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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Another deadly tour bus crash

 There have been so many of these over the past year. Transit drivers very rarely get in fatal accidents, it seems like every week we read about a deadly tour bus crash
California bus crash leaves eight dead | World news | guardian.co.uk

Bruce Peek debunks Trimet benefits propaganda


Light rail foes promise clash' of the titans'

The Columbian

TRIMET CARES? YA SURE THEY DO

Especially at Merlo garage where the management insists on keeping the low floors parked at the garage forcing operators to use the dinasours even on heavy use routes during the weekends



Neils Bullshit


What a crock of shit, if anything they have abandoned the poor for the choice riders

Video of Trimet propaganda event with clear sound

TriMet's Neil McFarlane speaks about new Gillig hybrid buses - YouTube

Erik Halstead makes some interesting comments regarding the latest boondoggle

 (from PORTLAND TRANSPORT)
The new PMLR bridge is only about 10%-15% of the cost of the overall project, if my memory serves me correctly, and will (hopefully) be beneficial to bus service (and ped/bike) as well. (If the Hawthorne were used instead--would you make the center lanes transit only, or run LRT in mixed traffic, like MAX used to do on the Steel long ago?)
Yes, I have the colors mixed up, but that's besides the point.
The new Willamette River Bridge is just one of many unnecessary bridges. There is the bridge over Harbor Drive. There is the bridge over Powell Boulevard. There is the bridge over the driveway to Union Pacific's Brooklyn Yard. There is the bridge over the ramp to Tacoma Street (and then the tracks have to dip under Tacoma Street). There is the Johnson Creek Bridge (probably the only unavoidable bridge).
MAX could have easily used the center lanes of the Hawthorne Bridge. Just like the Steel Bridge. Whether automobiles are allowed to use it...doesn't really matter either way.
MAX does not need a grade-separated crossing to UP's Brooklyn Yard. It did not need a grade-separated crossing of the Tacoma Street on-ramp/off-ramp. Yet those overpasses added millions in unnecessary cost.
But...God forbid we ask for TriMet to fund bus stops and there's no money. Just eliminating ONE of those unnecessary MAX bridges would pay for hundreds of improved bus stops (shelters, sidewalk enhancements, lighting, bus information signs, landscaping). Just ONE. And the FTA would pay for it the same.

Trimet would never pay a 'union' employee to do this-you can do it for free for them

TriMet: Adopt-A-Stop Program

If Neil Mcfarlane drove a bus this is what would happen

http://i.imgur.com/0mtmC3z.gif

TRIMET DRIVERS-DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU

bus driver reading while driving in a snowstorm - YouTube

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS    
FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT USELESS CUNTS ALWAYS FUCKING UP MY DAY

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Trimet violates Lane Jensens civil rights

(NOTE: The driver in this altercation states that the union requested Lane follow and post drivers/managers addresses-the union never requested that Lane do that. The driver spoke incorrectly)

Union statement on working hours agreement

The transit workers’ union recently learned that some bus operators were not getting adequate rest between work shifts. The Amalgamated Transit Union immediately proposed that each operator have a minimum ten hour off-duty period between the end of one shift and the start of a new shift. Today, TriMet management, following two lengthy discussion sessions, accepted the Union’s ten-hour proposal. “This is about passenger and public safety as well as bus operator health,” said Bruce Hansen, president of the union, when announcing the agreement. “Most bus operators drive that bus because they like the people they serve and want them to be safe.” Hansen said.



The new agreement is temporary and will automatically expire once there is a new labor agreement in place. “Both parties know the public is deeply concerned about this issue, so the pressure will be on both of us to incorporate a complete and final hours of service policy into the new labor agreement.” Hansen said.



One problem the parties did not resolve today is the fact that some operators have workdays that span almost fourteen hours. “All the studies show that long workday spans lead to more accidents and absenteeism,” Hansen noted. “Urban transit driving has been found to be the most stressful profession. That’s why bus operators are disabled and die younger than other workers. It doesn’t make sense for people in a very stressful job to work such long hours. They pay for it with their health and it is unsafe for the public,” he said. TriMet management is to put the agreement in final form for the parties to sign on Monday.

