ANOTHER track joint failure (let's build more,oh ya they r) radio.rosecitytransit.org/03-31-13/03-31…— TriMet Scanner (@trimetscanner) March 31, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
MAX Green and Yellow line trains not serving 5th and 6th due to mech issue.Take regular service buses from downtown— TriMet (@trimet) March 31, 2013
BUS BRIDGE AGAIN— TriMet Scanner (@trimetscanner) March 31, 2013
The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project (PMLR) now under construction has reached a new jobs milestone – by creating and maintaining more than 5,000 jobs, and providing a record $103 million in contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project reaches key jobs milestone – 5,000 jobs and counting! | TriMet Media
Google docs version is HERE!
Pictures below (remember on blogger you can click on pics for expanded views)
Those of us familiar with Trimet's west side service know that is nonsense.
(thanks to Lane Jensen for creating this)
Saturday, March 30, 2013
MAX Green and Yellow line trains not running along 5th and 6th in downtown Portland due to mechanical issue.
— TriMet (@trimet) March 30, 2013
@trimetscanner BUS BRIDGE STARTING
— TriMet Scanner (@trimetscanner) March 30, 2013
Every ticket machine at Sunset TC is busted. Come on Trimet. Jesus.— Mark Warner™ (@osubeav) March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Clackamas Light Rail Vote Doesn't Really Mean Anything
|Trimet mgmt slithering through the night looking for scapgoats|
They are snakes in the grass!
TriMet’s union employees have the most generous health care benefits in the country. If no other reforms are made in the upcoming contract, TriMet will face a $19 million service crisis beginning in FY17 that grows more extensive every year. (slugs looking for scapegoats)
TriMet identifies likely cause of MAX open door incident | TriMet Media
The problem with their explanation is THAT THERE IS NO RAMP AT THAT DOOR!
Ramps are located at doors 3-4-5-6 NOT 1-2-7-8
“If this is such a good idea, why don’t you let the county vote on it?” one resident asked, prompting the chant of “Vote! Vote! Vote!”
County Board member Mary H. Hynes said the county does not have the right under Virginia law to hold a referendum unless the county is asking voters to approve issuing general obligation bonds.
“How is it not an ethics violation for a member of this board to be employed by a company that has financially benefited from this project?” another resident asked.
Arlington streetcar forum gets raucous - The Washington Post
So it's no wonder that top executive Neil McFarlane tried to keep the raises, which totaled $910,000, under wraps. In fact, he even bragged he'd frozen the pay of nonunion workers. The reality? One executive, already earning $166,000, got a $14,000 raise. A light-rail program manager got a nearly 18 percent pay boost. The public relations person on the embattled Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line got an 8.24 percent increase, bringing her pay to $118,000. McFarlane later told The Oregonian: "We didn't do a very good job" with transparency on the matter. No kidding. TriMet's board would do well to hold McFarlane accountable for these shenanigans.
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers | The Columbian
You can live in peace with your major media outlets spitting back your propaganda without my annoying in depth analysis of everything you are doing!
That's a deal you can't refuse Mcfarlane.
Twice, in 1996 and 1998 elections, Clackamas voters rejected funding light-rail projects.
In 2011, 63 percent of Clackamas voters rejected the Sellwood Bridge vehicle registration fee, from which Portland Mayor Sam Adams promised to divert $20 million to the Milwaukie light-rail project.
In 2011, 70 percent of Clackamas voters blocked the use of urban renewal funding, which had been proposed to finance the Milwaukie light-rail project.
In 2012, 60 percent of Clackamas County voters passed Measure 3-401, to require a public vote on all future light-rail spending decisions by county commissioners.
Last November, Clackamas voters replaced two county commissioners who saddled us with $20 million of light-rail debt with new commissioners who promised to take future light-rail decisions to the voters.
Read the rest of this editorial HERE!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
He has never mentioned the latest ERB RULING which requires him to reimburse employees for his illegal imposition of health care costs.
And he has neglected to mention the lawsuit for $20 million dollars for violating wage laws.
So what good is he when he routinely censors information from the board and the public
This is posted on the MLR web site:
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project The car was actually very evident inside of the building—in fact, it was a famous component of the diner. The owner of the historical photograph and map business, History Image, and other building tenants over the years were aware of the car being embedded in the building.
