A collection of Trimet material from the point of view of a former Trimet bus operator and current Trimet blogger-sorry for all the typo's no time to proof read this stuff
"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
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
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.
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.
TriMetHi, 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)
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.