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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Trimets new radio system-board presentation


TRIMET REMOVES ITS ANTI UNION PROPAGANDA FROM ITS MAIN WEB PAGE


GO BY AERIAL TRAM


CLIPS FROM THE TRANSIT BEER CONFERENCE


Watch where you park at Center St

Also, some work on a mall sign

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Wednesday morning bus haiku: Trimet late again / make me late for work again / sent complaint again.

Really, really old TriMet map

Seen inside a building in downtown Portland, possibly The Westshore.  Picture is blurry as it is a ways from the outside door in a secure building.  Note the sector symbols.

Rail inspector deals with 2 homeless men on MAX

Seems like this inspector handled this situation very well

Google Earth a little outdated...

I'm not sure what's worse - that Google Earth still shows the 12 continuing south of Tigard, or the very old 45 routing via Johnson Street and Grant Avenue (which hasn't existed in, what, three, four years, if not longer?)

What's inside the bus stop signs

October Bus Riders Unite Membership Meeting

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Cool little Portland or giant NYC?

Its Portland Mess Transit!

Read this Trimet alert

 #96 Due to construction, northbound stops at SW Harbor &
River Pkwy and SW Harbor & Montgomery are closed from

Wednesday October 10, 2012 until Saturday October 12. Please
use temporary stop on Naito at Harrison.

Bus drivers under extreme pressure

You can hear in this drivers voice his complete exhaustion as he tries to deal with packed loads of unhappy people

TRIMET ONLY CARES ABOUT THIS-NOT ABOUT KEEPING SERVICE GOING

Since Mcfarlane has taken over this place has turned into a total disaster. Why is the board of sock puppets so blind? Even a sock puppet should be able to recognize failure!

One CL Line streetcar behind another

Taken October 5th at 8:05 PM, on NW 11th approaching the Marshall platform during the time of the Streetcar Mobile Music Fest.  The streetcar ahead was at the platform, and during the time, another streetcar went behind down Northrup.

The festival was causing delays with bands and gear loading and then unloading near the Rose Quarter, crowded streetcars and, at OMSI, a storyteller on the platform that created a distraction resulting in the forward streetcar shown not leaving on time.  It was shortlined and sent directly back over the bridge while my car continued down 11th as normal.

TriMet Driver or KATU Intern? You Decide

THE REASON MAX IS SHUT DOWN

You can see the rope stuck on the pantograph!
Photo's by Jason Mchuff

AND NOW ANOTHER MAX FAILURE

WINDOW WASHERS ROPE SHUTS DOWN MAX

This is what we are spending 1.5 billion on?

TRIMET FAIL!

Running late for interview because of a MAX power failure. Which we wouldn't have even known about w/o good samaritans. Info fail, Trimet.

CLASSIC TWEETS

Who needs terrorists? . says MAX trains are not running between Rose Quarter, Jeld-Wen Field (entire central city) issue

LANE JENSEN RESPONDS TO ATU ALERT ABOUT HIM

I’m not out to get drivers in trouble, that is not my goal in this blog. My goal is to tell the untold story with Transit, where they excel, where they need improvement and the like. I focus on how the story affects people, how it affects the community, and how it affects the future. Drivers are the front line for TriMet. I know they put up with a lot. My heart goes out to Leonard and his family, I pray he has a speedy recovery. How is a video camera causing so much hate and discontent? We are always told by customer service to voice our opinion. You see it on the buses and trains daily. This is how I voice my concern to TriMet. Videos are fact, hearsay is not.
Mr. Dan Martin, I will continue to do what I am doing because I am not violating any rules whatsoever. I formally request that you issue an written, public apology to both drivers and the public for the lie that you have spread about me. Thank you

Trimet ATU 757 Attack | Portland Transit Lane

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

UNION RIGHT OR WRONG?

