Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

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!