Friday, March 15, 2013


LANE JENSEN and ALEX HAWK  had a meeting tonight with KOIN TV'S Jeff Gianola tonight! Stay tuned!


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I'm comparing the executive wages in 2009 to the wages in 2013.
What the two lists show is that most of the executives had gotten a raise IN BETWEEN  this last raise even though Mcfarlane had claimed there had been no raises for four years!
They had to change their rhetoric from four years to three and a half years because they got caught lying about the raises they hid for themselves in the 'contingency' budget.

Mcfarlane has lost any credibility that he had left. As far as I was concerned he lost his complete creditability a long time ago but this recent scandal cannot be ignored.

If the PORTLAND TRANSPORT post is accurate Mcfarlane is guilty of downright fraud.

Mcfarlane has  miscalculated in many ways. 
He  might have the mainstream media under his thumb but everyone knows that bloggers have now taken over the role of investigative journalism.

The ruling class is getting away with murder against the citizens. We have the best example of this right here at Trimet  in our faces. Can we stop this outrage? So far they continue to hold all the cards and  spit in our faces with their arrogance as witnessed by the recent board members gloating that the executives were given raises. 

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

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

Of course... Previous bus denied my pass, then this one crashes into a car. Loud kids everywhere...

Stovall maybe can think outside the box, maybe?

2009 and 2013 biggest money earners at Trimet

What we can see from these two lists is that every single one of the people that was here in 2009 has gotten raises or promotions till now. And when you compare the current salary to the last raise you see that there was ANOTHER raise in between! There has never been a wage freeze for the executive class at Trimet. MORE LIES! Top chart from 2009 bottom two are current

Listen to Mcfarlanes stooge on the budget committe read her script


They have the nerve to whine that they are paying for their health care. Shit if everybody were making six figure salaries nobody would be fighting now.
I worked at Trimet for 15 years and never made more than $35k so the concept that everyone that works there is getting high pay is false. This is from their internal site:

Q: With the TriMet budget crisis, why did non-union administrative staff get raises?
A: Administrative employees, except those who received promotions,(the union talked about that. This is how many executives got around the so called 'freeze.) had not seen any increase in their pay for 3.5 years. (they had been claiming 4, now all of a sudden its 3 1/2)In fact, their paychecks had gone down,(haha, like ours you mean? I've lost 25% of my pension and these a-holes are whining?) because they have been paying a larger portion of their health care premiums. The non-union salary freeze was lifted in the middle of 2012 for our 420 administrative staff. This decision cost less than 1/5th of 1% of our $473 million annual operating budget and the average increase was 3% per employee. (this excuse for wasting money is nonsensical. The idea that just because its a small part of the overall budget that means its ok is laughable) This is the same increase union employees were receiving at the time. There are a lot of decisions that go into building the TriMet budget. Last year’s decision about admin salaries should have made more clear and will be in the upcoming budget process.(they tried to hide the salary increases and they took them out of the emergency contingency budget which is appalling. Plus there are ethics questions now about the so called actual budget document)

Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

Public Meeting Notice

Mcfarlane says no new service


Click Here!

Why I used to like being a bus driver


Does this look safe to you?

Another bus driver spit on

tpdnews: Help us ID subject

Streetcar is still free apparently

Lane goes on Lars

Trimet general manager a true oligarch

Just take a look at the various extra expenses the general manager eats up

-$10,000 in office supplies? That's a lot of pens!
-$15,000 in dues and subscriptions? How many magazines is he subscribing too?
-$4,700 in local travel and meetings? WTF? He's not taking Trimet to meetings around here?
-$30,000 in meeting expenses? I'd love to see the receipts for this.
-$2000 in 'board recognition'? They eliminated all expenses for employee recognition, they used to have a yearly banquet


Oregon Employment Relations Board Denies TriMet’s Motion to Stay the Board Order

The transit workers’ union president, Bruce Hansen announced that the Oregon Employment Relations Board today denied TriMet's Motion to Stay the Board's order in UP 39-10. This case addressed health insurance charges to employees in 2011. The decision means that TriMet must post notices of its illegal actions and reimburse members for health insurance premium contributions and medical expenses while TriMet’s appeal is pending. “It is important to remember that the overwhelming evidence in this case proved that TriMet decided to charge employees more for health insurance for the wrong reason. It was not to save money. Instead, the evidence showed it was to punish the workers because their union filed a complaint charging TriMet with negotiating in bad faith.” Hansen said. “The problem is that our justice system suffers when one party to a dispute has the power to punish the people who are objecting to law violations and mistreatment. That is the issue the Board addressed, and correctly, I might add.”


