Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Look at this Trimet facebook post

Click here!

DRIVING TRIMET EQUIPMENT IS DANGEROUS TO OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY

I CAN'T EVEN SEE THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS-DAVE HAS TO TELL ME WHEN THE LIGHT IS GREEN!

WARNING! CALLING STOPS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg61saArHhU

ABOUT THE FARES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlR93vxI340

JOE ROSE

TriMet report shows major crackdown on fare cheats in December | OregonLive.com

About the Trimet board meetings

CLICK HERE!

ANOTHER GREAT QUOTE FROM PORTLAND MERCURY BLOGGERS

""This city is run by children, for children. And not real children, because then our schools might be good. No, it's run for 30-year-old children. ""
 Portland Mercury | Blabby

SKATEBOARDER ATTACKS BUS


Raw video: Skateboarder rage caught on tape - The Globe and Mail

BUS DRIVER SHOT

Metro bus driver shot - YouTube

TRIMET BRAGS ABOUT ITS U-TURN ON FARES

Fare enforcement has never been high on the list of priorities for Trimet, now in business for 42 years.
For 40 years they have had this laissez-faire attitude about fares and fare enforcement.
Then all of a sudden the power elite of TRIMET decide that fares are important and must be collected and enforced.
They sprung this change on an unwitting and uneducated population and now brag at the "great job" they are doing.
The power elite have done nothing to simplify the fare system, or secure the MAX stations, or even make sure the ticket machines are 100% reliable.
Nope, they are just proud that they have been able to sik the cops and fare inspectors on a mostly poor and unsuspecting population.
Personally, I think its pathetic that citizens are not even given a first time warning, its just another example of government preying on the citizens to sustain itself.

Does Trimet meet basic standards of Timetables, shift schedules and break periods

There is a common myth that drivers are the "boss of the bus". In reality bus drivers often feel themselves to be prisoners of the timetable and unpredictable or unsocial shift times. They often feel helpless in the face of conflicting demands on them to stick to the timetable, drive safely, and provide a friendly service to passengers.


This powerlessness, or "low autonomy" as the experts call it, is in itself a cause of stress. Working-time practice should include


The working week should not be more than 40 hours, and the normal working day not more than eight hours.
No driver should be allowed to drive continuously for more than four hours without a break. Ideally a twenty minute break should be provided after two hours of continuous work.(not recovery time but break time) Drivers should be able to use their breaks to refresh and replenish themselves.
There should be enough time in the working day to reduce the conflict between the demand to stick to the timetable and the need to drive safely. This conflict is the underlying cause of a great deal of stress for drivers, resulting in them either driving too fast or being continually behind schedule.
The daily rest of drivers should be at least 11 consecutive hours, and split shifts should be avoided.
Assignments (routes, times, etc) should be regular and predictable, not day-to-day.
Days off should be guaranteed and should be at least two days at a time.

LIFE OF A BUS DRIVER-CAN YOU SURVIVE THIS JOB?

International Transport Workers' Federation: Bus Drivers Alert

DOES TRIMET MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS OF ERGONOMICS?

Bus compartments are often uncomfortable, inflexible, and exposed to the elements which makes them too hot or too cold. No allowance is made in the design for drivers of different height or weight. The ideal cabin design should include the following:
  • The driver’s seat should be vertically and horizontally adjustable and have adjustable lower back support and adjustable springs. The controls for adjusting the seat must be easy to operate.
  • The steering wheel should be no more than 460 mm in diameter and be adjustable along the axis of the steering column. Its angle of inclination should also be adjustable.
  • The pedals should be within easy reach for small and tall drivers alike. They should have equal angles.
  • The dashboard should have easy to read displays which are arranged according to functions and frequency of use. It should be easy and safe to operate all manual controls, especially emergency controls.
  • Big and small drivers must be able to enter and leave the working space easily, and effective heating and cooling systems should be provided for the cab.

Interesting comment from the Mercury Blog

Oh the cuts! The only people who are truly affected by these cuts don't read this blog. It's just so, so, fucking tiresome to read about and hear absolute retards say that this city has such wonderful, amazing public transportation.

It doesn't.

Sure it does, compared to like second rate, nationally unimportant cities that have none.

MONDAY


MARY FETSCH QUOTES

"I think it's disturbing," said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch, "When you think about transit as a reflection of the community, and what happens in the community well, at times will happen on transit. An 11-year-old. Wow. You think, 'What has our community come to?'"
 Boy, 11, arrested with gun on MAX ordered to wear GPS bracelet | NWCN.com Washington - Oregon - Idaho

Another crash picture

TriMet rider taken to hospital after SUV collides with bus | OregonLive.com

THE TRANSFER PRINTERS

Cash register

I had a very interesting conversation with an operator that saw a demonstration of those 'transfer printers'.
He said it reminded him of the McDonald's computer screen.
You know, when you buy a burger!
He then described how it worked, and that's when I got worried!
Do they actually expect us to work a 'cash register' and print a receipt every time someone pays a fare?
Because if they do, IT AIN'T GONNA WORK!