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Saturday, February 23, 2013

BOJACK

Tri-Met train fiasco gets worse
Clackistani upstarts put light rail transactions on ballot

Alphonso Clements Part II

My complaint about Alphonso
Video Here!

MARYLAND STATE SENATORS WANT TO END AUDIO RECORDING ON BUSES

Gazette.Net: Senators want to nix audio recording on buses

War on Transit workers

A management audit by consulting heavyweight KPMG found that MARTA spent $50 million above the national average for employee benefits and that the transit authority could save between $60 million and $142 million over five years by outsourcing many functions.

Read the story HERE!

Jay Leno drives a bus...an electric bus

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/electric-bus-conversion/1429798/

Ben Franklin Transit in the Tri-Cities has purchased one of these buses; at 10 minutes into the video they discuss that bus and show a picture of it (appears to be a Gillig body shell).  The bus they are driving is a New Flyer D40LF shell that was converted to electric.

TOP 50 SALARIES AT THE TRIMET PORK FACTORY

Thanks to @HowWeRoll3 for providing this information.
Just look at all the raises that have been handed out. Mcfarlane threatens 70% service reductions then hands raises to all his crony managers.
Freaking liar Mcfarlane, spreading vile propaganda while living like a pig.



The pure joy of being a bus driver

Four hospitalized after teens shoot up bus in Oakland | www.ktvu.com

Trimet endorsed and paid for budget analysis

This is the official document that explains  that future expansion of the system rides on the backs of Trimet' current, future, and retired employees. In other words Trimet has no intention of ending capital projects. Experienced Trimet watchers like myself were already aware of this hypocrisy. Mcfarlane and his crew are capital projects junkies with no respect for riders or employees. You will also read in here the BS that we have the 'richest benefits in America'. That is a complete falsification which can be verified HERE by this independent analysis. What you will see is that the cost for our health care is average for Americans with families now. Trimet just want's to drag everybody down in its race to the bottom

Neils Bullshit

The State of TriMet
Posted by Neil McFarlane at Feb 19, 2013 02:15 PM | Permalink

Last Wednesday I presented to the Board the 'State of TriMet' and laid out to them and the community what our finance gurus are telling me. I encourage you to review the full presentation on the web. Here are the main highlights:

1. Last August’s arbitration decision, should it be upheld by the Employment Relations Board, has given us a brief respite from fare hikes and service cuts - with relative stability between now and fiscal year '17 (which starts July 2016). That's the good news, and it holds only if the ATU's appeal of the arbitrator's decision is rejected.(and there is every reason to believe it will be reversed since Trimet has been in the business of breaking laws since Mcfarlane took over)
2. Beginning in FY2017, we would begin to spiral downward with destabilizing service cuts IF the status quo ATU contract prevails.(this is truly pathetic, his lame attempt to pit the riders against the employees, its truly despicable. The man is a slug) If TriMet's proposed contract, or the financial equivalent is negotiated or awarded by another arbitrator, then financial stability continues until 2023 - with a much more modest gap between revenues and expenditures occurring then. (why did he not propose what he wanted first time around? This is some kind of 'Chinese water torture' against employees/retirees? Will the 'proposed' contract also be 'temporary' like this last arbitration decision? Mcfarlane cannot be trusted.)
3. In either case, we won't be growing service beyond the Portland to Milwaukie light rail line, with the exception of our annual small 'fixes' of bus schedules, overcrowding, and connectivity. Recall the PMLR operating increment was part of the 'new' service promised as part of the incremental boost in the payroll tax. (What we have here is the crucial statement, he has just admitted that he expects all future 'growth' to be on the back of his current and retired employees. The system is unsustainable otherwise. My advice, stop growing a system you can't pay for)

All of this, and the assumptions behind these conclusions, is documented in the Financial Forecast Report on TriNET.

