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Thursday, February 28, 2013
ODOT TO INSPECT TRIMET!
The KOIN story which followed up on Bruce Hansen's allegations has brought ODOT into the scene.
The interesting thing about this is a report I got today from a Trimet bus driver.
She said to me "i have never seen so many people working on MAX lines in my entire career at Trimet"
Sounds like someone tipped them off and they are frantically trying to cover up the evidence!
I really like Bruce Hansen
Harry Sapporta is a lying piece of shit
Portland Transit Lane
CRC = NO MAX
Oh Wow! Transit Day my ASS
Drivers! I Am Your New Friend
February Board Meeting Testimony (Lanes camera angle)
Quick Fix at Clackamas TC, Not at Sunset TC?
Sock puppets on cable access
The following 5 dates are scheduled for the program "Trimet Board
Meetings February Board Meetings 2.0", Project: Trimet Board Meetings,
Sunday 3/10/2013, 6:00 PM, Channel 23
Thursday 3/14/2013, 3:28 PM, Channel 23
Monday 3/18/2013, 10:00 PM, Channel 11
Thursday 3/21/2013, 4:00 PM, Channel 22
Monday 3/25/2013, 3:29 PM, Channel 22
Rest in peace Michael Levine
Michael leaves THESE words of wisdom. (just one of the many great presentations he has made)
RANTINGS OF A FORMER TRIMET BUS DRIVER: A SALUTE TO A TRULY GREAT MAN
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Shame of Trimet
Fuck this Tri Met ticket machine. Pure evil. Caused me to miss many a Max ride. 1st and Oak asshole machine twitter.com/derftron/statu…— Derf (@derftron) February 27, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
OPAL TO THE RESCUE
TRIMET EXCLUSION HEARING FOR ANGELA NAPEAN
My case was based on Angies blood sugar levels, which can be verified by her glucometer which records time and date.
The hearings officer didn't touch it.
A reader writes-'its just a ruse'
Don't miss tomorrows SOCK PUPPET SHOW!
LocationPortland Building, Room C
1120 SW 5th Ave
List of Pork is here!
ERIK HALSTEAD REFUTES ALTSTADT's BS AT KOIN.COM
THE LIARS THAT RUN TRIMET HAVE MEMORY PROBLEMS
Monday, February 25, 2013
ANGIE EXCLUSION HEARING TOMORROW
Angie suffers from developmental disability, epilepsy, and diabetes.
The vast majority of Trimet employees have no idea what any of that means.
To Trimet employees, there are no poor, there are no disabled, everybody suffers from the same callous treatment. (speaking generally)
Trimet is woefully unprepared to deal with AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT riders.
There has been no training of employees on this subject
The ADA to Trimet means stop announcements and nothing else.
I will do my best to get this exclusion set aside.
Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)
Rolynd Puckett never calls in sick and never crashes
|I wonder if Rolynd is aware that Trimet is actively trying to remove his retirement medical benefits?|
I used to see him around never actually had a conversation with him.
I always wondered about the sanity of people that never call in sick but nonetheless its quite an accomplishment to achieve 30+ years of safe driving.
TriMet bus operator honored for 30 years/58,000 hours of stellar driving | TriMet Media
TRIMET OVERPAID HACK ALTSTADT SAYS UNION IS LYING
|Roberta Alstadt is paid handsomely to lie to the public|
"As part of an ongoing campaign to discredit TriMet, the ATU alleged that the MAX system is unsafe. These allegations questioning the safety of the MAX system are absolutely false. (would you expect a overpaid Trimet crony to tell the truth)
"The allegations are meant to deflect attention from contract negotiations. (hilarious)
"TriMet has repeatedly asked the ATU leadership to come to the table to negotiate excessive healthcare costs (more lies which has nothing to do with the max safety issue) and other contract loopholes (how bout the loopholes in your brain) They have refused to do so.
