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Monday, December 31, 2012

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ALAN EISENBERG EDITORIALS


HAPPY NEW YEAR TRIMET

And I want to personally thank all the people at Trimet that participated in making my job there just miserable enough to get me to retire years before I actually would have retired otherwise.

It turns out that was the best possible thing I could do.
I've been enjoying my daily freedom away from there.
And best of all, I have nothing to do all day now except BLOG ABOUT TRIMET and listen to TRIMET dispatch calls.
I find it completely entertaining, call me crazy but I enjoy it.
Add in a few colorful characters and I am having a great time in my early retirement.
Now that I am free from the oppressiveness of Trimet and their totalitarian control of my life, I feel good again.
And I can do all sorts of things now that I couldn't do while employed there.
Happy new year Trimet and thanks for providing me with endless hours of entertainment! Looking forward to another year of first class entertainment!

2012 TriMet bus rankings


 Portland Afoot

TRIMET-SETTING THE STANDARD FOR STUPID

I've blogged this same exact stupidity in the past. "They" just don't ever get anything right around there

Sunday, December 30, 2012

ALEX GETS TOSSED OFF THE MAX FOR PEEKING IN WINDOW

Boy oh boy, the insanity at Trimet just never ends:

TRIMET $34 MILLION UPGRADE IS NOT WORKING

I have been informed by an insider at Trimet that there are serious issues with these new dispatch radios.
Specifically, they don't work!
I can verify that because I listen to an inordinate amount of Trimet dispatch calls and have been witness my self to the endless, line "line 9 train 35 line 9 train 35 line 9 train 35 please answer the hand set".

There was a serious incident recently where the radio malfunctioned and  people could have been hurt!
It's starting to look like another massive Trimet failure.

LANE JENSEN ON ELLEN FOX


TRIMET WORKERS ARE PART OF THE WORLDWIDE STRUGGLE!

Trimet union employees are just another part of the world wide movement against unions and the members they represent. Our best hope is victory in Europe, American culture is too brainwashed to understand that unions are not the enemy of the citizenry. If the Europeans can beat back the anti union corporate capitalists then maybe there is hope for us here in America.

These are dark times for trade unions and workers. They face a strong and European wide political consensus claiming that Member States should exit the crisis by cutting wages and weakening collective bargaining systems. The old and ancient instrument of a devaluation of the national currency is to be replaced with wage devaluations.
In Portugal, Spain and Greece, this consensus is already in place. Employers there now have several possibilities to lower wages. They can easily get out from higher level collective agreements and renegotiate lower wage standards at company level. It is even possible for management to completely circumvent representative trade unions and strikes or impose deals with ‘committees of workers’ or individual workers instead.

RANDY STEADMAN WISHES ALL CURRENT AND PAST EMPLOYEES A HAPPY NEW YEAR

This year saw the return of the anti blogger

Ellen the bobblehead
For awhile I thought me and Ellen might be able to co-exist in the spirit of solidarity. We even had  this fairly civil CONVERSATION in 2012. Alas it was not to be so. Ellen couldn't help herself, her obsession with me finally took her over again so she started making ridiculous posts about AL M again.  She's a champion liar, every post she makes is full of distortions and lies. But I do give her credit for livening  up the blog world, she is very good at that and I have grown somewhat attached to her crazy rants. The imagination involved with her posts is quite excellent. And the masterful way that she tries to portray herself as the 'victim' as she brutalizes me and others on her fake "blog" is fairly entertaining I have to admit.

VIEWERS-LAST 7 DAYS



TriMet Respects Civil Rights

Nothing here says TriMet can't discriminate against bus riders!

TriMet's new "Cargo Container" service

Are you, a TriMet bus rider, fed up with the poor quality of TriMet' buses?  Tried of leaky roofs and no air conditioning?

Say no more!  Introducing TriMet's Container Service!  Simply load up at your favorite transit center...the doors will close and seal, providing an air-tight, water-tight shelter.  Then hang on as you're jostled onto some kind of flatbed truck and hauled off to your destination - whereever it may be.

