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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Portland Bus Lane Project



I've been reading and digesting all the mail that comes from this latest activist group. 
It reminds me of the OPAL initiative to get a 2 1/2 hour transfer. 
For those of you who don't track the world of transit as closely as I do let me refresh your memory. 

When Trimet did away with the paper transfers they reduced the  amount of time transfers would be valid. 
Trimet operates with  neoliberal philosophy.
 Neoliberalism  seeks  to extract wealth from the citizens. 
Trimet has been slowly and methodically  extracting as much wealth from its riders and its employees as they can get away with.
Cascade Policy Group has documented that Trimet service levels to the public are not aligned to extraction of wealth from the public.
Where does all that extra wealth go?
It's not really clear.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Trimet loses again at the Supreme Court

Trimet officials steal from employees and retirees, squeeze the riding public for every Nickel while treating them like criminals, and low ball ordinary citizens that get In their way.

Mcfarlane and his crew represent the worst aspects of governmental tyranny.

http://law.justia.com/cases/oregon/supreme-court/2017/s064112.html

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The horror that is American public transportation


When I started all this blogging about the job and when the job ended I started researching not just Trimet but public transportation in general in United States and around the world what became apparent to me is the sheer brutality of the public transportation industrial complex in this country. 

When you rise above all the false propaganda that districts like Trimet spew out about their wonderfulness all you can really see is abuse. Abuse Of riders and of the people doing the work. 

From buses and trains that don't show up or show up more than 15 minutes late leaving riders stranded in whatever the weather happens to be at that moment or packing riders into buses and trains like dead sardines get packed in their cans the public transportation experience in the United States is more like A torture chamber

And the drivers, subjected to horrible working conditions like split shifts, schedules that just don't work, angry riders who have nowhere to vent their anger but the drivers, working so early in the mornings or so late at nights family life is just a fantasy, no weekends or holidays off for years in some instances, equipment that can cause injury or drive you insane, management that harasses you for being early, for being late, for wearing the wrong hat,for wearing the wrong shoes, for wearing the wrong shirt, that leaves you stranded on the road with no way back to your car if  you become ill in the middle of your shift,  constantly under suspicion for drug use,  It's a life of hard sacrifices  for the people that choose mass transit operation as a career.

The horrors of American public transportation are real, if only I had the talent to write a decent novel on this scam. 

The only people that don't suffer at the hands of the public transportation industrial complex are the technocratic aristocracy who get fat paychecks and huge retirements and spend their days 'working' 9-5 in nice air conditioned offices  doing who knows what  away from the tragedy they foist on everyone else. 

And then there is the Crony capitalism part that is skillfully hidden from the public. You know, the people that made a cool $35 million installing the HOP card, or the $1.4 billion installing that light rail line to Milwaukee. 

Yes there are winners in the public transportation field, just not anybody who actually rides regularly or finds themselves stuck operating the vehicles. They are the victims of the complex. 

Yes, being a bus driver will age you, or cripple you, and I know more than a few that didnt make it out alive.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Weird TriMet service alerts June, July, August

NOTE: Many of these alerts were written by dispatchers who are not expected to be language experts, may not have time to proofread, and make mistakes like all humans.  They may have many other tasks in progress at the moment, such as dealing with buses that are already stuck due to the blockage or situations elsewhere.  While those errors probably should be forgiven, they can cause confusion or problems for those who try to follow them.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Trimet keeps failing it's mission

but I'm sure Mcfarlane will get another raise. that's the way it goes in da land of da free, no accountability for the people at the top while nit picking the people doing the work to death.

Mcfarlane has been a total failure since the day he arrived. Citizens abandoning the system is positive  objective proof

http://www.wweek.com/news/city/2017/09/22/max-ridership-plummets-even-lower-in-july-second-month-of-decline-after-train-slayings/

Monday, September 18, 2017

Henry Beasley

Brothers and Sisters,

Recently, we’ve had a number of attacks on transit workers and the district has done nothing but put Band-Aids on gaping wounds and in some cases done nothing at all.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Final offers in the contract wars are made

 It appears to me that the only changes that Trimet wants is to contract out a bunch of jobs that were union employees previously.

This material is written so that the public and the employees cant decipher it easily.

I don't want to spend hours trying to figure it out I think as a retiree I am safe for my pension and health care benefit. For now anyway

http://trimet.org/newcontract/proposals.htm

The Portland Bus Lane Project

Recently I was added to the mailing list of the Bus Lane Project and I have been reading the material they have been publishing. It's a very impressive group of people genuinely trying to make some needed changes to the Trimet system in terms of speed and reliability. 

