Saturday, February 23, 2013


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

Alphonso Clements Part II

My complaint about Alphonso
Video Here!


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 electric bus

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.


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 |

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!

Liar and cheats in charge of Trimet nowadays

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Trimet ministry publication

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 

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