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Thursday, February 7, 2013

AND THE EXCITING CONCLUSION OF THE UNEXPECTED VISIT OF THE TRANSIT SLEUTH

It should be obvious that me and Adron are pretty good freinds and have been hanging together for some years now.
We don't see eye to eye, but we have fun debating with each other.
I've always enjoyed listening to Adron Hall speak.

Adron Hall shows up part 3 from al m on Vimeo.

IF THIS GUY SHOWED UP ON MY BUS I WOULD DEFINITELY CALL THE POLICE (not)



INSTANT REPLAY-ALAN EISENBERGS 'WE GONNA GET PETER GUNN ON YOU'


Woodlawn dispute

Effect of TriMet bus route change on Woodlawn neighborhood shows need to listen to locals | OregonLive.com

Welcome TrimetUnderground

Welcome to TriMet Underground | TriMet Underground

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS    
How does trimet get away with being late for everything? Every stop is a new job. And if you're late to every job in your day. You're fired!

Always enjoy reading Shirley Block


Why I got out of Trimet

It became abusive as seen here in this union report:

The Transit Sleuth shows up-Part 2

Adron Hall with Lane Jensen!

Walking as fast as streetcar

Here

Bus pulls in to stop too tightly

HAVE YOU SEEN TRIMET'S HI TECH SECURITY AT HARRISON?


Lane Jensen

Trimet – Video Evidence of Civil Rights Violation | Portland Transit Lane

Seems like somebody in Miami has figured out the scam

 They plan to change us from a Miami of drivers to a Miami of passengers by making driving as unpleasant as possible — all for our own good, of course.
   Instead of traffic engineering, they prefer social engineering to force us to become something many of us don't want to be — carless.
   Last week, this paper noted that Miami-Dade new car sales rose 11.5% in 2012's last quarter. Those buyers didn't get the message: leave that car behind.
   To my surprise, I got the message clearly Friday as I moderated a panel of planners and a real estate professor for Florida International University's Real Estate Alumni Affinity Council.

A bad plan: make drivers miserable to shove us onto transit

Bill Lascher goes on a Trimet twitter rant


*shockingly* the Max platform at Prescott street isn't printing tickets for me.

aaaand the other machine says no payment cards accepted. I think today I'll test the "get off at the next platform and get back on thing."

Standing room only

YouTube

Tribune editorial asking for the governor to intervene

Not sure what they are asking for and it's curious that Kitzhaber dumped the one labor representative on the Trimet board but this article asserts he's a 'friend' of labor.

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - Our Opinion: Governor, clean up this mess

Hales spokesman: we haven’t killed YouthPass yet

Portland Afoot

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Would this guy scare you if you were a bus driver?


THE TRANSIT SLEUTH (aka Adron Hall) SHOWS UP AT MY DOOR

And we discuss Trimet, unionism, and other stuff...........

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS    
Why is my bus driver announcing all the reader board specials into the mic as she drives by the shops and restaurants on Powell?

IF YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO LIVE DISPATCH CALLS

You need to visit THIS TWITTER account, I don't post live audio recording here very often anymore

TRANSIT PORNOGRAPHY

 Cut salaries/benefits and service for riders but theses guys get rich, what a world what a world............
MTA execs get big checks - NYPOST.com

REMEMBER JOSH COLLINS?

“Portland feels like it is already there--and they are pretty laid back and casual. There is a joke that goes, ‘When you flip the lights on in Portland, they’ll turn on a little bit more slowly than anywhere else--and maybe only half will come on, but everyone will say ‘it’s okay’. There is a passive acceptance of ‘we’re already there’ and we don’t need to push because we’re already Portland. Whereas the Twin Cities still has that push for something better--they’re recreating themselves.”
I sure do of course, from the 'golden' era of Trimet from whence I came. He was one of the TRIMET GOOD GUYS. Anyway he appears in this gushy pro Portland article. (it seems that every article I have ever read that is not from Portland is gushy about Portland)


In Portland, a whole generation of people think of TriMet and the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail as inseparable from the city’s identity. (where do they come up with this stuff?)