Control communications from last Thursdays MAX crash


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

No fun working at Trimet as long as Neil Mcfarlane continues his union busting policies


Why won't freaking Mcfarlane leave already? 
The greedy self righteous sonofabitch just won't leave.
I'm sure he's banked well over a million tax payer dollars into his personal account
He'll  get  a check for around another $200,000 the day he retires.
 Then he will get a lifetime tax payer funded pension of around $15,000 a month.

Neil has also been a miserable failure in keeping the transit system rolling.
 Transit ridership in Portland keeps going down under his watch

Time for a change.
 Get somebody in there that has some heart towards the people doing the work and the people riding the system.

End crony capitalism.

End Neal Mcfarlane 


Henry Beasley

Brothers and Sisters,

Going over my verifiable logging of the various assaults in the district and putting them together for everyone. The numbers may be off by a few here or there, but here is the list of logged events.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trimet's absurd survey

Many many absurdities come out of the Portland transit agency the latest being what's called "SERVICE INVESTMENT PRIORITIES".

It's so confusing that even Elliot Njus , the transportation reporter for the Oregonian, couldn't figure it out.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Trimet board meeting


Some people think I spend all day every day just thinking about Trimet.
Alas its not true. 
Trimet is like HBO to me, always entertaining and fun to watch from a distance.
As much as I'd like to watch these board meetings the time I have available for this material dictates that I have to set priorities.

I'd much rather listen to Trimet dispatch, the real story of Trimet.
 Operators, dispatchers, and controllers running an actual transit system and all the emotional roller-coasters that they endure.
It's similar to reality TV, at least to me it is.

Watching the board meetings on the other hand is like watching a bunch of phony, self obsessed, overpaid politicians. 
The board and all the people that are part of these meetings are the Trimet aristocracy. 
Trimet is in reality nothing but a tax farm. 
Taxes are extracted from the public and used for many purposes beyond actually providing transit. Every tax farm in this country comes complete with its own version of an aristocracy. These people are the economic parasites that make obscene profits for themselves and business interests that basically have nothing to do with providing services to actual people.
The parasite class, at every tax farm, are usually the so called "leaders" of a community.
(the leaders are the local plutocracy)
The revenue streams are closely guarded by these aristocrats 

Given my time limitations if you want to watch the aristocrats you'll have to do it yourself. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Henry Beasley

On 8/9/17 we had another menacing attack against a transit worker.  In this situation, the worker felt the fear for their safety and the police was called.  Thankfully they were not hurt in the incident.

Unfortunately, this adds to the ever-growing aggression towards transit worker in the transit district. #53 this year while we are almost at 100% of last year’s total of 55.

In watching the Board of Director’s meeting where the district gave out crime statistics and used the term, “intimidation” when describing attacks against transit workers.  We should question just what is considered “intimidation,” that the company uses as a category.

Chris Day

I have been re-reading our International Constitution and General Laws just to make sure I am current with all the new changes that have taken place at the 2016 convention. I noticed that our International has updated the Order of Business for local unions and yet our local is not functioning in the manner our Constitution is directing. Here is what our Constitution states:

Monday, August 14, 2017

More max breakdown scanner communications


Trimet power and influence expanding exponentially


In case you haven't been paying much attention to the goings on over at my favorite government agency, Trimet, you probably have missed all the latest.

Trimet is on the move, big time. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

From The Trimet Drivers Side

In their crime stats, I didn't see any incidences of management personnel being assaulted. They treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as if it doesn't exist or matter. We're suspended for leaving the seat to defend ourselves against aggressors, and sometimes no reports are taken. Their only solution is to cage us in, but they forget we have to leave the seat eventually or pee our pants.

http://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/08/we-need-some-love.html?spref=fb&m=1


Billions spent on light rail- fewer people than ever take mass transit

http://www.thedailybeast.com/will-donald-trump-expose-americas-great-mass-transit-hoax

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Henry Beasley

The votes are in and this is how it comes out:

58 monitors with signage
32 safety barriers
26 Ticketless system
13 crackdowns with prosecution
11 more force for fare evasion
8 barriers actually makes me feel unsafe and unable to defend myself
1 and entrance for on the driver side and a sealed driver’s area
1 none of the above

Trimet "tweets of the day" July 27-August 8




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Henry Beasley

Brothers and Sisters,

In the next few days we are going to experience a heat-wave into the triple digit range.

