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Monday, September 3, 2012

Puke train


How are you supposed to board here


New streetcar fares

Can you figure this out?

From Seattle

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/

Video honoring Metro's driver of the year

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus/ride-free-area/answers.html

note Securatas (private security) checking fares in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT07UUJHAQU

Bus driver gets defensive about her fare checking

Notice how she says "its her bus". I got news for you lady, it IS NOT YOUR BUS, its the public's bus. Jason made a comment about her fare collection and  she became livid.

http://youtu.be/0J7LjtwoYzU

Very last free transit in Portland, Oregon Alert icon

http://youtu.be/aZNIoiBG-_Y

My thoughts on the end of Fareless Square

My greatest memory of Fareless was driving the 8 to Hayden Meadows back when it went there. The bus was so full of fareless riders that paying riders that needed to go to Hayden Meadows were not able to get on the bus. They would literally beg me to get on because they had to go to work.
Fareless would have been a decent idea if they had a bus DEDICATED TO IT rather than clogging up everything else in the system. It was a bungled idea and it did need to go especially since they are ripping off all the other riders on Trimess.
I can't wait to see ridership numbers come the end of September. I fear this transit district is genuinely in a death spiral, just like Pittsburgh PA.
Blaming employees for all the mess only goes so far, then the truth comes out.
Mismanagement has created the death spiral, not employees wages and benefits.
When you grow a system beyond its means to support itself it slowly strangles itself.

Of course none of this matters to the executives who reap in hundreds of thousands of dollars, huge fully funded pensions, and live happily ever after even though they ruined the agency. It's very much like the bankers, the ruined the financial system but they all personally raked in millions and lived happily ever after

"Herb"


"did your dog poop before he gets on the bus"


Can't figure out where bus is


Weed on the bus causes allergic reaction


Confusion


Hard ass MAX controller


'why are you late'


These friggen dispatchers were my least favorite management personnel while I worked at Trimet.
Now that I have been listening to them since my departure from Trimess I have developed some respect for what they do.

But one thing I hated then, and I still hate it when I hear it.

Why are you late? They actually ask operators that question.

Well here is the answer I always wanted to give them when I worked there.

WHY ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID AND I SUGGEST YOU CONTACT KEN ZATTERIAN AS TO WHY THIS SCHEDULE IS FUCKED UP, NOW GET OFF MY FUCKING BACK!

Another PUKE BUS

Head signs all screwed up

The head signs have been a problem since they introduced the automated system. It's never been fixed, goes on year after year

Modern Mythology: Portland Trimet Rapes The Poor

CLICK HERE

TRIMET ACTIVIST 'HB'



I had an interesting conversation with one of our brothers from Lift.  I had asked him how the contract situation was going.  He said that there is a hang up concerning bonus money; I said “wow, that’s all.” He said “yep”.  He went on further, and told me that the other unionized Lift contract was settled.  I said how can that be when we are all one union and two companies (Trimet and First Transit)?  Why one was fully negotiated and the other wasn’t?  Why didn’t both fall under the same contract resolutions?  Why were they done this way?  They (our brothers and sisters) stood together in solidarity during the rally, and got the companies attention, only to be separated again by the settling of one contract as opposed to the other’s contract?  Who would have done this and thought it was a great idea????  Why is it now put on our new president’s lap, to solve this problem when it should have been done properly the first time??

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Todays SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS

R.I.P. Free Public Transit in Portland, 1975-2012

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/09/rip-free-public-transit-in-portland-11275-9112/

The Dickhead himself


A huge job - but we are ready!

Trimet actually audits itself (how ridiculous)

Audit Planning and Risk Assessment Process

"UPDATED" WORKING WAGE AGREEMENT

Click Here!

They actually spend ONE DAY enforcing transit mall rules

Eight PPD Traffic Division personnel conducted a “Share the Road” mission in downtown Portland on Tuesday, August 28. During the mission they focused not only on motor vehicle violations, but also pedestrian and bicyclist violations resulting in 27 citations and 15 warnings. The area extended from Burnside Street to SW Clay Street, and from Naito Parkway to SW 14th Avenue, with a few officers focused entirely on the Transit Mall and MAX track violations.

Basketball players gave Halliman a nice retirement party


The end of an era

                                         I drove the last 67 from BTC this afternoon to Rock Creek.

                                        

Why are union employees excluded from working with customers

The Ride Guide program was set up in 2007 to provide a way for administrative staff who don’t usually work with customers to do so. Especially when there are major projects that require additional staff be on the streets to answer questions and guide customers. It is limited to administrative employees because it is during working hours and the employee may be asked to perform duties that are not in the normal scope of their position. ‘Ask Me’ duty was developed to provide an opportunity for all employees, and friends and family, to help our customers on days when we need even more folks on the street to help with purchasing tickets and getting to and from large community events. We have an upcoming ‘Ask Me’ opportunity for the Race for the Cure on Sept. 15-16, if you are interested, sign-up online or by contacting Julie Monroe at . Have a question, just email us at

THE 2012 TRIMET SCHEDULE BOOK

Download here!

