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Monday, March 26, 2012

Bus rapid transit plan taking shape

The Columbian

ROCK AND ROLL/BOB AND WEAVE

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DRIVER FAILED TO FOLLOW BLIND-SPOT PROCEDURE
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     DRIVER'S SIDE MIRRORS ARE BEING REMOUNTED TO REDUCE AN AREA OF LIMITED VISIBILITY.
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     FATAL METRO TRANSIT CRASH

TRIMET HISTORY!

1 YEAR AGO (6)
2 YEARS AGO (14)
3 YEARS AGO (26)
4 YEARS AGO (35)

MAX Adopt-a-Station: What's Next?

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2012/03/26/max-adopt-a-station-whats-next

PORTLAND TRANSPORT HAS ANOTHER MCFARLANE MOVIE UP!

Your Questions for Neil, Round 3, Part 1

We all ride the bus meeting

We All Ride the Bus Press Conference
Tue. March 27 (4:30-5:15pm)
Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 North Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217

MLR CREATING JOBS?

http://www.trimet.org/pm/economicbenefits/profiles.htm#malcolm

MTA RUNNING ON TRIMET PRINCIPLES

 Which is of course- we got plenty of money to build stuff its just too bad your bus service is getting cut. Cause they always find money for what THEY want, the public be damned.

Cuomo Said to Reach $13.1 Billion Deal to Fund MTA Projects - Businessweek

PETE TAYLOR STORIES HERE

PETE TAYLOR GIVES ME A CHECKRIDE!

 Pete Taylor's retirement speech

 AUDIO VERSION OF PETE TAYLOR'S SPEECH

PETE TAYLOR SUBJECTED TO TRIMET TORTURE TREATMENT ON HIS WAY OUT

Here's a money making idea

How do they do that? Transmit stories to Transit TV monitors

JEFF WELCH GOES (somewhere)

HIs blog has now been removed from  public viewing:

Safe Place Program – A Success Story

by Jeff Welch
Night Owl Operator - Anonymous Hero?
According to the King County News Blog and the YouthCare web site, a (so far) anonymous Night Owl driver activated the Safe Place program, assisting a youth in need in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve:
 "At 1:30am on December 31st, 2011, 17 y

Thomas Le Ngo


TRIMET EMPLOYEES! TELL EM WHAT YOU THINK

Here is your chance-love it or hate it here you got a chance to tell them directly-TRINET account holders only;

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/employeecomm2012

AMERICA HEADING THIRD WORLD FAST

Several things characterize countries of the Third Word, whatever precisely "Third World" means.

The first is corruption. America is rotten with it, but American corruption is distinct from corruption in, say, Guatemala or Thailand, being less visible and better organized.

Several major differences exist between the usual corruption in the Third World and that in America. In most of the Third World, corruption exists from top to bottom. Everyone and everything is for sale. Bribery amounts to an economic system, like capitalism or socialism. By contrast, in the United States, graft flourishes mostly at the level of government and commerce.

WHILE THEY CUT SERVICE AND RAISE FARES IT HASN'T STOPPED THE PARTY

Call for Speakers

PETE TAYLOR SUBJECTED TO TRIMET TORTURE TREATMENT ON HIS WAY OUT

Not every employee of the District is subjected to the TRIMET TORTURE TREATMENT.
Good little worker bees have nothing to fear from TriMet management.
Just make sure you don't do anything wrong and show up every day and they will stay away from you.

5th and Morrison


Waiting for a train to BTC @10pm Sunday night(there is no 58 service after 5pm),the bus Mall was quiet and empty.

MY TRIBUTE TO PETE TAYLOR


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Even faster talking TriMet General Manager


MORE ON THE $30 MILLION DOLLAR RADIO UPGRADE (radios are more important than service of course)


Engineering Showing April 29, 2010
TriMet Application for New 700 MHz Channels
HATFIELD & DAWSON CONSULTING ENGINEERS 1
ENGINEERING SHOWING TO SUPPORT APPLICATION FOR NINETEEN
NEW 700 MHz NARROWBAND 25 kHz CHANNEL BLOCKS BY TRIMET,
PORTLAND, OREGON

WHY IS TRIMET BROKE? DEBT SERVICE-THEY ALWAYS FIND MONEY FOR THIS STUFF

TriMet 700 MHz License Application to RPC-35/700
Element 4—Funding Commitment
On December 11, 2009 The TriMet Board of Directors approved the
awarding of a $38,495,887 contract with INIT INC and its
subcontractors General Electric and Tait Radio Communications,
to replace all TriMet radios. TriMet will issue payroll tax
backed revenue bonds to finance the project. The first bonds
were issued October 2009.

