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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TRIMET CLASICS-HUE PHAM

Back when I used to terrorize Trimet operators with my illustrious video camera!

TRIMET CLASSICS-HENRY WEEMS


TRIMET CLASSICS-BIG JASON


TRIMET CLASSICS-PEGGY HANSON WITH SUNSET BOB


THE LAST FREE STREETCAR RIDE (the right version)

HERE!

Latest SEEN and HEARD on #TRIMET (aka #trimess)

TRIMET OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS SEPT 10

Available HERE for 72 hours

FLASHBACK

STEVE FUNG GETS AWARD FROM FRED

CLASSIC TWEETS

TriMet bus route change has neighbors, businesses upset

HERE

ALL ABOARD THE 99 LIVESTOCK EXPRESS

https://twitter.com/mikerigsby

Man who attacked rider at Hillsboro TriMet stop is sentenced to probation

STORY HERE!

FREE ANGIE!


Trimet threw away thousands of these


Monday, September 10, 2012

TRIMET OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS-SEPT 9

Available for a listening or download HERE! (available only temporarily)

Another Twitter account mocking Trimet appears!


A Monday on the Trimet system!

A Lane Jensen Production!

LATEST 'SEEN AND HEARD' ON #TRIMET (aka #trimess)

(No Trimetscanner tweets or my personal tweets included)
Real people really expressing themselves-no editing

Classic Trimet Tweets


Have no idea what this says but I like the picture and her page

Always an interesting time when hanging with Steve Fung


Met Steve today for Huber's Spanish Coffee's at noon


Trimet pressure washing forces everyone into the middle of the street


Riding Dan Schenks 17 talking to Bart Stuckely


Driver gets pissed off about other driver parking in loading zone


Hadn't seen this guy in over 10 years


TriMet Route Changes Cause Trouble For Woodlawn Businesses

TriMet's fare increase and bus route changes kicked in last week and while many riders might not have noticed the tweaks to 20 bus lines, the Woodlawn neighborhood says a change to the #8 bus has made their business triangle on NE Dekum a "nightmare."

It was a big day out-got to ride DAN SCHENKS 17!


I also ran into Randy Steadman again

Funny how he seems to just 'appear' when I am around.
He didn't appear that well to be honest. Looked a little worried or something.

I serve Mcfarlane the legal complaint in the next step of my case against him

Accepted via Kelly Runnion

Incident on bus 77


Commentary: We believe 3-401 will pass

Story Here!

I finally got to meet KELLY RUNNION today

Somebody's who's name I have very familiar with but never actually met!

Lunch at Huber's with Steve

THE LAST FREE RIDE ON THE PDX STREETCAR


Some sort of incident on MAX


TOP STORIES

Trimet Supervisory reports
ACTIVIST 'HB'
FORMER ATU 757 TREASURER FILES DEFAMATION LAW SUIT...
Bloggers! Assemble! (My Plan For The September Boa...
ME VS MCFARLANE
Confused about our blue cross coverage
SCANNER/TWITTER ENTHUSIAST LOSES JOB DUE TO TRIMET...

Latest SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS

(Trimetscanner tweets and my personal tweets not included)
Dissatisfaction continues

MAX CONTROLLER GIVES OUT WRONG INFO

The bus to Vancouver does run on weekends

TRIMET FAIL (again)

CLASSIC TWEETS

Lane's Sunday Adventures on Trimet!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

THIS IS HARD TO BELIEVE

The Barnett Government spent more than $27,000 to come up with the name of its light rail network - and it could have just googled it.
The name - Metro Area Express or MAX - is the same as the light rail system in Portland, Oregon.

TRIMET CLASSICS-CHAD SOLOMON

Extraordinary people

TRIMET CLASSICS-JASON MCHUFF

Extraordinary  people

TRIMET CLASSICS-STEVE FUNG

Extraordinary people

When TriMet fails...there's always WalMart

It's pathetic that in the city with the best transit system in the nation...that WalMart has to settle with running its own shuttle service to get people from their homes to WalMart and back - because TriMet can't.

Even better - these buses are free to ride.

New light rail trains passing through Portland

A tarped Siemens LRV sits underneath the yard tower at Portland Terminal Railroad's Lake Yard, presumably in interchange between Union Pacific to BNSF.  Not sure who this car belongs to but I will venture it's for Calgary.  Interestingly it sits on a black flatcar lettered for Southern Pacific; this is probably the first black SP car I've seen...and SP rolling stock is getting rarer and rarer every day.

