Monday, September 30, 2013
|"I am not a crook" Neil Mcfarlane explains|
Sunday, September 29, 2013
They did that before with the "Contingency fund" and had $20 million stored there, while claiming to have a $14 million in shortfall, while cutting service, while taking a 3% raise for the top 50 (all non-union of course) wage earners, while blaming the union contract for the shortfall (made up all that), while continuing to expand beyond the capacity of Portland metro area, while ridership falls, while spending UN-godly like sums on the newest and liability ridden items, while ignoring the constant complaints from those riders, while robbing the union pensions to pay for the "many" shiny things, while can't keep a dime to their name, while beholden to WallSteet and Shareholders' call for return on their investments, while......WELL YOU GET THE POINT.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Before the ticket printers everyone on buses got transfers, You either got one or two hours from the end of the line.
Then the wonderful printers came into being (at the cost of several million dollars) and somehow the Trimet code got amended, nobody knew about the change in trimet code until today!
They just snuck it right through. Basically that wonderful board of directors, composed of the elites of the Portland scene, decided they would rip off riders yet again. No more time from end of line, you get the transfer from the time you get on. Too bad if the bus gets stuck, or breaks down, you, the rider lose again.
Sorry, but that is HOW THEY ROLL
|Fred is smiling for a reason, he's RICH off Trimet|
But decent health insurance for current and retired employees, NO WAYYYY!
See only the executives are allowed to rip off the tax payers, everybody else has to eat shit and die
Nearly received my second ticket just now in 10 days on @trimet using their mobile app. Please educate your agents!— reggiewideman (@reggiewideman) September 28, 2013
Implementing the bus ticket printers was not a fare hike, rather it was an operational improvement
Trimet lame ass shit here
Look closely at the 'priorities' they list:
Members of the local bus rider's union say the change did something else: It cut the value of a weekend bus transfer by an hour.
And organizers with Bus Riders Unite say that amounts to a quiet fare hike for TriMet's poorest riders in East Portland, who are no longer able to travel downtown and back on a single $2.50 bus transfer.
"They're stealing our precious time," says Nicole Johnson, youth organizer for OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, which runs Bus Riders Unite.
WILLY WEEK HERE!
Joe Rose Here
To help fill the streetcar revenue gap, board members are discussing a fare hike. One option would take a ticket from $1 to $2.50 — the same as a TriMet two-hour ticket.
While the goal is to increase revenue, a fare hike may hurt ridership. In June 2011, when the streetcar began charging for tickets, ridership decreased despite the opening of a new eastside line.
“Increasing the price can always make ridership go down,” Gustafson said. “There is well-documented information about that.”
Do people ride if Streetcar fare rises? | KOIN.com
These agreements must withstand economic and political changes over three decades. These provisions must be satisfied before an Oregon-led project could be considered financially viable.
Wheeler Kicks CRC Can Down the Road
The C-Tran Board of Directors on Thursday approved a hastily prepared plan to operate light rail in Vancouver as part of the Columbia River Crossing.
The 5-4 vote allows C-Tran to move forward on a set of draft agreements with TriMet under the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement. That includes a plan to pay C-Tran’s annual share of financing a light rail extension to Clark College.
The vote came over strong objections by Clark County Commissioner David Madore and other CRC opponents on the board and in the audience. It also came after some confusion, as actual copies of the resolution — summarizing a proposal made public earlier this week — were passed out minutes before the vote was taken.
“I hardly know what to say. This is about the most stupid thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Madore said. “Big decisions of this magnitude, this is not the way you make them.
C-Tran board approves light rail financing plan | The Columbian
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work - Eric Jaffe - The Atlantic Cities
| Manuel Magaña @manuel_mg |
@HoracePhairy aeroplane itinerary confirmed. is TriMet still fucked?
@trimet you should consider posting stop closures more that 1 day in advance.