Public Transit Head to Head: Portland versus Minneapolis

BRUCE HANSEN AT THE TRIBUNE

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - TriMet's union plans a PR blitz in contract fight

IF TRIMET EMPLOYEES WENT ON STRIKE TRAFFIC ON THE BANFIELD WOULD INCREASE 30%

The interesting part  here is how quick the pin heads in charge of Trimet are ready to give up information if it is helpful to them in contrast to their stalling and perpetual excuses when handing over information that is harmful to them.

It took me 3 months to get Fred Hansen's pension figure, something that should have been available immediately.

Truly despicable bunch of people running that place.

PolitiFact Oregon | Do 30 percent of Banfield and Sunset evening commuters use the MAX?
(Politifact is an Oregonian subsidiary which brings into question its independence)

Most golfers in Oregon would agree

While buying stamps at the West Slope Post Office,I spotted this license plate yesterday.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT GETS IT?

Who would have believed that this guy could create so much havoc
Trimet has been a source of entertainment for me for some time now. I always loved observing people and events there. Actually I became fascinated with it. The people working in transit and the people using transit. The whole world right in front of you as a bus driver. And  being part of Trimet as the technology started developing and putting that to work in my job at Trimet. I regret nothing. My 15 years at Trimet turned out to be one of the most profound experiences of my life.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS    
4:21, SW Main & 6th, driver of bus 14 shuts the door in my face & drives off as I knock on it.

Lane Jensen

Trimet – Big Bird Strikes at Beaverton | Portland Transit Lane

FOLKS FROM BOSTON WANT THE TSA OFF ITS TRANSIT SYSTEM

TSA Out of MBTA Protest Hits Boston Common | Open Media Boston

Bust the bus drivers!

 Trimet is a top-heavy bureaucracy with some expensive habits. It has 161 managers, believe it or not. Yep, lil' ol Trimet. Fifty-five of those managers get over $100K. Many of them get a lot more--like a quarter million per year. Portland Independent Media

THE OTHER TRIMET

Peter Altmaier @ Trimet - YouTube

Oregonian editorial board at it again

Shift limits for bus drivers show compromise in TriMet negotiations is possible | OregonLive.com

DANNY ‏ Trimet Twitter Rant about government tyranny

@DUALCIRCLE


: "you may ride one stop and buy fare at the next stop.” Translation: "we care not that you'll be late and may be fired, peasant."

The Board Members Don’t Ride The Bus!

Story HERE!

CORPORATE MEDIA ALWAYS ON THE SIDE OF TRIMET EXECUTIVES

More evidence of a complicit corporate media who never misses a chance to make bus drivers look bad but NEVER EVER criticizes the TRIMET EXECUTIVE SCOUNDRELS that profit exorbitantly off the backs of the tax payers.

Here we see KATU (Festch's  old stomping ground) pumping up the incompetent management.

So disgraceful the  culture we live in, the blatant propaganda that we American's are subjected to day in and day out.

And saddest thing of all, most Americans have no idea they are being played for suckers

"Sleepy" Bethel on left "weasel" Mcfarlane on right with some other bureaucrats
TriMet launches new state-of-the-art hybrid buses | Transportation | Northeast Portland News

Monday, February 4, 2013

From on on duty driver-safety first right?

I really hate when they trade your bus out for very different bus (2100s) that has different switches, different blind spots, different blinkers, differnt mic pedal, different steering on the fly. I really hate that.

another episode of NEILS BULLSHIT


From Willy Week

 Murmurs: Hose Flushing, Ghost Trains and a Nike Shocker

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has spent $3.8 million in the past year—that’s 19 percent of all parking-meter revenues—to clean up TriMet’s transit mall, pay off the mall’s debt, and create marketing campaigns to lure more shoppers downtown. The expenses included $331,000 for “hose flushing” the transit mall twice a week. City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade revealed this finding in a Jan. 30 audit, which points to many pressing transportation needs and chides the City Council for launching new projects without money to pay for them. WW broke news of the audit three weeks ago (“A Fork in the Road,” WW, Jan. 9, 2013). One example: Mayor Sam Adams’ $16 million commitment to build sidewalks in neighborhoods that lack them. The audit says the city counted on gas-tax revenues that didn’t come in as projected—and then “opted to reduce other transportation programs in the adopted budget rather than reduce funding for these new capital commitments for sidewalks.”
  • Portland’s new eastside streetcar is earning the nickname “Ghost Train” for how few riders the line gets. The city is now seeking proposals to install automated passenger-counting systems in six of its streetcars, including the eastside Central Loop line and busier westside lines. The city currently pays TriMet to conduct a census of streetcar ridership, but it can’t afford to get stop-by-stop numbers. No word yet whether blogger Jack Bogdanski—who frequently documents eastside streetcars traveling empty—has put in a bid.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

