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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The streetcar goes over the Broadway Bridge

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RUSSIA TAKES OVER #2 SPOT

Readership last week

Here is an actual supervisory report about ME! (they had the wrong driver btw)


Someone had called 911 to report an operator that they believed was driving while under the influence.  The person said it was a line 58 heading to Beaverton TC.  However, the only 58 still out at the time had just left BTC heading to Portland.  Police did not feel the complaint was credible, but myself and unit 9115 still met with the operator.

THE ADVENTURE TRULY BEGINS

Starting next week I will be out exploring the parts of the transit system that I never experienced during my career at Trimet.
I will also be re-discovering some of the early days of my career, back when I was doing crush loads and running extremely late.
Of course I will be taking along my trustee video camera to capture all the excitement.


And now I do it as a CITIZEN, no more disciplinary letters will be forthcoming.


This will be an interesting chapter in my life in Portland. I'm here for quite awhile it seems.
As long as I'm around, I might as well continue my hobby, TRANSIT BLOGGING. 
Now I can do it from the other point of view.
Since there are so many new drivers, I'm hoping I won't be recognized.
Most drivers may have heard of me somewhere, but they do not recognize me when they see me if they don't know me.
That has been my experience as an employee anyway, I surely do not want to be recognized as I prowl the transit system.

WHY DID I REALLY LEAVE?

What you see in this post is the letter that disciplined me for doing things that are totally legal for average citizens and furthermore I was actually told by a former executive that I could do this activity. This was the actual beginning of the end of my career at Trimet. As you can see from the date of this letter, it took less than a year and a half to actually see me leave. I'm sure the managers are quite happy to be rid of me.
That was probably the intent all along, hence I really wanted to avoid them on my way out of here.

IN OTHER NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF TRANSIT

Augusta transit workers' health insurance reinstated | The Augusta Chronicle
 Rise in transit worker assaults prompts summit seeking solutions | The New York World
 Police: Teen struck by transit bus in Vegas - My News 3 - KSNV, Las Vegas, NV
 Seven pedestrian accidents in just four hours | Herald Sun
 Oklahoma boy, 5, falls from moving school bus | NewsOK.com
 Clara Tsao: What's It Like to Be a City Bus Driver?
 Claiborne County bus driver attacked at bus stop - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS
 Two Port Authority drivers hurt in separate incidents - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

MORE IRONY

Saturday will be my 15 year anniversary.
Sunday will be my one day full time. (taking floater for it)
And then Monday I retire!

My last video as a Trimet employee

MY LAST VISIT TO CENTER STREET GARAGE - YouTube

OPAL continues being upbeat-despite Trimet managment throwing out their proposals

Dear AL,

There are rare moments when power shifts. It’s rarely captured on television, and sometimes not even recognized by the people in the room, but history has shown that significant change can happen based on the actions of small groups of people speaking truth to power—and then organizing in larger numbers so their truth cannot be ignored.

The complete and total failure of government supplied transit

For public transit, the recession’s still not over - The Washington Post

"Nice" "Sweet"

Real Trimet incident reports!

Remember the baby bus driver?

It just so happens that we have the supervisory report on that incident

BRITISH BUS DRIVERS TREATED AS SECOND CLASS TRANSIT WORKERS-JUST LIKE PORTLAND BUS DRIVERS!

Thousands of London drivers have threatened to strike over the Olympics unless they get bonus payments like their tube and rail counterparts. (What did I say about a light rail strike bringing terror into the heart of the Portland elites?)

London bus drivers threaten strikes during the Olympics - Telegraph

Check the rat!

TRIMET LOCKS ME OUT 4 DAYS BEFORE MY (official) RETIREMENT?

What is it that they are scared of anyway?

Trimet lift strike coverage makes it around the US

 TriMet lift operators strike over wages -

Trimet rebellion

Petitioner challenges city of Sherwood in court over rail transit initiative | OregonLive.com

TRIMET DISPATCH LIVE (when available)

RIGHT THIS WAY!

