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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Trimet supervisory reports (4)


YOU ARE INDEED BEING MONITORED BY 'WHOEVER'


Trimet supervisory reports (3)

Trimet supervisory reports(2)


Trimet supervisory reports


Randy Stedman needs this in his house.

So do I, come to think of it. There's got to be something in the boneyard to dedicate to the cause.


STICKER STALKER CHANGES TACTICS


THE SHELTER STALKER-RAMIFICATIONS

From Facebook:
Those bus shelter guys don't get paid by the hour, they get $4 per shelter. Ortiz the crooked contractor can then show he is paying them more and bill Trimet accordingly while maintaining abysmal working conditions.Biggest crooked contractor Trimet deals with. Dealt with issues dealing with Ortiz incroaching on our work while Eboard officer many times. Facilities Maintenance managers love that contractor. You can bet he will charge Trimet $20 to remove each sticker and still only pay his day labor shelter cleaners $4 per shelter and then fire them if they don't remove it.

I love this google alert!

RANTINGS OF A FORMER TRIMET BUS DRIVER: TODAYS 'SEEN ...
Fuck You, Trimet. Shannon Bozarth ‏@shannonbozarth. I love public transportation but Portland's #trimet system is ridiculous. Longest commute times ever.
rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/.../todays-seen-heard...

NOBODY CAN STOP THE STICKER STALKER


TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS ON YOUTUBE

August 9 here!

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS BY TIME/TYPE

Available for limited time HERE!

STICKER STALKER HITS AGAIN


TRIMET BOARD MEETING ON COMMUNITY ACCESS CHANNEL 22 TODAY

2PM today if your at home with nothing else to do

Friday, August 10, 2012

They actually spent money to re-design this?

WHAT DOES A TRIMET INSPECTOR THINK OF THESE STICKERS

From Facebook:
Please do not put these sticker in bus shelters. I just gave a citation to a guy who was handing his band flyers in shelters. So please do not brake the rules when posting these stickers.

And More of the Semi-Obscure September Cuts

This isn't so much things that were hidden as much as things that were stated but the implications weren't made clear. I'll just make a shortlist of it all.

-Line 8 will not have a transfer point with line 6. Durham street is around three or four blocks ahead of MLK. Not far, but not a transfer point, which seems just stupid to me. Why not run it to MLK and then turn it around up there? It's better than an acute angle turn into three small streets. 

+Line 9 will essentially be doing as good of a job as the MAX lines downtown, traversing the full length in eight minutes with stops along 6th at Mill, Clay, Main, Alder, Burnside, Flanders and Union Station, and along 5th at Union Station, Davis, Ankeny, Stark, Taylor, Columbia, Harrison, Broadway and at Sheridan and 3rd (farther south than the MAX by two stops!). The MAX lines have better frequency with the same amount of stations, but takes twelve minutes to traverse the whole mall. With Free Rail Zone being cut downtown, line 9 is as viable as the MAX lines in that situation, with line 17 being another good, mostly parallel duplicate. Even line 8 is pretty viable; it goes along the whole south corridor and as far north as NW Everett, serving the same stops as the 9 and 17 along the mall. Long story short, if you can catch a 8, 9 or 17 before a MAX and you're staying downtown, go for it. 

+Hey, EngineerScotty put my article on PortlandTransport! How about that!

+Sunday service on the Everett/Glisan couplet and NW 21st Avenue has been restored, however;
-With line 77 taking over that section, the segment will retain its 30-minute frequency on weekdays as opposed to every 20 minutes. It will also no longer go downtown, but instead into the Eastside of town.

-A schedule layout bug for line 67. There is a whole segment in the Saturday schedule for Beaverton TC, yet none of the trips stop there, as is reflected in the schedule which is simply a smattering of dashes. Why does this bug me so intensely?

So, it's not much; just some addendum. But the more the people know, the better!

EDIT: EVEN MORE ADDENDUM

+Weekend service on the Broadway/Concordia corridor along line 17 will be bumped up from every 40 minutes to every 32-35.
-However, TriMet will be cutting off a section from frequent service. Service between Tigard and King City, formerly 17-20 minutes with TriMet, will now be every 33 minutes, 7 days a week (although rush hour service will still be at the same levels of line 94 and then some, but the 12 will not serve that area any longer). It also, as stated, loses off-peak service to Portland without a transfer.

