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Thursday, February 28, 2013

ODOT TO INSPECT TRIMET!


The KOIN story which followed up on Bruce Hansen's allegations has brought ODOT into the scene.
The interesting thing about this is a report I got today from a Trimet bus driver.
She said to me "i have never seen so many people working on MAX lines in my entire career at Trimet"
Sounds like someone tipped them off and they are frantically trying to cover up the evidence!

Lane Jensen discusses his meeting with Trimet director Stovall


Bus vs car


I really like Bruce Hansen

Bruce aint much to look at, and he is not the best public speaker, but what he does do is shatter the image of 'union boss'. He's completely believable and could be anyone's pal. As far as I am concerned Bruce has done everything right. He sends out press releases, he is not scared to be on camera, he's engaging the press! Keep up the good work Bruce!

Harry Sapporta is a lying piece of shit

No surprise of course. All the managers lie in order to facilitate their agenda. The 'expert' said right out that Trimet is UNSAFE, Sapporta in the best tradition of overpaid executives lies with a straight face

Portland Transit Lane

Line 94 Feedback
CRC = NO MAX
Oh Wow! Transit Day my ASS
Drivers! I Am Your New Friend
February Board Meeting Testimony (Lanes camera angle)
Quick Fix at Clackamas TC, Not at Sunset TC?
Frequent Service?
@pdxstreetcar FAIL!

LIGHT RAIL FOE

Letter: Promises overshadowed by crime | The Columbian

Sock puppets on cable access

Brought to you by JASON MCHUFF, if you want to 'hear' the board meetings you can request audio from Trimet, for a fee of course. Trimet=obsessed with secrecy.

The following 5 dates are scheduled for the program "Trimet Board
Meetings February Board Meetings 2.0", Project: Trimet Board Meetings,
starting 2/28/2013.

Sunday 3/10/2013, 6:00 PM, Channel 23

Thursday 3/14/2013, 3:28 PM, Channel 23

Monday 3/18/2013, 10:00 PM, Channel 11

Thursday 3/21/2013, 4:00 PM, Channel 22

Monday 3/25/2013, 3:29 PM, Channel 22

Portland's Off-Track; What A Surprise!

MaxRedline

Rest in peace Michael Levine

One minute I am sharing drinks with him the next minute hes gone. Good pal, tremendous activist, there is nobody to fill his shoes.

Michael leaves THESE words of wisdom. (just one of the many great presentations he has made)

RANTINGS OF A FORMER TRIMET BUS DRIVER: A SALUTE TO A TRULY GREAT MAN

KOIN investigates safety problems at Trimet


TriMet open train door incident

Joe Rose

Erik Halstead talks about the terrible line 94!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sock puppets meeting

TriMet February 2013 board meeting: part 1
TriMet February 2013 board meeting: part 2

They got no $ for our health care but Mary Fetsch jets around

Twitter / TedNguyen: Mary Fetsch of trimet in Portland ...

Alex Hawk


As usual, Cameron Johnson steals the show


Lane Jensen part 2


Alan Eisenberg


Lane Jensen


Cameron Johnson gets cut off by Warner


Testimony to the sock puppets


Shame of Trimet

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Alan Eisenberg editorials

Trimet bus interlock failure - YouTube

OPAL TO THE RESCUE

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Yes, OPAL's Bus Riders Unite group will have members in attendance and offering testimony. See you in the AM!
 

TRIMET EXCLUSION HEARING FOR ANGELA NAPEAN

This case was won but not on the issues that I presented. As a matter of fact the hearings officer did not even address the issues that I had brought up, namely Americans with Disabilities Act and how they should be affecting Trimet policy.
My case was based on Angies blood sugar levels, which can be verified by her glucometer which records time and date.
The hearings officer didn't touch it.

A reader writes-'its just a ruse'

The train I'm on. Nope, no door problems, that's just a ruse to make TriMet look bad.

MY DAY AT ANGIES EXCLUSION HEARING

ANGIE FREED!

Angie goes over case with me before hearing


Angie wins the right to ride Trimet!

THIS POST IS NOT WORK SAFE


Don't miss tomorrows SOCK PUPPET SHOW!

By the way, I do not remember seeing this announced anywhere!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9 a.m.

Location

Portland Building, Room C
1120 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR


List of Pork is here! 


HOW I FEEL ABOUT TRIMET MGMGT VIA TWITTER


ERIK HALSTEAD REFUTES ALTSTADT's BS AT KOIN.COM

"TriMet has repeatedly asked the ATU leadership to come to the table to negotiate excessive healthcare costs and other contract loopholes They have refused to do so." Actually the ATU has been open and willing to negotiate - as long as it was an open, transparent process. TriMet has consistently refused an open process. TriMet does not want the ATU to negotiate by addressing TriMet's own wasteful spending...TriMet ONLY wants to cut union benefits; without considering that TriMet could make several key cuts that would resolve this financial situation now and for many years - and it would involve cutting zero benefits and zero employees. TriMet refuses to address that. TriMet is lying, and as a government agency it should not engage in a war of words. It should stick to the facts. The facts are clear - TriMet's reckless spending on rail projects, revenue bonds, subsidizing non-TriMet functions, creating a "contingency fund" twice as large as last year's for no reason, and other miscellaneous spending needs to stop.