Comments: re shiny budget presentation

"TriMet's fare model was recently favorably reviewed by CH2M Hill"

1. Of COURSE it was, that's where Neil's crony David Knowles is from, going back to the "Tale of Two TriMet" speeches a few months ago.
2. WTF do I care what CH2M Hill thinks is favorable? TriMet's fare model might be unfavorably reviewed by Burger King, is that relevant?

NO MORE MOVIES FROM INSIDE THE GULAG FROM AL M

BUT WE STILL GOT STEVE FUNG'S MOVIE OF THE WEEK!

Michael Anderson clarifies

TRIMET BUDGET CRISIS UPDATE

Driver comments

they spend more time cleaning max platforms !...If they would even use a quarter ofthat time doing buses we might have a half way clean bus!

Message from ATU International President Larry Hanley

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mcfarlane addresses the board on the strike

HERE!

Michael Anderson responds to Trimet budget presentation


WHO'S GONNA PAY?

I had an interesting talk with Jeff Ackerson this afternoon who informed me of the sad state of affairs surrounding our grievance/arbitration process.
From what I was hearing it appears that each one of these arbitrations between management and employees gets very costly, so costly that the union may be in the red up to $1,000,000 when its all accounted for. So the next question is who's gonna pony up for that?
I bet ya its the members that will have to pay for it. 
In any event  the candidates for ATU president need to start addressing this issue!

Mchuff knows everything

For example today he informed me that I had not followed the HR policy regarding retirement procedure. (since when do i follow hr stuff?)
Of course I had no idea what he was talking about so he proceeded to show me the HR section which specified that I was to give the station manager 60 days notice of retirement.
I didn't have a clue about that, I just went straight to the woman who does the retirements Windy Graham, who proceeded to basically handle the entire thing for me.
He also informed me that by not going through the procedure I had forfeited a $200 gift certificate from Freddies.
They should donate that to the rescue mission for me if that is indeed true.
I also could have gotten a clock, oh well, I got 1,000+ live video to which I can remember my times at trimet.

Mcfarlanes shiny presentation to the board today

Located here!

Every bus drivers nightmare come true

Bus driver who hit student will likely have ticket dismissed

HOW WE COULD WIN A STRIKE-IN 1-2 DAYS

All that needs to happen is for the LIGHT RAIL/STREET CAR operators walk off the job and the strike would be over that quickly.

One day of no light rail would send this city into massive convulsions to which they would immediately succumb.

My Nomination for Warrior of the Month

            This week,I relieve Bud Erland's #15 at 82nd and Stark @ 1:38pm.As you can see,he is a big Red Sox fan.What is incredible is that he walks from his house everyday to catch the 1st southbound Greenline train to 98th and Powell Blvd for his 5:28am sign in.That means that he is out of his Mt.Tabor home at 4am for his walk to the Division Street rail platform which takes a little under an hour.

THE LIFT STRIKE VIDEO


What is Federal regulation 13-C?

Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

Striking TriMet Drivers Named This Rat After Neil McFarlane

Click Here!

 Transit Workers Back After Short Strike · OPB News

"Passenger answers the radio"

 Real incident reports from Trimet supervisors
I received a call from Dispatch to go and see 1434 which was stopped at the first stop on the Hawthorne bridge west bound. They were concerned that a passenger had answered the radio and told them the operator was helping the passengers exit through one of the emergency windows.    I arrived at 5:53pm and talked with the operator.  What had happened was the doors wouldn't open to let a passenger exit.  She tried pushing on the doors to no avail.  She then left the bus to do a battery reset which didn't help plus now she finds herself locked outside of the bus with all of her passengers inside. One of the passengers opened the emergency window and they all started climbing out the window.  The operator was holding the window and helping people out making sure no one got hurt.  That is when one of the passengers answered the radio.  With everyone off the bus the driver climbed into the bus and called Dispatch.  Dispatch told her to try the butterfly button which she did and it fixed the problem.
The operator finished her shift and was told to see her station manager before  her next shift.

