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Thursday, January 10, 2013

ATU 757 PROPOSES HOURS OF SERVICE CHANGE


Man on a mission to make TriMet safer after driver fatigue report

KATU.com

WHAT TO DO WITH MY BUD JASON NOW THE DISPATCHER

I remember when this guy was not such a company man
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
PART5
PART 6
PART 7

THE THING I LOVED WHILE WORKING AT TRIMET

My blog and my videos. Here I discuss the BIKE PORTLAND FIASCO

How can you NOT appreciate the enthusiasm of LANE JENSEN?

Just look at his proclamation: I won’t let this one slide, Neil. Either you admit that you lied to the board, or I will expose you at the Public Forum. I won’t take this one lying down.

I love it when Lane gets going like that!


Trimet – McFarlane Lies Again, Gets Away With It | Portland Transit Lane

Sock puppets demand action?

That's a laugh: TriMet board member demands action in light of investigation by The Oregonian

Portland Mercury Blasts Trimet obstructionism

Also Glaring in the O's TriMet Exhaustion Story: Shenanigans with Public Records | Blogtown, PDX

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Portland Pulp

Tired, overworked TriMet drivers can afford to pay for everyone's caskets | Stories | Portland Pulp

JASON BYNUM SAYS WE HAVE NO LIFE

Hey Jason old buddy, we can turn it off whenever we feel like it!
Can you?
(yes we are pals)

IT'S THE MARY FESTCH SHOW


Tired at the wheel: Concerned riders take on TriMet overtime issue

With head Trimet apologist MARY FETSCH making her usual excuses and promises for the current problems

TRIMET SOCK PUPPETS BRIEFING JANUARY (IN HD)

PART 1
PART 2

NEW BDS FAIL-SAFETY IS NOT A PRIORITY AT DISPATCH

These are a few of the issue I see with the new INIT system.  This is not all of the issues and they are not in any kind of order.

DAN CHRISTENSEN TRIMET TWITTER RANT

@Dan_Christensen

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SOCK PUPPET STAGE SHOW

Toran defending Trimet secrecy
Clark pontificating
Stoval pontificating
David Sale
This is the guy that started the petition that will go nowhere

SLUG NAMED MCFARLANE

Hello, I'm Neil, head of Trimet
I'm trying to watch this board briefing, it's very hard to watch this ongoing charade. To have knowledge of just how screwed up everything is and watch these sock puppets listening to Mcfarlanes bullshit is very difficult.
The slug talked about a pending ULP but he neglected to disclose the most recent loss at the hands of the ELRB.
What a stage show, all worthless stage show.

Not just trimet abusing overtime

Overtime Busts

WATCH AS THIS SOCK PUPPET 'THANKS' NEIL

If anybody out there thought that anything would change as a result of this latest scandal, you are sadly mistaken. Some of us have been watching Trimet executives for years as they slither in and out of one embarrassment after another. Here the 'sleepy' puppet wakes up to commend Neil for 'taking the lead'. (All BS since Mcfarlanes Trimet obstructed this investigation)

TRIMET GENERAL MANAGER ATTEMPTS TO PASS THE BUCK-AGAIN

"IT'S NOT OUR FAULT"

WHAT IS TRIMET SO SCARED OF

They would actually battle in court to keep the union negotiations secret. Pathetic.

WILL WE EVER BE RID OF THIS SCOURGE CALLED MCFARLANE

One of his BULLSHIT SPEECHES:

bananaSMILE GOES ON A CLASSIC TRIMET TWITTER RANT


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DAVID SALE ON THE OVERTIME SCANDAL

Lets talk about safety at Trimet, or in reality lack of safety. Only months after my daughter was killed by a Trimet bus,

Pretty stupid bus driver

http://t.co/J8v53Ce3

PORTLAND'S TOP BLOGGER JACK BOGDANSKI SAYS MCFARLANE NEEDS TO GO

The Tri-Met chief executive obviously is a capital projects man, and not an operations man. Portland's transit agency is horribly insolvent, and so the capital projects are going to end soon. And now that that it's been outed as a menace to riders, pedestrians, and motorists alike -- exposed by the dowdy old Oregonian, no less -- McFarlane needs to step down.

Neil McFarlane should resign (Jack Bog's Blog)

ERIK HALSTEAD ON THE SCANDAL

 Good, Oregonian.
Now keep on the pressure - why is TriMet operating 23 year old buses that have horrible maintenance and reliability records, when other transit agencies routinely replace their buses, following federal guidelines, at 12-15 years of age? 