TriMet - See where it takes you!

(This picture taken at noon, December 30, 2012 at the Parkrose Transit Center.)

TOP BLOG STORIES-2012

And these are all the posts that generated between 100-300 views. There was a pretty decent amount of posts that met that criteria, which somewhat surprised me.

BIGGEST POSTS 2012

People that check in with this blog know that there are hundreds and hundreds of posts throughout the year. Most posts generate between 10-100 views with the average around 60 views. Then there are the posts that have generated extra interest for one reason or another. Those posts generate between 100-300 views. And then there are the posts that generate A HUGE RESPONSE- 300 OR MORE VIEWS.
Below are all the posts that gererated a HUGE amount of interest, 300 views or more. Some of them even exceeded 1000 views, which is fairly rare.  Anyway, here are the MOST VIEWED POSTS OF 2012

TRIMET 2012 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Full financial report is HERE!

Total operating and non-operating revenues were $488,360 for fiscal year 2012, an increase of 19.0 percent.

Passenger revenue increased 5.5 percent, to $102,240, during fiscal year 2012, as a result of a fare increase implemented in September 2011, a 2.2 percent increase in annual light rail ridership, and a 2.0 percent increase in bus ridership.

Total payroll and other tax revenues increased $21,928, or 9.7 percent, compared to fiscal year 2011. Employer payroll tax revenue increased $21,475, or 10.2 percent, while self employment and other tax revenues increased $1,745, or 12.9 percent, over fiscal year 2011

Grant revenue increased $51,780, or 130.6 percent, compared to fiscal year 2011

Total operating and non-operating expenses increased 1.0 percent to $553,894, during fiscal year 2012

OK lets take a look at these numbers,
1-operating revenues were up 19%
2-expenses increased 1%

Operationally Trimet is doing very well, as I have indicated in previous posts.

Then there is this:
The District’s total net assets at June 30, 2012, were $1,822,565, an increase of $69,438 or 4.0 percent from June 30, 2011
(see Table 1). Total assets increased $83,572, or 2.9 percent, and total liabilities increased $14,134 or 1.2 percent. The
increase in total assets is due primarily to increases in capital assets, offset by decreases in cash and investments of
$81,466 associated with the payment of debt service principal and interest and the utilization of restricted funds for
construction costs related to the Portland to Milwaukie light rail project
.
The increase in total liabilities is due primarily to
increases in Other postemployment benefits liability of $67,707, partially offset by principal payments made on bonds during
the year. 


It's hard to make heads or tails out of any of this without being someone 'from the inside"
Numbers can always be moved around to fit the agenda of the person preparing the report


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
I need a car trimet really be pissing me off
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS HERE!

TRIMET AND ITS ATTEMPTS TO HIDE STUFF

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A MAX Blue Line train was involved in a collision with an automobile in Hillsboro Sunday morning.

At 10:09 a.m. TriMet, the agency overseeing MAX service, sent out the following service alert: "MAX Blue Line in Hillsboro is disrupted due to a collision between a train and an auto. Expect delays."

At 10:27 a.m. Sunday, MAX Blue Line service in Hillsboro had been restored.

According to TriMet spokesperson Roberta Altstadt, "Initial reports indicate the auto ran a red light on 10th at Washington. There was only minor damage reported to both vehicles."

"One person from the train complained of injury and was transported," Altstadt said in her prepared statement.

Riders on the Blue Line "may notice" minor delays through 11 a.m. as regular service returns, TriMet reports.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lane vs Ellen Fox


GREAT PERFORMANCES IN 2012-DAN CHRISTENSEN


FUNNY HOW TRIMET ALWAYS HAS FUNDS FOR STUFF LIKE THIS

1.  Assist in the conception, development and implementation of a variety of TOD planning projects and activities.
2.  Prepare maps, graphs and other visual aids for reports and public presentations in support of TOD programs. Prepare technical memorandums, emails, agendas, schedules, drafting meeting notes, tracking tasks, assignments and due dates, in support of TOD programs.
3.  Evaluate and analyze financial statements, including development pro formas. Make recommendations based on prior knowledge to ensure proper cost of development and income projections are accurate.
4.  Serve as a liaison for various committees. Provide information to various groups, committees, and individuals regarding transportation and development projects.
5.  Collect and evaluate data, perform analysis, including demographic data, market data and transit data. Prepare documentation, formulate solutions to problems and write reports as assigned.
6.  Stay abreast of market trends, development finance programs and TOD best practices.