"Get out of my face"

 Real incident reports from Trimet drivers
The incident was reported as an antifreeze spill blocking the intersection of SW Greenburg Rd and SW Main ST in Tigard @ Pacific Hwy, a 6-lane arterial. When I arrived at 1:35, I found the bus on Main St blocking 1 lane of travel at a bus stop not an intersection; no 4-way flashers, no triangles, no garbage can to contain the spill. He was sitting in the shelter eating. I instructed the driver that it is his responsibility to relay accurate information to dispatch and to implement proper/appropriate safety protocol which he failed to do.  He responded with "Get out of my face.  I don't want to talk to you"

Its official

ATU president Jon Hunt's statement to the press

First Transit
First Transit Strike Press Conference Speech
By Jonathan Hunt, President
Thank you for coming out today and showing your support. My name is Jonathan Hunt and I am the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757. We represent the dedicated workers who transport the elderly and disabled in Multnomah and Washington counties.

Mcfarlanes gambit

Ignorance and greed, Mcfarlane's greatest ally.
Most TriMet driver's know very little about LIFT drivers and virtually nothing about the issues affecting them that will ultimately affect themselves.
Trimet has all of its workforce working like dogs but making pretty good money in the process.
My personal opinion is that Mcfarlane is playing a gambit that he thinks he will win if he sees it through.
The lack of solidarity at TriMet is pretty obvious, there are even anti union employees who belong to the union.
I've said it a thousand times, don't ever underestimate the executive management, these are highly intelligent very skilled people.
I am sure they have investigated all the potential outcomes.
Mcfarlane has the support of his board and the governor, those are the people he answers too, nobody else.
He suspects that most operators don't really care about any of it.
He's probably right, I hate to admit that, but that is what I see after years of watching Trimet employees and managers.

The quickest strike in history

TriMet Lift operators suspend strike, head back to bargaining table | OregonLive.com

STRIKE IS OVER?


WHAT DO FIRST TRANSIT DRIVERS FACE?

First Transit underbid MV 2 MILLION dollars to get Reg 1's contract away from them (MV). When MV had Reg 1, they didn't have the problems that have arisen since First transit took over for them. The driver's had decent health coverage w/out paying out the ass for it like they do now.
My wife's CO-PAY for a dr visit is $277.00!! That is the co-pay with First Transit's insurance that they offer. While fixed route driver's have one of the best health care packages in the country, para-transit drivers do not get the benefits of the same union, let alone their employer. So, I do blame first transit for some of this. The union doesn't have to take care of the drivers like they do their own because it is SUB-CONTRACTED out to another company. Sorry, but no one should be paying $277 for a damn co-pay for a dr. visit. We sure cannot afford it, could you?

ATU ANNOUNCES STRIKE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2012
Contact: Jonathan Hunt
(503) 232-9144
TriMet elderly and disabled transit operators on strike
Bus operators who operate the elderly and disabled transportation service for TriMet in Multnomah and Washington Counties went on strike this morning after negotiations and mediation that began in February 2010 failed to produce a new agreement. The operators, who are employed by the foreign company First Transit, Inc. under contract with TriMet, are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757. Pickets start going up this morning at the TriMet administration building located at 4012 SE 17th Avenue, Portland.

Michael Levine on the lift problems

TriMet once again discriminates by actions against people with disabilities...
TriMet is in violation of the ADA on several fronts. First, the ADA is clear that paratransit rides cannot be prioritized; fact the ADA is clear that TriMet cannot even ask the purpose of a ride, thus the prioritizing TriMet is doing is in conflict with two guidelines not meeting the minimum standard of the ADA.

THE WAR HAS COME HOME

If there was ever a time for Trimet employees to come out from behind your own selfish self interest this is it!
SUPPORT YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER TRANSIT WORKERS AT LIFT!
NO MORE RDO!
NO MORE BUS TRADES!
IF YOUR FEELING EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BIT UNWELL SICK OUT!

TRIMET LIFT ON STRIKE! MCFARLANE GETS WHAT HE WANTS FOR ALL OF TRIMET

“The general manager of TriMet can stop all of this,” Hunt said in a phone interview from a picket line in front of the agency's Southeast Portland headquarters. “But he has decided to withhold service from the most vulnerable rather than going to arbitration to deal with these issues.”

JOE ROSE HERE!

