Monday, March 25, 2013

Look how they keep track of their Transit board members out in Denver

 Denver has an ELECTED board of directors! And they have a 'real' board of directors that have different opinions from each other.Trimet board of directors are sock puppets

RTD Watch Pilot: Meeting of 1/15/2013
RTD Watch Episode 2: New Mall Buses
RTD Watch Special Report: Team Building Exclude...

Bus driver attacked

In China


Lane Jensen on Fight Church TV

This is definitely strange


$1 million dollars for this bus stop?

$1 million bus stop opens in Arlington - The Washington Post

The court Case seems to be getting some attention now

Former TriMet Employee Files Lawsuit, Alleges Unfair Labor Practices

The lawsuit is garnering significant support within the state of Oregon and also across state lines; 14 plaintiffs have joined with Margulies to push the suit, and a California law firm is helping to represent the disgruntled operators. Paul Breed, a Portland attorney who is teaming up with the law firm to pursue this case, discussed some of the details with Willamette Week.



I voted for this A-Hole

And I knew better, yet I was talked into voting for him by people I know.
He has been a complete disappointment as I knew he would be.
If citizens keep voting for Republicrats all will be lost!

Clackamas country residents get ready for your lives to be turned upside down

It's the year of heavy light rail construction in Clackamas County |


Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9 a.m.

Washington Street Conference Center
102 SW Washington Street
Hillsboro, Oregon

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Fascinating document from 1969

As you can see in this document they are blaming the union even back then

Which man would you trust? Bruce Hansen or Neil Mcfarlane?

The man on the left, recognizing that some people are struggling voluntarily decided to reduce his six figure salary by $20,000/year from $100,000 to $80,000/yr.  The man on the right impervious to the suffering around him decided to increase his salary from $215,000/yr to $221,000 a year. The man on the left is ATU's Bruce Hansen, the man on the right is Trimet's Neil Mcfarlane. Which man would you trust? 

Classic tweets

Who does Mcfarlane copy in his union busting scheme?

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”  ~ Joseph Goebbels

Neils propaganda from al m on Vimeo.

Vancouver demolishes Portland

Supervisory reports

Neils Bullshit

You may have read recently in the paper or online that TriMet’s non-union salary freeze was lifted in the middle of 2012. This means that, for the first time since January 1, 2009, our 400 administrative staff were eligible for salary increases. Administrative staff means everyone who’s not in the union. These are the employees who provide critical support to the 2,100-person union workforce that keep our service moving. (critical support huh, I'd say you  undermine your union employees)

Administrative employees, except those who received promotions, had not seen ANY increase in their pay for 3.5 years.(he used to say 4 years, and he used to say that more than a year ago) In fact, their paychecks had gone DOWN, because they have been paying a larger portion of their health care premiums. (oh my lord just take a look how far DOWN (click here) their poor paychecks have gone down. Could be as much as $99/mo for those poor executives earning more than $100K a year, whatever will they do now? Just think, Neils pay went down from $18,420 a month to $18,320/mo. Maybe he can get food stamps to help out)

Our administrative employees have been “doing more with less” in a big way for a long time.(uh huh, sure, we believe you) Since 2008, we’ve lost positions due to attrition, as well as a round of layoffs. The result – those administrative employees who remained have seen steep increases in their workloads. Except for a small group of non-union employees who are paid by the hour, when administrative employees work longer they don’t get overtime pay. In this situation, you start to lose talented employees. (standard high paying bullshit rationale, this excuse is always used for over paid people)

That’s why I made the decision to lift the salary freeze. (in secret) This decision cost $910,000 (a million here, a million there, nobody will notice)—less than 1/5th of 1% of our $473 million annual operating budget. The average increase was 3%. This is the same increase union employees were receiving at the time. I believe investing in talented and productive employees is always a smart business decision and pays for itself many times over. (what else would he say to his 'secret' payoffs to his cronies)

There are a lot of decisions that go into building the TriMet budget. In hindsight, last year’s decision about administrative salaries is something we should have made more clear and will do so in the upcoming budget process.(you know damn well what you did, you didn't think you would get caught)

This morning I’m presenting the Proposed FY14 Budget to our Board. That budget goes into effect July 1, 2013. Watch for details on TriNET and

My thanks to each of you for your service to TriMet and the community.

