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Friday, April 13, 2012

TriMet fare increase? Hell no! (2008)

 TriMet has always been run by people who would destroy any private business they would be given. They seem to have no idea how the retail world works, and while I adamantly oppose privatizing TriMet, I would like them to become a lot less stupid as guardians of this public resource.
Over the years — and I've been riding TriMet since 1981 — TriMet has responded to increased costs and insufficient ridership levels in two ways: raise fares and decrease service. Can you imagine a store tackling the same problems in the same way? Who is going to go to a store that increases its prices while offering fewer choices?
And if that were the only offense TriMet commits against the public it is meant to serve. Alas, it gets worse.

BlueOregon

Classic


Let their be tax funded PORK!

$75,585.00 - $113,379.00 Annually

Brutality of transit executives

Canada Natl AM TV driver suspension for bathroom - YouTube

REMEMBER OUR PAL JOSH COLLINS?

St. Paul's Union Depot restoration six months from completion - TwinCities.com

TRIMET-ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

BOJACK.ORG

WAS RONALD REAGAN A FREELOADING HIPPIE SOCIALIST TRAITOR?

time

“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't
own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it
you can never get it back.”

EVETTE FARRA


DID U MISS THE OCCUPY EVENT? WATCH IT HERE!

http://youtu.be/2oDJyVYanic

A TRANSIT DISTRICT THAT IS NOT AT WAR WITH ITS EMPLOYEES

And that has management that knows how to relax and have fun once in a while:

Bus Drivers In Cleveland Rocking Out For Induction Weekend | News - Home

BEN FRANKLIN TRANSIT WORKERS IN THE SAME BOAT AS TRIMET WORKERS


Ben Franklin Transit employees packed the board of directors meeting Thursday night to announce a vote of no confidence against the management and to suggest improvements.
Employees expressed concerns about transit managers averaging 5.8 percent wage increases during the past six years while drivers saw their pay increase by an average of just 2.7 percent.
They pointed out the wage disparity between drivers and their supervisors was 55.5 percent, while it was 83.3 percent between drivers and their managers and 155.5 percent between drivers and general manager Tim Fredrickson.
Employees said management issues have created the "worst morale among the workers in the history of Ben Franklin Transit" and called the transit "one of the most corrupt public agencies in the Tri-Cities

Ben Franklin Transit union critical of bosses | Tri-City Herald - The News Tribune

Creating a campaign of "fear" seems to be a transit executive trademark

 Anybody else find it a little strange that Boston's MBTA and Portland's Trimet seem to be using identical strategies in dealing with the public?

MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis is to be commended for creating a brilliant fear campaign that worked.
As we predicted, the T “compromised” on its most draconian cuts, leaving people feeling more or less relieved by the lower level of butchery and money-grabbing that will happen.
Editorial: The T cut success | Jamaica Plain Gazette

UP FRONT ON THE MAX

GOOSE HOLLOW TO SUNSET-A STEVE FUNG PRODUCTION

Tri-Met Portal: Public Transportation in Decline

PORTLAND ALLIANCE

Thursday, April 12, 2012

THE POLICE STATE COMES TO TRIMET


What were you thinking? (trimet)

omgtrimet

Trimet's light rail supplier involved in shady dealings (no surprise of course)

Monitoring the Opposition: Siemens Allegedly Sold Surveillance Gear to Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

ATU President Jon Hunt at Occupy event


NO PARKING

Trimet a good place to sell your wares

HOLY COW! HAVE I RETIRED BUT FORGOT I RETIRED?

This is my two week paycheck, holy sheep shit bat man!

a whopping $276/wk!

ATU 757 President Hunt says "Mcfarlane doesn't get it"!


You hear that wa-ing sound?

http://t.co/ywfcFjNF

WOULD YOU LIST "MEMBER OF TINY TIM'S BACKUP BAND" ON YOUR RESUME?


ANOTHER REASON WHY TRIMET IS GOING BROKE

Here is one page from the summer sign up for full time operators. The 1st column on the left is the amount of hours that one run pays one operator.
A full time operator on a full time shift would appear as an "8" in the left column.
But as you can see, there is not one 8 hour shift there, every single shift pays more than 8 hours.
In other words, every single shift that is on this particular page has overtime programmed right into it.
How can an agency survive if they can't run services without paying $40 an hour to run it?
Just another example in the wealth of examples of an agency out of control.


