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Monday, June 25, 2012

SOCK PUPPETS WILL BE APPROVING THE FOLLOWING

http://trimet.org/pdfs/meetings/board/2012-6-27/Res-12-06-56-59.pdf

They got their cute little sayings like this:

 TriMet’s “Moving Together” Program – working more efficiently
Moving together, holy Jesus save us from these people!

ARE THE SCUM SUCKERS REALLY GONNA SPEND MONEY LIKE THIS ON STUPID STUFF?

BLASTS FROM THE WAY BACK PAST-5 YEARS AGO

Funny how nothing EVER changes

WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO KILL US?
THE MUTHA FREAKING TICKET MACHINES
And a story from way back when:

WHAT IS TRIMET?

Are they THIS?
Or are they THIS?
We all know they sure like THIS!

How far Has this agency strayed from its original mission, which used to be providing transit to the citizens of greater Portland.

So sad, a once great transit system destroyed in the name of special interest and business opportunities.

All they have left is the phony personna which is propagated by their endless self congratulating press releases and the corporate media stooges that spit it back so dutifully. 

RIDERSHIP FLAT


Safety not so hot at Trimet-even with all their new safety rules


Portland Transport editors not to hot to Sam's idea

City of Portland engages in outrageous $2M power-play against TriMet.

Trimet to make to the modern era? Possible

GlobeSherpa hopes to make riding TriMet a mobile experience | OregonLive.com

2012 light-rail ballot issues

http://portlandafoot.org/w/2012_light-rail_ballot_issues

Raw footage of the attack on the MAX tracks

http://youtu.be/S8Wx0e27Lxc

SAM WANTS TO STICK IT TO TRIMET

 Adams is striking back by proposing an 8,000 percent fee increase to TriMet for benches and shelters. 

The move would force TriMet to pay Portland about $2 million a year, money that neither the city nor TriMet budgeted. That's identical to costs previously identified by TriMet to maintain free trips for high school students enrolled in Portland Public Schools.
Full story here!

Jack Bogdanksi on Trimet office scandal

Surprise! Mystery Train prompts Tri-Met office upgrade

The shinola in Portland never stops. All of a sudden, light rail to Milwaukie means big office remodeling pork for Hoffman Construction. Oh, and guess who Tri-Met's going to rent a bunch of new office space from. Give up? The Saltzmans! Tax looting at its finest. No wonder they cancelled your bus.

Read comments HERE!

Attacker gets 3 years in prison for MAX assault



 http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/06/north_portland_driver_kicked_1.html

Grand Ronde man killed in crash with church bus

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/24/4586261/bus-rams-into-tree-killing-14.html

ALAN EISENBERG DOES A FIRST CLASS RANT ON TRIMET OFFICE SCANDAL


Trimet twitter is WRONG!


Hawaiian's getting a taste of light rail destruction

Riders suspect changes to Honolulu bus routes linked to upcoming rail system

TRIMESS CUTTING ROUTES AND BENEFITS-BUT EXPANDING MANAGERS OFFICES


TriMet is considering moving 248 administrators and other staffers who work at the transit agency's Southeast 17th Avenue headquarters to a downtown site near Portland State University.
TriMet's board will consider a measure that would move staffers to Harrison Square, at 1800 S.W. First Avenue, at its Wednesday board meeting. The move could cost at least $17.4 million, according to Business Journal reporter Andy Giegerich.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

ITS A NEW DAY AT ATU 757

Video by Rob Halman

MORE RECRUITMENT VIDEOS FOR TRIMET-


Priorities...

TriMet Supervisor was sitting in their comfortable, air conditioned SUV (that was idling, and the Supervisor was just gabbing away on his cell phone) here at the Beaverton Transit Center this afternoon.  TriMet riders get the luxury of that 1700 series Flxible Metro sitting in the background.

Congratulations on Winning!

Normally when you receive correspondence from a company you get some kind of a letter.  When you win something you'll usually get some form letter to congratulate you.

I got a blank piece of TriMet stationary.

I shouldn't complain because, well, it was free...but I just have a really empty feeling about this.  No "Thanks for riding TriMet?"  No "We hope to see you on WES soon?"  Nope.  Just empty space.

At least the monthly pass will go to a deserving person who can use it.  I have an annual pass so I clearly don't need it.

Another blast from the VERY FAR AWAY past

When I started my own website it was more or less supposed to be humorous, as time went on I became more and more serious. I knew that I was making fun of my employer, and that sort of behavior is always risky. So I disguised my stuff as humor. Of course the caricature of me kinda stuck, but I moved away from humor pretty quickly.