The bleak status quo financial forecast should motivate us all to bring the transit system we all deeply care about back to growth. The key step toward a more positive future is achieving a sustainable financial structure.(how bout stop building things you can't afford) That means ATU contract reform – common-sense changes that are already in place for non-union employees, (people that don't work outside, work all hours of day and night, people who's job doesn't destroy their bodies, and people who are not exposed to  every bacteria and virus known to mankind) but need to be in place for the 83% of our represented employees. It also means continuous improvement in other areas of work to ensure we are providing the highest quality of service possible. We can never hold still. We can't be 'frozen' like a deer in the headlights. Every day we must make decisions and take actions that we believe will improve service. Our customers and the region deserve no less! (you can't even run what you have now effeciently, and you want to keep growing, on the backs of the people doing the work on top of it all  Neil, why don't you tell us how much your pension will be even after you have screwed everything up so badly)

Best to you all this week!
Neil

Liar and cheats in charge of Trimet nowadays

vintage ad

Trimet ministry publication

Where is Harrison Square

WHERE IS HARRISON SQUARE?
This is very odd. Getting to Harrison Square is not as easy as it looks. The streetcar is the most frequent of the transit options. Not one single bus line together has frequent service on it. Lines 36, 38, 55, and 92 only offer Rush Hour service. Who decided to put the TriMet Headquarters there? (I believe this 'insider deal' went to a former city Councillor who owns the  building.  Remember its Portland, as corrupt as Chicago just painted over in green)

Source:Portland Transit Lane | The Untold stories of Portland Transit

What Trimet says:

Q: Where is Harrison Square and how do I get there?

A: Harrison Square (HSQ) is located at 1800 SW 1st Avenue between Naito Parkway and 1st on Harrison St. HSQ is a six-story office building and TriMet rents a floor and a half. HSQ is blocks from PSU and accessible via many options on the Transit Mall, the Streetcar and Bus Lines 17, 35, 36, 38, 45, 54, 55, 56 and 92. Question? Just Ask! Contact us at 

Portland Transit Lane

The Latest Crap From Inside TriMet

Mobile Ticketing App Breakdown

TriMet Bull

Corporate Scandal

Friday, February 22, 2013

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
U know Oregon I'm all 4 mass transit but given the record U couldn't pay me 2 ride it. Now the doors are just flying open?

An Open Letter to Riders and Drivers

The Kid's Take: Portland Transit Activism from the Bottom Up

Great alert

LANE JENSEN DISCUSSES HIS EXCLUSION AND FARE INSPECTOR LARRY

ATU 757 -TriMet Max: A Series of Disasters Waiting to Happen


TriMet workers say that open doors on traveling trains are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to delayed maintenance on what used to be a renowned transit system. According to Bruce Hansen, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, management has been alerted repeatedly to dangerous problems on the light rail system, yet has failed to take action.
"Our workers are afraid that a passenger, a member of the public or one of their co-workers is going to be injured or killed. It's that simple," explained Hansen.

Can never have enough light rail

All MAX lines are disrupted due to a minor collision between an auto and a train near the Steel Bridge. Expect delays.

Sock puppets on cable

The following 5 dates are scheduled for the program "Trimet Board Meetings: February Board Briefing", Project: Trimet Board Meetings, starting 2/21/2013.

Wednesday 2/27/2013, 9:00 PM, Channel 22

Friday 3/1/2013, 3:58 PM, Channel 22

Sunday 3/3/2013, 10:58 PM, Channel 11

Tuesday 3/5/2013, 1:00 PM, Channel 23

Friday 3/8/2013, 8:58 PM, Channel 23

Clackamas County board splits on placing two Portland-Milwaukie light rail measures on May ballot

OregonLive.com

Trimet messing with Joe Rose, cause that's what rogues do

Joseph Rose: TriMet asks, 'What shiny red levers on MAX trains?' | OregonLive.com

I, Anonymous | I, Anonymous

Portland Mercury

Thursday, February 21, 2013

THE ONLY CALLS TO CONTROL FROM OPERATOR IN CHARGE OF THE MAX DOOR INCIDENT TRAIN


WOW!

Of course they will try to blame the MAX door incident on the operator

Did TriMet operator ignore MAX rider's emergency intercom calls about open doors?

'Big Bird' Larry Boltjes no stranger to controversy

Bricker appealed the suspension to Multnomah County Circuit Court, where the case bounced around before a judge recently determined its free-speech questions should be answered in federal court. The gray areas of TriMet's noise code is only part of why the public should be alarmed by confrontation, Paternoster said. TriMet, he said, needs to do a better job of training workers interacting with the public to have a thicker skin. "Jennie Bricker was just a bystander -- a passerby -- voicing her opinion," Paternoster said. "Ironically, she's punished for defending someone else's free-speech rights."
 Portland attorney says TriMet's questionable enforcement of noise rules violated free-speech right
BIG BIRD BLOWS HIS COOL!