TRIMET BULLSHIT

TRIMET 'CUSTOMER' SERVICE (ask Dale Weber about this)

Customer Service

The Customer Service Department works to attract and retain riders by giving customers accurate information, listening to and acting on their concerns, and providing an extra measure of personal attention when service disruptions occur.
Customer Feedback Process

TRIMET BUDGET CRISIS UPDATE

"We must impose sharp austerity onto Trimet riders and employees if the agency is to survive" Says Trimet General Manager Mcfarlane. (and we also need to keep the executive ranks nice and full is what he hasn't mentioned to the public)


SO FAR THE NEW $30 MILLION DOLLAR BDS IS A BUST

And now they have this planned for mid 2013, I'm sure it will work out as planned, just like the new BDS has worked out:

Q: When will we start using transfer printers on the buses?

A: Pilot testing on a portion of the bus fleet is expected to begin in the spring. Around the middle of 2013, the plan is for all buses to have transfer printers installed near the farebox. Instead of tearing, punching and handing over a flimsy newsprint transfer, the operator will push a button on the MDT screen, and the new device will issue a durable transfer with a foil strip and the correct expiration time, daycode and designation (Adult/Honored Citizen/ Youth). Although the new device is just a printer—you can’t swipe or tap a debit/ credit card on it—it’s another step toward an electronic fare system. Before the transfer printers become widely available, we’ll educate customers through media releases, social media, email and other channels.

DALE WEBER NEVER RODE TRIMET AGAIN

Line 12, Bus 2939, Approximately 3:15 PM, 8/13/2010, 116300 SW Pacific Hwy Outbound., Female driver.

JEEZ-WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE APPLYING FOR THIS TRIMET PORK?

Salary: $38,789.00 - $55,245.00 Hourly

Friday, December 28, 2012

FOR SOMEONE WHO IS SO UNPOPULAR HE ALWAYS GETS LOTS OF VIEWS

Just look at this face! How could you not like Lane?

Who am I talking about, yes its LANE JENSON for real!
I'm going through all the top posts for last year and every single one of Lanes is in the top posts list!
It is kinda funny, actually its unbelievable. 
You have to say one thing about Lane, and the thing I like about him, he is one eccentric dude!

SOMEBODY SHOW ME-WHERE IS THE BUDGET DEFICIT?

I must be doing something or not understanding something with this chart:
Most recent Trimet figures from Trimet dashboard
When I read the chart I see a total of $348.9 million in ACTUAL revenue.
And furthermore I see the budget called for  revenues  of $329.2 million.
I see they have a surplus of $10.7 million dollars.

What am I doing wrong?


ATTENTION ATU 757


The TRIMET propaganda machine is in FULL SWING
My advice is get your own electronic list going immediately!

CLASSIC 2012 BUS DISPATCH

RANTINGS OF A FORMER TRIMET BUS DRIVER: BUS DRIVER MAKES COMPLAINT AGAINST MAX DRIVER

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Line 88 operator/1708 just got the bird from a pedestrian for . . . well, just driving the bus! (Really!)
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS HERE!

GREAT MOMENTS FROM 2012

This woman speaker at the Trimet service cut hearings said it all, she spoke with true heart  to bureaucrats who just don't care. Watch how the paid moderator interrupts her and silences her after she goes slightly over the 'allotted time'. These hearings mean nothing to the power brokers, and if not for people like me would be lost in history. At least we have a record of this event.

CLASSIC TRIMET TWITTER RANT BY TURNER LOBEY


Trimet stop statistics-via Portland A-Foot

HERE!