— Kassiane (@UVGKassi) September 24, 2013
“@_courtnaayy: Trimet should invest in wifi”YEEEEESSSSSSS
— Yung Goat Hunta (@wizardkelly300) September 24, 2013
I'm trying to figure out if it is worth it to continue my $50 monthly trimet pass or not.
— classic narcissist (@lemon_love) September 24, 2013
Someone on my train just got a fine for having a valid mobile ticket. What the everliving fuck, @trimet? #quotas
— Svën-Gørän Ølåfsøn™ (@pyratejack) September 24, 2013
Getting on #trimet and finding a crying baby and a non caring mother... #Portlandproblems
— Jay benitez (@jas0nbc) September 24, 2013
I hate Trimet so much right now I could cry. I'm about to feel very irrational.
— frick kitten (@fetalkitty) September 24, 2013
Hey @trimet could we maybe let all the religious group in Oregon know that harassment on trimet property is NOT ok.
— Dani (@Destynnee) September 24, 2013
I hate everyone. Trimet here I come alone in the dark.
— Anna (@AnnnaMarie15) September 24, 2013
Stumbling along in a #Trimet 99 that must be 20 yo, in the pouring rain, with failing wipers, no heat, fogged up windows. Yay me.
— Mike Rigsby (@mikerigsby) September 25, 2013
And I refuse to get on TriMet
— Shayy Gibson (@SG_Beautiful7) September 25, 2013
Why is the heater never on when I want it to be #trimet #portland #cold
— Kaitlyn Miranda (@mylovelykatie) September 25, 2013
If the train is 2 minutes early...then don't close the fcking doors and sit there while people stand in the rain. @trimet #trimetyousuck
— Klayton Andrew (@klaytonandrew) September 25, 2013
But seriously where is the bus. Portland @trimet , come on now.
— katiedel (@katiedel) September 25, 2013
Rebooting MAX car 417 at Kings Hill due to door issue. #trimet
— Nonpartisan (@nonpartisantoo) September 25, 2013
Multnomah will be using trimet advertising space in the future... How are we going to beat this Scientology ad? pic.twitter.com/wE0ZXSpcou
— Tyler Marple (@tylermarple) September 25, 2013
Now, this is technically not breaking the rules... #TriMet http://t.co/qJW5cqOJpV
— Adri C (@PDXtrimetrider) September 24, 2013
If a child is singing on #trimet is it more appropriate to smack them or their parent? #TheParent #ShutYoKidUp #portland #portlandia #pdx
— High on Trimet (@HighonTriMet) September 24, 2013
Time to start wearing a mask to drive. It's September and the bum coughing fits are already extra juicy. + nobody cleans #trimet busses.
— Buster Brown (@DriverYouNeed) September 24, 2013
@trimet transit tracker isn't working! Stepped out to catch the bus at 11831and it said it was still a minute out but it was already past!
— Bonnie Hildebrand (@BikeVegan) September 25, 2013
@trimet says 1500 average daily riders. I'm sure not seeing it! pic.twitter.com/fegwsVMXYo
— PDX Transit Lane (@pdxtransitlane) September 25, 2013
Bus driver gave me an "honored citizen" ticket. Like for seniors and people with disabilities. I get it trimet. You don't give a shit.
— Jana (@mossymossymoss) September 25, 2013
The blue line MAX is a Dumbnado this afternoon... #PDX #Trimet
— Damascus Steel (@Damascus_Steele) September 25, 2013
Turns out that the doors wouldn't close...#trimet #portland #pdx
— Parker Smith (@Parker_Smith_22) September 25, 2013
I have no idea what time I should leave my house, and the Trimet website is fucking stupid.
— Doug Dimmadab (@titlefightmeirl) September 25, 2013
Awful experience with @trimet app. Active passes don't travel with the account and my 30-day is not on my new iPhone. Unacceptable!