Blast from the WAY past (the very beginning)

This one sends some shivers up my spine, seems like forever ago. Just before the video explosion so its only pictures. Remember the lay overs at North Terminal, that was the greatest spot for layovers.

BLAST FROM THE WAY PAST-5 YEARS AGO (the very beginning)

This was the first IN THE FIELD video that I ever made. It was made with the cooperation of another Trimet driver, LUCI THORNTON, who played the cranky lady with shopping cart!

Punishment for driving under the influence-1'st offense-Singapore

Warning graphic!
http://mystuff-alvin.blogspot.com/2012/06/punishment-for-drinking-and-driving-in.html

Bus Driver beaten to death over broken mirror dies


Explaining the Psychological Appeal of Rail Over Buses

Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Fox News Reports: Egypt Follows US in Electing Muslim President

CAIRO (The Borowitz Report) – In its historic first democratic election, Egypt has followed the lead of the United States in electing a Muslim president, the Fox News Channel reported today.

Sean Hannity, the Fox News host, noted that in electing Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptians were echoing the decision of American voters in 2008.

“The similarities between Obama and Morsi are striking,” he said.  “Both come from radical political parties, and both have unfamiliar, foreign-sounding names.  One key difference, of course, is that Morsi makes no secret of being a Muslim.”

Mr. Hannity predicted that the two Presidents could have a close working relationship going forward: “I’m sure President Obama has already called Morsi to congratulate him, one Muslim brother to another.”

Mr. Hannity said that the election of Mr. Morsi may be just the latest result in a trend that augurs well for Mr. Obama’s own re-election hopes: “In recent months, Egypt elected a Muslim, France elected a Socialist, and Kenya elected a Kenyan.”

In other Egyptian news, a hospital spokesman said today that former President Hosni Mubarak, declared “clinically dead” just days ago, continues to make a remarkable recovery: “Today he was able to eat, say a few words, and wire four billion dollars to Switzerland.”

DISPATCH UPDATES

June 21/22-11:20pm-10:40am
 June 22-10:40am-10:34pm
 JUNE22/23-10:36PM-1:14PM

3 years ago

 DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS!

Passengers object to TRIMET service cuts! - YouTube

Don't miss the MLR citizens advisory meeting

Citizens Advisory Committee

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekly readership

Russia takes back #2

2 years ago

THE TRIMET SERVICE CUTS
TRIMET LAYOFFS SAVE THEM ON THE COST OF THE LAID OFF MINI RUNNERS ONLY
TRIMET PLANNING LAYOFFS

ERIK HALSTEAD WINS A TRIMET PASS!

Can you believe TriMet actually picked me...ME!!!!!...as a winner for a free monthly WES pass? Here's the proof!!


FARES AS OF SEPT 1 2012


News from Bend

Bus service gets new operator | | The Bulletin

Construction on the construction detour

Intermittent utility work on Center St begins 6/23/12
Posted by Jessica Bucciarelli at Jun 22, 2012 04:05 PM | Permalink
Starting June 23 and lasting for about a month, private utility crews will be working on SE Center St between the Brooklyn Yard (east of TriMet's Center St facility) and Milwaukie Ave. Northbound lines 17 and 70 will continue to use Center St. There will be intermittent lane closures. Pedestrian access and access to the parking lot will be maintained. Watch for flaggers.

SUPERVISORY REPORTS


McFührer

On Wednesday, June 13, the TriMet Board adopted our budget for next year – and the vote was unanimous. The Board heard testimony from 52 people, mostly organized by the group OPAL. The Board’s actions balanced the budget – eliminating the projected $12 million/year gap. You all have heard me say – and I repeat here – that another $5 million in possible service reductions or fares will be required if TriMet management loses the ATU 757 arbitration. We’ll face that as necessary after July 31st – when we expect the arbitrator’s decision.

Leverage filming at TriMet

Leverage, a popular cable TV show filmed in Portland, recently filmed scenes for an upcoming episode in the LRV paint room at Ruby Junction and at the Washington Park MAX Station. A lot of TriMet employees were involved in the planning and facilitation of the filming, and Leverage will be reimbursing TriMet for the their time and the use of our facilities.