TriMet and ATU reach tentative agreement on bus operators’ hours of service

Trimet press release
Katu

Vista Bridge: Is it time to stop the dying at Portland's iconic bridge?

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Friday, February 1, 2013

A comparison of Gillig BRT buses...

TriMet's new 3000 series Gilligs:



Reno, Nevada Gillig BRT:


Another Reno Gillig BRT:


C-Tran Gillig BRT:


San Jose RTD Gillig BRT:


Unknown agency Gillig BRT:


Mountain Metropolitan Transit Gillig BRT:


Another unknown agency Gillig BRT:


Missoula Mountain Line Gillig BRT:


Utah Transit Authority Gillig BRT:


Another Utah Transit Authority Gillig BRT:


Everett Transit Gillig Low-Floor (non-BRT):


CDTA Gillig BRT:


As a pedestrian crossing the street, WHICH mirror arrangement allows you to have direct eye contact with the Operator?  The TriMet bus, or the Reno bus?

It would appear to me that other agencies had no problem with fixing the left-turn blind spot issue with a much better mirror arrangement.  TriMet, on the other hand, cheaped out and had a mirror spec-ed that blocks the driver's view.

interesting dispatch calls


http://radio.rosecitytransit.org/01-29-13/01-29-13%20%2010-39-53.mp3

http://radio.rosecitytransit.org/01-29-13/01-29-13%20%2017-46-41.mp3

Thursday, January 31, 2013

GUSTAFSON LEFT BEHIND!

Rick Gustafson gets burnt!

https://vimeo.com/58695380

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS     
Fucking TriMet is 30 minutes late. I'm going to miss my first fucking class. Fuck you TriMet.

Neils Bullshit

Our 51st through 55th new buses this year are some of the most technologically advanced hybrid buses out there. I joined in a great event at PCC Cascades Campus with Campus President Gatewood, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, and Carmen Rubio of the Latino Network to launch the new buses into service.(I bet those people ride the buses all the time, NOT)

Fear of Trimet hegemony

Clackamas County commissioners decide to send letter to TriMet asking to stop Portland-Milwaukie light rail in Portland | OregonLive.com

Cameron Johnson goes on a TRIMET rant

if the bus was making people ill, then obviously something was wrong.

fixing it now doesn't explain why you put it back in service the 2nd day

for a culture supposedly geared on safety, you dropped the ball and the

riders and drivers pay the price. The simple fact that your negligence

makes drivers sick and their medical is being unjustly attacked as well

as their pension is just... Telling. We'll stick with telling.

And if you missed Cameron's latest 5 star performance at the last board meeting see it HERE!





IF ONLY WE COULD ALL BE TRANSIT EXECUTIVES

Where you make obscene salaries no matter how screwed up your organization is and get ridiculous severance when you totally fail.

Eyewitness News obtained a copy of the separation agreement which state publicly funded RIPTA will pay Odimgbe $130,000 in severance pay. He will also be able to cash in on unused sick and vacation time. REcords show Odimgbe will be cut a check for an additional $15,558 for 25 sick and vacation days

Odimgbe out as RIPTA chief executive | WPRI.com

Bojack Trimet related posts

When a bus runs a red light with a camera
Push coming to shove on trains in Clackistan
Good news for Tri-Met bus drivers
Clackistani rebellion nicks the rest of us
In with the bus pass, some train porn

3 deer killed by WES

So says this tweeter:

Sam Adams mismanaged the PDX transportation bureau

Breaking news: Sam Rands were bad managers (Jack Bog's Blog)

BEST COVERAGE OF LATEST TRIMET PROPAGANDA EVENT

Coverage by, Jason Mchuff of course

KGW report on safety and the new buses

ERIK IS BACK

He's only using the Trimet bus for lunch but his tweets are just as colorful


Old crappy bus meets new but not hybrid bus.

