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Saturday, August 4, 2012

DRIVING A BUS SHOULD NOT BE A SURVIVAL EXERCISE

Jack Ohman, The Oregonian


I've seen this before but its worth reposting again (via erik)

Portland TriMet 1990 Gillig Phantom #1455

TriMet was not the only one delayed today

Or, there were problems with the lower deck of the Steel Bridge, too (among other things)

Amtrak Train 14 (northbound Coast Starlight) was recorded as leaving Salem at 4:22PM and didn't get into Portland Union Station until 9 o'clock. Over 4 1/2 hours to get from Salem to Portland.

A rider's companion notes that 1/2 hour or more was spent sitting on the other side of the Steel Bridge waiting for heat-related issues to be taken care of. It was also heard that a woman rider with a walker did not make it off the train in Salem.

In addition, southbound Amtrak Cascades train 507 arrived in Portland late due to heat/weather issues where it was held for the Steel Bridge issues until almost an hour after the next southbound train, 509 had arrived.

IT'S REALLY SOMETHING WHEN A BUNCH OF HOBBYISTS REACT FASTER THAN A MULTI MILLION DOLLAR AGENCY


TRIMET ACTIVIST 'HB'


They are the most annoying people in Portland Metro, they need these cards to educate themselves, I got nothing but rage for them sometimes, but we must coexist......to a point, LOL

 
"Are buses legally required to yield to bikes in a bike lane before pulling to the curb?
All vehicles are supposed to yield the right of way to people in the bike lane, but there's an exception for vehicles operating "in course of official duty." But there's no excuse for a bus cutting you off too closely. "It's gotten a lot better because now the bus drivers are afraid they're going to squish us," says Thomas."

HB
p.s. They need to know that exception!!!

TODAYS 'SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMET'


CUSTOMER SERVICE OVER THE AIRWAVES



TriMet's new 3000 series buses undergoing extensive testing


Jack gets it right (again)

Pamplin papers develop a taste for Kool-Aid (Jack Bog's Blog)

ANOTHER MEETING OF THE TRIMET SOCK PUPPETS

This is the July meeting-I can't watch these anymore since its all BULLSHIT and hype and preplanned.

TRIMET COMM CENTER

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS-AUGUST 3

Mass Transit Magazine supports Trimet management (which is what it does of course)

TriMet-Union Tiff Continues - Mass Transit

Friday, August 3, 2012

LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE GOT A HOLD OF A TRIMET BUS RADIO-WARNING! PROFANITY


THE TWO TOP STORIES OF THE DAY

SEE YOU IN COURT NEIL

 LISTEN TO FRED EXPLAIN THE PENSIONS

WE'VE SEE SOME OF THIS ANTI UNION STUFF BEFORE


TODAYS "SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMESS"


ERIK'S TWEETS CRACKED ME UP TODAY


TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS CENTER-AUGUST 2


MY ADVICE TO NEW OPERATORS WHEN DRIVING IN THE HEAT WITH OUT A/C


LISTEN TO FRED EXPLAIN THE PENSIONS

Now I am pretty sure that he says that the management pensions ARE OVER100% funded but the union pensions are 50% funded! Now why would that be the case?

So, In My Ongoing History of Unusual Things

I got my honored citizens' pass and ID today, as sanctioned by my healthcare provider. Reason being that without it, I'd be barely able, if able at all, to attend any of my important appointments... I guess, hey, don't question a good thing. I won't be facing an increase just yet...

I can't tell if I'm a bit embarrassed or not that my mental disorders (such as Autism and bi-polar disorder) were what qualified me for this... but hey, why question it?

The ID card goes out in 5 years. By then I'll legally be able to drink. Hahaha.

HANGING WITH STEVE AND GOING TO SEE DAN (and others)

This movie is full of little surprises!

TRIMET MANAGERS HAVE NO RIGHT TO TELL YOU WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY


AUSTIN MILLER MEMORIAL RIDE

Austin Miller Memorial Bike Ride: Family friendly bike safety event to mark the opening of the Trolley Trail in Clackamas County and to celebrate the life of Austin Miller, a Clackamas County resident who died at age 15 in 2008 when he collided with a TriMet bus while riding his bike. Event includes a 3-mile route for families. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/themombeat/2012/08/free_weekend_family_fun_in_por_2.html

SEE YOU IN COURT NEIL

I'm holding you personally responsible for withholding the money that you ILLEGALLY ordered me to pay and now illegally refuse to pay back.  You can't bring your fancy $250/hr lawyer with you to small claims, better remember that.