Neil (you are a liar Neil and we know it!)

Those ticket printers are in use already

(can't wait to see how this goes!)
On Monday TriMet launched the new ticket printers on lines 17 and 70. Some operators on these lines are no longer handing out the traditional flimsy, hole-punched slips after a rider puts cash or a ticket into the fare box. Instead the operator pushes a button and a more durable and legible ticket pops out of a new onboard ticket printer. The bus tickets match those of MAX and WES, taking the confusion out of transferring. They have a foil security strip and the 2-hour tickets are good for two hours. The ticket printers will be tested on the lines 17 and 70 for several weeks so TriMet staff can monitor the use and make any adjustments necessary. After that, the printers will go into use on all buses by July 1

How the "master class" manipulates the public

This was a comment on Portland Transport in my never ending battle with Lenny Anderson who gets excited over the prospect of Trimet union employees losing benefits:

While the master class has done such a good job with sheeple like Mr Anderson, who I still contend has a connection with Trimet management which he is withholding from us, people have to strive to stop thinking in boxes.
The power elite, which uses mass media, leads the public to think in boxes, which is what is happening here (and everywhere actually).
So what is the real issue here?
The real issue here is how to use tax payer dollars.

Everybody is in a huff over our benefit package, purportedly which could end up leading to $1 billion in liability by the year 2027.
But how much is that $1 billion when you look at how our taxes are being uses in other ways?
It's nothing when compared to cost to the taxpayers on WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST!
You want to complain about your taxes being misused, complain about something that has some real meaning.
Furthermore, through the masterful deception of the Trimet Ministry of Propaganda and its partner in crime the mainstream media, Trimet has attempted to portray its workers as the villain.
By fooling the gullible and impressionable public through skillful use of the media, The skilled Trimet executives have been able to keep attention off themselves.
Why would they want to do that?
I'll tell you why: There are 76 executives (these are aristocrats, they have no public function) and these 76 aristocrats are soaking the public for a combined total of $8.5 million (aprox) each and every year, not including all the little extras in their budgets like travel, etc and not including the price of their obscene pensions (Fred Hansen soaking the tax payers for $16K a month while he travels to Australia and continues adding to his net worth. The greed of these people is insatiable)
So there you have it,the public is focused on us meanwhile they get rich.
It's brilliant if evil, a totally brilliant scheme.
And best of all, it works.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


When I was interviewed by KGW I took Jason Mchuff with me who filmed the entire interview. KGW took pieces of the interview for broadcast but we had the entire interview. I remember the woman doing the interviewing remarking 'that's the first time somebody has filmed me while I was filming them!


(How can Bojack just stop his blog on his stated day? How can he do that? I can't even believe he is doing that)

Tri-Met's in play in Salem (Jack Bog's Blog)


It has turned out that this incident may have occurred due to a misunderstanding between the road supervisor and Lane Jensen. Since both parties have a different interpretation of the events this post has been removed for lack of proof either way

Text of judges opinion in the matter of open meetings between Trimet and ATU

Hey I made international news!

Joe Rose and his Oregonian may not want to cover it but who needs him anyway.

Ripping off bus drivers standard practice in the industry

1-South Jersey bus drivers sue First Student company for back pay |
 2-EXCLUSIVE: School bus operators to cut pay and benefits of drivers and matrons starting next week - NY Daily News

Coffee with Neil the bullshitter

My comment:


Fare Collection 101 Webcast
 Fare Collection 102 Webcast


Don't let Trimet managment continue exploiting your labor so the over paid executives can live lavish lifestyles with six figure incomes while you spend your life toiling for them.
Trimet management screws you out of your earned vacation when you move from part time to full time, they screw you out of your time when dealing with their road relief nonsense, how many times have you come in late from your shift and didn't fill out that stupid time slip they make you fill out, and now they are attempting to screw us out of our decent health care insurance so they can continue expanding this already bankrupt transit agency even though they have abandoned transit years ago in favor of property development and all the riches it brings the executive class

1400 AC Transit drivers joined this lawsuit and this is what they walked away with:
Breed pointed to a similar case against the Alameda-Contra Costa (California) Transit District settled in favor of the operators last year. The judge in that case awarded $7 million to operators, plus $10,000 to each main plaintiff and $1.65 million in attorney fees. In that case, well over 1,300 operators became party to the class action suit.