2012 bus ranking overview

http://t.co/9Kk80woK

MY PUNY PENSION GETS WHACKED 21%


Meanwhile back at PORK HEADQUARTERS they are hiring six figure executives like there is no tomorrow, moving into new plush offices with brand new furniture , and building a $1.5 billion dollar train to a town of 20,000. And they wonder why I don't have much nice to say about Trimet these days?
(I bet ya Fred Hansen's pension has not gone down)Did I mention that not only is my pension disappearing but I have to meet large deductibles on my 'golden' health care policy. The scamming liars are killing their retirees




NASTINESS SEEN ON THE BUS

https://twitter.com/Poisonpdx/status/296850298998226944/photo/1

TRIMET RIDERSHIP PLUNGING


This picture was taken last week after the board meeting

What's wrong with it?

HAIL HAIL THE GANGS ALL HERE

We all know that when Neil goes anywhere he takes his gang of six figured executives along for moral support, this picture was from yesterdays propaganda event.

Time for some snorts and giggles

This photo was taken yesterday near the Ross store across from Washington Square.A motorcyclist with his custom sidecar figured out a way to take his dog shopping.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS     
//Should be "Smell Someone Tell Someone."

LISTEN TO THIS FOOL


KGW REPORT ON NEW BUS PROPAGANDA EVENT

Portland Transports coverage of latest propaganda event

Portland Transport: Video - TriMet Hybrid Bus Debut Event

WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE?

ATU's Document Requests to TriMet

VIDEO OF TRIMET 3000 SERIES BLIND SPOTS

TriMet’s New Buses Inherently Dangerous

The TriMet bus operators and mechanics have serious concerns about TriMet’s new buses, says Bruce Hansen, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Division 757. He states that a prior model of the same Gillig brand of bus has the highest incidence of left-turn pedestrian accidents. He said the Union repeatedly raised concerns about the pillar/mirror complex in that earlier bus’s left front corner. “Now, they’ve purchased new Gillig buses that have even more and bigger obstructions in that area. Not only that, they decided they wanted the bus to look like a train so they’ve given the new buses front extensions. Those extensions create even greater vision obstructions.”
Hansen says he’s been told that the addition of those front extensions is costing the agency $16,000 plus for each bus. Lack of training is also a problem. “We’ve told them time and time again that these vision-obstructed buses should not make left-hand turns and that shorter stature people need special training in how to see around the obstructions. So far, no action from management.” Hansen noted that the two pedestrians killed a few years ago were hit by a bus turning left that was being driven by a short stature operator. He also said that the hybrid version of the new buses packs a high voltage wallop that the mechanics have not been trained to handle.
Hansen reported that regular TriMet operators were not asked to test drive the new buses in every day traffic before management made the purchase. “This seems to be a purchase where the desire for a flashy design is being elevated over commonsense and safety,” he said.

NYC bus driver blacks out and crashes

ATU VS TRIMET UPDATE

Rotate the view using the tabs at bottom and the union is advising members to sign up for the lawsuit regarding road relief pay.

CRIMINAL

TRIMET-TRANSIT AGENCY OR DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Rhetorical question of course. People that have been watching Trimet over the years know full well that Trimet is now a development agency and has become a tool of the globalists.

TriMet wants to develop site by Portland-Milwaukie Max line - Portland Business Journal

Charlie Hales to chop youth pass

Mayor Hales preparing to cut YouthPass, WW reports | Portland Afoot

ATU STARTS ITS OWN 'SLICK' WEBSITE TO COUNTER TRIMET'S

This site is dedicated to pulling back the curtain on all the ways TriMet spends money and makes decisions impacting safety, service and public stewardship.
Follow Union contract negotiations, dive into the real issues and post comments to let your voice be heard!

TransitVoice.org is here!

Another photo op for the scumbag and his yes men/woman


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

If you live along a bus line, THIS does make a difference

I live along the 15 line, at a red light.
The noise from buses starting from a stop can be quite annoying.
The 3000 series buses are really a great improvement as far as noise is concerned.
And the hybrid buses are even quieter!
Too bad they only got 4 of them but the 3000's aint bad!

TriMet: Building a Better Bus (55 New Buses Arrive Fall 2012)

Health Issue on Buses

Click Here!

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS     
Trimet turned Rose Quarter into some kind of fare sting operation for the Blazer game. Barricades and everything(Had my fare, but still.)