ACTIVIST CAMERON JOHNSON AT THE DAN CHRISTENSEN EVENT


Sent the Invite!

Now let's hope for a good reply from our CFO.

Under the belief that every single step of this maybe-historic meeting needs to be documented for no reason,
Cameron

REST IN PEACE GORE VIDAL

Gore Vidal Remembered: 2003 Interview With Late Iconoclastic Writer & Longtime Critic of U.S. Empire

And yet another blog post about Trimet-this one is pretty gushy

Tourists always love Portland. It does look so nice when you really don't know it or understand it.
It's definitely one of the more livable cities, but to tell you the truth, I can't wait to get out of Portland.

Acts of Minor Treason: Tunnel Visions: Portland's MAX Light Rail

$300k+/benefits/retirement-THE TRIMET GIRLS

And all they have to do is "talk", have coffee, write a few press releases. Life is GREAT for some TRIMET employees;
https://mobile.twitter.com/SallyKGW/status/231425340365484033

Pretty decent blog post about Trimet from a tourist

All trains run, or better crawl through the downtown area, and here is actually the strongest criticism I have to give, that within the central area it is one of the slowest systems I have been on.

Robert Schwandl's Urban Rail Blog: PORTLAND MAX & Streetcar

Thursday, August 2, 2012

GODDAMN PORTLAND TRANSPORT CAN BE SUCH A PAIN IN THE ASS

 It appears that I have given Bob R a bad rap. The post wasn't moderated on purpose it seems but by a spam filter due to word I used in the post. (another p-transport pain in the ass). But back in the day things got pretty wild over there at P-Transport, and Bob would regularly moderate my posts.

Its never been particularly easy blogging over there, and I've been part of their crowd for years now. But those moderators over there, especially Bob R, can just get ridiculous sometimes in their tyrannical moods. And Bob R does have that streak of tyrant in him that comes out occasionally.

I'm probably going to take on DeHamel's request.

With a few conditions, of course. They'll be phrased more politely than they are here. :P

1) I reserve the right to blog about anything that is said, otherwise I'm out.
2) Dialogue, not monologue.
3) I reserve the right to bring someone with me.
3.5) Please don't bring a group of people with you. I'll limit my company to one. 
4) I really don't want recycled answers and whatnot. Give me honesty. 

Either way and no matter what, I look forward to seeing what this meeting will be like. Any other ideas for conditions/requests?

todays-SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMET


PHOTOGRAPHER FREAKS OUT STREETCAR OPERATOR


TRIMET MANAGERS DESIGN RUNS THAT HURT PEOPLE

This woman driving the line 12 DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE BATHROOM ON TIME. Does TRIMET CARE, of course not.

DISPATCH CAN'T GET ANYONE TO DO THE 57


WE WATCH AS AN OLD TRIMET BUS SPEWS POLLUTION INTO THE AIR


DISPATCH LIES TO OPERATOR


"GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!"


Streetcar operator wants to light off some fireworks

OH LOOK-TRIMET IS HELPING PRESERVE THE ENVIORNMENT

By Mary Fetsch

TRIMET STEPS OVER THE LINE-AGAIN

Now I personally know what this is all about.Trimet for years attempted to control my off duty behavior.
And now they are at it again: SEEN ON FACEBOOK:
Another attempt of the Tri-Met management team strong arming a Union employee. The day shift supervisor at Center St. told an employee they need to remove their "The Tri-Met Way" sticker from their personally owned toolbox. I was also informed that the employee was asked for the names of others who are also displaying the sticker on their toolbox. What a great way for a newly appointed day shift supervisor to say "Hey Bob, look what I did. Praise me, love me, accept me."

A short course in light rail safety

MAX FAQs

Jack Bogdanski hits the nail on the head (as usual)

Tri-Met: Fare increase is "for simplicity"

KXL does a little interview with Mary Fetsch

HERE!

CLASSIC TWEETS (trimet not getting the job done again)

Some interesting video from Twitter

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Video 3
Video 4

SOME INTERESTING TWITTER PICS

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LOOK HOW OTHER TRANSIT DISTRICTS TREAT THEIR RETIREES

Great People - Metro Transit

THE JERKS AT TRIMET CAN'T EVEN GET THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL CHART UP

Look at the date it was supposed to be there-guess what, IT'S NOT THERE, cause its TRIMESS and they can't do ANYTHING RIGHT

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

$30,000,000 spent on this

As described in Friday’s INSIDEINFO, six vehicles equipped with a new radio and Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) pulled out of Merlo into revenue service. The purpose of this pilot is to test the system in revenue service to find and correct any issues reported by operators and dispatchers prior to full fleet installation.

