Sunday, July 8, 2012
ALL(union members) are invited to attend the ATU charter meeting where International President Larry Hanley will be attending and installing NEW OFFICERS. Charter Meeting, 3:00 pm, Machinists (IAM) Local 24, 3645 SE 32nd Avenue
Seeking the heroes who keep the trains and buses running - NY Daily News
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Last I heard operators are in service including dead heads where customers request a ride back to the garage.
A rail supervisor used "excessive force" (police ruling) against a juvenile in an incident at a transit center.
As most people that work at Trimet know, most everybody would be terminated immediately.
But because this particular supervisor was a personal friend of one of the top executives, they were able to keep their job at Trimet, as a rail operator.
Trimet did its usual job of covering the whole incident up.
"In our community, we have cameras everywhere," Reese said. "I think sometimes we don't realize how much technology has progressed in the last few decades."
Portland police keep number and location of video cameras private | OregonLive.com
Rider Profile: This mom rides TriMet to teach her kids life lessons « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans
Friday, July 6, 2012
Peter William Taylor
October 21, 1944 – July 1, 2012
Beloved Husband, Father and Papa, Pete Taylor, a Linfield College Football Hall of Famer loved campfires on the beach, fishing, opera, and the rain on the roof of his greenhouse. He served Portland for 42 years at Tri-Met. We will miss his sharp wit, poetry and big open arms.
He is preceded in death by his father, Lester and leaves behind his wife Kathleen; daughters Anna and Sierra; his son in law Arron and grandson Connor; his mother Grace; sister Margret and brother Dan and all the others he proudly called family.
A memorial will be held on July 15, 2012 at 3pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church. 6835 SW 46th AVE. 97219. Stories and remembrances welcomed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements by Young's Funeral Home, Tigard, Oregon
That included Muni's practice of considering buses on time even if they were four minutes and 59 seconds late, when the voter-approved definition of an on-time bus is four minutes. New documents show there are other ways Muni has fudged its on-time performance numbers.
Muni fudges on-time performance, records show - SFGate
Trimet decided ,THIS YEAR, to double the contigency budget from $10,000,000 to $20,000,000.
If they hadn't done that none of the service cuts and contract nonsense would be relevant.
THIS CRISIS IS CREATED-INTENTIONALLY.
The Science of Mass Manipulation Through Crisis Creation
Thursday, July 5, 2012
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!
BDS message- many many routes cancelled, no operators-FYI #trimet #trimess
— AL M (@APMargulies) July 5, 2012
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.
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
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
Looks like a #TriMet bus is involved in that multiple-vehicle crash that has shutdown NE MLK near Multnomah Blvd. #pdxtraffic
— Joseph Rose (@pdxcommute) July 4, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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.
Extra TriMet service added for July 4 celebrations - KPTV - FOX 12
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
“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
Monday, July 2, 2012
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...
Look at this bullshit, everything is lovely except for those union employees who are ruining Trimet, absolutely sickening..
Who should map out TriMet's future? | Metro news
- TriMet says construction of the $1.5 billion Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line reached “a major milestone” today. What is it? The first rail being set into the earth? No. The transit bridge is done? Nope. Nothing like that. "Year 2 of construction begins," TriMet trumpeted in a weekend press release. In other words, the earth continues to rotate around the sun. (Insert joke about wishing your bus showed with such consistency.)
- Oregon road trends; TriMet 'milestone'; gas prices; Nike bridge; Washington redlight cameras: Commuter roundup | OregonLive.com
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
(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.)
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
Break review form
Light rail safety minutes
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.
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.
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.
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
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
May’s fare enforcement report nearly 10-fold increase over last year | TriMet Media
|Attacks driver over fare|
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
PolitiFact Oregon | Does TriMet itself say that free rides for high school students do not add to operating costs?
Swiftly veering into fuck-TriMet territory. They cut the right to speak on resolutions and the director is leaving early which will probably— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) June 27, 2012
(Cont'd) successfully cut off all public testimony altogether. With only four members here it's clear they are dodging all backlash.— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) June 27, 2012
The board of delayers have just gotten past the general manager's comments. I make a motion to blockade the doors, can I get a second?— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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
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
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
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.
Monday, June 25, 2012
They got their cute little sayings like this:
TriMet's $1.4 million bill for new office furniture connected to Portland-Milwaukie light rail project:... tmblr.co/Ze3LpvO84uTU— Daniel Kemble (@Kemble238) June 26, 2012
Or are they THIS?
We all know they sure like THIS!
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!