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Thursday, January 3, 2013

NEW TRIMESS RADIO SYSTEM LIVES UP TO ITS NAME

It's a freaking mess: Listen here

TRIMET SCANNER GOES LEGIT

With the new avatar "its all in the ridiculous Trimet family"

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

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

NOT ONLY WILL TRIMET NOT BE GETTING ANY MONEY FROM US-THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY US BACK

They lied, they cheated, they scammed, and now they are caught!
They expect employees to do the right thing when they themselves don't?

"SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY" (yea right)

Picture taken 12:30pm January 3rd. Despite trimets claim (made in the same "safety/security" briefing where the bomb dog was introduced) that all buses on the road would have security cameras by the end of 2012, clearly they didn't mean the dinosaurs 

TRIMET EXECUTIVES SANCTIONED FOR ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR

This is the exact court case that I filed against Mcfarlane! They are using this case as an example for other employers to think twice before acting like power hungry ego maniacs.
The guys a loser, he needs to be gone, all of his cronies need to be gone, and a new board of directors formed.

Where have we heard this before?

The Department of Homeland Security has also worked closely with the NFL on numerous occasions to promote its “See Something, Say Something” snitch campaign.

Oh yea, its a placard on Trimet buses and trains!

Prison Planet.com » TSA Denies Using Drone At Vikings-Packers Game

STANDING UP TO BULLIES WHO WOULD SILENCE US

Prison Planet.com » Texas Man Arrested For Filming Cop

HOPEULLY YOUR EXAUSTED OPERATOR WILL GET YOU HOME SAFE

Management bungling and arrogance has lead to a severe shortage of operators.
Relying on greed to run your transit system imperils riders and drivers safety.
Many operators succumb to the dispatchers pleading to keep working after their shift is over and station agents begging to work their days off


IDIOTS EVEN GOT THE ALERT WRONG

(the trains actually went over the bridge to 11th ave riders were stranded at North Terminal waiting for shuttles that never came)
MAX Green/Yellow line trains are not crossing the Steel Bridge due to a switch issue. Shuttle buses are running between Rose Quarter and Union Station. Expect some delays or take Blue/Red Line trains between Rose Quarter and downtown.

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15 years at TRIMET dead at 49

(and the dickhead wonders why the union negotiated decent health care)
TriMet’s contract with the ATU includes the richest health care benefits in the transit industry.

George Luis Cao
(August 18, 1963 - October 10, 2012) 

"those drivers/mechanics have it too good, I haven't had a raise in 5 years"

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DAILY DOSE OF BS FROM BOBBLE HEAD ELLEN

Responding to the vitriol of an obsessive compulsive current Trimet employee's  lies and distortions

What does TRIMET have on Lane anyway

Lane intends to find out!

A STEVE FUNG BUS WAS SPOTTED TODAY

How do we know it's a Steve Fung bus? Look closely.

Transit guru (a real transit guru not a fake like fred hansen) talks about Hales

I'm talking about Jarret Walker of course: Human Transit: quote of the week: the mayor on those portland powerpoints

TRIMET OPERATING IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW?

 Trimet as supposed to be done with the transition to the new radios. Now they are operating in violation of the federal law. Either they have a waiver or paying a fine every day. Who knows which it is, its tax payers money so why would they care if they had to pay a fine?

http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/public-safety-spectrum/narrowbanding.html

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"


But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
26 minutes in frigid cold, now 4 trains in next 8 minutes and the 'now' train is only to merlo. Nice Trimet!
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS HERE!

UNION ACTIVIST SENDS MESSAGE TO MCFARLANE



Mr. Macfarlane

I/We/ Us, wanted to respond to your latest Neil’s NOTES, that you posted on your blog and posted in the garages.  Titled:  “Are You A Wellness Champion?”  I/We/Me/Us wanted to know, just who were you talking about in this post?  I/We/Us/ am looking at this and scratching My/Our/Us/We head, because here You/Management are talking so casually about health and wellness as though You/Management have really been at the forefront of preaching health, wellness,  and might I/We/Us add in stress prevention to Your/Management post.

