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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

1 YEAR AGO

71

TIME TO GO

I've had quite a few people attempt to convince me not to leave Trimet. 

I want to thank those folks for those kind thoughts, but I can't provide my energy to this organization any longer.

I'm in a position that allows me freedom of choice and I want to take advantage of that and move my energy to more enlightening endeavors.

It's no longer any fun being a bus driver at TriMet.

Dispatch communications and bus news

Can be viewed on my TWITTER feed.

$32 per boarding ride for a commuter train? $7 for bus?

http://heraldnet.com/article/20120321/NEWS01/703219947/-1/News#Is-Sounder-worth-it

TOP STORIES!

A-WHO IS THE ENEMY?
B- Public testimony on service cuts
C- I FIND IT BIZARRE
D-TIME FOR TRIMET TO DO WHAT MUNI IS DOING! STOP THE MADNESS...
E- PART 3 HUMANITY
F-Humanity on Wheels raw-part 2
G- Dr. Jeff Guardalabene
H-Humanity on Wheels raw video-PART 1
I-Bruce Peek attempts to dispute Trimet's mis-information campaign...

Trimet bus accident rate is actually high right now

The bottom left on the chart is Jan 2012 and works up.
2.31 per 100,000k miles is actually a high rate of collision

Luxury Liner at Glenn Otto Park Layover



I "yellow carded" the paddle(80/82) on the route this evening.One of the worst I have driven in quite a while.

TRIMET KEEPS SAYING WE WILL BE SHORT BUT THE FACTS DO NOT SUPPORT THAT!

Their actual revenue is higher than their budgeted revenue....AGAIN.....yet they keep talking about a shortfall?

MORE ACCIDENTS AFTER SAFETY DIRECTOR THEN BEFORE SAFETY DIRECTOR


C-TRAN NEWS

Head of C-Tran praised but gets no salary hike | The Columbian

WHO IS THE ENEMY?

Who Is the Enemy? Unions or Executives? – this ain't livin'

Unionbusting was a major theme in 2011; numerous companies moaned to the media about how they were having trouble meeting their costs because of those pesky unions. Some went as far as threatening (and declaring) bankruptcy over union negotiations, positioning labour as the enemy; they’d have to shut down and kill hundreds or thousands of jobs all because of the greedy union representatives. Meanwhile, executives continued to pocket significant salaries and authorize large payouts of money for those unionbusting lawyers they used at the negotiating table, those public relations officials charged with making the union look bad.

ITALIAN WORKERS READY TO WALK OUT

Italian union calls strike over Monti's job reforms | Reuters

I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN SITTING AT BLOG CENTRAL LISTENING TO THE ACTION AND NOT BEING IN THE ACTION!


PORTLAND A-FOOTS MICHAEL ANDERSON DOING HIS STAND UP ROUTINE


FREE RIDES FOR HOMELESS? WHO WOULD EVER DO THAT?

Kitsap Transit might begin offering free bus rides to homeless » Kitsap Sun

"LET THE PUBLIC VOTE"- says C-Tran board

Broad vote on light rail gains C-Tran support | The Columbian

Some people say Trimet Data is unreliable like this

OC Transpo’s GPS data is unreliable, transit chief admits

One lucky cyclist. And by lucky, I mean an idiot.

MAX FAQ's

Crime train

Gresham police arrest 18-year-old in connection with attack on teenagers near MAX stop | OregonLive.com

Public tesitmony on service cuts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHi2lhBQajQ

Big ass tree blocks Jefferson


Live from the front line!

left btc..full and standing then get screaming hispanic little girl in wheelchair.then get fat lady in wheelchair falling asleep on ramp. Ramp keeps sticking

Propaganda-some helpful some not

Use up your old non-foil tickets by April 30
 Artwork by rider Bob Baskette
 On the blog: Seen & Heard on TriMet
 See all the riders from our WES photo shoot
 TriMet travel tips for Timbers fans
April 2: new Customer Service hours
Our phone Customer Service hours are changing as of April 2: The new hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

I FIND IT BIZARRE

That people actually "thank" the people sitting through the public testimonies for "allowing them to speak".
Are people not aware that the only reason they are sitting there listening is because the law says they have too!

TIME FOR TRIMET TO DO WHAT MUNI IS DOING! STOP THE MADNESS

While our regressive self serving narcissists keep adding bureaucrats with fat paychecks other places are realizing that the real saving is to be had by GETTING RID OF FAT!

 "As we need to reduce expenditures, I've decided to eliminate these positions so that we can preserve front-line service," he said.

Paul Rose, MTA spokesman, said no list of laid-off employees was available. But sources said they included Reggie Mason, director of safety, training, security and enforcement; Maggie Lynch, a customer relations manager and former spokeswoman; Joy Houlihan, deputy director of parking enforcement; Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, an external affairs manager and former transportation adviser for Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Beth Barner, grants program manager and former executive assistant to Nathaniel Ford, the agency's former chief executive officer.

