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Sunday, August 26, 2012

TRIMET=GOVERNMENT BREAKDOWN

Fine state of affairs TRIMET EXECUTIVES find themselves in.
SAFETY VIOLATIONS are Standard Operating Procedure now that the Trimet managment team has completely disenfranchised SAFETY SENSITIVE EMPLOYEES to such a degree that they no longer are interested in going the extra mile to make sure service is provided adequately to the public.

On top of that the RIDING PUBIC has taken to a GRAFFITI campaign in one more of the many acts of open rebellion to the masters who rule Trimet.

The executives have done the unthinkable, lost the public and its employees all at once.

In any sane world, management like that would be out of a job.

This weeks viewership


SAFETY IS A VALUE (my ass)

TRIMET  management has alienated essential safety staff so badly that the crossing arm at 185th (willow creek)MAX crossing has been broken for THREE DAYS NOW because nobody will work overtime to fix it!
(and Trimet's $155k man Sapporta is no where to be found)

CHAOS COUNTDOWN IS 6

FOR ROUTE AND SCHEDULE CHANGES

Today's SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS

Trimet communications

Trimet communications Center August 24-part 1
Trimet communications Center August 24-part 2
Trimet communications Center August 25-part 1
Trimet communications Center August 25-part 2

Take another ride with LEONARD

It's LEONARD!
Jason hanging with Leonard-et al

Light rail actually makes sense to Vancouver

 (And then there continues to be the funding questions, who will lose to put that in?)
John Laird: Transportation options - A lot has changed since 1995 | The Columbian

Hysterical riders board the 19


ANTI TRIMET GRAFFITI POPPING UP EVERYWHERE!


MAX CRASH!


George has another fun Sunday MAX ride




Classic Tweets


Man bumps his head on mirror and says he will file claim


Who's this?

Trimet Development LLC

(206) 624-9223
1200 5th Ave Ste 1927
Seattle, WA 98101

Farewell #9 Broadway

BOJACK.ORG

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Efficiency in mass transit

This is a seven car Sounder train.  Each of its seven coaches can carry 162 riders.  That's a grand total of 1,134 riders.  Using a crew of just two, using railroad tracks used for dozens of BNSF and UP freight trains and Amtrak passenger trains.

That's efficiency.

Unlike TriMet's WES trains, that used seldom-used tracks that had to be extensively rebuilt (and now maintained at TriMet expense), whose (sometimes) two-car trains carry the same amount of riders as one of Sound Transit's coaches, using cars that have three diesel engines each in them and whose fuel economy (per car) is less than half that of a bus, but carries only twice the capacity of a bus.  A one car train (most frequent mode of operation) still requires the same crew (two) as this seven car Sound Transit train.

And unlike WES, Sound Transit's trains serve a very highly utilized transit corridor - Seattle to Tacoma (and Seattle to Everett), not connecting the fourth largest suburb to the tenth.

However, like WES, these trains sit parked on the weekends...how many highways are simply closed down between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM?

Sound Transit oopsie...


Todays SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS

Freakin chill out!


OPERATORS SQUEEZING EVERY NICKLE OUT OF HIGH SCHOOLERS

Yup, believe it or not many operators are actually enforcing the PDX high school pass that says can't use till September.

And then they wonder why Trimet and Trimet operators are so hated by the public.

They make $25/hour but have the nerve to squeeze high schoolers.


Just ask


GUESS WHAT THIS IS?

Lets play Light rail trivia. Guess what this is? A. a mess B. Trimet Maintenance of way management failure C. a light rail curve greaser suffering from lack of maintenance D. all of the above. Shhhh rail employees don't give it away. If you said D. you got it right. The splitting of the track maintenance crew in half to staff a graveyard shift has resulted in huge inefficiencies that managements ego refuses to address. Hence more and more maintenance is getting deferred. Don't blame the maintainers. This one strictly lands on managements door step. Don't step in the big pile of grease it will ruin your shoes

Signal problems


MUST SEE BUS CRASH VIDEO

Bus driver drives right into a house!