Light-rail funding plan not settled; C-Tran fares to rise

The Columbian

Two injured after car crashes into bus in SE Portland

OregonLive.com

LIFT DRIVERS ON STRIKE!!!!!!

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The union for bus drivers who serve elderly and disabled passengers in Oregon's Multnomah and Washington counties has announced a strike.
The drivers work for First Transit, under contract with TriMet.
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 says pickets went up Wednesday morning at the TriMet administration building in Portland.
The union says more than two years of negotiations have failed to produce a new labor agreement.
The union represents 270 drivers who provide door-to-door bus service for passengers with

 SAN ANTONIO NEWS
 MIAMI HERALD
The Washington Post
Bradenton Herald
KEYC - Mankato New
Business wire ...
The Olympian
KOAM TV 7 Joplin and Pittsburg
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune ...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

WHAT ABOUT THE PUBLIC RECORDING OPERATORS?

FAQ:Controlling operator driving distractions (SOP B812)
by Jessica Bucciarelli — last modified Sep 22, 2010 01:36 PM
Text of document issued 9/21/10 by the Operations Division

CLASSIC MOMENTS FROM RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER

I SET OFF THE SILENT ALARM+CREATE A DISRESPECTFUL WORKPLACE (for myself)
 IF YOU SEE THIS ON THE BDS YOU HAVE SET OFF THE SILENT ALARM

CLASSIC MOMENTS FROM THE RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER

Al Margulies: Train Wreck

Whatever MAX rider did this, fuck you. : Portland

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UNION REPORTS

CLICK HERE!

OPAL Releases Alternative Proposal for TriMet Budget (Updated)

Portland Transport
(My comment ended up in their spam folder so I'll make it here)

The MCFUHER speaks to his troops

I need to ask 1743 of you to do something fairly simple and very important over the next few months. Look in your mail at home for an envelope from TriMet. We’ve hired an outside company called Mercer to conduct a “dependent eligibility audit”—which means documenting that everybody who gets health insurance through TriMet is eligible to do so. In the envelope you’ll find a letter from me, a list of dependent eligibility requirements, and a short form that lists who’s on your medical/dental plan. It’s simple – if you have someone on your health insurance plan that shouldn’t be there – take them off.

What I really object too

An accident just occurred on the east side where a car blew right through a stop sign and smashed into the side of a bus.
There were two witnesses to this event in two separate vehicles, one of which was a police officer.
The accident has nothing to do with the Trimet operator, completely non avoidable, yet this operator is going in for a drug test!
WHY?

A TALE OF TWO TRIMET'S (based on Mr Mcfarlanes tale)


A tale of two TriMets
One of the Trimet’s is staffed by people who get up and go to sleep at all hours of the day and night.

They work outside in all sorts of conditions, the wet, the cold, the  hot and even the icy.

Bus driver who died chased teen who took cash


What's It Like to Be a City Bus Driver?

And its not much different right here in Portland:
It never occurred to me that a job as simple as driving a bus would require so much abuse, leadership and complexity. Incidents like these are one of the reasons why I avoid taking the bus whenever possible. The first time I boarded a public bus in Los Angeles, I found myself trapped next to a homeless man who carried four bags of decaying trash along for the ride. He had snuck on the bus through the back exit and had refused to leave, despite multiple requests from the driver to "please pay your fare or exit the bus." The stench was so unbearable that I found myself heaving over a trashcan after getting off. When this driver threatened to call the police, the man shrugged off the threat. He intuitively knew that the bus driver would not congest the entire bus line to wait for "the po po" to arrive.

 Clara Tsao: What's It Like to Be a City Bus Driver?

Some bus drivers take right-of-way rule a little too far

Story Here!

Transit executives gone wild

Taxpayer money intended for Roanoke's bus system was spent by its general manager on cigars, golf fees, restaurant meals, beer and wine, federal prosecutors allege.
Dave Morgan, who no longer heads Valley Metro, was charged in documents unsealed Monday with stealing or converting government money.

