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Thursday, July 5, 2012

SHIT IS GONNA HIT THE FAN.....any minute

Complaints are pouring in about TriMet's new budget.
Advocates for riders are criticizing fare increases and service reductions. Downtown residents are unhappy about the end of free MAX rides. And Portland Mayor Sam Adams has accused TriMet of breaking a promise to provide free rides to public school students.
The complaints follow TriMet's decisions to close a $12 million gap in the budget that took effect Sunday. But TriMet officials say things could get worse - much worse - in the future.
"We need a massive change of astronomical proportions in our finances for things to get better," says Randy Stedman, TriMet's executive director of labor relations and human resources.
Bruce Hansen, new president of the union that represents most TriMet employees, is not convinced, however. Hansen says he has not yet seen any documents that prove the financial picture is that bleak.
"My understanding is we've repeatedly asked for proof and haven't seen it," says Hansen, who became president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 on July 1.

Read the rest of the article HERE!

TAKING BUSES ON JULY 4 NO PICNIC EITHER

Riding MAX on July 4 no picnic


Did you know....

That when Trimet upgrades it radio system NONE OF THE SCANNERS THAT ARE IN USE TODAY WILL WORK?

Trimet FAIL July 4

Luckily there was a good supervisor handling this incident

The 72 Eats my Lunch

I have been a driver for 5 years. I still don't "get it" on
the busiest route in the TriMet system.There were a couple of moments today where I came close to losing my mind. Any advice on keeping this bad boy on time?

TRIMET BUS LINES

Including time points by stop ID and color coded route info IS HERE!
(created by Lane Jensen)

Understanding Economics

Fred Reed

Seen on Facebook

BEFORE I FORGET AGAIN: 3000-SERIES BUSES don't appear to include an overhead flood light like the New Flyers do. This has me concerned for a number of reasons, not the least of which is for defensive driving.

Hanging with Trimet retiree Hank

This man has a PHd from Berkeley-retired after 19 years as a part time operator

DEALING WITH THE TRIMET AUDIT

Even when you leave they can still mess with you!

The Ruse Revealed

TriMet Diaries

How bout those bus drivers at the airport?

Everyday People: Portland International Airport shuttle driver's job is one big joke | OregonLive.com

Classic tweets



Before anybody goes into gyrations about lazy overpaid employees it must be noted that Neil IMPOSED a two year hiring freeze on drivers. He even threatened layoffs. Of course we know now that it was all theater,designed to scare the crap out of low seniority drivers and get concessions from the union. 

INTERESTING ARTICLE ABOUT GUBMINT CAREERIST'S ARGUING WITH EACH OTHER

"It is unfair to collect payroll taxes from all over the region then use it to subsidize economic activity in central Portland," Duyck wrote on March 6, "especially when basic transit services are being reduced or eliminated elsewhere. This equity principle should also apply to the region’s tax payers subsidizing free youth pass for all students in Portland’s public school system."

Washington County and TriMet have maintained an unusually close working relationship over the years: The county's lobbyist is married to TriMet's lobbyist.(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!)


Washington County Asks TriMet to Limit YouthPass Fallout to Portland

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A PETITION TO CHANGE TRIMET GOVERNANCE

CLICK HERE!

TRIMET DISPATCH DEALS WITH AFTERMATH OF T-BONE BUS CRASH TODAY


Forest Grove looks beyond TriMet in drive for better public transit

Here!

Dispatch highlights

HERE!

TRIMET BUS CRASH THIS MORNING


 TriMet bus crashed into red light-running SUV in Northeast Portland, riders say | OregonLive.com

Child after SUV collides with TriMet bus:


3 people were transported-twins of 4 years old and a toddler



Picture here!

This incident was mistaken for bus vs pedestrian

HERE!

THE MAYOR VS MCFARLANE

Mayor's sledgehammer

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Some drivers are just pigs


DOES TRIMET KNOW HOW TO SPIN OR WHAT?

These people are good, too good for their own good!

