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Friday, August 17, 2012

Today's seen and heard on Trimess


TRIMET OPERATOR SUFFERS EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWN

Think this job is easy? Think again!

Jason rides with Herb


Everybody loves riding the MAX


Trimet bus shelters serve many purposes


Caterpiller busts the union

Just like Trimet, workers are too scared to stand up for anything anymore, China wages and working conditions here we come! This at a time when Caterpillar is making record profits!
Caterpillar argued that wages for the higher-paid workers exceeded market levels.
The deal the workers ratified contained far-reaching concessions, including the wage freeze, a pension freeze for the more senior two-thirds of the workers and a steep increase in what the workers pay toward their health care insurance. It also called for a $3,100 ratification bonus, which union officials said Caterpillar agreed on Thursday to increase from $1,000. 

Joe Rose

A reader tweeted Hard Drive this week, upset about the wording of TriMet’s online reminder to riders to upgrade unused one-zone and two-zone tickets before the Sept. 1 fare increases.

ATU 757 MEMBER UPDATES


BOY DO I REMEMBER WORKING IN THE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT TRIMET

And I'm glad I NEVER HAVE TO FACE THIS ABUSE AGAIN!
This is a replay of one of my entire days at Trimet during the record heat wave, back when we had excellent managers. Back then we all went out of our way to make sure things rolled.

Okay, so this IS a giant video game comic but it just rings so true it's crazy, especially in times like these.


ROLL EASY BLOG

Dan Christensen

The true story of Trimet-Presented by the PDX Transit Equity Coalition



Blog version of this Production is available HERE!

Get those wallets out – here comes the BusBag®

Dr Jeff

Thursday, August 16, 2012

TRIMET ELITE-NO SACRIFICES FOR THESE PEOPLE

The worst  RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION doesn't touch these people!

I just smiled


If we had union members as serious as these MCFARLANE might not be so smug


(Reuters) - Platinum miner Lonmin warned on Thursday it was likely to miss its full year production and cost targets after losing thousands of ounces following violent clashes between unions that forced it to freeze mining at its South African operations.
The miner said eight Lonmin workers and two policemen had been killed in the violence that began last Friday -
Adding to its woes, the company said its chief executive, Ian Farmer, had been diagnosed with a serious illness and taken to hospital. Chairman Roger Phillimore has temporarily taken on Farmer's day-to-day responsibilities.
Violent clashes force Lonmin to warn on production | Reuters

Trimet communications

August 15

Drivers and passengers suffer in the dinosaurs today

C-Tran fires bus driver involved in fatal collision

Story here
Bus driver Al Purvis sits at the scene of a Dec. 2 fatal accident in downtown Vancouver.

Light rail expansion continues-who needs money?

Tigard City Council moves forward in high capacity transit plans | OregonLive.com

Man releases brake on bus-bus rolls out of control

BBC News - CCTV shows Falmouth bus crash after handbrake released

WELL MCFARLANE YOU BLEW YOUR CHANCE TO BE ON TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuBkM3j-pB0

TriMet closing bus stop with no reasonable alternative...


New PSU LIFT bus stop


OUR BUDDY MARY FETSCH

This guy on twitter got me looking through some of my old videos and I remember this one of our pal Mary getting ready to do an interview:

What's it really like being a bus driver?


One of the saddest blasts from the pasts

The death of Donia Garcia-Her funeral was held the same day as her retirement party was scheduled. It shook me up big time.

I really did love working at Trimet-it's almost like a dream now

BLAST FROM THE PAST
ANOTHER BLAST FROM THE PAST

Bus driver dies while on the job

COLTS driver dies 'doing what he truly, truly enjoyed' - News - The Times-Tribune

The excitment of it all is just too much to bear

Portland Transport: My First Streetcar Loop Ride!

Trimet communications center

Trimet communications August 14

Trimet communications August 13

Trimet communications August 12

Trimet communications August 11

Another Trimet driver succumbs to horrible working conditions


DAN CHRISTENSEN

Portland Cyclist Report Card for 2012:The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Roll Easy Blog

BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » Blogging TriMet bus driver gives bike riders good report card

Want to Give Discounted TriMet Passes to the Poor? Here's Your Chance

http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-29042-want_to_give_discounted_trimet_passes_to_the_poor_heres_your_chance.html

WHY IS THE PUBLIC SO STUPID?

It has always amazed me that the public easily swallows the bullshit that people like Mcfarlane sling.

REMEMBER THE CASE OF JOSE MEJA POOT

Being short 25 cents cost him his life due to the stupidity and arrogance of a TRIMET BUS DRIVER!

Operators, you are fare INFORMERS not fare ENFORCERS. When will you ever get it?

