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Thursday, November 15, 2012

YOUTUBE MAKES ME WATCH A STUPID MOVIE

Because things that have been posted for years are all of  a sudden getting busted for copyright infringement. I hate YouTube and never use it as my primary host anymore.
http://youtu.be/ZLq1i6KCFbk

Mcfarlane makes a joke to the sock puppets

He is explaining the crash in the tunnel to the puppets, they just have a gay old time Neil and his merry band of sock puppets. Laughing away at all the events that screw up peoples lives.

Haha!


HERE IS YOUR TYPICAL TRIMET RIDER

Kidding of course

BOARD OF SOCK PUPPETS BRIEFING

Brought to you from the efforts of Jason Mchuff who gets ZERO for covering these Trimet meetings. He even asked for a pass from Trimet management for doing their job for them but they ignored him, which is what they do

Watch the sock puppets here!

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

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fare inspector trying to accuse me of using an expired ticket. Fuck you, you illiterate prick. Learn to read.

Classic tweets

I suppose it could happen, it is Trimet after all!

Driver has problems with supervisor

Yup, I remember having the same problem back when I started

A little history of MLR

http://library.oregonmetro.gov/files/faq_history.pdf

TRIMET IS FAILING ITS MISSION

Read the Bike Portland post HERE!

Here's what shut down MAX this time


Trimet has NOT answered a tweet since November 9!

What the heck is going on over there? They turn off their social media and go into LOCK-DOWN?

Only 50K?

Seems awfully cheap for the amount of damage:
Click Here!

TRIMET BUS FORCES LIFT BUS TO BACK UP


It is possible to deal with budget issues WITHOUT cutting services

Not at Trimet however, where a dysfunctional union combined with an arrogant management along with its bloated bureaucracy makes everybody miserable. (everybody that uses the service and works providing the service that is)

 Chicago’s Pace Bus finalizes 2013 budget - News - METRO Magazine

Steve seems to be enjoying his newly found freedom

PORTLAND TRANSPORT EXAMINES THE 'BUS BRIDGES'

A bus bridge consists of a fleet of busses transporting passengers between two out-of-service segments on the line. Nobody likes it--it is inconvenient for rail passengers, who have their trip times lengthened considerably (but certainly preferable to being stuck). It is inconvenient for bus passengers, who often see runs cancelled due to the need to service the bus bridge, and it is expensive for TriMet, who may have to pay operators overtime due to the unplanned additional service need, as well as pay for lots of unplanned deadheading.
Read the rest of this excellent essay HERE!

IN 2009 PORTLAND TRANSPORT LOOKED AT THIS

Has anything changed? NOPE!
Portland Transport: Fare is Fair? A look (back) at TriMet ticket machine performance

WHY IS IT THAT NOBODY THAT WORKS AT TRIMET KNOWS ANY FACTS?

From Trimet's website:Upgrading 1-Zone and 2-Zone tickets

Through December 31, 2012, you can upgrade your leftover 1-Zone and 2-Zone tickets to All-Zone for 40 cents, either on the bus or at the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
HERE!
Now listen to this: (and yesterday some dumbass threw a rider off for drinking KOMBUCHA)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"I want that woman arrested" says streetcar operator


and ANOTHER BUS DRIVER FIGHTS WITH RIDER!


Some stuff about the new dispatch system

TriMet CAD/AVL Data for Operations - Center for Transportation ...

watch the whole presentation

I'M GLAD THESE A-HOLES ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN

While they destroy their retirees these people are laughing and having a great time at this board meeting. It just makes me sick, really.

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

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fare inspectors storming the bus like the Gestapo

Joe Rose article on the MAX shutdown

Speeding car jumps off road and onto MAX tracks, knocking Wednesday's commute sideways

God help them, after all the shit they put riders through they still do this

MERCY MERCY ME

Dedicated to all the people that have made the decision to rob retirees of their pensions.

WHAT DOES ATU757 THINK ABOUT THE COMPANY ROBBING OUR PENSIONS AND PAYCHECKS?

This is the latest screen shot of the atu website. It appears they have
 nothing to say about any of it

Trimess hot mess

This is a picture of all the insurance documents they give to us as they prepare to screw us AGAIN. I was reading it in the shitter, which is the best place to read Trimet material

Hey Dude, where’s my parking space!?!

Story is Here!

Does somebody out there have a MAX-shaped voodoo doll?

Portland Transport

THERE WAS ANOTHER MAX CRASH THIS AM ALSO

Collision was at NW 5th and Glisan. Train backed up to the stop and let everyone out. It's still there.