THE HIGH STAKES PROFESSION OF BUS DRIVING

LYNN — It is an experience familiar to most bus riders: a chase to catch a departing bus, desperate bangs on the door, the despair of watching the vehicle disappear into the distance.
But when an Everett man was left by a Route 455 bus outside Wonderland station, he sought revenge, police say.

2 1/2 years ago Steve Fung made this presentation to the board of directors

INSTANT REPLAY-Not only did the board ignore him, things have gotten progressively worse

Things are not good at MOW

If Trimet management wasn't treating the MOW crews like garbage and would change things back to where things were a couple of years ago you would see it return to where these problems at times were fixed in literally minutes.
As it is now screw Trimet I will never take a call.
As early as last year some of us in signals worked nearly a thousand hours of Overtime in a year.
Due to the changes management made I do not have one minute of OT in my year to date part of my pay stub.

Its managements prerogative to operate the business the way they see fit. But Overtime is not mandatory in maintenance and until they get rid of the changes they made most of us have agreed with each other to take no Ot. Don't blame the maintainers who for many years left their homes and families on a minutes notice to keep the trains moving with a minimal amount of delay, put the blame squarely on management where it belongs.

Letter to the editor


Budgeting. To run a household or a business it requires money, money of which we have to budget out. If something needs to be covered and can not be, one must "cut" into another budget area to accomendate the added expenses.

It takes ten years for a TriMet Bus Operator to be vested. Being vested is ideal, as it is full time work, pension fully funded excluding health care for a twenty year period. Every year TriMet management holds a public hearing, of which public can attend to their financial diffulty, needing to do some cuts. Does management listen? No, I personally say they do not. How I know? Let us see, I have went to one of those meetings and have personally spoke of a new plan providing TRIPLE of the billions of dollars they needed to save. Did they take that in consideration? No, it was talking to deaf ears.

Friday, August 24, 2012

BUS IS ATTACKED


Bellevue TC Timelapse

Punkrawker

"Don't call me pal-I'll kick your f*n ass!"



Today's SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS



TRIMESS STRIKES AGAIN-another answer to the same question

What a friggen mess Trimet is.

GREAT JOB BUS DRIVERS-YOU GOT 2 DISABLED GIRLS PISSED OFF!


TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS CENTER AUGUST 23

Part 1
Part 2

BIG TROUBLE AT ATU 757

 Union members check the union board and show up at the next meeting and check the FACEBOOK SITE if you are a member there.

TRIMET MANAGEMENT MUST ENJOY CREATING CHAOS

We need the Mayor on this!

Trimet driver know's 'he's screwed'


Trimet steamroller ready to roll over somebody else

TriMet files complaint against Pendleton Woolen Mills for Milwaukie property needed for light rail construction | OregonLive.com

You never know who you might run into in downtown!

Trimet forks over $6,000,000 !

I am pleased to report that retroactive COLA checks for active employees will be mailed on August 24.  The gross total of the wages is $6,001,646.96 and includes 2,318 separately mailed checks at an average amount of $2,589.14.

Retroactive COLA checks for retirees will be mailed by the end of August.  They have a different process for those checks, which involves US Bank.  The interface with the bank has slowed processing.


Bruce Hansen
President - Business Representative
ATU 757

Back in court vs Mcfarlane

So everything is complicated now that Mr Mcfarlane wants a jury trial.
I stand in line for about 1/2 an hour to get the form I need to continue this suit, and guess what,

Trimessed up!

I got a call from a driver who informed me that a fleet wide message was sent out telling drivers that the PDX student ID's are no good till next week.

A sane driver would ignore that and just accept them since they have
A '12' expiration date but this is now the third time they have wavered on this issue.
What a hot mess Trimess is!

CHAOS COUNTOWN is 8

FOR ROUTE AND SCHEDULE CHANGES

So you wanna be a bus driver do you?

