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Saturday, June 16, 2012

McFührer's tricks

Having watch McFüher since the day he got here, I am pretty sure he is setting up a major showdown with the unionized employees.


For example he is well aware that more 1/2 the bus drivers are new, less than 5 years. I would imagine that all these new drivers are "happy to have a job" with decent pay and whatever benefits he wants to give them. These newbies are not likely to shake the boat.


He has made the rest of us miserable for a reason, he wants all the seasoned employees out of here because he knows we won't put up with his nonsense.


This sets up a scenario where the majority of employees are all newbies who most likely will be to scared to strike.
McFührer then breaks the union and achieves the goal. He will be worshiped as a hero to the executive class

"The ends justify the means"

GIVE US BACK THE RIGHT TO STRIKE

Let the citizens of greater Portland see who is is that actually runs this transit system!

It would be better to let TriMet employees go on strike

SAM HAS HAD ENOUGH


SUPERVISORY REPORTS


THE HEADACHE BEGINS


TRIMET BULLSHIT

After extensive outreach my ass!

TriMet Rail Operators Golf Tournament Winners Circle


Trimet dispatch update

JUNE 14/16-11:01PM-12:36AM

Public testimony lambastes the sock puppets

More citizens wasting their time at the sock puppets meeting. I congratulate them for trying though

Readership last week



Slow, Whiny Bus Passengers

I, Anonymous

Bye Bye Advantis CU Building

Advantis building available until June 14, 2012
Posted by Kellie Randall at May 16, 2012 12:00 AM | Permalink
This is in preparation for the planned July 1 demolition of the
building in conjunction with PMLR construction along 17th Avenue.

Beginning June 14, the Advantis building and conference room will no
longer be available. Staff who use the building for meetings and
trainings have been advised to make alternate arrangements.

Between when the space is no longer available and the proposed
demolition date, there are some items that will be removed and some
asbestos safety precautions that will take place. The Portland Fire
Department will also be conducting some emergency training in the
space.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK TONIGHT


Friday, June 15, 2012

Trimet is hurting for drivers

Quite funny because I know some very qualified people who have applied at Trimet and never get called back. What is it they are looking for?
TriMet: Attend a TriMet Information Session

Steve STEVE SCHOPP never has a problem speaking his mind

And the fact that he is right on each of his points means nothing to the Trimet board of sock puppets

Jim Howell says Trimet is doing it all wrong

This man (former Trimet employee) has been studying transit issues in Portland since the 1970's

Tom Horton's comment on the union election

Let me be clear: The margin of President-Elect Hansen's victory over former incumbent Heintzman was all of 242 votes. Many of us have identified Mr. Heintzman as perpetuating the exclusive and secretive culture of our union's leadership history. Mr. Heintzman is responsible for gerrymandering our local and wasting the majority votes of my TriMet brothers and sisters.
I entered this race very late compared to President-Elect Hansen's announcement last fall. Since February 14th, I was able to raise a few hundred dollars and still fewer volunteers. My campaign simply ran out of funds. Once Ron Heintzman entered the competition on Nomination Day, my position became clear--split the votes, or be the "spoiler" for either one or the other.
I will contend that President-Elect Hansen won his narrow victory because of the positions he and I share about the established incumbency created by Former President Heintzman. I got, "Clobbered," NOT because of the ideals an principles I espoused in my campaign, but rather for want of funding and organization.
If I had elected to spend my own money on campaign posters, buttons, and junk mailings, like many candidates did, President-Elect Hansen's supporters would be calling me more names than just, "SPOILER!"
From Portland Afoot

John Charles may be no friend of the public sector employee

But he sure understands the issues regarding the light rail expansion

Mcfarlane tells us about his $111 million dollar bond


Will TriMet’s new union leader be able to defend its workers’ benefits?

Portland Afoot

Mary Fetsch spotted in Google Maps Street View

BRUCE HANSEN WINS ATU PRESIDENCY

 Last time Bruce lost by 250-this time he won by 250 (aprox)
Jon Hunt gets VP/ Longoria gets treasurer
http://atu757.org/results2012.pdf


Funny that Trimet gives out its data for free-but everything else COSTS BIG $

Open Data for transportation at Trimet : an example to follow! - My Opinions

FEMALE BUS DRIVER GETS IN TROUBLE FOR NO REASON

Drunken, racist rant rocks bus riders

Research contradicts the Trimet model

Reason Foundation - Surface Transportation Innovations #104

Interesting comments

The culture and ethic of leadership within the organization has degraded to a level we never would have thought possible.

