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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3001 is in the house


Our 1st new Gillig is being readied for service at Center Street Garage.

Our only two hybrids being parted out at Center Street


We sure could have used them at Merlo where the dinosaurs rule.

FIRE AT THE NEW DEVELOPMENT ON THE 62 AND 67 LINES


Operator runs light/MAX -supervisor report


I had received a page earlier about this incident. I received a call from dispatch at approximately 18:00 to make contact with this Operator, do a "Fit Test", submit a report to 9906 and to get information on the incident.

I met with the Operator at S.W. 107th and Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. at 18:17. I asked the Operator if I could talk to him off the bus and he complied. I asked him if everything was OK, was he feeling OK? I did not smell anything and he didn't slur any words and I felt he was safe to continue. I asked him what happened? The Operator stated that as he was approaching the light it was yellow and he continued through. The Operator stated he did not know how long it had been "Yellow". I explained to him that we "Do not run yellow lights, especially when they are stale. I also emphasized that his actions could of resulted in severe consequences since we interact with the trains in down town. He was sincere in his apology and stated "I will never do that again." My last comment to him was that it is best to error on the side of caution. I instructed the Operator to contact dispatch at the end of his shift and to do a report of the incident.

Report submitted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 21:09

Steadman says the union is embarrassing itself

TriMet submits final contract offer to arbitrator; calls union health-care concessions 'token gesture'

Remember the drug test lady?

She jumped ahead of everyone in seniority to go back to bus?
She retired last month, after being spit on three times.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

GOOD JOB BUS DRIVERS

YouTube

Mcfarlane WANTS U!

At the Rose Quarter


Please Clean our Buses!

                                    After cleaning all the windows on my old Gillig,I tackled the rear shelf area.
                                   

Occupy Portland May day event at the transit mall

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Some problems downtown today


Turn left


TRIMET GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS

Spinella said research by others has suggested that buses, being enclosed public spaces, can provide an environment for the spread of TB and other diseases.
"These are closed spaces where people are in close proximity, and you have an active air-conditioning system that's continually mixing up the air and spreading it to all the passengers," he said.

Rice University students known as CityBusters battle illness on public transit buses | abc13.com

Beaten bus driver returns to work

Beaten bus driver takes shot at the system | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

I drove an auto chain Gillig yesterday

                                         That 2100 was still filthy for a Center Street bus.

OCCUPY PORTLAND LIVE STREAM

HERE!

BoltBus, launching in May, offers rides to Seattle for $7

| Portland Afoot

Light rail is vulnerable to all sorts of disruptions shutting down the whole thing

Equipment blocking the tracks near the Lloyd Center is affecting all MAX service.  Shuttle buses are serving stations between the Rose Quarter TC and Lloyd Center station. Use shuttles or regular bus service.

TRIMET Activist H.B.




Brothers and Sisters,

Here is reason number 5 to fill out work cards and acid numbers for issues dealing with the "DIRTY BUS" issues.
As Brother Fung shows in his continuing struggle to show that Trimet cares for the public's well being, he discovered visible mold on the bus.  In an effort to bring an awareness to the health problems "we" face on a daily basis, he, myself and "others" try in an effort to get either Trimet or the union (in name only) to take steps to protect the general public and operators of bus/train.  Both have failed "us" miserably.  I understand Trimet's position, "if the public doesn't know about it, it doesn't exist.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Something screwy with the Oregonian comments again

I can never tell what's going on with the Oregonian and me, I get banned there from time to time and apparently I am banned again. Not really important to me that they take my comments or not but I do want to respond to a comment made By Michael Anderson about the retirement being possible at 55 years old with 10 years in.

I was told that you could only receive benefits after 10 years in at 58 years of age but according to Anderson I am incorrect and he offers THIS EVIDENCE. (pg 132)

So basically I stayed three more years than I needed to? Damn!

Transit news from around the country and the world

Bus District Finds A Way To Serve Cruise Ships · OPB News
 Why what happens on the bus is really what goes on in the world in microcosm | This is Nottingham
(the above is a great story from the UK)
US Politics | AMERICAblog News: Houstonians fight back against TSA public bus searches
 Report: 20 killed as 2 buses collide in India
 EXCLUSIVE: Punks using poorly concealed kill switches to disable MTA buses - NYPOST.com
Complete news from around the world is available HERE!