T bus driver attacked by man who got irate when he was left behind at Wonderland bus stop

Charges laid in 2 Hamilton bus driver assaults - Hamilton

DRIVER SUCCUMBS TO THE PRESSURE OF THE JOB

Very poignant dispatch call-the public doesn't realize that this job CAN KILL YOU!

Did the General Manager leave his phone on a bus?


TRIMET=CROOKS


Clackamas County hands over the loot

Lars Larson
KGW
OregonLive.com



CLASSIC TWEETS

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Hopefully he's ok in those bushes"


Golden Handcuffs "HB"

Looks like they already got the benefits changed for future employees, get ready for the "Golden handcuffs" or deferred comp plan.
(Deferred compensation is also sometimes referred to as deferred comp, DC, non-qualified deferred comp, NQDC or golden handcuffs. Deferred comp is only available to senior management and other highly compensated employees of companies. Although DC isn't restricted to public companies, there must be a serious risk that a key employee could leave for a competitor and deferred comp is a "sweetener" to try to entice them to stay. If a company is closely held (i.e. owned by a family, or a small group of related people), the IRS will look much more closely at the potential risk to the company. A top producing salesman for a pharmaceutical company could easily find work at a number of good competitors. A parent who jointly owns a business with their children is highly unlikely to leave to go to a competitor. There must be a "substantial risk of forfeiture!!!!!!!!," or a strong possibility that the employee might leave, for the plan to be tax-deferred. Among other things, the IRS may want to see an independent (unrelated) Board of Directors' evaluation of the arrangement.)

Oregon supreme court to hear appeal against Trimet

General Bell v. Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (S060373)
(A145225) (appeal from Multnomah County Circuit Court; opinion reported at 247 Or
App 666, 271 P3d 138 (2012)).
Plaintiff General Bell, as personal representative of the estate of Thomas
Bell, has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision affirming a trial court
decision that dismissed plaintiff's personal injury action against defendant Tri-County
Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.

Laverne Ballard to be back to Trimet

We hear through the grapevine that she won her arbitration against the evil doers and will back to work !

Let us vote


Trimet communications Center August 22-2 parts

Part 1
Part 2

Today's seen and heard on TRIMESS


INSTANT REPLAY

The dispatch call that began the feud with Trimet management which ended when I left the company.
To this day I maintain their action against me was completely illegal but their threat to fire me was real.
I saved them the trouble and left on my own accord as soon as it was possible.
To work at Trimet you have to give up some of your civil rights, and that is just not acceptable for someone like me. I would never have left had the management not been harassing me. Believe it or not I actually liked the job and was well liked by my riders. Even though I was the poster boy for distracted driving I had a perfect safety record in my 15 years of employment there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEA5vY7-sgY

BOJACK!

 The big news in the Tri-Met bond sale, of course, is how big it is. Even leaving aside the hanky-panky that government agencies go through when telling you how much debt they're taking on, Tri-Met's long-term borrowings just went up from $308.4 million to $401.7 million -- a 30 percent increase. And all of its payroll tax revenue is mortgaged to pay off the banks and other bondholders, who get first dibs over all other creditors.
Has Clackamas County been hustling MAX bonds illegally? 
Multi-modal misery
All aboard for Epic Fail

CHAOS COUNTOWN is 9

For the route and fare changes!

THE END OF AN ERA OF SERVICE

(AKA how to force people on to the MAX)


Rider threatens to 'kill' driver


$58,514.00 - $87,772.00 Annually

Get your job

OPAL PLANS DAY OF ACTION

Thursday August 30@1:30pm
Day Of Action Location
We will meet at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 1:30pm and we will start at our Action at 2pm.
We will be doing 2 things for the Day of Action:
-Appreciation of Bus Drivers&Riders
-Mourning for the loss of our bus service, routes, reconfiguration & affordable fare.