UH OH! NOT ANOTHER STICKER


NEIL MCFARLANE-WE GONNA GET PETER GUNN ON YOU AND YOU GONNA BE GONE!


Latest Trimet crash dispatch call

HERE!

THEY MAKE NEWS OUT OF NOTHING WHEN IT COMES TO MLR

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Girder deliveries to disrupt South Waterfront traffic next week

Strange Trimet riders

u will like this 1...had 2 bikes on rack and some passenger came up and asked me if someone could put their bike between the 2...hahahaha

I think this police car is following this bus-its upside down

Video here!

New Frequent Service? (and other surprises)

The final schedules/route maps for the September 2012 cuts/rearrangements are out here. And boy is it a doozy in some areas. Some of the changes are left relatively unspoken, though.

I think that it can somewhat officially be said that line 76/78 Hall Blvd will have frequent service between Beaverton and Tigard. As of September trips will be added to line 76 to complete that last step to the corridor being frequent.

As it stands, the corridor operates on 54/56 rules- they run synchronized schedules so one comes every 15-17 minutes throughout weekdays, with individual trips South and West of Tigard running every 35 minutes.

It mostly operates on the same rules on Saturday and Sunday (to run 17 minutes all day) but the span is incredibly clipped (10am-5pm). The new trips on line 76 will increase the span to 8am-7pm, which is about the same as most 'frequent service' routes. So, it can officially be considered frequent, even if frequent is nothing like it was and nothing like it should be.

In another frequent service surprise, line 9-Powell will now run frequent service all the way to Gresham, 7 days a week. However, this does come with a decrease of weekend service, which will drop to every 22-23 minutes instead of 20. Still, the segment of Powell past 98th has been neglected service-wise for a long time, and it's about time it's been filled in. It's nice to see TriMet can do something to improve.

Finally, if we want to be technical, line 70 will also be up to the level of common frequent service on its entire route save for the span- service will stop completely on 33rd Avenue at 5pm Sundays and on the 12th Avenue section at 7pm Sundays

Other unspoken surprises

-Line 16 will still end at SW 6th and Oak for its downtown terminus, restricting riders who formerly took line 17 through the entirety of downtown. Also, despite what it seems, trips to St. Johns from downtown will not be much faster; the turnaround at 44th and Yeon will ensure that trips still take 30 minutes as opposed to line 17's 30-35.
-Eastbound service on Line 36 will end at only 4pm, missing the entire rush hour. In addition, line 37, despite running through a heavy industrial area and residential area, only run one morning and evening rush hour trip. These two routes have the distinction of earliest ending time for a route, surpassing even lines 55 and 84.
+Improved headways on weekdays along NE 102nd Avenue with line 87 being added. Line 87 will also complete most of the former line 15's routing, serving 102nd to Prescott and then Sandy. This restores service from Gateway to the MHCC branch in Maywood Park.
+Line 4 Headways on weekdays will increase back up to every 15 minutes instead of every 17-20. (although whether or not that will settle all those late trips on it has yet to be seen)
-The line 15 schedules are even MORE confusing than before if you can believe that.
-Headways on the new line 11 will reduce from the 16's 35 minute span to a new hourly span.

Otherwise, things are just as they read on the page. Just thought I'd keep you all informed.

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS-AUGUST 8

Video here!

TRIMET FINALLY INFORMS PUBLIC OF ITS NEW PLANS

TriMet: Service Changes Effective Sept. 2, 2012

TRIMET STICKER STALKER HITS AGAIN


OFFICIAL TRIMET COMMUNICATION

From 1:30 to 5:30 a.m. Sunday, August 12, ticket machines will only accept cash payments as we perform an annual data security check. The security check is required by the payment card industry. Bring cash to pay your fare or buy your fare in advance.

Wanna be a Trimet bureaucrat?

Always money for this-just not service and health benefits:

Executive Coordinator


TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS BY TYPE AND TIME

Limited availability AUGUST 8

Not a good day for this Boston bus driver

MBTA bus driver arraigned on charges of striking Boston parking officer with bus - Metro Desk - Local news updates from The Boston Globe

Latest Trimet crash has NADA to do with overtime or sleep

video

Trimet GM violates Trimet rules! - ALAN EISENBEERG

CLICK HERE!