DEFENDING THE CRIME TRAIN

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - New MAX line might not be the 'crime express'

THIS CRIMINAL MAKES $120.00 AN HOUR FOR BREAKING LAWS

This Nazi makes a FORTUNE while he expects everybody that actually works here to sacrifice. What a pig this guy is.

THE PLIGHT OF THE WORKING MAN


IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN STOP THE ROUGES RUNNING TRIMET?

“Passage will do more than stop the Orange Line,” she says. “It will send a clear message that the voters have had enough of this irresponsible spending. Voters will make all future and final decisions on light rail.”
Asked for her perspective on the real motivations behind such seemingly implausible projects Barton says,  “All too often these big government projects are not about providing services to taxpayers but rather about building empires, growing government and throwing money at the next fad.  Light rail is a financial boondoggle that the planning class has invested in so deeply they cannot dig themselves out, despite its deep flaws and voter discontent.

Can Voters Slow Creeping Light Rail? | Mark Ellis | Northwest Free Press

Judge’s ruling contradicts TriMet win at arbitration

http://nwlaborpress.org/2012/08/atu-15/

SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMET (undoing the propaganda machine)


WHATS IN STORE FOR STORE FOR TRIMET EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES

I have been informed by a very reliable source that the next things that the Nazi's that control TRIMET have planned for us is the end of the EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and termination of the NEW HORIZONS retirement supplement.
McFührer made it very clear that this was 'only the beginning of the cuts coming to employees.

NEWEST TRIMET NAZI SAYS STEP DISCIPLINE MEANS NOTHING

We all knew this guy was bad news. Mcfarlane, who whines about cutting expenses, decides to hire a six figure executive anyway. (why should shit bag Mcfarlane care about riders or employees)

Anyway some of you may have followed the case of the rail supervisor that knocked out a juvenile. It turns out that the rail supervisor (remember we do not know the facts of this case) won his job back at the STEP THREE GRIEVANCE HEARING.

Well Herr Steadman announced that Trimet WILL NOT HONOR THE STEP THREE DECISION.
In other words brothers and sisters, THE GRIEVANCE PROCESS IS GONE AS OF NOW.

BOY THESE STICKERS ARE SHOWING UP EVERYWHERE!


TRIMET CRIMINAL MANAGERS ISSUE A PROCLAMATION


THE NEWEST TRIMET BUMPER STICKER


PORTLAND'S DISGRACEFUL NEWS PAPER AND ITS 'EDITORIAL BOARD'

By Alina Harway
In the weeks since, we’ve conducted research into the editorials that came out under Lukens’ direction and have found that it’s even more extreme than we originally thought. On every issue that matters to most Oregonians, Lukens and the Bulletin editorial board took a far-right position that is completely at odds with the Oregonian’s readership.
Our five-part series examined Lukens' far-right direction of the editorial page on issues important to Oregonians.
Part 1: "Drill, Baby, Drill" off the Oregon coast and in Alaska.
Part 2: Kicking Working Families While They're Down - for instance, by lowering the minimum wage.
Part 3: "Down with taxes! (Unless you are Poor)" because the working poor—not the rich—should be making more sacrifices.
Part 4: Attacks social security, because why ask more from the richest when you can shift the burden onto our senior citizens instead?
Part 5: No Friend of Public Schools but a fan of overcrowded classrooms and failed charter schools.

SOME MORE TRIMET BULLSHIT

TriMet prepares for end of fare zones by urging riders to use, trade in old tickets | OregonLive.com

GREAT COMMENTS

FROM The phony latest public relations stunt by TRIMET

STAY AWAY FROM YOU TUBE

You might have noticed that most of my video productions now are not based at YouTube.
They have the right to remove your channel at will with no right of  appeal


Ed Choi's Driver of the Month Party at Merlo

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TRIMET IS SO BROKE THAT THEY HAVE MONEY TO INSTALL THESE EVERYWHERE INTERNALLY

These 'deluxe' and extremely expensive flat screen TV's broadcast Trimet propaganda 24 hours a day to employees:
CLICK HERE

A TRIMET EMPLOYEE HERO ADDS THE STICKER


EXECUTIVE COWARDS

Seen on Facebook:
Talk about chicken shit. Today is Art Winslow's last day (he is retiring.) Instead of a manager presenting him with his 35 year pin, which is customary, they pussed out and asked a Lead to do it. They act all tough behind the scenes, but haven't got the courage to face someone when they no longer have anything to lose.

