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Monday, March 5, 2012

QUOTE OF THE DAY-

Transit agencies looking for federal $$$ are like seals at Sea World. They do whatever tricks get them fish.

INSTANT REPLAY-IF ONLY WE DROVE BUSES IN DENMARK

DANISH BUS DRIVER GETS SURPRISE ON HIS BIRTHDAY - YouTube

EVETTE FARRA LINES UP CONFIDENTIAL SITE FOR UNION MEMBERS

This will be a UNION SANCTIONED site that we can all share information, minutes, and other so called "confidential" information with each other that is not controlled completely by our union officers.
I for one AN SICK AND TIRED OF THIS PARANOIA.
 You see where it has brought us as a union , its CLEARLY A  FAILED POLICY!
Score a point for Evette on getting this for us!

Increased assaults on TriMet raising concerns for riders

PSU VANGUARD

Meet the new London routemaster

BBC NEWS HERE

RIDING WITH STEVE AND A TRIMET TRAINEE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqAuVeFs7n0

MAYBE THE BUS WAS SHOT?

Shooter takes aim at TriMet bus - Koinlocal6.com

According to this report there has been THREE incidents of people shooting at the bus recently

STOP THE MADNESS

Organizers of Clackamas County anti-light rail petition turn in 12,000 signatures | OregonLive.com

BUS IS (not) SHOT

136TH AND CORA!
GLASS IS (not)  SHATTERED!

A HOLOCAUST EVERY YEAR ON THE ROADS AROUND THE WORLD

List of countries by traffic-related death rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ECONOMISTS SAY TRANSPORTATION BILLS DO NOT CREATE JOBS

WASHINGTON — The lure of roads, bridges, buses and trains isn’t enough anymore to drive an expensive transportation bill through Congress. So to round up votes, congressional leaders are pitching the bills as the hottest thing around these days: job generators.
But do they really create more jobs? Not really, is the answer from many economists. The bills would simply shift investment that was creating jobs elsewhere in the economy to transportation industries. That means different jobs, but not necessarily additional ones.

 Highway bills pitched by lawmakers as job generators, but are they really? Economists say no. - The Washington Post

MEET A TRIMET TRAINEE

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

EVERYTHING BREAKING DOWN AROUND HERE

A mechanical issue is affecting MAX Blue Line service on the west side. Expect delays of 20-30 minutes both west- and eastbound through 7 p.m. tonight.

88-48 driver just drove all the way from Hillsboro to Beaverton without turn signals!

MAX FAQ'S LOVES THE KATU STORY

Rail operation in the news

TriMet: Bus Driver Who Hit Tigard Woman On Oregon 99W Has ‘good Record’

ZAGRIB.COM

MAX train operators keeps eyes on the rails, not on riders


SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY WRONG OUT HERE

I've been listening to dispatch lately and the number of threats coming at drivers lately is unreal! I've had another three in less than two hours!

Lots of people messing up buses lately

Trimet should consider having these signs placed on buses:


$350,000 here, $350,00 there, its no matter cause its TAX MONEY

Streetcar engineering requires $350,000 more: Portland City Hall roundup | OregonLive.com

ANOTHER CLASSIC PIECE FROM DR JEFF



As a 21st-Century commuter, you’ve already downloaded all the available transit apps to your handset or personal computing device. You’ve got apps that tell you what time your bus is going to be there, and, well, another app that tells you when your bus is going to be there. What you’re really anxiously awaiting is – you guessed it – the update to the app that tells you when your bus is going to be there, with fancy new graphics and a button that lets you tweet when your bus is going to be there.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

FREE AT LAST


Although technically not retired, I will not have to drive any bus until the end of the month, and that will be only 1 day. Then another month until I have to drive again! And even after that it will only be one day a week till the end of May. Come June it will be over for me, if everything goes as planned in my life.

God what a relief to have my life back. I stayed part time because during the line training it became obvious to me that I would never last as full time driver here.

The shifts are too long, the work hours are too crazy, and the management of questionable ethics, even back then.

TODAYS UNION MEETING-REPORTED BY DAN MARTIN

DUE TO UNION MEMBERS GETTING UPSET; 

THE MEETING MINUTES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS SITE (Personally I think its ridiculous but I don't want to cause any union related problems right now since we are in the battle with the management)

HOWEVER----you can read the meeting minutes HERE if your an ATU member.

Contact me if you need entry into this site and can prove your a ATU member

NO BUSES FOR THESE FOLKS

"I won't board them, never," wrote one.
"I hate buses, and the only time I boarded one was when going to Kabale to visit my ex-boyfriends family," wrote another. "Every time I see a bus reminds me of the cheating bastard."
"Buses are dirty and the people in them are dirty," yet another one wrote, "and besides, they are always having accidents and killing people."

 allAfrica.com: Uganda: Buses, Signs of a New Order in Country?

