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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Professional: TriMet union presidential candidate Ron Heintzman

Portland Afoot

This boat held up all the traffic on the steel bridge


MAX drivers in love

damnportlanders: Scene in Portland

Transit fares from around the world


Direct action report

The only thing accurate about this was the description of the operator-the whole complaint is bogus:

You think your going to influence government policy?

Ya right: County attorneys: Ballot measure does not apply to MAX project
             Clackamas County to voters: Take this ballot measure and shove it (Jack Bog's Blog)

A rather interesting side note to the Walker election

The Workhorse: TriMet union presidential candidate Bruce Hansen

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/06/the-workhorse-trimet-union-presidential-candidate-bruce-hansen/

Trolley men


Does Trimet really pay out more in benefits than wages?

But she also pointed out that "fringe benefits" includes a number of different categories: medical coverage, disability payments, workers comp and unemployment, time off and some others.
It’s unlikely the average person would consider payouts to workers comp and unemployment coverage to be benefits in the traditional sense. They’re not the sort of thing you negotiate before taking a job -- they’re the cost of being an employer.
 Mary King, a professor of economics at Portland State University, said lumping those sorts of costs in with this discussion may be misleading. "I think it's really a huge red herring to start talking about what TriMet might be paying for past employees," she said. "That's an attempt to make it look like they're paying a lot."
Read the rest of the article HERE!

Trimet gives Seimens the contract and Siemens lays off workers

Two weeks after light-rail deal, Siemens announces Sacramento plant layoffs - Business - The Sacramento Bee

GOOD BUS CRASH VIDEO


DISPATCH UPDATE

June 5-12:08am-2:30pm

At least TRIMET is not SEPTA!


Trimet hate

http://amplicate.com/hate/trimet

The behind-the-scenes scramble to run TriMet’s union

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/06/introducing-our-june-cover-story-the-behind-the-scenes-scramble-to-run-trimets-union/

The Reformer: TriMet union presidential candidate Tom Horton

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/06/the-reformer-trimet-union-presidential-candidate-tom-horton/

CLASSIC TWEETS

Geeze  there are two 12s back to back 4th and Caruthers? Is this the operational plan, two buses every 30 minutes on   all routes??

Prosecutors not to charge C-Tran bus driver

Click Here!

VERY ENTERTAINING ARTICLE ON RIDING TRIMET

Yoes!
 Hey internets™, its been a few days. With the term wrapping up and Velo plans taking form it’s been busy!
 As you may know I am forming a project to show how one person can change there lives with a Human Powered Vehicle, and while I get the nessary funds and what not, I am taking my bike everywhere. When my bike has issues (which it always seems to have) I go by bus! This week alone I’ve gone by bus quiet a bit and I can say that I am fucking done exposing myself to this greener, albeit disturbing form of transportation. Don’t get me wrong Trimet, you do provide a vaulable service but is it worth the cost of a ticket? Lets take a look!

ATTENTION ATU 757 MEMBERS

If you haven't joined THIS site yet now is the time to do it!
More than 450 members of ATU 757 have joined this Facebook hosted site.
If you need more information or want to join contact  Dee Williams

Portland's 2012 STARLIGHT PARADE!

Watch a float break down right on the MAX tracks

Monday, June 4, 2012

Trimet after action report-starlight

Trains being held for what was to be just a fun run and not timed event.  Officer’s stating it was not in their orders to bump trains; my understanding was they were going to be informed they would bump through the run. This caused issues on trains away from platforms.

Sunday morning incident

A man fell asleep/passed out at the 60th MAX station who had a dog. The dog was roaming around the platform.
Control/operator was concerned that the dog was going to get hit so they sent a supervisor check on the man.
The dog got on the train and traveled to 82nd avenue where the supervisor attempted to get it off.
However the dog was uncooperative being away from its owner.
They got the dog on another train going back to 60th ave.
By that time the man had woken up and had taken off down the tracks looking for the dog,
The supervisor went down the tracks and found the man, dog in tow.
Police came on another train and got off where the man was and arrested him.
The supervisor returned to the vehicle at 82nd avenue and found the windows shattered, glass all over the street.
Items were stolen from the vehicle.

