Lane Jensen returns

Lane Jensen returns

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MY FAVORITE TWEETS TODAY


MAX FAQ'S IS ALIVE!

MAX coupling | MAX FAQs

Does Tom Hanks actually like the light rail?

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

They all want streetcars (well the developers do)

Proponents see a future for streetcars in Portland | The Forecaster

YESTERDAYS DISPATCH CALLS ON YOUTUBE

Trimet communications center July 24

ALAN EISENBERG REPORTS ON THE TRIMET BOARD MEETING


So I'm Intensely Curious

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

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

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

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

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

~Cameron

HOW TO REFORM TRIMET.......

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

Media just spits back whatever Trimess tells them too

It's really pathetic

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

Fed's gonna help Trimet get some more buses

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

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

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

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

Portland Mercury

*fanfare*

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

TRIMET DRIVER DOES BOO BOO

Cameron Johnson has a little chat with Beth Dehammel

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

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

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

Read his entire post  HERE!

Trimet rolls along (god love em)


GUESS WHAT?

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

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

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

A SHOCKING STATISTIC COMES THROUGH

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


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

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

AMERICA WAKE UP!


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

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

Tracking State Transportation dollars

Tri-State Transportation Campaign

This is 'news' according to Trimet

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

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

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

(nothing must disrupt our rail service, NOTHING)

Trimet driver Larry Porter makes Best of Portland 2012

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

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

TRIMET COMM CENTER BY TIME AND CHANNEL

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

Trimet comm center you tube from yesterday

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS JULY 23

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

IT'S A BLAST FROM THE PAST!