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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ellen Fox, SHUT UP

Portland Transit Lane

Click here for message for Ellen Fox

This post by Lane got 1000 views, and that's just my blog

RANTINGS OF A FORMER TRIMET BUS DRIVER: Lane gets kicked off the line 20!

THE MOVIE THAT MADE LANE JENSEN FAMOUS

And of course drew the wrath of that nut female man hating blogger out there in cyber space. As you can see what she thinks means NOTHING to anybody: RANTINGS OF A FORMER TRIMET BUS DRIVER: Tri-Met Driver Caught Red-Handed

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Trimet: 1, Paige: 0. Screw Trimet!
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS HERE! 

'HOW WE ROLL'

ELLEN FOX HAS MADE A CAREER OUT OF PERSONALLY ATTACKING PEOPLE SHE DOESNT LIKE

 You can view most of her paranoid history at the site below:
We watch as Ellen Fox plays 'victim' as she disrupts lives of others

ELLEN FOX COMEDY BLOG

Besides the paranoid personal attacks on me and my pals miss high and mighty has the nerve to make statements like this:

Al, ya need to step off the fence you've been dangling over for the last several years and make a decision.  If it's Union - then SUPPORT your Union family. If it isn't then find a life!!!

ELLEN-LISTEN UP:
I don't subscribe to your love it or leave it theory!
Trimet f'ks up they will be held accountable if I can do it.
The union f'ks up I will hold them accountable also!

Me and you go way back, and have had some very high profile disputes.
Neither of us is gonna change a thing just because the other thinks this is the way to do it!

I have no intention of changing one thing I am doing. 
You know why? Cause I enjoy it!
You just don't have the slightest clue as to what a transit geek is, actually you don't have a clue about much of anything.

Sorry my 'life' doesn't agree with you, but I could care less what you think. 

CLASSIC TWEETS

ELLEN FOX BLOWN OFF BY STATE SENATOR

This comes directly from her blog, obviously the state senator found out who he was dealing with and thought better of meeting with a KOOK:

We made an appointment with Senator Chip Shields last Spring (2011) to discuss the possibility of creating new laws to protect all citizens regardless of age from Cyber Harassment. He changed his mind about meeting in Salem after we drove 3/4 of the way. We then headed back to Portland to meet with him at a coffee shop he suggested. After waiting nearly two hours, I called and he accused us of not being there when he arrived. (the man didn't want anything to do with this woman. Of course Ellen didn't get the hint-she is so in love with herself she can't accurately discern the world around her.)

TRIMET TICKET EXPIRATION ILLEGAL?

So says this reader:

W7ENK said... Expiring old tickets without a printed expiration date would be in direct violation of Oregon State Law.

http://pdfcast.org/pdf/trimet-tickets-ors
Blogger W7ENK said...
Per the definitions made in ORS 646A.274 - Definitions for ORS 646A.276 and 646A.278, one could make the argument that the same applies to TriMet transfers. A TriMet transfer is "a prefunded record evidencing a promise that the issuer will provide goods or services to the owner of the record in the amount shown in the record."

Additionally, TriMet transfers do not fit the excluded definitions, as those very specifically outline "prepaid telephone calling cards, prepaid commercial mobile radio services" ... and "...usable with more than one seller of goods or services."

THANK GOD TRIMET SPENDS MILLIONS ON MARKETING

SIX FIGURE SALARIES COME UP WITH SHIT LIKE THIS:

ELLEN FOX GETS ON HER HIGH HORSE AGAIN

Me and Ellen have actually been doing better this past year, but she still likes to blast me whenever she gets a chance:

Supervisors have a right to question WHY NON-EMPLOYEES are riding the system walking around the Bus Mall and Transit Centers IMPERSONATING Bus Operators. SERIOUSLY, why are these guy's masquerading US?  Could it be they're scamming the system for free rides or are they DEPRIVED for ATTENTION?!!!