Our Oligarch in chief enjoys eating apparently.
He has a budget of $25,235 for 'awards and banquets'
(page 60 fy 2013 budget)


Our Oligarch in chief spent $18,927 on out of town travel!
(page 60 fy 2013)


Some employees think this is what Mcfarlane wants

 Mcfarlane the destroyer wants to end arbitration so he can lock out and fire all the 'undesirable' employees that stand up for themselves.

The last straw for these Arlington Transit (ART) drivers, the action that sent them to the picket line, was the firing of their leader for wearing a union button to work.

Their strike began in the early hours of the morning and by the afternoon they found themselves without jobs. Thirty-five people in total were fired. Forsythe said that the bus drivers had violated their contract which prevented them from striking unless it was a matter of the company violating an arbitration agreement.

Bus drivers fed up, locked out, then fired » peoplesworld


But those numbers may not mean more opportunities citywide. For instance, TriMet had its own intern program that it cut for budget reasons, leaving it unclear how many new internships directly resulted from Portland's push. The switch will save TriMet nearly $55,000, spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said. (absurdity at trimet continues non stop)

SummerWorks intern program spared by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales |

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Haven't seen an acid report for awhile

Trimet – Accident Reports | Portland Transit Lane


What's going on under his watch is completely astonishing!
Trimet is losing ridership bucking the national trend.
He has sent Fare Nazi's to terrorize the riders who can't buy fares because the machines don't work.
He has blamed the employees for all the bad that has happened due to management incompetence.
He has used public funds to reward all his pals by giving them high paying jobs.
He has made Trimet into one of the most expensive transit districts in the country.
His list of misdeeds is a mile long.
His board of directors is complicit in his misdeeds.
The arrogance of these people is shocking. They have blatantly told the public they don't care about them.
With the latest revelation of stealing money from the contingency budget to hand out raises he has now crossed the line into fraudulent activity.
All the latest stories are available here: Mcfarlane dragging down Trimet into oblivion

Never a dull moment with Lane around


As you can see, Trimet really appreciates its drivers

My ethics complaint against Mcfarlane

Olga Kozinskiy on a Trimet twitter rant

MAX FAQ's exposes Trimet lies and cronyism

"here's your sign"
This is one of the best examples of investigative journalism on the subject of Trimet I have ever seen.
The author has taken all the various instances of Trimet excessiveness  and tied them together!

So former director of operations Bob Nelson (currently receiving a pension of about $48k/year from TriMet; had left the agency in 2007 making just shy of $160k/year) is coming back as “Interim Deputy General Manager” and I’m sorry, all I can think of when I hear that is this:
But wait, it gets better. The purpose of his job will be to assess the position of Deputy General Manager and determine if it should be permanent. Man, I wish someone would give me a 6-figure salary, and then at the end of a year ask me if they should keep paying me that (on top of the pension I’m getting that’s already more than many people make in a year). Do we really think he’s going to say, “No, this isn’t the best use of TriMet’s resources”? Anyone who would say that, well, here’s your sign.

Read this excellent article at MAX FAQs

Faced with broken ticket machines, TriMet stares blankly, drools a little

Once again, TriMet takes an inane problem and manages to make it a real issue. Thanks, mom.

Faced with broken ticket machines, TriMet stares blankly, drools a little | Stories | Portland Pulp

Privitization Fail

Private Contractors May Not Be the Answer to Public Transportation Cuts | Transportation Nation

Public abandoning MAX!

MAX weekday trips saw the sharpest decline, dropping 11 percent this winter over last.
(that's a huge drop and what happens when you send fare nazi's after your riders who can't buy fares because the machines are so unreliable)

TriMet weekly ridership down 3.4 percent this winter over last |

OPAL finally disgusted with this managment?