Trimet personnel get ready for parade


Trimet's $155k man riding a Segway during the starlight parade?

Harry Sapporta

Just look at the amount of OVERTIME Trimet hands out


WHY IS TRIMET BACKPEDALING ON BUSES ON THE NEW BRIDGE?

Why is the word POTENTIAL in there now?
http://trimet.org/pdfs/pm/Fact-sheets-timelines/PMLR-Bridge-Fact-Sheet-August2011.pdf

JUST WAIT TILL THE DEMISE OF FARE LESS SQUARE

Ending fare less square for buses has propelled MAX's ridership figures, which are now  flattened out.
The 'reconfiguration' of the bus service will 'force' some people onto the MAX, for example after September there will no now way down the length of the transit mall except by MAX from NW Portland., which is absurd in my opinion.

AFTER ALL THE 'SAFETY' NONSENSE ACCIDENT RATE STAYS THE SAME


MONTH AFTER MONTH WE SEE TRIMET DOING BETTER THAN THEY PROJECTED

Yet they continue telling the public there is a problem?

coming to Trimet

At Sunday's Charter meeting we got to hear about the new buses, interesting to learn there are 2 Hidden Camera's... full audio, both can be Live Streamed. Glad Bruce Hansen mentioned how we must revisit the policy... I know C-Tran has this system and allot of the drivers like the security it provides. what do you think?
 My comment~~> live streamed? what's wrong with that? there are many more instances of passengers abusing bus drivers than bus drivers screwing up...i personally think this sort of thing is to the benefit of drivers.... and i've was pushing for audio for a long time because video without audio only tells one side of the story-take a look at the baby bus driver incident-if the public could have heard that baby screaming it might have had a different outcome-and then there is the bogus 'you didnt call your stops' baloney-those of us that were calling our stops still got accused of not calling stops-with audio that can no longer happen

CLASSIC TWEETS

Dispatch update

June 3/4-4:52pm-11:42am

Unbelievable-NY's MTA actually posts it's board meetings

Not the super secret TRIMET, no sir, nothing comes from them except the stuff they want us to hear:
http://www.youtube.com/user/mtainfo/feed

Trimet activist HB

I want to warn you about voter suppression. What I mean about this is that these elections “are” rigged.

Stories from around the world

MBTA riders bracing for hikes
Very good article about transit ticket machines
Movie that might be worth seeing
HANGZHOU, June 4 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese bus driver has been conferred the honorary title of "revolutionary martyr" for sacrificing his own life to save 24 of his passengers.

Parting gifts



Classic tweets


Obviously its the price of gas that is increasing ridership on transit

Doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Nobody really wants to take public transit, its slow, not always reliable, and has some very unpleasant citizens to deal with. But as everything in our lives, its all about the money. Trimet fares are among the highest in the USA but an all day pass is just a little more than a gallon of gas. Trimet is competitive where it counts, cost! Ironically, just when American's need it the most-public transit is being dismantled by years of failed Federal policies, such as allowing a 1 1/2 billion dollar transfer from bus service to rail service right here at Trimet for the mystery train at the same time Trimet is pleading poverty. Insanity is the rule when it comes to our government.