How to confuse your ridership


Boy dies after arm is severed in collision with C-TRAN bus

KATU

Trimet-predatory government

Sometimes you must rant, even if you're wrong | Statesman Journal | statesmanjournal.com

Saturday, April 28, 2012

C-TRAN RELEASES VIDEO OF FATAL ACCIDENT WITHIN HOURS

Something we will never see at TRIMET, who sets the standard for secrecy in transit operations!

11-year-old boy killed after arm severed in C-TRAN bus collision - YouTube

WTF?

I was watching the 10 pm KPTV news and CTRAN had already released the on board video of the fatal crash between the bus and the the 11 year old.

WTF is the matter with TRIMET TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT?

They seem to be the only transit district in the country that does not release video evidence when something happens!

This company is the worst example of transparency in the entire transit industry!

GOOD STANDUP ON RIDING THE BUS

video

VOTE RON GREEN (trimet bus driver)

3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Steve Fung's video of the week

TriMet Powell Garage Week - YouTube

Boy dies after arm is severed in collision with C-TRAN

KATU

Two 'sustainability advocates' from high school argue for the school bus pass

PART 1
PART 2

TriMet union votes to pay into health-care premiums as contract dispute approaches arbitration

Joe Rose

11-year-old cyclist hit by bus in Vancouver

KGW
 Boy's arm severed in collision with C-TRAN bus

TriMet union votes to raise its medical premiums, documents suggest

Portland Afoot

BUS DRIVER KILLED!

Bus Driver Herman Curry Dead After Apparent Botched... | Stuff.co.nz

How many runs does Trimet cancel each day?

Canceled Muni Bus Runs Draw New Attention to Bay Area Drivers’ Absenteeism - NYTimes.com
But Mr. Austin, of the Muni operators union, said hiring drivers would not be as easy as it once was. He said Muni drivers bore the brunt of the blame for Muni’s slow and often late service.
“People aren’t clamoring to work here anymore,” Mr. Austin said. “With adversaries in City Hall, adversaries in the public, 
it rapidly becomes a job that’s just not worth it.” (this is the main reason I am getting out now)

Don't try this in a TRIMET bus

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Alan Eisenberg gives the thumbs down on union members vote

ATU 757 - YouTube

FIGHT ON TRIMET 72! (we covered it live on twitter last night!)

Man arrested for attacking TriMet passengers

NWCN

Cell phone captures scary fight on bus
(I covered this live on the dispatch twitter)

Joe Rose

Press Releases 


Friday, April 27, 2012

Is TriMet playing hardball with homeowners for new light rail project?

KATU

FOUND ON THE MAX

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call 911 if you know who this is

Mold on the Petri Dish Express


After thoroughly cleaning all the interior windows,I noticed the advertising placards had mold growing on them.When are we going to have clean buses for the drivers and the general public?

Warner tells everyone that the Trimet Board does not have to listen to the public

YouTube

Gone through some drug testing-you need to get paid

The Union recently learned that TriMet may not have paid employees the reward payment for testing negative for reasonable suspicion (probable cause) and post accident alcohol and drug tests. Pursuant to the January 17, 1995 Alcohol and Drug Testing Policy Reward Payment Agreement, any employee who tests negative for a reasonable suspicion and/or post accident drug test is eligible to receive $100 or run/days work pay, whichever is greater. If you tested negative for these tests and were not paid the reward, contact your Union Representative. You will need to establish that you were tested, tested negative and did not receive the reward payment. This only applies to reasonable suspicion (probable cause) and post accident tests. It does not apply to random alcohol and drug tests.

 Amalgamated Transit Union -Local 757

Trimet union members vote for compromise with TriMet

 This is a major development in the dispute with Trimet, 757 members are no longer insisting that Trimet provide a fully paid health plan to union employees!

The vote count took place on Friday, April 27, 2012 and was supervised by Helen Goche, the duly elected Chair of the ATU 2012 Election Committee.
Proposal #1, maintain status quo: 336
Proposal #2, maintain status quo except insurance changes: 607

 Amalgamated Transit Union -Local 757

A former insider remarks:

The reporting of the SIP ULP outcome at this late date (April 26) is striking in it's lack of transparency.

This particular ULP decision is several months old..reporting on it now is disingenuous..it demonstrates clear   disregard for truth and accountability by TriMet management.

TriMet staff used to sit in the Board audience with members of the public. It appears the "rules" have indeed changed. TriMet staff all line up and sit behind Neil--looks defensive and desperate..sad.

Take care.