ALEX HAWK GETS A GREAT VIDEO OF TODAYS BUS CRASH

Guy tries to put 'loose cat' on bus


Community Transit vs TriMet....

Just when you thought there was a lot of negative feedback on TriMets Facebook page, a Transit agency up here is proposing fare increases...and their Facebook page is just glowing with disgust.  See my blog post.

Bus driver gets in confrontation with riders



Trimet bus vs Car


Trimet Supervisory reports

The case of Laverne Ballard

Apparently there are some strange rumors circulating about her case and what it was all about.
You can find the correct information Here!

Why Trimet will not allow bike racks that hold 3 bikes-official answer

Yes, we tested the 3-bike rack as we've looked to increase bike capacity on buses. After testing it we found that it was not a safe option for us. During our test, we found that when loaded with bikes they created safety concerns because they blocked the operator’s vision, impacted the operators line of sight and blocked headlights. Additionally they present safety concerns when turning in areas with narrow streets or tight clearances. We remain in contact with vendors and are monitoring design changes to determine if we are able to try them out again in the future. Have a question you would like answered,

TRIMET DISPATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Fare Tech leaves his keys and radio in transit center
Man throws beer all over the floor
Trimet stop sign 'a disgrace'
Trimet leaves signs up confusing riders
Streetcar waits for passengers who show no enthusiasm
Driver gets lost
Driver really screws up
Driver struggling to get the job done
"We don't want Trimet out here"

LINE 94 SCHEDULED TO BE IN TWO PLACES AT THE SAME TIME


TRIMET OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS-SEPT 8

Available for listening or download temporarily HERE!

TRIMET CLASSICS-JOY KOVACKS

Extraordinary people I met while working at Trimet

Latest SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS


MAX FAQ'S

We haven't seen much from this excellent blog lately, hopefully they will start posting more regularly.

Incidents and accidents, hints and allegations

We recommend a "Rejected" vote on Prop. 1.

The Columbian

I won't clean 2100's anymore!


                                         For a while,I was optimistic that the buses would be
                                         acceptable now that each garage has some dedicated
                                         cleaners.The windows on fridays run were ridiculous.
                                         Perhaps HR/Operations should add window cleaning
                                         as a driver pre-trip responsibility.

TRIMET CLASSICS-JEFF POSNER

Extraordinary people I have met while working at Trimet

Saturday, September 8, 2012

TRIMET CLASSICS-LYN LEHRBACH

Extraordinary people I have met while working at Trimet

TRIMET CLASSICS-DUELING CAMERA'S

Extraordinary people I have met while working at Trimet

TRIMET CLASICS-FRANK DELGADO

Extraordinary people I have met while working at Trimet

NOT A GOOD DAY FOR TRIMET


Lane's personal response


Lane Jensen stirs up the public

I encouraged Lane to make movies of his Trimet experiences, and his story about getting fired because the bus broke down got over 600 views!

DRIVER INVITES DISPATCHER TO 'HIS DECK'


DEATH ON THE MAX TRAIN



Fatality on MAX

Check Trimetscanner tweets for timeline of events

Trimet driver Larry Porter receives Police Award

Original video by Dan Martin

94 driver comments

(From facebook)
The 94 is a joke, I drive it daily, very poor planning on trimets part, a lot of pissed off people. Having a major bus route not service a major transit center during peak hours, unbelievably stupid. Hoping, but knowing that a fix is probably not in the works.

Lane rides the bus again!


DISPATCHER GIVES STUPID ANSWER TO OPERATORS REASONABLE REQUEST

Proving that TRANSIT EQUITY AND DIVERSITY is a phony bureaucratic farce:

Tri-Met « HoardingWoes & You

Weird

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS CENTER-SEPT 7

Available for listening or download for 3 days HERE!

ALAN EISENBERG-TRIMET NEEDS OVERSIGHT


Missed this from June 14

Our friend Mary slinging her usual bullshit, I wonder if she even believes it.

TRIMET NOTICES


Friday, September 7, 2012

ACTIVIST 'HB'


Brothers and Sisters,

I just found out something today; the company is trying to employee about 100 plus, new employees (drivers) within a 12 month period.