TRIMET SUCEEDS IN DRIVING ANOTHER OLD TIMER OUT

Seen on facebook:
‎12 days short of a full 20 years at Tri-met and I have decided enough is an enough so today was my last day!
Thank you Mr Mc forskin for turning the best job that I ever had into a job that I hate to get out of bed to go to. Its sad when you get ready to leave work and you check to make sure that nothing that says Tri-Met is showing because you are no longer proud of where you work and don't want people to know you work for Tri-Met for fear someone would run you down in the street

A COUPLE CLASSIC TWEETS


ARE YOU RIDING TRANSIT IN PORTLAND OR NYC?


TRIMET'S ANTI UNION MOUTHPIECE USUAL NONSENSE

Honk if you hate reading this (written by useless people with useless opinions)

Trimet conducts another phony public relations stunt

TriMet wants your vote on seating layout of new MAX trains

Okay. This guy is one of MY heroes.

Seriously! This guy has incredible brevity. Doing something like this is just seriously... just wow. 

ALWAYS MONEY AROUND FOR BUREAUCRATS

$22.31 - $31.77 Hourly

STEVE FUNG PRODUCTIONS

Oregon Brewers Festival 2012

TRIMET ACTIVIST 'HB'


Dear leaders of this union, 
I have been wondering what “is” going on in the battle that “we” are in???  A battle, which should have started in 09”, with the end of the old contract???  Since then, this union has been silent on “all” issues of important to “all” its members.  The communications between “us” and you have been non-existent at best.  This “is” unacceptable, then and now!  I and others have said this time and again, “WHAT IS THE PLAN GOING FORWARD!!!!!”  Since the elections, “we” have not heard a single thing, from “all leadership” on any issues, other than, “MERCER (file or not to file), and ULP’s.  This really means very little (but necessary) in the bigger theme of things going forward.  Some of “us” know that these are “not” the big picture and the next CONTRACT, “is”.  This is the battle that will determine the future relationship with the company.  “What is the plan”????  Leadership “is” not mobile, leadership is quiet, leadership has no new ideas, and leadership is not willing to speak to the media and use it to “our” advantage (although I heard “your” vice president come out and say, “its total war”.  This “is” an empty attempt at best.).  What are “you” going to do??
I know that some of “you” are going to ask me “what have you done?”  I and others have taken the last pieces of information that came from “you” and posted in some of the transit center that operators frequent, so that they can read the most recent information that “you” have put out.   Some of “us” know that operators don’t always go up to the union board in their individual garages (due to long schedules of straits, split shifts and extra board work) and read the information in real time, this “is” one of the biggest negatives “we” have as a union.  So to do something different than “you”, “we” decided that everyone needs to understand, this is a different union, than the, DO NOTHING, of the past.
For the leaders that I have talked to in the past, I AM CALLING “YOU” ALL OUT!!  “We” need to rebuild this union so that “ALL MEMBERS” can be involved in, NOW and NOT LATER, when it’s too late.  No more hoping waiting, it’s July 31, 2012, August is next, “WE” ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!

THESE LIARS CUT SERVICE AND BENEFITS AND CONTINUE TO SPEND LIKE NO TOMORROW

TriMet HQ move is area's biggest 2012 lease so far - Portland Business Journal

UNBELIEVABLE

The oppposite of journalism (Jack Bog's Blog)

Monday, July 30, 2012

This woman fumbled for her fare for 5 minutes

I never understood the ignorance of some of the bus riders

Not even a place for bus riders to sit at busy 15 NW stop at Broadway

DON'T BELIEVE THAT HYPE

http://vimeo.com/46332622

PURCHASE ANTI TRIMET GEAR HERE

http://ralph.spreadshirt.com/
Tell Them What You Think

LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT-says the a-hole that run TRIMESS

( of course my answer would be to the trimet management FUCK YOU)

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Sparks fly in Clackamas rail fight

TriMet union employees protesting labor decision with defiant bumper stickers:

With the usual highly ignorant comments from the Oregonians highly ignorant readers
http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2012/07/trimet_union_employees_protest.html

Transit Intelligence is out- (even Mcfarlane probably reads this newsletter)

July 30, 2012 - Olympic hurdle; Women charged in attack; New job postings

Saturday, July 28, 2012

OPAL

Bus Riders Union: The Film
Wednesday, August 1
Food @ 5:30 PM
Film Screening @ 6:00 PM

OPAL Office: 2407 SE 49th Ave
Bus Lines: 4, 14, and 71

LABRU

Bus Riders Union is a riveting documentary that tells the story of the early years of the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles, an organization that has led the fight for transit justice in LA and around the country for nearly 20 years. The LA BRU is a close partner of OPAL, and served as a model for the formation of Bus Riders Unite. The film screening will be followed by a discussion of what we can learn from the experiences of the LA BRU to further strengthen our own local movement for transit justice. Email Hector hector@opalpdx.org or call the office to RSVP and to get more information about this event.