Mcfarlanes BULLSHIT

At the last board meeting Mcfarlane talked about a decision that was handed down in Trimet's favor.
(video HERE)
That order was issued MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.( Read the order here.)
Yet he brings it up now?
I posted about this the day it was issued MARCH 30,2011

The most important aspect of this decision was that it was lost on a TECHNICALITY, not because of the argument that Mcfarlane presented to the board:

How many more MAX trains do they need? (revised)




Bus Driver Fights Passenger

(VIDEO)

Who's reading and from where?


Let's go to the starlight parade today!

Transit office workers win $172.7 million in Philadelphia

SEPTA-CULAR! 48 workers win $172.7M in Powerball

Your bus driver may be asleep at the wheel

CBS 21 News

New 'Get The Fuck Outta The Road' Program Aims To Increase Pedestrian Safety

New 'Get The Fuck Outta The Road' Program Aims To Increase Pedestrian Safety | The Onion

At least Trimet's latest boondoggle is creating some jobs, that's a good thing

The Big Pour starts Friday night for about 20 hours | TriMet Media

Adam Chris says bring the PUBLIC back into public transportation

YouTube

The total failure of our mainstream media

Most bloggers are fully aware of the complete failure of the mainstream media in covering the news that people really need to hear.
After all that's why most bloggers blog, to provide an alternative source of information that is not provided elsewhere.

Nothing illustrates this failure in regards to local transportation news more than the little dog that was riding around on the MAX train.

Every single news source in the Portland area, and more than a handful from out of the area covered that story.

But was there any coverage of Occupy Portland's action at the Trimet board meeting? NOPE!
Was there any coverage of OPAL's excellent presentation to the board of directors regarding the Trimet budget? NOPE.

The news is what the media decides is news, the rest you don't get to know.

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.
Marshall McLuhan

Transportation Tension

Portland Mercury

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Daimler exits transit bus market, End of Orions

punkrawker

Good timelapse of Portland

Finding Portland on Vimeo

Loram Rail Grinder on Tri-Met MAX tracks

http://youtu.be/HjU0MHukHqw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIiHpX4yZ2k
Rail grinding | MAX FAQs

A legend in his own time-Herb Hansen

I ran into the Sultan of Smooth this afternoon at GTC 

WAITING IN LINE FOR A PLACE AT THE TABLE-OCCUPY TRIMET

YouTube

OPALS BUDGET MAKES MORE SENSE THAN TRIMETS BUDGET

And just think, not one of the people that worked on the OPAL budget made a six figure salary with golden parachute!

Click Here!

Bostonians know how to do a demonstration

MBTA riders interrupt Mass. House budget debate - CBS News

Ministry of Propaganda

TriMet: Pedestrian Network Analysis Project

Bruce Warner says nice things about Trimet operators

YouTube (This guys is so smooth its scary)

We're #10! We're #10!

Study Ranks Transit Systems Of Major U.S. Cities - MarketWatch

Battle over light rail hits close to home

Click here!

Mcfarlane says Trimet has won 12 out of 17 Unfair Labor Practices

YouTube

OPAL member explains price elasticity

YouTube

Does TRIMET keep stats on this?

TTC had 8,000 bus delays in March | Posted Toronto | National Post

Lloyd Center Max Platform

YouTube

Tri-Met to use condemnation muscle for Mystery Train

BOJACK

Another one bites the dust

broken down 20 brought into Powell - YouTube

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Best Yard sign on the 81

BACK WHEN TRUCKS WERE TRUCKS AND IOWA WAS PROUD OF ITS CORN



A Ghost WES Train in Beaverton


OPAL MEMBERS ADDRESS THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND PRESENT AN ALTERNATIVE BUDGET

OPAL Releases Alternative Proposal for TriMet Budget

Portland Transport

John Charles says TriMet can't do everything at once

YouTube

Bruce Peek says do some fact checking!

YouTube

Lisa Huffman asks for help settling the First Transit Dispute

YouTube

Cameron Johnson at the April 2012 Trimet Board of Directors meeting

YouTube

Michael Levine makes a startling announcement

Michael Levine says he is not going to boa…
 Michael Levine at the April 2012 board m…

Trimet operators of the year

  • Bus Operator of the Year: Jacklyn Oswald
    Jacklyn Oswald, of Northwest Portland, is a Master Operator and has 11 years of Safe Driver Awards. She’s been with TriMet since 1989 and prefers working evening shifts so she can spend days with her children.
  • MAX Operator of the Year: Andrew Hicks
    Andrew Hicks, of Northeast Portland, has been at TriMet since 2006, and operating MAX trains since 2008. He is a Senior Operator, has earned five Safe Driver Awards as well as six Superior Performance Awards.
  • Part-time Bus Operator of the Year: Hallie Fowlkes
    Hallie Fowlkes, of Portland, will celebrate her fifth year at TriMet this September. She drives buses on lines 8, 12, 44, 70, 85 and 94. Fowlkes has achieved three Safe Driver Awards and has three years of perfect attendance.