One of the leading transit activists in Portland


Two cars, bus crash in Salem

http://www.kptv.com/story/18942539/two-cars-and-a-bus-crash-in-salem

BLOG COMMENT WORTH CONSIDERING

It's a typical part of the manipulation process as well as insulating yourself from accountability by blaming & pointing the fingers at skilled people who have since left the agency.(regarding "it took a long time for this employee 'problem' to get to this")

Walsh correctly focused on dismantling the "us vs them" mindset of TriMet management and, he wanted strong healthcare for employees because he recognized the tenuous and stressful environment TriMet employees were working in. Fred Hansen wanted a diverse workforce and he demanded open, honest and responsive accountability to employees and customers.

Don't be foolish or naive . This current team of management has been around for 25-plus years. They have succeeded in moving backwards by dismantling all the milestones previously built. This includes: safe and reliable transit service; credible ATU relationships focused on communication & resolution; maintaining a vibrant, creative and proud workforce; and prompt response to every customer we served.

ONE WAY TO HANG YOUR BIKE!


ATU PRESIDENT BRUCE HANSEN TO MCFARLANE-CEASE AND DESIST


TRIMET COMM CENTER UPDATES

TRIMET COMM CTR-JULY2-12:20PM/10:52PM
 TRIMET COMM CENTER-JULY 1/2-11:43AM-8:00AM
 TRIMET COMM CTR-JULY 2-8:AM/12:20PM

TriMet works at Latino outreach

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers

TWEETS (no breaks for me!)


TVM's screw up (again)

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2012/07/systemwide_credit-card_bug_hit.html

HOW IS IT THAT BOSTONS MBTA AND PORTLANDS TRIMET SEEM TO MIRROR EACH OTHER?

Including computer glitches:

Vehicle runs into MAX platform


Haven't heard anything about this..

EXTRA SERVICE ON JULY 4?

They mean a few extra light rail vehicles, but no extra buses, of course.
Extra TriMet service added for July 4 celebrations - KPTV - FOX 12

Whoever this is is a real crowd pleaser

MUNI ALLOWS ALL DOOR BOARDING-NATIONAL MODEL

Previously in San Francisco, back-door boarding was allowed only on Muni's light-rail lines and on certain bus routes if a fare inspector was on hand to collect the fares or check passes and transfers.
Now the program extends to all railcars and buses, which have been outfitted with equipment that allows riders to swipe their prepaid Clipper cards at any door.
(TRIMET LIGHT YEARS AWAY FROM THIS TECHNOLOGY)

Muni's systemwide all-door boarding catches on - SFGate

ABUSE OF TRANSIT WORK FORCE STANDARD MGT TOOL NOW

No single issue derailed contract talks, said Jordan. But several issues, including bus-driver safety and required health screenings for less-expensive insurance, angered employees, he said.
“The members feel that they’re assaulted, spat upon and hung out on their own,” he said, “and management has just told us to take it.”

 COTA strike continues as union nixes deal; no buses for Red, White & Boom | The Columbus Dispatch

…If you are concerned about higher fares and service cuts on TriMet you need to read this


***Look out “Honored Citizens” TriMet already talking about raising “Honored Citizen” fares***

Monday, July 2, 2012

Portland police investigating max incident

http://www.portlandonline.com/police/pbnotify.cfm?action=ViewContent&content_id=3132

TRIMET COMM CENTER UPDATES

TRIMET COMM CENTER-JULY 1/2-11:43AM-8:00AM
TRIMET COMM CTR-JULY 2-8:AM/12:20PM
 Trimet comm center-June 30/July 1-9:33pm-11:43am

SOCK PUPPET CLARK DEFENDS McFührer


ERIK MAKES A GREAT POINT ON POOR BUS SCHEDULING

But there's no problem scheduling a 10 minute layover for every single WES run at Beaverton TC, and 26 minutes for each WES run at Wilsonville.

For every 90 minutes of service, the trains are in revenue service two 27 minute runs (54 minutes) and on layover 36 minutes. And THAT has to be protected at ALL cost, while bus is nickel and dimed...keep pushing the bus operators further and further, they don't need breaks nor do they have the stressful job that a WES Operator (and Conductor!) have...