America's Workforce Radio features President Hanley

Listen to the full interview here.

MERCER FOLLOWS REED GROUP IN HASSLING EMPLOYEES

Those of us who have dealt with the REED GROUP know how awful they are. (Another move by Trimet to torture its employees)

Well read this about MERCER (taken from Facebook)

Was just informed by mercer that a copy of my kids birth certificates was insufficient proof of dependency but did not inform me what else they wanted....WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!!!!!

McFarlane lied

Created by Tom Horton

SOUND FAMILIAR?

All too many ATU members can identify with a bus driver who is attacked. And some even know what it feels like when a battered driver tries to contact a dispatcher through an on-board call box and… nothing happens.  
That’s what happened on July 19, when a rider assaulted HART bus operator Colin Brown after entering the bus and paying the fare, hitting him 20 times with her fist.  Brown had to use his cell phone to reach the agency’s dispatch center. Emergency responders finally took him to the hospital where he was treated for a concussion and other injuries. Read more here. 
With a deep concern for the safety of its members, Local 1593- Tampa along with the ATU International are demanding that the HART board “immediately intervene and restore our confidence in being able to perform our duties in a safe work environment.” 
ATU and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) continue to address the issue of attacks on transit worker through a joint committee that’s working hard to find ways to protect transit workers.  
“Last month a Los Angeles bus driver was shot to death while on duty. A New Jersey bus operator was stabbed seven times. Lower profile offenses such as spitting and verbal abuse are becoming part of the job,” ATU President Larry Hanley said. “The public is also at-risk. Transit agencies must put the safety and security of their operators and passengers first.” Read full statement.

JONATHAN HUNT VS LARRY HANLEY

OLMS Explains Dismissal of Complaint Involving Election of Transit Union Officers - Amalgamated Transit Union

UNION LOSES ANOTHER ONE

We met with TriMet re the Mercer enrollment audit. Although we disagree, at this time we are encouraging our members to participate by submitting the appropriate paperwork.
Bruce

I bought a beer from Mary Fetsch

She was manning the Lopoc table....
She did a double take but then recognized me, but she told me "that Steve (Fung) was already there" so it might have triggered her memory.
I didn't think she would recognize me.
Poor Mary, I thought she looked a little rough to be honest.

MORE WHIING ABOUT UNION EMPLOYEES

TriMet must expand service while trimming costs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

LENNY ANDERSON DOES A HELL OF A STAND UP ROUTINE


DAN CHRISTENSEN PERFORMANCE DESCRIBING THE 85 ROUTE


Sorry, no freebies.


IT'S MAX!


CHRIS SMITH EVEN SHOWS UP!


JASON BARBUR IS BACK IN PORTLAND


WE LOVE THE LIGHT RAIL

MAX trains on the east side are disrupted after a vehicle blocked the tracks. Expect delays through at least 5:30 p.m. as regular service returns.

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TriMet: See where it takes you

No spitting on WES allowed!


ALAN EISENBERG CHALLENGES NEIL MCFARLANE TO ANSWER COMPLAINTS-FIXED MOVIE


Backspace

Cameron Johnson keeps plugging away


Max Operator has problem hearing announcements


This should be Trimet's logo


HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS DOUBLE DECKER DID PUSH UPS

I saw this 'art' earlier

LA BUS RIDERS UNION PROTEST OBAMA

Bus Riders Union calls on Obama to restore service hours in L.A. - latimes.com

The crazy world of STEALTHWAVERAPTOR

Another nutty video

TriMet MAX Fail

Funny Video

BOSTON INCREASES ITS FARE EVASION TICKET

From $15 to $50!
A ticket that actually mirrors the offense.
I've always been offended by Trimet $175 fine for a $2.00 ride on a vehicle that is going that way weather anybody pays or not.

GUESS WHO'S GONNA BE AT THE JACK LONDON BAR TONIGHT AT 6:30?


OMG!

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We expect to be back in <%= deadline %>. For more information, check out Twitter Status. Thanks for your patience!
Twitter appears down across much of planet - Houston Chronicle

COMING UP!

Greetings Double Decker Bus Tour Ass Kicker!