Campaigning re:retirees ATU 757

No candidates will be allowed to speak about their campaign at the Retirees Chapter meeting until after nominations on May 20th.
Once you are an official nominee, you may meet with the ATU Retiree Chapter Executive Board to seek that body's endorsement for the position. The Executive Board meets on May 30th at 10:00 a.m. Please contact the Retirees' Financial Secretary, Virginia Carlyle at and request to be placed on the Executive Board's agenda.
Once you have become an official nominee, you may also speak about your campaign at the ATU Retiree Chapter meeting which will be on June 6, 2012. To do so, you must contact the Retirees' Financial Secretary, Virginia Carlyle at and request to be placed on the agenda for the Chapter meeting.
Please remember that Retiree members are only allowed to vote on the three top Union positions of President, Vice President and Financial Secretary. Therefore, only candidates for those three positions will be allowed to speak.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation in this matter.
Bill Wimmer
President
ATU Retiree Chapter

Something very familiar in the historic video

QTC Garage 1981 - Ikarus test - Orange Yellow Splendor - YouTube

Occupy Portland's People's Microphone shows up unannounced at TriMet fare hike hearing

OPAL VALIANTLY FIGHTS THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST IMPOSSIBLE ODDS

Hector's testimony: "People of Color are disproportionately transit-dependent, and disproportionately bus riders. It also means that POC are more likely to be two-zone single-fare riders, which is the group that will experience the largest fare increase under TriMet’s proposal. It also means that as bus service continues to be cut, POC are impacted the most because they will experience more missed connections due to a greater transfer rate.

UNION OFFICER ELECTION RULES

CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

JACKIE OSWALD IS THIS YEARS TRIMET DRIVER OF THE YEAR


THIS IS THE 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRIMET HORROR CRASH

TRIMET HORROR BUS CRASH BLOG

Dan Christensen did an excellent video analysis of this crash HERE!

Good comment on the budget at Portland Transport

I visited the SMART terminus at the Wilsonville end of WES today and saw posters forthrightly stating that only registered service dogs were allowed on SMART buses; companion animals offering psychological support are not compliant with American with Disabilities Act standards and are forbidden.
Is there a line item in TriMet's budget to enforce stated policy that pets aboard must be in cages? On the 77 out by Edgefield yesterday a couple of old drunks got on with some sort of big mongrel Doberman cross--I felt sorry for the dog!
I have seen dogs with their dirty behinds plastered on seats where people are supposed to sit, and smelled others wafting various stinks and allergies. Further malign influences are easily imagined.
Operators give the impression that they do not like such boarders, but TriMet refuses to back them up. I spoke with TriMet about it a while back, but they intended to do nothing.
Maybe they should just charge the critters a separate fare; that would make it a budget item.

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The curse

These are popular at the Powell garage

Make sure you return your dependent verification form! GET PROOF LIKE THIS!

http://youtu.be/w-XeIy6qoNY

DAVE STUBBLEFIELD PHOTO'S

CLICK HERE!

Not a good day to be a MAX rider-eyewitness

one lady said she was on max from 510 to 630 just from downtown to btc

MITT RIDES THE BUS


Testimony at tomorrows board meeting

There are some elements of the proposed budget that move TriMet in the right direction. I support the proposals to eliminate the free-rail zone and reduce streetcar funding. Rail passengers have been coddled for far too long and these changes will require them to finally put some skin in the game.
Notwithstanding this progress, the budget overall has serious problems that the Board needs to address. The first is the assumption that management will win its protracted dispute with the ATU. Management has been forecasting this outcome for years, and has consistently been wrong. Examples of past predictions include the following:
  • TriMet press release, April 13, 2011: “The FY2012 budget assumes that a new Working and Wage Agreement with the ATU has benefits more in line with peer agencies, and consistent with those contained in TriMet’s July 2010 Final Offer.”
TriMet FY 2012 budget message, July 2011: “A critically important assumption upon which TriMet’s financial forecast and the FY 12 Adopted Budget are based is that TriMet enters into a Working and Wage Agreement WWA) with the Amalgamated Transit Union, probably through the binding arbitration process, and that the wages and benefits are consistent with those contained in TriMet’s July 2010 Final Offer….”
Read the rest of the article HERE!