I am a very big union supporter,but not all union members deserve support, especially from me.
Just because somebody is in the union does not mean I will defend them in all matters. When a driver threatens a rider, that driver deserves to be held accountable, period.
There are many Trimet drivers that have  no business behind the wheel of a bus, and how they got in to this agency is beyond me. Another example of complete incompetence by the management of this  company.

I hold TRIMET to very high standards,and I hold the union and union members to the same standard!

I will attack the union with the same vigor that I attack Trimet if they deserve it.

Right vs wrong is not Trimet vs the Union, its people vs themselves.

Institutions develop their own inertia, I refuse to give up my principles be it for the union or the company!

Breaking – TriMet – Trimetageddon

Portland Transit Lane

RANTINGS SPECIAL PRESENTATION-NIGHTMARE COMMUTE IN PDX

This is the dispatch calls from about 4pm-about 8pm. Now why would there be such a mess. One theory is:
So Trimet SCREWS ITS RIDERS AND THE NON RIDERS, ALL AT ONCE!
Who cares about the peons anyway?

You know when Trimet gets somebody like this pissed off THEY ARE FUCKING UP BIG TIME

Omg Trimet you stink. 

Trimet was so slow today. If I pee myself before class I blame the bus.

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Becoming harder to be a bus advocate with every bonehead move. Thanks for rerouting my bus to take twice as long. Brilliant

Bus drivers dealing with impossible conditions


SO TRAFFIC WAS A MESS-WONDER WHY?

Traffic impacted Oct. 8-12 in South Waterfront area due to final placement of 28 massive girders for light rail construction | TriMet Media

17 riders dazed and confused


GATE ARM BREAKS OFF


What's this fare tech doing?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/doubledale38/7897994224/

OPAL day of action

http://www.flickr.com/photos/artnchicken/sets/72157631329707782/detail/

Bus driver gets spit on in the face


Check out this 'not a bus stop' sign

http://t.co/N2VrVQGl

TRIMET BOARD MEETINGS ON CABLE ACCESS

The following 5 dates are scheduled for the program "Sept
 2012 TriMet Board of Directors Meeting", Project: Trimet

Board Meetings, starting 10/9/2012.

Wednesday 10/10/2012, 9:00 AM, Channel 22
Friday 10/12/2012, 2:00 PM, Channel 22
Monday 10/15/2012, 6:00 PM, Channel 23
 
Thursday 10/18/2012, 3:30 PM, Channel 23

 Monday 10/29/2012, 10:00 PM, Channel 11

Bicyclist takes a tumble


Driver tells dispatch he is on a break and not going anywhere till he is done

This is how you set limits with management

TRIMET PREPARES TO SUE ITS DRIVERS


TRIMET DISPATCH CONTROL

October 8 
October 7 
Available for a limited time

TriMet MAX riders wonder how single car could knock out TransitTracker system:

Joe Rose

Ministry of propaganda-McFuher himself

 (I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for this, who knows how far in the future this is)
Mobile ticketing is the first step toward electronic fare collection « How We Roll – A Blog for TriMet Fans

DAN CHRISTENSEN

You see, at Trimet we have an abundance of Management but precious little Leadership. My definition of Management is “Answering questions that are asked or made obvious by events.” My definition of Leadership is “Solving things before they are questions or problems.” We have the former in abundance, but of the latter we at Trimet have precious little.
Read Dan's excellent editorial  HERE!
(This is a profound editorial. When something happens involving the public Trimet goes into all sorts of gyrations. One of the drivers gets stabbed, not a word)

TRIMET=ALL ABOUT BUREAUCRACY NOT SERVICE

TriMet: Public Transportation for the Portland, Oregon, Metro Area

Monday, October 8, 2012

HERE WE GO AGAIN-ANY DAY NOW MY YOU TUBES WILL VANISH

I've already let them go, they are gone as far as I am concerned. I had fun making them but everything comes to an end when it comes to fascism

LEONARD JAMES IN LOCKDOWN

Nobody can get in to see him and the hospital denies he's there!