THIS MAN IS A MONSTER

I have never worked (or used to work in this case) in any environment where the management purposely creates a hostile work environment for its employees. This man is directly responsible for many of the incidents (about 12+ a day) by preaching how over paid and over compensated Trimet drivers are thereby creating resentment in our riding public. He is also responsible for allowing news items to be publicized that  show 'driver negligence.' Many of the 'leaked' stories are not even the fault of the operator, but does  McFührer care about that? NOPE, anything to destroy his unionized employees

EVER HEARD OF BASIN TRANSIT

In Klamath Falls!

One of the worst cases of scheduling ever seen by Steve Fung


Gateway transit center bathmat

This was at Steve Fungs door at the layover slot on wednesday.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK

ATTN: ALL TRIMET EMPLOYEES THIS IS IN YOUR MAIL BOX READ IT AND DO EXACTLY AS IT SAYS BY AUG 3 OR YOU WONT HAVE A JOB AND WILL BE SUED

METRO SUPPORTS MCFARLANE AND HIS UNION BUSTING AGENDA

Welcome to Orygon, soon to be a red state, of course this is no surprise. All these gubmint careerists in this area stick together. (which is why i loved sam adams sticking it to Mcfarlane)

Look at this bullshit, everything is lovely except for those union employees who are ruining Trimet, absolutely sickening..
The assumptions that TriMet's problems are created by governance are misaimed," he said. "TriMet's problems are created by an unfavorable state law that requires their negotiations to take place in a particular way, which leads to a labor contract that ultimately is unsupportable."


Who should map out TriMet's future? | Metro news

DO WE BELIEVE THEM?

TriMet says new rail line work has created 1,525 jobs

CLASSIC TWEETS

Talk about bus drivers losing it..this takes the cake

Face Eating Attack In China: 'Dong,' Drunken Bus Driver, Allegedly Bites Woman 'Du's' Nose, Lips

Trimet activist "HB" continues pushing for real improvement

This guy is a tiger, he is not going to be discouraged. Trimet needs more operators that are willing to speak out!

PETE TAYLOR DIED YESTERDAY!

That's  shocking news! WOW!
Rest in peace Pete.
Posted at Trimet! Who's gonna miss him, obviously not the management who kicked him out

KING COUNTY METRO

Video's here!
LA Metro

DOT video on bus safety


Video Here!

Joe Rose throws a little barb at Trimet

Oregon road facts from AAA

Oregon | AAA Making America Stronger

MCFARLANE WANTS AN END TO ARBITRATION

I'M ALL FOR IT! Bus strike goes ahead despite tentative agreement | The Columbus Dispatch

Saturday, June 30, 2012

ATTACK ON MAX


Trimet budget crisis update


Today's installment of "Quality TriMet Bus Stops"


I really am at a loss to describe what's right about this bus stop.

King Tut comes to Portland


(Disclaimer: Yes, I was breaking the law. I was trespassing on railroad and City property without authorization. So sue me. No, I didn't have anyone run up and prevent me from going here. Thank God. Nor did the two people who were working here (including the fueling guy) seem to care that I was taking pictures. The fueling guy just turned his back to me...that's fine I didn't need him in the picture but he had a job to do so I wasn't about to tell him to move, I just got what I wanted, he's doing what he needed to do, and frankly he seemed a little interested at the wrap too. So if I show up on the Steel Bridge spy cam, yes, I was there.)

Readership this week


WANT TRIMET REGULATIONS? I GOT EM!


Public Records Retention Guidance
 Trimet records management
 Hours of service policy
 Incident Notification Guidelines
 Issuance and Processing of Interdiction Commands
 TriMet Code Violations-Definitions
 Inspector Role and Job Duties
 Request for Police Assistance
 Bus and MAX Platform Inspection
 SAFETY BULLETINS
 Break review form
 Light rail safety minutes
 Employee conduct

TRIMET COMM CENTER UPDATES

TRIMET COMM CTR-JUNE 28/29-11:09…
 TRIMET COMM CTR-JUNE 29-3:30PM/11

Ever wonder what happens when you submit your safety concern


Supervisory reports


YOU CAN BRING YOUR FIREWORKS ON TRIMET

Safety Reminder:
Bringing Fireworks onto TriMet Vehicles
During the July 4 holiday week, customers are allowed to board and ride on
TriMet with unopened, prepackaged fireworks in a closed bag or other carrier.
If you have questions, please see your garage manager.

