Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Thursday, February 16, 2012

43 went into a ditch tonight

Supervisors have been busy!

Woman hit by Trimet bus in Tigard



Grafitti on Bus #1828



On my way Dt today on the #58,this was on display in the back of the bus.

Khris Alexander comes 'frighteningly close to colliding with car"


OPAL POWER POINT PRESENTATION ON TRIMET CUTS

CLICK HERE!

Rail fight hits the gas

http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=132934531203991200

BRITISH BUS DRIVER RAMS BICYCLIST

BBC News - Bristol bus driver Gavin Hill who drove into cyclist jailed

DISPATCH

A lady poops her pants and the driver has cleaned it up as best she can!
Bus going back to garage...

SO HOW MUCH IS FAST FREDDIE AND BRIAN (the ghost) PULLING IN FROM TRIMET?

Fast Freddie is hauling down $15,551 a month!
And Brian the ghost is hauling down $10,799 a month!

Jack Bogdanski commentaries

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.
Read more: http://bojack.org/#ixzz1maJmBgxc

Rail project backlash gets mainstream attention

Here's a pretty decent summary of where the protests against the Mystery Train to Milwaukie (and other boondoggles) stand. Jim Redden of the Trib manages to report without slanting, unlike his rivals at Portland's monopoly daily newspaper.
Read more: http://bojack.org/#ixzz1maJsLeeJ

We're never too broke for the condo developers

Just as Tri-Met is building pointless new light rail while it radically slashes existing service, now the City of Portland parks bureau will blow millions on the SoWhat greenway while it closes facilities and lets existing parks rot. To Portlandia's local government, shiny new is always better than maintaining what we already have. It's no surprise that people who live here because they like what we already have are keenly disappointed. Go by streetcar!



DRIVER GETS IN DISPUTE WITH DISPATCH

LIVE FROM SCANNER- A dispute between a passenger and driver occurred and the end result was the operator somehow got the guy off the bus and told dispatch "I never get any help from you, all you do is ask a whole bunch of questions so forget it"

He then hung up and the dispatcher couldn't raise the operator.
A road supervisor was sent to the operator.
(probably to do a 'fit for duty' check, I've experienced that before, do we get enough compensation for the abuse we take? HELL NO!)

TRIMET WANTS US TO STRIKE? I SAY LETS GIVE IT TO THEM!

Metro Transit managers to handle driving duties as service resumes on a limited basis during strike

COUPLE OF REPORTS

Moving Forward: A Better Way to Govern Regional Transportation

 Tri-Met Measure 26-74: South/North Light Rail

 State of Oregon Ballot Measure 32--Authorizes Bonds for Portland Area Light Rail, Transportation Projects Elsewhere

Joint Roads/Transit Funding for the Portland Metropolitan Area

 Choices for Metropolitan Portland's Mass Transit System

And even more HERE!

THE SHAMLESS PROPAGANDA IS A BORE

WES ridership is an increase over January 2011, but has been hovering around 8000 since June.

Hard Drive - OregonLive.com

Portland labor union beats the city!

Court orders Portland to negotiate changes in pension formula; city could owe thousands to 260 retired firefighters, police | OregonLive.com

We are customers, not criminals!


Tiffany gets to cheat I guess


Field Guide to Field Operations

MAX FAQ's

Drivers threaten to walk off job over foul smell deriving from mouldy bus seats

Sounds familiar huh?

"Despite photographic evidence, showing mould growing all over the back seats, management has shown little interest in cleaning the seats which not only smell awful but are a health hazard to drivers and passengers,'' a spokesman for the bus driver's union the RTBU said.

Story here! 

Invest in rail or "die"

Destined to fail: Rust Belt cities without rail | Rust Wire

TriMet--->the leader in everthing except TRANSIT

TriMet, Portland's regional public transit agency, will commission a 60-kilowatt solar installation featuring SolarWorld solar panels at the South Terminus of the MAX green and yellow light-rail lines near Portland State University in late February. The system, installed by REC Solar, is the agency's first large-scale photovoltaic installation. In addition to generating more than 64,000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy each year and helping shield TriMet from rising utility rates, the graceful, curvilinear design of the installation has been hailed as public art by some local transit observers
(Jack Bogdanski is right, how come there  is no revolution against TriMet in Portland

 Advanced Transportation Energy Systems Chart Cleaner Future with Solar Panels from SolarWorld - MarketWatch)

WEDNESDAY

PART 1
PART 2

PORTLAND: AMERICA’S ARMPIT … SCENES FROM A TRIMET BUS

Strange blog post HERE!

Trimet "open house" (organized confusion)


Portland A-Foot

You’re nobody in Portland’s transit world until you’ve been criticized by Al Margulies. After yesterday’s post interviewing a citizen critic of TriMet’s union, Portland Afoot has joined that club. I respect Al, who does a lot of important reporting; we’ll take our knocks.

 Getting around the local media | Portland Afoot

Funny...........

Phuket Attracts Candidate 14 for Light Rail Transport Project
Phuketwan
Governor Tri met with company representatives at Provincial Hall in Phuket City yesterday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Thailand's Cabinet will meet on Phuket March 18-20 and expectations are high that the summit on the island will produce ...
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