BUS DRIVERS UNDER ATTACK ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

High-Priced Bus Drivers In Lansing [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Two young ladies upset about multiple fare checks

Interview with Lane Jensen regarding his exclusion

Fare Nazi Big Bird abuses his authority

Lane Jensen sends in complaint through official channels

CLICK HERE

Funny Trimet voicemails

CLICK HERE FOR FUNNY VOICEMAILS

TRIMET PORNOGRAPHY

Since Trimet is raping all of us this is an appropriate theme song to listen to while watching the sock puppets meetings

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
The bus drivers for are so nice! They wave at you, when they pass you at a stop and everything!

TRIMET BELIEVES IN 'TRICKLE DOWN' ECONOMICS

Trimet is a firm believer in Trickle down theory!
They take great joy on pissing on their employees and their riders!

Seattle!

Looming Fiscal Cliff For Seattle Transit | Transportation Nation

Crumbling Trimet is good for business

Cabs, rental cars by the hour or day, and the good old private automobile are all doing better due to crumbling Trimet services: Lawyers Paying $8.47 on Cabs Deepens Chile Bus-Bond Rout - Bloomberg

WHAT IS TRIMET ANYWAY?

Glad to see that TriMet is not a transit agency, it's not a healthcare agency...it's a consulting business, an I.T./software company, a construction company, a development company...but NOT a Transit Agency. 
(Erik Halstead)

ALAN EISENBERG EDITORIALS-$72K/YEAR PT!

Watch Allan Here!

TURNS OUT OUR MEDICAL EXPENSES ARE AVERAGE

And Trimet has been lying all along. (which anybody with any brains figured out long ago)

When the union lost the last arbitration all blue cross members are now responsible for $3000 co-pays on our coverage.

Guess what? According to the MILLIMAN MEDICAL INDEX Trimet pays the average amount of money for health care and our out of pocket is also average.

Lies lies and more lies. (keep on working that overtime and bailing out those monsters in charge)

BULLET HOLE IN BUS WINDOW

http://t.co/qAnBpqnT
Photo by https://twitter.com/cowsinartclass

Trimet Pork Opportunities

In one breath they threaten 70% cuts in the next breath they are beefing up the ranks on the useless over paid bureaucrats. It never ends with the poster child of deceit, TRIMET. Here we have a 72k/yr PART TIME PORK job. How despicable is this?

Job Title: Policy Advisor (Part-Time)
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $4,223.25 - $6,015.00 Monthly
$50,679.00 - $72,180.00 Annually
Job Type: Non-Union Regular Part-Time

This is most likely that job that has been promised to that Mcfarlane crony that I reported on this blog in a previous post. You know they have to 'pretend' they are actually recruiting someone.
Listen to this nonsense:
Provide support to TriMet's Department of Diversity & Transit Equity through the development, assessment and integration of policies and program by leading and performing research and analysis in the areas of transit equity Title VI, Environmental Justice and related civil rights and socioeconomic issues relating to TriMet’s diverse service territory. 
 

Urban Renewal-Another Light Rail Casualty


This is the old NorPac Building at 1505 SE Gideon St, just north of Powell Blvd.Like Mahatma, it is Ghandi.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WelcomeTransit Rider PDX

A new blog by a local transit enthusiast who is very familiar with the topic and who we have  SEEN speaking at Trimet hearings. Click  HERE! to visit the new blog in town

Neil Mcfarlane's voice mail

Imagine the media reaction if this had happened in PDX!

Wrong-way RTD bus driver ticketed - The Denver Post

Democrats sold out the NYC school bus drivers

And where is it that we have heard and seen  this before?

Bloomberg justified his refusal to even negotiate by claiming that since the city didn't directly employ bus personnel, it wasn't a party to the strike. This was rejected by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which found that the city and the bus companies were both "primary employers" of the striking workers. The mayor simply ignored the NLRB finding.


Steve and Al on the town and Trimet system


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
this train isn't moving so the next train can't pull in. What is the fucking problem? Fire your entire ops team.

IS TRIMET A HEALTH AGENCY OR A TRANSIT AGENCY?

Student Driver at North Terminal

Al always loved the big steering wheels of the dinosaurs.

GOD LOVE EM

Rome may be burning but they are having the greatest time down there.
Click HERE! for the latest stupid Trimet contest.

DID YOU KNOW TRIMET MANAGEMENT ENFORCES DMV RULES

That's correct, according to the Merlo rep an operator was given a suspension for violating DMV rules!
That's right, even though the operator was not cited by an actual officer capable of enforcing DMV rules Trimet officials in their infinite wisdom have decided that they can now impose suspensions on operators for violating DMV rules on their own! Crazy isn't it?

