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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

GREAT COMMENT ON

ISSUE-PEOPLE WALKING INTO LIFTS

wow it took them a year to figure that out? wait they didn't figure anything out. All they need to do is let all the operators know that they will be fined, and spend 6 months in jail, and have to listen to Neil McFarlanes City Club speech three times a day.
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MACFARLANES PAL KNOWLES DISPICABLE PRO MACFARLANE SPEECH PREACHING AUSTERITY TO EVERYONE BUT THE 1%

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NEIL MACFARLANES UNION BUSTING SPEECH TO THE 1%

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THE TENACIOUS ERIK HALSTEAD

There are very few bloggers who have the tenacious character of Erik. Even if you don't agree with him you have to give him A+ for internet presence and concentration of his focus....this is in response to Seen and Heard: Wheels on the bus, buswork and the gender of MAX? « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

Erik Halstead
Seriously, TriMet. You want to cut MY BUS LINE and claim service cuts are last. But TriMet has money to burn for someone to post stupid, ridiculous crap like this?? I am so glad that surfing the internet and asking silly questions is more important than performing the basic functions of a transit agency. If TriMet cuts my bus line I will be finding out - name AND salary - of the person who apparently has so much time on MY dime to post this. This is UNACCEPTABLE and as a citizen, rider and taxpayer this is a HUGE waste of the money I put in a farebox, pay in property taxes, and have my payroll taxes go to!!!

JUPITER AND VENUS FROM HILLSBORO TRANSIT CENTER


THE BASIS OF THE CHARGES IN CASE AGAINST TRIMET

(a) Defendants and each of them established and approved systematic bus route schedules that were too tight, which they knew or should have known would cause driver safety lapses.
(b) Defendants and each of them established, approved and refused to change unsafe
left-side outer rear view mirrors throughout Tri Met bus system, including bus No. 2514. Defendants and each of them knew or should have known these mirrors created a hazardous driver blind spot during left turns.

GITTINGS/SALE VS TRIMET

Civil case to begin October 1, 2012

READ THE COURT FILING HERE!
KTP sues Trimet et al. for Sale and Gittings wrongful deaths

Problem: On April 24, 2010, Trimet set in motion what it has called the worst accident in its history. Driver Sandi L. Day made an illegal sweeping left turn in downtown Portland from the far right of two-lane, one-way Glisan Street. As she turned south onto Broadway, she drove her bus through a group of five unsuspecting young adults who were crossing Broadway in a signaled, protected crosswalk with the walk light. Two newlyweds were thrown clear; two young women died at the scene after the bus ran over them; and one young man survived with critical injuries after he was pinned behind the right front wheel of the bus.

I PAID $91 DOLLARS FOR THIS?

This is a somewhat surprising list! 
There are actually two bus operators on this list? 
How is that possible? 
$75 for each year after 10, so 30 years would be $2,250, so 40 years would be $3000, so how the hell does a bus operator get $4,000 a month?
Why does a lists of 11 names qualify for a fee of  $91.00?
What a freaking rip off!



ISSUE-PEOPLE WALKING INTO LIFTS

Discussion and Updates: Until mechanical/electronic warnings can be devised or improved, the first step should involve training for Operators regarding awareness and where their efforts should be focused while operating the lift device. Tommye Gilbreath would like to meet with stakeholders about this issue.

TRIMET'S NON UNION DISABILITY POLICY

This policy is intended for TriMet's active non-union employees who work at least 20 hours per week. Human Resources administers the long-term disability benefits.

HIT BY BUS MAKING LEFT TURN

Woman Struck by City Bus in South Richmond Hill - DNAinfo.com

TRIMET'S $30 MILLION DOLLAR RADIOS

Features and Benefits

Take That, Portland: Seattle Uses Transit More......

A new set of reports by the Sightline Institute concludes that despite Portland’s reputation as a “transit powerhouse,” Seattle commuters actually use transit significantly more often than Portland commuters, including not just people who live and work inside city limits but people who live outside the city and commute here.
Overall, 21 percent of commuters who work in Seattle (regardless of where they live) commute by transit, compared to 12 percent in Portland.
FULL ARTICLE IS HERE!

Bus Driver Attacks on the Rise in Metro Vancouver

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/bus-driver-attacks-on-the-rise-in-metro-vancouver-198134.html

RIDER IN PHILLY JAMS CELL PHONES ON BUSES


DEBT SERVICE SINKING MBTA-TRIMET NEXT?

In an interview before the hearing, MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis said he doesn’t have the authority to ask the state for more money, and later he explained to the crowd that 30 cents of every dollar spent goes to debt payment.
“We’re probably the most highly leveraged transit currently in the U.S.,” Davis said. The majority of the $5.2 billion in debt owed was borrowed to pay for public transit improvements mandated by the Big Dig, according to Davis – such as the Silver Line. Now that debt threatens to crumble the public transit system in place today. At another point in the hearing, Davis said, “Right now we can’t afford the transit system we have.”

Do Real-Time Updates Increase Transit Ridership?

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/03/do-real-time-updates-increase-transit-ridership/1413/

Intersting bus vs bike video clip (via jeff welch)

http://youtu.be/Hay7tD5c8-E

OFFICIAL PETE TAYLOR RETIRMENT NOTICE


CUT YOUR SERVICE-RAISE YOUR FARE-REDUCE YOUR HEALTH COVERAGE

Because in reality we need this---->$75,585.00 - $94,482.00 Annually

MY FIRST OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION TO TRIMET SUPERSTAR MARY FETSCH

al m

2:01 PM (0 minutes ago)

to fetschm
Hello Mary;

This is Al M, the guy with the blog.
I have a question for you please.
Recently, I have been filing requests for public information regarding certain financial issues over at Trimet Legal.
I have been charged for this information.
Then it came to my attention that the following group:
http://oregoncapitolnews.com/govdocs/metro/trimet-salaries/
received similar information AND WAS NOT CHARGED.
I would like to know Mary why am I being charged and not them?
Thank you for your time, hopefully it won't cost me anything.

Al Margulies

BE AWARE OF SPIES

Heavy set lady in her 50's almost red hair.
Another one is a guy who talks a lot, in his 50's, likes vintage automobiles.

SHOULD I CONNECT?


ZAGRIB.COM

TriMet General Manager Tells Portland Crowd That Union Contract Is ‘slowly Strangling’ Public Transit | Social Media News and Web Tips

Gateway Transit Center Break Room



Good use of a ticket vending machine sticker

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?