Somber Anniversary: A Decade Since the Police Shooting of Jose Mejia Poot | Blogtown, PDX

MEET THE MAN WHO CAN'T STOP SQUEEZING HIS EMPLOYEES


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

REMEMBER WE HAVE MANAGERS THAT HAVE NO ETHICS

Mcfarlane just keeps breaking the law in his attempts to break the union. We have a detestable disgusting man serving as General Manager of our company.

Todays seen and heard on #trimess #trimet


Internal Trimet documents


The Michael Martin case

3 Separate medical professionals, including Trimet's Dr Harris confirm that Mr Martin has a dry cough syndrome which is capable of making him pass out!

TRIMET DEMONSTRATES ITS NEW $1,000,000 WORKSTATIONS

Mcfarlane out smarts me

He asks for a jury trial, you know how long it will take to schedule that.
And how am I supposed to represent myself in civil court?
I guess I'll figure it out.

HOW SOME TRANSIT AGENCIES TREAT THEIR WORKERS WHEN IT GETS HOT

The heat index is tracked daily, Reehl says, and precautions are taken, but work halts when the index reaches 105. In addition to earlier work hours, each crew has an extended break time and shaded pop-up tents and tables with water coolers, sports drinks and access to ice. HRT trucks also make daily deliveries of fresh oranges and popsicles to crews to maintain hydration.

Houston METRO targets worker safety during summer’s extreme heat

TRIMET DINOSAUR HAULED AWAY

WATCH HERE!

THE FREE MARKET COULD ACTUALLY PUT TRIMET UNDER

SEEN AT A TRANSIT CENTER

FROM MAX FAQ'S

TRIMET SCREWS CLACKAMAS COUNTY TAX PAYERS

Clackamas County negotiates proposed $22.6 million Portland-Milwaukie light rail settlement agreement with TriMet | OregonLive.com

MCFARLANE IS A DICKHEAD! NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS

Mcfarlane actually intends TO BREAK THE LAW AGAIN

This DICKHEAD is actually going to try to collect on past health insurance EVEN THOUGH THE ARBITRATOR SAID IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL. What a piece of shit we have in charge of TRIMESS!

Non union employees get to go home when it gets hot


WAYS TO IMPROVE TRIMET

Seen on Facebook:

BUS OPERATORS (especially the new ones) may not care about our fight against management

But there is resistance forming in other areas of Trimet, seen on FACEBOOK:
Rail operators, and riders had better brace themselves for signal failures with no defect call in response. A recent decision by Rick Kindig MOW Manager in regards to call in policy is going to put the final nail in Trimets coffin for getting any signal maintainer response to after hour callins. I expect that we will see full participation in the overtime boycot by the maintainers. 100 degree days are notorious for causing signal failures and I fully intend to let the phone keep right on ringing as the temperature rises. Suck it Trimet management.

HOW WE GOT THERE-THE TRUE STORY OF TRIMET

COMING SOON-POST REMOVED ON THE REQUEST OF THE AUTHOR

Lessons Learned: Organizing Bus Riders in Portland, OR

OPAL HERE!

  • More organizing. After about two years of organizing bus riders with a limited team of organizers and volunteers, we were able to turn out about 100 bus riders and allies to the TriMet board meeting for the budget decision. It was a mix of community leaders, first-time civic participants and progressive allies from a host of various sectors, including public health, housing, youth services and workforce development. And yet it wasn’t enough to move an embattled and shell-shocked TriMet board that was being led by the hand of agency staff. Fare hikes and service cuts will always be the de facto response to a budget gap until bus riders organize and mobilize in numbers to keep them from being the path of least resistance.

TRIMESS AT ITS BEST

TWIT PIC-wonder if fare inspector will give him a ticket for not having a ticket even though it printed blank-ticket should be good for life:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Always something with Trimet Max these days.

And just think, they can't stop building this shit:

MAX Green line trains are disrupted due to a mechanical issue. Shuttle buses will service Green line stations between SE Main St station and Clackamas Town Center. Expect delays.

TRIMET UNION MEMBERS FIGHT BACK AGAINST TYRANNY

Seen on Facebook

Being installed on Trimet buses to prevent passengers from stealing from drivers

Seen on Facebook


TRIMET SHOWS NO RESPECT FOR ITS UNION EMPLOYEES

Seen on Facebook:
Get a load of this. The AC failed at Center for a couple of hours yesterday, and almost immediately a memo via email went out advising all office staff that if they must leave work because of no AC to let their supervisor know before they leave. Yet as far as they're concerned it could be 105 degrees and the maintenance staff, and operators who get stuck with a bus with no AC just have to deal with it. You either have to mark off or worse. What a crock of shit!

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT WHAT THAT DICKHEAD MCFARLANE WANTS TO SEE HERE

As of Saturday, all Capital Metro bus and train service will be in the hands of private contractors

Behind the scenes at LTD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQmD5X3w0_g

Another bus driver bites the dust

Bus driver charged with assaulting passenger | Winnipeg | News | Winnipeg Sun

SOMETHING WE WILL NEVER SEE TRIMET RELEASING

Kansas bus accident caught on video | HLNtv.com

I MAKE A MOTION TO REMOVE THE DICKHEAD PHOTO

Not because I find it politically incorrect or anything.

