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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Salute to a Heroic Bus Operator

A driver attempting to flee after hitting a bicyclist in Bethlehem, PA was blocked by a quick-thinking bus driver.
Read the story here

FATHER OF LOUD, JIM MARSHALL, PASSES ON


Macfarlane and his henchmen issue a statement

Let me translate this from the doublespeak propaganda into plain English:


Bus riders, your taking it in the shorts, again!

TriMet: Our Refined Budget Proposal

Abusing tax payers money

Over $127M in spending may add fuel to lawsuit asserting misuse of Portland funds

TRIMET EXECUTIVE WAGES FROZEN? I DON'T THINK SO!

As is obvious, the Pork flies like there is no tomorrow at Trimet. The executive pay is all over the place, some of those executives have gotten raises consistently over the last three years, some got big bumps last year and then went back down this year.

Macfarlane needs to be replaced because he keeps LYING TO THE PUBLIC!

Efficiency will keep our city buses moving

Larry Harvey in the Tribune

Trimet riders DEFINATELY need this!

Rail, bus passenger bill of rights proposed

Meet The new boss, much slicker than the old boss

What are the interests of the new Trimet board president as it relates to WARNER GROUP LLC?

We already know that Sweitzer has a vested interest in seeing that Streetcars get built all around Portland, she breaks city code without penalty, now we have this slick 'willie' warner being the front man for that PROFESSIONAL HACK MACFARLANE!

Transit activists in Boston lose-just like we always do

MBTA board approves fare hikes,

More complicated than you think

MAX FAQs

Portland Transport: My Advice to TriMet

Chris Smith

Occupy

Photos: Occupy TriMet Rally | Blogtown, PDX
KPTV
KATU
The OB Media Rundown all Transportation Edition 4/5/12 | Occupy ...
"Occupy Trimet " Wednesday

PRESIDENT OF THE TRIMET BOARD SAYS "WE WILL NEVER GET RID OF MACFARLANE-THE UNION IS THE ENEMY

Stooge Warner now spits back the propaganda

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Arial view of Boston

Video

PHOTO'S FROM OCCUPY TRIMET


SOMEBODY VERY IMPORTANT IS IN THIS PICTURE

See if you can find him.

(Oregonian picture)

Larry Hanley

On Ed Schultz!

WORKER'S RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS

 


Today marks the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Assassination. Click Here to Read Article

Occupy TriMet protesters say goal of tonight's rally is celebration of transit, not disruption of rush hour

Joe Rose

Union Calls for TriMet GM Replacement

Union Calls for TriMet GM Replacement

The union representing TriMet unionized employees, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 is calling on the Governor and TriMet Board of Directors to replace current TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane because of lack of leadership and poor managerial decisions.

“It is time for a new direction at TriMet,” says Jonathan Hunt, President of the Union.  Hunt claims that McFarlane lacks the skills and abilities to effectively deal with the unionized workforce at TriMet, and has been responsible for repeated poor leadership and management decisions that have unnecessarily cost the agency and the taxpayers millions of dollars.

Hunt will present the resolution at the Occupy TriMet rally beginning at 4pm at Pioneer Square on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, kicking off a signature drive for petitions to present to the Governor’s office and Chairman of the TriMet Board.


                                          Resolution
                              Pertaining to TriMet’s General Manager

OMG! HOW MUCH MORE ABUSE DO WE HAVE TO ENDURE?

Senior Budget & Forecasting Analyst $63,778.00 - $95,664.00 Annually

The arrogance and the ego of the executive class running Trimet is only matched by the arrogance of the banking executives and our lying elected officials.

OCCUPY TRIMET DAY TODAY!

If heads of TriMet were elected instead of appointed, would we even be talking about cuts to essential services to balance their budget?
 

OCCUPY TRIMET KBOO INTERVIEW

http://vimeo.com/39748478

ATU 757 President spotted

Apparently he was on the MAX handing these out:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Environmental dangers of being a bus driver



That's great new, but it falls WAY short of the staff that "we" need to get rid of the toxic environment that "we" work in.  "We" as a union need to fill those work cards out on every bus, everytime "WE" turn them in.  There are categories that need to be checked off on, such as "burning smell, sulfur/rotten eggs, moldy/musty, solvent and other".  I took some time to find out some of the illness associated with those smells (listed below) and why it is important for "us" to recognize this as "our" major need for "our" full benefits restored.