TODAYS DISPATCH BY TIME AND TYPE

Available HERE for the next 24 hours.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MY FAVORITE TWEETS TODAY


MAX FAQ'S IS ALIVE!

MAX coupling | MAX FAQs

Does Tom Hanks actually like the light rail?

I'm not totally convinced after watching his video:
Actually, HOLLYWOOD STARS, do all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons.
Now I ask you, would Mr Hanks really have been bothered making that little video if he wasn't asked to?
N-O-P-E!
And why does he appear less than thrilled?

They all want streetcars (well the developers do)

Proponents see a future for streetcars in Portland | The Forecaster

YESTERDAYS DISPATCH CALLS ON YOUTUBE

Trimet communications center July 24

ALAN EISENBERG REPORTS ON THE TRIMET BOARD MEETING


So I'm Intensely Curious

About making a scheduled 'meeting' with Beth DeHamel as she requested on the ninth. Of course, I'm not going to just go there and bow to her unquestionable logic. What I want to do is turn the tables on her.

My most base idea is to demand a compromise. I'll hear what you have to say about the budget, but by that, you have to give me answers and they better mean something, because I'm going to take those answers as gold and I'm going to make them known. Pretty much this will be an interview so you better make sure you're telling the truth. That kind of thing. It'll make em look good if they're making big promises and telling the truth, it'll show if they give half-answers and whatnot, and if they're straight up lying, smile, because you're on candid camera.

And I'd ask questions, too. I'd want to know what they're truly planning for the service cuts- when they say they're splitting the 12 and 94, will the 94 run all day? At what frequency? And what are the base ideas for next year? Any plans of putting back into the system? If so, what? If not, why? What are the plans for the Saragoza Million?

Odds are, if I traded questions with her, I'd bring an OPALite or two with me. Maybe it'd be Jared, the policy guy. I'd love for it to be Lynne and Terrence, the OITs with attitude and gumption. It'd just be nice to have someone back me up, especially since I'm apparently shaming them and all.

I don't know just how well this would go over, which is why I'm bringing this to the editing room- here. Give me some ideas! What terms do I set? And what do I do if they get accepted? I would love to turn this into my own sort of setup for OPAL to get answers. I'll be going in as a journalist, practically. :P

~Cameron

HOW TO REFORM TRIMET.......

OPAL’s basic problem, activist Cameron Johnson said, is that TriMet board members don’t currently see the group as a potential threat.
“We need to make them sweat a little,” said Johnson, who was celebrating his 18th birthday by attending the meeting. (Johnson didn’t, for his part, speak in favor of visiting board members’ homes.)
How to reform TriMet? 10 interesting ideas from a transit riders’ union | Portland Afoot

Media just spits back whatever Trimess tells them too

It's really pathetic

TriMet reaches record ridership - KPTV - FOX 12
TriMet posts new ridership record in fiscal 2012 - Portland Business Journal
TriMet sets new ridership record

Fed's gonna help Trimet get some more buses

http://media.trimet.org/new-5-million-federal-grant-to-help-trimet-update-its-bus-fleet-faster-than-expected/

Positively Clackamas co-founder sues Clackamas County over Voters Pamphlet statement for anti-light rail measure

http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2012/07/positively_clackamas_co-founde.html

Enter the "True Tales of TriMet Terror" Essay Contest!

Portland Mercury

*fanfare*

Wow, so okay! I totally can post on this blog now. What shall I use to mark this monumental occasion? What sonnet shall spring forth from my words of wisdom? What brilliant post can I use to leave my legacy on this blog? What incredible, original, shocking truth will I bring to light in this commune of the wise?
...screw it, here's another picture of TriMet doing weird stuff. 
~Cameron

TRIMET DRIVER DOES BOO BOO

Cameron Johnson has a little chat with Beth Dehammel

And you know what? I say that because I am fed up. I'm fed up with TriMet's management and their lack of transparency and accountability, and the fact that they really don't seem to care because they have the power. But what I'm really upset about was exactly what I talked to Ms. DeHamel about when I ended the conversation between us.

"I am really disappointed that the only time those of you with power at TriMet ever bother to speak with a rider is when you are personally offended."

And I'll say this. I'm pretty offended too, Ms. DeHamel

Read his entire post  HERE!

Trimet rolls along (god love em)


GUESS WHAT?

When you operate a monopoly and gas prices hit historic highs that just stick around you tend to get more business.

TriMet celebrates record boardings, but WES rail service still costs taxpayers whopping $13 per rider | OregonLive.com

This follows the exact same trend that most other transit districts are experiencing around the country so nothing spectacular there.