One of the many 'directors' at trimet gets interviewed

Interview of Eric Hesse at Trimet - YouTube (I wonder how much $ he makes, I bet 155k)

DOOFUS SAPPORTA IN HIS YELLOW VEST

Mcfarlane Hack Sapporta wearing his yellow vest during TV interviews to illustrate 'safety'

TRIMET TO CUT 70% OF ITS SERVICE BUT WHAT THE HELL-WE STILL NEED LOADS OF PLANNERS

This is not funny anymore, this has gone way beyond funny, Trimet has a serious case of management mental illness: CLICK HERE FOR TRIMET PORK

TRIMET LOVES LIGHT RAIL PORK

Portland A-Foot

Our February commuting podcast: (Joe) Rose city

Wanna sue Trimet?

THESE GUYS can't wait to hear from you it appears

Monday, February 18, 2013

BUS DRIVER TELLS DISPATCH TO F-OFF

ANGIE NAPEAN ALSO TARGETED BY TRIMET OFFICIALS



I will also be representing Angela Napean at her exclusion hearing which is coming next week. 
I have never been happy with the treatment she has gotten at the hands of Trimet officials and it is my opinion that they have violated the ADA in her case.
This is a developmentally disabled woman with epilepsy and diabetes. She has been the victim of Trimet bullying for years. As a retired Trimet employee of 15 years with knowledge of Angie first hand  I am going to go into the hearing office and say just that and explain her situation.
I'm going to do my best to give her adequate representation

LANE JENSEN EXCLUDED BY TRIMET FARE INSPECTORS

We knew this was coming. I told him to relax, we should be able to easily beat this in TRIMET court by establishing the clear pattern of harassment at the hands of rogue Trimet officials.

ATU sells out the NYC school bus drivers

So says these people: New York City school bus workers express anger over conduct of strike

What TriMet Needs Now: A Really Good Audit

It seems to me that the entire conversation would benefit from credible independent scrutiny - not just a thorough financial audit, but also benchmarking of the agency's metrics against other well-regarded transit agencies.

Full essay at PORTLAND TRANSPORT

Sargoza had enough of useless trimet board

Consuelo Saragoza, Multnomah County advisor and TriMet board member, enters Portland School Board race

Harry Sapporta in charge of finding excuses for the latest Trimet goof up

Mcfarlane crony Sapporta finds excuses for Trimet screwups
Video shows MAX train door stuck open at high speed; TriMet investigating: Monday commuting roundup | OregonLive.com

Video shows MAX train moving with door wide open KATU

Caught on camera: Commuter train door stays open, at highway speeds-KOIN

Caught on camera: MAX door open as train travels at full speed-KPTV

BLOGOSPHERE HAD MAX DOOR OPEN STORY DAYS AHEAD OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA

It's always surprising  to me how far behind the blogosphere the mainstream media is on stories like this.
The truth of how that story made it to the media is this:
Lane Jensen (Portland Transit Lane) brought the video to my attention the day it came out.
I posted it to my site and tweeked the original file so that the  annoying ad didn't appear in the middle of it.
Michael Anderson (Portland Afoot) noticed it and tweeted the story on my blog.
KOIN TV must follow his twitter because they picked it up from him.
After I saw that KOIN was interested I put a comment up on the on the YouTube site where it was published (Roz Miller) notifying them that KOIN was looking for them.
Now today its all over the mainstream media.
The blogoshpere gets very little credit but the reality is that many stories that appear in the mainstream media are reported days ahead in the blogosphere.
The bloggers that originally got the story are always ignored by the mainstream media, not surprisingly.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This classic Trimet film is approaching 45,000 views

HOW TO DRIVE AN OLD BUS

THIS WEEKS READERSHIP


DID U MISS THE MAX RUNNING WITH THE DOOR OPEN?

See it HERE!

TRIMET VOICEMAIL


COFFEE POWER

A garbled human exclamation pierces the train behind me, loud enough to make me jump.  A moment later, it happens again.  It is unhappy.  The sound repeats and repeats. It is like coughing and talking at the same time, and doing both badly.  I turn to see.  The vocalizations are coming from a person in a wheelchair.  I can only see the back of his balding head.  No one is acknowledging him.

Tourette's maybe?  Choking?