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so the trains are following the "when they feel like showing up" schedule today? gateway is packed with people wondering wtf.

Not sure why this tweet made me laugh so hard

Such idiots. Might as well turn transit tracker off.

WHY AM I SUING MCFARLANE

BECAUSE HE HAS NO REGARD FOR THE LAW
That jackass owes US money-not the other way around, the lying thief he is!


This dickhead thinks that the arbitrator overrules this legal decsion

YOUTUBE IS ON A ROLL

Youtube is issuing strikes and warnings on videos that are YEARS old. I fully expect my complete Portland Transports video library which has years of Trimet history on it to disappear any day now.

So enjoy it while you can, and stay away from YouTube when posting videos about anything.

I've seen all the movies on my YouTube sites and maybe even have copies of some of them but I have no intention of re posting any material.

It's such a shame that the world we live in has devolved into such a fascist state.

FAMOUS TRIMET OPERATOR JANET TALBOT

video

ME VS MCFARLANE

October 12 10:30am room 410 Judge Hodson presiding



Seattle Metro going through big time SHAKE UP!

Hang on for biggest bus-route shake-ups since 1973 | Local News | The Seattle Times

Shirley Blocks Blog

HERE!
(pretty good stuff here) 
First I really want to say Sunday was a good turn out for the members. I would love to see that many bodies there every union meeting because we are really going to have to lean on each other to get through this. I know a lot of people was surprised that Ron through his hat back in the ring. Folks let me tell you something. I have been here at ATU for a little over 29 years. The managment team that we have at TriMet now are going to eat us alive if we don’t get someone with history who know how to play hard ball. We spend the best years of our life on our job and then the managment want to steal from the back of the front line folks. Neal go out to the press and say we are the cause of the finanical short fall, but look how he go out and hire none union employees and pay them big bucks to try and bust the union. He speaks like a snake. We all made a few mistakes in our lifes. No body walks on water. Pull your head out of the clouds and use the gray marrow in the brain and think this through. You don’t have to like a person but respect what they can do for all of us. I know what kind of contracts Ron has gotten out in the pass and can do now. We need the knowdledge that Ron and Jon have to move us forward. I am sick and tired of seeing our supervisors being forced to do jobs they didn’t sign up for, dispatchers shifts being changed with a whim, overtime dropped because managers are saying don’t fill the shift and our inspectors are almost invisible . Don’t let me get started on my office I could be here all night. I decided to run for Monthly Rated Employee Executive Boaed officer because I want to start writting officer reports again to inform our folks what is going on and not leave it up to the rumor mill. Fight for your folks. At this stage of the game I’m willing to give them hell. Neil McFarlane needs to go and take a few more with you. The tax payers (us) deserve better. Remember we need not to fight amoung ourselfs that is what the company want. We need to stand UNITED. Devided we loose. Love to all my UNION BROTHER’s & SISTER’s

Michael Anderson explains why the transit tracker is dead for weeks


Here's more on the car crash that took out TriMet's Transit Tracker for MAX for the next 2 weeks:

Pretty interesting union report by Shirly Block


FIRST TRANSIT TAKING OVER THE WORLD

This sure looks like a Trimet bus
First Transit - Current Company News, Issues and Transit Service Information | First Transit

Strange place to put the emergency intercom button


Classic response by Jonathan Maus re:moderating my post

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) October 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Hi al m,
I've been moderating since Day One. Why is that disappointing? And no, I don't plan to post your comment that included the term "mcdouchebag".
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Check out this bus stop

From Facebook

REDDIT DISCUSSIONS

Activists Argue TriMet's Cuts Are Unneeded—And Discriminatory : Portland

PORTLAND BICYCLISTS TO TRIMET-WE AINT WEARING YOUR STUPID CLOWN SUITS

Mcdouchebag

PORTLAND A-FOOT DOES WHAT TRIMET CAN'T

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Classic Tweets


Listen to this bullshit

Work directly with community partners, community festivals, special events, sports venues, cultural events, government sponsored events, and public/private celebrations to assure that transit functions occur efficiently and responsively, and that the needs of all participants are met. Provide marketing, research, and sales assistance tailored to the needs of each venue and event.

Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.

It's ridiculous, look at a fucking schedule for crying out loud!

TriMet: we waste tax payer funds like nobody else

MLR->SCREWING UP CITIZENS LIVES

The propaganda makes a big deal out of Portland mess transit but the fact of the matter is only a tiny % of people use it. 1:10 last time I looked. Everybody knows the mayhem these projects create for the 90% and MLR is no exception.

Portland-Milwaukie light rail construction to impact traffic
Downtown Portland streets close for light rail | kgw.com Portland

The only people that profit from Portland Mess transit are the people employed by it. The rest of the population gets crappy service and the 90% that don't even use it get their commutes screwed up.

Government at its best, and one of the reasons why republicans get votes. Campaigning against government is a pretty good issue when people are exposed to this kind of stuff, all sponsored by the so called 'democrats'. (which is bogus of course)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

What TriMet's rail equipment should be...

This is the interior of a former Long Island Railroad P72 coach, used extensively in commuter rail service from New York east along the diesel lines on Long Island.  These cars entered service in the 1950s and were retired in the late 1990s.

This particular coach is now used on the Mount Hood Railroad as a tourist coach.  Note the 2x3 seating and the facing seats.  There is also very little legroom.  There is however a restroom.

Mental illness in Portland: He got kicked off the bus, but he didn't go away

OregonLive.com

TRIMET CAN'T EVEN PROVIDE DECENT BATHROOMS FOR ITS EMPLOYEES


It's just a typical workday where lots of stuff doesn't work right

TRIMESS!

Breaking – Cockroach Invasion!

Portland Transit Lane

Viewership last 7 days


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Fuck you trimet, change the arrival time one more motherfucking time.

Bibiana Mchugh in France while we cut budgets


HOW WE ROLL INTERPRETS THE CONTRACT

THE TRIMET SYSTEM-VOLUME 7-50 mins of excitment

With the always colorful commentary of Jason Mchuff!

Weird safety video from Portland Streetcar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tIRQaNdeS1s#!

The Trimet system

Volume 4
Volume 5

TRIMET PERSONIFIES FASCIST POLICIES IN AMERIKA

Those of us (the few) that actually pay attention to what is going on around us at TRIMET know that the fascist McF├╝hrer has seized control of the once re-known Trimet, turning it into the shell that it once was. People will argue with me on that point but they are not listening to the constant problems on dispatch or reading the Trimet related tweets. The abuse this corporation reigns on its riders is monstrous.

THE TYRANNY THAT IS TRIMET NOW

Petition | Mult. Co.OR & Tri-Met: have $300. fine removed | Change.org

Saturday, October 6, 2012

SUPERVISORY REPORTS


ANYBODY THAT SIGNS ANY AGREEMENT ALLOWING TRIMESS TO GARNISH YOUR WAGES IS AN IDIOT

The only way Mcfarlane and his henchmen can collect any of his "true up" is if employees/retirees sign the form to let them do it!
DON'T SIGN THE FORMS, LET HIM HUFF AND PUFF AND THROW HIS THREATS AROUND.

NO MONEY PROBLEMS AT TRIMET-DESPITE THE PROPAGANDA

 Administrative Specialist-MTP Non-Union Regular Full-Time $3,536.25 - $5,036.50 Monthly 10/15/12
Bus Operator (Part-Time) #12-00059 Union MRO $14.73 - $26.76 Hourly Continuous
Communications Coordinator Non-Union Regular Full-Time $4,223.25 - $6,015.00 Monthly 10/19/12
Cost Estimator Non-Union Regular Full-Time $22.31 - $31.77 Hourly Continuous
Field Outreach & Community Relations Rep... Non-Union Regular Part-Time $2,238.00 - $3,187.42 Monthly 10/12/12
Finance and Administration, Executive Di... Non-Union Regular Full-Time Not Displayed Continuous
Payroll Clerk Union Full-Time $21.16 - $28.21 Hourly Continuous
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The priorities at Trimet are everything but providing service.
This company is sick, very sick.