A SHOCKING STATISTIC COMES THROUGH

A huge drop in weekend MAX ridership! ITS HUGE! OVER 10%!


Bus
Weekly trips were up 1.4 percent to 1,224,700
Weekday trips were up 1.5 percent to 193,400
Weekend trips were up 1.4 percent to 193,000
Rush-hour trips were up 0.2 percent to 60,000

MAX
Weekly trips were down 3.1 percent to 842,020
Weekday trips were down 0.5 percent to 131,800
Weekend trips were down 11.3 percent to 183,020
Rush-hour trips were up 0.3 percent to 38,600

AMERICA WAKE UP!


IF THE EUROPEANS CAN'T STOP THE MONEY MASTERS US AMERICANS ARE DEAD

The Europeans are a culture that is not divided like the American culture is. And one by one each state and its citizens are losing benefit after benefit, life is becoming more miserable each day for the Europeans.
Why should we care about Europe when in the USA its all about "i got mine you get yours"? (no such thing as brotherhood in this country)
Because what we have just witnessed at Trimet was the Scott Walkerization of Oregon and its new conservative hero NEIL (the rat) MCFARLANE (aka McFührer)
The GREEKS are hanging themselves on trees and take a good look at Spain, because soon enough us American's will be right there. Of course there will be no millions of people in the streets here, because 'we just don't care about THOSE people'.

Tracking State Transportation dollars

Tri-State Transportation Campaign

This is 'news' according to Trimet

Deliveries now underway for 64 massive girders for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project | TriMet Media

Why Trimet refuses to charge at it's park and rides

Are park-and-pay lots in commuters' future? | Local News | The Seattle Times

(nothing must disrupt our rail service, NOTHING)

Trimet driver Larry Porter makes Best of Portland 2012

TriMet driver Larry Porter was the most talked-about man in the country for one night in May. On a Wednesday afternoon, Porter, 48, was about to begin his route when he saw a man by the side of the road beating a woman. He called 911, but for two minutes, he watched with growing anxiety. He yelled that the police were coming, but that just made the man punch harder. Feeling he had to do something, Porter pulled the bus over. At 5-foot-10 and over 300 pounds, he needed barely any effort to knock the man flat on his back. Then he easily pinned him down for the 20 minutes it took the police to arrive. The story made the night’s news and got syndicated across the country. Porter says friends called from out of town, but the attention became too intense for this accidental hero, and he and his wife had to leave town for a weekend. “It’s like I told my boss,” Porter said: “I’m not looking for a pat on the back.” ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19474-best_of_portland_201.html

TRIMET COMM CENTER BY TIME AND CHANNEL

Is available for downloading or listening HERE!
This is from today and will be available for 24 hours.

Trimet comm center you tube from yesterday

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS JULY 23

TAKE IT FROM THE TRIMET OPERATOR OF THE YEAR-JACKIE OSWALD

IT'S A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

THE POWERFUL AND THE CONNECTED MIGHT HAVE WON BUT

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

SOCK PUPPETS MEET TOMORROW-I HERBY SURRENDER

I was contemplating going to the meeting tomorrow and making quite a scene but after conversations and contemplation I have come to the conclusion that the WORLD WIDE MOVEMENT TO DESTROY LABOR HAS HIT ME PERSONALLY and hereby submit my surrender to the forces of evil. If Trimet operators aren't willing to fight then its hopeless and I am wasting my effort at the sock puppet meetings.I'll consider myself lucky that I am getting anything for retirement, and who knows how long that will last now that KING MCFARLANE rules without any way of stopping him.
I've created this little video as my visualization of the break up between Trimet and it's employees and decent health care.

Merlo Mars


Issued 5:15pm

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A Clean TriMet Bus

Steve Fung Pictures:

TRIMET MARCHES ON

It's like they just don't acknowledge any sort of labor dispute going on.
They amaze me, really. These people are pro's! As much as I hate em I have to respect their ability to manipulate events. They are well aware there is a hardcore group of militants (such as myself), but they know we are a 'fringe' group without any real power hence of no real threat to anything they are doing. And they clearly control the conversation. As long as they control the conversation we can't win.

Tribulations of TriMet

KBOO

ATU PRESIDENT BRUCE HANSEN RESPONDS TO MCFARLANE

At this time, TriMet's last statement regarding COLAs is that they will be paid out, on or before August 24th. COLA increases to retirees' pensions will take a little longer, with no set date at this time.

