be breaking the law.
I wish I had a job where I could break the law, waste millions of dollars,  keep my job, and walk away rich.
Alas, I am a lowly unionized employee, not even deserving of my cost of living increases, paid health care,or basic human dignity.



More to transit workers’ arguments than I realized

Now if we could get some of the anti union in this town to do this:
Click Here for story!

Jack Bogdanski commentary

Hales: Streetcar helps the poor

The phrase "out of touch" is too mild.

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT REACTS TO RULING

Ruling by the Oregon Employment Relations Board
Another Bad TriMet Management Decision Will Cost Taxpayers

In a decision that contained blistering comments about the negotiating behavior of TriMet’s management team’s negotiating tactics, the Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB), for the third time, ruled against TriMet in an ongoing labor dispute with its union. At the bottom of the dispute is a colossal error made by TriMet negotiators. They failed and/or refused to put a wage offer on the bargaining table. Then they tried to correct that failure at the last minute by proposing a brand-new wage proposal to the interest arbitrator.

ERB rightfully rejected this tactic noting that the timing of TriMet’s first wage proposal “eliminated any chance for the earlier steps in the bargaining process to work.. Such a significant and last-minute change in position demonstrates TriMet’s lack of good faith.” One board member was even more blunt, stating “TriMet does not appear to have learned its lesson.”

READ THE ERB RULING!

HERE!

WE GET OUR(some of it) MONEY BACK FROM THE THIEVES WHO STOLE IT FROM US!

In a Monday press release, the ATU said TriMet must now grant retroactive and future pay increases to all of its members.
“TriMet must increase all unionized employee wages by 3% retroactive to June 1, 2011; by 2.1% increase retroactive to December 1, 2011, and by 2.9% wage increase due on June 1, 2012,” the press release said.
Contacted by the Portland Tribune, TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said if that is true, the agency is not looking at a $17 million funding shortfall instead of the small $12 million one that would not have included the increases. Fetsch said she had not had to discuss the ruling with TriMet’s labor negotiators, however, and did not know if the ruling could be appealed.

PHOTOGRAPHING FARE EVANDERS?

RTD affixes faces to fare infractions so it can better track repeat offenders - The Denver Post

TRIMET SOCK PUPPETS TO MEET

Trimet news release!

HIT BY LIGHT RAIL

Man hit by light rail in critical condition

HAS ALL THE TRIMET SAFETY NONSENSE DONE ANYTHING TO IMPROVE SAFETY?

According to the data: NO!
There are more accidents happening now than a year ago!

$17 million short?

Again, we see facts that are contrary to what we are being told. This is showing up month after month by the way. The "actual" revenues are higher than the budgeted revenues, which means we are ahead, not behind!

THE REALITY OF WES RIDERSHIP

We all have to suffer through the endless bragging about the WES and it's wonderfulness.
Here is the actual WES ridership figures, as you can see it's leveled out for the most part.

BUS CONTINUES ITS ROLE AS THE WORKHORSE OF TRIMET


RAIL OPERATORS-SEE THIS MAN?

Let him have a ride in the cab with you!

Answers From The Rails | TriMet Diaries

REST IN PEACE DALE ARLT

Who passed away during his shift yesterday at the Rose Quarter

NOZZLNEWS!

The Oregon Bus Project, a political organization, sometimes gets phone calls meant for TriMet, the transit agency in the Portland, Oregon, area. The Bus Project posted a video of this actual call, saying, "Beware the fangs of the 5 ft. long kitty prowling just outside the door..."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Suzanne Bonamici town hall


NW Examiner Mayoral debate


Not At Fault, However Preventable Collision

TRANSIT MANAGER

Seattle METRO employees pay ZERO for health insurance

Full Benefits Plan
You become eligible for the Full Benefits Plan when:
  • You select a work assignment of four or more hours during any pick through this calendar year. (Your fully paid benefits begin on the first day of the month after you work the four or more hour assignment and extend through December 31, 2009).
  • You receive 1,019 or more paid hours in the 26 pay periods ending with the pay period that includes July 31 in this calendar year. (Your fully paid benefits begin on January 1 of next year, pending extension of these benefits beyond December 31, 2009).
County Paid Benefits — no employee contribution toward cost of benefit is required

METRO HERE!

MORON'S IN CHARGE OF TRIMET

Job Title: System Safety Specialist
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $4,875.87 - $6,094.40 Monthly
$58,510.40 - $73,132.80 Annually

Cleveland Steamer at the Parkrose Transit Center*



*Actually it was on the bikepath that runs along the freeway.As Sam Seder would say,"That's Bull****.



OPERATOR CLEARED IN TIGARD INCIDENT

Zoe Ann Mead


 TriMet bus driver didn't have enough time to avoid crash with Tigard woman, police said | OregonLive.com

Gresham Transit Center a safety hazard now

As one of the knee-jerk reactions to the Sandy Day incident, buses that layover in the transit center proper are not allowed to turn right onto Kelly Ave. The rationale was that a danger of a bus being struck by the railroad crossing arm exists. So they moved the 9 layover to where the 20 used to (on 8th St.) moved to 12 to where the 9 used to be, and the 20 where the 12 was. It DOES NOT WORK! Neither operators or road supervisors were ever consulted.

The 9 only runs every 40 minutes or worse, but has almost the entire block to layover. During the day, the 20 runs just as often as the 4 yet is only allocated one space in the TC so operators coming in as a 20 only have the undesignated overflow bay if it is available. If it isn't there are no instructions as to what to do. So the poor operator with the bladder and/or rectum which is in dire need of being emptied has to drive around several blocks to either go try again or go to the line 4 overflow on 10th Drive nearside Hood.