Thanks to RYAN MISHLER for noticing this
That is not frequent service. The 57 line used to have 4 buses an hour, now it has three buses an hour.
This is a great example of how Trimet management distorts the truth of the situation.
The meeting begins with a gushy outpouring of support from the government bureaucrats for the Mcfarlane, very predictable of course. Of course none of those bureaucrats actually use public transit of course.
What you are really witnessing are the elite deciding what is best for its citizens.
At 17 mins in
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
|Lane Jensen (left) Al Margulies (right)|
I love when people throw stones at me.
These are always LOTS OF TALK and ZERO action people.
Talk is cheap, action takes work.
I don't see anybody else having the guts to take on Trimet head first.
Just me and Lane.
I know I have made a difference and from what I hear Lane is mentioned in the current Trimet training class and we have seen Lane on all the local news stations.
Hardly 'clowns' I would say.
|There is nothing 'positive' in a war|
Well ya! It's hard to be positive when my former employer employer is trying to starve me to death while the people responsible for starving me to death are getting rich.
It's hard to stay positive when my former employer LIED TO ME about my retirement benefits.
It's hard to stay positive when I saw the suffering thrust upon my riders while I was working there by faceless bureaucrats.
There is nothing positive about this situation, this is a war, a war for peoples minds.
And for one lonely guy sitting in a room, aided by some other lonely guys in their rooms, and one not so lonely girl, I think we have made a dent in Trimet's propaganda machine.
And we are up against a billion dollar government funded agency and some high priced executives!
The lonely guys have not been defeated as of this day!
The excuse of giving managers more money not because they have done anything special but because they might leave is used over and over by taxpayer-funded agencies as a justification for raises. But when these entities fail to implement effective policies or can't provide adequate services within their budget limitations, why do we want to make sure that their decision-makers are kept?
I bet there are lots of qualified people ready to fill the shoes of the rare manager who would actually give up his or her job without a salary increase in tough times. If this happened, it might even open up the door to fresh thinking.
State Rep. Chris Gorsek's House Bill 3316 to allow the region's local governments to appoint members to TriMet's board of directors does not go far enough.
The directors should be elected by the citizens of TriMet's service area. Political appointments would just lead to another insulated group influenced by favoritism and cronyism.
This is, after all, a travesty perpetrated by TriMet officials on a tri-county area, and it should be solved by the people who have suffered at their hands.
The board of directors for a public transit agency should be elected by the voters in the transit service area.
School board members are elected by their district's voters. Why not give the same power to the voters for transit agency boards?
|"It's the unions fault"|
Trimet under shady Mcfarlane has stooped to new lows in dealing with its union and the union employees.
Trimet is the one who violates the law.
The latest decision required Trimet to pay back operators for a portion of the health care costs.
Do you see Trimet talking about it or implementing it?
That's because we have rogues in charge of Trimet now who think they are above the law and who routinely ignore the law.
So remember, even though Trimet has gone all out to point the finger at the union with the full cooperation of the major media, they are the ones to blame if they lose, not the union.
John Charles argues that #trimet budget is balanced because they've been using retiree trusts as ATMs— Jason McHuff (@rosecitytransit) March 27, 2013
#trimet can't budget nonunion wage increases because they don't know what they would be— Jason McHuff (@rosecitytransit) March 27, 2013
No Tweeting if the board meeting today because the wifi at this facility is awful. #TriMet— Alex H (@AJHTriMet) March 27, 2013
|Bruce Warner is dangerous|
Pretty accurate report other than the claim that Trimet is 'world class'.
If you can't get home from the bar when it closes on public transit then 'world class' is not the word to describe the transit system.
Also OPAL was the only place that exposed Trimet's lies about their budget. The mass media ignored it, as is standard operating procedure for them.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Pamplin Media Group - TriMet weighs budget options
Monday, March 25, 2013
RTD Watch Pilot: Meeting of 1/15/2013
RTD Watch Episode 2: New Mall Buses
RTD Watch Special Report: Team Building Exclude...
WATCHDOG WIRE IS HERE
Sunday, March 24, 2013
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 trimet.org.
My thanks to each of you for your service to TriMet and the community.
Neil (you are a liar Neil and we know it!)
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
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
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!
TOP TRIMET STORIES: TRIMET DRIVER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT-Mult Cty Case No. 1301-00923.
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.
|I love the arm patch|