TRIMET CAUGHT RED HANDED OBSTRUCTING TRANSPARENCY

Trimet bloggers find this no surprise, Mcfarlane and his minions obstructed factual information from being released to the public. Hiding behind the Oregon Public Records law, which was created to aid in keeping government secrets they were able to obstruct Joe Rose from getting to the bottom of all this for months

THE TRUE TRIMET COMES TO LIGHT

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
I am seriously thinking about writing a pilot about the no8 that’s been perpetually arriving at 4:49am since before Xmas.
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS  

Safety is a value? WHERE'S HARRY?

So they make this big deal about their new $155k Safety Director who is supposed to be vigilant about things that affect safety at Trimet.
But it takes a Joe Rose expose to bring up this safety problem?
In the real world heads would roll, but this is Trimet where there is no accountability so incompetence is rewarded.
Not on the ball Harry

Samantha sick of the run around

https://twitter.com/trimetscanner/status/288828958462586882

Look at this mug


Man starts petition to stop abuse of work hours

LISTEN TO THIS BUS DRIVER FIGHTING TO GET OFF WORK

This is the kind of pressure that drivers suffer from dispatch. They make it very hard to say no!

CLICK HERE!

Joe Rose Vs Shelly Lomax on Face Out Loud

We have the usual dishonesty being put forth by the Trimet people, attempting to link the union to the failed hours of service policy. The union has no responsibility for assigning work shifts. That falls strictly to the Trimet management.(Bruce Hansens comments regarding this story are here )The fact that Trimet management has chosen to abuse the hours of service policy is not the responsibility of the union, it falls squarely on the managements shoulders. The hours of service policy establishes the parameters which Trimet management must work under. It does not imply that the management must take full advantage of this policy. Management is free to hire the appropriate staffing but chooses to hire executives rather than drivers.
Original OPB production is here!

TIME TO CHANGE TRIMET GOVERNANCE VIA ORS 267.020

   267.020 Transfer of transit system to metropolitan service district; effect of transfer order. When a metropolitan service district organized under ORS chapter 268 functions in a mass transit district organized under ORS 267.010 to 267.390, the governing body of the metropolitan district may at any time order transfer of the transit system of the transit district to the metropolitan district, whereupon:
      (1) The governing body of the transit district shall transfer title to, and possession of, the transit system and of all books, records, files, documents, and other property of the transit district to the metropolitan district.
      (2) The metropolitan district shall be responsible for all the liabilities and obligations imposed upon or assumed by the transit district.
      (3) For purposes of mass transit the metropolitan district shall have all the rights, powers, privileges and immunities, and be subject to all the duties and obligations, of a mass transit district under ORS 267.010 to 267.390, insofar as they are consistent with ORS chapter 268.
      (4) The boundaries of the metropolitan district shall, for purposes of mass transit, be extended to encompass all the territory of the transit district.
      (5) The transit district shall be dissolved and the offices of its directors terminated. [1969 c.643 §40; 1997 c.833 §26]

TRIMET OBSTRUCTIONISM

There are many reasons why Mcfarlane should be fired but this this takes the cake.
 Intentionally trying to obstruct an investigation is a serious violation of public duty.
I hazard to say it borders on criminal behavior. 

Of course, McFarlane's statement that TriMet has long wanted to address the issue of operator fatigue run contrary to the agency's attitude about supplying The Oregonian with public records for its investigation.
At times, agency officials -- who charged the newspaper more than $3,750 for documents -- refused to run the newspaper's requests for information in its databases, arguing that such queries weren't required under state public records laws. When the newspaper then agreed to pay for the complete database of driver schedules from the past nine months, amounting to about 8,000 pages, TriMet's general counsel denied requests for the information to be supplied in a spreadsheet, text document or other format that could easily be moved into a searchable database. Instead, the agency insisted on converting the information into an unwieldy PDF format that required pain-staking copying and pasting into a database.
When The Oregonian attempted to get the complete record of the October 2011 MAX crash, TriMet denied the request, saying many of the documents were protected because they pertained to a personnel matter. After an appeal by The Oregonian, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office sided with the newspaper, saying the information was so alarming that the public had a right to see it.