TriMet never intended to amend nor consider Opal's budget proposal. That became clear as
soon as Neil began his GM report.
The Board's action to transfer 1 million to "low income riders" was a planned placeholder and only marginalized poor people even more.
Opal did not want nor did they ever ask for funds to help "poor people." They and their work was focused on retaining affordable, stable and equitable bus/rail services for AlL PEOPLE.

Opal urged greater transparency and inclusiveness from TriMet and continuously stated their willingness to partner with TriMet to achieve those goals, together.

Neil wants to and will build new train systems. To achieve that, he surrounds himself with unqualified Operations managers that don't have the capacity nor abily to think on their own. He hires new Directors (with questionable or no resumes) to deal with the stuff he cannot..those Union workers and a labor contract that is getting in his way.
Neil and his management team choose to use the media to discuss the labor dispute which placed every front line worker in a vulnerable and difficult position with their riders and the public.
Neil and his management team broke the law; not once but twice.
TriMet has lost the very core of what it once was..an agency that was committed to upholding delivery of safe and reliable transit service to every citizen. An agency that valued and deeply respected it's workforce.

Opal members and ATU employees deserve appreciation for their courage and tenacity.

Bus Riders Unite! Rally for Fair Trimet Fares

Read Here!

CLASSIC TWEETS

If your using Trimet on the WEST SIDE you should complete this survey

Here!

TriMet budget adopted: Will cuts and fare hikes lead to more bike use?

BikePortland.org

Who Gets TriMet's $1 Million Fund for Low-Income Riders?

Willamette Week

RENOWNED BLOGGER JACK BOGDANSKI SAYS TRIMET HAS ENTERED 'THE DEATH SPRIAL"

Seems like a pretty good prediction to me.
Read his post HERE!
Definition of the death spiral is HERE!

IT TURNS OUT THAT BRUCE WARNER HAS A REPUTATION

Is the PDC a gigantic waste of money? (Jack Bog's Blog)

"WE SPOKE TRUTH TO POWER"

Read here!
We EXPOSED TriMet, once and for all, as an unaccountable, disconnected agency that lacks transparency and opportunities for meaningful participation. Over the past six months, we have given TriMet every opportunity to act equitably and to meaningfully consider the ideas and needs of transit riders in their budgeting process. Yesterday's meeting was confirmation that the board is not responsive riders' needs, and that the agency does not genuinely want our engagement.

The board has had multiple opportunities to take action on an alternative budget that doesn't squeeze those of us that can least afford to pay. Instead, they took the easy way out, refusing to schedule an extra meeting to formally consider our Budget Alternative and engage in more meaningful dialogue about striking the right balance. The TriMet board failed us, and our Bus Riders Unite leadership understands what comes next: a fight to bring greater accountability and representation to the board. See below for our next membership meeting date!

Trimet budget press release

Internal efficiencies save $1.2 million
TriMet made internal cuts, including layoffs, to minimize service cuts and impact to
riders.
I don't know if I even believe this, what evidence does the public have to see that this is indeed true?
NONE! 

Read the full press release HERE! 

Free Rail Zone gets the ax, fare changes under new TriMet budget

KATU

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cato Institute Implicates Hales in "Great Streetcar Conspiracy"

Willamette Week

Dear Trimet Drivers

MERCURY

What TriMet Hears From Its Speakers Every Board Meeting

Starring CAMERON JOHNSON of PORTLAND


Trimet mangement/board are a disgrace

I am beginning to understand why nobody really is interested in watching or attending Trimet board meetings.
What a joke on the public they are, their little 'pretend' show, give the phony appearance of being 'public' when the opposite is the truth.

The general manager makes all the decisions, the show is scripted before they show up, so what's the point of watching that little circus. There is absolutely no transparency with any of it.

Yesterday was the PINNACLE in Trimet management hypocrisy.
"slick' boy Warner fooled lots of people, including me, into thinking the board meeting would be over at the conclusion of the public testimonies on the budget, and that it would be put off to a later date.