Get out your VERIFICATION documents-trimet coming at ya

Maybe we will need to prove proof of citizenship too:
TriMet is conducting an audit to ensure that only those that are eligible, are receiving TriMet’s health benefits. The eligibility audit began this spring with an amnesty phase that concluded May 18. All ineligible dependents that were reported during this phase have been removed from our health care plans. The audit period, where you will need to verify the eligibility of all the dependents remaining on your TriMet health care plan is beginning. This means you will have to supply documentation, like tax returns, marriage and/or birth certificates, for each of your eligible dependents by Aug. 3, 2012. On or around June 30, you will receive a list of acceptable documents and step by step procedures in the mail.  Dependent Eligibility Audit

Here is another chance to work 12 hour split shifts

Friday, June 22, 2012

And if you haven't had enough dispatch for one week

You can always listen to these highlights from June 21

Trimet starts attacking its employees again publicly

On it's 'redesigned' website:
Their 'new' website here!

Miracle at Sunset Transit Center

A few months ago,I posted a video of the deplorable conditions at the STC.
It appears the work is finally proceeding for drywall repair,paint and
linoleum replacement.

I confess

When I was an operator at Trimet I held the dispatchers in pretty slim regard.
As a matter of fact I did everything possible to avoid contacting them at all.
Some of them were pretty pushy when I did end up having to talk to them.


But now that I don't work there anymore, and have really starting listening to the scanner regularly, I got to hand to to em.
They do a pretty damn good job, really.
(I don't know how they can handle it hour after hour, it would drive me INSANE)

CLASSIC TWEETS

HOW LONG HAVE TRIMET OPERATORS BEEN SUBJECT TO BULLYING

It started here, with this video, that NOBODY bothered to dispute. Obviously Trimet management was complicit in this production, this is 3 years ago now!

Real lives of Trimet bus operators


The busted gate at btc, now with a flare-wielding supervisor



Unions face need to evolve

And why oh why, many cried, did almost four out of 10 members of union families vote for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker?
(The labor split extends beyond Wisconsin: In a Gallup Poll released last week, 35 percent of union members favored Mitt Romney for president.)

Story Here!

National Transit Workers Assault Conference

http://workersrights.twu.org/post/25657930018/national-transit-workers-assault-conference

Trimet already redesigned the internal website

Now they are redesigning the public website, when it comes to technology nobody will leave anything alone.

  1. First, take a look at the new website prototype here.
  2. Then, send your comments and suggestions to newdesign@trimet.org. Was it easy to use? Did you experience any problems? What could make it better? If you're reporting a problem, please let us know which computer/device and web browser you're using.

WOOPS!

I've never seen a tourist publication critical of Trimet

But when I start seeing buzz words I wonder about some of them
Simply put, this has to be one of the the most seamless airport-to-transit connections in the country: 
 The Transit Tourist: Portland, Ore. | The Source

SOCK PUPPETS MEETING AGAIN!

I don't know if I can handle listening to them after that last catastrophe.
http://trimet.org/meetings/board/index.htm

CLASSIC TWEETS

A COUPLE SUPERVISORY REPORTS


Michael Anderson's take on the Trimet board

Why TriMet board members don’t ride TriMet | Portland Afoot

Trimet Dispatch updates

June 21-11:30am-11:20pm
 June 20/21-11:40pm-11:30am

Trouble at the zoo


Transit union members elect new leadership

NW Labor Press Story

WHAT IS THE 'HOTLINE' AND HOW DO I CALL IT?


THE JUNK THE TRIMET OPERATORS DRIVE


BIG PINK BITES THE DUST


Steve Fung's video of the week


Trimet service cuts and fare increases will definitely increase walking and biking

http://wpcwalks.org/blog/how-trimets-service-cuts-and-fare-increases-affect-walking

This note was sent to a Trimet driver from another driver


(note the driver referred to here is also thinking of leaving)
"I don't know how you maintain such enthusiasm for this job.  You do everything so well.  I can hardly drag myself to the bus each day, and don't feel anywhere nearly as motivated as you."
I feel like telling Rob that I can barely get to work anymore.The thrill is gone as B B King would say.Another driver,Nora, told me yesterday that when she got to sign up,the only straight was an 11 hour run.She is totally demoralized as it has dehumanized her.
I am so tired of bad paddles,dirty buses,old equipment and the ugly attack by the press
and the Fuhrer.Too bad that I have a Dr.Harris coming up soon.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Where is my Trimet bus

Tracker HERE!

Trimet dispatch highlights

Evening of June 20

Trimet dispatch updates

June 20-10:20am-6:34pm
 June 20-6:34pm-?

TRIMET ALWAYS BEHIND THE TWEETERS

Scanners tweet a full 30 minutes ahead of the billion dollar agency!
The question is WHY?