JOIN THE LAWSUIT DON'T ALLOW TRIMET MANAGEMENT TO SCARE YOU! I know Trimet keeps its drivers in a state of constant paranoia, but fight for your rights!


Sad day in Portland Blogosphere

It appears that blogger Jack Bodganski is GIVING UP BLOGGING.
Loosing his blog as a source of information is a HUGE BLOW for those of us who are interested in reading news other than official government propaganda. 
Not one newspaper in this town does what he does.
Not sure why he doesn't turn it over to one or several of his regular commentators there. There are more than a few that could pick up where he left off.
It appears they made him an offer he couldn't refuse. ( I can't think of anything more boring than writing a book about tax code)
I find that sort of a strange coincidence,  he was one of the top blogs in the country.

Trimet protest scheduled

I love the arm patch
The TriMet Protest Page: TriMet First Protest Monday 3/25

Friday, March 22, 2013

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
2 trains never fucking showed. Way to go . Im calling in to complain big time. And yes im an asshole when it comes to being late.

Lane Jensen says that the new BDS comes complete with camera on driver

Alex Hawk get kicked off max by incompetent fare Nazi

A dumbass fare Nazi thought that Alex had an exclusion for smoking and pulled him off the train. They finally figured out they were wrong

Did you know that "rock and roll" is obsolete

Trimet used to have its operators "rock and roll"
Well they threw that out the window and henceforth its called BOB AND WEAVE!
Ah we love our useless bureaucrats coming up with useless shit!

I support the protest

Lane Jensen discusses his upcoming protest at Trimet headquarters

Lawmaker Proposes Stripping TriMet Authority From Governor

Willamette Week

TriMet troubles: House bill aims to change how transit agency's board appointed |


Brothers and Sisters-
We have already received quite a few responses from people expressing interest in this opportunity but we need to get even more. Remember that this upcoming Monday is your last day to volunteer, and I encourage you to do so without delay. This is an important aspect of our community relations and we need everyone who is available.
Thank you,

We urgently need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to with name and phone number.

Mary Fetsch did a post on Portland Transport

Mary Fetsch (left) having a good time on duty
Portland Transport: TriMet responds to article on FY14 budget, pay raise controversy

Our Opinion: Keep light shining on public's business


Thursday, March 21, 2013 Tri-Met posts dead e-mail address for fed funding comments

Another JACK BOGDANSKI investigation.

Tri-Met's agenda -- mostly about more rail to nowhere

Here's an interesting document from Portland's insolvent transit agency. It lays out some spending plans for its federal handouts over the next fiscal year, about $185 million in all. The list appears to be required by some federal law, because the Tri-Metters seem to want it to go away quickly and quietly:
TriMet is offering an opportunity to submit comments or request a Public Hearing on the proposed Program of Projects described in this notice. If anyone requests a Public Hearing it will be at TriMet on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. If no one requests a Public Hearing, it will not be held. Please submit your comments or request a Public Hearing by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 via email to

 Read the rest of Jack Bogdanski's expose here!

Who does Lenny Anderson work for?

Lenny doing the bike thing.
Lenny Anderson and I have been dooking it out on Portland Transport for years. In case you don't know who Lenny is, he is a transit 'advocate' and connected to  the 'in crowd' in Portland's transit world. (a place that I am not welcomed of course)

Anyway Lenny purports to be on the side of the workers however every single chance he gets he posts how the union has to let go of the health benefit.
And he doesn't do this once or twice, its constant with him.
The only place that I see that sort of behavior is the Trimet ministry of Propaganda which inserts the health union benefits nonsense on every single place it will fit.

Something was brought to my attention on Lenny, this is him at a Trimet event:
 photo lenny.jpg

This is Lenny wearing an 'official' trimet outfit confirming there is some sort of connection between him and Trimet. This picture was taken in 1998 BTW so his connection with Trimet goes back pretty far.