I come to find out after I had left the meeting that the sock puppets actually passed the horse shit budget.

This guy BRUCE WARNER is actually scary.

He is so smooth with his hypocrisy that he scares me.

But the coup de grace was making up excuses for the $111 million dollar bond and in the next breath voting to cut service and raise fares.

What a pathetic bunch of sock puppets the Trimet board is

OPAL MEMBERS SEE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRIMET BOARD OF SOCK PUPPETS


Corporate power increases as workers battle one another

Click Here to Read Story

ATTENTION TRIMET DRIVERS

It now appears that road supervisors are taking pictures of operators talking on their cell phone while at a layover.

I thought that was OK?

Who knows what these schizophrenic managers want, they change like the wind.

Thank god I don't have to deal with their nonsense,EVER AGAIN!

I KNEW I HEARD THIS AT THE BOARD MEETING

Looks like 'slick' Warner pulled a fast one on more than me yesterday.


While it may have looked like a done deal months ago, near the end of the meeting, board members and general counsel discussed the possibility of holding additional hearings to review an alternative budget proposal put forth by OPAL Environmental Justice, an advocacy group for transit riders which held a rally outside the meeting site across from TriMet's corporate office, in the former Advantis Credit Union building.

Ultimately, however, the board decided to approve its own earlier proposal – with one amendment, proposed by Consuelo Saragoza, that $1 million of the budget's $20 million contingency fund be set aside to investigate ways to mitigate the effects cuts would have on low-income and impoverished riders, including a policy and economic analysis around the effects of service cuts and fare increases.
TriMet adopts $2.50 flat fare, kills free rail zone after heated four-hour meeting | The Lund Report

Guess i don't need this anymore

TRIMET BOARD OF SOCK PUPPETS AND APOLOGISTS-JUNE MEETING

PART 1
PART 2

Classic Tweets

Some (more) friendly advice for TriMet

Portland Transport

Police: Man pedaled into back of parked TriMet bus on Burnside Bridge

BikePortland.org

More coverage of the sock puppets

Willamette Week

Public testimonies at the Trimet sock puppets meeting

Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -PART 1
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -JONATHAN OSTER
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -PART 2
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -PART 3
Testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors-OPAL -PART 4
Al M testimony to the Board of Directors
JEFF ASCH TESTIMONY TO THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cameron Johnson testimony to the Trimet Board of Directors

OPAL

Part 2

What does it take to attend a TriMet board hearing?

Portland Afoot

I missed the action yesterday

When the public testimonies begin that signifies the end of the board meeting right?
Apparently not. I was substituting for Jason yesterday since Jason now has a actual job.
He ran out of storage space on his SD card and an elderly gentlemen was going on and on so I decided to book.
Little did I know that the board was about to vote on the budget. For some reason I was under the impression that the vote would not happen today.
I come to find out that they did vote and pretty much ignored OPAL's hard work.
( I knew that was going to happen of course)
OPAL members were enraged..KOIN has a good video of that.
The OPAL members gave some very impassioned presentation, about the best I have ever seen at the board meetings.
To bad it doesn't help.
The Trimet board is a board of sock puppets, might as well talk to a chair then talk to them.
They've already gotten their instructions from Mcfuher.  Mcfuher holds the power,  not the board.
They are useless completely.


Mary Fetsch objects to her picture being used on Trimet Scanner twitter feed

Of course I ran into Mary at yesterdays board meeting and when we met she made a comment about having her picture on the TrimetScanner twitter feed.

A little later she said to me having her picture there makes it appear that the twitter feed is official Trimet sanctioned then she said "it will be removed"
Already having my dispatch library removed by Trimet I took her seriously and contacted Lane Jenson who is the person responsible for founding Trimet Scanner.
He removed the picture.
(I have no more interest in picking on Mary anymore, I pick on Neil now)

TriMet Board adopts FY13 budget that includes internal cuts, plus fare changes and service cuts to close $12 million shortfall | TriMet Media

HERE!

THEY say there were 16k comments.
In typical Trimet fashion, nobody gets to see them except Trimet officials.

They go on, 'we saved 1.2 million with internal efficiencies including layoffs.
But guess what, we (the public) get to know nothing about the actual cuts that were made.

Typical Trimet nonsense.