Steve Fung's movie of the week

CLICK HERE!

HOW MUCH TRIMET GETS

TriMet gets ZERO dollars for fare evasions that are settled for $60!
Almost all fare evasions are settled for $60.

CUSTOMER SERVICE


BEST SPEAKERS AT ROUND 2 OF THE SERVICE CUT HEARINGS

 A-Trimet employees deserve decent health care…
1-"TRIMET IS GOING DOWN EXPONENTIALLY…
 2-They say 'Trmet has the best system' THAT DOESN'T WORK…
3- Keep fare less on the green and yellow line…
4-Keep fare less square to stop global warming…
5-stop picking on homeless and expanding…
6-She loves her '9' driver+ stop talking about the rif raf…
7-Street car must be sustainable on its own!
8-NO MORE MAX LINES WITHOUT CONSULTING THE PUBLIC…
9-Trimet will lose ridership with its proposal
10-SELL $20 DOWNTOWN PASS TO REPLACE FARE LESS…

TRIMET IS GETTING WORSE EXPONENTIALLY


"TRIMET IS THE BEST SYSTEM THAT DON'T EVEN WORK"


GOP MENU!


DID IT EVER OCCUR TO THEM?


I’ve been enjoying the public testimony on the service cuts and it somewhat surprising to watch the ‘independent’ hearings administrator  just interrupt the speakers when 3 minutes is up.

Really, how much would a DIGITAL CLOCK cost so that speakers can see how much time they have.

Interrupting people in mid sentence seems so Mickey Mouse.

STING AT BEAVERTON TRANSIT CENTER


An interesting police sting occurred in Beaverton Transit Center yesterday.

A man had his car stolen from the Beaverton area. The thief contacted the owner and demanded a payment of $500 for the safe return of the car.

The owner of the car did what anybody with any brains would, he contacted the police.

The police had the man go through with the deal.  The exchange was to take place at the Beaverton Transit Center. (Brilliant)

The police had TriMet bring in an old bus. The bus was parked at BTC and left dark as the exchange was to be done at night.

Nobody noticed a bus parked in BTC of course, but this bus was full of cops.

The carnapper came to BTC to do the trade, the bus door opened, all the cops poured out and arrested the brilliant car thief!

TRUE STORY!

BUS DRIVER CHARGED WITH DANGEROUS DRIVING

STORY HERE!

ATU Supports Occupy TriMet April 4th

Click Here!

Some good movies by Bob Richardson from awhile back

The Four-Car Type IV MAX Train - YouTube
 Transit Mall Jam - YouTube

TIRED OF DRIVING A BUS FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T APPRECIATE YOU?

Then head DOWN UNDER, BUS DRIVERS NEEDED IN AUSTRALIA!

Australian bus company lures Irish bus drivers with $63,000 contracts | Irish News | IrishCentral

Rampant Lion (aka Tom Horton)

Int'l Pres runs with AAALeadership!

TRIMET EMPLOYEES DESERVE DECENT HEALTH CARE!

4 YEARS AGO

35

Friday, March 23, 2012

3 YEARS AGO

26

2 YEARS AGO

14

1 YEAR AGO

6

Neil got a black eye!

courtesy Erik Halstead

TRANSIT DISTRICT SUED FOR SECRECY

Suit Against Pace Alleges Open Records Violations - St. Charles, IL Patch

A Sunny Day on the Sandy River Layover

One of the real perks driving the #80 on a spring day.

FAST TALKING TRIMET GENERAL MANAGER

Just think, I'll be hanging around in Portland for awhile yet, WITH NOTHING TO DO! 

NEWS FROM OTHER PLACES

That's our $8.4 billion they're wasting on LRTs | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun
 Memphis Bus Riders Union File Lawsuit Against MATA
 Toronto’s Mayor Ford vows to ‘lead the charge’ in halting light-rail transit - The Globe and Mail
 OB Calls for National Day of Action for Public Transportation | Occupy Boston
 LTD releases West Eugene EmX public opinion survey

More Trimet insurgency

Petitions filed in four westside cities seek vote on rail funds

DESPERATELY SEEKING SUNSET BOB

Trimet service cut hearings-round 2


WE LOVE THAT LIGHT RAIL

Vehicle removed from MAX tracks, but delays continue
 Early morning MAX service disrupted

TRMET'S DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY

How much experience does he have?

JACK BOGDANSKI

The MAX mindscrew

TRIMET RADIO BUFFS

HERE are the specs of the new Trimet Radio network

JOE ROSE ARTICLE EXPLAINS MR 2 FACED MEMO

 

Despite layoffs, budget-crunched TriMet still filling high-paying administrative positions: Commuter roundup

Another TriMet surprise: Less service, but better signs

TriMet continues to surprise me with the decisions it makes. Every day I ride the 55 Hamilton bus route on its first run of the day into the city, and I’ve been doing so for years using my annual bus pass.

