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Monday, October 15, 2012

Excellence in bus stop design, part II

https://twitter.com/sp_redelectric/status/257849041965178880/photo/1
Photo taken this morning at about 7:20 AM, corner of S.W. 6th Avenue and Mill Street.  Train 9467 stopped with its rear door lined up with the crosswalk, and the rear of the bus within the intersection - because TriMet insists that too many routes use the 6th & Market stop while only two routes stop previous to Mill (routes 8 and 9) and the stop itself was not in use by any bus.

Excellence in bus stop design

Funny text message exchange between me and another blogger

FYI - railvolution is going on in LA this week...

CORPORATE EVIL VS UNION EVIL

One if the more pernicious hoaxes that have been perpetuated on people  about me since I have become semi 'famous' (in an underground way) is that I have been a spy for the conservative moment. "I feed the conservative agenda and am hastening the downfall of unionism"

The accusation is hilarious and was first leveled at me by someone who really has some serious issues themselves, but the false charge has stuck on me.

Recently I had another dispute with union members, this one over Lane Jensen's RIGHTS AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.

Excellent coverage of dispute at ATU 757

Heintzman wants as many votes as possible to come from his core supporters: retirees and workers in units outside Portland. Hansen wants the opposite.
“He has had one of his cronies challenge the election,” Hansen wrote Sunday night, a sneering reference to Heintzman’s network of loyalists.
“For these times, you need tough leaders,” Heintzman said in a phone interview, an equally sneering dismissal of the less-educated Hansen. “While people have good intentions, you know, you would not want a custodian doing brain surgery.”
FULL STORY IS HERE!

Longer version of the now famous uppercut bus driver

Could you imagine some silly place like TRIMET actually trying to prosecute any of the people filming this now famous incident because they recorded somebody having 'private' conversation. That is TRIMET's latest attempt to stop free flow of information from its 'top secret' Transit district. Good luck Trimet with that.

Can you imagine what would have been the result of an incident like this in the geeks paradise known as Portlandia. The place where a hit TV show mocks the citizens of Portland? The epicenter of 'over the top' political correctness.
I can just envision KATU and Joe Rose going to town if something like this had occurred here in geek city. WOW, what a thought, a bus driver going that crazy and being human!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Portland A-Foot

Good background on RON HEINTZMAN

TRIMET Supervisory reports


Light rail hot spot for suicides around the world

In New Delhi, celebrated rail transit system sees rise in suicides - The Washington Post

Riding Portland Mess Transit

Which really isn't much of a mess when you stay in downtown Portland

TriMet – Humor at Rose Quarter

Portland Transit Lane

Portland Streetcars

TriMet vehicle 2644 on Friday October 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM turning left from S.W. 5th Avenue onto Harrison Street.

Seen today on NE Broadway at Grand

probably still needs to be reprogrammed; either that or she had the old destination sign code

TriMet buses in Vancouver?

Seen today on my Transit Mapper app; TriMet's own internal mapper did not show this and I boarded 404 a little bit later near Downtown Portland, so #3, 5 and 6 were in error

NEW ATU/TRIMET BLOG

ATU 757 Member Watch | A blog for all members of ATU 757, regardless of property size, location and employer.

Here is a list of articles by author:

"I'm gonna shoot driver's and I'm gonna start with you"


Alex Hawk as a TRIMET bus driver


Ever wonder how much the current jobs at TRIMET pay?

TriMet: Job Descriptions (partial list)

This woman 'unfriended' me on twitter

Because she said I was too negative in her opinion. Of course I gave her the same answer I always give people that don't like my content or opinions  DON'T READ IT. If I was the only person reading my blog it would still exist, because I like it, who cares what other people think.

Legal fund set up for bus driver that uppercut the baiting female

http://www.indiegogo.com/punch

RON HIENTZMAN INELIGIBLE FOR UNION OFFICE

Let union dues lapse
It turns out that Mr Heintzmans union dues had lapsed which disqualifies him from running for union office:"

TRIMET TAKING A HARD LINE ON TAPING OF EMPLOYEES IN PUBLIC

I'm not completely convinced they are on legal footing with the following statement that appears on their internal website. We've seen thousands and thousands of conversations taped on public transit all across the country and not one case based upon Trimet's 'recording of conversations' new policy.

11 DAYS HAVE PAST SINCE THE STABBING OF LEONARD JAMES

And on October 9th esteemed writer/bus driver Dan Christensen asked the following questions:

So now the question is this: “What will Trimet Management do?”