— Patrick Foss (@patrickwfoss) September 26, 2013
Pitbulls and Popeye's on the 6 today, oh lawd #trimet
— Kathleen Plant (@KathleenJanine) September 26, 2013
@trimet your outbound 12s to Tigard are...let's just say not providing reliable service. #wedeservebetter pic.twitter.com/T2V0trQCuO
— Erik Halstead (@sp_redelectric) September 26, 2013
Standing room only on #trimet, can't accommodate any more with wheelchair or stroller. Real nice driver. #opalpdx
— Joseph Santos-Lyons (@radicalhapa) September 25, 2013
Almost got a ticket on trimet for saying I don't have an ID...wtf lame ass people and their BS hahaha
— Caty (@_kd_09) September 26, 2013
@pdxcommute trimet is spending 128 mill for special buses not counting upgrades to yards, but no money for services? logic in that?
— Sean Matthews (@scminpdx) September 26, 2013
.@pdxcommute Count me among those who've been hosed by #trimet mobile app. Just lost $12.50 in tix via iOS 7 upgrade. @globesherpa
— Justin Stranzl (@jstranzl) September 26, 2013
If I had to rate my trimet experience today, I'd give it three bananas out of five.
— Jason Short (@ctor) September 26, 2013
Maybe trimet should think about giving free hot drinks and having a heated waiting area.for us.
— Natalie Hall (@natali_brooke) September 26, 2013
@trimet machine t117 is not issuing tickets...
— nathan alan (@_nathanalan) September 26, 2013
Do you prefer to travel by train, bus, plane or ship? — Train. Easily. Not like trimet, or tram. I'm talking rea... http://t.co/aIXeir3jyQ
— Regular Guy (@Real_ZacWasula) September 26, 2013
YEA DRIVE SLOWER MAKE ME EVEN MORE LATE TO SCHOOL #Trimet Fuck
— Jay benitez (@jas0nbc) September 26, 2013
@trimet your closure of stop 170 means folks are walking on the shoulderless part of barbur. #safetyfirst
— Kassiane (@UVGKassi) September 26, 2013
@havi oh my. Trimetizing indeed.
— Rhiannon Laurie (@RhiannonLaurie) September 26, 2013
On a new #trimet bus, the seat is comfortable only if I sit up straight. Damn you and your concern for my posture, #trimet!
— Ms. Four (@msfour) September 26, 2013
@trimet MAX train 211's stop displays seem to be stuck on displaying the Oregon Zoo stop.
— Robert Allen (@Unh0ly_Tigg) September 26, 2013
The usually worst driver on Trimet passed me at my stop. Should I be happy to feel safe? Or mad he made me late?
— Shawn Fleek (@shawnfleek) September 26, 2013
or change settings
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|1800 SW 1st Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201|
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Watch this video and see if you could handle this job. This is actually the dispatch call that ended up ending my career at Trimet. While the public can post this sort of thing Trimet employees cannot. When you work at Trimet you agree to give up your civil rights
It's hard to open the eyes of some people but the truth is TRIMET has plenty of money for all the things the executives want, like rehabbing buildings and giving themselves raises, but when it comes to a three hour transfer or increasing bus service they have to 'dig' for it. In the item below you see they were able to come up with $9 million for the dumb 'moving together' project which includes this little line item: "professional services". Some nice bonus for one of their cronies I am sure.
“TriMet’s core value is safety and it guides each decision we as an agency make, and it needs to guide each decision our operators make on the streets,” says TriMet Executive Director of Safety, Security and Environmental Services Harry Saporta.(AKA HARRY 'THE HACK' SAPPORTA)
The goals and objectives of the annual recertification are to:
- promote safety,
- encourage exceptional customer service,
- reinforce/update standard operating procedures and driving and ADA laws,
- increase caution around pedestrians and cyclists.
TriMet bus operators retrain, recertify with focus on safety and customer service | TriMet News and Media Releases.
Damn I am glad I don't bother with the new app. Yeesh.
Be really careful using the new TRIMET ticket app. : Portland
Still, she said, total recorded bus rides of just under 60 million during fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30, was almost exactly the same as the year before.
As for the increase in WES ridership, TriMet said the relocation of the Stream Global Services call center to Wilsonville played a major role.
