Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday

PART 1
PART 2

NJ Transit rail safety

Max Faq's

Thanks Steve!

Trimess text to me

bus in front of me broke down
of course they didnt fill it..secnd trip now eith no leader..eople pissed as usual!

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LIGHT RAIL THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY

 Q-Is there not a required Decibel Level requirement? Is there federal mandates as to decibel level? Also length of arm drop before & after train passing?? Seems WES got a pass ONLY after making very specific changes, and expensive at that..

 ‎A-90 decibles at the walkway because the gong is for pedestrian warning. Crossings have federal regulations and ODot is the agency responsible. Heres the warning time line....Bell and lights start. After 4 seconds gates begin descent, 7 seconds to drop, lead trucks of train enter crossing at 21 seconds from initiation of warning. Regulated by ODOT. Wes got a varience but strict criteria was required.

BEN SINGH QUOTES

Ben is one of the truly great operators that work at Trimet.
Soft spoken, incredibly wise, has been a driver for 25+ years.
He comes up with some truly great quotes:

IF TRIMET WON'T LET US LISTEN TO MUSIC ON THE BUS, WHY DID THEY TEACH US HOW TO ROCK AND ROLL?

PRESIDENT ATU 757 ON THE DISPUTE WITH TRIMET




Final sentence: So, if Trimet's new labor relations directors characterization means that Trimet has become somewhat kinder and gentler, with objective and fresh thinking that will benefit  its union employees, then we need to rewind the film on this production because we must be watching the wrong show!

CONSERVATIVE UNION MEMBER?

Terry Bowan, founder of Union Conservatives

HOW MUCH BULLSHIT DO WE HAVE TO LISTEN TOO?

Light rail critic files state land use appeal over Kellogg Bridge design

Les Poole here!

TRIMET BACKPEDALS FROM MACFARLANES UNION BUSTING COMMENT TO MICHAEL ANDERSON

Update: TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch says the above interpretation of McFarlane’s statement is “inaccurate” and that “it’s premature to say that’s our strategy.”
She says McFarlane’s comments about the no-strike rule, and its attempts to begin a debate about it in the legislature, should only be interpreted as comments about the slow advance of the current negotiation.
“Does TriMet have any interest in changing the strike law?” I asked.
“Our focus right now is to get this resolved,” Fetsch replied, referring to the ATU contract that’s been in negotiation for several years. “The focus is to have the legislature bring the ATU to the table to resolve this contentius contract.”
I asked Fetsch how the legislature would help bring the ATU to the table, if not through its implicit power to change the 2007 law requested by the union. Fetsch said “the union listens to the legislature and vice versa. … Obviously the legislature can reach out to the union to encourage that this long-delayed process move along.”
I said that in this context, it seemed that raising questions about the no-strike law are a tactic to bring the union to the table.
“We don’t have that tactic,” Fetsch said.

READ THE FULL POST HERE! 

School bus burns to crisp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMR0hNkrSTg

Macfarlane states clearly "we would not be here if the union would cave on health insurance"

http://youtu.be/Wxj18RtOE_A

LIGHT RAIL THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY

Once again rail safety compromised by Maintenace of way manager XXXX XXXXXX. XXXXX 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 xxxxx he had reported the demand to ODOT xxxxx demanded all the Asst. Supervisors correspondence be surrendered to him. Mr xxxxx failure of understanding the importance of not tweaking the design of rail safety appliances is an endangerment to both the public and Trimet employees

Transit workers union names rodent winner of photo contest

CLICK HERE!

SHUT THE F**K UP TRIMET!

TheDoorsAreClosing (doorsareclosing) on Twitter

B.S.


I never want to hear about TriMet buying up properties for redevelopment again. Leave that to PDC. Focus on transportation.

Neil rationalizes his unethical behavior


This morning, I rolled out an initial budget proposal to the Board and public that outlines fare increases and service cuts for the next fiscal year to help close a $17 million shortfall.  It is very possible that some of your customers may voice their unhappiness about these proposed changes. Amidst a difficult economy and tepid job market, the changes we propose may be a hardship for many of our customers.  In educating the public about our budget shortfall, I have had to acknowledge that our healthcare benefits for union employees and retirees are simply out of step with the rest of Oregon’s public sector and with transit agencies nationwide and that the ever increasing costs are having a significant impact on our budget.  I regret this public conversation may seem personal, so I want to assure you that I have the greatest respect for each of you who come to work every day and give your best. 

I look forward to the day when federal funding and payroll taxes returns to historical levels.  However, for now, we have a budget deadline and Oregon law that requires us to submit a balanced budget to the Board.  Without fare increases and service cuts the budget simply will not balance.

In the days ahead we will need to pull together, find common ground and solve this potential crisis.  I count on you to always do what’s best and you seldom disappoint. 
Best
Neil

Wednesday

Wednesday Rant-Macfarlane plays dirty pool

VIDEO LOG

TriMet sting nets dozens riding for free

VIDEO HERE!