THE LIARS THAT RUN TRIMET HAVE MEMORY PROBLEMS

Three years ago the issue of unsafe equipment was brought to the attention of the Trimet management.  They ignored the advice. Now they say the union is grandstanding. Distortion and lies is the way they roll over at Trimet headquarters

Monday, February 25, 2013

Speaking of the corrupt immoral health care industry

Health Care Renewal: Reason for Hope? - Novartis Rescinds Vasella's Golden Parachute
(sent to me via twitter)

ANGIE EXCLUSION HEARING TOMORROW

I will be speaking for Angie at tomorrow's exclusion hearing. I have gathered evidence that she was genuinely in diabetic shock when the exclusion took place.
Angie suffers from developmental disability, epilepsy, and diabetes.
The vast majority of Trimet employees have no idea what any of that means.
To Trimet employees, there are no poor, there are no disabled, everybody suffers from the same callous treatment. (speaking generally)
Trimet is woefully unprepared to deal with AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT riders.
There has been no training of employees on this subject
The ADA to Trimet means stop announcements and nothing else.
I will do my best to get this exclusion set aside.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
Thanks to I'm late for work. Still don't understand why I'm paying more. Your service is getting worse.

Rolynd Puckett never calls in sick and never crashes

I wonder if Rolynd is aware that Trimet is actively trying to remove his retirement medical benefits?










I used to see him around never actually had a conversation with him.
I always wondered about the sanity of people that never call in sick but nonetheless its quite an accomplishment to achieve 30+ years of safe driving.
TriMet bus operator honored for 30 years/58,000 hours of stellar driving | TriMet Media

TRIMET OVERPAID HACK ALTSTADT SAYS UNION IS LYING

Roberta Alstadt is paid handsomely to lie to the public
TriMet Spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt sent KOIN the following statement Monday afternoon:

"As part of an ongoing campaign to discredit TriMet, the ATU alleged that the MAX system is unsafe. These allegations questioning the safety of the MAX system are absolutely false.  (would you expect a overpaid Trimet crony to tell the truth)
"The allegations are meant to deflect attention from contract negotiations. (hilarious)

"TriMet has repeatedly asked the ATU leadership to come to the table to negotiate excessive healthcare costs
(more lies which has nothing to do with the max safety issue) and other contract loopholes (how bout the loopholes in your brain) They have refused to do so.

"TriMet's dedicated safety team and union mechanics, operators, controllers and field staff work every day to insure the system -- both bus and MAX -- is safe for TM riders and their fellow employees."
(freaking hilarious, spend an afternoon sometime listening to the TRIMET SCANNER and see for yourself just how safe and desireable riding Trimet is these days)

TriMet fires back after union alleges safety problems with MAX system trains - KOIN Local 6 News

TRIMET LAUNCHES ANOTHER 'WITCH HUNT'-ATU 757

Before you dismiss the words of ATU 757 president Bruce Hansen I can tell you from first hand experience that this is no made up fantasy.
I was the subject of one such 'witch hunt' immediately after the yellow line crash appeared on Joe Rose's blog and in the newspaper.
I was put on administrative leave, dragged into the office with one of the hatchet men, and told that if I did not give up the source of that video I would suffer the consequences 'such as a drug addict caught with drugs if he didn't give up his drug dealer.' A year later I was gone from the employ of Trimet having endured a series of 'phony' secret rider reports and other management abuses.

TriMet Launches A Witch Hunt and Threatens Retaliation for Recent Stories in the Press
TriMet transit workers are being threatened with job loss, so says Amalgamated Transit Union President Bruce Hansen. The reason, “the workers became concerned that TriMet money is being spent on unnecessary things while public safety issues are going unaddressed. Last Friday, following the open door problem on Max, employees were afraid that the public would think it was a one-time lapse in safety. So they came forward with a whole host of concerns. They then passed those concerns on to the public through a press release.”
The press followed up, asking hard questions. TriMet’s response to learning of unsafe conditions at Rail? “Sadly, it was to launch a witch hunt. They are currently spending a lot of time trying to track down the source of the information. Safety is supposed to be a joint concern,” Hansen says. “Management is missing the point. This was not new information. The workers have been raising these issues and were hoping somebody was ready to listen
The parties’ collective bargaining agreement says: (Mcfarlane has disposed of collective bargaining)
Article 1, Section 15 –
Par. 1. The health and welfare of employees is a primary concern of both the District and Association. Both parties recognize the importance of achieving and maintaining a high level of safety in all operations of the District. Both parties also recognize the importance of reducing on-the-job injuries and controlling property damage and production losses. Both parties recognize the value of safety rules and practices, as well as preventive and corrective safety measures. Therefore, the District and Association, in recognition of their common commitment to promotion of safety and reduction of losses, will jointly support efforts to implement policies, practices, procedures, and protections during the duration of this Agreement to bring this about.