Actually Ellen, as usual, you don't know what your talking about, sorry.
There is nothing in the TRIMET CODE  (which regulates all the actions of fare inspectors/supervisors) that gives any one of them the authority to question the dress of a Trimet patron. At no time did any of these people 'impersonate' a Trimet employee. I got  a legal opinion on this. There is nothing in the law that prohibits any citizen from wearing a Trimet uniform, its the same as wearing a 'costume'

And you better believe I am protective of the people that contribute to my blog. Unlike you they are not getting paid $25/hr


I know you see yourself as the 'defender' of Trimet employees, but in reality you're just a kook.

Trimet forum on craigslist

forums - craigslist

TRIMET HAS NO SENSE OF DECENCY

Nothing boils my blood more than the ticket machine fiasco and the complete and utter disregard Trimet has for its riders. Actually expecting riders to keep looking for a machine that works is about as bad as government can get.
But this is Mcfarlanes Trimet. Lies are spread without any conscience, propaganda is used by the boat load, and its ALWAYS SOMEBODY ELSE'S FAULT.
TRIMET REFUSES TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING!.
Many of us are waiting for Sale vs Trimet where all the dirty laundry that Trimet fascists have tried so long to hide comes out in the open.
It's coming folks!

TRIMET HYPOCRITE LIARS ALWAYS HAS $ FOR PORK

http://t.co/pPQxWe5n

Trimet-setting the standard for professionalism

Pic from Adri C
Actually this is better than the signs they used in the past. In the past it looked like a kindergartener made the signs.

"I USED TO RIDE TRIMET"

OnlyOne:
I used to ride the Tri-met
I used to take the 71 over to 66th and walk it
Now every May I'm gone 'til November like Wyclef (I'm out)
The grind is real and no one's lowered the price yet
[...] is thirty-two times ten and I don't write cheques
Life-threatening moments move towards me, I side-step
High-tech, high-def, Ziplock, Pyrex
I dissect life, sometimes it's too hard to digest

http://rapgenius.com/Sandpeople-strands-lyrics#lyric 

Not easy reading the crap that Trimet Ministry of Propaganda puts out!

TriMet: Service Enhancement Plans

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Light Rail Vote In Clark County (Again)?

MaxRedline

CLASSICS

Alan Eisenberg's  "We gonna get Peter Gunn on you"

'HOW WE ROLL' SUMS IT UP

Transit Veteran: "It's Much More Than Just Driving a Bus"

Listen Here! 

(The author 'gets it')

Those of us who ride the bus on a regular basis take it for granted that the man – or woman – behind the wheel is going to get us where we’re going safely. But few of us give much thought to the driver and what he or she does, aside from stopping the bus, opening the doors, and accepting fares.

It turns out that there’s a lot more to it. And Bill Locher can speak to almost all of it.

Monday, December 24, 2012

TRIMET WON'T EVEN LET UP ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Are they unbelievable or what?

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS

Some people call me a 'bitter employee'. Nothing is further from the truth. I am very PRO TRIMET and knew many great people when working there. It turned into one of the most profound experiences of my life, and that is not an exaggeration. This parting video below shows how much I really did actually enjoy the people of Trimet.

NEILS BULLSHIT

Happy Holidays!
Posted by Neil McFarlane at Dec 24, 2012 08:45

Toy train to Milwaukie costing $1.5 billion dollars for Neil
I want to wish everyone at TriMet a very happy holiday season, and the very best for 2013!

LANE JENSEN TRIES TO GET AN ANSWER FROM ROAD SUPERVISOR WAYNE


MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FRED

Fred Hansen, like a thief in the night, made himself rich and got a big fat pension for himself from the yes men/woman on the Trimet board of sock puppets and left the friggen country!

Nobody is talking about taking anything away from  FRED

Merry Christmas

One of the most viewed blog posts this year was McFührer gloats over decision-becomes "most hated" general manager in Trimet's history

Merry Christmas



And don't forget that Trimet's final offer was ILLEGAL

MERRY CHRISTMAS

THIS was a fairly momentous event last year. Larry Hanley swearing in the new ATU757 officers!