TRIMET EMPLOYEES/RETIREES-GET YOUR PAPERWORK READY

Watch for your Dependent Eligibility Audit mailing!

The verification phase of the Dependent Eligibility Audit is beginning. During this phase you will need to verify the eligibility of all the dependents remaining on your TriMet health care plan. 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. Make sure to review the eligibility requirements, provide documentation verifying your dependents and confirm the audit of your dependents is complete. Documents can be mailed, faxed or uploaded through Mercer’s website.

"Moving Together" (give us a freaking break)

TriMet Board of Directors approve Moving Together project

Due to the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project, the current Operations Command Center at Ruby Junction will no longer be big enough to support the rail addition. Holgate Plaza, currently housing Service Planning and Scheduling, Transportation Training and Safety and Security will need to be demolished for the project. On Wednesday, the Board of Directors approved a lease for two floors of Harrison Square, an office building located at SW 1st Avenue and Harrison Street, where most employees from divisions other than operations will report to work as of February 2013. Eventually, the OCC, Operations, Safety and Security, IT and Customer Service will be consolidated at Center Street. New, smaller cubes will be used in both Harrison Square and Center Street, along with fewer offices to promote a more collaborative work environment and save money by reducing square footage needed for the lease.

THE CASE OF THE BULLIED BUS MONITOR PARALLELS THE LIFE OF A BUS DRIVER

You can be taunted, harassed, and bullied. And there is not much you can do about it except have the person removed from the bus.
And if the offender leaves before the 'authorities' arrive there is no further action taken against them, unless of course they actually used some sort of violence against you. They can come back another day and do it all over again.
School bus drivers even have less control over the situation as they are prohibited from removing students from the bus.

Bus monitor's composure in face of taunters carries a lesson

Seen On Facebook

You know why I'm smiling? Cause I still make 250,000 a year while cutting service and health care  to pay for new office furniture and spending tax payers money and can't be stopped. Ha ha ha thanks Fred!
 

Recording on Tri-Met Board Meeting with Bus Riders Unite activists

KBOO

Yelp discussion about Trimet

HERE!

SAM SWARTZ LAST DAY

The word is there is a party today for him but only VIP's are invited!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dispatch June 28

Some supervisors get excited when you wear the wrong hat
 Lucky Trimet has a monopoly
 Lucky Trimet is a monopoly-part 2
 Lucky Trimet is a monopoly-part 3
 The best of dispatch-June 28

TRIMET LIFT DRIVERS DO NOT HAVE IT EASY


Spotted at Powell-Steve Fung


IT'S UNBELIEVABLE! IT'S SUNSET BOB

Sounds like he is getting ready to book out of TRIMET  too!

Trimet comm center updates

TRIMET COMM JUNE27/28.11:10PM-10:5…
 TRIMET COMM CENTER-JUNE 28-10:51A…

This has been going on 2 years now?

TriMet Media

I guess we are all doomed

Transportation Bill a death blow to mass transit, riders, & communities - Amalgamated Transit Union

I DIDN'T PUT IT TOGETHER TILL NOW!

But THIS must be  about the bus driver that got attacked!

KATU STORY ON DRIVER ATTACK

VIDEO:

WHY ITS WORTH SLOGGING IT OUT AT TRIMET


Driver getting punched out hit the AP newswire


TriMet budget ax falls, PSU commuters to pay the price

Portland State Vanguard

KATU WANTS TO COVER THE LATEST ATTACK ON A TRIMET BUS DRIVER

If you were on that bus or have information about THIS incident leave a comment on how we can get in touch with you.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

THE TRIMET SYSTEM

(Or don't mess with Jason)

CHECK OUT STEVE FUNGS BUS TODAY

one of Dwight's passengers,Pauline,decked out my bus today in 4th of July motif.Everybody loved it.


I DON'T QUITE GET THE BRAGGING

I think its low class to brag about how many citizens you have 'caught'.
May’s fare enforcement report nearly 10-fold increase over last year | TriMet Media

One thing TRIMET does to perfection:

It's ministry of PROPAGANDA!
And HERE!

