Tuesday, December 18, 2012


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


By Jason Mchuff


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


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


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.