TriMet driver fatigue: General Manager calls for overtime audit, better policing of sleepiness | OregonLive.com

Neils Bullshit

 When you read through Neils latest Bullshit what you will see is there is no mention of structural improvements. Virtually every single full time run at Trimet mandates overtime. Not one word about scheduling and the mess they have made of operators lives with long split shift days and runs with out breaks. Not one word of the incompetence  of management for allowing  a shortage of drivers. Attempts to once again pass the buck on to the union are laughable. Mcfarlane has been such a miserable failure since they crowned him king that its embarrassing at this point that he remains General Manager.

Monday, January 7, 2013

ALAN EISENBERG EDITORIALS-THE OVERTIME SCANDAL


Live dispatch communications

Are now posted HERE!
And of course you can listen live HERE (old dispatch system)
And HERE! for the new BDS system (which is a mess)

THE PUBLIC APPEARS SHOCKED OVER THE JOE ROSE STORY

Should TriMet bus drivers, like MAX operators, be required to take at least 7 hours off between shifts?
TriMet driver fatigue: Reaction to The Oregonian's 'culture of exhaustion' investigation | OregonLive.com

NEW BDS FAIL

https://twitter.com/trimetscanner/status/288502226639519746

TRIMET GOT $$$ FOR PORK

But nothing for health benefits, what BS
Click HERE for pork projects

SHIRLEY BLOCK!

My new Trimet hero!

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
Message to my backup ride home just now: I hate with the gravity of a billion black holes.
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS  

CLASSIC DISPATCH

https://twitter.com/APMargulies/status/288476741171826691

JOE ROSE GOING TO TOWN WITH FATIGUE STORY

TriMet driver fatigue: Reaction to The Oregonian's 'culture of exhaustion' investigation | OregonLive.com

BOBBLE HEAD BORES ME

My advice to everyone, let her rant and rave and forget all about her. It's not worth our time to bother with her any longer. It's the same boring material over and over. "Poor me, poor me, they are all picking on me! Poor me"

GUN INCIDENT ON BUS THIS AM


Streetcar rear ends bus

https://twitter.com/trimetscanner/status/288459529157496834

I got it, safety problem-HIRE AN EXECUTIVE

That's the Trimet way since Mcfarlane has been in charge!
GET YOUR PORK JOB AT TRIMET HERE

JOE ROSE TO BE ON 'THINK OUT LOUD' WITH TRIMET OFFICIAL WHO COULD BE NEIL

BRUCE HANSEN SHOULD BE INVITED TO THIS TOO!

TRIMET WANTS $500 TO PROCESS LANE JENSENS REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS


Bruce Hansen (atu 757 president) REACTS TO OVERTIME STORY

For Immediate Release                                                                             January 7, 2013
Contact Bruce Hansen

Airport MAX: Great for stealing luggage

Oh, the many interesting "features" of living in the Portlandia fantasy world.
"When I talked to the baggage claim people, they said it’s a known problem with people on the MAX. People come in on the MAX, steal bags and go back out on the MAX," she said. Police said the suspects are tied to several luggage thefts. The four adults face charges of theft, conspiracy and endangering welfare of a minor. They’ve been ordered to stay away from the airport for 90 days....
Port of Portland Police said thieves steal about 12 bags per month.
Airport MAX: Great for stealing luggage (Jack Bog's Blog)

ATU 757 PRESIDENT BRUCE HANSEN ON KGW


KGW RUNNING A POLL ON OVERTIME

Report: Some TriMet drivers work to exhaustion | kgw.com Portland

Good story on riding the bus

A stranger puts a heartless bus driver in his place:

As I dug through my bag, the bus driver started explaining in a rather pointed tone that the unfortunate stranger had to get off the bus if he couldn’t pay. He returned some reasonable excuses that he had lost his cash. The whole thing was sad and I thought the bus driver could have handled his stress a little more gracefully, instead of being so rude to someone in need. Digging, digging, I had nearly uncovered some change to drop into the chute, but someone else beat me to the punch — this awesome stranger.
With rivaling venom, the awesome stranger interjected, “It’s okay. It looks like someone’s having a really bad day and needs to take a time out.” It wasn’t really to the bus driver directly, but I think he got the point. I’ll never forget how he totally put the bus driver in his place before sliding a spare dollar into the bill acceptor, essentially rendering the (evil) bus driver powerless. It felt like a victory for humanity to see the person in need welcomed onto the warm bus. It’s really not something you see everyday.

LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE JOE ROSE CHAT

He did a good piece of research on his fatigue story. The only problem I had with his piece is somehow linking the union to all of this.
The union has nothing to do with handing out work assignments and the linking of operator shortage to the 'benefits' is a lie since the arbitration has changed all of that.

