Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

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.