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Friday, June 21, 2019

Sock puppets and pork barrel meeting Wednesday

Bye bye Kings Hill Max station
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Ordinance%20355%20Kings%20Hill%20Closure.pdf
Bye bye mall 4th and 5th Avenue max stations
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Ordinance%20356%20Mall%20Stations%20Closure.pdf
Some crap about board members responsibility
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-40%20-%20Board%20Member%20Responsibilities%20-%20Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf
$9,000,000 for the streetcar
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-41%20-%20Authorize%20FY2020%20Streetcar%20IGA.pdf
Another $29 million in addition to all the other basically corporate welfare for the ‘remodel’ of Powell garage. (Was it even needed)
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-42%20-%20Powell%20Garage%20CMGC%20Mod.pdf
$6 million to the city for who knows what
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-43%20-%20PCS%20Ticket%20Office%20Lease.pdf
Division gentrification pork Barrel tax grab
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-44%20-%20Right%20of%20Way%20Acquisition%20+%20Relocation%20Services.pdf
$3million for red bus lanes. How much does it cost to paint a lane red?
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-45%20-%20%20STIF%20Enhanced%20Transit%20Funding%20COP%20Bus%20Priority.pdf
2020 budget approval
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-46%20-%20Adopted%20Budget%20FY19-20.pdf
3 year reprieve for Skidmore station
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%2019-06-47%20%20Proposed%20Closure%20of%20Skidmore%20Foundation%20MAX%20Station.pdf
Don’t read ordinances.
https://trimet.org/meetings/board/pdfs/2019-06-26/Resolution%20Directing%20Ord%20Read%20By%20Title%20Only.pdf

Classic Trimet tweets

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Trimet fail

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Neal Berlin commentaries

https://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/southwest-corridor-plan/light-rail-planning

Your taxpayers dollars are paying for this PR campaign so that you vote for the proposed 2020 bond measure that will if passed will send your property tax bill to new high!  This entire report is “FAKE NEWS” on so many levels that one must think all creating this report must be smoking some good pot or they have vested interest in getting into your wallet; maybe both!  TriMet is under Metro, who care less about facts that contradict TriMet statistics.  The agenda of pushing this folly is (approximately$300BILLION) is just getting started.  Just note that most all the officials who are for this do NOT ride or use public transportation.  Their guiding principle can summed up in the following sentence “Mass transit is for the other guy so I can drive my car faster.”  Eric Severeid said this over 40 years ago and it is still true today.   So it goes... Two Bells.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Ross Wrede IS the bicycling champion of Trimet employees


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rest In Peace James Pinkard

Friday, May 31, 2019

Cancelled bus runs report last 6 months

https://app.box.com/s/lyrbr9ldj65g1o5cyoqnifhb0rfeevc2

Japanese bus drivers on Strike

Neal Berlin

I just wonder how much money TriMet has already has spent on the SW Corridor Project ( $300 Billion estimated final cost)? The big difference between the this article and Trimet has NOT received a public vote to proceed with construction. This has not stopped or even slowed TriMet to keep moving ahead with project even though public testimony has shown using TriMets own statistics that estimates of potential ridership is not even close to reality. Those people and facts have been dismissed with distain as nothing more as a bunch of college school kids doing an some kind of science project. One thing this taxpayer also wonders about and would like a answer is how much money is being spent by TriMet Public Relations Department to support the 2020 Bond measure to pay for this fiasco. Both of these questions may be asked but will in all probably will never be answered. The bill will be sent via an enormous increase in property taxes,not itemize, if it passes. So it goes... Two Bells.
http://www.wral.com/some-taxpayers-unhappy-that-light-rail-cost-is-still-rising/18418748/

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bambi is dead

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Excellent essay on bus drivers

https://www.registercitizen.com/news/article/James-Walker-Drivers-Bus-operators-could-use-a-13867145.php


I can’t remember a time when public transportation wasn’t part of my life.

I have boarded public buses from here to Seattle, and dozens of towns and cities in between

For more decades than I care to count, public transportation has gotten me where I needed to go, and it is cheap. In my book, that is a winning combination.
But I have seen many changes and, in more ways than one, public transportation has become an unpleasant, grin-and-bear-it experience for the riding public.

Neal Berlin on the murder of HART transit operator

This press conference sounds like they took ALL the talking points from the last 18 plus years from the TriMet PR Department (Portland,Oregon transit agency) and spewed it out with the same monotone sincerity that top Management have mastered that rank and file recognize as BS!  We in Portland had two passengers killed in the past 18 months and assaults on operators,supervisors and other company personnel is at all time high, and still going higher.  The response from Management and its Board is we will be gathering more static’s and will get back to everyone soon with a plan.  I wonder if a another tragic death occurs will while they are on one of their days off will they wait until Monday to respond?  I bet Vegas would not take that bet.   So it goes... Two Bells.
https://youtu.be/KWLW41Kryw8

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

If you get killed or injured on trimet your only worth 2 years of Kelsey’s salary


And it won’t matter who’s fault it is either



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

The city of Portland is actually putting in some bus lanes thanks to Alan Kessler

See BIKE PORTLAND for details. Alan Kessler deserves recognition for being the driving force behind it

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Neal Berlin

Gee, let’s see if  Channel 12 , Portland Oregon, will do something similar or just run and produce with Trimet, the local transit agency, more puff feel good PR 2 minutes presentations.  See if Trimet will hand over without going through Freedom of Information Act video of what really is taking place on its bus, trains and platforms.  Trimet Public Relations plan is getting into high gear to get taxpayers wallets to vote for the 2020 SW Corridor project.  Do not bother to show up and testify about your concerns to Trimet and its Board of Directors, they have already made up their minds, let’s get the people’s money and make it our money!  When the time comes to vote, Vote No!Meanwhile, TriMet just is crossing their fingers that there be NO incidents (like passengers or operators getting killed,getting assaulted is okay because that is always is the operators fault)that will upset the beautiful picture of safety and reliability that in reality is an allusion.  So it goes... Two Bells.
https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/investigations/Bus-Drivers-Reveal-Wild-Side-of-Public-Transit-in-CT-509205181.html?sfns=mo

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Joys of being a TriMet bus driver

I’m a driver. This happened yesterday.

Those of you who know me know, I’m most often considered an “Alpha Female”. I am kind but take no shit. I heap praises upon strangers for acts of kindness whether they be random or necessitated. I have a very strong personal space bubble an never let bad vibes pop it. I am fallible as the next human being but am always strong even when I’m wrong.
That being said, I am deeply saddened and confused about my feelings, emotional response and complete breakdown I am experiencing still fro yesterday’s verbal and spacial violation.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Neal Berlin And the Trimet Deke N’Blue

What’s to worry about?  Our now Governor Brown did a great job of watering down and white washing the first TriMet audit when she was then Secretary of State.  As Governor she has continued with more vigor and alll the political skills she has mastered to make TriMet insulated from true public oversight and accountability.  One just look at who she has appointed to the TriMet Board of Directors.  Look how she has made it even more difficult to obtain documents via Freedom Information Of State Documents.  Look at the original audit that came out during ATU 757 contract that took mainly the company,TriMet,side when it came to Compensation for the rank and file.  The rest of the problems where addressed my well meaning platitudes
that will be followed up by a promise of a second State Audit that NEVER happened (in truth it was never going to happen,just sounds good to ATU 757 ears). This smoke and mirrors of really caring of wanting public input was put to death with this Governor singing the 2017 Transportation Bill  that takes money out every Workers paycheck with 90% of that revenue going to TriMet, forever.  The salt on that tax wound is this was done without the vote of people.  This new money given TriMet the power to present a image of carrying about maintenance,safety,low income fares etc. while hiding past malfeasance in those areas and many more with no accountability then or now.  My “three minutes “ are up.  I now convene and call to order the “I Told You So Club “.  First order of business, anyone want to become a member?

Friday, April 26, 2019

John Charles calls out Trimet lies

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Trimet truth team!

Neal Berlin

Just think..... 2.5 minutes saved in each direction?
Blue Lines arrive at Hatfield 2.5 minutes earlier, AND
Blue Lines leave Hatfield 2.5 minutes later.
Means all Blue Line recoveries at Hatfield will bump up 5 minutes.
Let's close those underused stations now.... πŸ™‚ so we all can get home in time to watch more local news touting the virtues and values of the last TrMet pronouncements on wanting public input on predetermined decisions that have not been influenced by passengers or taxpayers needs or desires.  The history of TriMet really listening to anyone except themselves has long history,going back to the very being of the agency on many issues that as President of The I Told You So Club has so many examples of the “ Great Minds” of TriMet where proven not only wrong but the taxpayers in most cases are still bearing the cost of those poor decisions.  If you like I would be more than glad to list them but that would take a very long diatribe, just let state if the agency listen to those of us who stated before the first rail was ever laid, that if a subway was not built in downtown Portland, that first day of operation, MAX will be on track to max out in passenger capacity and speed in getting anywhere.  So it goes... Two Bells.

trimet bus driver left to find his own way home



Kim Sewell
TriMet Executive Director,
Labor Relations & Human Resources

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

From the Trimet drivers side

When Billy Badass gets on board and starts causing a ruckus, it automatically registers on my radar as I guide The Beast down the road. First, my attention is distracted from the normal sounds one hears on a bus. That's dangerous, because our focus needs to be mostly centered upon a wide view of the road. Once I'm distracted, the chances of making a costly mistake that could injure many people off or on my bus is multiplied

https://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2019/04/protect-me-not-my-assailant.html

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sock puppets coming up

The usual pork barrel give aways  and other shit the trimet aristocracy is into. Here’s some highlights but you’ll have to go through the rest yourself. I’d rather spend my time on dispatch than these elitist
Aristocrats
http://trimet.org/meetings/board/index.htm

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Best response to the latest trimet pork barrel scheme

Friday, April 19, 2019

Trimet is the leader in stupid wasteful ideas

This is what Powell garage is supposed to look like.

TriMet’s SPANISH INQUISITION POLICY

By Neal Berlin regarding the contract negotiations

Monday, April 15, 2019

Where did brother Dan go?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Contract time at Trimet. Post by Neal Berlin

FYI: Only a few days left for contract suggestions. Here's a suggestion about the road relief and the lack of pay according to the law.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Memory lane

I’ve been observing today’s operators dealing with all this conflicting rules and regulations and it brings back some memories

The Neal Berlin collection

From the Trimet Drivers side

Because this self-important, entitled nobody decided an upbeat operator was too unprofessional, they called in a complaint after exiting the bus. It was insinuated that this dear, sweet lady had to be under the influence to exhibit such behavior

https://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2019/04/flailing-flunky-fails.html?m=1

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

From the Trimet Drivers Side

Our politically-appointed "Bored" of Directors, which approved taxing the metropolitan-area working class to support its out-of-control management boondoggles, simply sign off on whatever they are told to. Sure, they endure monthly meetings with the public, but they appear disinterested as to whatever public testimony they pay attention to. They're actually nothing but a glorified joke. Pandering as necessary, the board is too accustomed to accepting the status quo to do anything considered to be rocking a leaking boat.

TRIMETIZED! Update X 2



Bus paddles

Monday, April 8, 2019

Trimet is hiring

Sunday, April 7, 2019

MBTA adventures

I rode this same route when I was a kid 55 years ago and took this exact trolley

Monday, April 1, 2019

Seattle bus driver who was shot

Along with the thread of actual scanner calls involving this incident

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Trimet

I don't see how ya'II could or would work for a company whose mission is something you oppose.  Sure, I like our retirement, but I spent 25 years working for Trimet.  I am neither ashamed nor embrassed of my time there. I believe in the mission because I believe mass transit is good for any metropolitan area.
I also believe that most employees strive to give the tax payers a good value for the money.  Our retirements are dependent on current employees successfully growing that company.

Response

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Public transit private trauma

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/featured/public-transit-private-trauma-507167902.html?fbclid=IwAR3zX91186uFwSujXKLXsc1SpeUS52f3TghoW9xTFhlr2mnP5M3pEIwS2A8


Drivers describe frequent verbal, physical abuse on the road and then being thrown under the bus by insensitive colleagues, supervisors
By: Ben Waldman

Bus drivers with true heart dealing with the problems of the world run by sociopaths

Friday, March 15, 2019

Another failed Trimet internal survey

Less than 1:5 employees bothered to take this survey so it’s  impossible to extrapolate any meaningful information. What they got was more technocratic mumbo jumbo

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Hate agreeing with this guy

Friday, March 8, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Trimet Deke N’Blue

Local transit management should have been fired years ago, but it has been allowed to run roughshod over its own employees and the communities it serves. It has too much unchecked power for far too long. It promised its employees decades ago to fund a pension and provide medical insurance for a career that results in health issues in lieu of regular pay increases, but when it was caught red-handed having not done so, nobody was disciplined. Somebody should be in jail as a result, but an internet search for this fails to bring up the true story
https://fromthedriverside.blogspot.com/2019/03/how-i-want-to-fix-portland-transit.html

Trimet public records


Monday, February 25, 2019

Trimet secret society meeting Wednesday

who’s getting the pork and what’s going on this month

Woman hit by max gets $15 million

But Oregon is a fairly corrupt state and have passed laws that limit the amount of money citizens can claim from government incompetence so she won’t get it

http://bit.ly/2EfgWNd

http://media.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty_impact/other/trimet.amputation.suit.pdf

While the mainstream media whips up the public to blame the victim it’s important to remember this uncontrolled crossings are well known to cause this type of serious injury. Darla Sturdy has been talking about it for years and years
https://youtu.be/Vla4GjMK60o
https://youtu.be/ieLwhgfzZiQ
https://youtu.be/DxPwhMsr9XQ

Victim blaming is an american personality trait. This things can be prevented if we had ‘leaders’ (lol) that actually cared about the public rather than their own pocket books and careers

https://twitter.com/alyourpalster/status/1100224820199993344?s=21

Seattle is light years ahead of Portland

Saturday, February 23, 2019

This is your Trimet board. No heart at all

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Doug Kelsey is a true neoliberal transit "professional"

Why won't Portlanders take the bus?

That's the dilemma facing Doug Kelsey, general manager of regional transit agency TriMet. Ridership numbers on public transit have stagnated over the past decade even as Portland's population explodes. That's a common problem across major U.S. cities—but also a black eye for a city that wants to combat climate change.

Trimet police state

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Little Leon

Trimet is hiring !

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Classic tweets

Geek shit


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Henry Beasley

Brothers and Sisters,

I’ve compiled a log of the various incidents of attacks against transit workers in the system for 2018. Going over the verifiable log and compiling them and put them into a list for everyone. The numbers may be off by a few here or there, but here is the list of logged events.  Keep in mind, that these are the ones we know of.

Saturday, January 5, 2019