TRIMET PETITION REVIEW DEPT

http://imgur.com/PTcLX

Remember the last time someone drove through the tunnel and got stuck?

His name was Stephen Stein and he thought he found a shortcut to Vancouver!

CLASSIC MOMENTS MOMENTS IN TRIMET HISTORY

This video was posted in dozens of places and seen by hundreds of thousands of people. #1 street car operator in the WORLD-Fred Wallace

SOCK PUPPETS BRIEFING VIA TWITTER


TRIMET 'STEALS' 20% OF MY RETIREMENT

If I was to keep my own personal doctors I would lose 20% of my income to the annual health insurance increases that the pig Mcfarlane shoves down our throat every year while our impotent union sits on the sidelines and watches all the retirees lose all their income to health increases. 

Trimet has assured itself a workforce of slaves who will never be able to leave there if they want insurance coverage. And that is exactly what the power elite want, a population of slaves with the least amount of wealth necessary to survive.

What a disaster we have here , an unethical Trimet management that will stop at nothing to get its way and an impotent union that collects hundreds of thousands of dollars every month but does nothing to stop the carnage
(from Max:Well eventually you'll get that check and it will be negative - instead of a pension, you'll get a bill. Of course for the private sector, that's how it already is. haha.)

STUPID STUPID SYSTEM

Not having a good day?

WHAT A MESS

Crash on MAX tracks halts trains in Beaverton - KPTV - FOX 12
(Video removing car from tracks)
Dozens of repairs required before West Side MAX service resumes | OregonLive.com
Car launches onto MAX tracks from Hwy 217 ramp - Koinlocal6.com 
Jeff Robertson was partying hard
Always something these days to screw things up. (karma anyone)
Photo by KATU












CLASSIC TWEETS

MAX riders stuck on train for 2 HOURS!

MAX operator dumbfounded

Click Here

MAX breaks down again (part 2)


Trimet is hiring


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

GUESS WHAT? MAX IS DOWN AGAIN!

Max dispatch

Dumb moments in Trimet history


The GREEN LINE- a LIGHT RAIL TO A SHOPPING MALL- part of the reason Trimess is in such a mess right now. WES sucks down operating capital, all the light rail expansion sucks down operating capital, and they take it on union employees and riders

WHERE IS ATU 757?


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

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Dozens of Trimet personnel @ RG doing what 1 turnstile could. No way to run a RR 

SEMI VS TRIMET BUS


Semi truck hit Trimet bus
 

DUMB MOMENTS IN TRIMET HISTORY

The money sucking failure called the WES. It was a stupid idea that paying no extra to ride a premium service can't seem enough people to ride it

TRIMET EXECUTIVES OFFEND ME

It's incredibly offensive to me that these people currently in charge of Trimet have the nerve to spread lies about its front line workforce being unsustainable. All of these executives are getting rich off tax payers but they somehow rationalize their behavior that Trimet's problems will all be gone if they somehow cut our benefits, especially the helpless retirees who have no way to make extra money.

DUMB BUS DRIVER THROWS MAN OFF FOR DRINKING KOMBUCHA


Coaster commuter rail in Carlsbad, CA

A southbound Coaster train passes through Carlsbad early in the morning of Sunday, November 11th.  The third car in consist is decorated as a tribute to America's military veterans - many of whom are stationed at the various Navy and Marine facilities in San Diego county.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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

TrimetScanner Tweets are HERE!
Trimet bus.Only place you smell perfume, incense, B.O., and pot simultaneously.Couldn't bottle it if ya tried

AS TRIMET REMOVES RETIREE BLUE CROSS-REMEMBER THIS

TRIMET EMPLOYEES HAVE THE ***BEST*** BENEFITS IN THE COUNTRY

Maybe our managers need to attend a business psychology program to improve their management style.

New MBTA boss leaves troubled transit system | Money - WCVB Home

Operator endures horrible and unsafe working conditions

I am sure Shelly would object, truth does hurt. This is news and it is happening RIGHT NOW!

SOME OF THE BEST VIDEOS I EVER MADE WITH TRIMET RIDERS

I was very active in the movement to stop the service cuts before OPAL even existed. Of course we failed at stopping most of the cuts but the work we did at that time might have had some effect on the 89 which was proposed to be chopped into a useless 'rush hour only' route.
They are located at THIS you tube channel

Pre-Blazer game puke train last night


Tail end of a fare dispute

Line 71 southbound from 122nd and Burnside on the 5th at 8:50 AM

BUS DRIVER ASSAULT

In Kansas City

BREAKING THE 12 LINE INTO PIECES HURTING RIDERS

CLICK HERE!