Trimet managers create chaos


Bojack's cost saving idea for Trimet

http://bojack.org/2012/06/moneysaving_idea_for_trimet.html

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Latest dispatch updates

June 1/2-11:34pm-1:58pm
June 1/2-1:58pm-11:13pm
June 3-9:56am-4:27pm

Big Pink (trolley(bus))


Sunset TC starting to look like a European train station


Non-Standard TriMet logo on a MAX train


Dispatch highlights

Grabbed the phone and hauled ass
Woman falls out of her wheelchair
Leonard needs lunch
Paranoid nation-supervisor gets it
Woman falls hits her head and lays in the middle of the street
operator has had enough
Fight starts on the bus
Bee swarm on the loose
Man that smells allowed to ride
Leonard part 3
10 cents creates incident
Leonard
Man is angry with operator
Loenard
Man stinks and can't ride the bus
Spitting sunflower seeds all over the floor 1 day 21 hours ago
Transit officer tells bus driver to take this bag to supervisor
Tire is flapping around

China hails bus driver who saved passengers

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/02/4534631/china-hails-bus-driver-who-saved.html

Safety is a value? MY ASS


New Driver Training Class

                                         21 students in the latest TriMet Class

Appreciation for running a bus system.


What, did you really think I had something that came from TriMet?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

COME TO THE NEXT BOARD MEETING-ALAN EISENBERG AND MYSELF WILL BE THERE!


This is the most creative item in this years union election

Dispatch updates

June 1-11:32am-7:31pm
June 1/2-11:34pm-1:58pm

Not enough trains

Supervisory reports:

Too bad I missed this

Bus transfer printers are scheduled to be up and running June 17, 2013. The ability to print out durable, legible transfers on buses will help standardize proof of payment between bus and rail. The printers are being manufactured by INIT, which is also the vendor for the new CAD/AVL system. As soon as February 2013, printers should be arriving for field testing.

TRIMET BUDGET CRISIS UPDATE


The headache is about to start

Due to PMLR construction, all modes of northbound traffic will be detoured away from Powell overpass for about a year, starting 6/15/12.

MY PICKS FOR ATU LEADERSHIP

I am no where near as critical as some of our members are of our current president, Jonathan Hunt.
From my point of view Jon has done a pretty decent job leading in the midst  of the world wide attack against union labor. When you watch Jonathan conduct a union meeting you have to respect the man and his abilities. He is a brilliant man no doubt.
The current contract we are working with is a good one, with decent pay and benefits.
Mr Hunt and Mr Heintzman have done an excellent job of negotiating our contracts. I congratulate both of them for the excellent work.
But I cannot wrap my mind around voting for Heitzman/Hunt ticket for one reason, they have been in charge too long.
Mr Heintzman, after his tumultuous tenure at the international, thinks he can just walk in and take over at 757 again?
How can I possibly support that at this point in our history.
We do need a change, and this would be a good time to move in that direction.

BRUCE HANSEN PRESIDENT
With that in mind I support BRUCE HANSEN FOR PRESIDENT. I think that Tom Horton has some excellent ideas and the intelligence to pull off the presidency, but he has no real exposure to current union affairs and I feel that there needs to be some current experience with union affairs.


Mr Hansen has been involved with union affairs and vociferously defended me personally while I was working at Trimet so I know the man well. He is a man that can be trusted.

MICHAEL CONNER VICE PRESIDENT
The choices for VP are a little more muddled, both Jay Frye and Mike Connor seem well qualified to be Vice President.  But Mr Connor has been part of the union and I remember reading his articles in the labor press and was very impressed by this man. Therefore he is my pick for Vice President.



Now the treasurer was somewhat of a quandary.  I was not very happy with the work of our current treasurer. But as time went on I think she started growing into the job. And I was very impressed how she handled being sidelined by Jon. She has been through the school of hard knocks and deserves another term in my opinion. I will be voting for Evette Farra for treasurer.

EVETTE FARRA

BRUCE PEEK DROPS OUT OF RACE FOR VP-ENDORSES MIKE CONNER

Bruce Peek says vote Mike Conner
Michael Connor (left)

Friday, June 1, 2012

The damn ticket machines

really? you want me to pay with coins? : Portland

Classic tweets

Nice article about Trimet lost and found

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2012/06/lose_your_phone_your_sleeping.html

Thanks to Greg Larson for being one of the good guys

Decisions Decisions



Pathetic

Trimet cancelled the first 48 of the morning today.
Imagine being one of those people waiting out there to get to work at 5 in the morning, and no bus is going to show up.
Unreal, how can Mcfarlane keep his job when his agency is in such shambles.