 Former Valley Metro manager charged with improper spending - Roanoke.com

I really don't get it

When something happens on the train or a road, the 'authorities' always choose to shut down everything to 'investigate'.
Why the hell don't they just remove the body, let the trains run or keep the road open, then do their silly investigation?
Why does the general public have to pay every time there is some sort of incident?
It's not like the 'authorities' actually care about the dead guy in the street or MAX tracks.

WE LOVE IT!

Green line hits pedestrian

A 19-year old man was struck by a MAX Green Line train in Southeast Portland early Monday afternoon when he ignored a warning horn.

"He was trying to beat the train," said Paul Corah, Portland Fire & Rescue public information officer. "The train won."

The operator was pulling to the end of the Southeast Divison Street platform just after 1 p.m. and sounded a warning horn, said Mary Fetsch, the agency's public information officer. The train was moving at a "slow speed," she said, but the man continued on his way.

Corah said the man, who was dragged about 90 feet down the track, was taken to the hospital. His name and condition have not been released.
 Man hit by MAX train in Southeast Portland | OregonLive.com

Do Tri-Met bus cuts violate your civil rights?

BOJACK.ORG

THIS IS WHAT I HAD TO LOOK FORWARD TO AS A FULL TIME DRIVER

MONDAY
Drive a 77 from 6:42am-1:12pm/come back and drive 32 from 3:37pm-7:49pm/ That's 13 hours total

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY OFF WORK


THURSDAY
Drive a 16 from 5:12am-9:20am/come back and drive an 8 from 11:42am-6:20pm/ That's another 13 hours total

FRIDAY
Drive a 14 from 5:13am-9:27am/ come back and drive a 35 from 12:41pm-6:33pm/ Another 13 hours total

SATURDAY
Drive a 70 and a 75 from 5:47pm-1:55am/ about 8 hours total

SUNDAY
Drive a 6 from 5:19pm-1:28am/ about 8 hours total

So according to TRIMET i am supposed to work till 1:28am Sunday and go back to work 6:42am Monday?

Ya that's what I call safe and one heck of a healthy life style, no thanks.

Monday, May 7, 2012

THE IRONY OF IT ALL!

Maybe I am a little weird, but I do enjoy listening in to the dispatch control center when I can.
To me its entertainment beyond any book, any movie, any lecture.
I myself can't believe how much I enjoy it.
Maybe its because I know exactly how it feels to be in the shoes of these operators and know many of the people that I hear.
I'm completely fascinated by it, its strange.
And the irony is they tried so hard to stop me from doing it.
If they had just let me continue seeing the acid reports none of this dispatch stuff would have even happened. But they shut down my access to the incident reports, hence I started looking for new ways to see what was going on out here.
I knew things were a mess out there.
I gotta tell ya though, its a bigger mess out there than I imagined.

Trimet activist HB

Mr. Hunt,
I want to congratulate you on single handedly destroying what little faith “we” have in your leadership. You’ve had done something that management “expected” you to do, “sell “us” out. In your latest “lay-down” tactic, you’ve compromised “our” position, now, and for “our” future. In your time since the contract expired, here is what “you’ve” accomplished:
· A lawsuit for unfair labor practice, success, ultimately what will this mean? Who knows?
· Informationals, failed, many times over.
· Challenge Trimet, in board meetings, failure, many times over.
· NOTHING ELSE, of any consequence.
Trimet doesn’t need to do a thing. They already know that you will implode. While you are using the same old augments, they laugh at every attempt you make to disrupt their process. As a leader, you have totally failed all those that put any type of faith in your administration. All the tough talk that I had heard from you and the other paid employee was nice to hear, but ultimately when the going got tough, your administration laid down, sad.

Trimet's budget is bigger than the City of Portland's budget

 TriMet actually has a slightly larger annual budget than the city of Portland.  That means that McFarland and his merry band of sock puppets control more public funds than Mayor Sam and the commissioners.  And guess who is elected, and who is not?
Mayor Sam Adams' final budget props up schools, protects public safety | OregonLive.com
 TriMet: News Release - TriMet faces budget shortfall for FY2013

Temperature Rising..Fever is High

                                    
                                            240 degrees.Water boils at 212 .
                                                Click here for video!