NOT BAD FOR A BUNCH OF 'LOSERS'


MY LETTER TO SHELLY LOMAX REGARDING 'MY AGENDA'

Dear Ms Lomax;

I feel the need to respond to your recent article regarding  "people's agenda's" and the recording/posting of dispatch calls.
Maybe I need to trace how this came to be for you.

Before tracing the history I want you to know there was a time when Trimet managers were not afraid of the 'truth and criticism' .
That all changed when Mr Mcfarlane and you became top executives at Trimet.
All of a sudden this 'zero tolerance' of everything that you executives don't approve of which also included my off the job activities.

Sometimes, even Greyhound needs a lift

Right in the middle of the walkway

At the west end of the Rose Quarter MAX station

I thought the Yellow Line didn't stop here anymore


At Old Town/Chinatown eastbound

In reality, it's a Blue Line that goes to Interstate/Rose Quarter so it can reverse using the Broadway siding

MAX track work from way back when

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The money flows like water-just not for employee health care

JE DUNN Construction is Requesting Sub-Contractor Bids for TriMet Ruby Junction Maintenance Facility. Revised Bid Date: November 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM. | Daily Journal of Commerce

TriMet- Streetcar Interruption

Click here!

GAWD I LOVE THOSE MAX CONTROLLERS

These are no nonsense quick thinking individuals. And they don't want any information that is not relevant to what they are concentrating on at that moment. Really fascinating to listen to them  work. And when there is a problem listening to them trouble shoot is amazing, like walking encyclopedia's of technical information!

Shelly Lomax-the biggest disappointment

Many of us pushed for Shelly Lomax to become the new executive director at Trimet. Shelly came from the bottom of the company.
An intelligent and always reasonable woman we thought that she would bring great things as the new executive director.
But what have we gotten? Goddamn nothing but worse working conditions and worse benefits.
Shelly I hope your happy with your $160k salary plus your husbands, what is it, about $75k?
So you and your hubby pulling in about $235k a year and at the same time taking away decent insurance coverage from your employees and your retirees?
Shame on you Shelly Lomax.That neopostism works pretty well for you huh?
Meanwhile check out here latest post on the little report that she issues each month. I do believe she is referring to the one and only LANE JENSEN of the Portland Transit Lane Blog! Good job Lane, you're  getting on her nerves! (as far as me recording dispatch, that was the issue that made me leave)

TRIMET FINALLY SUCCEEDS IN PUSHING ME ON TO KAISER (a-holes)

Keep on helping the management out you flunkies that keep working your RDO's and doing bus trades while they f'k us in the a**! And where is 'our' lovely union? They gone missing

SOMEBODY STEALING GAS OUT OF TRIMET VEHICLES


THE LOWEST PAYING JOB I HAVE EVER SEEN AT TRIMET

And....what's most likely the future of Trimet employees as time marches on
(unless your in the executive class that is)
Job Title: File Clerk
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 11/12/12 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $11.76 Hourly
Job Type: Non-Union Regular Part-Time (less than 20 hours)*This position is not eligible for benefits*"
Location: 4012 SE 17th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

GREAT MOMENTS IN TRIMET HISTORY-part 2

The legendary dispute with the BIKE PORTLAND bloggers that turned ugly with Marcus Griffith heading the phony 'outcry' to get me fired.

GREAT MOMENTS IN TRIMET HISTORY

In case you didn't know I also got blamed for this video going public.

Wanna be a white shirt?

Just need one year full-time to lord it over hapless operators still stuck behind the big wheel, and as always, 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:

#12-00080-Road Supervisor-Union, Internal Only, Posting Closes Friday 11/23/12 at 5:00pm

TriMet: TriMet Internal Job Openings

Friday, November 9, 2012

BOY IF I DID THIS TODAY AT TRIMET

Whew doggy they would have you all over the world wide media and be quickly fired. Filming and taking my hands off the wheel and looking at the rider and doing everything THEY TOLD US NOT TO DO. The irony is that I retired with a perfect safety record. Never had one contact with another vehicle in 15 years of driving.

Convicted Virginia Crash Bus Driver a Scapegoat for "Sweatshop Industry on Wheels"

And they are attempting to turn the transit bus industry into the same thing! 
Transit union says carriers, federal agency, policy makers are co-conspirators for failure to address driver fatigue, the chief cause of motorcoach accidents nationwide 

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

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I’m so glad all the idiots got into the same train as me so I can here their stupid commentary on “what’s wrong with TriMet.”

