Saturday, May 26, 2012
Operator stated that the passenger boarded at 15th and Fremont going south, passenger chose not to sit down and was standing. As the bus pulled away from the service stop the passenger lost her balance and fell into the stanchion bar and fell on an off duty bus operator. Operator said he and others asked if she was okay and she repeatedly stated she was fine, However as the bus pulled into 5th and Davis NW. passenger started complaining of pain in her left shoulder and arm was tingling, at that point dispatch was notified and medical was called. Passenger was transported by AMR 335 to good samaritan.
I responded to bus to remove intoxicated sleeper from the bus as he appeared to be without a destination. Operator had been unable to arouse him. Initially he failed to respond to me attempts to wake him up. After several attempts I nudged his foot with my foot and he came up screaming at me. He was in my face and very threatening. I immediately called for police assistance and ordered him off the bus. He spat at my feet in an attempt to intimidate me. After several requests to deboard he did so. As he was walking away from the bus, he crawled into my vehicle in an attempt to steal something from the car. I commanded him to exit the car but was unclear if he had retrieved anything. I followed him at a distance of 1 1/2 blocks opposite side of street to maintain his location for police. Police responded but were unable to locate him.
As I was leaving the garage and heading home, I felt extreme pain and stiffness in my right knee. I apparently twisted it as I deboarded bus. Injury reported 9/7 to
I was asked to respond due to a report of cell phone use while driving. Met Operator XX at 82d/Powell. She denied using cell phone which is on silent and in her purse. I actually reviewed her recent call list and there was no call at that time. Only calls were 3:27p before her shift starts and a missed call at 5:39. She stated that passenger was upset with her over something unrelated and that is what may have generated complaint. I discussed with her the serious nature of using her cell phone and she is in complete agreement and is not taking calls while operating the bus.
TriMet: Line 19-Woodstock/Glisan on Reroute for Memorial Day
Operator observed smoking at door of bus at Tigard TC. I approached the operator to confirm that he was smoking. He cupped his cigarette in the palm of his hand to conceal it from me. I asked him if he was smoking and he admitted it. I advised that he knew the rules and that passengers are being cited and fined $175 for smoking. He started to walk away from me and I asked him to come over to discuss it with me. He never did put the cigarette out. I advised him that I was going to write him up. His response "You have fun doing that" and walked away.
Published: Monday, June 28, 2010, 12:40 PM Updated: Monday, June 28, 2010, 3:37 PM
Joseph Rose, The Oregonian
TriMet says it will change its policy for bus drivers and MAX operators who operate transit-related blogs, prohibiting them from
recording videos while on the job.
The latest restriction to TriMet's ever-evolving policy for operators who blog comes after a week of back-and-forth between driver Al
Margulies and readers of the Bike Portland blog over a video that he filmed while driving a bus.
Training Supervisor observed operator embracing a passenger on his deadhead. I was asked to confirm whether or not operator had friends or family on his bus with him. I observed 2 persons on bus with operator on his deadhead at W Burnside and SW 2nd Ave. I met with operator at 5th/Morrison. He confirmed that wife and daughter had been on his bus but they deboarded in the CBD to shop. I reinstructed operator regarding expectations.
Friday, May 25, 2012
I pretty much have the same issues that everybody else has about the Hienzman/Hunt ticket.
But I do have to defend the both of them on one respect, THEY HAVE GOTTEN US A PRETTY DECENT CONTRACT up to now.
And if they win the arbitration, then they have proven to have outfoxed the Trimet management.
That is not something to be ashamed of, that is a big deal.
Trimet over the airwaves-May 21/22-9pm-12:51pm
Trimet over the airwaves May 23/24-7:22pm-1:20pm
Trimet over the airwaves May 24/25-1:20pm/1:02am
Trimet over the airwaves May 22/23-12:51pm-7:22pm
Trimet over the airwaves May 25-1:02am-11:54am
There was a hiring freeze and voluntary leaves?
During that period people were retiring, getting fired, and quitting.
Now they are on a hiring binge and they can't quite catch up!
So what changed so drastically in those last 2 years?
Or was it all a bluff to scare the union employees and now they beg to get operators to fill runs?
There was never any explanation on why such a drastic turn of events.
anyone else wonder how poorly did the Human resources job interviewer
do their job that hired Ron Heintzman at the MV property that their
campaign is claiming as Rons ATU employer. I can imagine the interview
in my Mind.
HR INTERVIEWER: Mr Heintzman you seem to have not
have put anything on your job application about past work history what
have you been doing for work for the past twenty five years.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Every single conversation that I had with with everyone during my work shift is in a library of audio tapes in my possession.
Towards the end of my employment I was called into the office for 'not calling stops' and given a warning.
It was said on the "Stalinist" report that I called NO STOPS.
(Trimet has adopted the techniques of Josef Stalin by using First Transit 'spies' that masquerade as passengers and make anonymous complaints that were taken as gospel that drivers could not see or dispute)
I checked that days tape and could prove it was a lie.
Of course Trimet rules prohibited drivers from audio or video recording riders/drivers without their express permission. (Trimet records everything without permission)
So I couldn't roll out my evidence to prove my innocence. I got the hint though, the management had gone to the length of manufacturing bogus complaints on me, which means they wanted me out.
Hence on my 58th birthday I obliged them.
I didn't go to their parties or participate in their little events because I knew they were phony.
They didn't like me and I didn't like them. The management has turned unethical since Mcfarlane (thinking he is the "new sheriff in town") took over the operation.
The only good thing about working at Trimet from my point of view, if you can actually take the abuse for 10 years or more, you can make some money and get a small pension with benefits. (for now)
I would recommend to any Trimet employee working directly with the public to take steps to protect themselves since the company refuses to to do anything to protect their employees.
The irony of my resignation, I was one of the best operators they had. Stellar safety record and almost no complaints and none about me personally.
I listen to the dispatch channel on my scanner now and can really see how good I really was.
As in most organizations with incompetent management, they tend to chase the competent employees right out of their organizations.
Siemens Receives $73 M Light Rail Vehicle Order From Portland's TriMet -- ATLANTA, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
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"!