How TriMet filled its $12 million budget hole

OregonLive.com

TriMet: 'Free rail zone' gone Sept. 1

Koinlocal6.com

Mercury

TriMet Board Adopts New Budget | Blogtown, PDX

TriMet board kills Portland's Free Rail Zone, raises fares, cuts bus service over protesters' shouts, jeers |

OregonLive.com

The OPAL event


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

CAMERON JOHNSON TESTIMONY TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


JEFF ASCH TESTIMONY TO THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS


MY TESTIMONY TO THE TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS


C-TRAN

Vigil honors boy killed in collision with bus, protests route | The Columbian

Great turnout by OPAL members

Sometimes you almost feel sorry for Mcfarlane

C-Tran board backs light rail vote

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/jun/12/c-tran-board-backs-light-rail-vote/

MUNI VS TRIMET

In early 2011, Dorian Maxwell decided he'd rather not set foot on a Muni bus. That's a decision thousands of fellow San Franciscans make every day — but in Maxwell's case, it loomed larger. He was a bus driver. And he couldn't help but observe that atop Coach No. 5427, the electric bus he was assigned, a 600-volt conducting wire was wrapped tightly with a jury-rigged application of what appeared to be black plastic garbage bags.
The Glad Bag bus did not go unnoticed by other drivers. "Plastic bags on the wires?" says one veteran operator with a laugh. "Oh, I've seen that one." Added another, "They were just the kind of bags you'd get at Safeway." Maxwell claims he refused to operate Coach 5427 several times, cementing a reputation as a "troublemaker." He has since been fired as a Muni driver, but the plastic atop the bus has outlasted him. "Those bags have been on that bus for about a year and a half," he says. "They are still on there now. I guarantee you that."


Muni: Our Transit Agency Has Neglected Maintenance for Years

Dispatch update

June 12-12:54pm-9:48pm

HEINTZMAN AHEAD

According to WILLAMETTE WEEK!

IT'S 4 AM-TIME TO GET READY FOR OPAL DEMONSTRATION AT 8AM

In front of the center street garage at 17th and Center Street. I'm driving because its too early to mess around with mass transit. But bus 17 and 70 go right in front of the building.

Trouble on the steetcar?

United Streetcar months behind schedule on streetcars for Portland's eastside line | OregonLive.com

Chris Smith's REBUTTAL!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

MAX train gets stuck (dispatch)


TRIMET EXECS TRYING TO INTENTIONALLY BANKRUPT TRIMET?


Trimet lies and distortions

This year’s Pride NW parade and festival are sponsored in part by TriMet.  When TriMet claims to be experiencing a historic “budget-shortfall” somehow it has money to throw away on sponsorship.

 On the issue: Solidarity with transit-dependent low-income people « Occupy The Pride Portland 2012

Intresting post from Trimet's feel good blog

Take a trip down memory lane: TriMet monthly passes dating back to 1975 (PHOTOS) « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

THE 'TACOMA' PLAN-trying to bring sanity back to TRIMET


No Light Rail in Vancouver!

http://www.nolightrail.com/

WOULD THEY INTENTIONALLY EVADE PUBLIC TESTIMONY?

The Trimet executives changed both the time and the place of its board meeting without proper public notice.
Have you noticed as I have that every-time something important is planned they move the meeting location and/or times?
Personally, I think its intentional.
Why did they change the time of this board meeting?
And what prompted them to change its location into a more obscure spot away from the beloved light rail lines.

“Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation, And eke it out with mental Reservation, Which is to good Men an Abomination.” (B Franklin)

TRIMET EXECUTIVES DECIDE TO DOUBLE THE "CONTIGENCY FUND"

One of the best arguments that OPAL has to make its point is the fact that our beloved executives have decided to DOUBLE the 'contingency fund' from $10 million to $20 million.
They want to cut the hell out of bus service, increase the fares for passengers at the same time they are hoarding cash!
This place operates on the corporate model and we as the public are in serious danger of losing our transit system completely.
The OPAL fight is the most important fight in the history of TRIMET.
Be there tomorrow and support them!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 9 a.m. or 8am in front of Administrative building!
Location
Advantis Building, Main Level
3717 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, OR

TRIMET BUDGET CRISIS UPDATE

This list includes only the jobs that the general public can apply for.
There are dozens of internal "promotion" opportunities that I am not listing here.
-----------------------------------------------