POWER OF THE INTERNET UNLEASHED IN THE CASE OF THE BULLIED BUS MONITOR

But the exposure has had a darker side, too: thousands of furious and sometimes threatening e-mails directed at Richardson and other officials in the Greece Central School District and the town of Greece and death threats and other harassment directed at students alleged to have participated in the incident.
"We are obviously as emotional as everyone else who has watched this horrible and disturbing video," said Barbara Deane-Williams, superintendent of Greece schools. "As a mom, I can assure you, however, that the enraged response directed at these students and my staff is equally as unsettling. Expressing hatred is not an effective way to resolve this."
The names of some of the alleged perpetrators — all juveniles who have yet to be charged with any crimes — and their parents and details about where they live ended up online. And since Wednesday, they've been barraged by death threats and harassing phone calls.

Classic Tweets-'oven on wheels'

Bus drivers’ union steers industry toward healthier workplace

http://www.nwlaborpress.org/2008/4-18-08ATU.html

TRIMET TRAINING MANAGERS SAYS 'THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BLIND SPOT'

Of course we all knew that was nonsense but here is yet another article that discusses blind spots:
Technology - Megan Garber - The Blind Spot: A Requiem - The Atlantic

The plight of many Trimet bus drivers in hot weather


Do the Trimet sock puppets ride the bus

Hell no!

Do TriMet's board members ride their buses and trains? Yes, no comment and sometimes (if Portland Streetcar counts)

Judge rules it’s too soon to challenge MAX proposal

Here!

Tribune follows the right wing Oregonian in putting on the blame on union workers

 Obviously no surprise:
TriMet must reroute fiscal challenges

Who are Trimet’s customers?

An interesting read indeed: The Oregon Catalyst

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Classic Tweets


Interesting dispatch calls

Listen to the two events happen at the same time and how they ended up resolved, its actually pretty interesting.

Mr Sarcasm

This is a particularly funny dispatcher, very witty and comes up with great comebacks!

WE APPRECIATE YOU (when we are not tormenting you)


Little miss positivity

This dispatcher is ALWAYS cheerful on the radio, never heard her once get mean.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Steve Fung demonstrates the total ignorance of the Trimet board of sock puppets. This board member has no idea what Steve is talking about.

BONNIE HAS BEEN GETTING MADDER AND MADDER

Twitter!

BUSTED ON TWITTER


Yesterdays DISPATCH HIGHLIGHTS


The transit mag of the PLAYERS!

Get your high paying executive transit job here

June 20, 2012 - Undercover bus cops; Streetcar flap; New job postings

Steve Fung tries to get change for senior citizen


Shopping carts

This driver was pretty upset about it:

How to not lose money when your 2-zone TriMet tickets expire Aug. 31

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/06/how-to-avoid-losing-money-on-your-2-zone-trimet-tickets-when-they-expire-aug-31/

OPAL getting ready to change tactics

The $458 million budget for 2013 passed by the TriMet board of directors June 13 largely brushed aside an alternative budget from riders’ advocacy group OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. OPAL president Jonathan Ostar says his organization will push for greater accountability by taking away the governor’s authority to appoint TriMet board members. Ostar says Metro, with its regionally elected council, should have that authority instead. Such a change would require an act of the Legislature. TriMet’s new budget raises fares, cuts services and ends the free rail zone Sept. 1. “I think there were some board members that came in with their minds made up, just ready to mail it in,” Ostar says....

Murmurs: Top Local Planned Parenthood Official Out

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ATU INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT LARRY HANLEY

Excellent talk with Laura Flanders 
(Some of the tactics he attributes to CTA have been used by Trimet)

Best of Trimet dispatch

Day of June 19 ( I love the way the dispatcher giggles on the first call here, you can tell he is amazed with the absurdity )

Lots of drivers hit 'silent alarm' by mistake


So how many cancelled runs are there?

This information has always been top secret around here:

You tubes

Dancing Guy on TriMet - YouTube
Tri-Met Bus crossing Hawthorne Bridge - YouTube
Crazy guy on trimet - YouTube
trimet gang stalking train 6-3-12
Girl Scout Safety Award with Tri-Met and Mayor, June, 2012
Trimet doing what it does best.(time lapse)
TriMet : 'Free rail zone' gone Sept. 1
Clackamas country trimet .
trimet with EAGLE EYE 2 ----timing 6-1-12
Eagle Eye 2---- Trimet Gang stalking train 5-22-12
More oblivious TriMet patrons
Trimet gang stalking train with Eagal Eye timing 6-19 -12
EAGLE EYE 2 TRIMET GANG STALKING TRAIN
Construction Jobs with Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail
Elite celebrating themselves
Waiting For Light Rail Down Town
Driver of car 'left on MAX tracks' to face judge

The last look at SE 17th Ave. before light rail

Bryan J. Dorr

Best of Trimet dispatch

June 18th evening

Trimet dispatch update

June 18/19-1:41pm-11:53am

EVEN IT UP!