TRIMET EXECS CHANGE NUMBERS AT THE DROP OF A HAT

Portland A-Foot has been covering the 'budget'  problem since the executives manufactured it.
This is from the blog:

Update, 3:19 p.m.: The Oregonian’s Joe Rose (who, unlike other mainstream outlets reporting on this, attended today’s hearing) has the first really solid story on the budget. If the union deal isn’t reached, it’ll open a new, $14 million hole – about half the size of the one TriMet closed, with great pain, last fall.
Update, 4/14: Rose writes below to say TriMet has a new estimate of the cost of keeping the current contract: $12 million, not $14 million. (A couple months ago, TriMet GM Neil McFarlane estimated the service impact at $10 million. I don’t know whether that was an earlier version of the same number, or a slightly different number.)

Now it's $17 million? Can we believe anything that comes out of Trimet management?
 
Trimet executives are not reliable in the reporting of budgets, they have proven over and over to distort facts to support whatever outcome they desire.
An outside independent audit of Trimet finances is an absolute necessity. 

Plenty of promises in new TriMet budget | Portland Afoot



Trimet executive con game not working on Portlander's

TriMet should change course on rail

Efficiency will keep our city buses moving

Tribune here

Comments

Absolutely fascinating how elimination of WES isn't even under consideration or debate. They'll prop that fucker up until we have one bus line that costs $10/trip, I imagine.
Try met would rather eat crow in a labor dispute where they look decent, than eliminate an OBVIOUS boondoggle. WES in another time and place, another economy, with Salem's participation, might be a really slick thing. But for now, it's a total drain on the rest of the system.
Ah well, it was once a pretty hip transit city. Gotta get those 1200 daily Wilsonites to the Beav and back at any cost, I suppose.
http://www.reddit.com/r/Portland/comments/s59ts/trimet_final_budget_plan_eliminates_free_rail/c4b8wfm

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Landing PDX-Alaska Air flight 35-Boeing 737-800

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Take off BOS- Alaska Air flight 35 Boeing 737-800

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Final TriMet Proposal Trims $12 Million, Awaits Union Arbitration Decision | The Lund Report

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Rebirth of the 95X

Line 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd

To help buses run closer to schedule and to improve efficiency, Line 12 would be changed so that it would run only between Tigard Transit Center and Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center. In Southwest, Line 94 would provide local service between Sherwood and Tigard in the off-peak hours, and during peak hours, would continue both local service to Tigard as well as express trips into Downtown Portland from Tigard.

Sounds like TriMet is just doing an about-face from 10 years ago, shutting down the 94 and bringing back the 95.  And didn't TriMet claim all these years that riders preferred the 94 over the 95?

At least TriMet is admitting (if so quietly) that cutting the 94 was an incredible mistake on its part, and that Tigard needs MORE - not less - service.

Portland Transport: TriMet releases final* FY13 budget, cuts (UPDATEDx2)

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Dirty TriMet Dinosaur Bus on the #67

STEVE FUNG FILMS INC

3 BUREAUCRATS TO DO ONE JOB!

Human Resources Business Partner (2) vacancies
TriMet begins a search for two newly created senior level HR Business Partner positions. Together with a third HR Business Partner that will be filled internally, these positions form the center piece of initial efforts to reorganize and reenergize the HR function at TriMet. The aim is to build a top flight Human Resources team recognized throughout the industry as a best practices organization to compliment TriMet’s national reputation as one of the national gems (disgraceful) of public transit.

WE ARE RIGHT TO SUSPEND DRIVER FOR USING RESTROOM

Mississauga Article: Bus driver suspension is fair, MiWay says

The Bus of the Damned

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APS bus driver charged with raping teen

APS bus driver charged with raping teen

ON ALASKA FLIGHT 35 HEADING BACK TO PORTLANDIA


man punching a bus window

http://t.co/HjHw8sRb

Hold the Line

http://www.portlandmercury.com/IAnonymousBlog/archives/2012/04/11/hold-the-line

RA FONTES ON THE FINAL CUTS

What are significant are some of the things TriMet is not doing:
It's not walking away from WES:
Subsidies to WES are about the same as those to the 16 worst performing bus routes - and they carry twice as many riders. Yes, we'd have to pay back the feds and have all kinds of contractual and shutdown obligations, but we still should save millions over the remaining 17 years of the period that TriMet guaranteed WES operations.