IMPROVING BUS SERVICE TECHNOLOGY

New Tools from Xerox Help Calgary Transit Pinpoint Bus Flow, Improve Passenger Service - MarketWatch

Check out this tunnel boring machine in Seattle

http://t.co/2kv9a83m

PART 3 HUMANITY

http://youtu.be/5BiIKpDRyEs

Nice pic of Gresham Transit Center


Dr. Jeff Guardalabene


CRIME TRAIN NEWS

CLICK HERE!

Humanity on Wheels raw video

We were not set up to take this video in a semi professional manner so  camera was placed on a shelf and aimed as best I could. The reason I went to this event was to see Dr Jeff so there will be a separate clip of him soon.

PART 1
PART 2

They must really be in trouble

I woke up to a voicemail from a Trimet station agent asking if I want RDO work.
I clearly indicated on the little box on the signup sheet they I do NOT want to be called for extra work.
Sorry Trimet, greed works for most people but not on me.

HUMANITY ON WHEELS

I gotta tell ya it was one of the weirdest events I have ever attended.
More like theater, or poetry reading, or story telling.
The subject matter was Trimet, and some of the things that happen on the system.
I just observed, as did Jessica Buccereli from Trimet.
A couple of people asked me to go up and make some sort of presentation, but this venue is definitely not me.

I don't 'rehearse' any of my scripts and every single one of my movies is just showing "real life", completely opposite from this event.

Didn't get to say Hi to Dr Jeff, a quick hello to Michael Anderson (who had nothing to say to me), a drink with Michael Levine, my favorite activist, and then just hung out with my little group of "pals" which included Max, Jason, --- and her husband Michael.

I will work on the footage when I get time, will put up some raw footage soon.

Bruce Peek attempts to dispute Trimet's mis-information campaign against its union employees


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

CHILLAXIN ON THE MAX

As performed at "humanity on wheels"

4 YEARS AGO

103

3 YEARS AGO

82

2 YEARS AGO

45

1 YEAR AGO

72

Yes that's dr Jeff at this VERY strange event at jack London bar

New bus signs at BTC


Bikes this way/no bikes allowed


The Night of No Bus | TriMet Diaries

CLICK HERE!

GOODBYE PETE


LRT will increase walking distances & travel times for all riders

http://skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/03/20/lrt-will-increase-walking-distances-travel-times-for-all-riders/

HUGE VICTORY FOR LIFT DRIVERS IN FLORIDA

Is TriMet also breaking the law regarding our LIFT drivers?

under an appellate ruling that a company that employs them violated federal labor laws when it reduced workers' hours without negotiating with a transit union.
Officials of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1577 said the ruling, issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on March 2, could result in back pay of more than $2 million for paratransit drivers who work for Palm Beach Metro Transportation. The company is one of several contracted by Palm Tran to provide paratransit service through Palm Tran Connection.

 Court ruling says company wrongly cut paratransit bus drivers' hours

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT WHERE TRIMET IS HEADED

The fact is, despite this successful record, social dissatisfaction with TransMilenio is nothing new. Public approval of the system began to drop in 2004, with people complaining about crowding and fares. In March of that year passengers protested poor service that resulted largely from ongoing repairs to three of the busways [PDF, p. 18]. In April 2008 passengers again went on strike over the system's service, this time citing overcrowded buses, low frequencies, and a lack of alternatives [PDF, p. 25-26]. Traffic models from this time suggested that without steps to increase the city's public transportation coverage, congestion would reach a standstill by - you guessed it - 2012 [PDF, p. 17]. 
The problem is a complicated one, writes Hutchinson, but it boils down to several core sources. The first is the city's decades-long, unrequited obsession with building a metro system that would cost much more than bus-rapid transit and cover far less of the city. Another is a lack of government subsidies that hampers the system's ability to expand and address its problems.

Why Are People Rioting Over Bogota's Public Transit System? - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

IMPRESSIVE ANTI TRIMET FARE INCREASE AD

We All Ride The Bus

TRIMET EXECUTIVES SHOULD BE PROUD THAT THEY HAVE CREATED SUCH AN ANGRY PUBLIC

They have done such an excellent job at antagonizing our riders that I think Macfarlane should get a nice big fat bonus.

GREED MONGERS OF TRIMET CONTINUE BRAGGING OVER HOW MANY POOR CITIZENS THEY HAVE CAUGHT AND FINED

Ethics? At TriMet? You gotta be kidding! They are so proud of themselves for creating such a "trap" for riders.
IS THERE EVEN ONE SIGN AT ANY TRANSIT CENTER WARNING RIDERS THAT THESE ACTIONS ARE GOING ON? NOPE!

TriMet: News Release - February's fare enforcement report shows 13-fold increase over last year


Jack Bogdanski


Tri-Met's money, five years later

Here's a flashback to 2007 that makes pretty interesting reading today.
"There is a finite supply of operational funding, and anyone who says otherwise is not telling the truth," Newman said.
Also, TriMet is under pressure to invest in bus service to reverse a decline in spending, frequency and ridership in recent years. Some transit advocates fear that devoting all the increase in payroll taxes to rail projects will leave bus service out in the cold.

