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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hey-here are some good pictures of the asshole general manager


TRIMET LOVES TO REWARD FAILURE

Here is Fred, who is now enjoying his $15700 a month pension for building things that are categorical failures. Just look at the smirk on his face!


I LOVE IT WHEN I MAKE GOOGLE ALERTS

Trimet union members have the richest benefits in the country ...
A walk down Portlands NW 23rd Ave on a summers dayby PortlandsTransport6 views; The ...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WwHrjfehzI

TRIMESS STRIKES AGAIN

With lead apologist MARY FETSCH.

KATU HERE

Good old Ron Heintzman

Those of us that know the history of this man know that this is the champion of sore losers. There has never been an election that he has lost that he hasn't challenged. (Wally Fiest, Larry Hanley)

So goes it at ATU 757 right now. It appears that his crony JONATHAN HUNT had appointed an election committee before he left office that was set up especially to make sure there was a challenge to the presidency if Heitnzman lost. Well he lost and the old reliable crony system functions just as well now as it did 100 years ago. The election committee has reccomended a new election of the presidency, the only race that had a somewhat clear victory for Bruce Hansen.
I personally think there should be new elections but president is not one of them. The treasurer lost by the thinnest of margins and the vice president lost only because of stupidest of rules that ATU 757 follows. YOU DON'T NEED A MAJORITY VOTE TO WIN OFFICE and we had some rather arrogant  employees who decided they would throw their hat in the race. All of that lead to Jon Hunts Victory as vice president.

I have never been as hard on Jonathan Hunt as the majority of the membership has, but this is the last straw. We need to clear out the Heintzman/Hunt cabal once and for all.

Show up at the next union meeting and get this shit over with. The members are sick and tired of dealing with this blatant cronyism.
 
If Bruce Hansen is deposed I AM OUT OF THIS UNION FOREVER.

This is why REPUBLICANS win elections.

Trimet-we enjoy fucking with you

Tri-Met is Changing Its Handling of New Annual Passes (Action Required) | Self-Determination Resources, Inc.

Todays SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS



Bye Bye free rail zone

https://twitter.com/johnlandolfe/status/240892037778505728/photo/1/large

Live report from a real bus driver

too bad the Nazi behind me is running late every trip!..He is always burnng someone so 2nite its his turn..i have been on time

World's longest bus hits the road

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/08/27/world-longest-bus-hits-road/

Clackamas County's light-rail rebels

OregonLive.com

Trimess strikes again

This sign is stuck on a 57 flashing

OCCUPY TRIMET-PACK THE MAX



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Bus shelter vandal hits again

The public animosity against Trimet is breathtaking

Mary Festch says 'It's a massive undertaking that touches the entire agency'


The idea is to make riding TriMet a whole lot simplier by switching to 'go anywhere' fares. Now, all riders will have to do is purchase one ticket and they'll be able to travel anywhere they like. That means no more worrying about which zones your ticket is good for.
"It will be so much easier," said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. (what a load of crap!)

TriMet: 'It's a massive undertaking that touches the entire agency' | DirectPDX.com - Portland Local News

TRIMET IS DEAD TO THE PUBLIC

There’s no sugar coating it: On Saturday, TriMet will hit riders with the most-sweeping fare changes in the agency’s 43-year history.

Riders who now purchase a $2.10 one-zone ticket to ride, for example, will have to pay 40 cents more as part of its balance-budgeting one-zone-fits-all plan.

So, what better way to protest than stage a gold old-fashioned transit funeral in the public square?

On Thursday, the riders union Bus Riders Unite, organized by the nonprofit OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, will “mourn the loss of affordable fares and further cuts to bus service” with a New Orleans-style funeral in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Increased mobility? Isn't this quaint?


1400 bus on the 52 today, no idea how old the bus was but this was the sticker over the door. It's been a long time since that was TriMet's mission. Or guiding plan of action.

New and Improved TriMet bus stop schedules

I wonder if TriMet will apply the same essential cost-cutting measures to MAX stations.  You know, since they have EIGHT large schedule signs for each stop, plus the Transit Tracker signs...when all they need is one three inch by three inch paper sign with the stop ID number and nothing else.

Why spend thousands of dollars having to print up new schedule signs, then paying a guy (at high wages, of course) to drive (using a TriMet fleet vehicle) to the platform to post the signs twice (or more) a year?

The check is good!

Going to wells Fargo to investigate this Trimet check !  

RUMORS

The big rumor circulating now is GET CASH FOR YOUR COLA REFUND because they checks may not be any good!

You think driving LIFT is easy?

It's a completely different kind of driving

U.S. Taxpayers Are Gouged on Mass Transit Costs

HERE!

Free market threat to Trimet?

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Could it be true?

Would a company such as Trimet who is obsessed with Rail actually forget to put one of its lines on its new map?

See for YOURSELF 
(WES is missing)

It's wonderful!

Clackamas County commissioners made the right choice on TriMet settlement | OregonLive.com

ERIK IS RIGHT!


TriMet updates bus stop sign but not schedule

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak4gp2ZfTQ0

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