Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

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