"First and foremost, bus service should be improved," said Jim Howell, a former TriMet planner and member of the Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates.
Now, isn't that a cruel joke.
BOJACK.ORG HERE!

NO TRANSPARENCY AT TRIMET UNLESS YOU GOT PLENTY OF $$$$

Macfarlane issued a PROCLAMATION expressing his sadness over the "termination" of some non union employees.

I found it quite interesting and sent an email over to the person who sent the news release asking for a list of the positions that were eliminated.

She referred me to Trimet Legal (uh huh) who wanted me to do a REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS in order to get that information.

We already know that Trimet Legal Department is operated by THIEVES who take great pleasure in charging exorbitant fees to provide public information.


So here we have the career bureaucrat Macfarlane, a man who has been bald faced lying to the public about our benefits, (we have been paying for our benefits for over a year, this fact has not been told to the public)making a proclamation about some non union employees that have been laid off.

BUT WE HAVE NO WAY TO VERIFY THAT ANY OF THAT EVEN ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

PARTIAL LIST OF THE PORK EXECUTIVES HIRED SINCE "$17,000,000 SHORTFALL"

The lack of ethics of our top executive managers becomes clearer and clearer the more you did into the wheels of this decrepit agency. Just look at this 'partial' list of the jobs that have been filled while Macfarlane lies to us about "shortfalls"

  • Structural Engineer: $63,772.80 – $79,726.40
  • Engineer I – Construction Inspector: $49,142.00 – $61,430.00
  • Coordinator – Public Art & Architecture: $44,990.40 – $56,243.20
  • System Safety Specialist: $58,510.40 – $73,132.80
  • Engineer IV: $75,587.20 – $94,473.60
  • Planner III: $58,510.40 – $73,132.80
  • Project Control Manager: $82,201.60 – $102,731.20
  • Senior Estimator: $69,472.00 – $86,840.00
  • Project Mitigation Manager: $69,472.00 – $86,840.00
  • Engineer II: $53,643.20 – $67,059.20
  • Administrative Assistant: $2,981.33 – $3,577.60 Monthly
  • Director, Real Property: $89,315.20 – $111,633.60
  • Coordinator, Environmental Permits: $5,314.40 – $6,643.87 Monthly
  • Engineer IV: $75,587.20 – $94,473.60

C-TRAN

C-Tran board to discuss light rail vote today | The Columbian

BOONDOGGLES-WASTE-THEFT/TRANSIT IN THE USA

Report: Metro workers abused credit cards - The Washington Post

THIS DISGRACEFUL PIECE OF CRAP AGENCY

They dare cut services and health care all the while HIRING AND HIRING MORE AND MORE OVER PAID FAT CAT EXECUTIVES!

The unmitigated gall of the people running TriMet now is at the point of obscenity.

Complete disregard for the public and its employees, the executives, lead by career bureaucrat Macfarlane, continue satisfying their lust for more and more  'executives' for their bloated ranks.

STEVE FUNGS MOVIE OF THE WEEK


Monday, March 19, 2012

4 YEARS AGO


3 YEARS AGO


2 YEARS AGO


THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAPPY JOB THE 1% THINK WE SHOULD HAVE


1 YEAR AGO


HAPPY BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY-from Trimet management


OREGON GETS C- FOR ETHICS

(Trimet gets a D as far as I am concerned)

Report: Oregon's ethics rules occasionally undermined by 'loopholes' | OregonLive.com

Terry Pelegrin says Trimet's own policies hinder good customer service

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghnO78nSBbo

Sandra Guengrich wonders what happened to personal service?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5CNYklj2BE

Happy (belated) Bus Driver Appreciation Day! | The Prudent Cyclist

CLICK HERE!

ELLEN FOX-update

 This is not some kind of joke by the way, I have commented on NUMEROUS occasions how TriMet management endangers the riding public by having their operators get behind the wheel after forcing them to attend abusive  meetings. IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM INDEED!

SAFETY?!!! E-MAIL TO AND FROM TOP 5 TRIMET EXECUTIVES
  SAFETY?!!! The REST OF THE STORY - UPDATED!!!

TriMet hears public input on budget cuts

http://www.kgw.com/lifestyle/First-of-five-TriMet-public-mtg-in-March-143406476.html

Portland: Light Rail failed at attracting TOD, subsidies did that

CLICK HERE!

PART TIME TRIMET DRIVERS

Don't miss this exciting OPPORTUNITY to be a FULL TIME bus operator! Trimet is moving people around!

LOSE all your vacation that you have built up as a PART TIME OPERATOR while working here at TRIMET!

Don't worry though, after you have WORKED ONE STRAIGHT YEAR you will get ONE WEEK OFF!

LIGHT RAIL STUDIED IN CANADA

STUDY: The Effects of Light Rail Transit on the 104th Ave corridor – SkyTrain for Surrey

OPAL MEETING SCHEDULED

Come to the: Bus Riders Unite Meeting on Tuesday, March 20th, 6pm-8pm. At our OPAL Office: 2407 SE 49th Avenue. On Bus Lines 4, 14, 71. Food, Spanish translation and Childcare will be provided. Hope to see you soon!!!