TRIMET WORKING ITS DRIVERS TO DEATH

Regarding this recent crash into the railroad-just how much overtime had this guy been working?

TRIMESS WILL BE A BIGGER MESS THIS SUNDAY

TriMet
Providence Bridge Pedal is this Sunday, August 12, from 5 a.m. to approximately noon. Be prepared for crowded MAX trains, as there will likely be more bikes on board than usual. Nineteen bus lines are rerouted due to bridge closures and trains cross the Bridge Pedal route, so add extra time to get to your destination and expect delays.

THE DAILY DANCE AT TRIMESS

Trying to get drivers to work more overtime-SEEN ON FACEBOOK

BEST COMMENT FROM THE 'TRIMET TALES OF TERROR'

A contest that was sponsored by the Mercury:


The one thing missing from this whole discussion are the drivers and the giant turd sandwich they eat on a daily basis. Whenever I witness an "episode of terror" on one of my rides, I can't help wonder how the hell the drivers deal with this stuff day over day. Then you get the right-wingers bitching about how overpaid they are and the grotesque benefits they enjoy. Hell, in my opinion, they deserve to make more than doctors do for what they put up with. They surely have more lives entrusted in their hands

DRIVER SCREWS UP

KATU HERE!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

At-risk youth hustle for Trimet work program

HERE!

Milwaukie anti-light rail petitioner will hold off on gathering remaining signatures

OregonLive.com

HAVE YOU SEEN RANDY STEADMANS HOUSE?

If not click CLICK HERE!

BOJACK

There's nothing so relaxing...

... as a ride on a Tri-Met bus.

VIDEO I MADE IN 2007

More proof that Trimet is deaf dumb and blind:

EMAIL I SENT TO FRED IN 2008 (with his response)




OH BOY-ANOTHER SHELTER HIT BY THE BUS STICKER MAN (or woman)


WEEKLY READERSHIP STAYS STRONG

For one of the 'obscure blogs' this blog does very well:


TODAYS 'SEEN AN HEARD' ON TRIMET


This guy not happy with Trimet today

This guy just tried to run me and my family off the Morrison Bridge. WTH.

PEDESTRIANS TO BLAME FOR GETTING HIT BY BUSES

Definitely applies to Portland

Wellington Bus Accidents: Pedestrians Usually To... | Stuff.co.nz

LIGHT RAIL LOSES IN BRAZIL

Brazil court bans light rail vehicle system in World Cup host city - The Washington Post

THEY 'TRI' YOUR PATIENCE

They Tri your patience (Jack Bog's Blog)

BUS DRIVER GETS IN TROUBLE FOR TALKING ABOUT POLITICS

Bus driver goes on anti-Obama rant | WAVY.com | Norfolk, Va.

Bicyclist and bus collide in North Portland

Authorities are at the scene of an accident involving a bus and bike at North Foss Avenue and Willamette Boulevard, Portland Police report.The accident took place about 8:15 a.m. Check back later for updates.--Tom Hallman Jr.
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/08/bicyclist_and_bus_collide_in_n.html

fuuny stuff

Boston parking officer is allegedly hit by MBTA bus when she tries to ticket bus driver

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS AUGUST 7

Video recording here!

I finally get my very own 'How we Roll' sticker

ONE MORE SHELTER GETS THE STICKER


ANOTHER OPERATOR TAKES A STAND AGAINST THE TYRANT MCFARLANE

RE: Unpaid Wages and Insurance Reimbursement
Dear Mr. Mcfarlane:
I have been working for your company as bus operator since March 5, 2007. As, you know you have been ordered on more than one occasion by the Employment relations Board to make me whole for any losses incurred due to your unlawful conduct, including reimbursement for salary increases I did not receive and contributions toward insurance premium costs I paid. According to my calculations, I should have been paid a total of $3,900.00 in wages and insurance premiums.
I am willing to resolve this matter informally through immediate payment of $3,900.00. If I do not receive these wages and insurance premiums within two weeks of the date of this letter, I will file a claim with the Oregon Labor Commissioner or in state court seeking all the damages allowed by law.
I am also requesting that you cease and desist from communicating to me in regards to or attempting to implement any action to collect money you think I owe for this highly illegal retroactive health care policy. I was given no information at the time I signed up for my current insurance policy stating that I could at some point be held responsible for paying money back. If I had been given such information it clearly would have influenced my choice. This change you made to our insurance has been ruled illegal because it was done in retaliation in case you forgot.
I am also aware of my rights that protect me from retaliation for requesting my unpaid wages. If your company takes any action against me, including any form of discipline or discharge, for asserting my right to be paid my wages I will have the right to file another claim with the Labor Commissioner or in court based on unlawful retaliation.
If you have any questions about the contents of this letter, I can be contacted at home at 503-XXX-XXXX