Bus riders want honest, truthful discourse and equitable decision-making from the TriMet board. Transparency is something we've been talking about time and time again. Bus Riders Unite says the time is now to restore value to our transit system and to engage riders meaningfully in decision-making, because clearly the status quo is not working.


Nor was it acceptable finance/budgeting practice, by any standard. The adopted 2013 budget states rather clearly, on page 59, that the general manager's salary was budgeted to be $215,837. As it turns out, Neil's salary was actually $221,450. As this was negotiated well in advance of last summer, the discrepancy was known at the time the budget was adopted. In other words, the adopted budget contained knowingly false information.
Portland Transport Here!

Next year's draft budget, Raisegate, and more

Portland Transport is the transit blog for this area. The most intelligent discussion of transit issues happen on this blog. The moderators are very active in the discussions which keep the blog successful. True I have had my share of problems over there over the years but it remains probably my favorite blog in the Portland area. (followed closely by Bojack)

Today, TriMet released a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (which runs from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2014). The agency wants everyone to know that this year's budget doesn't contain the unpleasant news that was in last year's (no service cuts and fare hikes), albeit with the usual asterisk (a favorable deal against ATU Local 757). Ignoring the continual haranguing of the union (it's getting tiring, guys... really), this draft budget is good news.
Of course, TriMet's day in the sun was rather thoroughly undermined by the revelation early this week that it secretly gave raises to a whole bunch of management personnel last year--while pleading poverty--and tried to bury the matter in its contingency fund.

Read the entire essay  HERE!



These lying thieves steal money out of the public coffers after ruining peoples lives and then they "apologize".
Not gonna give the money back?
You have the nerve to apologize?
WOW brothers and sisters, just WOW.


Petition | TriMet - Tri County Metropolitan District of Oregon: Fire The Current Board Members and Start With a New Elected Board |



TIGARD -- A 20-year-old man laid down on TriMet's WES commuter line tracks this morning and was killed by a northbound train, Tigard police said.
The man was not identified by police. The incident occurred about two blocks from transit center. WES service is suspended this morning.
A shuttle will operate between Wilsonville and the Beaverton Transit Center.


VOCAL : Voice of Catholics Advocating Life: Pope on a Bus.....Tri-Met for Oregon Priests and Seminarians?


That's the only thing the slugs in charge of our transit agency are good at. 
Spinning stories and making up stuff.
Take the headline from this last press release:

TriMet releases FY14 budget that includes good news for riders – new buses plus no service cuts or fare increases

Obviously they would not dare cut service or raise fares after this latest scandal involving their 'secret' pay raises.

Oh and they just happened to find an additional $28 million too! 
But of course if they lose anything to the union the sky will fall again.
Let me qualify that, the sky will fall for riders, the sky has not fallen even once for the oligarchs in charge of Trimess.   

TriMet releases FY14 budget that includes good news for riders – new buses plus no service cuts or fare increases | TriMet Media 

How to spot when Mcfarlane and the board of lap dogs lie to us

Can You Spot These Signs That Your Boss Is Lying?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Streetcar fail

Streetcar Only Collecting Half of Its Projected Fares

Mcfarlanes boring budget presentation


Memo to Neil and Tiffany: Resign

Here's a pair to draw to:
Addressing an investigation by The Oregonian, which showed the TriMet boss quietly tapped into a rainy day fund to give $910,000 in pay raises for executives and non-union managers, McFarlane conceded, "We didn’t do a very good job" with transparency. "My apologies for that," he said during the meeting at TriMet's new downtown Portland headquarters. "We have to do better, and we will."
In response, TriMet’s board of directors admitted knowing about McFarlane’s plans for the phantom pay raises, ending a 3½-year pay freeze for non-union workers, even as the agency prepared to cut service and raise fares in a tough economy.
Board member Tiffany Sweitzer said the raises were brought up in "internal budget discussions" last spring. She conceded that TriMet leaders and the board should have done a better job of letting the public know about the pay adjustments.
"It’s a lesson we need to follow through," Sweitzer said.
The only "follow through" that's needed here is new leadership for the hopelessly insolvent Tri-Met. McFarlane, Sweitzer (Homer Williams's stepdaughter), the Pamplin guy, Warner, and the rest of the face cards, top to bottom, need to move on.
Today's touching confessions took place "in Tri-Met's new downtown Portland headquarters" -- rented from Legend Dan Saltzman, of course. And just up the street from some serious devastation caused by the Mystery Train to Milwaukie. "Sorry" is the right word for the whole scene.
Memo to Neil and Tiffany: Resign (Jack Bog's Blog)

