Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Trimet made if clear to Larry that the district can get sued due to his actions, he was instructed to never attempt to intervene again.
Trimet drivers are supposed to call dispatch and report incidents such as the one that made headlines.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tax money spent on these salaries, etc. for this morning's @pmlrproject fed full-funding agreement party at river: FTA Admin Peter Rogoff ..— Joseph Rose (@pdxcommute) May 22, 2012
US Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, @MayorSam Adams, ODOT Director Matt Garrett, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette ...— Joseph Rose (@pdxcommute) May 22, 2012
Clackamas CountyChair Charlotte Lehan, @TriMet GM Neil McFarlane, City of Milwaukie rep, numerous unnamed PIO's and staff.— Joseph Rose (@pdxcommute) May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The incident happened about 9:10 a.m. at Santa Monica Boulevard and West Knoll Drive.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Mike Parker Tweeted at 11:11 a.m. that a bus passenger fatally shot a Metro Los Angeles bus operator.
A suspect has been detained, Parker Tweeted.
Metro spokesman Rick Jager said the bus driver died at 9:30 a.m. at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
“From our perspective we are very concerned about this incident,” Jager told City News Service. “It is a very highly-unusual situation. “Our CEO went to the scene to express his condolences. We are very concerned about our fellow employees.”
During the June 13 meeting, the Board will hold the second reading of the proposed fare increase and service change ordinances that if approved, would take effect in September. The Board will also consider for adoption the agency's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I can't take anymore
They're both off the bus and calling 911
Bee swarm at 43&Broadway
Transit cop says turn this bag into a supervisor
Leonard almost runs the light
Man upset at driver due to crosswalk incident
Rider throwing sunflower seeds all over the floort
Smelly passenger allowed to stay
Smelly passenger asked to leave
(Even the arbitrator is skeptical of Trimet funding projections. We all know they lie, which is why McFührer is so intent on using propaganda in order to distort the public's view on the matter)
First of all, while I can't confirm that it is a TriMet employee(s) doing this there is ball-point pen graffiti repeatedly showing up on the walls in both restrooms. These restrooms are accessible with our key and to the best of my knowledge we are the main users of this facility. I have observed graffiti referencing internal TriMet matters in the past so I am suspicious that a/some employees may be writing on the walls.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Rather than the one really long episode they are broken down into segments. As with all my material most of it is boring, but there are some real gems within the body of these movies.
TRIMET MANAGEMENT-be advised that this is PROPRIETARY MATERIAL WHICH I HOLD COPYRIGHT TOO! You do not have permission to use it in any sort of disciplinary procedure. If I want to make a complaint with MY MATERIAL I will. You do not have my permission to use it against anyone, ever!
Trimet adventures-episode 1-part 1-Downtown Portland
TRIMET ADVENTURES-episode 1-part 2-on the bus 54
Trimet adventures-episode 1-part 3-where's Norman?
Trimet adventures-episode 1-part 4-back on the 54
Trimet adventures-episode 1-part 5-on the MAX again then the 48 bus
Trimet adventures-episode 1-part 6-running into Big Bird and riding the MAX home
"Is TriMet about to drive over a cliff?"): Though a minority of TriMet employees (management) and The Oregonian have enormous access to the public, the majority of TriMet employees, the union members, have hardly any access.
I'm a bus rider. I've talked to some of the drivers, and there is more to this issue than has been reported by TriMet management or The Oregonian. As a public organization in a democratic society, TriMet should feature the union side of the story on its website, next to the management's story. TriMet has done a great job of organizing hearings where the public can comment on fare increases and schedule changes. We need forums where management, union members and the public can express their opinions and listen to each other. Maybe that will help resolve the issue.
How about it, TriMet management?
PORTLAND, Ore. – Commuters using C-Tran buses can rest easier on the ride home. After a frantic few days, the agency said it has replaced nearly 600 bus tires that were recalled.
Michelin recalled nearly 78,000 tires last month. The company said "faulty casings" were prone to a "loss of integrity."
@AndWorse: @trimet Would you happen to know why the bus shelter at SW Barbur & Bertha was removed, please? Is this permanent?
@trimet: @AndWorse The shelter in front of Fred Meyer was removed during construction of the store and some work on the street.
@trimet: @AndWorse It should be replaced next week.
Why you may ask?
Because I was witness to too many incorrect transfers being given out to riders.
Incorrect day codes, incorrect times, incorrect zones.
The amount of operator errors is much larger than people think.
As far as the MAX tickets, I could not read them.
It would require me having each passenger stop, hold it close, and have me read it.
I also did not see the difference between the passes and the tickets.
They all looked the same.
I really felt that riders get a bad deal from Trimet.
They deal with broken fare machines, incorrect transfers given by operators, and fare boxes that don't count correctly.