Dehydration is a real possibility, especially if you are experiencing fatigue, headache, nausea, and dizziness.  Water is number 1 in staying hydrated, but there are alternatives to help with hydration such as watermelon, celery, cucumbers, strawberries, lettuce, coconut water, and to a smaller extent sports drinks, coffee, and homemade smoothies.

I wish this post was about the staying hydrated, especially during triple digit heat.  This story is about a problem that was brought up by our union sister Kathleen Brown in front of the Board of Directors and Trimet Management.

Sometimes Trimet exposes its own lies

There IT system has been down for days already!

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Trimet July board of directors part 3

More on the $34 million tax payer funded HOP thing

Henry Beasley

We need to take the time to recognize some unsung heroes in public transit.

In the first case (7/29), we need to thank those transit riders who still “respect the ride.”  They make what we do an appreciated occupation, and brighten our days.  You make up for the 10-15% who choose to assault and menace us by showing that you care about transit workers.  In this case you stood up for a Rail operator when an assailant menaced and blocked to cab door.  If it wasn’t for them our co-worker could have gotten assaulted or worse, and thanks to you they were able to close the cab door.  We all know that minutes matter and with their actions, they prevented the worst-case scenario until help could arrive and arrest them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The "real" story of the defecating Trimet lift driver




You may remember the LIFT DRIVER TAKING A DUMP story that I covered. Well I knew at the time that it was an corporate media anti union hatchet job on Trimet employees.

Now, we have the REAL story! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trimet still on the low road- From The Drivers Side

When management last year decided that new hires could no longer take an afternoon to go to the union office to be officially welcomed as ATU members, it was another slap in our collective faces. Then they locked our union leadership out of the garages. It's obvious management has definite plans to totally break the bond between workers and our representative body. It has us by the short hairs, because it's illegal for us to strike. This provides management an unfair advantage. They get the gold mine, and you know who gets the shaft

https://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/07/you-left-two-seconds-early.html?m=1



Monday, July 10, 2017

Trimet Deacon in Blue calls out management abuse


Why do we put up with it? We certainly don't need management's meddling. Instead of finding new ways to harass those who do the real work of transit, why aren't they working harder to support us? We don't need their interference, but we could use some constructive leadership.
  But for the pain we're feeling due to this over abundance of ridiculous management interference is counter-productive to the agency's fallacious mantra "Safety Is Our Core Value."

Get a grip on your own issues, management. We know how to do our job. Let us do it, and quit meddling where you shouldn't tread because of your lack of understanding. We constantly provide excellent service to the riding public. Why don't you trust us?

From the Driver Side: Us vs. Them

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lomax returns

Maybe she never left

https://twitter.com/lanejensenpdx/status/884242129693757440

Deconstructing the June Trimet board meeting part 6

The completely useless boondoggle called "Powell/Division"

Somebody's lying about the tax increase receipts

Why does Trimet say its $40 million in revenue but the state say its $71 Million.

My bet is Trimet is low balling.
Who's gonna ask them why the figures are so different?
No reporters that I know of.

I find it funny that light rail was specifically excluded from this tax grab!
It remains to be seen what actually happens to this money.

This is a screen shot of the state press release.
This is a screenshot of the Trimet document.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Trimet Deacon in Blue

I strongly believe that transit management today is no more "skilled" than its operators. We could, given the vast amount of experience many operators have gained in other careers, run the entire operation without those currently in management. Most of them have never driven a bus. Many wouldn't pass the training regimen, and others would likely run screaming from the seat if ever required to operate in service. These folks may believe what they're doing will improve local transit, but they cannot empathize with our problems. Conversely, I know many fellow operators who could lead the agency with a high degree of competence, while retaining our confidence they would lead us back to the top. They would manage with the knowledge of what it actually takes to do our job.

http://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/07/we-can-self-manage.html

The Oregon transportation bill

Hard to believe that actual human beings write this stuff.
Another bureaucratic entity born with your money that has basically been stolen from us without a vote like they had In Seattle.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/ProposedAmendment/12431

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/137402

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/FloorLetter/2219

http://news.trimet.org/2017/07/trimet-low-income-fare-program-expanded-bus-service-on-the-horizon-due-to-passage-of-state-transportation-package/

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Testimonies to the Trimet sock puppets

 Very passionate testimonies. 

 Alas they are talking to the aristocracy and the aristocrats view the citizens as something that needs to be controlled not taken seriously.

Henry Beasley



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Latest Trimet PR stunt-HB2777

I'm sorry I don't see this as anything but a PR stunt because it basically doesn't change anything for the fare evaders. My guess is that most of the people that are fare evading are from the lowest economic strata of our society. I don't think most of these people give a shit weather its in the courts or in the Trimet system.