"TriMet's dedicated safety team and union mechanics, operators, controllers and field staff work every day to insure the system -- both bus and MAX -- is safe for TM riders and their fellow employees." (freaking hilarious, spend an afternoon sometime listening to the TRIMET SCANNER and see for yourself just how safe and desireable riding Trimet is these days)
TriMet fires back after union alleges safety problems with MAX system trains - KOIN Local 6 News
TRIMET LAUNCHES ANOTHER 'WITCH HUNT'-ATU 757
I was the subject of one such 'witch hunt' immediately after the yellow line crash appeared on Joe Rose's blog and in the newspaper.
I was put on administrative leave, dragged into the office with one of the hatchet men, and told that if I did not give up the source of that video I would suffer the consequences 'such as a drug addict caught with drugs if he didn't give up his drug dealer.' A year later I was gone from the employ of Trimet having endured a series of 'phony' secret rider reports and other management abuses.
TriMet Launches A Witch Hunt and Threatens Retaliation for Recent Stories in the Press
TriMet transit workers are being threatened with job loss, so says Amalgamated Transit Union President Bruce Hansen. The reason, “the workers became concerned that TriMet money is being spent on unnecessary things while public safety issues are going unaddressed. Last Friday, following the open door problem on Max, employees were afraid that the public would think it was a one-time lapse in safety. So they came forward with a whole host of concerns. They then passed those concerns on to the public through a press release.”
The press followed up, asking hard questions. TriMet’s response to learning of unsafe conditions at Rail? “Sadly, it was to launch a witch hunt. They are currently spending a lot of time trying to track down the source of the information. Safety is supposed to be a joint concern,” Hansen says. “Management is missing the point. This was not new information. The workers have been raising these issues and were hoping somebody was ready to listen
The parties’ collective bargaining agreement says: (Mcfarlane has disposed of collective bargaining)
Article 1, Section 15 –
Par. 1. The health and welfare of employees is a primary concern of both the District and Association. Both parties recognize the importance of achieving and maintaining a high level of safety in all operations of the District. Both parties also recognize the importance of reducing on-the-job injuries and controlling property damage and production losses. Both parties recognize the value of safety rules and practices, as well as preventive and corrective safety measures. Therefore, the District and Association, in recognition of their common commitment to promotion of safety and reduction of losses, will jointly support efforts to implement policies, practices, procedures, and protections during the duration of this Agreement to bring this about.
Funny how Trimet changes it story depending on who they are talking too.
~~~>That is exactly what they told Lane Jensen
As usual the standards they try to impose on everybody else never apply to them
Are TriMet bus microphones an invasion of privacy? | News | Lake Oswego News
Look what I got from Trimet today
|That's my 15 year pin! Took em a year to get it to me but better late than never right? But you know what? This 'award' is missing one of its 'ruby's! Ha! They get me again!|
A PLACE WHERE A TRANSIT STRIKE IS NOT TOLERATED
The strike could have had the potential to "severely affect the lives of daily commuters," the judge said.
Chinese bus drivers sentenced after going on strike in Singapore - CNN.com
BUS DRIVERS IN AMERICA COULDN'T GET AWAY WITH THIS
Bus Driver from Zelenograd Earns the Nickname of Punisher
Here is his Youtube channel!
Mcfarlane's massive con game on the employees and public
This is immediately after he had announced to his board of puppets and the public that there would be 70% cuts to services if union employees/retirees did not submit to his demands to cut their health insurance coverage.
WE THE PEOPLE
Sunday, February 24, 2013
He drove us as if he were sculling a boat down a river, flowing through the traffic rather than resisting it. Everyone who got on the bus was less likely to kick the dog that evening or to be otherwise hostile and unloving, because of the loving space that driver had created. Yet all he was doing was driving the bus. He wasn’t a therapist or a great spiritual teacher. He was simply being love.
People think I hated my job at Trimet
Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)
Just a general announcement: TriMet just failed the Americans with Physical Disabilities Act. Nice work on the elevators, assholes.