INTERESTING STUFF FROM MBTA

An Open Letter to Our Customers from Secretary Davey and GM Davis
MassDOT Board of Directors
Meetings and Minutes

MR 2 FACE


Why are we still hiring with a $12 million budget gap?

by Neil McFarlane — last modified Mar 22, 2012 03:50 PM
Because we still have to keep service on the street! This is a question I hear a lot – and it is best answered in two parts: 1) our day to day operations; and 2) our administrative staff.

Glenn Otto Park

This is a real gem in the Metro area on the Sandy River.It is accessible by the 80 bus.The water color was a jade green color yesterday and I wish that I had my fishing pole.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

4 YEARS AGO

35

3 YEARS AGO

26

2 YEARS AGO

14

1 YEAR AGO

7

Worst windows ever

I can say this was the filthiest set of windows on any bus that I have driven in over 4 years.

THE FOLKS IN BOSTON KNOW HOW TO PROTEST THE CUTS

We need to get with the program and start getting MAD!

MBTA Hearing in Somerville: Occupy Boston members take a Stand! - YouTube

Stuff

"Public Transit Service Web site: next train coming" Lightrail and Metro Tip by glabah
 File:TriMet - Forest Grove terminal.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
 Steve Morgan

70's Trimet

Picture by Steve Morgan

BEST SPEAKERS ON THE FARE CUTS

A BUS TICKET OR A LOAF OF BREAD?
 Bus 52 will be DROP OFF ONLY
 Bus drivers get too much pay and we DO NOT NEED RAIL …
 Operator Cindy Kassab says 'don't end the 89 so early…
 TRIMET HAS FORGOTTEN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD…
 Patrick Stanley
 TRIMET EVEN CONTRACTS THIS OUT?
 TOM WALSH USED TO RIDE THE 28…

600,000 TRANSIT WORKERS WALK OUT

Summary Box: Portugal strike disrupts transit - Boston.com

Crime train news

Teen heads to court in MAX assault case - Koinlocal6.com

PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS LAYS OFF ADMINISTRATORS

STORY HERE

Another pedestrian hit in Seattle

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/2012/03/18/another-pedestrian-struck-by-metro-bus-at-third-and-pine/

FEDERAL EQUITY STANDARDS

CLICK HERE!

STEVE HARRISON-TRIMET MECHANIC -UNEDITED VERSION OF HIS LETTER TO THE EDITOR NOW AVAILABLE!

CLICK HERE!

WOW-OCCUPY MBTA-WOW

WATCH THE MBTA PROTEST HERE!

COULD IT HAPPEN HERE?

Bogota transit riots cost city more than $500,000 - Colombia news | Colombia Reports

BUS DISPATCHERS TAKE NOTICE!

Bus dispatcher pleads not guilty in fatal Caroline crash | Richmond Times-Dispatch

BOY DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR

The biggest problems with the service for riders (well, at least 20 of those surveyed) seems to be inconsistent enforcement—something that has been an issue since day one—with passengers complaining of being issued summonses after being unable to buy a ticket from a broken street machine. For example:

 Select Bus Service Is A Hit, At Least When Street Ticket Machines Work: Gothamist

MORE LETTERS TO PORTLAND TRIBUNE

TriMet must honor its union contracts

ERIK HALSTEAD

The headline is right: TriMet does need new, strong leadership (TriMet needs strong leadership, new vigor, March 1). The problem is the governor will never, ever make it happen.
We need a board of directors that isn't a lapdog to the general manager, who supposedly works for the board. We need a board that actually represents the public, that works for the public and most importantly, acts in the public's interest.

SAM FRASER

Mass transit exists as much for providing transportation as it does for making a city more green or promoting business growth.
I found it disturbing that your Feb. 16 cover story, "Rail fight hits the gas," failed to mention a significant reason for opposition to new light rails: In the face of yearly cuts in service and fare increases, TriMet cannot afford to build light rails AND offer the same level of service to its riders.

STEVE HARRISON-TRIMET MECHANIC

Below is the original letter sent to the paper, they edited is so this is the unedited original version:

My name is Steve Harrison and I have been an employee at Tri Met and an ATU 757 member for close to 30 years.
I want to give you a face and name, not just known as an employee or union member. It seems only Tri Met's story is getting out.

I hope my 8037 is not chained up today


Raleigh Hills around 5:30am

4 YEARS AGO

U35

3 YEARS AGO

U26

2 YEARS AGO

U14

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)