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

Seriously. Fuck this girl and her farting on the . We're in a moving box... STOP! Clench like the gods till you get off.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver

Washington initiative king Tim Eyman, 'birther' attorney team up to stop Vancouver light rail | OregonLive.com

CLASSIC TWEETS


Disclaimer on previous post

The following statement  has been added to 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) 

NEILS BULLSHIT


Seen on Trimet max today

Discussion of twitter participants

This video has been edited at the request of twitter members and full names have been removed

INTERVIEW WITH LANE JENSEN REGARDING THE DISPUTE WITH DRIVER 'ALFONSO'


Bruce Hansen taking the high road

Bruce Hansen with his 2 sons
The more I watch Bruce Hansen in charge of ATU 757 the more  I like the man.
I knew him from my days at Trimet.
He represented me well in several disputes with management.
And I knew the man possessed personal integrity, always a good thing.
He is not much of a public speaker, but there is a genuine quality to his presentation, he is believable.
He certainly does not come off as a 'union boss' but rather a nice honest guy.
Everything he has done so far has been 'high road' material, in contrast to Trimet's 'low road'.
And in contrast to former president Hunt, President Hansen in not in hiding.
He has issued numerous press releases, done interviews, and written editorials.
I don't think he could do much more than he is doing.
So far the extra dues we are paying is well worth it.
I think Bruce is representing us well. I continue to support him in his efforts to bring the facts to light in this ongoing dispute with Trimet

BRUCE HANSEN DOES A FACTUALLY CORRECT EDITORIAL WITHOUT THE HYPE

 Oregonian article is here
I am writing in response to The Oregonian editorial "Get rid of binding arbitration" (Jan. 20), which calls for the Legislature to repeal the law that bars transit workers from striking and mandates binding arbitration to settle disputes. It is difficult to understand why anyone would want a TriMet work stoppage given the snail's pace of this region's economic recovery and the harm it would bring to so many people. Binding arbitration prevents more than the loss of a "ride across town." A transit strike or lockout brings consequences.

CLASSIC TWEETS

Mcfarlane BS claims Trimet on the front lines of bus technology. Well we all know he is full of BS!

ATU 757 ASKS FOR THE RECORD TO BE CORRECTED

The Amalgamated Transit Union wants to set the record straight. For some time now, the Union has not commented on a TriMet misstatement of fact that the media has picked up and reprinted. That statement appeared again in TriMet’s Friday night press release. That release stated:

"Richest benefit package in the world'

By Bruce Peek
Hype from a viscious management regurgitated by the corporate mainstream media

It introduces the whole subject
of telling the truth about what claims and counterclaims management
has been making about our pay and benefits for the last three years.

But, and this is important I have not been successful in getting
Bruce Hansen and the ATU to follow up on the un-truth of managements
claims that our benefits are the ," most lucrative in the
transportation industry."

It's as if management is saying that our
operators have better benefits than Barack Obama and make more money
than Mitt Romney.

The truth of course is that while Seattle metro Bus
drivers make $30.21 per hour we make $26.76 per hour. That is a
difference in pay of 13.89 percent. The predictable reply of course
will be that well Seattle has a higher cost of living than Portland.

Well our reply should be while it is no doubt true that housing in
Seattle's posh Queen Anne neighborhood is perhaps more expensive than
trailer court rents in Felony Flats off of southeast 82nd in Portland,
Portland is the #3 real estate market in the nation and Seattle is
number 2.

The differences between Seattle and Portland while they do
exist certainly don't total 14% more costly for Seattle.

This is for Erik Halstead


This track maintenance train was parked along Columbia Blvd. yesterday across from Colwood Golf Course.I have never seen this type of locomotive before in Oregon.Where was it manufactured ?

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?

Click Here

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