Contract Administrator III Non-Union Regular Full-Time $4,876.25 - $7,314.25 Monthly 06/22/12
Deputy General Counsel Non-Union Regular Full-Time $8,080.33 - $12,120.25 Monthly Continuous
Part-time Bus Operator Union MRO $13.83 - $25.13 Hourly Continuous
Property Acquisition & Relocation Specia... Non-Union Regular Full-Time $4,876.25 - $7,314.25 Monthly Continuous
Senior HRIS Analyst Non-Union Regular Full-Time $6,298.75 - $9,448.25 Monthly Continuous
Systems Engineer II - Linux Server Non-Union Regular Full-Time $6,298.75 - $8,583.33 Monthly Continuous

Strapped Tri-Met to borrow a cool $111 million

The sleepy board of directors of Portland's troubled transit agency prepares to hock its future payroll tax revenue for the Mystery Train to Milwaukie, and some other things:
Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Project: $40 million
Bus, Rail and LIFT Communications System and Bus Transfer printer: $34 million
New Buses: $23 million
Ticket Vending Machine and Bus Farebox Upgrade: $6.7 million
WES Positive Train Control: $3 million
Maintenance of Way Central Facility: $3.3 million
Estimated Costs of Issuance: $1 million
The resolution authorizing the borrowing will go down tomorrow morning.
Bojack.org

OPAL and the Tri-Met Bus-Riders' Union | KBOO Community Radio

Click here!

Real Trimet lift customers call in

Voices distorted and personal info removed

Trimet took a heavy hit on twitter

Here are some examples

Monday, June 11, 2012

Trimet Lift Driver argues with Lift dispatcher


Trimet dispatch updates

june8/9-9:21pm/1259pm
 June 9-12:50pm-10:30pm
 june9/10-11:00pm/4:25pm
 June 10/11-4:45pm/2:23pm

Here is a new Trimet trainee training schedule

https://www.box.com/s/105343e01543fee8e8fb

another irrelevant Trimet adventure


Trimet managemnt creates its own disasters

Transit Intelligence

June 11, 2012 - Caltrain boom; UTA lobbyists; New job postings

Union campaign gets ugly

This was seen in the woman's restroom at BTC

James Strathman report on absences at TRIMET

REPOST

MAX train hits car in North Portland

KATU

OPAL getting ready for show down with the Trimet sock puppets

http://t.co/GZhucdKG

WHY WE LOVE THE MAX

sHwJH.jpg (JPEG Image, 604 × 483 pixels)

STEVE MORGAN

File:TriMet D40LFR loading at Tigard TC in 2012.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

THE PORTLAND ROSE PARADE-THE WHOLE EVENT


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Transit view of the BIG SHOTS PRESS CONFERENCE announcing millions for MAX


DISPATCH HIGHLIGHTS


THE SHIPS COME IN-THE WHOLE STORY


Steve Fung's movie of the week!


COMING-TO A BUS NEAR YOU


supervisory reports

Paranoia rules Trimet today

Here is a picture of a gift given to a passenger from one of her riders. What makes this funny is the 'disclaimer' that came with the picture 
 Note: Sally’s bus was safely stopped in the yard when this photo was taken. She’s delighted by the gift, but she’s not driving with it dangling from the back of her seat!

Everybody going nuts over Shaler Hallimon

I got news for everyone, not trying to be negative but he was not the most popular operator that ever drove a bus at Trimet.


CLASSIC TWEETS-NEW TWITTER ACCOUNT (don't blame me, not mine)

ROSE PARADE- PARTS 1/2/3/4--KPTV COVERAGE


Friday, June 8, 2012

DISPATCH HIGHLIGHTS


DISPATCH UPDATE

June 8-1/8pm

DISPATCH HIGHLIGHTS


My Morning Jacket to help Portland bus riders unite with OPAL donation from Edgefield show

OregonLive.com

Horton finishes campaigning in Election 2012

HERE!

CLIPS OF THE WORLD FAMOUS TRIMET

Lots of good stuff in this video!