The Great TriMet Bus Race


FORMER ATU 757 TREASURER FILES DEFAMATION LAW SUIT

Read the lawsuit HERE!

TRIMET CLASSICS-LUCI ABERNATHY


TRIMET CLASSICS-JIMMY LAO


TRIMET CLASSICS-SUNSET BOB


TRIMET CLASSICS-TOM HALL


TRIMET CLASSICS-HERB HANSEN

Viewers last week


Bloggers! Assemble! (My Plan For The September Board Meeting)

So I came up with a plan for the September Board Meeting to really get the board. It's either really brilliant or entirely stupid but either way I'm fervent. I would like to have some people back me up on this; really get some bus riders/drivers in on it.

I am going to present a list of rules to the TriMet Board and Neil under the fact that TriMet is a public servant. I envision them on big pieces of poster paper or perhaps a packet to send to the board members. Preferrably I'd like for them to be visible. I've yet to come up with those rules but mostly it'll be ones TriMet doesn't follow.

Latest Seen and Heard on Trimess

Bet you didn't know riding transit was so fun!

VIDEO OF RESCUE OF YOUNG GIRL TRAPPED UNDER BUS

ME VS MCFARLANE

I don't care how many hoops I have to jump through, I will see you in court!

The bus time forgot, except it's still in service


Too bad TriMet isn't like a supermarket where if they have the wrong price up, they honor it. Another sticker with the same old fare prices was posted inside the bus, and the Operators of the Year posters inside were from 2010.

Confused about our blue cross coverage

Well let's get more confused:
Benefits summary
Full benefit plan

LATEST SEEN AND HEARD ON TRIMESS

The mess continues

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TRIMET RIDER


CLASSIC TWEETS-TRIMET FAIL

Always entertaining reading Eriks commute on Trimet

Read from bottom to top for correct sequence of events:

TRIMET DRIVER LARRY PORTER GETS AWARD

Bus driver awarded for heroic action by Portland police - KPTV - FOX 12

THE GREAT DESTROYER ON THE MOVE

MLR leaves path of destruction
Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - TriMet's light rail demolition moving down SE 17th in Brooklyn

TRIMET OVER THE AIRWAVES SEPT 6

Available for download or listening for three days HERE!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

BYE JOHN GATES


This comment on the Joe Rose streetcar post cracked me up!


Also, still waiting for The O to launch a column covering the local Kayak and Canoeing scene. We are woefully underrepresented in the daily newspaper, and you ignore us at your peril. We have people in place in Metro and City Council, incognito of course, and when the time is right, we will make our move. The cyclists will bow at our feet . . .

Portland Streetcar: A sneak preview of the eastside line (video)

OregonLive.com

Would we need to add 2.9 lanes to Sunset Highway without westside MAX? PolitiFact Oregon

OregonLive.com

TVM techs chatting on the radio


Latest SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS

It's not getting better Trimet!

Lane catches driver violating no smoking policy

MERLO MARS


Real time report from real bus driver

do u have an extra cigarette..wut time do u leave..wut time does 78 leave..do u go to portlamd..do u go to forest grove..how long until we get there

Rogue Clackamas commission takes shaky bond deal into back room

It's amazing to us that the county could cancel the sale and not give a reason. Here are the politicians and bureaucrats, slinging $20 million around, and when they suddenly pull the plug on a major deal that was two days away from going down, they can just give the media and the public the brushoff? Ladies and gentlemen of county government, what the heck is going on?

(Jack Bog's Blog)

Lane Jensen rides the bus!

DISPATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Streetcar waits for passengers who show no enthusiasm
Driver gets lost
No headlights
Driver really screws up
Driver struggling to get the job done
"We don't want Trimet out here"
Driver decides she wants to go home rather than the garage
Driver gives thanks for not having to do route
MAX gets stuck
Person moons the bus driver
Nobody wants Trimet drivers in their bathrooms

New TriMet Workplace Poster


Driver decides she wants to go home rather than the garage



What's wrong with this MAX signage ?


