Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday

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I guess they didn’t read “Empower, Trust, Stand Behind”

The mud slinging from the top continued last Friday in full force at the City Club of Portland. General Manager Neil McFarlane spoke along with David Knowles of CH2M Hill (a construction/engineering firm) on “Moving Forward While Cutting Back”. It’s interesting that TriMet is partnering with CH2M Hill on this, as it highlights how the focus at TriMet these days seems to be geared more toward development and less toward transit. Not to downplay the importance of development (yes I realize there wouldn’t be any rail at all without it), but I don’t like development at the expense of existing service. The backgrounds of the board members (Bruce Warner – Director of Portland Development Commission; Tiffany Sweitzer – President of Hoyt Street Properties, recent appointee Craig Prosser is a longtime advocate of MAX to Tigard, etc) gives support to the idea that TriMet is currently more interested in development than maintenance of existing service and operations, and I don’t think I can agree with that stance if that is the direction we’re heading.

FULL ARTICLE AT MAX FAQS HERE!

The evil one at Beaverton transit center!

Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics

The $2.5 Billion Bribe: Oregon’s Supreme Court says light-rail politics drove plans for a new I-5 bridge.

OPAL

Right now, if you can’t afford a monthly or annual bus pass, you are using cash or single tickets, and you try to get as much use out of that single ticket as possible. This means $2.10 for a two-zone round-trip to the nearest grocery store. Under TriMet’s recent proposal, this simple errand will cost you $5.00.
TriMet is justifying these fare increases and service cuts with poor data, faulty analysis and a lack of transparency and accountability that leaves transit riders confused and in the dark.
First, TriMet is blaming its bus drivers for wanting the best health care. TriMet claims that the current contract will cost the agency $5 million to $10 million more than projected. We all should stand with the union in these negotiations, and they have every incentive to ensure service and ridership are maintained, as this protects their jobs. What’s important here is that this cost was foreseeable, and TriMet should not be driving a wedge between drivers and its riders due to its poor management.
Second, TriMet is blaming partisanship in Washington DC, projecting $4 million less in federal grant revenue in the next fiscal year. Regardless of what Congress eventually does with the federal transportation bill, the vast majority of federal dollars that come to TriMet are for capital construction projects, so should have little to no bearing on its service.
Third, TriMet is using too conservative of a forecast in projecting $3.2 million less in payroll tax revenue.

 OPAL: TriMet fare plan unfair to poorer bus riders | For those who can’t afford free speech

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winshield wipers only go halfway on drivers side ehen they r on delay...these people need to be shot..They don't work in these conditions!assholes!

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friggin bus leaking water gotta stuff towels all in vents...i hate this place today!

A TALE OF TWO TRANSIT DISTRICTS

As Macfarlane said, Trimet is actually two distinct organizations. One focuses on building boondoggle projects that primarily serve business interests, the other focuses on serving the citizens of Portland and getting them where they need to go.

SEPTA-or TRIMET?

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TRANSIT TRACKER ON THE FRITZ

TriMet ‏ @trimet

TransitTracker is currently displaying scheduled times for bus arrivals rather than real-time arrivals. The issue will be resolved tomorrow.

SEATTLE WINS THE "GREEN" BATTLE

Seattle vs. Portland: Let’s settle this right here, right now | Seattle's Big Blog - seattlepi.com

SO YOU STILL WANNA BE A BUS DRIVER?

SYRACUSE— A bus driver was acquitted Tuesday of homicide in the deaths of four passengers killed when his double-decker crashed into an overpass.
A judge announced the verdict after a non-jury trial for 60-year-old John Tomaszewski of Yardville, N.J. Tomaszewski would have faced up to four years in state prison on each of four counts of criminally negligent homicide.
He sat with his head bowed and showed no reaction as Onondaga County Court Judge Anthony Aloi read the verdict.

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PHILIDELPHIA'S SEPTA REACHES ACCORD WITH UNION!

Averting a citywide transit strike, SEPTA made an expensive peace with its largest union Tuesday, but it riled riders in predicting a fare increase by July 1.
Expect a hike of about 15 cents, to $1.75 for a single token, SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said. The exact figure will be released this week. That price is equal to bus fare in San Diego, the highest in the nation.
SEPTA's current $1.60 charge, however, masks major discounts for multiple purchases of tokens for subway, bus and trolley rides. For example, a two-pack of tokens now sells for $2.30.

 SEPTA settles, but fare rise nettles A fare increase of about 15 cents can be expected as part of the agreement. Riders quickly announced their displeasure. - Philly.com

YOU WANT THIS JOB? LOOK WHAT YOU ARE GETTING INTO

RTD Contract Bus Driver Charged In Passenger's Death - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

A Denver transit bus driver has been charged with careless driving resulting in death after an exiting passenger leaning on the bus fell under the wheels when the driver pulled away, authorities said on Tuesday.
The victim, 60-year-old Mario Castro, died from his injuries several hours after the Feb. 7 incident, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office.The bus driver, Tadese Asefaw, 35, was served a criminal summons and complaint and is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on March 19 to be formally advised of the charge, Kimbrough said.

RICHARD RIZK will sue for you!

On February 16, 2012 a Tri-Met bus hit a female pedestrian attempting to cross Pacific highway at Walnut Street in Tigard Oregon. Tigard Police responded to the accident scene to help the wounded pedestrian and investigate. The pedestrian was rushed to Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) with apparently severe injuries.  Her condition has been described as critical.
Tigard police believe poor visibility, rain and the pedestrian’s dark clothing contributed to the crash. Neither the Tri-Met driver nor the pedestrian was cited.
Tri- Met has recently adopted a mandatory “recertification” process for its drivers. Many older drivers see the recertification process as an attempt by Tri-Met management to clear its ranks of “old timers”. Others believe Tri-Met is attempting to respond to a series of tragic Tri- Met Crashes in recent years. Once of the worst Tri-Met crashes occurred in April 2010. Several pedestrians were killed in that event involving a younger Tri-Met driver who was eventually fired by Tri-Met in the wake of intense public pressure.
Richard Rizk is an Oregon attorney who helps persons seriously injured in Tri-Met crashes due to the fault of another. He can be reached at (503) 245-5677. 

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