Driver gets poisoned

By toxic gas fumes:

There was ANOTHER rail shut down this morning

Article about OPAL BEFORE the board voted down all their proposals

They need to do the interview over, now that the process has come to a painful conclusion.

Wheels of Change | City | Portland Mercury

Portland Streetcar ready to follow TriMet and eliminate fareless zone

OregonLive.com

Somebody really hates Trimet

The damage will cost more than $36,000 to repair, TriMet reported Monday.

Monday, June 18, 2012

SHRINKAGE


Trimet dispatch updates

June 17/18-10:30pm-10:51am
 June 18-10:51am-1:39pm

Bruce Hansen speaks after his loss 3 years ago


The very best of Trimet Dispatch

Last night+ this morning:

We're sorry you got fired

But we needed your bus to bail out our rail program. (early morning)

The case of the missing Trimet bus!

A bus went missing last night. After an exhaustive search it was found.

Long involved incident with 16 year old girl last night

This a very interesting dispatch call. Amazing how far TRIMET went for this 16 year old girl who got scared by some guy at a bus stop. Then we even see the 16 year old talking directly to dispatch over the bus radio, something I thought was never done. In any event, its interesting for dispatch geeks.

Transit corruption: Poor revenue causes free fare zone removal in Portland

SkyTrain for Surrey

Having Jonathan as VP could be a VERY GOOD THING

I know its weird, our long time president now is vice president. And his man lost so now he is subordinate to Bruce Hansen.

But on the other hand, to have Jon right there is a good thing to since he has all the current information in his head.

Bruce will be up to speed immediately with Jon there.


Bus shelter molester back!

More TriMet bus shelters vandalized | DirectPDX.com - Portland Local News

The TriMet civil war: taxes, entitlements, and the mythical "Portland creep"

HERE!

Longtime Transit Union Leader Toppled in Election

Willamette Week
(They have my video posted on this)

OPAL member Khanh Pham is about to be betrayed


Trimet sock puppets make it clear that they are not interested in public opinion


Trimet "stealth" ops center


Trimet apologist/sock puppet Steve Clark defends the bond as scripted


MAX AND CRIME

A Perspective from Portland, Oregon: Gang charts and mapping

Guess I don't need this anymore either

HOW DOES TRIMET LIGHT RAIL STACK UP


Here is what the big time transit execs read

Transit Intelligence

WORKING BUS DRIVERS TILL THEY DROP

Forced overtime is top issue for CARTA bus drivers, union rep says

CLASSIC TWEETS

Imagine Trimet without buses

Mechanical problems have interrupted service for TriMet’s WES Wilsonville-to-Beaverton commuter rail trains.
TriMet officials said just before 7 a.m. that shuttle buses would be used instead of the trains for the final runs of the morning commute.
WES carries passengers from Wilsonville through Tualatin and Tigard to the Beaverton Transit Center, where they can catch the westside MAX to either Portland or Hillsboro. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

TriMet does use Federal bus money

From TriMet: Public Notice - Final FY13 Program of Projects:

Trimet dispatch highlights

AKA-the real lives of Trimet operators

The 'joker'

This dispatcher I call "the joker"

Trimet dispatch highlights

AKA-the real lives of Trimet operators

DISPATCH UPDATE

June 16/17 11:54pm-1:43pm

Trimet dispatch highlights

AKA-the real lives of Trimet operators

LIGHT RAIL DEBATE

Anti-light-rail faction ignores key facts

"Everything that is said on the radio goes out on the internet"

Dispatch updates

June 16-12:36am/4:34pm

CLASSIC TWEETS

MARY FESTCH SAYS ITS THE GREEDY EMPLOYEES RUINING THE EXECUTIVES PARTY AT TRIMESS

https://twitter.com/Liuna483/status/212948012710903809/photo/1

TriMet's Blue, Red lines delayed after fatal fall from Vista Bridge

OregonLive.com

HEINTZMAN v. AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION INTERNATIONAL

Click Here!

Trimet rail golf tournament