Dispatch doing a lot of begging lately-part 2

http://youtu.be/YSW7Zk6RL1g

DISPATCH DOING A LOT OF BEGGING LATELY

http://youtu.be/jRFZoFxGmo0

THESE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS


A ride with Trimet operator Tom L


You think driving a bus at Trimet is not so hot?

You could be driving a bus HERE!

Portland pensioner injured in second bus fall

Click Here!

WES makes it to a wall in Ohio

Photo: Amid billowing steam, TriMet’s WES train chugs into romantic Ohio mural | Portland Afoot

A few of the classic dispatch clips

Man is talking to himself and bike rack is smashed
A loud boom and big clunk
Merlo Mars
3 youths giving driver a hard time
Silent alarm set off by accident
Woman is scared of man
Shut up and drive the bus

Another TRIMET ICONIC DRIVER retires

Carl Douglas aka "CD"

The original contract document-pgs 1-10


I return to the Beaverton Transit Center


Trimet dispatch update

May 31/June1- 10:30pm-11:30am:

Riding with Merlo Mars-part 3



Trimet IPhone bandit arrested

CORRECTION: 16-Year-Old Arrested for iPhone Robberies on TriMet - 06/01/12 
Original headline was incorrect, subject is 16 years old. 

Seattle light rail train slices Mountain Dew truck in half

http://yfrog.com/kkv4rrxj

Stories you may have missed

BIG NEWS! TRIMET GETS MY DISPATCH LIBRARY PULLED
A ride on Portland's historic trolley with classic Trimet operator Neil Berlin
BRUCE PEEK PICKETED THE OREGONIAN TODAY
ATU Presidential Candidate Tom Horton

Pathetic managers keep heading Trimet over the cliff

There is a severe driver shortage, Every day I listen to the dispatchers begging and cajoling drivers to work extra.
I continue getting reports of cancelled runs because there are insufficient drivers, but hey
lets all celebrate because trimet is getting a new HR Business Partner!
How wonderful that Mcfarlane has his priorities so damn straight!

Live report-Trimess is a mess

i guess..the run i relief didnt go out until 900 am..i know people were pissed that goes out at 435 am..not enuff drivers

There are transit systems and then there are TRANSIT SYSTEMS

CTA driving toward a like-new bus fleet - chicagotribune.com

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Deutschland takes back #2

Weekly readership

Some guys handle this job better than others

http://www.theskanner.com/article/Willie-Jack-TriMet-Master-Operator-2012-05-31

Dispatch updates

May 31-11:50am-3:56pm

Seen on bus 72 today


Some info

1.The Unfair Labor Practice for TriMet Employees concerning COLA’s (cost of living adjustment) was settled and the Union won.
2.The COLA adjustments will be received retroactive calculating from 6/1/2011, 12/1/2011 & 6/1/2012. These are the scheduled dates that you should have received your COLA increases but did not, these are guaranteed wages that you will receive in your pay check.
3.TriMet’s current Arbitration is complete; Ron Heintzman was the expert witness for the union. Since Ron was one of the people who wrote the contract he was able to bring information to the proceeding and make it clear as to the intention of the Labor Contract Language. The decision for TriMet arbitration is expected on or before July 31, 2012.
4.The new contract negotiations for TriMet will begin in August, as the current contract (decided by the arbitrator), will expire in November

JUST FOUND OUT ONE OF THE GREATEST GUYS AT TRIMET HAS RETIRED

Mort Shabazi

Missed this

Transit GIS Clearinghouse Webinar – OTP and Its Deployment at TriMet » Transit GIS Clearinghouse

ATU CAMPAIGN LITERATURE


Another new executive joins McFührer, who knows what this guy will be up too...