Trimet bus driver dangers


Here is reason number 3 to fill out those "white cards".  INJURY'S while on the bus. 
This is my story.  Just the other week (the end of March), I got on bus number 1614, immediately noticed it smelled bad musty/moldy, and the ever present smell of a dust-like substance.  While driving this bus, I noticed the dust-like smell got more potent with an odd oil/coolant mix.  These combinations of smell made my eyes, nose and throat burn.  When I finished my shift, all these smell where still going, this time with a burnt smell, and I noticed that my face was itching badly.  I made out the white card for it then, went home.  When I got home, I washed my face (which helped), but my throat was still sore.  I woke up the next morning, brushed my teeth, gargled, spat and found that I had blood in the mucus.  I gargled until it was clear.  Went to work and talked to Chief Sue. She asked me to fill out a "report of occupational injury/illness form.  The form and the white card leaves a track record (with Acid number) of that toxic bus so that no one else will be affected.  I personally will not drive this particular 1600, until it has the HVAC and duct work cleaned and the heater in the front scrubbed, no one else should go threw this.
 
Protect yourselves and ALL TIMES

Look at the lovely equipment assigned to your Tuesday #57


Notice the overhead sign says, "Merlo Garage." It would not click over all day.

In all the world,there is only one



Electronic devices behind much of increase in thefts, other crimes aboard TriMet's buses and trains

Joe Rose

Occupy The State House!

Click Here!

Occupy, Unions Plan 4/4 Day Of Action For Public Transportation, Blame Banks For Cuts

Click Here!

Landing BOS Alaska Flight 30 Boeing 747-800

Click Here!

ATU OPEN LETTER TO TRIMET PASSENGERS

TriMet's management team has launched a new fare confrontation campaign that we believe is unsafe and unfair. Specifically:
1. Road and Rail Supervisors have been told that, each day, we must confront a minimum of 35 people per hour, demanding to see their fares.
2. It is "expected" that these confrontations will result in each road and rail supervisor issuing at least 4 citations per hour.
3. These citations will cost the recipient $175 each.

PSU Vanguard

TriMet to release final budget proposal in mid-April | Portland State Vanguard

Getting away from "the Portland agenda"

Candidates elbowing for top Clackamas County seat

Medellin/San Francisco tops sustainable transportation lists

(Portland always seems to be on the tops of various travel mags. My theory, these publications are attempting to help Portland 'get on the map' of tourist destinations. It's pretty easy for a tourist to ignore Portland when you have the mega attractions to chose from. LA-SF-SEA. If your time and money were limited and you have to chose two citys on the west coast would Portland be part of the equation?)

Top honors go to-ITDP | Institute for Transportation and Development Policy : Get Involved : Sustainable Transport Award : Medellin, Colombia

 ITDP | Institute for Transportation and Development Policy : Get Involved : Sustainable Transport Award : San Francisco 2012 STA Nomination

Michael Anderson comes up with a snazzy cost analysis chart

Despite all the chatter, TriMet bus operator compensation is only 6 percent above average among similarly sized agencies. (However, this doesn’t include health benefits in retirement, something TriMet has promised its employees up the wazoo.)

Money. All of it. | Portland Afoot

Making a REAL commitment to transit

If Washington Can’t Commit, Chicago is Ready to Go It Alone

Lenny Anderson (fellow Portland Transport blogger) butters up the executives

While TriMet looks to cut service, we need to add more riders

Here's an idea for 'green' Portland

Bus-on-shoulder success prompts Pace to increase service — Joliet news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

DAY OF ACTION! BE THERE!

CLICK HERE!

C-Tran discussing BRT

Bus rapid transit plan spurs lively city council debate | The Columbian

RIDERS-YOUR TIN FOIL TICKETS ARE GOING OUT OF SERVICE

Use em up or trade em in

Tasing the innocent-POLICE STATE

Green's family told us he misunderstood directions from Trimet that he wasn't supposed to board a bus. Court records show Welch followed Green onto the bus, told him to get off and to take his hands out of his pockets. When Green didn't comply, Welch used his Taser. Moments later a backup officer also used his Taser on him.

Police settle with family of tased disabled man - KPTV - FOX 12

Blog title goes back to normal

Since the executive class at Trimet has decided to remove its union bashing headline from its front page over at Trimet.org, I decided that it is no longer necessary to be quite so crude on my headline.

Also since I am not using the word "trimet" no disclaimer is necessary!