Merry Christmas

Listen to some bullshit from MARY FESTCH

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TRIMET SINCE 2009

They have been slandering us in the media for 3 years straight now

SUNSET BOB IS BACK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS


Merry Christmas

And don't forget to reflect on our HISTORY  as a country

Sunset Bob throws the camera in Neils face

Interesting little recent Sunset Bob movie with Mcfarlane and Talbot.

More transit pornography

MTA paying 2 chief operating officers a combined $555,750 -- one of which hasn't worked since May! - NY Daily News

THIS VIDEO WAS A HUGE BLOG HIT LAST YEAR


And I wager to say that this movie might have actually swung the ATU 757 election!

TRIMET JUNK

SUNSET BOB SURPRISES ME WITH NEW MOVIES

I met some incredible people in the 15 year I was at Trimet. Sunset Bob was on the A-List of people that had a great deal of influence on me during those 15 years.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Readership not bad for holiday week

Last 7 days

Snow at Fuller Road MAX

Nicely filmed movie of snow at Fuller is HERE!

SUNSET BOB MADE THIS CLASSIC MOVIE 4 YEARS AGO THIS DAY


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Wow, supervisor busting over a hat ...but he boarded the trolley in center lane? AND let cars drive in bus lane?
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS HERE!

LOOKING BACK FIVE YEARS ON THIS DAY

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY
2 YEARS AGO TODAY
3 YEARS AGO TODAY
4 YEARS AGO TODAY
5 YEARS AGO TODAY

Mary Fetsch and Roberta Altstadt: Here's a new job JUST FOR YOU!

'Brave soul' needed to become Michael O'Leary’s spin doctor at Ryanair (and even he admits it is 'the worst job in PR')

Ryanair's loose-cannon boss Michael O'Leary is looking for a 'brave soul' to become his new spin doctor and take on what he calls the 'worst job in PR'.
The outspoken Irishman is well known for using madcap schemes to chase publicity and his current Director of Communications Stephen McNamara is leaving after 'four years of being battered and abused'.
There is an upside, however, as Mr O'Leary says the successful candidate will be 'high profile and incredibly overpaid'.
But the new man or woman faces an uphill struggle as consumer champions Which? have just named Ryanair the least-popular short-haul airline based on baggage allowance, boarding, seating allocation and food and drink.
 
 
In other words, working for a transport company that's just as bad as TriMet, but at least you get the luxury of living in Ireland, free flight privileges anywhere in Europe, "incredibly overpaid", and you don't have to worry about transit tweeters like me (there are an incredible number of Ryanair bashers in Europe, but it's OK to use the official Twitter account to blame the rider, ridicule them, even cuss at them, and just plain make fun of them.)

Todays DISPATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Including clips from both MAX breakdowns today1

TRIMET SUPERVISOR TRIES TO SEIZE ALEX'S PERSONAL PROPERTY

Those of us familiar with the inner working of Trimet know there is no shortage of ego maniac stupid people in positions of authority at Trimet.It turned out that they didn't seize anything after checking out the situation but I'm somewhat shocked at the supervisor involved in this incident. I always knew that supervisor to be very cautious when playing 'big man on campus'

SAFETY ON TRIMET HAS NOT IMPROVED

Bus collisions
MAX collisions

MORE MAX BREAKDOWNS TODAY

Incident #2
Incident #1

And you say TriMet is supportive of buses...

A quick look over at TriMet's website finds this little jewel:

 
 
Now as we look at that last bullet point it reads:
 
By 1958 Portland's extensive rail transit system was gone, replaced by a floundering bus transit system fostered by the "Good Roads Movement."
 
Floundering?
 
Let's look up that word, shall we?  Courtesy of Google and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
 

floundering present participle of floun·der (Verb)

Verb
  1. Struggle or stagger helplessly or clumsily in water or mud: "he was floundering about in the shallow offshore waters".
  2. Struggle mentally; show or feel great confusion: "she floundered, not knowing quite what to say".
 
So, TriMet has decided that the 1950s/1960s era Rose City Transit buses were "struggling or staggering helplessly" or "strugging mentally", despite the fact many Portlanders actually have fond memories of the bus service provided by Rose City Transit.
 