Joe Rose on the court's indecision

Judge can't decide if TriMet labor talks open to public, putting negotiations in flux |

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Last friday, Neil McFarlane held a Q&A session with 14 randomly picked riders to discuss whatever. No method to how these people were picked or if they are even riders. You'll just have to take his word for that.

Neil McFarlane is TriMet’s General Manager.(unfortunately)

Judge cannot decide whether TriMet labor negotiations open


Should Metro Take Over TriMet?

Willamette Week


We urgently need your participation in a work action scheduled for April 4 & 5. We are looking for volunteers to assist us at specific designated locations. This will be a community outreach interaction with our riders. More information to come. If you are interested, please RSVP by Monday March 25th by email to with name and phone number.

Into Federal court we go!

Former TriMet driver and prolific blogger Al Margulies has filed a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging unfair labor practices.
On Wednesday, TriMet's lawyer filed a motion to move the case from Multnomah County Circuit Court to Oregon District Court, saying the suit is a federal question.

TriMet Moves Operator's Action Suit to Federal Court

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
At least the bus driver was nice enough to wait for me to finish vomiting before he left. Thanks, !


 Didn't this asshat have this meeting at 7am or something as ridiculous as that?
Rider Q & A at our first “Coffee with Neil” | How We Roll

Just found something very strange here, according to the  PORTLAND TRIBUNE 
Trimet has 141 non union employees.

But the bullshitter in charge said the following at his little 'coffee with Neil' event

Pay raises for non-union staff: It was clear that what riders heard in the news was not the full story. These raises went to our 440 non-union employees, most not in management roles. The vast majority of these employees had their salaries frozen for 3 ½ years, and they have been paying more for their health care coverage.(people earning six figures do not need a raise) I made this decision to be fair to these hard-working public servants (you mean your cronies don't you) who play a critical role keeping our agency and our transit system running.(if none of them showed up the public would never notice) While we informed our Board of Directors and community groups(COMMUNITY GROUPS? SHEESHUS!)of this decision at the time, we certainly can and will be more transparent about changes such as these in the future.(and you are a fucking liar Neil Mcfarlane)

We will never see on of these from TRIMET

The $1 million bus stop

The new bus isn't carrying anyone, the old bus is

Training bus shadowing bus 62, For the record, it's march 20th & this bus has no onboard cameras, which TriMet promised in the name of safety by Dec 31, 2012

10 years for MAX crime

Southeast Portland robber gets 10 years; had fired gun as MAX passengers ducked |


Occasionally showed some heart but mostly was a pro development troll. Never voted against a General Manager. Daughter in law of Homer Williams a big time developer around here.

Trimet continues screwing its employees

But as long as the honchos have their raises they don't care


And you will never believe who stands to make a whole bunch of $$$$$$ on this!

Trimet, the big daddy of crony contracts!

The Horrible 21 Line!

Portland Transit Lane



Readership remains at about 1000 views per day

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Luci came to visit today

Luci Abernathy
Luci was starred in my MY VERY FIRST MOVIE AT TRIMET . Back when we had a super secret society. I remember Cornelius Booker started an internal investigation to find out who was making these movies. Not one driver gave me up! I turned myself in to stop the investigation. But I never stopped making movies or investigating Trimet issues.


Blast from the past.This is the first time I met Max! Much like my relationship with Adron Hall we argue a lot but are actually pretty good pals.
And we use Max's paddle viewer to this very day!

Classic tweets

Trimet lift rider does not recognize his own home

They fixed Forest Grove breakroom

New heater/new toilet

Is government in Oregon transparent?

Those of us who have dealt with Trimet know that Trimet uses the word 'transparency' constantly but unfortunately its has no real meaning.

Oregon gets a "c" on the following list

Legislative Data Report Card - Open States

Could you imagine king mcfarlane ever apologizing for anything?

Apology to customers by TTC CEO Andy Byford - YouTube

Is Bruce Hansen 'stretching? Short answer is no

People are saying that Bruce Hansen is 'stretching' making his claim that the fare increases are attributable to the new fare system. 
They see 'nothing' in the body of the document.
Well they just see what they want to see apparently.
I posted in the comments section of that post  to my pal MAX on this topic but there are two key passages:

And off page 57 I give you this:

General Fund capital costs in 2011dollars range from $13 million for a tap on only system to $20 million for tap on/tap off system. These costs do not include upgrading TVMs for e-fare sales.