JM Rides with Steve Lamson


Look at the time I tweeted the event and the time TRIMET tweeted the event



BRIEFING OF THE SOCK PUPPETS-MAY


OFFICIAL SOCK PUPPET MEETING IS ANNOUNCED

TriMet: Board of Directors Meetings

CLASSIC TWEETS

SUPERVISORY REPORTS


Rail supervisor prevents suicide

Rail operator Mike Beiser was crossing the Steel Bridge at about 9:30 this morning when he spotted a woman standing on the railing on the west end of the bridge. He immediately called into TriMet’s Operations Control Center. Rail Supervisor Bob Shaffer was three blocks away and responded. He said the woman had gone over the railing and he could tell she was intent on jumping. He immediately contacted the control center and asked for police.
Supervisor Shaffer approached the woman and attempted to talk her into coming back over the railing, but she said she wanted to jump. When she moved closer to the edge, Supervisor Shaffer grabbed onto her wrist and she jumped. He said his adrenaline kicked in and he was able to hold onto her. A passerby helped Supervisor Shaffer keep the woman from falling until police and fire crews arrived and pulled her to safety.

TRIMET NEEDS TO LOOK AT ITS FARE ENFORCEMENT STRATEGIES

Innocent rail passengers facing huge fare dodging penalties, watchdog warns - Telegraph

SUPPORT OPAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRIMET VICIOUS MGMT POLICIES

http://www.atu757.org/events/OPALBusRally061312.pdf

Transit workers across N America under coordinated attack!

Rider Snaps Photo of MBTA Transit Police Officer Allegedly Sleeping on the Job | BostInno

Transit being cut all across America

Yet look at the money that is available for everything else related to transit:

Looking for a job in transit?

Job Listings - TransitTalent.com



DISPATCH UPDATE

june 7-12:15pm/7:31pm

EPIC TRIMET FAIL


Epic fail Trimet Maintenance of Way Management and Supervisors. Yesterday a failure of the Steel Bridge at Portland's premier event the Rose Festival fleets arrival. This failure made the news. Trimet couldn't even muster the staff to come and repair it and relied on the luck of getting an ODOT crew that was in the area to inspect it so as the bridge tender could overide the Trimet signal locks and lift the bridge for the ships

LETTER FROM "EVELYN MINOR-LAWRENCE (who the hell is she anyway) to Jon Hunt

I see her name on all sort of NEGATIVE documents, but have never actually seen this person in the flesh, anywhere!

https://www.box.com/s/6d3bac58f5360f64c21c

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Supervisory reports


Trinet internal web site changed

One of our agency’s most used and trusted communications tools has gotten a much needed facelift. And here it is – a new TriNET. Easier to use, faster performance, and a freshened look – what’s not to like? It’s been 7 months in the making as a small team of Public Affairs and IT folks worked to improve the agency’s intranet portal for employees. In addition to their regular duties – they’ve been able to thoughtfully rebuild the one place employees turn to for information. And it’s taken collaboration from most every unit of this organization. My thanks to all of you for helping to make this happen. Remember – TriNET is for you. The makeover is just the start as our communications staff works to renew all of our communications with you – the most valuable asset we have here at TriMet – our employees.

Former driver of the year Steve Fung gets balled out by Trimet dispatch


Somebody objects to the new reader board


Bridge operator profile


Did John Ludlow, as mayor of Wilsonville, drive TriMet out of town?

"As Mayor of Wilsonville," writes Ludlow in a statement posted to his campaign website, "I drove TriMet out of town and replaced their bloated transit system with our own local bus line that offers better service and has saved our businesses millions of dollars."
 PolitiFact Oregon | Did John Ludlow, as mayor of Wilsonville, drive TriMet out of town?

Steel Bridge Gets Stuck, Turns Fleet Week Into Commuter Nightmare

Willamette Week
 Traffic moving after Steel Bridge malfunction | kgw.com Portland

Another "run' fit right first thursday run


Don't want to miss this grand event

Want a chance to win a 1-Month Pass? Attend our safety education event June 9 at the Beaverton Round

Riding with Neil Berlin-JM version


TRIMET TWEET

More dispatch updates

JUNE6/7-8:22pm/12:09pm
CONFUSION REIGNS
 MR NICE GUY
 Animal abuser rides the bus
 puke bus

DISPATCH UPDATE

JUNE6-1PM-8:30PM

IF THE TRIMET WEST SIDE BUS FLEET WERE PASSENGER VEHICLES IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS


OPAL CONTINUES FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

A lot of advocacy groups are good at complaining but not so good at coming up with workable solutions. OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon has spent many hours tweaking TriMet's proposed budget to reduce fare increases and maintain bus service during the past few weeks, however.