As the man continues in this way, I get up and walk to a seat past him from where I can see if he actually needs help.  He is wearing only light clothes, though the temperature is close to freezing.  The clothes are old and dirty.  He is shivering violently and coughing.  He is a portrait of misery.

Read the whole essay at  Sardines Are Only Packed Once

THE NYC SCHOOL BUS STRIKE-ATU-TRIMET

It's the same fight, with the same leadership. Do the unions really represent the workers?

Supervisory reports

Damaged bus after hitting tree

http://www.facebook.com/jeff.roberts.7524

Propaganda line

http://www.facebook.com/how.roll.9

What's happening and why so many angry abusive operators

There is an actual psychological syndrome called 'anger displacement' that I believe is happening to many Trimet operators. Operators are being abused constantly at work by the Trimet management so they are 'displacing' their anger towards riders. 
I remember myself having come from an abusive meeting with Trimet managers on more than one occasion and being sent to drive a bus and how hard it was to keep my anger off the poor riders who have nothing to do with any of the management actions. Believe me it wasn't easy. A less conscious person would probably never know they were doing it.

Displaced anger is anger that has been routed away from healthy expression through a coping mechanism. In most cases, displacement is the process of moving anger away from the actual target onto a target the mind feels may be safer. This person who bears the brunt of displaced anger may have no idea what happened to cause the anger, thus damaging his or her relationship with the angry person. Anger of this type is also problematic because it does not allow for resolution of the anger itself, and the effects of anger can build up over time.

Read the full article:  What Is Displaced Anger?

An old rider and pal of mine writes


STORY-TIME ON YOUR PROFILE AL!! So, I wanna share a story with you, to get it OUT there. Number one, I've called Trimet TWICE now, on Friday, to complain about this guy but I want to post it here too, to make sure the story gets out there. So, Friday morning, two days ago, my partner Don and I are on the # 58 heading to town. Bus ID number 1817, as I recall, and the driver is this Asian dude who is, I believe, Korean American, he's tall, heavy set, about 6 feet or taller, over 200 pounds, in his late 50's with black, receding, dyed hair and glasses.

Nothing like this in the Trimet transit district

Sound Transit is seeking Eastside volunteers for its Citizen Oversight Panel. The 15-member group independently monitors Sound Transit to make sure it meets its commitments to build and operate a regional bus, light rail and commuter rail transit system.
The group meets twice monthly during normal business hours with the task of digging into agency details, asking hard questions and reporting its findings to the Sound Transit Board of Directors.

Sound Transit seeks volunteers for oversight panel - Bellevue Reporter

Never see the arrogant Trimet executives doing this sort of thing

NJ Transit held a “We Are Listening” forum at the Hoboken Terminal, where a dozen top agency executives sat at tables on the station concourse in front of the waiting room to listen to the concerns of commuters and hand out informational pamphlets.

Full story is HERE!

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
Well is definitely a valentine's day killer. Thanks for the crappy yellow line service.

Portland Transit Lane

 Too Stressed Out

Keep the doors open!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

supervisory reports


Ck this out

Never spare any expense when it comes to this sort of thing:
http://www.trimet.org/annualreport/index.htm

TRIMET COMMUNICATIONS

This is wrong of course (why would the idiots in charge get anything right!) I've lost $188 a month off my puny pension of $948/mo. Mcfarlane is literally starving me out! The man has no ethics and no scruples.

Q: With the negotiations between TriMet and the ATU at a"standstill" - how much is this costing me, a union employee?

A: Good question, as this affects roughly 2,000 TriMet employees. With the expired contract, TriMet is no longer paying wage increases and has passed along the increase in health care costs until the contract is settled. The next wage increase was to take effect on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.  Union members are now paying the health care cost increases, which averaged 9.25% for Regence and 6.25% for Kaiser. This means that union members are paying more per month for their health care than non-union employees who pay 6 percent of premium costs. TriMet has proposed in the new contract that union employees pay 6% of the premium cost.  So, in essence, until the contract is settled, a union employee is paying more now than what is being proposed under the new contract. To put that in real dollars, if delays continue beyond June 2013, it would mean the economic impact for a typical 15-year bus operator with Regence family coverage will be around $94.20 in lost monthly wages and pay $37.12 more a month in healthcare costs. That’s roughly $131 a month.  And, on a side note, TriMet also has proposed a contract term that is prospective, meaning no retroactive wage adjustments or reimbursement of premiums will be paid. Question? Just Ask! Contact us at EmployeeCommunications@trimet.org.