AFTER LEGAL LOSS, TRIMET RAMPS UP ITS PROPAGANDA MACHINE

Click HERE for official Trimet propaganda

Same old tiresome BS:
TriMet’s contract with the ATU includes the richest health care benefits in the transit industry. The agency wants to negotiate the next contract as quickly as possible to continue to bring benefits in line with the market and avoid additional service cuts that would be necessary to pay for these benefits for both active employees and retirees.

TRIMET LOSES IN COURT

CLICK HERE!

14.2% drop in MAX useage downtown

HERE!

Criminal investigation of bloggers now?

I've got some rather interesting (and disturbing) news that there is possibly a 'criminal investigation' underway of one of my blogger associates. Specifically Lane Jensen. 

Public transport should be FREE

Video: Europe's first free public transport city - The Globe and Mail

Ellen Fox is a Hypocrite

Portland Transit Lane

SUNSET BOB GIVES A SHOUT OUT FOR THE RETIREES

PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
PART 5
PART 6
PART 7
PART 8

BOBBLE HEAD DOES A NEW POST

I tell my pals that Bobble head Ellen is really not worth  anybody getting worked up about. She's well known for making personal attacks on MEN she doesn't like.

I MAKE WILLAMETTE WEEK

Voices 2013: Al Margulies

Intro Hales Parrish margulies Bueno Fred Wilker Al Margulies has more time than ever to be the scourge of the transit agency he calls “TriMess.”

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

UNIONS SCORE VICTORY IN THE COURTS

Shy v. Navistar Int'l Corp. :: Sixth Circuit :: US Courts of Appeals Cases :: US Federal Case Law :: US Case Law :: US Law :: Justia

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
I plan to grow a beard buy a black hat with a horse and buggy to commute. Faster and more reliable than
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS HERE!

Lane hates drivers?

I don't think so: Click Here!

Mcfarlane and Scott Walker-two peas in a pod

Walker sends Milwaukee bus system into death spiral | Uppity Wisconsin

Trimet – BDS FAIL

The seriousness of the new 'Bus Dispatch System' failure cannot be understated. This is a major screw up in the long lists of Trimet screw ups

CLICK HERE!

WILL 2013 SEE TRIMET CONTINUING TO PLUNGE INTO THE 'DEATH SPIRAL'

Many of the right wing/corporate apologists love to place all the blame of the 'death spiral' on employee benefits. People that follow transit issues in the Portland area know that is only once piece of the causation of Trimet's plunge into the death spiral.
Mcfarlane, Oregon's answer to Scott Walker, had made attacks on employee benefits the hallmark of his authoritarian rule.
The actual truth is that Mcfarlane himself, being a big player in bringing the rail obsession to Portland, is himself responsible for much of Trimet's current death spiral.
Personally, I see very dark days ahead for the once highly regarded transit system known as Trimet. In turns of absolute numbers, the rail expansion has destroyed Trimet.
Bad management and a sock puppet board of directors has directly lead to where we are now.

ELECTION: “STOP PORTLAND CREEP” RESONATES IN SUBURBS
by Wendell Cox 11/09/2012 in newgeorgrphy .com
Election results from all three of Portland, Oregon’s largest suburban counties indicate a reaction against what has been called “Portland Creep,” the expansion of the expansive light rail system without voter approval and the imposition of restrictive densification measures by Metro, the regional land-use agency.
Portlanders in the three largest Oregon counties (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas) have previously voted against financing light rail extensions, however the transit agency has found ways to continue the expansion and now operates five lines, with a six under construction. While urban rail aficionados tout the success of the Portland system, transit use by commuters has fallen significantly in relative terms from before the opening of the first light rail line. At the same time, working at home, which does not need billions in taxpayer subsidies, has caught up to and passed transit (Figure).

The electoral events of the past 60 days could severely limit future expansion.

Getting the hell out of Trimet

This was originally a comment on another post but it deserves its own post:

CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY BECOMES THE SECOND LIVE FEED

We had the first transit live feed, now the CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY becomes the second feed.

We wanted our on radio reference and they denied us saying 'we don't do transit feeds'.

Interesting that this has appeared.

Needs better drivers?



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Monday, December 31, 2012

No fan of transit here

Mass Transit Is Not Green Transportation | FreedomWorks

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.

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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