Notable tweets

NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

Southern California is getting millions for new buses and public transportation facilities | 89.3 KPCC
SFMTA Gets $21 Million Grant For New Muni Buses
Veolia to divest Eastern European bus ops - sources | Reuters
Lynx bus driver headed to Tallahassee as a state representative - Orlando Sentinel

At Caterpillar, Pressing Labor While Business Booms

The worldwide movement to destroy labor rages on as the fake recession created by the The Money Masters had engineered.

Caterpillar-booming in Profits, can use the fake recession to break its union-just like Trimet is doing. Millions unemployed by the The Money Masters has made it easy for companies like Caterpillar and Trimet to break unions.

Profitable Caterpillar Pushes Workers for Concessions - NYTimes.com

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TODAYS DISPATCH BY TIME AND TYPE

Will be available for 24 hours for downloading or listening HERE!

Monday, July 23, 2012

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

If you missed yesterdays dispatch download you can still get it on you tube

Trimet communications center-July 22

DON'T FORGET THE MCFARLANES CHEERLEADERS TO MEET

Meeting

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9 a.m.

Location

City of Portland Building, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR

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TRIMET'S McFührer

McFührer proclaims ERB award means nothing here!

FTA grants "State of Good Repair" grants, TriMet once again squanders it

Federal Transit Administration

King County Metro making its way to Salem, Oregon

eBay link

TriMet would have no problem attracting riders with THIS bus!

eBay link

Party Lounge Transportation

Fun girls!

WOW!!!  (this one is R-rated)


Oakland, California Airport selling 13 year old buses

eBay link

Oakland, California airport selling 13 year old Gillig Advantage buses (made in nearby Hayward, California).

Albany, New York CDTA selling 14 year old buses

Ebay link

Capital District Transit Authority in Albany, New York selling its 14 year old Orion VI buses (also made in upstate New York).

Another bus on eBay

And another one

King County selling 13 year old buses

Ebay link

King County Metro D60LF in Sound Transit service, purchased in 1999, now for sale.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK-MCFARLANE TRYING TO DRIVE HIS EMPLOYEES INSANE

It has finally occurred to us that Mcfarlanes tactic is to DRIVE ALL OF HIS EMPLOYEES INSANE. And he is succeeding very well ,I hope he is proud of himself.

Anyway here is the best suggestion yet on how to handle this:

Idea!!! It's understood that we do not have the ability to go on strike against our employer. But.. Who says we can't all lay our head in our hands at the same time and have a mass "nervous breakdown" and go out on workmanship comp? Then the next day everyone matches down to the courthouse and sue McF personally for mental anguish. He has caused this for all of us. Our message would ring very clear... And we'd all get paid!!!
UPDATE:
 I'm pretty sure if McF and the board found themselves in a financial position that required representing 1000 or so law suits claiming harassment and mental anguish they'd leave us alone!! I wonder if Trimet and the city would throw them under the bus and make them pay the law bills themselves. 

Damn wouldn't that make great front page press, "Neil McF and cronies claim personal bankruptcy in the wake of 1000 lawsuits lodged by Trimet employees. Side story... Milwaukie Light Rail opening ceremonies are still planned next week!!!" I'd fucking love it!!!!

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McFührer proclaims ERB award means nothing!


Posted by Neil McFarlane at Jul 23, 2012 08:15 AM | Permalink

Late last week, we received an important decision from an Employment Relations Board (ERB) Administrative Law Judge. If you remember, because of financial concerns, TriMet froze cost of living adjustments (COLAs) and passed on increased insurance premiums as of January 1, 2011 for union members while we negotiated a new contract. The ERB ruled TriMet had the right to “freeze” both insurance premiums and COLAs – but because we implemented the freeze in reaction to our belief that the union was engaging in delay tactics and not bargaining at the table in good faith, ERB found in this case that we had implemented the freeze for both lawful financial and unlawful retaliatory reasons.

LONG TIME TRIMET CRONY/INSIDER DICK FEENY BLAMES UNION AND LEGISLATOR FOR ALL TRIMET WOES

Former TriMet official offers insight on labor dispute, arbitration - Catholic Sentinel - Portland, OR

And this is who this man REALLY IS:
. A TriMet lobbyist for 25 years, Feeney worked with the Oregon delegation to secure more than $2 billion in federal light-rail construction funds. Through his efforts and others Portland ranks third in the nation behind only New York and Los Angeles in garnering federal transit-construction dollars. As evidence of his work and the support he enjoys by many, a stop on the new Interstate light rail line has been named in his honor.  SOURCE:HERE!

A long time CRONY of Neil Mcfarlane who has absolutely NO CREDIBILITY in making such pronouncements!