LIGHT RAIL ARGUMENT

Make Portland more transit-oriented

Stupidity downtown

http://t.co/MyC4pAoY

FARE DISPUTE LEADS TO ASSAULT

Attacks driver over fare
TriMet bus driver assaulted by man over unpaid fare, authorities say

BEST OF DISPATCH

June 27

89 driver not happy with sunset tc bathroom situation


Crazy woman gets loose at Elmonica


SEND ME AN ANGEL

My new favorite Trimet stars are the dispatchers, all with their own personality and style. Here we have Angel, just the sweetest woman, she is great to listen to when she gets stressed!

Poor newbie trying to figure it all out


ME AND LARS LARSON HAVE A SPIRITED TWITTER DEBATE!


THE BABY STORY IS NEWS-WHY IS A DRIVER ATTACKED NOT NEWS?

Apparently the attack occurred yesterday

THE FIRST REAL SILENT ALARM I HAVE EVER HEARD


MARY FESTCH REALLY SLINGS THE BULLSHIT HERE

SPIN SPIN SPIN....

BRUCE PEEK ON LARS LARSON

Bruce gets Hammered by Lars

Trimet com center updates

Trimet comm center-june 25
 TRIMET COMM CTR-JUNE 25
 Trimet comm center-June 25-5:30pm-10:3…
 Trimet comm center-June 25/26-10:30pm-…
 Trimet comm ctr-June 26-11:56am-10:21pm

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Trimet page regarding the union dispute

'They' say its a win for Trimet.
Lots of complex documents here:

http://trimet.org/union/timeline.htm

ITS TRUE

Beth deHamel, Executive Director of Finance and Administration will be leaving TriMet to take the position as Chief Financial Officer for Mercy Corps. I am delighted that she is able to fulfill one of her passions by becoming a part of an international organization that does so much good throughout the world.

Trimet board of sock puppets-June meeting

2 PARTS, (the usual boring crap)

TriMet board recognizes 'operators of the year,' longtime employee

Joe Rose

Too scared to ride!

Cornelius mother says her children scared to ride TriMet after encounter with angry bus driver | OregonLive.com

DON'T MISS SAM ADAMS TAKING TRIMET TO TASK!

CLICK HERE!

Michael Levine at the board meeting


MAN DESTROYS BUS SHELTER, HITS SECURITY GUARD

Hit-and-run suspect who struck Rose Garden security guard had been drinking, affidavit states | OregonLive.com

KGW VIDEO REPORT ON BABY BUS-WITH WITNESS


Adam's gets 'mostly true' from politifact

 (I wonder about this site since its hooked to the Oregonian its not completely independent)
PolitiFact Oregon | Does TriMet itself say that free rides for high school students do not add to operating costs?

Trimet driver of the year board presentation


DRIVER OF THE YEAR JACKIE OSWALD AT TODAYS BOARD MEETING


INDEPENDENT WITNESS BACKS UP THE REAL STORY

http://www.katu.com/news/local/TriMet-Claudeen-Hendren-Forest-Grove-crying-family-trimet-bus-driver-kicks-family-off-bus-160615465.html

The real scoop of the latest baby bus incident

Ok here is the REAL SCOOP, can’t tell you how I know it but it’s true.
The woman got on the bus with her 3 kids and sat down.
After a few minutes the driver asked to see the fares.
One of the kids went up with some VERY expired transfers.
Claudine told her that they were no good and she needed to pay fare.
The woman went nuts on Claudine.
Another man inside the bus intervened on the side of Claudine. The woman went nuts on him. He somehow got a cop to come over and take control of the situation.
The cops got the situation under control and asked Claudine if would take the mom to Forest Grove.
Claudine said no, the police then removed the woman off the bus and took her to where she needed to go.
Additionally, after the last incident Claudine was checked ride over and over. She was also had secret riders check on her over and over. All the reports on her behavior were positive.

Beth Dehamel next executive to hit the road?