OPAL LOOKING FOR SOME PEOPLE

I really should go to one of these but blog central needs me

How this for a Trimet story

Wanted laptop theft suspect turns out to be Good Samaritan - KPTV - FOX 12

MAX VS CAR


Death to Light Rail!

Blogtown, PDX

THIS HAS GOTTA BE MOVED!


TRIMET NOT THE ONLY DISTRICT DOING STUPID RAIL PROJECTS

New $13 million transit station for … 100 riders « The Greenroom

Guess who this is?


Lane Jenson wants answers


CONDUCTING PUBLIC BUSINESS IN SECRECY

TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF OREGON (TriMet) BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THE MONEY FLOWS

Skanska is Requesting Sub-Contractor Bids for TriMet Ruby Junction Expansion. Bids are Due November 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM. | Daily Journal of Commerce

Thursday, November 8, 2012

HOW BIG IS THAT BIKE TRAILER?


BIKE FALLS OFF RACK UNDER BUS


Sacramento jury awards family $2.4 million in fatal RT bus accident

THIS accident sounds very familiar

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

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Damn TriMet bastards...I love being stranded. Once again, my bus just doesn't show up; had to get creative to get off the hill.

ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE


Bus bridge driver never figured out what he was supposed to do


Supervisors during the streetcar bridge


JUST RIDICULOUS THAT TRIMET CAN'T GET THESE TO WORK

CLICK HERE

STREETCAR DISPATCH DURING SHUTDOWN


Hawthorne Bridge Trumpeter Found Dead

You know, in case you needed some bad news for today.

This just makes me very sad. I've ran into him many times, whether on the bridge or on the 14 itself, with his giant basket of different thingamabobs and toys that he'd entertain anyone who passed by with, even on an entirely full bus. The fact that he committed suicide just makes it even harder on me, because he seemed to have such a bright, cheerful spirit. I'm grieved that someone who would go out of his way to bring cheer and amusement to a city would have to die in such a sad way.


I LOVE THE WAY THIS GUY SIGNS ON HIS SHIFT EVERY DAY


Landslide union vote at TriMet Lift

NW LaborPress

FEMALE 'LANE JENSEN' DRESSES AS TRIMET BLUE LINE

STORY HERE!

IDIOT TURNS RIGHT INTO BUS AS BUS LEAVES STOP


I THOUGHT THIS SOUNDED FAMILIAR

Investors Chronicle - FirstGroup off the rails
Guess who that is?
A weak UK bus business and a switch to a less lucrative extension on its TransPennine rail franchise hammered half-year profits at FirstGroup (FGP). But it's the uncertainty surrounding the West Coast franchise and future rail tendering that has really put a spanner in the works and meant no increase in the half-year dividend. That puts management's promise to grow the payout by 7 per a year at risk and increases the chance of a big cut next year. We'll have to wait until May to find out.

No Streetcar Security

STORY HERE!

'WE CAN'T GO ON LIKE THIS'


DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING TRIMET TV EPISODE

http://youtu.be/UbhesrHvD3M
(Roger is the driver in this episode)

ANOTHER DRIVER GETS SPIT ON

A female driver was spit on yesterday, right in her face. She went to Dr Harris. Another driver assault. Another coverup by Trimet and its corporate media cronies. Trimet hypocrites who constantly babble about safety don't seem to give a damn about the safety of its drivers. Boy am I glad I cleared out of their when I did. I saw it coming, the fall of a once great and well respected is in full force now.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I BET YOU WISH YOU HAD ONE OF THESE


LASER BEAM ATTACKING BUSES ON THE BRIDGE


BUSES BLOCKING MAJOR STOP KILLING TIME


SUPERVISORS SILENT ALARM


CLASSIC ERIK HALSTEAD


LIGHT RAIL LOSERS

Edinburgh Light Rail Halted. The Usual Suspects. The Usual Results. » Ben Cayetano for Mayor of Honolulu

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

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oh hello! You still can't repair the fare machine? How is that fare?, not getting off each stop to find working 1 2day,fu2 

Trimet driver takes break with bus full of passengers

or so it is alleged: http://youtu.be/upQKpEHhnyY

JUST RIDICULOUS THAT TRIMET CAN'T GET THESE TO WORK

HOLD ON-WHAT ABOUT VEHICLE #3?


VEHICLE 1 MISCALCULATES


I guess this picture was taken on the max

http://instagram.com/p/Rv-dJFu-9q/

Ore. bus driver logs 41 years of safe driving

Sherren Wargnier
STORY HERE!

RTA bus driver Artis Hughes fired over passenger punch caught on video

cleveland.com

How did transportation ballot initiatives do around the country?