People are being very unforgiving to bus drivers these days

‘Tony Q69’ fliers plastered throughout Queens bus route, slam driver - NYPOST.com

Bobby Kennedy speaks at Pioneer Square about the coal industry

Click Here!

I ran into Jefferson Smith at the Kennedy speech

I wanted to ask him about some of his traffic problems as reported by blogger Jack Bogdanski, (Smith blew off court dates for speeding) his response is  HERE!

How can anybody deny that this shows some serious problems in judgement?

EUROPE TURNS LEFT!

Political change sweeps Europe - Ben White and Seung Min Kim - POLITICO.com

Former Sunset Empire Transit District director indicted

Story here!

@trimet I think a fare inspector should accept this, particularly in the event of validator broken.

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Not all tweets are bad-via TriMet

Seen and Heard: $300,000 savings, a dance flashmob, and the Triforce symbol? « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

DRIVER SITES MY NAME AND ELLEN FOX'S NAME OVER DISPATCH

Driver has refused to allow a citizen to film her or the bus stating that all members of the public must have written permission from Trimet in order to film. She gave me and Ellen Fox as the case study in the communication.
THAT IS WRONG FOLKS!
DISPATCH DID NOT CORRECT HER!
Employees are prohibited from filming each other or the public without 'express' permission.
The public can do whatever they want. (one of the reasons I am leaving Trimet, I want my civil rights back)

Rush hour trippers

MAX FAQs

Sunday, May 6, 2012

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER BLOG

DOG SHIT BUS DRIVER SPEAKS!

GREAT MOMENTS FROM THE RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER BLOG

It turns out that this woman ended up being one of the major influences in the safety changes!

CLICK HERE!


CONFESSIONS OF A SOON TO BE RETIRED BUS DRIVER

I never made any mom fold up her stroller! Once in a while I would mention it or ask that they go as far back as possible with it but I never made an issue about it. And I always felt guilty if the mom started messing with it.These poor moms are trying to survive on our crappy bus system as it is, I had no intention of making their lives more miserable.
The idea that the stroller is going to go flying through the windshield would require a moron behind the wheel of the bus. I never had one incident with a baby stroller going anywhere while the bus was in operation.

CONFESSIONS OF A SOON TO BE RETIRED TRIMET BUS DRIVER

I always let bicycles come inside the bus if there was room.
If the bus was once an hour I made room for bicycles to come inside the bus.
The idea that a bicycle can turn into a flying projectile is absurd and you'd have to be a idiot bus driver to make that happen!

Why Do People Hate Trimet? 79% People Do (326 opinions)

Click Here!

Friday, May 4, 2012

The health survey

ALAN EISENBERG

Executive facilities

Gateway Transit you have to stand in leaking sewage to go to the bathroom, no heat in the bathroom, no hot water, it stinks the minute you walk in the door and the microwave is so dirty I think things are growing in it. And TriMet calls this a break room

Creative use of strapping tape


There is an apparent big air leak in an 18 year old Gillig that I drove today with the "multi-directional venting system". Make lemonade out of lemons.A previous driver obviously had enough.

We love the Streetcar!!

S.W. Naito Parkway & Harrison Street, approximately 11:45 AM Friday May 4, 2012.

Elderly woman falls on streetcar after riders refuse to give up seat

KATU.COM

A few of the people that have influenced my life in the last 15 years


It's stacking up out there

When you finally get to retirement

You'll find the people that are working in the office dealing with all the retirement issues are extremely nice and helpful.

Most everybody I met working in the offices of Trimet were very nice people, at least to my face.

I never had a problem with any particular manager, on a personal level that is.
The station managers and the assistant station managers were basically following orders from above, that means Shelly or Hayden.

Even the 67 running with large loads these days

New flyer warning

The International has received a request from Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB, for information on health issues connected with New Flyer buses.
Local 1505 bus operators are experiencing an irritant that affects their ability to drive. This symptom bothers the sinuses to the point where it is hard to breath and causes nausea.
If your local has experienced these or other problems with the New Flyer buses, please contact Local 1505. They are particularly interested to know if anyone was able to find the source of the problem and what, if anything, can be done about it.
If you answer directly to Local 1505, please copy lhanley@atu.org and the ATU Canadian Council (director@atucanada.ca) so that we may keep this information on file.