DAN CHRISTENSEN'S COMMENT ABOUT TRIMET NOT PROVIDING WATER ANYLONGER

 This is a Facebook post where I usually keep the names out of the post, but Dan is an exception to that rule:

TRIMET'S ELITES PLAYBOOK

  The goal was malicious, but socially radical; instead of expending the impossible energy needed to dictate the very form and existence of the truth, they would allow it to drift, obscured in a fog of contrived data. They would wrap the truth in a Gordian Knot of misdirection and fabrication so elaborate that they felt certain the majority of people would surrender, giving up long before they ever finished unraveling the deceit. The goal was not to destroy the truth, but to hide it in plain sight.

In modern times, and with carefully engineered methods, this goal has for the most part been accomplished. However, these methods also have inherent weaknesses. Lies are fragile. They require constant attentiveness to keep them alive. The exposure of a single truth can rip through an ocean of lies, evaporating it instantly.

poorrichards blog: Disinformation: The "Magic" of the Lie, Propaganda, Governments, Elites and How It Works

PORTLAND MERCURIES WINNER

In its tales of Trimet tales of True terror:
NO TICKET!
It's January 31, and I want to go to the zoo. The bus pulls up to the stop and I flash the February monthly pass I just bought. The bus driver explains to me that it's January. I go home and get 40 cents and return to the bus stop. The bus is 20 minutes late.
I take an empty seat in the back. Two stops later, a filthy, boisterous man boards. He chooses the seat next to me. He smells like cigarettes, booze, and urine. He's in the mood for conversation. He begins to tell me a story about his old landlord, the government, maybe the CIA. It's not very cohesive. Spittle is raining down on me, and the other people on the bus think that we are friends. The MAX station is a few stops away so I bid my new acquaintance adieu and get on the train.
The MAX stops on the middle of the Steel Bridge and I realize I need to take a shit. Badly. Fifteen minutes, and nothing. People are becoming restless. My bowels are becoming restless. I am a grown man. I believe I can hold it until the zoo. Another 20 minutes pass and I am not so sure.
I begin to pray. The train starts moving, thank god. I clench until the Washington Park station. As I'm about to disembark, a plainclothes TriMet officer stops me and asks for my ticket. I show him my February pass. "It's January," he explains as he writes me a ticket. There are no functioning bathrooms in sight.
I get to the zoo and realize I left my debit card at home. I have no money on me. Defeated and humiliated, I walk to Washington Park and take a shame shit in the bushes. On the ride home I smell like poop and no one sits by me.
Please run this story anonymously.
—Anonymous

Read more stories HERE!

THANKS TO JASON MCHUFF YOU CAN NOW SEE TRIMET BOARD MEETINGS ON CABLE TV


> Saturday 8/11/2012, 2:00 PM, Channel 22
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
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> Tuesday 8/14/2012, 1:00 PM, Channel 22
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
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> Thursday 8/16/2012, 5:00 PM, Channel 23
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
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> Wednesday 8/22/2012, 12:00 PM, Channel 11
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings
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> Thursday 8/23/2012, 5:00 PM, Channel 22
> 7/25/2012 Trimet Board Meetings

Discussion about the end of fareless square

The End of And Era For Tri Met - City-Data Forum

There goes the 'pink' line

YouTube

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Transit Intelligence

Aug. 8, 2012 - Deadly Blue Line; Paris subway boors; New job listings

The Aftermath of the Dehamel incident.

Beth Dehamel is an incredibly interesting person. She's definitely different from the others I've seen at TriMet. Maybe it's just me letting my guard down, but watching her, talking to her, it's easy to tell that she actually cares about her job. Even though there are many things we disagree on, it's really something to see the same jittery, almost excited, rambling passion I have about TriMet and its welfare coming from... well, someone in TriMet.