Trimet's 'see something say something' part of the globalist agenda

» “See Something, Say Something” Could Label ANY AMERICAN a Suspected “Terrorist” Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!



Adri C goes on a Trimet rant


So tweeters. To show how much cares about their riders, they have stuck the exact same bus, bus 1626, on line 5102... (1/2)

(2/2) This is the same bus that made an operator sick just LAST NIGHT and had to be taken out of service. But remember folks! cares!

It's official: must be trying to poison riders if they put a defective bus straight back in (cont)

I am pissed off at you, , for putting bus 1626 back into service the night after it had to be pulled out of service after it...

Fuck you, ! 1626 absolutely should NOT be back in service. It smells like exhaust fumes in here and is giving me a bad headache.

although I don't make them often, you WILL be getting a complaint from me about all this with bus 1626. It's inexcusable.





Clackamas county still fighting the globalists

New Clackamas County commissioners make first attempts to stop Portland-Milwaukie light rail in Portland

Safety has never been first at Trimet

 LISTEN TO THIS FIRST
Trimet has a very regressive policy on sick time. You are only allowed to take so much time off then you are threatened with termination which forces drivers to attend work impaired!

Supervisory reports

Jarret Walker on OPB

HERE!

Union provides scabs against another union?

WTF?

The temporary workers are from Local 355, a union that is not on strike. The workers received four hours of training Monday, said Patrick Cerniglia, the general manager of Staten Island Bus Company, which managed to cover 59 of its 113 routes Tuesday.

MAX RED LINE COMMENTARIES

(always amusing)

"You need to get over the notion that light rail is a socialist scheme to undermine family values," Potiowsky quipped to the more than 400 members of Clark County's business and political establishment at the event.
Ha ha, ho ho, hee hee - clearly, the boy needs to get out of the development center and into the real world occasionally. As far as he's concerned, you have to be a commie-fearing hick to oppose something as inordinately expensive (and shiny) as light rail.

MAX RED LINE is HERE!

Trimet – Bruce Warner is a Scumbag 2-faced LIAR

He says the public has to pay for the rising healthcare costs, but won’t open the negotiations to the public! Stop jumping the fence Bruce! Stick to your guns! Or does Neil McFARTBRAIN force you to dance to his tune?

Video Here!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
Cut routes and raised prices. Now there's no room to breathe & "drop off only" from being over capacity.

Driver flunks Trimet training class


Click here!

And I heard today that a 25 year veteran who just recieved a 20 year safe driving award just barely passed the training class!

'They' always took great pleasure out of torturing and humiliating the employees at Trimet

People in Clark County DO NOT WANT LIGHT RAIL

"You need to get over the notion that light rail is a socialist scheme to undermine family values," Potiowsky quipped to the more than 400 members of Clark County's business and political establishment at the event.
Dropping over from Portland to a different political culture on the north shore, Potiowsky was looking for a reaction. He got only mild applause. While many in this crowd would agree that light rail is not a "socialist scheme," there was no enthusiastic embrace of a project that has come to symbolize much more than a mode of transportation.
Strictly business: About that 'socialist' light-rail line | The Columbian

Trimet layovers-by Lane Jensen


http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vps=2&ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=206643762873212505010.0004d454e61a33f915b9c

A reader writes

when are u gonna do a post about how Trimet has refused to do a reasonable reroute of lines 54,56,45,etc
while Naito Pkwy is down to one lane. Even whenit's normal traffic these routes lose 10-20 minutes off sched during rush hour.
Talked to a driver today who said it's now like 30-45 minutes. Crazy whe all they have to do is let them use Barbur into 4th then
left on Jefferson.

Check out these new buses in Dallas

Transit workers in Greece fought hard but were beaten by the police state

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE MISSING BUSES?

needs to really get to the bottom of this ghost bus bullshit. Having a bus not show when it is tracking, then just disappear...


...it's just really not good .

So the 11:09 or 11:0? Bus arrival just didn't even happen. No bridge lift, not traffic, just didn't show.

not sure what the problem is, but isn't the first time I've experienced the 6 being screwed up & I rarely ride it... Which means...

For those that do ride the 6 bus they're getting left in the cold a lot. Might want to check into the problems.