TriMet cannot afford the system without offsetting cost savings.

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
the 54 was mis-labeled as the 56 downtown this morning. Now I'm late to work AGAIN. Get your shit together.

TriMet's half-ass attempt at improving bus service...

City of Portland (not TriMet) crews have installed a new concrete bus pad and sidewalk bulb on S.W. Hall Street at 5th Avenue on the PSU campus for what appears to be a replacement for the stop-gap 4th and Hall bus stop - the one TriMet has singled out for bus safety issues, and the improper parking spaces in front of the bus shelter that requires buses to stop well short of the designated stop.

The problem, of course, is that it does not resolve the safety issues affecting the 4th and Hall stop.  It will still require the line 12 and 44 buses to make the lane change in a congested area with multiple traffic impacts and heavy pedestrian traffic (including one unsignalled but very heavy crosswalk).  The 17 and 43 will be required to make a right turn and then make not one, not two, but THREE lane changes in the two blocks between Lincoln and Hall to make the left turn.

And of course as soon as the buses reach 6th Avenue, they will still have to make the extremely difficult right hand turn onto 6th, with all of the pedestrian conflicts.  However now they'll be one block short of Harrison, which is the one time on the 6th Avenue mall where vehicles can make a right hand turn (in the #3 lane, just left of the MAX lane, and thus have a dedicated signal).  So buses will possibly be required to wait for an extra red light - OR, make a lane change into the #2 lane to get around stopped cars in the #3 lane just to move back to the #3 lane to make their stops.

Now we all know this is all because of a flaw with the Transit Mall - specifically removing the old bus stop at 6th and Montgomery (so that TriMet could use the existing bus stop shelters for a MAX station) without a suitable replacement.  TriMet had no problem coming up with the money to then add another MAX station between College and Jackson - two blocks away - but when it comes to funding safe and appropriate bus takes a back seat to all other needs.

And let's see how long it takes, until that apartment complex starts complaining about the TriMet riders right at window level.

Tweets of interest

Going vertical: TriMet riders will see new system maps on MAX

Joe Rose

Portland-Milwaukie light rail ballot challenge successful, changed to remove 'misleading' language

Click Here!

TriMet has 2,052 employees who belong to the union and 141 who do not.

That's an interesting fact from THIS article.
And 1/2 of those positions are 100k+ executives as evidenced by THIS post

Over 1000 bus drivers, six of which made over a 110k-how many police made over 100k?

Nearly a third of the Portland Police Bureau's 985-member force made more than $100,000 in fiscal 2011-12.

More than 300 Portland Police Bureau members earned more than $100,000 in 2011-12 |

Reddit commentators support pay for Trimet union employees

Top paid Trimet bus driver's hourly wage was $24.75 : Portland

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blogger Bogdanski sues Portland

One of my all time favorite Bloggers Jack Bogdanski
Jack Bogdanski Sues City of Portland Over Arts Tax

One of the better Trimet drivers got this today

Look at this pork

They have 3 people doing this job, how absurd:
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180
Human Rescources Business Partner Labor Relations & Human Relations – Administration & Business Partnering $105,180

Latest "seen and heard on Trimet"

But not seen on TRIMET'S HOW WE ROLL BLOG!
As I've said before , you really need to reevaluate line 4. It leaves people b/c it's 10 mins late and too full, that's not cool.

Trimet executives getting rich going to meetings and pretending they are important

The Money Pit Gets Bigger

Never a dull moment with Lane around

Lane Jensen submits public records request

I am interested in: Obtaining records

Requested records:
All non-union people on payroll who received a salary of $100,000 or greater for Calendar Year 2012

Look at Trimet's response 


Then why the hell are they not employing REAL LIVE people instead! They could use real people with real benefits for less than it costs for those unreliable machines! Another Trimet cluster fuck.



The window is card-boarded up secured by duct tape

Blinds and heater broken no back for toilet

Bathroom for employees, you think Mcfarlane would put up with this?