LATEST ACTION BEGINS

(too bad none of these actions actually help)

CLASSIC TWEETS

Expected start to the new TRIMESS fare system


KGW REPORT ON DEATH OF TRIMET

kgw.com | Portland News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | Video

THE BLOOD SUCKING BEGINS

Shelly Lomax
Today is the first day that citizens are forced to subsidize the exorbitant and wasteful government enterprise knows as TRIMET (aka TRIMESS).

Pay more and get less, too bad if you are forced to use the system.
The head vampire (Mcfuher) has already forced his vampire will on his hapless employees, many of which are also sheeple.

Trimet has also employed an army  of COPS and FARE INSPECTORS to make sure the SERFS comply with the KINGS (Mcfuhrer) orders.

I remember when Trimess had a compassionate management and rider friendly  policies. The JUDAS KITZHABER who was elected due to organized labor has shown his real stripes. Another republican posing as a democrat. He turned his back on labor and turned his back on the citizens. The system is a fix, the citizens are played for fools. And most of the citizens have assumed the role of sheeple anyway, accepting what big brother says. It's a tragic end to a once innovative and humane transit system.
Most people in Portland Drive, they know better than use this inefficient, scary, and unreliable system.

AND THE EXECUTIVE VAMPIRES LOST NOT ONE PENNY OF THEIR SIX FIGURE INCOMES-NOT ONE PENNY


Friday, August 31, 2012

RON HEINZTMAN UPDATE

I have been enlightened to more facts about this Ron Heintzman re-election.
It appears that one of the ATU members conducted a challenge to the candidacy of Mr Heintzman after his candidacy was approved.

ATU international bylaws clearly state that challenges to elections and candidates must take place AFTER THE ELECTION.

Did this cost Mr Hientzman votes? Who knows but according to international by laws it is basis to challenge election results.
I will be voting NO TO THE MOTION-BRUCE HANSEN PRESIDENT OR COUNT ME OUT!

Portland peddling Milwaukie light rail bonds, too

BOJACK

Suit seeks to halt sale of Milwaukie Light Rail bonds

Suit seeks to halt sale of Milwaukie Light Rail bonds

Todays SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS

THE END OF THE 89

Trimet blood sucking vampires have destroyed you

#TriMet screws the public everyday.


THE END OF THE 67 TO BEAVERTON

Goodbye 67- Trimet vampire bloodsuckers have destroyed you.

"typical Trimess sense"


Thanks for the pain Trimess

Thanks for the Pain, Trimet

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Dear Crappy Trimet Driver: My wife was on your #72 bus in her wheelchair yesterday after her errands, expecting to get dropped off a block from home — until you announced that *you refused to drive your bus' assigned route* because of Last Thursday. You dumped her on Killingsworth and made her roll herself all the way to Alberta. Thought you might like to know that by the time she got home she was in tears from the pain, and it will take her days to recover.
Hope it was worth it not to inconvenience yourself. Way to show your committment to helping the community. Way to show your committment to helping the disabled. Way to make it clear what your *real* priorities are. You suck.

Look at how long this has been an issue

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ACxSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CjYNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2396%2C2695147

GO GET THESE BLOOD SUCKING VAMPIRES


Miracle today on the 67- a lowfloor bus

                                         Eat your heart out AL!

THE BROTHERS FUNG

STEVE LEFT DAVID RIGHT

Activists Stage Funeral For TriMet Bus Lines


MEET THE NEW FACE OF TRIMET EXECUTIVES

Here we see a pictorial of the face of the new breed of Trimet executives.
The suck blood from their employees and the riding public so they can maintain there  6 figure salaries.

They sik the police state on the poor who don't have fares and then propagandize them as 'free loaders' rather than destitute citizens.

I'm so glad I left when I did. I couldn't work for an organization the sucks the life out of its citizens and its employees.

All the while the executives pile up their huge salaries and exorbitant retirement pay. Something the phony media will never expose to the public.
The best solution to fighting the vampires? GET A CAR!

TODAYS SEEN AND HEARD AT TRIMESS

Fight the bloodsuckers


Citizens line up to feed the VAMPIRE TRIMET


TRIMET 6 FIGURE EXECUTIVE VAMPIRES READY TO SUCK LIFE OUT OF THE SERFS

TriMet protesters oppose Saturday's rate hike | kgw.com Portland

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...