HERO'S OF 2012-CAMERON JOHNSON

Nobody tried harder than Cameron to get through to the sock puppets. Alas Cameron also has found out that he was addressing sock puppets, people without power. He has earned tremendous respect for all his efforts even though they went for naught. 

GREAT EVENTS OF 2012-OPAL

OPAL members tried valiantly to get some reasonableness out of the sock puppets. Alas they were addressing sock puppets and not real thinking people able to exercise any power

LIVE DISPATCH RECORDINGS

Are available on the  Dispatch Twitter feed

Another MAX fail this morning

Did you know that Trimet has its own parking meters?

They sure do, listen HERE!

LANE JENSEN HAS ACHIEVED NOTORIETY AT TRIMET

I just got a report from Lane that when he called customer service on the phone the PERSON ANSWERING THE PHONE KNEW WHO HE AS AND REFUSED TO TAKE A COMPLAINT saying 'they were aware of the situation and nothing can be done"

The amazing part is that is was the CLERK ON THE PHONE that gave him that answer, not an actual customer service rep.

WOW LANE-you have achieved notoriety at all levels of Trimet.

What's with all the excitement around uniforms

It should be obvious to many that some Trimet bus drivers have FREAKED OUT that someone besides them is wearing a Trimet costume!

Its odd because not one person in the public has even noticed any of this, nor have they noticed anyone wearing Trimet uniforms that was not an employee of Trimet.

The fact of the matter is that nobody gives a damn, except a few  bus drivers that seem to have some sort of weird attachment to their uniforms.

I hated that uniform, I hated wearing it and making myself  a walking billboard for Trimet. I tried to replace every item in the uniform issue with my own 'similar' but comfortable item.

I'm glad that some Trimet drivers are 'proud' of that uniform, but the level of attachment to a piece of clothing is downright bizarre in my opinion

Mad man on the 57

Listen HERE!
Turns out he wasn't a mad man! HERE!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Riding the east side streetcar with my old pal DAVE S

Another post by bobble head

 RESPONSE

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!

it's my experience all TC elevators smell like human urine. People use them as restrooms.
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS HERE!

Adri C scopes out Sunset TC

Watch my video on #twitvid

PORTLAND A-FOOT DOING TRIME'TS JOB


CLASSICS FROM THE WINTER OF 2008

It was the worst winter storm in years! There was still freedom of speech and thought at Trimet. It was the best year to be a blogger and employed by Trimet

CLASSIC FILM FROM 2008

4 YEARS AGO!

How to drive an old bus-42,000 views

I saw Dave Stubblfield today, who filmed this now famous video of me!

Even Sound Transit has Rail/Bus inequality

Good news for New Year's Eve! Central Link light rail will run extended hours.

They never have run late bus service, only their light rail trains.  They can find the labor and resources to run trains, but not buses.

From Facebook-F*K TRIMT


UNION BULLIES


If I start getting bullied by union members again I will bail on this union. 
THIS TIME FOR GOOD!
Just letting ya know!

TRIMET WHITE SHIRTS TOW THE COMPANY LINE

The station agents, road supervisors, fare inspectors and dispatchers are very loyal to Trimet. How do I know that, because I listen to dispatch almost every day.
To get promoted at Trimet you have to be a company man/woman.
I find it sorta despicable from my point of view. Working so hard to protect a government bureaucracy that has lost all ethics and is actively screwing its union employees. (yes white shirts are union members, although you can hardly see it)
Of course everybody at Trimet is scared of losing their job, and this is a country full of wage slaves who live their lives in fear.
And the more you make the more you have to lose. It's all about the money. Money has always been the tool for corruption of people.
Come up with enough money and you can buy anything, including people.
Anyway Trimet has a very loyal workforce of 'white shirts' who do everything they are told to do. I only have met two who have actively tried to get change by taking a chance, and both of them were threatened with job loss.
Such a culture of followers, sheeple.
In the end that will be the undoing of the union here, Mcfarlane knows it too.

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