Transportation Ballot Measures | Center for Transportation Excellence

TRIMET makes $89,689.60 a YEAR to look up public records

TriMet, We Have a Problem

Choo-Choo Changes: The new head of City Hall will be a “transportation mayor”

 But the biggest transportation problem the city faces is in the financial morass at TriMet. The agency hiked fares and cut service this past summer to make up a $12 million shortfall caused by falling payroll tax proceeds (which was false and they failed to report it)
TriMet’s Board of Directors answers to the governor, not City Hall, and Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office says TriMet is becoming a larger worry. “The governor is concerned about TriMet’s financial situation,” says Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael. “The board and general manager need to get the agency on steady footing and restore its credibility.”

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

WE WON-THEY LOST

Portland's  leading transit blog discusses The local election results and transit/land use

My answer to why the light rail initiatives lost regionally:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

STEVE FUNG ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM TRIMET


LIGHT RAIL TAKES A BEATING IN TIGARD

It's pretty clear to me, people are sick of this addiction to light rail which was started right here in Portland and they want an end to it!


Light Rail Bridge to Nowhere

Portland economist and CRC skeptic Joe Cortright points out that Clark County voters passed a 0.2 percent sales tax increase to preserve basic bus service last year. The defeat of the light rail tax is because people didn’t like CRC/tolling/light rail—not because of the economy or a general anti-tax or anti-transit sentiment in Clark County.”

Read the article HERE!

FAMOUS TRIMET OPERATOR JANET TALBOT

She is definitely one of  a kind

Do you think this is a safety hazard?


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This is ridiculous. I've been off work for 2 hours and I'm still working on getting home. F this trimet system.

Bob is riding all 87 trimet routes today


CLASSIC TWEETS

Driver bitches about driver


TRIMET DESTROYS HER PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT


This doesn't look good

Guess who Erik keeps running into?


Union members lose their minds over Lane Jensen's harmless videos

CLICK HERE!

Very creative movie about the transit mall


RIDER'S WITHOUT TICKETS-CALL THE OPERATOR

It seems perfectly reasonable to me that if the TVM's are not working at one station and Trimet expects people to get off at the next station to buy a ticket, THE TRAIN SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO HOLD WHILE RIDERS PURCHASE THEIR TICKETS.

The way this fascist company is doing it now, making people get off and wait for the next train because of a TRIMET deficiency is down right evil as far as I am concerned.

Riders that have experienced another TRIMET FAIL, use the call box to call the operator and tell them the problem and ask them if they want you to buy a ticket at the next station then they need to wait for you to do that BEFORE LEAVING.

Will this company ever regain some ethical footing, or will they continue down the path of self destruction by disrespecting their riders like they do now?

Pretty good Trimet bus photo's

http://t.co/MyZRO0T9

Actually buses do stop on a dime

People may go flying out of their seats though Download and listen to dispatch (you have to download or 'open' the file with a player to hear it properly, it won't play completely from the site)

This Bibiana chick is a real cutey

Obviously she's tired and you can see it in her face but what a voice huh? Of course she is overpaid and doing something that is not exactly 'mission critical' but what the hey, its Trimess they need cute faces out there.

TRIMET-DISRUPTING YOUR LIFE BUILDING USELESS CRAP

And handing away millions of dollars to their cronies:

Uneasy rider

A reader sends us a photo and -- can you believe it? -- a complaint about Tri-Met:
BOJACK HERE! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

I GUESS THERE IS NO GOING BACK FOR ME NOW

Good bye forever ATU
It appears that I will never be able to be a member of ATU 757 again after viewing the comments being made about me. It's too bad because I was planning on re-joining if the cartel that runs that outfit was finally thrown out. But it appears the videos that Lane has made have hurt peoples feelings and as usual I am being blamed. Sorry but I enjoyed every single thing that Lane has produced. He is one of the most creative people I have met. True he is very eccentric but some of the animosity directed at him is just plain unfair. I think what we have witnessed is the worst of what unionism can be, A crude bunch of bullies that make up lies about people they don't like.

A little disappointed with Russ

He was one of the few people that always made sense when I was a member of the union. His comments in this whole affair are not too bad but calling people 'losers' is solely subjective. As if your values are the only values that count. The idea that you are superior to others somehow is repulsive to me.

I just hate it when they use terms like that to describe the people that have contributed to this blog.
Jason Mchuff knows more about TRIMET than  every single employee that works there. Does that make him a loser because he is interested in Trimet on a historical level? No he's a loser because he is doing something that you don't like. Who's the loser?