TriMet final budget plan eliminates Free Rail Zone, low ridership bus routes, fare zones | OregonLive.com

JOE ROSE

TWITTER REPORT

2 trimet drivers for assaulted today 1 punched 1 got finger bent back

NOBODY HAS FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST TRIMET?

MAKE YOUR COMPLAINT HERE

EL HISPANIC NEWS

Low-income riders uneasy about projected cuts in TriMet service

SP RED ELECTRIC

It must be nice that TriMet has a whole staff of people who sit around and do nothing but shop for light rail cars. Meanwhile, us bus riders get shafted in creaky old buses that break down regularly, and don't even ask for things like HVAC systems, PA systems, or even working destination signs so we know where the bloody bus is going.
Since TriMet argues that capital projects are paid for with a different budget, do these light rail car buyers get fired once they've made their purchase? If not, then they must be paid out of the general fund budget, so I'm proud that my annual pass dollars go to such wise payroll decisions, like paying someone a six figure salary to pick out the colors of a MAX seat.

TriMet grumblings and police to absorb human service cuts

TriMet, union grumble over retirement benefits
TriMet is crossing its axels in the hope that a proposal to put some limits on its union’s benefit plan for retirees will save a few dollars toward public fares.
TriMet is proposing to cut the transportation union’s so-called “jet-ski” provision that guarantees the recreational vehicle to all retired TriMet union members who can claim a connection to property within 50 miles of a traversable waterway.
TriMet estimates the adjustment to the union contract could save the public transit company $7 million over the next two years.
Union leadership has said TriMet can save the money elsewhere, and that the contract should be preserved so they can jet-ski on the weekends.
Advocates weighed in on the “jet-ski” provision, and on high salaries from TriMet leaders, saying consumers would pay the price. No one from either side listened, or cared.
Both TriMet and the union refused to comment on this story. It’s thought that both sides would comment soon, but for now, they were both out to lunch
http://streetroots.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/trimet-grumblings-and-police-to-absorb-human-service-cuts/

SNACKMAN !!

NYC Subway Fight: Snack-Eating Man Casually Breaks Up Straphanger Scuffle

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TriMet Members we need you!

 If you have been impacted by the implementation of the medical insurance premiums, co-pays for proceeders, medications, or office visits, that has made a major impact on you or your family we need to hear from you NOW. Our attorney is working on our contract needs to hear your story. Contact me, email fstreasurer@atu757.org,

Making public transit safer by allowing passengers to bring their own guns on board

Lawmaker wants guns on Missouri buses, trains - KansasCity.com

A First Student school bus gets trapped and is blocking the Portland Transit Mall at S.W. 5th and Harrison

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HERE WE GO AGAIN....

Rubbing our noses in the hypocrisy

$58,515.00 - $87,771.00 Annually

$56,997.00 - $73,763.00 Annually

Caught on tape: 7th grader saves bus from crash - CBS News

CLICK HERE!

THE HORRORS OF BEING A TRANSIT BUS DRIVER

The Amalgamated Transit Union Canadian Council takes serious issue with the discipline of a Mississauga bus driver who was suspended for 5 days by Mississauga Transit for taking time to use the washroom while on duty.
"This is a national issue which affects the health and safety of both our country's bus drivers, and the public at large", says Stan Dera, Director of the ATU's Canadian Council.
There are numerous studies which confirm that forcing an individual to wait an unreasonable amount of time to use the washroom has serious effects both in the short term and in the long term. In the short term, a driver's concentration is diminished, which endangers both the driver and the passengers on the vehicle. In the long term, there are significant medical consequences to the individual, including bladder damage and kidney disease. 

Fare inspection on Post Secret

MAX FAQs

Generating some bus savings

Portland Transport

The Chris Parker case comes back into the news

Family of girl sexually abused by TriMet driver files suit against agency
Court documents here

WES ridership takes a hit!