Portland Transit Lane

Funny version of the max running with doors open
Line 51 Crash

TRIMET EXECS ARE WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA AND THE WORLD

I'm past speechless with the executives in charge of this agency at this point.
Mcfarlane runs amok and nobody cares.
He has been handing out lucrative contracts to all of his cronies from the past starting with Sapporta and ending with Bob Nelson.
He is not interviewing or searching for candidates, he is 'paying off' people that he knows.
And he is getting away doing it all  with impunity.
Bob Nelson already getting a nice fat $4k a month from Trimet but now Mcfarlane wants to hand him some more cold hard cash?
What's going on here? How is it that this man can get away with everything he has done?
Mcfarlane is a criminal, not a general manager.
Mcfarlane needs to be indicted for misuse of public funds


TRIMET TOP PENSIONS (supposedly)

Al, what you are missing in this post is "total compensation" (non-union side), which means pension and benefits, like medical. This list does not state this, so the total cost of said retirees are ALOT HIGHER!
This is a somewhat surprising list! 
There are actually two bus operators on this list? 
How is that possible? 
$75 for each year after 10, so 30 years would be $2,250, so 40 years would be $3000, so how the hell does a bus operator get $4,000 a month?
Why does a lists of 11 names qualify for a fee of  $91.00?
What a freaking rip off!


Friday, February 15, 2013

ALAN EISENBERG EDITORIALS-TRIMESS JUST CANT STOP

YouTube

C-TRAN VS TRIMET-PART 3


TRIMET MAX RUNS WITH ITS DOORS OPEN!

UNREAL !

SAVE OUR SERVICE?

Is he kidding? click

C-TRAN BLAMES TRIMET

This is a fairly interesting incident (see below post) a Trimet driver first alleged an 'assault' which turned into an 'accident' claiming the C-Tran bus 'hit' him.
The Trimet driver was even see by medical.
But when C-Tran investigated they came back and told the Trimet supervisor that it was the Trimet drivers fault.
And that was that.
I doubt very much had the allegation gone the other way Trimet would have handled it like that.
Nice to see such a loyalty to their drivers from C-Tran.

C-TRAN DRIVER VS TRIMET DRIVER

TRIMET WHORE MARY FETSCH

Yes this is disrespectful but why should I show any respect for any of these managers who have no ethics? FORGET IT
Mary has dutifully served Fred and now Neil as the ultimate insider who will say and do anything for her paycheck, hence calling her a whore is reasonable. Mary is on the left having a grand time pulling in $110k a year for making a few appearances now and then and just having a grand old time at tax payers expense. While operators and mechanics toil away the Trimet executive class parties hard on the tax payers dime as seen in this photo

Mcfarlane to hire crony Barbara Ramirez Spencer

This woman is another 'insider' that has been serving on the budget committee, the criminal Mcfarlane who is in the process of raping Trimet finances for himself and all of his pals decided she should have a nice big fat contract

She is listed in this Portland A Foot article

Mary Fetsch says a lot of nothing

BUS DRIVER HITS TREE

RT : That awkward moment when u drive a TriMet bus into a tree in the Clack Town Center parking lot

MCFARLANE IS RAPING TRIMET AND PORTLAND

Mcfarlane is obviously trying to bankrupt Trimet. It's as obvious as the nose on your face. 
And he is getting away with it.

ATTENTION ATU MEMBERS

How much more of Mcfarlanes arrogance do we need to see?

 This man Mcfarlane is so insulting to the public and the employees that I don't know how he continues to get away with his crimes. Yes crimes, misuse of tax payers funds (conducting anti union propaganda) and lies (hiding records from Joe Rose, complaining of budget problems while swelling ranks of executives).
I'm serious, this man needs to be indicted for something.

But McFarlane apparently thinks there's still enough cash flowing to expand the agency's executive ranks. And those jobs don't come cheap.
TriMet has confirmed that the general manager is "in conversation" with Bob Nelson, the agency's former executive director of operations, to serve as an interim deputy GM.
"Bob will help assess the role of a permanent deputy GM and how that position might be structured to improve service delivery to the community," said spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. "TriMet has had this position in the past, and it is common in the transit industry."
At the same time, McFarlane is talking to high-powered consultant Barbara Ramirez Spencer for a limited-term position.
"She spent nearly 20 years at the nation's largest transit district (New York City's MTA)," Fetsch wrote in an email.
"She is an accomplished executive with significant experience in public, private and academic organizations. A strategic thinker and creative problem-solver with strong leadership, planning, operational and change management skills. She also has a strong commitment to organizational integrity, effectiveness and renewal."