OCCUPY TRIMET

Over the weekend, I received a Facebook invite to the next big Occupy event in Portland. It's called Occupy TriMet.

I'll be going to cover it as a transportation story.

Hopefully, I'll be able to avoid an unfortunate misspelling such the one on the event's Facebook page: “With fair hikes and cuts to service at TriMet looming on the horizon, Occupy Portland joins Occupy Boston's call for a national day of action on April 4th in defense of public transit.”

ANOTHER BUS DRIVER BEATEN


Still, Johnson wondered how SEPTA bus drivers, who are told to give service with a smile, can continue to do so under such conditions.
"How can I give service with a smile when I'm scared to come to work?" he asked.
READ MORE HERE!
 (this is what you face when you take this crummy job)

BUS DRIVERS SAY TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT!

Corby buses disrupted as drivers hit EuroMillions jackpot | UK news | The Guardian

WHO'S GOT WORSE DRIVERS? OTTAWA OR PORTLAND?

OC Transpo deluged with complaints

MO MONEY MO MONEY MO MONEY...

Just not for getting people where they need to go or employees health care.
CLICK HERE!

KICK ASS OREGON HISTORY / TriMet MAD MAX


PORTLAND STREETCAR CONTINUES GETTING HUGE SUBSIDY FROM TRIMET

$300,000 - Reduce TriMet contribution to the Portland Streetcar
(chump change reductions)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

CAMERON JOHNSON SAYS TRIMET IS "LIKE AN OLD HOUSE"

CLICK HERE!

OPAL MEMBER WITH GREAT IDEA FOR TRIMET BOARD

CLICK HERE!

John Jamison exposes the fallacy of "rock and roll"

Click Here!

Keith Shultz showed up at OPAL/UNION meeting

Click Here

JONATHAN HUNT EXPLAINS THE PRESSURES OF BEING A BUS OPERATOR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwWF9DrPdXU

SANDRA GUENGRICH WITH AN ASTUTE OBSERVATION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWlBL6GBfDw

ANOTHER FIRST CLASS TRIMET REPAIR


LISTEN UP MACFARLANE+ BIG SHOT KNOWLES

Now that the transit union and management have kissed and made up, it’s time for Halifax Regional Municipality to grow up and start taking public transit seriously.

That a union and a municipality would allow buses and ferries to be off the road for more than the biblical 40 days and 40 nights indicates some pretty wrong-headed ideas about public transit.

In HRM, the assumption seems to be that public transit is provided to a certain group of people who, for whatever reason, don’t or can’t drive. Broadly speaking, this group includes the poor, the infirm, students, minimum-wage workers and the elderly.


Because they are not the mainstream middle class paying the bulk of the property and commercial taxes, transit users are marginali

THE DREAM COMES TRUE FOR THESE BUS DRIVERS!

EuroMillions winner: Bus driver walks off mid-shift after his syndicate wins £38m jackpot | Mail Online

BOGUS LAWSUIT?

Of course, Bridgetown would attract trolls: Portland TriMet TransitTracker under patent troll attack « Silicon Florist

TRIMET CITATIONS

http://courts.oregon.gov/sites/Multnomah/General_Info/Traffic/Traffic2/TriMetCitations2.page

Oster-"the bus is the life blood of our system"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcOALyILHz0

WE LOVE LIGHT RAIL (not!)

Conga line

Michael Conner (Light rail signal tech)
Direct result of dum as* manager of Maintenance of Way putting 60+% of track and signal techs on graveyard. Now crews are pis*ed and mostly will not take call-ins anymore.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tragedy in Switzerland

Swiss bus crash: First pictures of the 22 children and six adults killed | Mail Online

Mystery deepens for a nation in mourning

Woman hit, killed by Metro bus in Bellevue


OH MY GOD! GET THE COPS

Towel found in Metro Transit bus 'suspicious' package - Nova Scotia - CBC News

Cameron Johnson makes an astute observation

CLICK HERE

Jeff Ackerson provides an answer to OPAL members question

CLICK HERE!

JEFF ACKERSON AT THE OPAL MEETING

http://youtu.be/nbwjdSsjBF8

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BUS OPERATOR

One day behind the wheel of a Metro Transit bus - News - METRO Magazine

BUS DRIVERS TAKE BIG HIT IN TEMPE/PHOENIX

Tempe bus drivers ratify contract

IT's........................ED ROSNEY


ATU president Jonathan Hunt says the union is willing to make concessions on health care!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Jonathan Oster explains the OPAL goals

http://youtu.be/Y-zlruFhpe4

GOOD TURNOUT FOR MEETING WITH OPAL

http://youtu.be/_LUu1cMNX_c

Bicyclist prompts emergency MAX train stop in Gresham

Joe Rose

ELLEN FOX HAS BEEN DOING SOME INTERESTING BLOGGING LATELY

CLICK HERE!

Comment directed at me


babcock March 16, 2012 at 12:08PM

I NEED TO STOP USING YOU TUBE

These assholes that run YouTube will reject a video that is harmless and delete it without notifying the user.
In this case my "chuck" videos got deleted and they didnt bother to send me a copy or notify me they are doing that.