I hear she has resigned

DID YOU KNOW THAT TRIMET EMPLOYS LOBBYISTS?

http://portlandafoot.org/w/Aaron_Deas

KATU NEWS STORY ON CLAUDINE

TriMet bus driver again accused of kicking a mom, kids off bus | Local & Regional | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon

House rejects further cuts to transportation spending bill

The Hill's Floor Action

Michael Levine at city hall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5UaftYpEEM

BOMBS AWAY

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/jack_ohman/index.ssf/2012/06/cartoon_bombs_away.html

TRIMET DRIVER DEFENDS BABY BUS DRIVER

http://t.co/Nv1QKpOr

Portland Mayor Sam Adams humbles Trimet

Mcfarlane didn't dare open his mouth!
video


SOCK PUPPETS MOVE TO STIFLE THE PUBLIC



SOCK PUPPETS MEETING IN 8 MINS

Neil Mcfarlane manipulates a puppet
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 9 a.m.

Location

City of Portland Building, Room C
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dispatch says its Ok to take bike inside!

I never thought that would be possible. Of course senior drivers do it all the time (myself included when I was driving at Trimet) but you DO NOT call dispatch and ask! Just take it on and be careful! I never had an incident and must have done it 100 times in 15 years.

TRIMET ACTIVIST 'HB'

Thanks for your response concerning my questions for the safety committee (5/17/12). You said if I had any questions, to contact you.

LOTS OF RETWEETS ON THIS ONE TODAY!

MEDIA FRENZY ABOUT TO BEGIN!

IT APPEARS THAT THE MEDIA IS SMELLING BLOOD AGAIN WITH THE NEW BABY TRIMET BUS STORY!! (hound dogs represent local media)(meat represents Claudine)

CLAUDINE BACK IN THE NEWS

Less than a year after TriMet was in the national spotlight because a bus driver’s attitude toward a mother and her crying child, the agency is investigating another incident of a mother and crying children allegedly forced off the Line 57 bus late at night on June 7.

Three passengers who were on the bus at the time say it is the same driver who was involved in the incident last year.

TriMet investigating new crying mom complaint

Transit union leader to put focus on scheduling

Watson said what drivers want and what customers want is the same thing — "attainable" schedules that don't require drivers to rush past stops. Drivers have fought with previous OC Transpo management over control of how the bus scheduling system is run, and want more input.

The issue also arises because many drivers work split shifts — with part of their shift in the morning and part of it in the afternoon, with breaks in between, to accommodate customers' peak travel periods. About 50 runs for drivers break down into three pieces — with downtime in between —spread out over 12 hours.

Transit union leader to put focus on scheduling - Ottawa - CBC News

Light rail lies

Honolulu’s rail line will use more energy than buses or autos | Hawaii Reporter

TRIMET WANTS MORE TIME

But the Trimet board said NO to OPAL so the city should say NO to Trimet!

http://blog.oregonlive.com/portlandcityhall/2012/06/trimet_asks_portland_city_coun.html

Cautionary tale on light rail

Transportation planners, policymakers and other true believers who have embraced the notion that taking away our freeways is a surefire strategy to pry us from our automobiles and force us onto mass-transit systems would be well-advised to adjust their thinking. A recent visit to that beacon of all that is green --- Portland, Ore. ---- convinces me that there is a significant amount of wishful thinking in this methodology.
During a week in the land of granola and Birkenstocks, I was treated firsthand to the pleasures of "rush hour" (there's a misnomer if ever there was one) traffic that extended well past seven in the evening while traveling on nearly every freeway serving the metropolitan region. None of the traffic jams I experienced was the result of accident or construction ---- just too many cars.
Full article here

Transit Funding Cuts Are Putting Bus Drivers in Danger

Attacks on transit drivers are not a new problem. But it seems to be getting worse.
A bus driver now gets assaulted every three days in the United States, estimates the Amalgated Transit Union. Headlines abound of drivers getting kicked, punched, stabbed and shot, while the lower-profile offenses – spitting and verbal harassment – have almost become part of the job description.

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/06/25/transit-funding-cuts-are-putting-bus-drivers-in-danger/ 

Street roots on the end of fare less

http://streetroots.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/goodbye-free-rail-zone-and-everything-you-stood-for/

Classic tweets

WELL?

ONLY THE WAR IN IRAQ IS MORE OUTRAGEOUS THAN TRIMET

Less than two weeks after TriMet cut bus service to the tune of $1.1 million, the transit agency’s board appears to be on the verge of approving nearly $1.4 million for office furniture.

YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE ON TRIMET THESE DAYS


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!