No more defined retirement for new employees and 2nd rate health insurance for everybody including current employees. Yet Joe and the liars who run Trimet try to ignore the fact that they already got their way. Of course all of this goes right over the heads of Trimet bus drivers who couldn't care less what the contract says as long as their take home pay bulges with dollars right now.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Viewership last 7 days


Trimet: A culture of exhaustion

Click here!

Riding the new 3000 series bus

Reddit readers not impressed with Shelly's response

http://www.reddit.com/r/Portland/comments/162gkq/our_response_to_the_oregonian_trimet_overtime/

THE NEW DISPATCH SYSTEM IS SERIOUSLY FLAWED

I had a conversation with an 'insider' at Trimet that is very familiar with dispatch procedures and equipment.

This is a recap of the conversation I had.

The term used to describe the system is "disaster"
"They use 2 headsets, one on the left ear and one on the right ear!"
"They have 3 keyboards, 2 phone lines, 2 foot pedal systems"

At this point I was laughing hysterically at the thought of such a bizarre situation, especially since we are supposed to be so advanced technologically speaking.

They continued: "the system times out after two minutes and most operators are unaware of this. This system sucks"

"If they don't wear the two headsets they have to unplug from one system and plug into the other system. And if you don't plug in at the right time you lose everything!"

"the dispatchers are being driven insane and fighting with each other"
"Tactically they have not even been trained on it"
"they have been handed a bunch of papers and told to 'read that when you can'"!
"when you are out there on the road and call in with an emergency the dispatcher has to go through all these little clips to figure out how to talk to you"
"the crap doesn't even work, operators are on the line thinking that dispatchers have hung up on them"
"on the old system the dispatcher can over ride the operator and tell them to calm down whatever, but on the new system they can't do that".

I asked who the hell would purchase a system like that: "Dennis Van Dyke"

"when they purchased this equipment they didnt bother to take a dispatcher with them"

"the arrogance of these people is remarkable, its like the Woodlawn situation, Trimet could change the location of the bus layover there. Lets say there was a flood or something, Trimet would change the location of the layover in an instant. So all the stuff they tell the Woodlawn residents is bullshit!"

I'd like to add that I also had a conversation with a dispatcher I know this evening and he told me his physician has encouraged him to mark off work as his back is being injured by the configuration that he is forced to sit with.

HANGING WITH THE BOYS

LET'S MOVE ON!

Trimet and ATU 757 are locked in a battle over transparency at the negotiations. 
I have a solution to the problem.
Why not ban the public and the press but record the meetings and release the recordings of the meetings?
Problem solved right?
Let's move forward! This pissing contest has to stop!

Trimet runs on overtime

When I started at Trimet one of the things you had to endure was the 'line training' That's where you do a full time run with a 'line trainer' who is a full time operator.

 Make a long story short, some of those line trainers were good and some not so good. I got stuck with one of the 'not so good' line trainers that was a full 12 hours long. It started at 6am and ended at 6pm. On that day I almost quit Trimet. I had never in my life experienced what I thought was work related abuse. The line trainer made me drive almost the whole time and I was so miserable I almost walked right off the job right there.

 It was at that moment where I knew I would never be a full time operator at Trimess.  12 hours of driving a bus is not something a 'normal' human being would ever wish on themselves. I stayed part time at Trimet and it was a reasonably decent job up until the Mcfarlane regime took power and ruined what was left of our work environment.

Portland Transit Lane has done some research which shows us how much work is expected of Trimet full time bus drivers. Of course there will be  high sickout rate  when the rigors of holding such a job require such huge personal sacrifice. The lifestyle involved in being a full time bus operator at Trimet is downright horrendous in my opinion. Transit needs a complete overhaul in it's structure.  Transit will continue failing as long as it follows this failed structure. Not only is the current structure expensive but it leads to many hours off the job due to work related sicknesses.

 Trimet – Overtime For the Wicked

Saturday, January 5, 2013

TriMet collisions

Oregonian

Shelly Lomax's weak kneed boiler plate response to Joe Rose Article

 (the real question that she should have answered is why did you and your minions put up such resistance to Joe getting the info)

The Oregonian has an article they call “TriMet overtime: ‘Exhaustion has become part of the culture’ at transit agency.” We wanted to take this opportunity to provide some further information and to assure you that we have a safe system that you can trust.

Michael Anderson says clear sign of an organization that, from top to bottom, sometimes simply operates with a lack of common sense.

 The Oregonian’s Joe Rose demonstrates the importance of strong daily newspapers today with an eight-month investigation into outrageous driver overtime practices at TriMet that a Harvard expert calls "categorically unsafe."
"The budget-battered agency allows operators to manipulate work rules to log as many as 22 hours in a 24-hour period," Rose reports.
The result, Rose shows through numerous anecdotes, is drivers who regularly fall asleep behind the wheel.

Four shocking passages in The Oregonian’s investigation of TriMet drivers who fall asleep at the wheel | Portland Afoot

So this is the 'famous' Trimet dispatcher Grant

I always wondered what he looked like. Didn't expect him to look like this. Here he is in one of those crazy new BDS setups.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS NEW BDS DISPATCH SYSTEM

Take a look at the work area for a dispatcher with the new system.
There are SEVEN computer screens that ONE dispatcher must monitor.
My understanding is that each dispatcher has TWO headsets on, one in each ear.
How is this sort of system efficient and safe?

BDS FAILURE LEAD TO DELAY IN DEALING WITH HEART ATTACK VICTIM

 Below is an actual internal Trimet report documenting the failure of the new BDS system which lead to delays in dealing with an emergency situation

CHEAPER TO WORK PEOPLE TO DEATH THAN TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE

Hey, its the American way, some people get rich and other people starve!
TriMet, on the other hand, appears to be setting itself up for catastrophe, Harvard's Czeisler said. "The notion that drivers getting three hours of sleep between shifts are still safe is outrageous," he said. "It's categorically unsafe." 

TriMet overtime: 'Exhaustion has become part of the culture' at transit agency | OregonLive.com

Neil's bullshit

It’s a New Year!
I hope you all enjoyed the holidays – now 2013 is upon us. I came to the office this morning energized, and with a long list of ‘to dos.’  We’ll talk more about all of these (and more) during our upcoming budget process.
For a start, in no particular order:

Trimet got a 15 month extension on the radio requirments

(you didn't think Trimess would get anything done on time did ya?)

Filing by TriMet in 99-87 on 08/27/2012

Friday, January 4, 2013

Transit Sleuths answer to 'how is trimet doing'

I have some problems with his essay, you can check my comments. Maybe I was harsh with Adron but some of his stuff falls into the 'extremist' category, a term he has some problems with.

What Do I Think About The TriMet Performance?

JOE ROSE COMING OUT WITH BIG STORY SUNDAY


WOW-JIMMIE LAO LEAVING TRIMESS?

Jimmy was one of the least politically correct drivers at Trimet-started working at trimet in 1974

Blast from the past

Can't do this anymore:

GILL NET FISHING WASN'T WORKING

Ed Rosney is no longer "fooling around here"
Having metal gates at the stations funneling everyone through one opening has been ineffective according to six figured salaried Roberta Altstadt:

No more. Beginning Monday, "fare enforcement efforts will be stepped up and riders should expect to present a valid fare at the Rose Quarter or face a citation," Altstadt said. 

Surprising to me that the gill net fishing system proved ineffective.

TriMet to Trail Blazers fans: No more free rides to games | OregonLive.com
Herding everyone through one space not effective says Alstadt

Mr Rigsby goes on one of his classic Trimet Twitter Rants






Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
50 minutes standing in the cold and waiting for a green line. owes me an hour of pay.
TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS

UPDATE: Light-rail petition ruled unsuccessful

The Columbian

WOOPS

Crash at Jefferson and 18th

MAX FAQs

On the air

TRIMET-RUN BY MORONS

Beaverton Central platform being powerwashed, temps here 34 F. Great planning! (this am)

What about Arbitrator Gabba

The Trimet swine are trying to spin the ERB decision but Gabba himself told them they would be sued. They just lie and lie and then lie some more: CLICK HERE!

Of course the swine running that piece of shit company just ignore every piece of information they don't like but Gabba told them there was virtually no chance of them getting anything back HERE!

TRIMET SWINE SAY ERB RULING 'MEANS NOTHING'

Mcfarlane relaxes with his cronies
Those of us that follow the executive swine know they are liars, thieves and subvert the legal process to make things sound the way they want them too. They play the game, sue me sue you, we can go on like this forever.
You people that work for that dishonest company should hang your head in shame.

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!
fama tfol el "cri" i 9ol7a "tri", n7ar 3amel crima el bou7, t7a9et, tla3 el sta7 we bde i si7 "trimet baba yo79ot !"

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?