Who's watching? last 7 days
TOP POSTS LAST WEEK
Bus driver caught eating behind the wheel rider gets cash
And guess who the Director of Transit is down there?
|Tim Garling formerly of Trimet|
ATU colossal failure in NYC
The ATU Local 1181 shut down the strike after the city’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg accepted bids from contractors, which excluded the Employment Protection Provision (EPP). This provision, established in a bitter strike in 1979, allowed workers to maintain pay and benefits regardless of which private company won city contracts to operate bus routes.
Using the pretense of a worthless commitment from the city’s Democratic mayoral candidates to “revisit” the bidding process at some time in the future, the Local 1181 leadership called off the strike without even a membership vote. In the meantime, as many as 3,000 of the 8,800 student transportation workers face layoff this June as 1,100 routes are contracted out to the new low-cost bidders who no longer have to hire from a citywide seniority list. The rest face demands for 20 percent wage cuts and other concessions.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
War on Transit workers
Read the story HERE!
Jay Leno drives a bus...an 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.
TOP 50 SALARIES AT THE TRIMET PORK FACTORY
Freaking liar Mcfarlane, spreading vile propaganda while living like a pig.
Trimet endorsed and paid for budget analysis
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
It's funny how @trimet hasn't mentioned massive bonuses and wage increases for administration, including 3% for Neil and $20k for Beth.— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) February 23, 2013
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
Friday, February 22, 2013
Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)
#trimet #75 Line 75 stop closed at Ceasar Chav Southbound, look for temporary either before or after.— unTriMet alerts (@unTriMetAlerts) February 21, 2013
ATU 757 -TriMet Max: A Series of Disasters Waiting to Happen
Can never have enough light rail
Sock puppets on cable
Wednesday 2/27/2013, 9:00 PM, Channel 22
Friday 3/1/2013, 3:58 PM, Channel 22
Sunday 3/3/2013, 10:58 PM, Channel 11
Tuesday 3/5/2013, 1:00 PM, Channel 23
Friday 3/8/2013, 8:58 PM, Channel 23
Thursday, February 21, 2013
BREAKING: My exclusion gets thrown out! Details coming soon #trimet— PDX Transit Lane (@pdxtransitlane) February 22, 2013
'Big Bird' Larry Boltjes no stranger to controversy
Portland attorney says TriMet's questionable enforcement of noise rules violated free-speech right
BIG BIRD BLOWS HIS COOL!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Interview with Lane Jensen regarding his exclusion
Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)
The bus drivers for
TRIMET BELIEVES IN 'TRICKLE DOWN' ECONOMICS
They take great joy on pissing on their employees and their riders!
Crumbling Trimet is good for business
WHAT IS TRIMET ANYWAY?
TURNS OUT OUR MEDICAL EXPENSES ARE AVERAGE
When the union lost the last arbitration all blue cross members are now responsible for $3000 co-pays on our coverage.
Guess what? According to the MILLIMAN MEDICAL INDEX Trimet pays the average amount of money for health care and our out of pocket is also average.
Lies lies and more lies. (keep on working that overtime and bailing out those monsters in charge)
BULLET HOLE IN BUS WINDOW
Trimet Pork Opportunities
|Job Title:||Policy Advisor (Part-Time)|
|Salary:||$4,223.25 - $6,015.00 Monthly |
$50,679.00 - $72,180.00 Annually
|Job Type:||Non-Union Regular Part-Time|
This is most likely that job that has been promised to that Mcfarlane crony that I reported on this blog in a previous post. You know they have to 'pretend' they are actually recruiting someone.
Listen to this nonsense:
Provide support to TriMet's Department of Diversity & Transit Equity through the development, assessment and integration of policies and program by leading and performing research and analysis in the areas of transit equity Title VI, Environmental Justice and related civil rights and socioeconomic issues relating to TriMet’s diverse service territory.