If Trimet really wanted to do something productive they would lower the fare evasion fine to something reasonable, like $50 and make sure a low income pass is available to low income riders. Right now a fare evader can go to court and have the citation lowered by 1/2.

It was pointed out to me by that with this new law Trimet will get to keep 100% of the fare evasion fines!  Maybe its all about the money! Most everything is in da land of da free!

Furthermore Trimet will need to expand its administrative staff. Adding more bureaucracy to the already out of control bureaucracy can't be a good thing. And this does not replace the current system, it just adds another level to the existing structure. The courts still get these cases if Trimet doesn't get what it wants out of these hapless poor people who didn't feed the monster according to regulations.

Trimet in the news-AGAIN


Friday, June 23, 2017

Chris Day is featured in a story on KGW

Chris and I have been pals for a long time now.
 I have the greatest respect for him. 
When it comes to fares we don't agree.

My objection to the way the media is covering this is the total lapse of any mention of why people are evading the fares.
 I drove buses for 20 years of my 40 years  trying to make money to survive.
 I know first hand how many people are struggling out there to survive. 
I would bet that 90% of the fare evaders are from the lowest economic class of citizens in this country. 
These are the people that you see wandering the streets because they have no where to go.
These are the people that live in and out of the revolving door of the criminal justice industrial complex.  
There is a huge underclass of impoverished citizens in this country  and the media  refuses to cover it.
Mainstream media would rather turn one segment of the population against another.
Divide and conquer.
Corporate Amerika.

A million dollars is nothing to Trimet. 
Check one of my Trimet cash machine posts and see how much money Trimet doles out in corporate welfare.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Oregon governor Kate Brown-Republican pretending to be a democrat

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/19/transit-riders-unions-vs-climate-change-white-supremacy-and-disaster-capitalism/

Nationwide, state and local governments are facing increasing pressures in the wake of the manufactured debt crisis, to include public transportation among “assets” to be liquidated in corporate fire sales. The Willamette Week story, and the prospect of the Democratic governor selling off state agencies met with a predictably celebratory response in the conservative Weekly Standard, which responded gleefully to the prospect of the governor “burning the [state’s] household furniture to say warm” , and “rechristen[ing] the University of Oregon ‘Nike U.’” The prospect of the privatization of Portland’s light rail system is a barometer of Brown’s willingness to pursue neoliberal austerity measures, and the power that corporations like Nike and Intel exert in a state with one of the lowest corporate income taxes in the country.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yet more weird TriMet service alerts

NOTE: Many of these alerts were written by dispatchers who are not expected to be language experts, may not have time to proofread, and make mistakes like all humans.  They may have many other tasks in progress at the moment, such as dealing with buses that are already stuck due to the blockage or situations elsewhere.  While those errors probably should be forgiven, they can cause confusion or problems for those who try to follow them.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Trimet Deacon in Blue

"Operators should be better trained at de-escalating tense situations," said the public several times after the horrific murders on our light rail. As if these things wouldn't happen if only the drivers had better training.

What a load of crap. How about this, folks? We drive a bus or a light rail vehicle. In order to properly handle the mentally ill passengers who ride transit daily, we'd need a PhD in psychiatry. A few classes here and there ain't gonna give us the ability to talk a tweaked-out druggie or a mentally-disabled person out of creating mayhem.


http://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2017/06/challenge-to-management.html?spref=fb

Friday, June 9, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 7


Roberta looks like a bus rider for sure

21 year old latest victim of Trimet light rail

What  fascinates me the most about this is how conditioned  we are to except this kind of senseless death and how quick the media drops the coverage. Oh well, she should have paid attention is what you hear from  average citizens.   What the truth really is government doesn't do enough to protect average citizens

http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/361953-242120-update-max-fatality-victim-identified

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Deconstructing the May Trimet board meeting-part 6

Oregon elites are trying to rob citizens with this phony "transportation" bill


By all objective measures Trimet has been a miserable failure over the last 10 years. 
Billions and billions have been spent on light rail and ridership is slowly declining.
 Service quality is horrendous and the Trimet board and management deaf to the needs of the citizens.

Will the legislature shove this rotten transportation bill down our throats? 
The fact that they are avoiding a public vote speaks volumes. 
They know the public doesn't support this so they are attempting to back door the taxes onto citizens backs to service special interests.
That is what Trimet has been doing for the last decade, serving special interests and filling the pockets of Trimet executives in the process.