Why we need to fight for our HEALTH INSURANCE

 Driving a Bus is Harzardous to Your Health
Chronic work-related diseases are hard to see just by looking at someone. Take your local bus driver, for example. Recent innovative research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that bus drivers and other "passenger transit workers" suffer greater rates of illness than workers in many other industries and occupations. Transit work is one of the top three jobs in which you face the highest risk of contracting 10 common diseases. Job-related hazards also contribute to the fact that these workers have 120% above the average rate for 9 chronic diseases.

MICHAEL MOORE SINGS "THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN"


Click here to listen

Thursday, May 3, 2012

COMMENTS

Just finished your latest "rant' on your blog.  Great Post!

Have you noticed that being a bus driver is a form of punishment at TriMet?  I don't know what the situation was with Gail in which she was no longer the drug test lady, but she wasn't terminated, she became a bus operator.

Steve Gxxxxxxxx wasn't fired for his alleged sexual harassment, he became a bus operator.


And let's not forget about our friends at light rail, if you screw up there, guess what happens?  You go back to driving a bus.

And for further punishment, if you are full time, they force you to work overtime since there are few 8 hour runs available.


Management sure has high regards for what we do.  (or in your case, what you used to do)

Anybody seen this guys resume

The "Director of Diversity" had never had a job before this one

Trimet budget crisis update

Hiring the following:
Accounting Manager
Communication Specialist
Construction System Safety Specialist
Manager, Customer Information
Senior Budget & Forecasting Analyst
Part-time Bus Operator
Property Acquisition & Relocation Specialist
Senior HRIS Analyst
Systems Engineer II - Linux/Unix Server
Training Supervisor, Rail Transportation

NOTICE

I have just  been informed by one of my more reliable pals that it is not necessary to work my "one day full time". I still have my birthday and floaters even though Trimet rips off its part time employees by taking away their time off in order to take the "promotion" (from my point of view its a promotion to the end of a reasonable life style) My new plan is to use my birthday (alternate) and not work the one day of hell.


The truth is I never really fit into the Trimet culture, I was definitely Trimet counter culture.
Being treated as chattel as a number and not a human being is not something that I take well to. I knew immediately after undergoing the brutal 'line training' that full time here was not something I would ever be,  the brutality of driving a bus for 12 hours is not something I imagined even existed!


I maintained my sanity and my individuality through my blogging and writing.

This is what TRIMET does nowadays-providing actual transit is last on its list of priorities

Job Title: Communications Specialist
Salary: $3,749.33 – $5,624.33 Monthly
$44,992.00 – $67,492.00 Annually
Job Type: Non-Union Regular Full-Time

710 NE Holladay, Portland, Oregon
This position reports to the Project Communications Manager in the Capital Projects Division. Provide communication support to the Capital Projects Division with an emphasis on designing and editing communication materials, including but not limited to PowerPoint presentations, graphics, reports and signage, as well as execution of agency tours and event assistance,

Charges dismissed in TriMet passenger attack

NWCN.com Washington - Oregon - Idaho

Portland Transport

MaxRedline

WILL TRIMET EVER JOIN THE MODERN WORLD?

Do Honor Systems on Mass Transit Work Better in Smaller Cities? - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

The truth about bus drivers

(from a text conversation)

more friends from the 57..haha

Boy they already celebrating. I would be too if I was a bus rider

haha..they sick of those drivvers out there

They should be
(there is an ocean of difference between the drivers that care and the ones that don't care)

Trimet ALWAYS has the money for the things the management wants

Some interesting ads to get people to ride the bus

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) "Ride The Bus" 1993 TV Ad - YouTube
 How To Ride The Bus - Valley Metro Notes - YouTube
 B-Line Bus Ad - Jingle - YouTube
 SamTrans - Go Where You Wanna Go - YouTube

Trimet can only dream of commuter rail ridership like this

What's it like to take the train from Secaucus to New York Penn Station - YouTube

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

Click Here

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