Will they apply the same solution process they used on previous safety issues? Or do safety issues that relate to the well-being of drivers have some other criteria? Will we see changes? Real changes? A new dedication to driver saftey?

Tri-met Flubs Their Budget in Their Favor: How we have to foot the bill for their mistake

http://www.therearguard.org/tri-met-flubs-their-budget-in-their-favor-how-we-have-to-foot-the-bill-for-their-mistake/

TRIMET LOVE vs TRIMET HATE

HATE IS HERE
LOVE IS HERE

CLASSIC TWEETS

while the drivers may be nice, the trimet bus system seems to be less reliable than muni. what a feat!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Haven't listened to the judge in the case of Me vs Mcfarlane

Click here!

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

TrimetScanner Tweets are HERE!
bus stop 7 minutes early. 50 min and 4 unresponsive cabs later, my bus to Seattle left w/out me. Goodbye $20, weekend plans.

Breaking – Trimet – 2 Lives saved today

Portland Transit Lane

This guy looks familiar


Breaking – Trimet – Hit & Run Bus

Portland Transit Lane

And another bus driver gets attacked

Broward bus driver gets punched out

TriMet's Vera Katz honor

On the Portland Mall across from City Hall

Three MAX trains at Rose Quarter at once

Taken ‎Tuesday, ‎September ‎04, ‎2012, ‏‎5:42:44 PM

2012 Portland Streetcar Mobile Music Fest

Trimet-come on, get with the program

Many cities are plagued by bus bunching at peak hours: one bus stops frequently to pick up and drop off passengers, slowing its progress. The bus behind it, finding stops cleared, goes increasingly fast, until the two meet.
It’s not unusual for three or four buses to collect this way, frustrating riders who have to wait increasingly long intervals for a bunch of buses to arrive all at once.
The traditional solution—for the second or third bus to pull over and idle at the curb for several minutes—frustrates riders even more.
Emerging technology may offer a better solution.
Busting Bus Bunching With Traffic Signals - Forbes

Shouldn't white shirts know better?

‎September ‎06, ‎2012 fare mission at Old Town/Chinatown MAX station

The HO-scale Streetcar and MAX cars

As seen on the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club layout at the streetcar loop opening

The 6 versions of Thursday's Line 48 detour

Sent at 8:40 AM (does not say which Elam Young Pkwy intersection; the street follows a "U" path and intersects Cornell twice):
Line 48 Westbound: regular route to Cornell and Elam Young prky, left Elam Youn parkway, right 53rd, right Baseline, to 10th & regular route reverse Eastbound until further notice.

Sent at 8:50 AM (detour shortened):
UPDATE Line 48 Westbound: regular route to Cornell and Elam Young prky, left Elam Youn parkway, right 53rd, right Baseline, right 28th into 25th, left Cornell & Regular route reverse Eastbound until further notice.

Rewritten for the pubic at 9:20 AM (but based on the old detour):
Due to accident, no service to stops between NE Cornell at Elam Young and SE Baseline St at 10th.

Rewritten for the public at 10:05 AM (corrected 45 minutes later):
Due to accident, no service to stops on Cornell between Elam Young and 25th.

Sent at 10:15 AM (now indicates which Elam Young intersection, but says to turn right onto 53rd which is impossible from that direction):
UPDATE Line 48 Westbound: regular route to Cornell and Elam Young prky east, left Elam Youn parkway east, right 53rd, right Baseline, right 28th into 25th, left Cornell & Regular route reverse Eastbound until further notice.

Sent at 10:20 AM (corrected):
UPDATE Line 48 Westbound: regular route to Cornell and Elam Young prky east, left Elam Youn parkway east, left 53rd, right Baseline, right 28th into 25th, left Cornell & Regular route reverse Eastbound until further notice.

BUS DRIVER PUNCHES OUT FEMALE RIDER


Remember these Lemons that Trimet purchased?

Dave Stubblefield pictures

This past week has spawned a new word into the Trimet vocabulary

TRIMETAGEDDON

Friday, October 12, 2012

I made this tweet today- and I believe it


After a monumental week of failure-TRIMET PRESENTS

A little musical production for your viewing pleasure

BUS DRIVER MAKES COMPLAINT AGAINST MAX DRIVER


LET'S WATCH THE REASON THE TRIMET 17 BUS ROUTE IS SO CONFUSED

And the reason why Portland traffic has turned into a nightmare

TriMet Breaking – Max is 1 Hour LATE!