And, never mind that this "History of Public Transit in Portland" (not "History of Trains") is awfully biased and only tells the history of streetcars and trolleys, but not the vast and rich history of bus service in Portland - including Portland's trolleybuses, or any of TriMet's own bus history.
 
And...this "history" is on a government paid for web server, hosted at www.trimet.org.  Not an advocacy group, but TriMet.  So it's clear TriMet is itself advocating for rail which is in direct conflict with its roles and duties as a government agency whose only mission is to serve the public in a fair, unbiased, and universal manner.
     


Saturday, December 22, 2012

ON THIS DAY 5 YEARS AGO!

What can I say?

ON THIS DAY 4 YEARS AGO


WOW-the memories come rushing back! Now this was really a fascinating day in Trimet history! Regarding Fred's little budget statement, the stock market has completely recovered as of this date

ON THIS DAY 3 YEARS AGO

Now that I have started this trip down memory lane I am becoming somewhat fascinated by it. Every single event that was going on at Trimet or about Trimet has been documented and cataloged by me. It's actually an amazing collection of material. This old material is no longer available publicly but I am bringing  it back now.

ON THIS DAY TWO YEARS AGO


These posts are not available publicly , links wont work, so we get to view the entire post . The volume of material I have is incredible. This was right in the middle of the harassment campaign by Trimet against me which eventually lead to my departure

How's that new 30 million dollar dispatch system

Doesn't look from blog central that the new system is working very well. The audio on these new radios comes in and out due to the repeater locations.

Supervisory reports


Colorful streetcar operator

We hear a lot from this particular operator. It's always interesting when he comes on the radio

According to Trimet-you can't smoke anywhere!

Q: I do not plan on quitting smoking when the smoking ban goes into effect –where do I go for my smoke break?
A: Anywhere smoking is legally allowed—most likely a public sidewalk at least 10 feet from an entrance, exit, window or air-intake vent. Oregon's Smokefree Workplace Law prohibits smoking in most public places and places of employment. Some people in this situation use a nicotine replacement product, such as gum or a lozenge. Have a question? Just Ask! Contact us at EmployeeCommunications@trimet.org.

Dispatch Highlights

ON THIS DAY ONE YEAR AGO TODAY!

Interesting that so many of last years stories are also this years stories!

MCFARLANE WISHES ALL CURRENT AND FORMER EMPLOYEES MERRY CHRISTMAS

And we can always thank him for the lovely Christmas present he gives us each and every year he has been GENERAL MANAGER of the free falling transit agency known as Trimet!

Friday, December 21, 2012

TRIMET HAS NO DECENCY

Woman boards bus at 1:30 am and the SLUGS THAT RUN TRIMET say she can't buy a day ticket for the day she is riding, she has to pay twice. That means she will get a transfer good for 1 hour tomorrow.
The customer (what a laugh) paid for a day ticket but got two 1 hour tickets courtesy of the thieves that run trimet.

Trimet executive wages frozen?

Instant replay-    I DON'T THINK SO! (we already know lying comes second nature to these career blood suckers)

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Woah. A bus just plowed through a red light and would have hit me if I wasn't watching. Nice work.

ARE TRIMET EMPLOYEES FINALLY GETTING IT?


Transit Sleuth running a poll

Take the transit poll Here!

Nice little Trimet story

TriMet employees turn elves; help Buster Brown make it back home for the holidays | TriMet Media

Excellent article out of LA re: bus vs rail debate

Just Transportation: Is Los Angeles Making Progress on Transit for All? | Green Justice | Land of Sunshine | KCET

TRIMET HAS ALREADY LOST

Trimet's insistence on secrecy in the contract negotiations means they have something to hide.
The fact that they are fighting so hard to keep all of that from the public is tantamount to a defeat for them.
The system is rigged in their favor, so they may still 'win' in the end even though they lost in reality.
Take arbitrator GABBA'S decision. If you actually read it you would see for yourself that it was hardly a victory for Trimet. 
He ruled in their favor strictly because he felt he had too. In the text of the ruling is page after page of scalding criticism of Trimet and its union policies. Trimet and its corporate stooges in the media only use the parts of the decision they want  and leave the rest out in order to influence public opinion.
But those of us who follow this stuff, know exactly the kind of people they are and how they do business.
They are the microcosm of a government that cares nothing about the citizens or employees and functions exclusively for private interest rewarding with huge salaries the stooges that call themselves executives for following orders.