It's just creeping me the fuck out on a number of levels.

Can I get a second?

JUST LIKE YOU

From Lane county:
Just Like You - YouTube

Trimet stupidity

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:
Just think… it will cost TriMet $1.49 billion to build the Portland to Milwaukie max line at $204,110,099 per mile . And it will only take 620,833,333 full fare passengers for to pay for it.

According to TriMet's statistics they had 41.2
million passenger trips on max in 2011. So if you continue with the math it will take TriMet a little over 15 years to pay for the Portland Milwaukie max line . That is if every one rides just that line, the ticket machines work, every person pays their fare, and we don't calculate train and station maintenance, operator wages or any other operating cost than the cost to build it.

And lets not forget that the 15 year payoff is only if the ticket machines are working and we know that will never happen with the poor leadership of fare machine supervisor Robert "Golden Lips" Wagner. (He got his job by kissing ass and not being a good leader or technician.)

TriMet stupidity… PRICELESS!

Hearing it... You decide.

CLASSIC

Seen on Facebook:

DAN CHRISTENSEN IS BLOGGING AGAIN

The Public Enemy #1 Of Mass Transit - Roll Easy Blog - Portland Oregon most beloved Trime bus driver returns to blogging

Todays 'seen and heard on Trimess'


Michael Martin makes the news

TriMet driver told Beaverton police he choked on 'piece of hair,' causing crash that snarled traffic | OregonLive.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Salem Commute, TriMet Almost Messes it Up and a Video of the Trip

Transit Sleuth is BACK IN TOWN!

OH TRIMET-YOUR SO RELIABLE THESE DAYS

TRIMET MANAGMENT BREAKS THE LAW 'AGAIN'

This is obviously their strategy. Just keep breaking the law then let the union spend money to defend the member. These slugs need to be fired, but workers keep working their RDO's and doing BUS TRADES etc and helping management break the union. In the end when they loose all the benefits and have horrible working conditions it will be the union employees themselves to blame, not the management. The management is doing what management does. Don't expect them to have principles or ethics, they get the big bucks to leave ethics behind and do the bidding of the power elites. They are as much pawns in this game as we are, but they get paid handsomely to break us. And I hate to say it but THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THEY ARE SUCCEEDING. Don't ever underestimate the management at Trimet. These are some brilliant minds at work against us, including Mcfarlane.

From Facebook

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS BY TIME AND TYPE

August 11 Available for a limited time HERE!

THE COMPLETE TRIMET BOARD OF SOCK PUPPETS AUGUST MEETING

And its in HD!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

THE SOCK PUPPETS GET A DOG AND PONY SHOW (without the pony)

http://youtu.be/y7TzDZMRKLI

OMG-ITS TRIMET'S $155K MAN-(boring us to death)


Cameron Johnson challenges the Trimet Board of Directors to discredit him


TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS BY TIME AND TYPE

Available HERE for limited time duration

THIS LATEST INCIDENT ON MAX-attempted suicide


Rider reacts to being called deranged


The Trimet Way


Sorta funny Trimet Lift call


Another example of government efficiency

TRIMET TWEET (note time)

TRIMET SCANNER TWEET (note time)
ONE FULL HOUR DIFFERENCE

Dispatcher 'Jason" has interesting talk with driver 'Herb'

Two of my favorite people when I worked at Trimet as a bus driver!

Time to listen to John Charles again

Neil Mcfarlane is wallowing in his 'surprise' victory over the union.
He's even getting the next round of employee benefit cuts ready to shove on the union.

YOU GOTTA READ THIS ABOUT BUS TRAVEL IN THAILAND

At that, my buddy and I looked at each other in amazement and wondered simultaneously: Are we traveling first-class on a plane? How does the company make a profit? Besides the freebies, there were two paid employees aboard.

First-class treatment on a Thai bus trip

TRIMET DISPATCH

TRIMET IS AN ILLUSIONARY WORLD WHERE NOBODY IS IN CHARGE

LIFT OPERATOR IS COMPLETELY LOST

MAX CONTROLLER LECTURES MAX OPERATOR

ASSORTED DISPATCH CALLS

THE TRIMET WAY


POLICE T-BONES CITIZEN VEHICLE


OPERATOR SUCCUMBS TO WORKING ENVIRONMENT


Direct field report (taking MAX to airport is very risky)

Im at gateway now. Some dumbass just got pissy with the op who took the train over saying no reds have come thru for an hour & he's going to miss his flight. Op tells him someone tried to kill himself with this very train. Guy didn't believe him!

Man gets hit by MAX train

Apparently attempted suicide
Man jumps in front of MAX train near Sunset Transit Center | OregonLive.com

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.
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—Anonymous

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


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

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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