Because of all this mess with the Trimet fare system, I only pretended to check the fares.
I was happy to give Trimet riders a break.
Only in the very beginning of my employment with Trimet did I take the fare system seriously. After a couple of years I learned it was a joke and a rip off for Trimet riders.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
It's not laziness that prompted me to do that.
I gave out the ALL ZONES for a couple of reasons, first of all, and most importantly, the fare boxes were wrong.
Somebody would put in 2 one dollar bills and several coins.
The counter would show $2.25, I would give them a 2 zone transfer.
2 minutes after they sat down another quarter would drop through the fare box.
I had one too many incidents of this probably 3 years into my working at Trimet.
The benefit of the doubt always goes to the riders.
In regards to the 2 hour transfer.
How could Trimet management justify (of course I know they don't justify anything because they don't have too) giving a rider who lives on a route that gets once an hour service a one hour transfer when other riders live in areas that have 3-4 buses an hour get the same deal?
How is that transit equity?
I implemented OPAL's campaign for a fair transfer before OPAL suggested it.
(you have power when you are a bus driver)
The counterintuitive result is that cities that are doing well economically are able to pay for improved transit services whereas those with many economic problems — the ones where transit is often needed most — are left to cut operations dramatically. Thus regional inequities are reinforced.
The Economic Crisis Rolls on in Cities like Pittsburgh « The Transport Politic
"I have six sisters and daughters, man," he said. "I'd want someone to stop if that was one of my daughters being attacked."
TriMet driver comes to rescue of woman being beaten along Southeast Portland traffic ramp | OregonLive.com
When A rider put his monthly pass into the fare box (because most UP TO DATE transit systems have passengers SWIPE passes into a reader) the rider accidentally put his pass into the cash side of the fare box.
Most drivers would have explained the procedure for dealing with the bureaucracy and let the riders deal with it themselves, THIS DRIVER got out of his bus, went over to the MAX vending machine, and bought the rider a new pass.
The driver had to deal with the bureaucracy to get the money back, and it was quite an ordeal I understand.
That is remarkable, and I know of very few drivers would would do such an act of kindness for a stranger.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I now have the ability to act as a normal citizen of this 'free' country.
One of the most surprising experiences of my 15 year career at Trimet was the fact that I actually had to give up my civil rights as a citizen to work there!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Bus drivers’ union for TriMet LIFT program & First Transit Inc. reach tentative agreement following strike.— KOIN Local 6 (@KOINLocal6) May 14, 2012
TriMet Lift operators get tentative contract deal in wage dispute | OregonLive.com
Sunday, May 13, 2012
This was a 2 hour incident that was painstakingly edited myself so you can 'hear' the whole incident in format that is useable.
By Al M
I've been removed from Trimet History. My name is not listed as changing to full time, making 15 years as an employee, or retiring, alas, I have achieved the ultimate status, complete removal from TriMet history! I had actually achieved a ...
RANTINGS OF A TRIMESS BUS DRIVER
I had actually achieved a TRIFECTA, Saturday was my 15 year anniversary, Sunday was my full time status, and Monday I was retired. I should have made all three headings, "changes", "milestones" and "retired"!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Anyway just like Mchuff said I can get a $200 gift certificate and a clock or a tower!
I told her to give my gift certificate to the Portland Rescue Mission and can't decide whether to get a clock or a tower?
Decisions decisions, what ever will I do?
TriMet ridership continues to rise | TriMet Media
WES- 1700 weekday riders...divided by 32 trains (8 trains in each direction morning and afternoon, 16 morning and 16 evening trains)...
Average of 53 riders per train. That's impressive - FOR A BUS.
Lately TriMet/P&W has been running all trains as two-car trains. So...each "train" (car) has 80 seats, so 160 seats for a two car train. That's an average of...33% load factor per train!
What's worse...each Colorado Railcar DMU has three engines - two just to move the train, one for onboard electric (HVAC). Each bus has...well, one engine. The engines on the WES train I believe are 600 horsepower; on a bus it's closer to 300.
So TriMet is burning fuel for up to six engines to run at one time...for 53 riders? (And it takes two employees versus the one bus driver...)
I forgot, rail is ALWAYS more efficient...ALWAYS.(via Erik H)
Stacy and Witbeck | MOWAT are seeking Sub-Contractor Bids for ...
Stacy and Witbeck | MOWAT are seeking Sub-Contractor Bids for TriMet – Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Project-West Segment. Bids are due June 1, 2012 at ...
Thursday, May 10, 2012
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.
That was probably the intent all along, hence I really wanted to avoid them on my way out of here.
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
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.
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?)
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
@APMargulies The part about them being legally obligated to keep paying for Streetcar.— Michael Andersen (@PortlandAfoot) May 10, 2012
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.
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.
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"
First Transit Strike Press Conference Speech
By Jonathan Hunt, President
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.