MOVE TO FLOOD TRIMET WITH WORK CARDS


I wanted to know if I was the only one that saw that.  Did you also notice "our" leader seemed unsure about talking about "our" issues?  Not really knowing what to say about "our" increasing need for health care.  Unacceptable.  Anyway, there is something I need to say, did anyone notice the new work cards?  I think Trimet heard "us" and is trying to get ahead of "us" on this issue, so they can say, "no one reported anything"  So if everyone can fill the card out (ask your station agent or check your pouch) on "every" single bus you get on, "we" can finally put the pressure back on them, to get those dirty busses cleaned, it's been a year plus.  Since "our" so-called leadership refuses to take up this issue, it is up to "us" to take care of "our" own health and safety.  PASS THE WORD AROUND!!!!  LETS HIT THEM WITH HUNDREDS OF THESE A DAY, EVERYDAY!!!!
 

FRED GETS MY FIRST AMENDMENT SALUTE TO HIS PENSION

Of course I am not actually retired as of yet but definitely on a retirement trajectory.
For the next 3 months I will only be working one day in March, one day in April, and maybe Saturdays in May, after this three months I'LL BE GONE CAUSE YOU DONE ME WRONG!

WE RUN INTO ED ROSNEY WHILE OUT ON A WALK

We also ran into Jana Toran down at Pioneer Place earlier but we didn't go after her. (she gets a pass on management  misdeeds, she is also a looker by the way)

CLICK HERE FOR ED ROSNEY VIDEO

YOU CAN DITCH TRIMET AND RIDE AMTRACK

Amtrak gaining popularity among commuters who ride between Portland, Oregon City and Salem | OregonLive.com

REGARDING THE $3 MILLION LIGHT RAIL LAW SUIT...

This post should be re-visited:

Once again rail safety compromised by Maintenace of way manager R K. orders volume on crossing gongs turned down to appease an angry neighbor. This is on a crossing at Baseline Rd in Beaverton where there has already been 2 fatalies involving pedestrians. When advised by the signal Asst Supervisor that this would be a bad idea he was ordered to do it anyway. The asst supervisor then told K he had reported the demand to ODOT K demanded all the Asst. Supervisors correspondence be surrendered to him. Mr K failure of understanding the importance of not tweaking the design of rail safety appliances is an endangerment to both the public and Trimet employees.

DID YOU KNOW.....

That 'managements" pensions are fully FULLY FUNDED while they make their intentionally destructive propaganda campaign against union workers.

WHY IS MACFARLANE SO HAPPY?


WHAT KIND OF BULLSHIT IS THIS?

We are all familiar with the Cascade Policy Groups listing of all TRIMET employee payrolls HERE!

What I want to know is why CASCADE POLICY GROUP was given this information FREE while the rest of us are being charged EXORBITANT fees for similar information?

THE ROLE OF TRANSIT MANAGMENT IN DEATHS OF PEDESTRIANS

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The attorney for a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus driver accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian in the city’s Castro District in August said Thursday morning that Muni officials are to blame for the death because they put an inexperienced driver on a new route.

 Lawyer For SF Muni Driver Charged In Pedestrian Death Blames Agency « CBS San Francisco

WILLIAM SHATNERS BUS GOES OVER

Priceline Negotiator's Last Deal - YouTube

BLOG READERSHIP KEEPS GROWING

WEEKLY REPORT

Saturday, March 3, 2012

TRANSIT STRIKE SHUTS DOWN CITY-ARBITRATION URGED

Sloane backs binding arbitration on transit strike - Nova Scotia - CBC News

WE NEED THIS TO HAPPEN IN PORTLAND!

The Toronto Transit Commission board will be dissolved Monday and a new board will be set up in its place, according to current chair Karen Stintz.
Stintz said Friday that was seen as the best way to get a new board up and running quickly.
“We felt the cleanest thing to do was dissolve the entire commission,” she said. “My concern was new members wouldn’t get on until June and that wouldn’t give the TTC the stability it needs.”

Toronto News: TTC board upheaval may alter course of transit - thestar.com

LETTERS

Hi Al,
I’m not going to get too detailed but thought you’d be interested to know..
 Trimet has scheduled and asked for public opinion and input through a series of town hall type meetings regarding “proposed” fare increases, one-way fares and elimination of the free rail zone.
This is simply a ploy by management to show fake concern towards the ridership they service. In a recent meeting, the field equipment group (fare techs), was told that as of sept. 1 2012 there definitely WOULD be fare increases AND the new one-way ticket.
The department has since ALREADY begun to take steps necessary for these changes and I can only laugh when I read or hear about how Trimet cares about the public and how they value their opinions.

REMEMBER WHAT SHE DID?