Funny how Trimet changes it story depending on who they are talking too.

 The ACLU claims the microphones violate an Oregon law governing what can be recorded. Specifically, the law states that a recording can’t be made unless “all participants in the conversation are specifically informed that their conversation is being obtained.”
~~~>That is exactly what they told Lane Jensen 

As usual the standards they try to impose on everybody else never apply to them

 Are TriMet bus microphones an invasion of privacy? | News | Lake Oswego News

What the heck is this?

CenterOutsideLobbyEF - YouTube

Look what I got from Trimet today

That's my 15 year pin! Took em a year to get it to me but better late than never right? But you know what? This 'award' is missing one of its 'ruby's! Ha! They get me again!

Trimet from 'happier days'

Trimet ministry here

A PLACE WHERE A TRANSIT STRIKE IS NOT TOLERATED

Mcfarlane couldn't care less about his riding public or his employees but in Singapore going on strike can land you in jail!
 
The strike could have had the potential to "severely affect the lives of daily commuters," the judge said.

Chinese bus drivers sentenced after going on strike in Singapore - CNN.com

BUS DRIVERS IN AMERICA COULDN'T GET AWAY WITH THIS

This bus driver from Russia is my hero! He 'punishes' drivers that cut him off and he runs his own on board camera, something that would have gotten me fired from Trimet

Bus Driver from Zelenograd Earns the Nickname of Punisher

Here is his Youtube channel!

Mcfarlane's massive con game on the employees and public

Recently Mr Mcfarlane, Trimet so called 'general manager' handed out raises and promotions to most of his managerial staff.

This is immediately after he had announced to his board of puppets and the public that there would be 70% cuts to services if union employees/retirees did not submit to his demands to cut their health insurance coverage.

WE THE PEOPLE

I favor open meetings, especially where public interests are concerned. Unions have amassed considerable clout by organizing public employees and the people ought to be able to observe the negotiations that are being conducted in our interests.
It’s one thing for private sector negotiations to occur in dimly lit, smoke-filled, back-rooms when only profit margins and stockholder interests are concerned, but an entirely different thing when considering public interests. I’m talking about First-Responders (like Police, Fire, and 911 services), Medical (like public Hospital districts & Ambulance services), Life-sustaining services (like Paratransit & Utility services), and Livability services (like Mass Transit, Roads, Sanitation, Parks, Libraries, and School Districts). The governing bodies of these public interests ought to be transparent and accountable to us–WE, THE PEOPLE–the workers who do these jobs ARE us, our family members, friends, and neighbors. It is also for this reason that many of these public interests ought to be protected through the process of Binding Interest Arbitration, and it’s workers must not be compelled to strike, slow down, or stop their work due to a labor dispute with our governing bodies.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ram Dass

In 1969 I was giving a series of lectures in New York City. Every night, taking the bus up Third Avenue, I got the same extraordinary bus driver. Every night it was rush hour in one of the busiest cities in the world, but we had a warm word and a caring presence for each person who got on the bus.
He drove us as if he were sculling a boat down a river, flowing through the traffic rather than resisting it. Everyone who got on the bus was less likely to kick the dog that evening or to be otherwise hostile and unloving, because of the loving space that driver had created. Yet all he was doing was driving the bus. He wasn’t a therapist or a great spiritual teacher. He was simply being love.
 Original Here!

Supervisory reports



KOIN ACTUALLY COVERED THE UNION SIDE OF THE MAX DOOR INCIDENT


People think I hated my job at Trimet

Well they are all wrong. There was a day that I actually looked  forward to going there. It all ended when Mcfarlane took over with his my way or the highway philosophy.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
 TRIMET SCANNER TWEETS   
Just a general announcement: TriMet just failed the Americans with Physical Disabilities Act. Nice work on the elevators, assholes.

Trimet organizational chart


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Bus driver caught eating behind the wheel rider gets cash

Patty-eating county bus driver draws $100,000 lawsuit - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

And guess who the Director of Transit is down there?
Tim Garling formerly of Trimet
 

ATU colossal failure in NYC

Following the union’s termination of the month-long strike against the city’s ending of job protections, New York City school bus drivers, escorts and mechanics returned to work on Wednesday. Already, the effects of the betrayal by the Amalgamated Transit Union have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices, in what is undoubtedly only the beginning of escalating attacks against the returning workers.
The ATU Local 1181 shut down the strike after the city’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg accepted bids from contractors, which excluded the Employment Protection Provision (EPP). This provision, established in a bitter strike in 1979, allowed workers to maintain pay and benefits regardless of which private company won city contracts to operate bus routes.
Using the pretense of a worthless commitment from the city’s Democratic mayoral candidates to “revisit” the bidding process at some time in the future, the Local 1181 leadership called off the strike without even a membership vote. In the meantime, as many as 3,000 of the 8,800 student transportation workers face layoff this June as 1,100 routes are contracted out to the new low-cost bidders who no longer have to hire from a citywide seniority list. The rest face demands for 20 percent wage cuts and other concessions.

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