The complete board of Mcfarlane lap dogs meeting today

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Trimet ticket machine fiasco

More MAX riders tell KATU News they're being unfairly ticketed because it's impossible to buy a ticket at some stops.
But ticket officers have no sympathy.
Causing all the fuss is the ticket machines that sometimes don't work. So folks get on the trains anyway thinking they have a good reason for having no ticket.

TriMet pay raises: Board members knew about hidden increases for execs, say more transparency needed

The way that throw that word 'transparency' around is hilarious! Especially since there is absolutely no transparency at Trimet. Mcfarlane thinks if he keeps repeating words like SAFETY and TRANSPARENCY then that must mean they actually do those things. Nothing is further from the truth
 Joe Rose article here!

Mcfarlane discusses bus driver appreciation day

People abandoning MAX says Mcfarlane- he doesn't understand why?

Mcfarlane discusses the collusion with ODOT

Mcfarlane discusses the Clackistani lawsuit

ATU 757 responds to the executive bonanza

And Here’s a Note to You, Neil . . .                                                March 13, 2013

So there you have it folks

The Trimet board of lap dogs fully support that tyrant Mcfarlane, hear them yourselves in the posts right under this one
Never in the history of Trimet has a board not supported the general manager.
Trimet was set up by the Goldschmidt crowd specifically to AVOID public accountability.
The public is in a state of outrage, and here we have this board of elitist hacks supporting the tyrant.
Not one director spoke up for the public, its truly truly pathetic.
Isn't it odd that not one major media outlet is reporting on these elitist hacks and the way they support Mcfarlane robbing from his employees and his public.
The oligarchy is firmly in control of Trimess, its the saddest day in Trimet history.

Lap dog 'sleepy' Bethel says raises should have been higher

Lap dog Prosser defends raises

Lap dog Sweitzer admits board knew of raises and agree with them

The multimillionaire developer on the Portland Streetcar line always faithful to her master

Mcfarlanes pathetic explanation for giving executive raises

Watch how casually he talks about this, as if it doesn't even matter to him. What a slug this guy is


Nothing succeeds like failure at Tri-Met

They gave out raises to all the suits while the transit agency hurtles toward bankruptcy. All the while, the head honcho, who handed himself a 3% raise, was telling the public and the union that there was a management pay freeze in place. That guy needs a new gig somewhere else. And his board of know-nothing directors should be incarcerated.


Great comment on Trimet Oligarchs

- The President of the United States
- Congress
- The Military
- Our state government
- City of Portland

A list of organizations with more accountability to the public than TriMet.

In our society, their arrogance has few peers - perhaps only Wall Street and the oil companies compare to TriMet's contempt for their customers and lack of accountability to anyone. 

Seattle posts impressive bus ridership numbers

(Jack Bog's Blog)

These Are Times That TriMet Men's Souls

Last year, as TriMet cut bus service for the fifth time in four hard years and saddled riders with the biggest fare increase in the agency's history, its managers discreetly gave themselves $910,000 in pay raises. Well, you know, you really don't want to lose the managers who've been working so hard to drive the agency into the dirt. At least the "general manager" who miraculously found the cash didn't try to explain that It's For The Children™. Of course, Neal McFarlane, along with most of the governor-appointed board at TriMet are - like the current and former governors themselves - long-time members of FON (Friends of Neil). The stink of the Goldschmidt era wafts on in Portland. Read the entire post at MaxRedline

Another laughable LAP DOG meeting has just ended

Mcfarlane is always protected by his board of Lap dogs
Here are some of the tweets from todays 'lap dog' meeting.

What is TRIMET anyway?

Definition of OLIGARCHY

: government by the few
: a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control

2 classy operators (re-posted)


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

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

. once again the 2 ticket machines at 60th are kaput. Is this low stakes lottery or part of an insidious plan?