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there are few things in life I hate more than trimet

Trimet – The Cure for the Common 12

Portland Transit Lane

From Max Faq's


This report on the stabbing features Bruce Hansen

video

Trimet comic strip

http://newlevant.tumblr.com/post/33028638170/part-1-of-a-foldy-comic-i-made-last-year-newly

TRIMET'S EXPRESS LINE

When I read TriMet's "Express Line" I always feel like I need to evacuate the smoke they just blew up my ass.

Stabbed TriMet bus driver thanks Oregon City riders: 'We had each other's backs'

OregonLive.com

Google Transit Hangout SUNDAY 10/7


Friday, October 5, 2012

Charges increased on Oregon City bus attack suspect

kgw.com Portland

Mcdouchbag


This article from UK hits home

When it comes to rank unreasonableness, he's not alone. In recent years, we've had a model refused entry for being too tall, pensioners wrongly ordered off and a nine-year-old and a 14-year-old ejected for being a few pence short. In separate incidents, two mums were kicked off: one, who was heavily pregnant, for being accompanied by a noisy child, the other for breastfeeding. Most awfully, a 22-year-old law student was beaten and raped in Nottingham after finding herself 20p short of the full fare and attempting to walk home at night. Is this some sort of epidemic? And how come so many of these cases feature some of society's most vulnerable?

Kicked off the bus, for what? | Jane Fae | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

25 year veteran bus driver charged with vehicular homicide

STORY HERE

Theoretical Musing on the Supersoldier Gillig Phantoms

With the new 3000 buses coming into service gradually, there's already been talk that within a day's worth of service, the new buses are already breaking down or glitching up. It's causing me to think back on the 1400 series and realize that it's a miracle that they're still alive.

I did some guesstimating today to see just how productive they are. These aren't hard truths but they're something to mull over, for sure.

Let's start off with the basics. The 1400 Gillig Phantoms have been active for 22 years, since 1990. They're still pretty commonplace today, primarily on lines 1, 22, 23, 25 and 94 for most blatant example. Their junior forms, the 30-foot 1600 series, are 21 years old, being active since 1991. They're used on several lines that require smaller buses, primarily in the eastside. You can see them on lines 28, 29, 34, 80 and 81, and on the west side, lines 39 and 51. These buses have three or four years on me age-wise, which in and of itself is impressive.

Now add to that the fact that these buses run at least five days out of the week, sometimes seven. They definitely worked seven days a week for most of their 22 years. With a bit of math and give-and-take, these buses have worked approximately 7,500 days of its lifetime, or around 95% of its total days. These buses work just as hard as the average person does, only they don't get days or holidays off, which is pretty crazy.

Crazier than that, these buses have been active throughout the entire day for the most part, albeit less so recently for the 1400s. Still, you'd be hard pressed to miss them. They were definitely running all day, ever day, when they were the newest buses off of the market, and for most of their lifetime it was probably the same case. I'll give it the average of 10 hours a day factoring in give-or-take. With that total in mind, we have 75,000 hours of their life working. Have you ever done 75,000 hours of anything? 75,000 hours, or 27 million seconds, or 4.5 million minutes? That's a staggering amount of time to be doing anything, much less working that entire time. I dunno, maybe I'm just an inexperienced kid who hasn't even been alive 75,000 hours.

And if we're talking lifetime miles, it gets even better. Let's say on an average day, a bus drives around 60 miles. Much more when they originally came out, considerably less nowadays since they're mostly restricted to rush hour lines and local infrequent routes. 60 miles a day is 450,000 lifetime miles for these buses. That, if you ask me, is insane.