GO WOODLAWN!

At the start of this process we felt that none of these problems would occur if the layover
point would just be moved back to where it was at the Jubitz truck stop, a perfect location.
TriMet has explained that for financial reasons they must shorten the Line 8 route and no
longer layover at the Jubitz truck stop. They said $500,000 would be saved by changing
the route. We see that they reduced duplications in routes and that should result in longterm
savings. At the same time TriMet spent millions on new buses (at $400,000 each on
average), new buildings, contracting out lift bus repairs and overtime on drivers. In the
short term, their selective frugality at the expense of our neighborhood structure, safety,
livability and businesses is not appreciated.

Go Woodlawn! » Letter to TriMet: NE 9th and Dekum Layover Issues and Suggested Resolutions

TRIMET BULLSHIT

From their 'propaganda' Facebook page:
TriMet Hi, Anna! Our office move was necessary because of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, and we're taking advantage of the opportunity to consolidate work groups and improve efficiency. Most of the cost of the move is covered by the PMLR construction project (not from TriMet's operating budget), (the grandest pork feast in Trimet history)  and it's actually going to save us money in the end. Here's what's happening: Our command center in Gresham is at capacity(these a-holes who are complaining about benefits KEEP ON HIRING, they are creating their own crisis)  and cannot expand to accommodate the new MAX line, and our office at SE 17th & Holgate was demolished to make room for the MAX tracks. Most of our admin staff from our office at 17th & Center have relocated to leased space at the Harrison Square building downtown.( a secure locked down facility far from the 'troops on the ground') Later on, we will be relocating the command center to 17th & Center, and work groups from other leased facilities will relocate to either 17th & Center or Harrison Square. Not only are we consolidating offices, our new Harrison Square space has smaller workstations and we got rid of nearly all walled offices.(so f*kn what?) In all, we will be leasing 14,760 fewer square feet of office space. Over the 10-year life of the Harrison Square building lease, this will save us $431,551 over our current leased space, and avoids $2 million in 10-year lease costs had existing furniture been reused(are they actually saying that they are saving $2 million by NOT using the existing furniture? WTF?) (which would have required more square footage). So, in case you thought our new office was an upgrade to First Class, it's more like switching to an even smaller seat in Coach. (right we believe you, you have been so honest with us in the past)In the end, we will be improving efficiency, streamlining operations, and saving money.(such a culture of management liars)

THE FRONTAL ASSAULT ON TRIMET UNION EMPLOYEES/RETIREES NOW IN ITS 4TH YEAR

There were several valid reasons for me leaving the employ of Trimet. Beyond the fact that I was being harassed by management for my involvement in Trimet politics, there was the overall working atmosphere which was steadily declining into a very unhealthy and hostile working environment. That was happening due to Trimet managements intentional use of propaganda which is willingly spread by the anti union corporate media. In this video (which Steve has referred to in the post below this post) they make the claim that benefits are 150% of benefits, an obvious falsehood. All this false information spread by cutthroat immoral Trimet executives, never challenged by anyone other than a few minor bloggers, an ignorant workforce that would most likely continue working without any benefits at all if it came to that, and a mostly impotent union. This will have a very bad ending I am afraid. I am afraid especially for the retirees who are getting dragged down by the impotent union and workforce of sheeple.
I for one will continue fighting these  battles, without the support of the employees or the support of the union, which so far has always been the case.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Steve Fung blazed the trail when it came to activism and the Trimet board

I consider this one of the most powerful board presentations ever. I remember literally jumping out of my seat after I saw it. I had no idea until then how effective Steve Fung was at public speaking. He literally blew blew the socks off the board. Here Steve calls for the replacement of executives. A frontal assault on executive management! Of course nothing changed but the fact that he made this speech and did it so effectively remains a golden moment in Trimet history.Steve also proceeded to make a complete fool out of Sue Van Broklin. Look how much over the 3 mins this went

CLASSIC TWEETS-applies completely

MAX FAQS QUESTIONS TVM POLICY

MAX FAQs ‏@maxfaqs
TriMet fare machines not accepting CC hrs after scheduled maintenance. Time for an honest discussion about how unreliable they are, yes?