WES ridership takes a hit! 1640/day in February,1570 in March. Of course, that's a whopping 50 more rides than March of 2011 so it's being paraded as an increase *vomits*

GAS MOVES UP-SO DOES RIDERSHIP-nationwide trend

Hahaha....no more DOUBLE DIGIT WES bragging it appears....oh well....

http://trimet.org/news/releases/apr10-march-ridership.htm

COMMUNITY TRANSIT GROUP

http://www.portsmouthneighborhood.com/facebook/20120411_transit_planning.pdf

Monday, April 9, 2012

Better start finding a new parking lot

The Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland and TriMet will be renovating the Barbur Transit Center to provide better storm water run-off. Construction will begin April 23 and is due to be completed in September.
During construction, up to 100 parking spaces at a time may be temporarily closed. The Tigard Park & Ride adjacent to Regal Cinemas at 74th & Pacific Hwy has available parking and is served by the Lines 12, 64 and 94.

Sound familiar?

the rank and file at the company didn’t much trust management or their union leaders (“They feel like pawns in the game and they no longer want to be part of it,” he told managers in a recorded session). That’s been a recurring problem for labour negotiations, with ATU 279 members twice in recent years rejecting tentative agreements on work scheduling and barring future strikes and lockouts — deals that the city and union leaders had hailed as breakthroughs.

C-TRAN

Vancouver will block light rail vote, for now | The Columbian

Traveling around

Portland airport-flying over America-Bosto…
 MASSACHUSETTES

Portland follows patterns of SF-poverty moving to suburbs

The Suburbanization of Poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area « Building Resilient Regions

Four injured as TriMet bus and car collide

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YUP, I'm actually a Masshole

Pic Here!

MBTA RIDERS BRACE FOR CHANGES-LESSONS FOR PORTLAND

Bostonian's put up a good resistance effort, but we all know all the public meetings, hearings and all the online surveys are nothing but window dressing, the decisions are made behind closed doors without benefit of public input and then implemented after the "public show" has been completed. (public must be tricked into thinking that they actually matter)

However Boston, 10 times as large as Trimet, with a deficit 10 times larger than Trimet, has implemented a number of changes which TRIMET refuses to look at.

For example, charging riders on commuter rail substantially more, charging for parking at the various park and rides and several other items

Those of us that follow TriMet know that anything that threatens rail ridership is not going to be considered.

Trimet (Portland) has been selected by policy makers as its retail sales outlet, the place where people go and buy their rail boondoggles, or as I like to call it, SARDINE CAN TRANSIT,  pack in as many as possible. (and of course it's a big help to developers because it takes a mostly low income strata of citizens and sends them to the place that is selected to be on the line, be it factories or boxes that they can live in. Millions can be made in this process.)

The only people that pay for financial 'problems' (term used loosely as management problems only apply to employees and riders) are the bus riders via service cuts and all riders via fare increases.

The fare increases hurt the bus riders the most, for obvious reasons.


The interesting thing about Boston vs Trimet is how much cheaper it still is too ride the MBTA than Trimet, and that is after the fare increases. (very weird)


Both agencies used almost identical techniques in their attempts to manipulate the minds of the citizens. Obviously some form of collaboration exists between transit district executives.

South of Boston, riders cope with cuts in public transportation and higher fares - The Boston Globe

TRANSIT DISTRICT MIND GAMES

“They tricked us into thinking the 20 percent increase is OK, because there was talk of much bigger increases and service cuts,’’ said Heidi Kuczmeic, a Franklin resident who gets dropped off at her local train station every morning for her commute into Boston. (THEY PLAY THE SAME GAMES AT TRIMET)

Despite MBTA fare hikes, train commuters will still be riding the rails - The Boston Globe

THE TOTAL FAILURE OF AMERICAN POLICY MAKERS

Transit across the country is rising dramatically since gas prices have started climbing again.
How have the policy makers dealt with American's need for transit service?
BY CUTTING SERVICE WHILE BUILDING PORK PROJECTS!

U.S DOT: Transit Ridership Up Again in February, Increase Highest Since 2005 | Transportation Nation

STOPS AT LLOYD



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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Go vote for Jack in this silly contest

Mayoral Madness: Josiah Failing Regional, Round 4

Great Artwork by Tim Helmer



Just think Al. No more sign-ups for you,ever!
Signs on Max trains say: ''Do not disurb operator while train is moving.'' while anyone can get a bus driver in a head-lock at 55mph and no-one cares..

COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON TRANSIT SAFETY

RIGHT HERE

HAPPY EASTER

Fall of the Republic HQ full length version

Stories of interest

the "jewel" of transit districts (Trimet) can't seem to figure out how to do what NJ can do.
HERE'S ANOTHER EXCUSE FOR CATTLE CAR TRANSIT
TRIMET NEEDS ONE OF THESE
STORY ABOUT BUS RIDER TRAVAILS

FRED'S SHOWS UP IN ADELAIDE-AND LOOK WHAT APPEARS IMMEDIATELY AFTER

 BUS operator Transfield Services is believed to be bleeding hundreds of thousands of dollars a month because of ballooning wages and unexpected costs.
Sources have told the Sunday Mail  the blowout in operating costs was detailed at an emergency meeting with drivers on Monday, which was called to discuss union concerns about proposed changes to overtime payments for drivers.

Michael Luce's employee assistance program


Bus shelters still under siege

Somebody has it in for TriMet. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jed Clampett Mobile

TriMet is a national model? What a joke!
I drove a real winner today. The microphone needed viagra; the train box had newspaper as a cushion;the floor board had paper towels to stop the air leak;the windows and floors were filthy.I must be in Hillbilly Heaven.

WHO PAYS 100% OF EMPLOYEES HEALTH CARE BESIDES TRIMESS?

Boston Consulting Group 11
Granite Construction 91
Kimley-Horn & Associates 20
Microsoft 42
Morrison & Foerster 88
Nugget Markets 33
Perkins Coie 48
Qualcomm 23
Recreational Equipment (REI) 9
Russell Investment Group 63
SAS Institute 30
Valero Energy 3
Whole Foods Market 15
Worthington Industries 84

Must see bus driver training video that has gone viral

The Shadow Cyclist Vs Bus

TIME TO CHANGE THE STRUCTURE OF TRIMET-SIGN THE PETITION

Economic Justice Petition: President, Metro: Open a public discussion on annexing TriMet into Metro | Change.org

The "next big thing"

Saturday, April 7. 2012
800px WES train e1333581637367 127x150 With Low WES Ridership, the “Next Big Thing” May Be Raising FaresThree years ago, TriMet began operating its first heavy rail line, the Westside Express Service (WES). This line runs from Beaverton to Wilsonville during commuting hours on weekdays.
WES was trumpeted as the “next big thing,” but opening year ridership averaged only 1,156 boardings per day, less than half the 2,500 predicted by TriMet. The agency lost nearly $24 on each trip.
TriMet just finished its third full year of operation for WES. Average daily ridership is up to 1,571 boardings, but each trip still requires a subsidy of $18. This is eight times higher than the subsidy needed for the average TriMet trip and costs taxpayers $7.4 million each year.
WES turned out to be a disaster, but no one at TriMet is accepting responsibility. Agency management simply plans to raise passenger fares again, and they also will be raising taxes on businesses.
TriMet board members are not elected, so we cannot demand a management change at the ballot box. But the board is appointed by the Governor, who is elected. It’s time for the Governor to demand better performance from his political appointees.
http://tinyurl.com/6t76d5o

Bus driver gets interviewed

Portland Transport: KBOO Bike Show: Professional Drivers

Friday, April 6, 2012

Boston MA

Charles Street
Boston Common

Steve Fungs Movie of the week

Occupy Trimet

More room inside and writers come foward

Request for Submissions | Orange Lining
New MAX trains to be 'roomier'

The obscenity of it all

Guru? 
 $186k a YEAR from Trimet tax payers now he gets another piece of pork this time from AUSTRALIA!
I knew this was lined up when he left.

Transport guru Fred Hansen appointed to help revitalise Adelaide's suburbs | Adelaide Now

Tri-Met security follies never end

BOJACK.ORG

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

HERE!

MCFARLANES LIES DISPROVED IN 2 SENTENCES

The union delayed arbitration?

They broke the law, That is like saying Sorry I am late but the person I mugged called the police, and It is their fault I am late.

TURNING PUBLIC TRANSIT INTO A PRIVATE CORPORATION

Occupy Trimet: Save Public Transit | Portland Occupier

HOGS RUN WILD

In anticipation of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project, TriMet is looking to ramp up its command center and operations facilities. TriMet has called for bids for construction manager/general contractor services to renovate the agency’s Center Street Administration Building. The renovated building will include a new, expanded Operations Command Center, as well as expanded operations facilities. 

THE PARADOX


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