4.7 million to keep ticket machines going?

Someone is making a friggen fortune on these TVM's:

Lesson On Hate From A Trimet Bus Driver

Blog post here!

TRIMET HAS NO SENSE OF DECENCY (ATU 757)

Do you know exactly what kind of people you are working for? Brutal, thoughtless, dictatorial fascists!

TRIMET-VIOLATES EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AT WILL

Latest example of corporate bullying/union busting by Mcfarlanes (and Kitzhabers) Trimet

WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAN'T BUY TICKET DUE TO TVM FAILURE

This idea comes from a current TRIMET driver:

Trimet is always saying they are going green . Tell the public that if they go to a trimet ticket machine and the machine is broken , pull out a five dollar bill , stick it in the validator and validate the bill . Keep the bill with them the whole day as proof of payment . If a fare inspector stops them , they simply hand the validated five dollar bill to the inspector and tell them the machine was broken ! Plus they save the paper that never came out of the ticket machine !

Thursday, December 20, 2012

BLAST FROM THE NOT TOO DISTANT PAST

Trimet rips me off!

I PAID $91 DOLLARS FOR THIS?

GUN PLAY ON TRIMET

I wonder if this is the same incident as the one I recorded allegedly on the MAX? But that one happened on 60th?)

Portland Police Investigating a Disturbance Involving a Gun at the 82nd Transit Station - MAX Platform

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau 
PORTLAND POLICE INVESTIGATING A DISTURBANCE INVOLVING A GUN AT THE 82ND TRANSIT STATION - MAX PLATFORM 
Posted: December 20th, 2012 10:20 PM 

On Thursday December 20, 2012, at 7:59 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct as well as the Transit Police Division responded to the report of a disturbance on the MAX platform at the 82nd Avenue Transit Station involving a possible gunshot. 

Officers arrived in the area and contacted witnesses who described a disturbance between two young men and that one of them fired at least one shot from a handgun. 

Witnesses described the suspect with the gun as a Hispanic or Asian male, 15-17 years old, medium build, wearing a black baseball cap, a black bandana, a black and gray jacket, and a black backpack. 

The suspect ran from the platform northbound on 82nd Avenue. 

There were no injuries or property damage located and this case remains under investigation.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Goodbye, after years of bad svc, my company is finally paying for me to drive to work. No more crap/late/broken buses to deal with!

Rest in Peace Llyod Hunt

Hunt, Lloyd 66 Jan. 14, 1946 Dec. 16, 2012 Lloyd Hunt, 66, of Vancouver, passed away Dec. 16, 2012. Born in Oakland, Calif. Moved to Portland in the 1990s. Worked for Tri-met as a "Professional Max driver" for 19 years. He loved his "Vegas" trips with his soul mate, wife, Jean. He is survived by wife, Jean; twin sister, Leona; and son, James

Lloyd Hunt Obituary: View Lloyd Hunt's Obituary by The Oregonian

GUNS ON MAX?


You really wanna be a bus driver?


Best of dispatch-

Youngins riding Trimet

HERE!

Seen on a Trimet bus this morning

Wonderful example of poor maintenance here!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WOW-the charts change, JUST LIKE THAT?

I proved in a previous post that the actual vs the budgeted was always higher.
Well glory be, all of a sudden the figures for the 2013 actual vs budgeted have switched!
It still shows a $1 million dollar deficit instead of the $15 million dollar surplus that was seen previously

Trimet wouldn't lie to us, would they?

Let's see, last month was the month the car went onto the tracks at Sunset TC.
Yet Trimet claims a 'huge' increase in on time performance, just slightly better than bus on time, which is also quite unbelievable.

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
Hannah Arendt


TRIMET SCANNER GETS NEW FIGURE HEAD

I was starting to feel bad for Mary Fetsch so I convinced my partners to pick a more suitable figure head for the scanner account.

What better figure head than the useless Harry Sapporta, who created the original safety program that was deemed a failure.

Remember how Harry's hiring happened.
Mcfarlane needed a loyal crony to get David Sale and Darla Sturdy off his back so he 'called me up in south America and said "harry how would you like to make 155k"'?

Harry said 'HELL YA NEIL'  I'll be your loyal crony since you knew me from the old days and the rest is history...
See Mr Mcfarlane only wants to play with toy trains so he hired all the other functions of the general manager out to other people, people he could trust to do his dirty work!
They all make fortunes while he whines about the union health care costs, the man has no sense of decency, he is a true slug

What's with the boxes on top of the buses?

We don't know the exact figure that Trimet spent to equip their buses with these Opticoms. But we do know one thing-they don't work! 
What's that thing on the Tri-Met buses? (Jack Bog's Blog)

an original funding agreement document 

 
Max says they were 'free'
 

Leonard James

We had a great visit today.Leonard and I enjoyed our trip to the grocery store to buy eggs,cereal,milk,meat vegetables,pet food and fruit. That's Moose one of his two dogs.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Asked my bus driver if his heater was working. He said “Yeah but I’m not turning it on” What lovely drivers you have

STRANGE HAPPENINGS AT THE GULAG (trimess)

From Facebook:
I can not understand what I was told today when I got to work.
Chief Station Agent Danny Braxton Offered to wipe out an Over Sleep from one of my co-workers. Danny offered a TDA or Vacc. day instead of an Over Sleep !!!
My co-worker refused and then reported him to our manager. Has anyone else been offered this deal?

TRIMET HAS NO SENSE OF DECENCY

TRIMET-YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN


TRIMET FALLING APART

TRIMET USING VIDEO AND AUDIO RECORDING CONFIRMED

Via Twitter
Trimet has never put out a press release about this! 

Trimet – Your Voice, No Privacy!
 

Translink using Twitter!!

So much, that they can't keep up when the snow fell.  They apologized on their Facebook page for the delays in tweets on their Twitter account, but vow to get them answered.

I think TriMet, and even the agencies up here can learn from the success of the way they are using it to interact with riders.

Adron Hall (the transit sleuth) in the Boston Globe

Our Pal Adron makes the globe!
Portland’s prescription for cycling - Opinion - The Boston Globe
(Trimet is largely responsible for the Portland Bicycle boom. Trimet is no longer affordable for short distance commutes. You can ride a bike for free)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TRIMET SOCK PUPPETS ON CABLE

The following 5 dates are scheduled for the program "Trimet Board Meetings December Meeting", Project: Trimet Board Meetings, starting 12/18/2012.

Wednesday 12/19/2012, 12:58 PM, Channel 22

Friday 12/21/2012, 8:58 PM, Channel 22

Sunday 12/23/2012, 4:58 PM, Channel 23

Wednesday 12/26/2012, 9:58 PM, Channel 23

Wednesday 1/2/2013, 4:58 PM, Channel 11

Best of dispatch


VIDEO OF LAST NIGHTS SERVICE DISRUPTION

By Jason Mchuff

Look at the size of the TRIMET INFORMATION AND TECHNLOGY DEPT

And yet they can't answer tweets. What a joke Trimet is. But the joke is not funny because the joke is on its union employees and its riders! (this list is old but look at the size of the paychecks)

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Trimet ruins my life. Make your trains work dammit!

Max breaks down on steel bridge-pushed out of the way by another max

Twitter / biddle: Off at Rose Quarter. This is ...

1/4 of snow creates mayhem-as usual

All pictures and videos are from Twitter

Controller curses on the air

Now controllers are supposed to know better:  HERE!