MAX FAQs ‏@maxfaqs
The TVMs are bad for passengers, bad for ops (ppl holding train doors open to find a working TVM), & they undermine fare enforcement #trimet

MAX FAQs ‏@maxfaqs
(the previous tweets are my own opinion, not TriMet policy). But if we want folks to pay fare, let's provide a consistently reliable way

MAX and mini van collide

http://t.co/waoShmeN

Bus 75's collide

http://t.co/1LkvXsFz
http://t.co/Nao9lT8S
http://t.co/gMdT4RAB
http://t.co/335mimde

MaxRedline

Metro And TriMet Start To Catch On

A reader writes

Regarding THIS story out of Columbus Ohio where the corporate CEO's ride transit buses.

Notice the bank president said the equipment was clean and on time.Does Drew Blevins ever get out and actually market TriMet to Nike,Intel,Xerox,et al to all the large employers in the Tri-County area? Has the marketing dept contacted 1000 ceo's/community leaders to encourage bus ridership like the COTA president has in Columbus?

Alex Hawk for District 3

Trimet – Alex Hawk for District 3! January 27, 2013

A reader writes

Regarding Harrison Street:

You notice how a the 5th and harrison you have to show a badge and be escorted but the rest of us have to keep the doors open at the trasit centers. Also interestiing about powell and division since it appears there is some major projects going on

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Greek subway staff end strike after police raid

Striking subway workers in Athens returned to the job Friday, hours after the Greek government used riot police to evacuate holdouts from a train depot, ending a bitter standoff over new austerity measures.
The nine-day strike , which knocked out a system serving more than a million people a day , was the biggest labor unrest Greece's uneasy, conservative-led governing coalition faced since taking over last June.

Read more: Click Here!

Light Rail On Wheels? Portland Ponders Bus Rapid Transit

Trimet's grandiose plans for expansion move forward despite Trimets apparent insolvency 
News » OPB

Michael Anderson the lone reporter on the wages lawsuit

Portland A-Foot's Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson, the most independent of transit reporters in PDX, is so far the only 'credentialed' news man to report the story on the wage dispute involving relief pay at Trimet.
While Joe Rose has said he will do a story about 'in the near future' the fact that he didn't write anything about it is significant.
Of course Joe reports to the Oregonian editors who are mostly cozy with the Trimet executives, Michael reports to himself.
The difference between corporate controlled media and independent media

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS     
The ticket printed and I rushed towards the front car to hang my bike, but the driver closed the doors and pulled away.

The bus driver that blew 2 stop signs violates traffic rules AGAIN

And again right in front of an obvious camera! Is this guy stupid or what?
Trimet – Ron Wittig Part II

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Neils Bullshit

Yesterday morning, our Board of Directors(sock puppets) voted in favor of health(tyrants)—for our workforce, our visitors and our families – and set on the course to becoming a smoke-free workplace. (F-U!)The implementation date is July 1, but the work has already begun—and it won’t end on July 2.

I know that tobacco addiction is tough to overcome. I also know that most smokers want to quit. If that describes you—or someone in your household—I want to personally encourage you. I hope you’ll take advantage of the kind of help that works for you, whether formal (from Kaiser, Regence or Cascade Centers) or informal (from coworkers who care!). We'll make sure these resources are up front and center and easy to access over the next few months.

A new medical report out just yesterday shows that the health effects of smoking are worse than previously thought, but the benefits of quitting are more than previously thought.

Offering a smoke-free environment is an important step toward a healthier workplace. Getting there won’t be easy, but it will be rewarding.

To your health!

Neil

TRIMET FORCES ITS EMPLOYEES TO QUIT SMOKING

F-U Trimet you bunch of tyrants
As a result of a resolution approved January 23, 2013, by the TriMet Board of Directors, all TriMet building and properties will be smoke-free. The implementation date is July 1. Employees can visit the “smoke-free TriMet” TriNET page, which includes information about what Kaiser, Regence and Cascade Centers can offer in terms of medication, nicotine substitution, health coaching, education and other resources.

BIG BIRD BLOWS HIS COOL!



