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 | 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


More dispatch updates

 Animal abuser rides the bus
 puke bus





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
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


Only for some citizens, others are in FAT CITY!