Members of the group met with TriMet board members and staff to make sure everyone agrees on their numbers.

OPAL, which believes public transit is a civil right, accepts the creation of a single fare, the elimination of the Free Rail Zone and the reconfiguration of 15 bus routes to improve efficiency, as TriMet proposes. But OPAL argues for lower fares, discount ticket books, extended transfer times and maintaining low-ridership lines. The group would balance the budget with a smaller contingency fund, reduced subsidies for Portland Streetcar and parking fees at park-and-ride lots.
OPAL says its budget would generate more than 300,000 additional rides a year while TriMet's proposed budget would reduce them by 1.1 million. Dozens of people are preparing to testify in support of OPAL's proposal at the board's June 13 meeting. The group also is organizing a rally before the meeting, when the final budget could be adopted.

OPAL's alternative budget can be found at opalpdx.org.
Sources Say • Candidates hit rail vote hitch

county officials days are numbered if they do not allow voters voice

The Clackamas County Commission is facing a difficult decision after the county counsel's office issued an opinion this week saying that the public rail funding measure on the Sept. 18 special election ballot doesn't apply to the $1.49 billion Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail project.

Activists who gathered enough voter signatures to place the measure on the ballot certainly intended for it to require a public vote on the county's $25 million commitment to project. Virtually all of the news coverage said it did, too.

But now the commission has to decide whether to risk angering even more voters by saying they don't have the right to vote on the funding even before the measure passes or fails.

The decision is especially tricky for Chair Charolette Lehan and Commissioner Jamie Damon. They are already facing funding opponents at the November general election. Appearing to be against the right to vote is probably not the best way to win re-election, even if there's a legal opinion to justify such a decision.
Sources Say • Candidates hit rail vote hitch

BUDGET CRISIS?

Only for some citizens, others are in FAT CITY!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DISPATCH UPDATE

JUNE6-1PM-8:30PM

This guy stiffed me while boarding my 45 today

Frustration - text from operator

After months of the FMLA-'Reed Group' requesting doctors notes and asking me the SAME stupid questions and phone calls, they finally approved my leave. What waste of time.
The idiots kept asking how often I was going to help him? I tild them hes 2000miles aways I dont plan to go regularly.

OPERATORS! BE AWARE!

newsflash, the district has now started a new campaign.if it can be proven that you ran a red light. or if you are convicted of running a red light, you are going to be given a written reprimand. so much for progressive discipline. grievances to follow.

Milwaukie council: Full steam head on mystery train

BOJACK!

One of my favorite recent Trimet hires


Yes, the Starlight Parade shuttles were run


They even programmed into the Transit Tracker data
(in response to this tweet)

Also, would it really be better if TriMet didn't accept advertisements from places/events outside the district, even when a rider's TriMet fare will still get them there?

IF YOU DIDN'T GET YOUR BALLOT FOR THE ATU ELECTION CALL THIS

503-231-3563

Trimet budget cuts hit bus lug nuts


BACK PAY COMING

Apparently Trimet is about to cough up the money they owe their union employees.
The cost of living increases will be handed over finally, after McFührer unilaterally decided that the contract with his union employees was void!

DISPATCH UPDATES

June 6-12am/1pm

MILWAUKIE RESIDENTS-YOUR PAYING FOR THIS WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2012/06/milwaukie_city_council_approve_2.html

Dispatch highlights


CLASSIC TWEETS

Trimet's answer to RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER blog

Gawd Love em! I love em and I hate em all at the same time!
Cookie Monster at a bus stop « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

OPAL

http://t.co/gP59SMQF

The news from Wisconsin was not all bad

Last night was a tough night for us in Wisconsin. After being outspent 8 to 1 by Scott Walker and the billionaire Koch brothers, we lost the gubernatorial recall.

But what the national media is not telling you is: I am the new Democratic Senate Majority Leader after winning an important Senate recall election by just hundreds of votes.

Budget Busters: A riders' advocacy group challenges TriMet to rethink its fare hikes and service cuts

Article here!

dispatch updates

June 5-2:30-midnight

So dead it has to be carried


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!

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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