HERE!

CLASSIC TWEETS

(I wonder how many citations have been issued for expired tickets that WERE NOT the fault of the riders?)

DOES ANYBODY KNOW THE 17 RE-REROUTE?


TriMet Breaking - 3000 bus breaks down!

http://t.co/8X3WJOd7

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

(day after day of disasters)
TrimetScanner Tweets are HERE!
This day is turning out to be fucked by TriMet Friday oh yeah jut like last Friday.   

Mary Festch on stopping the bus in mid route

A: TriMet says this isn't a simple "yes" or "no" question.

Interesting dispatch call and conversation with driver


Margulies vs Mcfarlane


THE HEARING BEFORE JUDGE HODSEN


Judge Hodson allowed me to audio record the hearing, he would not allow video taping of it however. The Trimet lawyer asked me not to take her picture and as I always have, honored her request so you won't see her picture anywhere. I thought the judge was great BTW.

Me vs Mcfarlane-round 1

Before and after the hearing!

Waiting for judge to enter

Court hearing went as well as possible!

Was very happy with today's outcome!

Whaaat? (Strange Line 72 detour)

Line 72 detour: Regular route to 82nd and Glisan right Glisan left 102nd left pacific into gateway Transit Center then pacific to left 102nd left Halsey right 92nd left Tillamook right 82nd and regular route. REVERSE southbound until clear.
I believe this may be the strangest detour I've seen yet.  If the goal is to continue serving MAX, I know they've used 60th in the past.  And they could have used 99th instead of 102nd from Glisan to Pacific like I think Line 19 does.

Also, I'm not sure I'd be able to REVERSE that southbound.

Sent at about 12:20 AM today, so not that many trips/people affected.  Someone could check the news/calls to see what was up.

McFarlanes Trimet

Pictures from KXL
Long waits
Serious overcrowing

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trimet board of sock puppets briefing


 PART 1
PART 2

WATCH AS MCFARLANE EVADES ANSWERING HIS ARBITRATION IMPLEMENTATION METHODS


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

TrimetScanner Tweets are HERE!
I almost miss pre-TransitTracker days with . Is unknowing better than false promises?

NEIL MCFARLANE-Proverbs 16:18

"A union contract that is slowly strangling us" (But not Neil who makes over $200k a year)

Just when you thought it was safe to ride Trimet

KOIN.COM

Trimet's latest HOW WE ROLL.....

Before we post the link I got this email from some one who is EXTREMELY enlightened about Trimet affairs:

For crying out loud, what does TriMet "officially" offer after all the breakdowns and issues over the last few days? Is it (a) an apology; (b) an explanation; or (c) a cutesy little story about how two people fell in love while riding WES? 

Rider Profile: This rider found love on TriMet .

Why is Trimet so behind the curve?

How Chicago Transit Authority leverages Twitter, social media | Urgent Matters

Let's examine the evidence in ME vs MCFARLANE

This is the case information

Attack on bus driver in Eugene

Police seeking woman who hit Oregon bus driver | Local & Regional News | KPIC CBS 4 - News, Weather and Sports - Roseburg, OR

It appears that our buddy Lane Jensen has resolved his dispute with ATU

Trimet ATU 757 DISPUTE RESOLVED

Looking for dispatch recordings?

Well look no further than HERE to find all the files listed by time and type!

Adron Halls Transit Beer conference Oct 3-raw footage


Couple Trimet drivers on the job


More great news about transit in PDX

Gresham police: Suspect followed woman off bus, robbed her at knifepoint - Koinlocal6.com

Trimet drivers gone wild

(re-run of old Joe Rose movie)

Rose Quarter, revisited

MAX FAQ's

Come watch me eat the TRIMET'S lawyer alive!

Tomorrow 10:30am   Room 410
Of course I'm kidding but I do have a plan of attack ready in the case of  ME VS MCFARLANE

Blast from the past

TRI-MET ROLLS OUT BORROWED LOW-FLOOR BUS FOR TEST RIDES Oregonian, The (Portlan - Pastebin.com

Transit Track?

TransitTrack is displaying scheduled times for all MAX lines

Viewers last 7 days

Where the heck is Moldova?

Check out these transit signs

Hilarious London Tube Prank Signs

94 BREAKDOWN, then it breaks down, then it breaks down once more


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

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

TrimetScanner Tweets are HERE!
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.

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

TrimetScanner Tweets are HERE!
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!

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

TrimetScanner Tweets are HERE!
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