Now I have to go through hundreds of deleted files to find my Chuck videos again.

YOU TUBE IS THE WORST!

UNDELETED CHUCK VIDEO HERE!

According to OPB-Portland is a success story

Is Portland Becoming A Bedroom Community For Its Suburbs? · OPB News

Thursday, March 15, 2012

BUBBLES IN THE SKY

Over the top: Transit planners look to gondolas to put an end to urban gridlock

Scholls Ferry/Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy



HOW TO PROVIDE REAL SECURITY FOR TRANSIT PASSENGERS

MARTA Enhances Transit Security with State-of-the-Art Video Surveillance - seattlepi.com

Toughest Place to be a Bus Driver

BBC NEWS

"common carrier" responsibilities

Nunez v. Prof'l Transit Mgmt. of Tuscon, Inc. :: February, 2012 :: Arizona Supreme Court Decisions :: Arizona Case Law :: US Case Law :: US Law :: Justia

TWEETS

Mike Rigsby ‏ @mikerigsby


Milwaukie TC often looks like the set of The Muppet Show, on crack. #Trimet

This might be worth seeing

4 A local history organization with an upbeat, mildly profane name doesn't approach its topics with dusty, archival pomposity. Its latest program of "amusement and education" is called "Humanity on Wheels: An Evening of Mass Transit Tales." Speakers will explore TriMet's history, adventures and an open mic session will encourage attendees to share their own mass transit stories. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 Tuesday; free; Jack London Bar, inside the Rialto Poolroom Bar and Cafe, 529 S.W. Fourth Ave.; orhistory.com

CLACKISTAN REVOLT IN HIGH GREAR

Clackamas County anti-light rail initiative qualifies for Sept. 18 special election | OregonLive.com

MLR snafu's

Milwaukie senior planner quits, causes second light rail work reshuffle | OregonLive.com

WHAT'S MORE FUN THAN A GOOD ACTION MOVIE!

Listening to Trimet dispatch during the afternoon commute!
I post the good ones to TWITTER!

MACFARLANE-BETTER BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR


What walkout taught us all


Phoenix's largest bus contractor, Veolia Transportation, and its drivers union have settled their differences. Barring new developments, Phoenix drivers (and those in Tempe) will return to work on Friday after six tumultuous days for residents who rely on public transit.

What have we learned?

That the interests of Valley residents were weighed during this strike only in terms of how their inconvenience could be leveraged to the advantage of one side or the other.

SERVICE CUTS? LAYOFFS? BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY?

TRIMET HERE

 
Seems odd that is celebrating Bus Driver Appreciation Day, when any other day of the year is their Assault On Union Workers Day.

GIANT SQUID


TRANSIT CZAR LAYS OFF SOME NON UNION EMPLOYEES?

It would have been helpful to see WHAT POSITIONS are being whacked.
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What I’m about to say-- isn’t easy.  Yesterday, we completed a round of layoffs as we eliminated eight positions.  With a large budget shortfall, we needed to look at cost reductions and do all we can to maintain service on the street.  When I say “position” – it is really the people in those positions – our co-workers to whom we’re saying good bye.  This is a sad moment for many of us.  Personally, I know each and every one of the people we laid off and it is one of the hardest things I’ve done.  But for our agency to move forward, we must continue to focus on its financial health by realigning our resources.  The layoffs can be unsettling and I want to remind you that there is help available should you need it.  I appreciate everyone taking a moment to reflect on all of this and wish our co-workers well.

Interesting article from Canada concerning the CHURCH OF LIGHT RAIL

I'm all in favour of public transportation but it has to make sense. I can drive to work in 20 minutes but using the bus would require two transfers plus untold waiting time between connections.
I tried it once. After an hour I called a colleague to come pick me up at the Newton exchange because I wasn't prepared to wait another 15 minutes in the rain for the bus that would bring me to within a block of the parking lot in front of the Now office.

PHOENIX STRIKE APPEARS TO BE OVER

Bus strike reaches ‘handshake’ agreement in Phoenix | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University

THE BUDGET MESS

This post was originally on Portland A-Foot and it spells out  CLEARLY why we are in a budget mess at Trimet and should be read by people that are interested in facts not rhetoric as our general manager is so fond of spewing:

The financial problem has been a long time in the making. Ask any employee of TriMet’s Training Department, and you can discover that this is a hole dug by TriMet management a long time ago. Three decades ago, full retirement was at age 62, with a 20 year vesting for Union employees. The pension was tiny. But there was the promise of improving seniority over time, and health care in retirement. Employees could retire early at age 55, but with a much-reduced pension — out of compassion for drivers who developed health problems and could no longer drive. It was hard to survive retirement at 55 with no social security until 62, and a tiny pension. TriMet is not part of PERS.

IN YOUR FACE

I got this letter from Trimet legal. At first I had no idea what this was supposed to mean.
After a couple minutes it came to me.