True Tales of TriMet Terror

Portland Mercury

CLASSIC TWEETS

Seattle mocks Portland transit

A favorite pastime among the mobile “creative class” in Seattle is complaining that our transportation systems are inferior to those in Vancouver, B.C., and Portland.
But recent news from the neighbors reveals them as anything but nirvana.
* Transit use in metro Portland dropped 1.1 percent in September to November 2012 compared to a year earlier, even as national transit use grew 2.6 percent.  The Rose City has struggled with labor strife and service cuts, as detailed here by Oregonian columnist Joseph Rose.  One result was MAX light-rail use dropped in Portland (which ended its downtown free-rail zone) while bus use grew.  Meanwhile in Seattle, King County Metro gained 1.7 percent and carried 400,440 average weekday passengers in October compared to a year earlier, despite eliminating the downtown free-bus zone Sept. 29. Sound Transit gained 19 percent year-over-year, serving 100,935 weekday riders for bus and rail combined.

A cure for transportation envy: light-rail use down in Portland, toll troubles in Vancouver | The Today File | Seattle Times

Just love reading Mcfarlanes lies all over the internet

"We had to make tough budget choices to cut service and raise fares to offset health care costs required by our union contract, and despite those changes, ridership figures demonstrate how important transit is to our region," said General Manager Neil McFarlane.
Rail News - TriMet fare increase, service cuts blamed for 3Q ridership slip. For Railroad Career Professionals

You can always count on Trimess to make a mess

WE LOVE LIGHT RAIL

This was yesterday, what a rip off.

MAX trains are delayed due to a mechanical issue with a train on the Steel Bridge. Expect significant delays through at least 9 p.m.

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Union Puzzled Over TriMet Management's Contradictory Actions

(Or Trimet management continues being full of shit!)
The legal dispute between TriMet and the transit workers’ union over public access to negotiations remains undecided. “Last week, our attorneys conferred on how to get this question resolved quickly,” said Bruce Hansen, the Union’s president. That dispute centers around TriMet’s insistence that rider advocates, the press and the public be barred from the negotiations.
What puzzles the Union is why, when the parties’ attorneys are working together to get a quick resolution of this dispute, TriMet’s labor relations executive director, Randy Stedman, and general manager, Neil McFarlane, continue to insist on going forward with negotiations only if the  Union will accept terms that violate state law.
“Another puzzler for us,” says union president Bruce Hansen, “is why the TriMet bargaining team intends to show up for negotiation sessions that they effectively have cancelled.” He notes that the Union has repeatedly given advance notice that it cannot accept the conditions TriMet management has placed on bargaining.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last time Trimet responded to anyone on Twitter was Dec 10

“Streetcar Drives Development”―Portland’s Urban Legend

The Oregon Catalyst

TriMet – Transit Investment Priorities Project

CLICK HERE for good analysis.

Gillig Hybrid at the garage

From RiderInsider -

Sneak peek: Four new hybrid buses are joining the fleet

Of the 55 brand-new buses we purchased this year, four are next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles. After making the trek from the Gillig bus factory in Hayward, California, the new hybrids are now on site, and our crews are preparing them to go into service. After the buses hit the road in January, we'll be testing them for fuel efficiency and maintenance needs. This year, we began replacing our oldest buses, which are not only uncomfortable for riders and operators, they are unreliable and expensive for us to maintain.

PHOTOS: New hybrid bus at the bus garage


I wonder if Trimet ever paid up on this?

Notice how they used manipulation and deceit to try to get out of this situation.
TriMet owes $3.1 million in Westside Express Service dustup, judge rules | OregonLive.com

TriMet Mystery Rider

I spotted this character taking notes on driver call stops,cleanliness and lighting on the bus last night.

Cincinnati says NO while Portland says YES

Mark Mallory is mayor of the city of Cincinnati.Let me make something crystal clear: The city of Cincinnati is not going take money from the Metro bus system to pay for any part of the streetcar project or its operation. (Portland however has gutted its bus service to pay for all its light rail fantasies)

Mallory: No bus money for streetcar | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com

BRUCE HANSEN IN THE OREGONIAN NEWS EDITION

Drivers union negotiations with TriMet need transparency | OregonLive.com
(notice how the propagandists left him out of the SUNDAY edition)