The Labor Relations and Human Resources Division welcomes Barry Chapman, who starts today as HR Business Partner supporting Operations and Safety. Barry has an extensive background in Human Resources leadership roles and a particularly strong knowledge of transportation operations. As we restructure Human Resources, Barry also will supervise our dedicated recruiter for Operations, Carol Crossen.

RIDING WITH MERLO MARS-2 parts


Timbers report

Real Trimet supervisory reports:

Trains are screwed up due to police

Real Trimet supervisory reports:

Rock and roll marathon reports

Real Trimet supervisory reports:

Elderly man almost gets hit by MAX


TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS 'RETREAT' AND NEXT GENERAL MEETING LOCATION

TriMet: Board of Directors Meetings

Another dispatch update-(lotsa action lately)

May 31-11:50am-3:56pm

I have the original contract and there are discrepencies


THERE IS A MAJOR DISCREPENCY ON THE OLD CONTRACT AGREED AND TODAY'S REALITY

Take a good look at this clause. Why is this not allowed when the contract states it should be allowed?


Our "old" contract-original version-summary


Dispatch update

May 30/31-11:38pm-11:45am

Clackamas bus driver attacked by student

kgw.com Portland

Disabled woman misses bus and ends up disappeared

Woman still missing after call from Portland bus stop - Koinlocal6.com

CLASSIC TWEETS




The Newbie

TriMet Diaries

NOW PAY UP! AND WE MEAN BUSINESS!

Milwaukie, county search for light rail bucks
“Paralyze resistance with persistence”

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MAY 30-6:36PM-11:24PM

Dispatch updates:

Europe really going for electric buses and trucks

Photo Release -- Valence Partnership With PVI Boosts Electric Truck and Bus Sales in Europe - MarketWatch

FIRST TRANSIT NIGHTMARE

Union grievances escalate against ECAT management firm | Pensacola News Journal | pnj.com

TRIMET PISSED OFF LOTS OF PEOPLE TODAY

Do they care? Of course not!
Check my Twitter Feed!

CLASSIC TWEETS

Here are some of the classic dispatch videos

If you haven't heard this great clips I encourage you to do it quickly before Trimet finds yet another way to shut me down:

Bunch of old clips that I just dug up

http://youtu.be/gMAW743JyEY
http://youtu.be/4WG1FiyCHQM
http://youtu.be/J9NOsGdhWOo
http://youtu.be/QvKRvLkl5Vs
http://youtu.be/6cedgCooqxU
http://youtu.be/wQUqp8ikp4E
http://youtu.be/c9py8iGgE1s
http://youtu.be/fnA9PfHh7bA
http://youtu.be/OYoiuJ8OTjc
 http://youtu.be/rMzLE0PGjaA
http://youtu.be/uiS5qeqJE7w 
http://youtu.be/B-S8U5_R6pU 

May 29/30-11:53pm-6:32pm

Dispatch update

Searching around my internet domains

I have more blogs and internet sites than you can shake a stick at, after getting my dispatch library deleted I started tracking down some of these old sites, I found this movie which was taken inside a nursing home, still give me the creeps to watch it. This poor woman was hollering and hollering for her pillow and nobody came to her aid until I did.

My Turn: MAX Orange Line will bring safety, traffic, parking issues to Milwaukie

Ed Zumwalt

Oregonian editorial board-so progressive-so unlike Portland itself

MAX line beating untangled | OregonLive.com

Some more lovely dispatch updates

May 29-7:16pm/11:48pm
rider hits the bus 3 times
I'm at the end of my rope and won't talk about it because people are listening
Everybody off and I'm not talking about it
Processing Man falls over after getting off bus

DISPATCH UPDATE

 MAY 28/29-9:26PM-11:26AM
Saturday may 26-4pm

BIG NEWS! TRIMET GETS MY DISPATCH LIBRARY PULLED

YouTube, which is always VERY RISKY TO USE, and I know that from experience, has cancelled my dispatch library account. Hopefully the people that were enjoying it enjoyed it while it lasted.
I'm almost 100% sure that it was Trimet that got this action to happen, using "trademark infringement" as the issue, even though it was clearly stated in the title of the site that it was the unofficial call center site.  The people that were interested in the  material had already heard it anyway, so its not big deal in reality.
I listen to things once only myself.