I'll definitely leave this disclaimer: THIS IS NOT EXACT MATH. This is primarily guesstimating with some give and take thrown in to give this theoretical example. But this theoretical example is probably very close to the truth. I know nowadays it's not fun to ride a 1400. They have no AC, the benches are like sitting on rocks, they're bumpy, noisy and unstable. The fact that most of these buses have survived all of this work and the hardships of being a bus is just incredible to me, and the fact that they still work baffles me. I think that despite it all, we have to give the 1990/91 Gillig Phantoms some credit and respect for all of their hard work.

TRIMET='WE HAVE NO MONEY FOR SERVICE OR HEALTH CARE'

But we are loaded in dough to send our cute little executives like BIBIANA over to Francais for a nice little vacation after she makes a nice little speech about how great TRIMET IS
http://www.openworldforum.org/en/Schedule

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mcfarlane to 'TRUE UP" driver for unused fuel burnt up and any costs not covered by insurance


Head honcho Mcfarlane has announced that the operator involved in this burnt up vehicle will be billed for the unused fuel that was lost and be responsible for any costs that insurance does not cover.
"True up" will now be used in all accidents that occur in Trimet vehicles and all operators driving the vehicles at time of crash will be responsible to 'TRUE UP' all damages.
"Refusal to true up when you have an accident will lead to disciplinary procedures" says Mcfarlane 
(the post is a joke but I wouldn't put it past him)

Suspect in TriMet bus stabbing appears in -

One News Page [US] VIDEO

Assorted Trimet dispatch calls&other stuff

Driver's don't know how to park
Not doing day passes correctly
Bus hits car-goes back to scene
Bus scrapes car
Confusion
Supervisors have long discussion about bus trade
Operator taken to hospital
Sign blows off
Lost riders request supervisor
Driver is not listening to dispatcher
Driver is running HOT
Supervisor reports on bus vs pole
Dispatch asks driver to check out dutch brothers
Driver hits car with bike rack
Quotes from the Street car advisory meeting

MAX breakdown calls


Police identify TriMet passengers who were injured subduing assailant in Oregon City

OregonLive.com

I REMEMBER THIS DRIVER-SHE LEFT BECAUSE TRIMET WOULDNT GIVE HER A LEAVE OF ABSCENCE

TriMet unveils the first of a fleet of new buses | Local & Regional | KATU.com

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I despise you, your new fare system and your shoddy ticket machines that you insist we use.

TRIMET CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT FROM THIS LIST

APTA - American Public Transportation Association : Top Public Transportation Leaders Honored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

TRIMET LIFT DRIVERS 'WE WANT A UNION'

It’s not every day workers get to swarm their manager’s office to demand union recognition. But that’s what a group of TriMet Lift workers did Oct. 3, accompanied by a state senator, the Oregon AFL-CIO president, and the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757.
The employer is First Transit — a division of the giant UK-based multinational First Group. Under contracts with TriMet, First Transit runs TriMet Lift, a transit service for seniors and the disabled, from three Portland-area locations. At two of the locations, workers are represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, but at the SE 92nd and Powell yard, they’re nonunion. Up to now, anyway.
Workers weren’t surprised when First Transit operations manager Linda Ciavara, caught off guard, wouldn’t say whether the company will voluntarily recognize their choice to unionize. So the next morning, union supporters filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board. The federal agency strives to schedule an election within 42 days to determine if workers really want a union. [The fact that 112 of the 166 workers might have signed union authorization cards isn’t enough to demonstrate their choice to join a union under U.S. labor law; the employer first gets a chance to hire union avoidance consultants and go at workers at mandatory meetings.

At TriMet Lift, contracted bus drivers say they want a union | nwLaborPress

Trimet lift bus burns up

http://instagram.com/p/QYP4sfSa0G/