Trimet communications by time and type

August 7

And another sticker on yet another shelter


ATU files anolher unfair labor practice against Trimet

Click here!

TODAYS 'SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMET'


TRIMET REALLY HEADING INTO TOTAL SECRECY AND PARANOIA

TRIMET PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST LOG

HERE!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gimme Questions

Alright, if I am going to ask questions of Beth DeHamel, give them to me now. I'm not going to have time to give her, like, a hundred questions on her way out of the door, but I'll pick the best/most relevant, I promise. I'm guessing I'll have three to five questions, that's what I'm counting on. You guys are better at the mad deets and specifics, so I'll take ideas from you. Do tell me, what do I ask our CFO?

Wow, They're Really Splurging Here

The Eastside Streetcar opens on the 22nd of September and the city is going all-out. They're having essentially a giant worship ceremony with vendors and free streetcar and speeches and effing museums. It's crazy how many tax-payer dollars are not going to good use to go to this. DESPICABLE...

...I say as if I'm not going to be there at ten sharp.

ANOTHER STICKER SHOWS UP ON ANOTHER SHELTER


YESTERDAYS TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS

By time and type Available for 24 hours

Got An Email From DeHamel

I'll summarize it since I'm not sure what the proper credo is on relaying other people's emails (even if they are to me).

In essence, she said she could not meet with me personally, but she 'encouraged' me to attend the board meeting tomorrow where she was making a presentation for "Fund Balance and Contingency" and offered to talk to me about it after the meeting.

I just gave her an honest reply; I told her that I was not sure if I could make it to the board meeting because I was transporting my sister to a day camp and I doubted that TriMet would be able to get me there in time. Isn't that sort of ironic, TriMet?

I'll make it towards the end of the meeting, because hell I'm going to give testimony since Public Forum is open.

~Fin

SOME INTRESTING FACTS

Seen on Facebook
It cost NASA $2.5 billion to fly 250 million miles, which is $10 per mile.

It cost TriMet $1.49 billion to build 7.3 miles of light rail from Portland to Milwaukie, which is $204,110,099 per mile.

TriMet's stupidity... PRICELESS!

TRIMET BETTER TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THIS (hey they dont care about laws as we all know)

The National Labor Relations Board Discusses Employer Social Media Policies (Again) | Pierce Atwood LLP - JDSupra

THIS CRACKS ME UP

Seen on Facebook:

TRIMET BUS SERVICE IN SHAMBLES-MAX SERVICE IS SPOTTY

But at least these idiots can do a TriMet's multimodal trip planning tool now out of testing mode
(everything but providing transit is a priority at Trimess)

MURDER SUSPECT FOUND AT BTC

Happy Valley murder suspect captured in Beaverton | kgw.com Portland

TODAYS 'SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMESS'


Monday, August 6, 2012

Speaking of little white TriMet lies

Line 15-Belmont does not have frequent service east of 92nd and Stark, going by technicalities. As it is, on Sunday service between 92nd and Stark and Gateway TC runs every 36-40 minutes. That section has the same frequency as non-frequent line 20.

Your Honor, May I Present Exhibit A?

If you look at the tippy top right of this picture, you will see that TriMet already has its new route map. As you can see, line 87 is right below line 22 on NE 102nd Avenue, which is one of the service changes of Fall 2012. Obviously TriMet has its new system map out; they just don't want to show us. Why not, TriMet?

Clackistan rebellion

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Rail funding explanation approved for Voters' Pamphlet

Poltifact says Trimet is exaggerating

PolitiFact Oregon | Would we need to add 2.9 lanes to the Sunset Highway if not for Westside MAX?

Don't forget to vote for your favorite seat!

Vote here!

I'm sure this will have no glitches and work just perfectly

TriMet’s online trip planner goes multimodal | TriMet Media
Learn more and try the new Map Trip Planner now

THESE THINGS ARE SHOWING UP ON BUS SHELTERS NOW!


WHY TRIMET DOES NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOU!

The power elite have successfully created conditions where most every single person in the workforce today can be replaced by people "happy to have any job"

2,374 show up to try to get part-time CTA bus driver job - Chicago Sun-Times

SEEN ON FACEBOOK

lots of drivers suffered heat stroke this weekend i hope all is doing better but im a little outraged why trimet and our union weren't out handing water out to drivers. i did in the past for our union when it would get above 90 i asked jon to do a water patrol driving our union van handing out water to members.what wasn't it done this weekend?this is unacceptable in my book.