Urban Renewal-Another Light Rail Casualty
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
WelcomeTransit Rider PDX
Democrats sold out the NYC school bus drivers
Bloomberg justified his refusal to even negotiate by claiming that since the city didn't directly employ bus personnel, it wasn't a party to the strike. This was rejected by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which found that the city and the bus companies were both "primary employers" of the striking workers. The mayor simply ignored the NLRB finding.
Latest "seen and heard on Trimet" (uncensored)
IS TRIMET A HEALTH AGENCY OR A TRANSIT AGENCY?
Is TriMet a healthcare agency or a transit agency? Neither. They're a construction company. agency.governmentjobs.com/trimet/default…— Cameron Johnson (@CamOfPortland) February 19, 2013
Student Driver at North Terminal
GOD LOVE EM
Click HERE! for the latest stupid Trimet contest.
DID YOU KNOW TRIMET MANAGEMENT ENFORCES DMV RULES
That's right, even though the operator was not cited by an actual officer capable of enforcing DMV rules Trimet officials in their infinite wisdom have decided that they can now impose suspensions on operators for violating DMV rules on their own! Crazy isn't it?
One of the many 'directors' at trimet gets interviewed
DOOFUS SAPPORTA IN HIS YELLOW VEST
TRIMET TO CUT 70% OF ITS SERVICE BUT WHAT THE HELL-WE STILL NEED LOADS OF PLANNERS
TRIMET LOVES LIGHT RAIL PORK
I'm still astounded by cost of a new set of doors for a #TriMet MAX train. $100k. That's more than half what I paid for my house.— Joseph Rose (@pdxcommute) February 19, 2013
Wanna sue Trimet?
Monday, February 18, 2013
ANGIE NAPEAN ALSO TARGETED BY TRIMET OFFICIALS
I will also be representing Angela Napean at her exclusion hearing which is coming next week.
I have never been happy with the treatment she has gotten at the hands of Trimet officials and it is my opinion that they have violated the ADA in her case.
This is a developmentally disabled woman with epilepsy and diabetes. She has been the victim of Trimet bullying for years. As a retired Trimet employee of 15 years with knowledge of Angie first hand I am going to go into the hearing office and say just that and explain her situation.
I'm going to do my best to give her adequate representation
LANE JENSEN EXCLUDED BY TRIMET FARE INSPECTORS
What TriMet Needs Now: A Really Good Audit
Full essay at PORTLAND TRANSPORT
Harry Sapporta in charge of finding excuses for the latest Trimet goof up
|Mcfarlane crony Sapporta finds excuses for Trimet screwups|
Video shows MAX train moving with door wide open KATU
Caught on camera: Commuter train door stays open, at highway speeds-KOIN
Caught on camera: MAX door open as train travels at full speed-KPTV
BLOGOSPHERE HAD MAX DOOR OPEN STORY DAYS AHEAD OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA
The truth of how that story made it to the media is this:
Lane Jensen (Portland Transit Lane) brought the video to my attention the day it came out.
I posted it to my site and tweeked the original file so that the annoying ad didn't appear in the middle of it.
Michael Anderson (Portland Afoot) noticed it and tweeted the story on my blog.
KOIN TV must follow his twitter because they picked it up from him.
After I saw that KOIN was interested I put a comment up on the on the YouTube site where it was published (Roz Miller) notifying them that KOIN was looking for them.
Now today its all over the mainstream media.
The blogoshpere gets very little credit but the reality is that many stories that appear in the mainstream media are reported days ahead in the blogosphere.
The bloggers that originally got the story are always ignored by the mainstream media, not surprisingly.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Tourette's maybe? Choking?
As the man continues in this way, I get up and walk to a seat past him from where I can see if he actually needs help. He is wearing only light clothes, though the temperature is close to freezing. The clothes are old and dirty. He is shivering violently and coughing. He is a portrait of misery.
Read the whole essay at Sardines Are Only Packed Once