This is the response to the e-mail I sent Mary Festch wanting to know why I got charged $91 for a list of 11 retirements when the Cascade Policy Group got over a thousand employees facts for NOTHING!

She passed the buck (in pure bureaucratic style) to another bureaucrat in legal.

This is there response:


Excuse my language but there is no better way to illustrate my feelings on the topic.
UNFUCKING BELIEVABLE!

RAIL FAIL


Due to a power and signal outage near the Wilsonville-Tualatin border, WES Commuter Rail service is delayed. Expect at least 20 minute delays.

Turns out TriMet stole their transit tracker idea

A new target for tech patent trolls: cash-strapped American cities

TEXT OF LAWSUIT

TRIBUNE DOES A DECENT JOB OF REPORTING ON THE BUDGET MESS

TriMet struggles in budget battle

BEEN SPEEDING?


TRIMET BOARD BRIEFING

DREW BLEVINS TALKS ABOUT "PROCESS"
 TRIMET BOARD BRIEFING-MARCH 2012-…PART 1
 TRIMET BOARD BRIEFING-MARCH 2012-…PART 2

OPAL

OPAL, preparing to meet with union, declares a victory on keeping round trips cheap | Portland Afoot

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BRUCE PEEK TAKES OUT FULL PAGE AD ON WILLAMETTE WEEK


Jason Mchuff's picture used at KATU

Concerned about possible TriMet cuts? | Events | Clackamas News

Wanna give Trimet a piece of your mind

TriMet: Budget Public Hearings

TRIMET WANTS $6000 FROM EACH UNION EMPLOYEE

Reader observes:
Al, are there about 2000 ATU members at TriMet?  If so, then if management wants to save 12 million from employee wages and benefits to balance the budget, my math says that they would have to take $6000 per employee to do so.  Fewer members, or a higher cost savings would result in a higher take away from each ATU member.

More transparency at other transit districts

LA Metro lists all its executives compensation amounts.
(as usual, executives raking in the money, of course LA is a BIG MONEY place to be)

ATU GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO LATEST FEDERAL TRANSIT BILL

Washington, DC – The Senate transportation bill sets the right course for transportation policy, giving states more flexibility in how they spend federal money and rejecting privatization provisions says the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in applauding the Senate passage of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).   

Stupid place to discharge a passenger

Twitter / @sp_redelectric: The #trimet culture of saf ...

Michael Levine comments on the 'new' budget proposal

The continued disrespect from TriMet Management!
Last month TriMet increased fares for TriMet’s own “Honored Citizens”, TriMet’s most vulnerable LIFT paratransit customers and now on the table cuts to LIFT service – pay more and get less seemingly TriMet management’s goal…

Next month are we going to be asked to: on top of less service, having to pay more, are we going to be asked to drive the buses?

I for one am tire of supporting Neil McFarlane’s $220,000.00 Salary while receiving less and paying more. In addition, Neil has proven he does not always tell the truth thus is the service cuts and fare increases truly needed or are they so he and the other overpaid management at TriMet can continue receiving their enormous salaries

Alan Eisenberg comments on the new budget proposal


  • And now for Macfarclungs own words---Since then, the ATU delayed the scheduled arbitration date by four more months. No Neil, you violated the contract causing unfair labor practices(you cheated, you lied)and are looking to scapegoat the union for your management team's inabilities to negotiate by the rules and laws of the state and feds.

Trimet ministry of propaganda playing the media and public opinion like a Stradivarius

My comments:
""""In June of 2009 TriMet won Common Sense for Oregon's GOLDEN FLEECE AWARD for having the most expensive employee benefit package in the United States.""""
---->There has never been any evidence presented to back up any of those claims. Even if it WERE TRUE, we make $5.00 an hour LESS than other comparable transit districts. On a 40 hour week that saves Trimet $200 week/$800 a month REDUCING the cost for the 'golden fleece' health care from $1600 (which is what my blue cross through Trimet costs, I've seen the accounting) too $800/month.
It's no surprise that ALL THE MAJOR MEDIA (Including my pal Joe Rose) has chosen to ignore that IMPORTANT FACT.

"LIGHT RAIL IS A TRIMET PONZI SCHEME

Caton wants to expand business opportunities

A NIGHT OUT WITH MY PAL JIMMIE PINKARD (trimet retiree)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpjn37iT6so

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Politicians keep playing games with our tax money

 The bill would increase the flow of highway aid to states by adjusting current spending levels to take into account inflation over the past several years. States would have greater discretion over how to spend the money, but the bill also would create a new set of performance and project eligibility requirements aimed at preventing waste and making sure national goals are met.
A credit assistance program that helps leverage private investment for transportation projects of national and regional significance would be increased tenfold to $1 billion. In the past, the program has been able to generate as much as $30 in private capital for every $1 in aid, Boxer has said.
The measure also would reduce the number of federal transportation programs by roughly two-thirds in an effort to eliminate duplication. Bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to schools and rails-to-trails programs — which were targeted by Republicans — were preserved by moving them into a larger congestion mitigation program where they would have to compete with other programs for moneyFULL STORY HERE

Look at this spam that gets posted, well actually gets filtered

Ever since I got rid of the "captiva", the thing that makes you read some unreadable letters, the spam has been pretty funny.
Seems like there must be a HUGE market in internet medications without a prescription!

