Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

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