Some people sure go nuts over the silly streetcars

BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » Photos and notes from my ride on the new streetcar line

"We don't want Trimet out here"


Bumpy ride for Trimet users

Joe Rose

Trimet ticket machines-a disgrace that has been going on for years now

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Seen and heard on TRIMESS

Things are not going well at Trimess

Some of these paychecks for bus drivers do seem a little excessive (old info)

TriMet Salaries | GovDocs

A driver writes to me

The teroizm task force is doing training at Elmo all week long . I was given the 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm last night . They have one of our buses and one rail car  at Elmo . Very high security area . I was patted down before I was allowed to enter the area . 25 police officers ,6 observers . One man was from a federal agency overseeing the whole shebang ! Don't know who he was , no one knew his name . No filming allowed .They are bringing in police from every agency to work on this .30 volunteers that act out each scenario . Police have plastic guns that shoot blanks . most scenarios involve 1 gunman with automatic weoppon and hostages . Each time a train came into the yard the train opp would be escorted out of the area .

THE POLICE STATE IS ENCROACHING ON US!

Tribute to driver who died on the job Dale Arlt

Tri-Met/Dale Arlt Memorial Beac Trip - Event | BikerOrNot

Knocking From Inside: Chaos Stalks Tri-Met

Click here for a great poem about Trimet

Competition & free market give Hawaii affordable transportation

Since Trimet has failed so miserably in its mission, I do support the notion of ending the monopoly of Trimet as the sole transportation supplier. It's time to open up the market to other people and ideas that can get the job done more efficiently than the poster child of inefficiency TRIMET.

Competition & free market give Hawaii affordable transportation | The Oregon Catalyst

Portland, Oregon increases transit fees


By Tony Colton and Hector Cordon

Beginning September 1, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) implemented fare increases and cuts in services in order to overcome a $12 million budget shortfall.
TriMet is Portland, Oregon’s regional public transit agency, transporting more than 350,000 riders daily—more than any other US transit system its size. Operating buses and light-rail, TriMet serves the Portland metropolitan area, with a population of more than 2.6 million people, nearly 70 percent of Oregon’s total population.

HEADING OUT OF THE CORRUPT USA

I have some of the greatest doctors, which is why I absolutely refuse to switch to Kaiser and its second rate health care system. (not everybody agrees with me on that but after they almost killed my first wife I have never wanted anything to do with them again)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

You never know where you might run into JASON MCHUFF


Seen and Heard on Trimess

LISTEN UP TRIMET OFFICIAL-THIS IS YOU!

VigilAssessment Operator Observation & Assessment Tool | Vigil Solutions

Ouch!

                                         This low floor was in the Center Street workline.In 5
                                          years, I haven't seen a hole in the sheet metal skirts.

Lane gets the axe cause Trimet breaks down

Classic Tweets


Jack Ohman


Dispatch highlights

Trimet leaves 94 riders stranded

Clock is running backwards

Leave it to Trimess to over complicate things

Even the supervisor has no idea where the 87 stops

Anti transit movement makes it to Eugene

Critics flood LTD with opinions | Most of the negative comments were generated by the anti-EmX group Our Money Our Transit

Alex Hawk speaks to the sock puppets!


Trimet employees/retirees on Blue Cross are SCREWED

Just spent the last hour on the phone dealing with this screwing we just got from our union and Mcfarlane.
My hatred for Trimet only grows. Six figure executives think nothing of screwing the little people, the riders and the retirees. A pal of mine is on the hook for thousands of dollars of life saving medications!  God bless America "God Bless America" at Chick-fil-A breaks out! - YouTube

BOJACK

Has Clackamas County cancelled light rail bond sale?

That's the report we've received at this hour. And the prospectus for the sale, which was supposed to go down tomorrow, has suddenly been removed from the i-Deal listing of Oregon bond sales. It could be a big win for the Clackistani rebels, or just a decoy of some kind. Given how the county commissioners have behaved, we would put nothing past them.
Has Clackamas County cancelled light rail bond sale? (Jack Bog's Blog)

What a wonderful design the transit mall is

Just a matter of time before someone gets killed down there

Day ticket not torn correctly

The idiots that run Trimet have decided that day tickets must be torn at 2:30am or they are not valid. Needless to say more than 1/2 are torn wrong because that was never the way it was in the past. Here is one that is not torn at all

Symphony plays at water front park

SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS (people are mad as hell)

Trimet fails riders


Operator fails to see pole and smashed into it


94's all broken down


Mcfarlane breaks the law-does he give a shit? NOPE


Union Pacific in the way of the GREAT DESTOYER

(aka the mystery train)

Union Pacific prepares Brooklyn Yard for light rail line - Portland Business Journal

In Tanasbourne: Swan Song of the 89 Community

My most favorite route was Trimet line 89. It was one of those buses where everybody knew everybody else and the driver was part of that scene. Such a shame to see it ruined along with so much else at this heartless, soulless, government bureaucracy. But so so much has been destroyed since Mcfarlane took over. He is the DESTROYER, he follows Hitlers scorched earth policy. Destroy everything that doesn't suit his purposes. He is the enemy of the people. Yet the dictators who rule us (they pretend we live in a democracy) support his scorched earth policy. I suggest you start watching ALEX JONES on YOUTUBE if you want to see the truth of our society today.