BE NOT DESPAIRED! I AM NEVER DESPAIRED AT THEIR ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE DISSENT!
I'll come up with something else, in the meantime you can still enjoy dispatch calls live:
http://t.co/iH3DnrY1

Song for Trimet management

I signed up for this

Kick Ass Oregon History Portland Bar Double Decker Bus Tour | orhistory.com
(last I looked there were 2 seats left)

3 teens, mom sentenced in YouTube Green Line MAX beating

OregonLive.com

I rode for three days and 242 miles on public transit. Here’s who I met.

Willamette Week

Shit hole called Trimess

 Live from the field:

bus overhead reads one thing on inside and something different on outside.....

mic doesnt work!..

let me tell u..i am NOT gonna holler all day! They can kiss off!


the bus was so filthy coulldnt even see out windshield..

operaor thre transfers all down by seat!..

shit it just goes on and on here

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

LACMTA: No more honor system

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57441686/los-angeles-ending-metro-ticket-honor-system/


Now, with 85 miles of track and 170,000 riders, the board of the county's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has voted to make the system work like it does in every other big city by approving locking gates.
Riders have previously been expected to have a ticket, and faced a $250 fine if caught without one. Tickets will now have transponders and riders will scan them to open gates.
"The honor system hasn't worked," said Los Angeles County supervisor and MTA board member Zev Yaroslavsky. "I don't know of any major metropolitan transit agency in the world that does this."

44 to Pier Park gets better service on Sunday than the Weekdays


Weekday / Sunday

Investigating a dispatch call-lady that pooped her pants


Location where all the big shots gave themselves that party


CLASSIC TWEETS

We need this sort of investigation on Trimet

http://t.co/I9B4nClY

What Trimet needs to do with these old piece of shit buses


DIRECTLY FROM ATU PRESIDENT JONATHAN HUNT


I asked Jon the  following question: 
Rumor is that you want to use any back pay received from Trimet (COLA'S, Health) for union purposes.


Jonathan's response:
That is an absolute false rumor! No way Shape or form! 
It's all campaign lies

Riding Trimet-Leonard part 3


Conversation with disability advocate Michael Levine-part 3


CLASSIC TWEETS

Portland's got a lot more transit than just TriMet

HERE!

Portland, OR: LRT is so cost-ineffective, unable to operate at promised frequencies

SkyTrain for Surrey

Direct from the field

wouldnt iit be great if this of piece ofshit place to work could give u good equipment to drive?..i know an odd request!...spend all kinds of money elsewhere!
no headlights!...tried everything!..i will call when i roll out of here!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mother, daughter who held down and slugged TriMet passengers were treated rudely and shoved as they lashed out

OregonLive.com

A ride on Portland's historic trolley with classic Trimet operator Neil Berlin


DO YOU REMEMBER THIS LITTLE TOE TAPPER FROM YOUR YOUTH?


Rock and Roll marathon

Real Trimet supervisory reports:

Rock and Roll marathon

Real Trimet supervisory reports


I was the only roomer for the event and was very busy, I think that we need more than I roomer for the event. There were long delays for the buses in many of the bump-through. The reroute for the line 14 were confusing to the drivers and passengers. And the report time should have been 5am and not 5:30am. 

Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Real Trimet supervisory reports

Cirque du Soleil presents OVO

Real Trimet supervisory reports
TVM machines were not in good working order.
 
One TVM was “Out of Service” and the other was barely working.  People had to wait in a long line to buy a fare and missed a train they could have easily been on.  We may get several complaints about the operational issues of our TVM machines.  Both should have been in good working order for the event.