Funny picture

Worst Trimet GM in history

Unions won seats for Democrats who are now turning their backs on unions

Despite their clout, Oregon's public-sector unions face tough fights in 2013 Legislature |

TriMet's hidden pay raises to non-union employees undercut trust before labor negotiations

McFarlane told The Oregonian's editorial board Tuesday: "I'll admit it, we followed a business as usual approach. But last year was not business as usual, and we should have been more transparent."

We'd raise that one: Business-as-usual in a public agency needs to change if it means big money things sometimes go unannounced. Non-union salaries and benefits always deserve full public accounting, even if they did rise far less than did those of union employees between 2004 and 2013.

Oregonian Editorial Board

An interesting comment by the RAMPANT LION

Tom Horton is the Rampant Lion
I'm bothered by OPAL's presumption that this municipal corporation, this quasi-private company, TriMet, even has what it calls "constituents". For a governing body to have constituents would imply that somebody got elected to be accountable for something. TriMet's Board of Directors are all appointed by Governor Kitzhaber, none are elected, and obviously none demonstrate any transparency or responsibility to any member of the public, union worker, or social advocacy organization. Those people need to open their eyes and get the bigger picture on what's going on here--nothing short of union busting, privatization, and filthy rich bastards getting richer while they impose austerity on the rest of us!

Trimet-wasteful, bloated, self serving tax funded institution

Where’s the love? Is TriMet planning to bar access to the Labor Press? | nwLaborPress


Portland Transit Lane

Is Trimet Really Safe?
Bus Line History
How Can They Lie?
Portland Transit Lane Episode 10
TriMet Whines and Gets Their Way
What Would You Do?
Only Caring About Themselves

Have you left no sense of decency Mcfarlane?



Meanwhile, Bruce Hansen, president of ATU 757, said he voluntarily took a pay cut when took over the union last summer, dropping from more than $100,000 a year for his predecessor to $88,000.
From  THIS article

How much further is this man going to drag down Trimet?

All the latest Trimet news is no surprise to me.
It didn't take me long to figure out what kind of man Mcfarlane was.
A career technocrat living off the tax payers for decades now, soulless, heartless, an arrogance so huge its astonishing.
This kind of man is rarely seen in such a high profile job, most public figures have much more skill in handling executive functions.
Fred was a great con man, but at least he appeared to care, and being a bus driver under his rule was still sorta fun.
Mcfarlane came along and changed everything for the worse.
He was probably the biggest reason I retired long before I would have otherwise.  He is such a 'secretive' guy that he sent his goons to hassle me constantly.
I finally had enough of that bullshit and just left.
Now he is trying to screw me out of my retirement.
Cut services, cut benefits and GIVE OUT RAISES TO YOUR FAVORITE CRONIES.
Out of the 'contingency' budget no less.
The contingency budget is supposed to be for unseen emergencies but Mcfarlane decided to hijack it for himself and his cronies.
After all he has done to ruin Trimet, he still sits in the drivers seat backed completely by that board of puppets and that weak kneed Judas Kitzhaber.
Michael Anderson ran the story first although it appears that Joe Rose was indeed working on the story but his 'private' information was leaked publicly.
I had this information up on my blog two weeks ago.
Oregonian gets much more audience than Portland A-Foot so lets read through some of the comments about this situation

Monday, March 11, 2013

TriMet execs received big pay increases, even as transit agency increased fares, cut routes |

Joe Rose


TriMet managers quietly gave themselves raises just before fare hike, agency says

Michael Anderson is the only truly independent transit reporter in Portland
These people in charge of Trimet now have absolutely no ethics. They are despicable.
And notice how no major major media has reported this.
Once again Michael Anderson proves he is the only truly independent transit journalist in Portland.

Portland A-Foot

Anybody that uses the bus/rail as the escape route deserves to be caught

Portland bank robbery suspect attempts to use TriMet bus as getaway car, police say |

And of course it was tweeted in Real Time by TriMet Scanner

Almost another assault against bus driver

Driver punched on route 6

Portland TriMet driver punched in the face | Portland

Two arrested after assault on TriMet driver in North Portland |

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - TriMet driver assaulted at Jantzen Beach

Witness: TriMet bus driver assaulted -

TriMet doing something amazing (for TriMet)

An interesting Customer Service conversation featuring the great Ed Rosney
(some of it was missed as there were other channels active too)

This is the flyer that was being handed out (by paid Customer Service employees):

Sunday, March 10, 2013


So I’m really struggling to see how this is supposed to undermine the union’s credibility. Apparently TriMet thought these issues were enough of a concern to patch these areas up before the inspectors came. I mean, the above pictures show the Holladay track damage going back as far as last July and still an issue at the end of January (and yes it was like that later than the end of January, but in fairness that’s the most recent I’d been there to take a photo) – if this was just “routine maintenance” and not last minute patching, wouldn’t it have been addressed sometime in the last 8 months and not immediately prior to the inspection?
Doesn’t the fact that these areas were in disrepair for months, and that TriMet saw fit to make last minute repairs right before the inspection just serve to strengthen the union’s concern that the alignment was not properly maintained?

Au contraire.. | MAX FAQs

MBTA bus driver beaten by mob

Click Here!
(wanna be a bus driver huh?)

Boregonian editorial board support the light rail agenda (of course)

Click here for Trimet propaganda Department

Saturday, March 9, 2013



INSPECTION LEAVES A NUMBER OF SAFETY CONCERNS UNRESOLVED. TriMet has overreached in its claim that ODOT findings have vindicated the agency’s claims of system safety. Workers concerns regarding sagging doors, dangerous blind spots on new trains and a multi-block “dead zone” in the agency’s real time monitoring system apparently were not included in the inspection. When the transit workers’ union president asked ODOT for a copy of the report, he was told to file a public records document request. (clearly evidence of collusion)TriMet and the Oregonian appear to have received copies immediately. The Union is evaluating the situation and will prepare a response. 
 Transit Voice


This is the guy that keeps making me edit my posts-BLAST FROM THE PAST


Blast from the past

Top Eight Reasons People Give Up On Public Transit


Supervisory Reports

Neils Bullshit

I was pleased but not surprised today to learn the results of ODOT's recent MAX safety inspection. After 50 hours of walking track, riding trains and reviewing records, the state inspectors found "no concerns for public safety."  This morning, Shelly Lomax, Harry Saporta, and Rick Kindig met with reporters at the Rose Quarter TC to share the report with the media.

From "Max Red Line"

Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind

Tri-Met just can't catch a break. They want trains, and people just won't go along with their grand plans. So they're suing Clackamas County for holding up their outrageous dog-and-pony show. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, their long-planned extension into Clark County looks headed for the toilet, and one of their big guns may soon be facing tax evasion charges.
Portland is to Oregon as Chicago is to Illinois, with one big difference: in Illinois, corrupt politicians and their cronies occasionally go to jail.

Another bus driver doing the wrong thing

My rant on the ODOT report with Lane


WOW! In some places that behavior from a Transit Executive is not allowed. At Trimet its rewarded. How screwed up is Portland's Transit Agency?

Latest from @HowWeRoll3 Twitter

Michael Levine

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
(George Bernard Shaw)

Shirley Block always a good read

Don't really care much about this stuff anymore since it really only affects current employees but she always writes interesting material.


Friday, March 8, 2013

I went back to Santa Rosa this week

I also went down to the Santa Rosa Transit Mall a place where I spent a few years with quite a few good people. Didn't recognize a single soul, granted it was a really long time ago. And I felt no connection at all. Which I found a little strange. Hardly remember any of it to be honest, that's how unimpressive it was I guess. I do remember them treating me very well down there however. They tried to get me to stay but driving a bus full time for the rest of my life back then was not something I would consider. They had a great full time job there. Everybody worked a 7 hour day and got 8 hours pay. NO BURNOUT!
Now Trimet on the other hand, one of the most profound experiences of my life


All the hacks showed up except big daddy hack himself

International Bus Driver Appreciation Day is March 18th!

(Trimet is too busy trying to bust the union to bother with this)


And I have not heard things that would be called compliments


This is the guy that Mcfarlane called up in South America and said "Harry, I'll give you $3000/wk plus full benefits with golden parachute if you come back up to Oregon and do some of my dirty work. I need somebody I can trust I am pulling so much bullshit here in Oregon" Harry came.


And of course the highly paid whores and  gigolos all  making six figured salaries all came out today for a wonderful celebration of the ODOT report .
Make hay out of every opportunity folks because for all your huffing and puffing, IT'S YOUR HOUSE THAT'S GONNA GET BLOWN DOWN!


This doesn't surprise me at all.
Exactly what I expected ODOT to come up with.
This is how things work 95% of the time.
One government agency covers for the other government agency.
And in a state where cronyism is so strong like Oregon, you really didn't expect ODOT to issue any sort of criticism to Trimet did you!
Government agencies are staffed by each other. There is an 'inbreeding' that occurs in government jobs. All these bureaucrats move around between agencies. They are basically all 'related"to each other.

When was the last time you saw a government agency actually criticize another government agency.
It's a very rare event.

Additionally ATU was locked out of the inspection, only Trimet management was allowed to participate.
Evidence of collusion in my opinion.

And Trimet also had time to get its house in order.
The day the pictures went public I was told by a current operator that there was an unusual amount of work crews working on the rails.

So all in all, completely predictable report.

Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers - TriMet: No safety concerns with rail tracks
Oregon rail inspectors find no problems with MAX tracks, despite union's claims |
ODOT inspection report (PDF)
ODOT: No safety problems found with TriMet rail tracks - 


Just now at Pioneer Square


Push comes to shove between Tri-Met and Clackistanis

Well, that was quick. We're not even at the ides of March, and already Tri-Met is suing the newly elected Clackamas County commissioners for following the clearly expressed will of the majority of the county's residents. As a smart friend of ours pointed out this afternoon, the insolvent transit agency has never really had to deal with a truly uncooperative local government within its boundaries before. Now we'll likely see it at its worst: manipulative, arrogant, petulant, thuggish, and dishonest. Tri-Met richly deserves all the tsuris it is currently getting, and the bankruptcy that is just around the corner.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
I love it when your Trimet ticket runs out five minutes before the bus would have arrived. Seriously, though, walking: underrated.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Star studded episode of Portland Transit Lane radio show

With Bruce Hansen, Adron Hall, Al Margulies, Belinda Jackson:

TriMet v. Clackamas County

TriMet news release with lawsuit and exhibits

KPAM tweet

Jospeph Rose tweet

Oregonian article

Portland Transport



TriMet recently launched their whole "Save Our Service" campaign in an effort to show people that bus service is at risk. (I deliberately left out that rail service is at risk, cause it never is):

And of course, this is just another PR stunt in order to turn people against the union. Ignoring the facts and just saying that the union contract is straining the company.

trimet supervisor gets yelled at

(this files are available via this post for a limited time))


We all know that the people that run Trimet are about as low ethically as anyone can be.
But just when I think I have seen as much unethical behavior as one can expect, they continue to out do themselves.

Can a  tax funded agency use its prestige, power and resources  to blatantly push for political purposes such as the slugs at Trimet are doing?

They are using tax payer funds to push their anti union agenda at the state house and now actually recruiting members of the public to support their cause. ALL WITH TAX PAYER TRANSIT FUNDS!

So Trimet keeps morphing from one entity to another.
Starting as a Transit agency, into a planning and development agency, now into a lobbying agency.

It's absolutely incredible.
I used to work in the democratic party years ago in greater Boston. I saw plenty of blatant corruption there but I've got to tell you the corruption in Portland is every bit as bad. They just camouflage it here with phony  "green"  and "light rail mecca" hype.

And to make matters even worse they continue spreading lies and distortions via their bully pulpit:

Inside the agency, we made cuts to non-union employee and retiree benefits, eliminated 200 positions, and implemented executive furloughs and a non-union salary freeze for nearly four years.

The above highlighted text is a BALD FACED LIE!

All union members must organize to be at these hearings as ANTI TRIMET FACISM speakers.
We must address the state house members and expose Trimet misdeeds and counter the Trimet lies! This is the Waterloo, this is the last battle, fight now or forever hold your peace.


TriMet top 50 salaried employees got an avg. salary increase is 6.8 percent. How much of this is from cutting wages and benefits from employees along with service cuts?

So the next question is what kind of retirement packages does the top 50 salaried get? If Fred Hansen gets $16,000 a month and Bob Nelson's monthly retirement is $4,003, how much is this costing TriMet?

Monday, March 4, 2013


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