TRIMET IS THE "MOST EXPENSIVE RAIL PROJECT IN THE USA"

The most expensive surface-running rail line now under construction is Portland’s Portland-Milwaukie light rail, which will cost $204 million per mile to construct as of the most recent estimates. That’s expensive, but it includes a significant bridge over the Willamette River and a series of elevated sections.

 How significant an opportunity for reducing U.S. construction costs? « The Transport Politic

OCTA Ridership Survey

When has TriMet ever solicited the opinions of bus riders?

http://www.octa.net/pdf/bus2011.pdf

TAKE A GOOD LOOK WHAT MACFARLANE+HIS BUSINESS CRONIES WANTS FOR THE GREATER PORTLAND AREA

PHOENIX — The full impact of a strike by about 900 bus drivers in Phoenix and nearby Tempe was felt for the first time Monday as the workweek began.

The drivers went on strike Saturday against Veolia Transportation over wages and benefit disputes. The two sides had been negotiating for nearly two years but couldn't reach a deal.

Veolia said a federal mediator has contacted Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433, and both sides were scheduled to meet Tuesday.

Veolia is required to provide 60 percent service levels in the event of the strike and the company has been training and flying in drivers from out of state, according to The Arizona Republic. Service hovered around 15 percent of normal for bus routes Veolia operates in Phoenix as evening commutes began.

Fighting the MACHINE

Will Milwaukie anti-light rail measure migrate to Washington County cities? | OregonLive.com

Jeff Welch not loved by his union

ATU Local Declares Free Speech “Illegal”

It's the bus service that makes the rail service survive

Even in CHICAGO!

Feel like reading the Portland police blotter?

HERE  it is...

NOW HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF TRANSPARENCY AT A TRANSIT DISTRICT

You wanna send our executives around the world to "learn" something, well send them to ORANGE COUNTY!

(As you can see, those executives are cleaning up on Tax payers money, unreal, but at least they care about disclosure, unlike Trimet)

ANOTHER BORING TRIMET RIDERSHIP REPORT PRAISING THE USELESS GREEN LINE AND WES

Blah blah blah....I'm bored with these silly releases and their attempts to spin everything to support their rail expansion....I got news for them....PEOPLE AIN'T BUYING WHAT YOU ARE SELLING!

TriMet: News Release - TriMet ridership continues upward climb

Another great quote from Facebook

 Fred Hansen once at group meeting I was attending, proclaimed "Light Rail is the Back Bone of this Agency". My response was "If that's true, we're a para-pelagic!?!"

Great post from face book

Good Luck saving what was to be ALL OF OUR FUTURES. I only wish this group would FOCUS ON THE REAL ISSUES as much as you do the deceptive love hate relationship between members, EBoard & Management. Once the contract is settled, those relationships will mellow.
ATU members, do not get confused. We are faced with a severe contract crisis. Every Retiree is depending on YOU NOT TO SELL US OUT!!!

OREGONIAN EDITOR USED PROSTITUTES

Bob Caldwell was with 23-year-old Tigard woman when he went into cardiac arrest | OregonLive.com

BRING BACK THE 62 ROUTE

Petition Trimet Schedule Change

MAYBE TRIMET SHOULD INVEST IN THIS SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

Air bags for PEDESTRIANS

DANGER ZONE

Arrest made in Rose Quarter area assault

Bus Stop Art



Center Street 6:48 AM



No snow.No chains.

Monday, March 12, 2012

OPERATOR MICHAEL LUCE TELLS ME ABOUT HIS NON PROFIT

This is NOT blogging while driving because Michael DID NOT KNOW that I had a recorder going!
(sound quality not so hot, sorry)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlbb2zAjjwU

Visit Michael's website HERE!
Visit Michael's non profit Employee support site HERE!

HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR DISPLEASURE AT YOUR TRANSIT SYSTEM

Bogota riots leave mass transit system destroyed - Colombia news | Colombia Reports

KEEP PRIVATEERS AWAY FROM TRANSIT

Advocates: Private Transit Giant Lobbied House to Weaken Public Transit | Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Trimet chaining buses

It could drop to 37 degrees!
Atta boy!

TriMet expects to start getting its share of citation money

Joe Rose

Bruce Peek talks about his candidacy for ATU VP

PART 1
PART 2

Streetcar shelter graffiti


Pier Park layover



This was a sponsor sign on the left field fence at the baseball field.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Milwaukie Transit Center Bus shelter



This should be renamed, "SP Red Electric Plaza."

ex-Cherriots RTS for sale by Yamhill County

eBay auction link

Retired operator Jim Pinkard!

OH MY LORD NOT THIS! BUS DRIVER CAUGHT SMOKING ON HIS BREAK!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keHl9Ik9WdM

WHAT A 'SUCCESSFUL' TRANSIT DISTRICT LOOKS LIKE

CCTA receives high marks in ranking of small urban transit systems

CITY OF "GREAT THINKERS" HAVING SOME TRANSIT ISSUES

ADELAIDE NOW!