How to fix the Washington Park Shuttle

It strikes me as weird that the 63 and Washington Park Shuttle (also known as the 83) still co-exist. Now that the Washington Park Loop has a number and is officially a bus line (an official sign that TriMet has clearly stopped giving a shit about it) the stupidity of it all is just obvious. Almost every sign is served by both buses with some different routing in the middle. Just compare the two on the system map. It's suffocatingly useless.

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?

TRIMET NOT GIVING OUT WATER ANYMORE?

Trimet in the past always had a good supply of bottled water for drivers during heat waves. But not anymore I hear.
WOW-THEY REALLY DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THEIR DRIVERS ANYMORE

Transit Talent

Click Here!

MAX FAQS COVERAGE OF SUPERVISOR ACCIDENT

TriMet supervisor injured in crash | MAX FAQs

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS-AUGUST 5

KATU VIDEO OF SUPERVISOR CRASH

Also see post titled "screw up" regarding this incident

TWIT VIDS

Good bus Bad bus
Trashed Bus
Money Loser
Another Dead TVM
It's a blast from the Past!

BUS BANGERS

“Hellloooo, people. We’re stopped indefinitely. There are signal problems at Gateway and trains are backed up all the way to Orenco.”
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!

Screw up

Start your countdown- Washington County spelled Driss's last name wrong & also switched his 1st and last names, so every news outlet covering the crash has it wrong. KATU also identified him as female. How long do you think it's going to take for one of the "TriMet Girls" to fix that?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Samantha says body snatchers will solve our payback problem


TRIMET ACTIVIST 'HB'



Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 I am writing this letter to share some of “our” thoughts on the situations that “we” are now faced with losing the Arbitration, I know that most of “our” brothers and sisters have not taken the time to read the ruling.  In this form “we” will share an emotionless highlight of observations “we” had seen in the ruling, and how it “will” affect “us” going forwards, and what steps “we” need to take.  Starting off with what the company did wrong.

Todays dispatch calls by time and type

Available by time and type for 24 hours

Jason Rides with Dan Christensen

RAIL SUPERVISOR IS HIT BY CAR-Not a max train incident



WHAT DO RETIRED PEOPLE DO ON HOT DAYS?

Retreat to the air conditioned bedroom, blog, listen to dispatch, and watch DISASTER MOVIES (all at once of course)

STEVE FUNG HAS BEEN TAKING PICTURES



Jason rides with Leonard


TODAYS "SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMESS"


TRIMET MATERIAL

Transit Oriented Development
This is good for a laugh
TRIMET VENDORS
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
 DISPATCH:
OPERATOR GETS LOCKED IN
Leonard sets off silent alarm

TRIMET EDITS WIKIPEDIA


MY CASE TO THE COURT WILL BE SIMPLE

Mr Mcfarlane tells us that the ARBITRATOR RULING supersedes the ELRB ruling. In other words the arbitrator has the power to IMPLEMENT CONTRACTS THAT HAVE BEEN BARGAINED IN BAD FAITH. I personally AM NOT a lawyer, but I don't see how an illegal provision in a contract is legally binding arbitrators ruling or not.

Trimet communications

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS-AUGUST 4

FIGHT THE POWER!!! FIGHT IT!


Here is Randy Stedman's house.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK

SEEN ON FACEBOOK


SEEN ON FACEBOOK


Heat Wave

Summer has finally arrived in the Northwest (at least for a day or two), with temperatures expected in the mid-90's + here in Portland. Therefore, Tri-Met has put out the word that its vaunted light rail lines will be...um...delayed. You see, the fixed-rail systems that they've spent billions of dollars on don't work all that well in the heat.
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.
http://maxredline.typepad.com/maxredline/2012/08/heat-wave.html

What's happening with the work at Barbur TC

TriMet Resolution 12-08-74 Authorizing a Modification of the Contract for I&E Construction for the Barbur Blvd. Transit Center Work Summary: they found some unexpected issues underground (which is not all that unusual--one often doesn't know what's inside until opening)

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

Video 1
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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.
McF├╝hrer 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