Monday, August 6, 2012
2,374 show up to try to get part-time CTA bus driver job - Chicago Sun-Times
I guess you could argue that having the two together provides frequency, and I suppose that could be true, except for a few things. 1) Line 63 runs every 40 minutes midday while line 83 runs every 20 minutes, and most of the time the 63 leaves the Oregon Zoo anywhere between two and five minutes after the 83. Not useful, now is it?
Great. We’re stuck at the Sunset Transit Center with seven miles of Max cars stopped ahead of us. As the driver suggests over the P.A., “You may want to take the 20 bus into downtown,” I’m already trotting down the platform.
About half the trainload is right with me. The 20 Burnside to Gresham arrives like a prompt ambulance and we cram into it.
Read the rest of the story HERE!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
This is good for a laugh
Some questions and answers from 'those' people that control our lives
HOW COME WHAT'S HIS NAME IS MISSING HERE?
ARBITRATOR SAYS 'TRIMET CAN BE SUED'
TRIMET HAS UNLAWFUL PROVISIONS IN ITS FINAL OFFER
OPERATOR GETS LOCKED IN
Leonard sets off silent alarm
Heat causes the rails to expand, and it also causes the aerial power lines that feed the trains' pantagraphs to sag. This means that they have to go vewy, vewy slowly in order to avoid derailments or other damage to "infrastructure".
Buses don't have such issues, but there are two big problems with them: they aren't cool, and they're inexpensive. Tri-Met, which has morphed from a transit agency into a development agency, hates buses.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
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.
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
Friday, August 3, 2012
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.
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
Robert Schwandl's Urban Rail Blog: PORTLAND MAX & Streetcar
Thursday, August 2, 2012
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.
And now they are at it again: SEEN ON FACEBOOK:
— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) August 2, 2012
@trimet in the spirit of being persistent, is there any idea what time this month we can expect the new maps/schedules?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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
McFührer made it very clear that this was 'only the beginning of the cuts coming to 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.
- Last month, the Oregonian announced that they had hired the Bend Bulletin’s Erik Lukens to be the paper’s new Editorial Page Editor. At the time, we wrote that it signaled a further shift to the right for the state’s “paper of record.”
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.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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.
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
There’s a dude sitting outside of Anna Bananas on Alberta airing his balls out for the bus patrons.
— ::B (@BBrkdwn) July 31, 2012
@bbrkdwn Didn't you know? That's one of the signals you can use to flag down a TriMet bus. Doesn't work so well with school buses though.
— Trimet Cares (@TriMetCares) July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Sparks fly in Clackamas rail fight
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Wednesday, August 1
Food @ 5:30 PM
Film Screening @ 6:00 PM
OPAL Office: 2407 SE 49th Ave
Bus Lines: 4, 14, and 71
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office to RSVP and to get more information about this event.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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Twitter appears down across much of planet - Houston Chronicle
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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?
And why does he appear less than thrilled?
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
“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
"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 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.
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
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
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'.
(nothing must disrupt our rail service, NOTHING)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I've created this little video as my visualization of the break up between Trimet and it's employees and decent health care.
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.
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