UNIONS FOUGHT HARD FOR THE 40 HOUR WORK WEEK

It's rather ironic indeed that the one thing that unions fought so hard for, the 40 hour work week, seems to be history for those that are actually working in union jobs.

TriMet is a good example. Almost every single run for full time operators is now more than 8 hours a day. It's not uncommon for drivers to work a 50 hour work week, actually that is the most common work shift.

Some shifts require drivers to be away from home 12 or more hours a  day.

Of course some drivers actually like the overtime, money is a very good motivator, but many drivers just want to work 8 hours and go home.

Unfortunately, that is not an option for many TriMet full time drivers.

And they can expect to  continue working long hard shifts.
It's cheaper for TriMet to work them to death than hire new employees that require health insurance etc.
 (God Bless America)

RESOURCE FOR UNION MEMBERS ONLY

An independent resource for ATU members (not union affiliated) is now on line for members to access information that is not otherwise publicly available.

Visit ATU757.info - Local Information Network and register if you're a union member.

Michael Anderson

Michael Andersen ‏ @PortlandAfoot
Also shocking that the $1.5 billion Orange Line will add 7.3 miles ... and cost 50% as much as the whole 67-mile system.

 Total MAX construction cost, in 2010 $$: $3 billion, or $9 million for each week since 1986. TriMet's current annual shoftfall: $17 million.

CBS 2 Reporter Files Dispatch on Pedestrian Deaths While Driving Distracted

STORY HERE

The fun of mass transit

I should of know that you had already puked once in the night and were going to do it again. Maybe it was the puke on your shoe and pants. Or maybe it was the fact that you eyes were rolling around in the back of your dome. But I thought for sure no dumbass would get on on the MAX on a busy Friday night after already proving he can't hold his liquor.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING!


SOME MORE WEIRD STUFF FROM TRIMET

Technical Memo #1: Targets, Methodology, and Data ... - TriMet

TriMet finds on eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-RTS-4-PAGE-BUS-SALES-BROCHURE-FEATURING-PORTLAND-OR-TRI-MET-/220889020095?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item336e02f6bf

A rider sends this message

The guy doing your sat 67 ignores all time points, we arrived at btc 9 min hot!

THIS WEEKS READERSHIP REPORT


TRIMET SHOULD INSTALL THESE

So people cannot reach behind operators.

Remember the bus driver that got stabbed with a pen and then got suspended?

Stabbed CCT bus driver suspended, didn't follow ‘protocol'  | ajc.com

TRIMET IS A FAKE

Light Rail Ineffective: Portland transit mode-share unchanged despite $2 billion+ in LRT spending – SkyTrain for Surrey

KBOO's Abe Proctor and Joe Uris interview Mary Fetsch (and somebody else)


One of Mary's better interviews, although she is still MARY.
Abe&Joe have a good handle on the issues and articulated them well without being hard on Mary, actually I wish they had pushed her harder.
The callers were just great.
The KBOO audience is very educated compared with some of the other radio stations.

Friday, March 9, 2012

GOD EVEN MORE BULLSHIT

$58,510.40 - $73,132.80 Annually

PUNKRAWKER

FINDING PUNKRAWKER
ON THE BUS WITH PUNKRAWKER

European 'Superbus' Aims to Hit 155 MPH on the Track

The Atlantic Cities

Abduction at NY transit center

MTA Police Seeking Public's Help: LIRR Ronkonkoma Assault 3/4/2012

PROFITEER TRANSIT PROVIDER BEHIND MOVE TO PUSH FOR PRIVATIZATION

Veolia has also played a role in shaping HR 7, the House transportation bill put forward by GOP leadership. Through the law firm Patton Boggs, Veolia lobbied for measures that would accelerate the transfer of transit service to private operators, according to Sam Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the Transportation Equity Network, which organized the protest. A provision of the bill would reward transit agencies that privatize a portion of their service by offering increased capital funding [PDF, pages 322 and 323]. Veolia did not respond to requests to confirm or deny that the company lobbied for that provision.

 Advocates: Private Transit Giant Lobbied House to Weaken Public Transit | Streetsblog Capitol Hill

There is NOTHING like a streetcar

The streetcar project’s primary purpose is as an economic development tool, city officials say, by spurring investment in the nearly 500 vacant and dilapidated properties along its route.

 The Great Eight Debate Streetcar

Trimet bus service in shambles


LIGHT RAIL MESS

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/mar/08/herrera-beutler-sends-flier-asking-residents-to-we/

TRIMET MESSING WITH THE PUBLIC..OF COURSE


South county bus drivers lodge complaint in contract dispute

DOUGLAS COUNTY NEWS

$512,844 lawsuit

click here!

TRANSIT EXECUTVES VS TRANSIT LABOR

The Rapid rejects arbitrator's findings on labor dispute with union | MLive.com

BART RUNNING IN THE BLACK

BART on track for surplus, but budget woes linger | Will Reisman | Transportation | San Francisco Examiner