Dan Christensen has been posting to his blog daily

Don't forget to check out the ROLL EASY BLOG daily now.
(incredible how Dan is able to write such accurate essays about life on the bus)

Classic tweets




Trimet adventures of Debdawg48




WHY I AM AGAINST MLR

It seems that light rail supporters exist inside a world of self delusions.
They have successfully been able to separate themselves from the reality of the world around us.
They don't seem to realize that record number of people in America find themselves on FOOD STAMPS.

Regarding the revised IGA for the Milwaukie Light Rail Project

John Charles

The end of TriMet’s failed Fareless Square experiment

By Eric Shierman
As this month comes to an end so too will end Portland’s 37-year experiment in fare-free public transportation. The last vestige of Fareless Square, known today as the Free Rail Zone, will come to an end. Perhaps TriMet’s culture of tolerating fare evasion will come to an end as well.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Five reasons why BRT may have advantages over rail

Portland Transport

Did you miss the latest NEIL MCFARLANE MOVIE FEATURES?

MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE MOST HATED GENERAL MANAGER ...

Neil Mcfarlanes speech to the Portland City club

THE MESS THAT IS TRIMESS-A FINE EXAMPLE

And here we have, in one day, one question, two dispatchers, and two totally opposite answers to the same question.
This is the problem with Trimet, everybody does it differently, there is no management, it's complete chaos.

PORK AND BUREAUCRACY-THAT IS WHAT TRIMET IS TODAY

Take a look at the LABOR RELATIONS division that was brand new started by Herr Mcfuher not very long ago.

Trimet communications-August 21

http://youtu.be/5n6wjykh4YI

Todays SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS



Ministry of Propaganda


I run into a blogger from long ago

Who has since given up all activism

Danger in Downtown!


Disability advocate Michael Levine

THE CHAOS COUNTDOWN IS AT 10

10 days to mass confusion of  service and fare changes

TRIMET ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS

It took them many months to complete this task, but they did it! Here we have the various EMPIRES for your viewing pleasure! (click on each empire for better viewing)

From the GENERAL MANAGER!!!


The countdown is on to one of the most historic changes in our fare system – no zones! Since becoming General Manager and visiting with operators, the number one complaint was that our fare system was too complicated. On the other side of the farebox, it’s not been a piece of cake for our customers either. I couldn’t have agreed more that simplifying our fares was needed. That’s why when we were identifying ways to address our budget shortfall – making our fare system simpler was a natural place to look. And soon – it will be simpler. While I know our operators will quickly adjust – our riders may need a little help so I ask you to ratchet up those good customer service skills to help them during the transition. 

Driver thinks Trimet buses can cause "legionaries disease"

Buses are full of mold and bacteria

"BITCH SHOULD HAVE CHECKED THE BUS"

Dan Christensen

Transit Intelligence

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs065/1101838178946/archive/1110797418558.html

Classic Tweets


Hanging out with Joe Rose on his on live chat!

http://youtu.be/AaqyeE4z7jY
(this would be better if it were a call in show, on Google Plus for example)

Look at this question asked at Joe Rose's on line live chat


Portland Streetcar broke already

Slow Ride: The eastside streetcar is already cutting back service—even before it starts running

TRYING TO STOP LIGHT RAIL BOONDOGGLES

Honolulu’s Pricey Rail Project Put on Trial | Hawaii Reporter

Trimet changing transfers

Story here!

Ever gotten a hair stuck in your throat....

until it made you cough so hard that you went unconscious and drove your bus into a railroad pole?

Joe Rose Here!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MAX SIGNALS GOING NUTS


Comm center highlights

Driver sends "chains rolling" message (used in snow)

Bus almost smashes into streetcar

Man says he's injured-but he's not

Girl gets injured on the bus

Trimet communications-August 20

Ah the Oregonian Editorial Board-always get my blood pressure up

Clackamas commissioners tread a fine, costly line | OregonLive.com

Man passed out near MAX tracks says Trimet is #1


Trimet bus driver explains why he is one hour late


Bus system in Ghana more reliable than Trimet

Classic Tweets


Today's seen and heard on Trimess



Michael Morrison has a very bad day at TRIMESS

Wes gets stuck-the movie

Here!