TriMet general manager looking to grow executive ranks as he laments financial future | OregonLive.com

Mcweasel on the CRC

Video: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane Says CRC Backers Had Better Hurry

ALAN EISENBERG EDITORIALS


TRIMET STUPID RULES

Trimet has a very regressive and punitive system for taking time off. Each garage only allows so many people to be off on any particular day.
At Merlo garage they allow 7 people to sign the vacation book each day.
The book opens 30 days ahead of the scheduled days off.
The book opens at midnight on the 30th day before a any day off.
What this means is that operators have to be at the office at midnight 30 days before days off.
Even if they have to be up at 4 in the morning the next day operators need to be at the office midnight the day the book opens.

Trimet cares about fatigue, well they have lots of work over there to to do in order revise policies that cause driver exhaustion.

One of these policies is forcing operators to sign a book to get a day off at midnight.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Trimet bad drivers

Run early on the last trip of the night-past the garage yet!

Well look here-a trimet survey


http://survey.optinpanel.org/survey/dhm/opt13001

TRIMET'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

We have never seen Trimet issue a chart like this from the  MTA, this is their dirty little secret. Or one of many secrets that Trimet keeps hidden from the public. But I know one thing, debt service consumes more money from the TRIMET budget than employee health care does. But nobody knows that except TRIMET insiders and those of us that have studied the Trimet budget. TRIMET is more interested in paying banks then in the health of its employees

Trimet – Will TriMet Ever Stop Lying?

Portland Transit Lane

IF YOU MISSED THIS GREAT PRODUCTION ABOUT THE TRIMET BUDGET PROBLEMS SEE IT NOW


JOHN CHARLES GIVES ON OF THE BEST EXPLANATIONS I HAVE EVER SEEN ABOUT TRIMET FINANCIAL PROBLEMS


THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRIMET BUDGET PROBLEMS TOLD BY A NEW YORKER


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS  
Would it be worth it to knock the crap out of the dude on the for walking the aisle with his penis out? Kids are on here!

WHY IS THE PUBLIC PUTTING UP WITH MCFUHRER?

This man is using public funds to conduct a campaign against the union. If that is not a misuse of public funds then I don't know what is. He should be indicted for misuse of public funds

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Idiots in charge of Trimess

Transit cop violates woman photographers rights

Woman says cop robbed her of her rights after taking phone | Local & Regional | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon

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Mcfarlane wants his employees to die

A reader writes



Its light rail that is bankrupting tri messss not the union workers. Tri Messs has been going down the vortex hole the last 15 years as they have gone deeper and deeper into light rail debt. Where "IS" the empirical data that proves Mc Farlands claim about workers health insurance being the most expensive in the country? Compared to what other transit agencies? No evidence, just flat out propaganda supplied by the media over and over. If you say enough times people will believe it, right!

The Trimet travesty

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ACCORDING TO TRIMET PIN HEADS THERE ARE NO VISUAL BARRIERS

Invisible pedestrians are a nightmare for bus drivers, who live in fear of running over people they can't see.
Three pedestrians were killed in 63 accidents with SEPTA buses in 2012, the most in recent history.
Now, bus drivers are urging SEPTA to reposition outside rearview mirrors, contending they create a blind spot that endangers pedestrians, especially during left turns.
The drivers have an ally in David Sale of Vancouver, Wash., whose daughter Danielle, 22, was killed by a left-turning bus in Portland, Ore., in 2010.
Story continues below.
"We don't have to put drivers in that position," Sale said last week. The driver who killed his daughter and another woman and injured three others was fired, and "she got a life sentence the day she hit my daughter," Sale said. "She'll have to live with that every day for the rest of her life."

Read the story: Bus drivers urge SEPTA to reposition mirrors to protect pedestrians - Philly.com

Mcfarlane makes excuses for his predatory fare collection methods

Video: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane Says Fare-Hopping is a Crime

The 'nail in the tire'


WORD OF THE DAY



CADILLAC RAIL PLAN
They describe our health insurance as 'Cadillac' but somehow nobody mentions the Boondoggle Cadillac rail plan which is MLR!!
(slogan by Cameron Johnson)