WHAT HAPPENED TO TRIMET LOST AND FOUND

A: The lobby and top 3 floors will become a construction zone, closed to everyone except for construction personnel. Visitors—mostly lost & found folks—will report to the Transit Utility Vehicle (TUV) van that is parked in front of the building.

What about Harrison Street

Our new facility presents new opportunities to do our part for security. Here’s a summary of how TriMet’s existing policies and practices are expected to work at Harrison Square.

  • Building access: The 1st floor main lobby is open 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Afterhours access: Harrison Square employees have 24-7 badge access from level P2, near 1st Ave.
  • Badge access is based on business need. Your badge is programmed to give you 24-7 access to your own work area. Whether—and when—you have access to other locations depends on the nature of your work. Contact Kathy Daniels with any requests to adjust your badge access: danielsk@trimet.org or 503-962-(employees can not access this Trimet facility. A first for Trimet keeping their own employees out of their own building)
  • From 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, all Harrison Square TriMet staff have badge access to the entire 2nd floor, and these portions of the 3rd floor: East wing; south side of west wing.
  • Badge access to the west wing of the 3rd floor is limited to staff from HR and Payroll, and a limited number of other authorized employees. Use phone or email to do your business with HR and Payroll, or to arrange an in-person meeting.
Benefits: 503-962- or benefits@trimet.org
Payroll:         
Linda Elliot: 503-962-
Shawna Huffman: 503-962
Lonnie Jones: 503-962-
Jim Yazzolino: 503-962-
  • Employees and contractors must wear their badges visibly. (HR policy 428)
  • Non-employee visitors must be accompanied by an employee, and wear a visitor badge. (HR 428) Employees from other facilities do not need a visitors badge but must be met and accompanied by the employee they are here to see.
  • The TriMet reception desk on the 3rd floor is staffed 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Visitors need to report to the reception desk for their visitors badge and an escort to their destination.
  • If you see a un-badged, un-escorted stranger in the workplace, politely ask, Can I help? What is the nature of your business? Who are you here to see? Who are you? Accompany the person to the reception desk or to the employee they are here to see.
  • Contact Kathy Daniels to request badge access (24/7) to the bike cage on level P2. Within the cage, you’re encouraged to lock your bike and the gear locker. Space is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are additional racks in several locations outside the building.
  • Security guards patrol Harrison Square outside of normal business hours.

FEAR RUNS RAMPANT AT TRIMET

I have always been amazed at how many employees at Trimet exist in a constant state of fear. Always worried about 'getting in trouble with Trimet'.
(I personally dislike Ellen Fox, but I will give her credit for having the guts to stand up to Trimet. She is the only other person I know besides myself that  does it)
Take the case of Trimet ripping off its employees paying sub par wages for travel time to relief points.
Many drivers supported the suit, but virtually none have signed on.
The reason: " I need this job".
Then there is our beloved union, which has always been very cautious in getting involved with any of my initiatives.
I can tell you this much, if the union doesn't get behind this and the case comes in victorious, that would be solid proof of the incompetence of our union, who by the way, approved sub par wages for its members.
While I support Bruce fully in his efforts in dealing with the tyrant Mcfarlane, I am tired of waiting for this union to act.
I just lost $180 out of my measly $950 pension, plus I have high deductibles to meet with our new insurance plan.
Sorry but from where I sit the union is not helping us much as of today.
All the victories at the labor relations board have meant nothing to me.

FAT CATS MOVE

New headquarters, new Max line, $10 million dollars surplus, 16k per month pensions for ex general managers, yet  ITS THE UNION CONTRACT THAT IS STRANGLING TRIMET!
Mutha F*king liars and the cabal of sock puppets that protect them

The top three floors of Center St will be empty by the end of January, in preparation for creation of our new Operations Headquarters. Administrative departments--including Payroll, HR and the rest of Finance, as well as Legal, Public Affairs, etc.--left Center Jan. 11 and moved to Harrison Square, at SW 1st and Harrison. Also on Jan. 11, Capital Projects left Holladay St and moved to Harrison Square. Other departments--mostly from Operations and IT--are leaving Center Jan. 25, mostly to temporary space at Holladay St. Most phone numbers are staying the same. Department-by-department list: