Wednesday, August 31, 2011
After careful review, it is my finding that the negotiated Hours of Service Policy between TriMet and the Union is in compliance with Oregon Law and Oregon Administrative Rulses. We are not aware of any changes in the law or administrative rules since the policy was originally negotiated, submitted to and approved by ODOT.
Quite frankly, it appears that the deficiencies noted in the August 16, 2011 ODOT letter are more directed toward TriMet’s reporting performance, rather than policy non-compliance issues with applicable Oregon Law and Oregon Administrative Rules.
Full post here!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Bus stops were crowded and lines longer than usual as commuters re-engineered their morning routines.
At 6 a.m., some people at the New Rochelle train station either hadn't heard train service was suspended or came to the station hoping that it would resume.
"They said maybe - maybe - they'll start," Roberto Valencia, 41, of New Rochelle said of the trains. "So far there's no trains."
Morning commute: Bus the only choice for some | The Journal News | LoHud.com | LoHud.com
Thousands of travelers stranded as flights and trains canceled - The Boston Globe
TriMet raises fares, adds service and cracks down on fare cheaters in Portland area | OregonLive.com
Monday, August 29, 2011
And before I get the smart ass remark from Jason - Tigard does not use AMR meters. So someone has to walk onto the rail right-of-way once a month, pull the cover and read the meter.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
At age 12 success is . . . Having friends.
At age 17 success is . . Having a driver's license.
At age 35 success is .. . ... ..having money.
At age 50 success is . . . Having money....
At age 70 success is . .. . Having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . ... . Having friends.
At age 80 success is . . .. Not piddling in your pants.
Bus service in Manhattan and the Bronx was slowly starting to be restored on Sunday afternoon, and fares will not be charged for the rest of the day, transit officials said. Buses are leaving depots in those boroughs as drivers arrive, although that is no easy task, given the lack of subway service.
New York Expects Lengthy Recovery of Transit System - NYTimes.com
Saturday, August 27, 2011
New Yorkers brace for a big hit from Irene: No public transit - latimes.com
So ron Heintzman anjon hunt went to Merlo to defend jeff hunt over fraud the mechanics at Merlo are pist no more hunts!
Is this accurate?
Friday, August 26, 2011
These are simple links that give you access to some documents to help you stay current if you are not able to make it to a meeting.
The subway system cannot operate under conditions that involve sustained winds of more than 39 mph, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the mayor said that Irene is expected to strike the city as a Category 1 hurricane. A storm of that magnitude has winds of at least 74 mph.
Bloomberg said that service may not be restored in time for rush hour on Monday and urged employees to contact their employers about what proper steps they should take for the start of the business week.
"That for me is the great concern," says Harold Feld, Legal Director for Public Knowledge, a DC based public interest group focused on digital technology. "It does not seem to have occurred to them that they were messing with the phone system."
While the Obama administration has been desperately seeking to spend $53 billion on so-called high-speed rail lines, private businessmen have developed Chinatown and Megabus lines that provide intercity service that has attracted legions of price-conscious travelers.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
A TriMet Customer Service employee was spotted this afternoon at 5th and Hall and boarding the #94 bus to announce new schedules and handed out the new schedules to riders who wanted one.
AND...new signs have been posted at the stop!
Could this be...could this be...TriMet...actually...starting to take its role seriously as a multi-modal transit agency? Stay tuned...
Transit officer shoots and kills Pit Bull
Transit police shoot aggressive dog near North Portland bus stop
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
HERE'S NEIL~~~>Put bluntly, we face some challenging budget times but I’m optimistic this proactive approach will make a significant impact.
20500 NE Marine Dr. Fairview.
Here is a link to Blue Lake park showing other activities there and directions.
Hope to see you there. Wear your Vote for Bruce if you have them, if not contact Bruce. Shirts available for $5.00(100% of the money goes toward Bruce's campaign)
City planners infected by LRTS, however, come to believe tracks have the magical power to transform drivers into eager transit users, regardless of local evidence, density or geography.
Light rail ridership up last month -- especially Green Line and WES, TriMet says
TriMet's light rail scored another success in July, with ridership up across the board and in some cases by double digits, but the number of passenger trips on buses slipped slightly.
San Francisco BART arrest Anonymous protesters
Anonymous - Operation BART Protest
Anonymous - Operation BART Protest(2)
pt.5 San Francisco BART protest Monday, August 15, 2011
SFBG August 22 BART protest
pt.3 San Francisco BART protest Monday, August 15, 2011
SFBG August 22 BART protest
BART Protest August 22nd 2011 San Francisco COMPLETE
Too strange to be just a coincidence.
Somebody has it in for 58 bus drivers!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Congratulations Trimet, you've done a very good job extolling your virtuous and wonderful light rail service, at least with your deceitful statistics.
The buses haul most of Trimet riders at 1,103,500 or 55%.
The green line hauled 51,500 trips or a measly 3% of all Trimet riders.
The WES hauled 8,100 trips or less than 1% of Trimet riders.
The WES and the GREEN LINE are headliners in the Trimet ministry of Propaganda news release. Will any media challenge it? NOPE!
It’s a bus’s version of a midlife facelift.
Metro union workers to get pay raise soon
I agree that handing out fines for first time offenders is just government out of control. Everybody deserves one warning no matter what the violation given the fact that TRIMET had a 'anything goes' policy for over 40 years.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Unfortunately, BART doesn't seem to recognize that. Police have fatally shot two men on station platforms in the past 2 ½ years.
Redman described a recent experience, waiting for a transfer bus on a sun-baked curb for 45 minutes. She was dressed in a black business suit, Redman said, and she spent the time feeling miserable and praying for her bus to arrive and shuttle her toward Santa Monica.
"I wanted to cry. I was hot and sweaty," Redman said. "I was late for the interview."
Sunday, August 21, 2011
c. All employees who retire on or after February 1, 1992 and before April 1, 2012, shall receive the same health and welfare benefits available to active employees, not including orthodonture or dental coverage for dependents other than the employee’s spouse or Domestic Partner.
TriMet Purposed Change:
e. For those employees who retire on or after April 1, 2012, The District shall make available at District expense the same medical, vision, prescription drug insurance program for the retiree and the retiree’s spouse or domestic partner for a maximum of three years or until Medicare eligibility, whichever occurs first. Once a retiree becomes Medicare eligible, the retiree, spouse. Or surviving spouse of a retiree shall receive a monthly payment of ???? or eligible person, to pay for medical, dental, vision and prescription drugs, and all Medicare premiums without any reimbursement from the District, including reimbursement for Medicare ? and D.
f. For all new employees hired after april 1, 2011, and who become vested, the District’s fixed contribution (as outlined directly above in Par. 1 (e) )for an eligible retiree and the spouse or surviving spouse of the retiree shall be 4% of the fixed contribution upon the employee’s retirement multiplied by the employee’s years of service.
By way of example:
Years of Service Percentage of Fixed Contribution by District
Par. 3. A Mini-run Operator must have a minimum of 2 years of service as a full-time regular operator before he or she becomes eligible for full time retirement benefits.
What I find curious is that with all the overheated broken down buses that occur when it gets about 85, why are the bus on time statistics NOT horrible, I mean dastardly?
Trimet statistics present bus service as being on time 80% of the time?
I can't possibly believe it, there are far too many missed and late trips to make that figure even remotely believable.
As MAX RED LINE WOULD SAY:
Extreme heat introductionThis summer has brought a heat wave with unusually high temperatures that have lasted for weeks. High temperatures can be potentially dangerous to one's health.
People suffer heat-related illness when the body's temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. Under some conditions, sweating is not enough to cool down the body. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.
My safety request for driver fans in the old buses was tabled, "for further review", translation, don't call us we will call you, aka: forget it!
In the year 2011, when we are witnessing this agency spend money on all sort of frills, when the leader of this agency preaches safety everywhere he goes, we now see the truth of where we work.
This company, and its leaders think so little of us, they cant afford a A $12 DOLLAR FAN to enhance our safety as drivers.
It's pathetic how little regard the management has for us.
Saturday, August 20, 2011