Close up of the new BDS bus system head

Tells the driver where they are and the next three streets. Boy this would have been helpful 'back in the day'. It also says "PLEASE DEPART NOW" when it's time to leave!

Neil Mcfarlanes speech to the Portland City club


Why is this still up on the Trimet.org main page?

Mcfarlane won his arbitration, so why is this still up on the main page of Trimet.org? 
You know why, because this is just the beginning of what he is going to want from union employees. (Item 5)

Michael Anderson interviews Bruce Warner-(head sock puppet)

http://t.co/FuHAxRdZ

MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE MOST HATED GENERAL MANAGER IN TRIMET'S HISTORY-NEIL MCFARLANE

(may not be suitable for younger viewers)

Rider of the month

Dan Christensen

Tri-Met drivers mobilize to toss hot head to the curb

(April 12)

http://ricorambles.wordpress.com/tag/tri-met/

THIS IS ODD?

Now that's odd. Any idea why these @TriMet station seats appear to be grounded? I wonder if you sit too long if they shock you?! ;b  https://twitter.com/JeremiahOsGo/status/237929467601907712

Monday, August 20, 2012

I don't usually post stuff like this

But this is important-the understanding of just how things are around us:

Oh what the heck-1 last batch of scanner calls tonight!

Rider is buying tickets for people they don't know

Driver is shocked by 1800 bus

Lift driver can't figure out address

Lift bus breaks down during heat wave

Crazy lady is riding the bus today

Woman throws trash all over bus driver

TRIMET SCANNER CONNECTIONS

Somebody from UKRAINE  connected to the Trimet scanner!

More from the wonderful world of Trimet bus and MAX operators

Yes Maam!

Train # 92

Lift driver picks up the wrong person

Driver can't breath

(Aren't you glad Trimet managers that you made my life hard while working at Trimet so I had to leave! Now I have nothing to do with myself all day long but this sort of silly stuff. The silly part is I LIKE IT! ITS FUN FOR ME. I'm like a kid that grew up one day and no longer had to take orders from Dad and could just play all day long!)

Todays seen and heard on TRIMESS


TOP TRIMET MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS

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

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

FIGHT THE POWER!

It's over

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

Driver gets completely lost then gets a lecture


WES GETS STUCK


Smashed tracker screen

Michael Anderson interviews one of the new sock puppets

http://t.co/9n0RqVIV
(Mr Anderson is definitely not on the side of the union workers)

Dispatch highlights (dead dog problems)


Latest Trimet google alert cracked me up!

Hahaha!

Trimet communications-August 19

http://youtu.be/mbdoQt0aLl4

ATU seeks to overturn TriMet’s win in contract arbitration

Click Here!

TRIMET ASSORTED FEATURES


Trimet communications-August 18

http://youtu.be/TetPCYXmjfI

Trimet actually performs a real time tweet

This was posted to twitter right when it happened-this is the first time I've seen an actual real time tweet from Trimet!


MAX Green/Yellow Line are not servicing stops on 5th and 6th avenues in Downtown Portland due to a gas leak.

Field report

A rider studies the flyer trying to figure out what to do come September.

OBAMA TELLS PORTLAND AND VANCOUVER TO GET "OVER THEMSELVES"

It's about time these two cities get shoved aside and this project gets going!
“It highlights that the project is about more than connecting Vancouver and Portland, but about connecting small and large manufacturers and businesses – from Hillsboro to Los Angeles, Seattle to Vancouver, Canada – that depend on a reliable interstate system to move their goods. This federal support will help coordinate CRC’s federal permits and demonstrates confidence that this project will get done. Now it is time for Oregon and Washington to show our commitment so we can get this going.”

Obama gives boost to Columbia River Crossing project - Portland Business Journal

See: Breakneck Speed Of Tappan Zee Replacement Project Has Opponents Stunned In Rockland County « CBS New York