In Tanasbourne: Swan Song of the 89 Community | TriMet Diaries

MEET THE PEOPLE OF TRIMET LINE 89

Ride TriMet Line 89 from Evergreen Pkwy to Science Park Dr - YouTube 

Another Large Class to Graduate Soon

                                         22  drivers will be on their routes next week.

Not all Trimet drivers have ethics

57 train 69 left Forest Grove 3 minutes early on EVERY SINGLE TRIP!
Where are the supervisors?
Where are the dispatchers?
Does anybody monitor activities of the rouge Trimet bus drivers?
(and there are plenty of rouge bus drivers)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Crash at 23rd and Burnside mucks things up


Tree branches shut down MAX service

This is getting old

                                         As you know,I won't leave the yard until the bus has
                                          reasonbly clean windows.My 2100 today was just filthy.

Todays SEEN and HEARD on TRIMESS

Twitter is one of the best sources for rider sentiment about Trimet. Trimet has nothing to do with Twitter and all people talking about Trimet are not connected to any phony surveys. TRIMET HAD EPIC FAIL TODAY, AND AN EPIC AMOUNT OF PISSED OFF PEOPLE. Do any of the managers care, of course not. They gonna get their fat paychecks on time and they don't don't even use TRIMESS

TRIMET FUCKS ITS EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES

I am getting reports back that there is a HUGE EXPENSE related to prescription drugs that people are taking under the BLUE CROSS PLAN. Some of these medications are in the thousands of dollars due to our corrupt and fixed pharmaceutical industry. Thanks TRIMESS for screwing the fuck out of us.

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Petition seeks to block TriMet payment

Here!

TRIMET FAIL GOING ON RIGHT NOW

TRI'METH' RESPECTS CIVIL RIGHTS

Blood suckers off to good start /live report

trimet is gonna make a heap a buncch of money..cuzzzz people put in 3.00 for a 2.50 ticket and youth are putting in 1.75 and 2.00..ridiculous!

EVERYBODY PAYS FOR THE NEW TRIMET EXCEPT THE BLOOD SUCKING VAMPIRES THAT RUN IT

Mcfarlane and staff as they really are
The employees have to pay more when they get sick from a job that literally kills them.
A ride down the street costs a citizen $2:50 now.
Everybody has lost when it comes to Trimet.
Except all the six figure executives who kept all of their exorbitant pay checks. Not one of them perform a service to the public. They go to 'meetings' and 'drink coffee' and company paid 'junkets all over the world.

FUCK YOU TRIMET-ADD ME TO THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO GIVE YOU THE FINGER. Keep hiring people that are willing to put up with your abusive and blood sucking nature. Most people are sheeple and will serve you well.

MORE LOVE FOR TRIMET EXPRESSED ELEQUENTLY


Another bus shelter smashed

The public animosity against Trimet is truly breathtaking. So much hatred and scorn.
The bus shelter at at Murray/Osprey has been shattered to smithereens

Just got done listening to Michael Andersons podcast

Michael Anderson, one of the best transit reporters in Portland, although I frequently disagree with many of his conclusions does a pretty interesting podcast. But what caught my attention is there little segment on twitter. The co-host distinctly said 'its getting harder and harder to find positive tweets about Twitter. Apparently they only cover 'positive' tweets about Trimet. Almost like Trimet itself, that ignores everything bad but accentuates the good.

Twitter is the best barometer of how the public feels about its transit system. It's about 5:1 negative

If this day ticket is not ripped here you can get a $175 fine

Trimet stupidity rules the day

Todays SEE and HEARD on TRIMESS


SCANNER/TWITTER ENTHUSIAST LOSES JOB DUE TO TRIMET



CLASSIC TWEETS


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!