Stream offered a 100 percent commuter benefit subsidy for the first 6 months of the relocation from Beaverton, TriMet said.
TriMet’s commuter rail reaches record ridership | TriMet News and Media Releases
In the real world people get fired when their performance is lacking, at Trimet bad management gets raises. Oh yea WES ridership is up, but there ridereship on that is so low that it really shouldn't be counted at all but you know HOW THEY ROLL.
a question. It's pathetic.
What you do see there is the real Trimet, and it has nothing to do with transit.
TriMet Board of Directors Meetings
Board MeetingWednesday, September 25, 2013, 9 a.m.
Portland BuildingRoom C
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204 Agenda
Portland has once again become the 'talk of the industry', this time its about the amount of 'investment' that the blue line has encouraged.
Interesting this comes out after the uproar in Washington state about the Trimet light rail programs. Citizens of the greater Portland area are pretty fed up with Trimet BS cutting services but installing light rail . Can't fool the public forever.
The Blue Line — TriMet’s light rail route from Gresham to Hillsboro — attracted the biggest real estate investments of any surface transit system in the country, according to a new study.
The study doesn't mention the decimation of Trimet bus service, nor does it mention that Trimet is bucking national trends and actually losing ridership.
Handing public money to facilitate developers is how our government has been hijacked by special interest. Trimet is no longer a transit service, but a real estate development company. Everybody involved with Trimet gets rich along the way, but the poor citizens that actually need transit eat shit, hey, its the American way. The rich get richer and the poor, well, you know how that story ends.
Study: Portland's 'Blue Line' Attracts Most Investment Of U.S. Transit Projects - WNYC
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Resolution 13-09-57 Authorizing a Modification to the Contract with Hoffman Construction Company of Oregon for Renovation of the Center Street Building - Res_13-09-57.pdf
But in August 2012, Tigard already updated its land use regulations with high-capacity transit in mind. City Manager Marty Wine said earlier this summer she wasn't sure how the measure, if passed, would affect those plans.
Tigard voters did approve a measure last year requiring a public vote on increased taxes or fees to pay for light rail.
On #trimet bus 3128 sickly plastic smell... Check, mini seats build for Tyrion lanister... Check, bus driver with sore knees... Check— Dan Christensen (@Dan_Christensen) September 24, 2013
Overheard on my #Trimet bus: "Look at these idiots driving like crazy goats. Wish I still had my license..."— Dan Christensen (@Dan_Christensen) September 21, 2013
Guy on my #Trimet bus, with the bill of rights tattooed on his arm. Been arrested 8 times.— Dan Christensen (@Dan_Christensen) September 13, 2013
#Trimet dug out dusty, dirty old nasty busses for East side Streetcar service. Enjoy!— Dan Christensen (@Dan_Christensen) September 13, 2013
|Title||Art Technician Services|
|Bids Due Date/Time||10/07/2013 2:00:00 PM Pacific|
|Contact||Jackie Blyn |
Tel (503) 962-2218
|Solicitation Type||Formal Quote|
|Description||Request for Formal Quotes for an Art Technician|
TriMet: Bidding Opportunities
|Title||TriMet Continuity of Operations Plan|
|Bids Due Date/Time||10/14/2013 2:00:00 PM Pacific|
|Contact|| Brian Woodall |
Tel (503) 962-3055
Fax (503) 962-2298
|Solicitation Type||Request for Proposal|
|Description||The Tri-County Metropolitan transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) invites sealed proposals for a TriMet Continuity of Operations Plan|
TriMet: Bidding Opportunities
|Title||Buy America Audit and Vehicle Inspection Services|
|Bids Due Date/Time||10/18/2013 2:00:00 PM Pacific|
Tel (503) 962-4953
Fax (503) 962-2298
|Solicitation Type||Request for Proposal|
|Description||The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) requests proposals from qualified firms interested in providing Buy America Audit and Vehicle Inspection Services.|
Another Oregon rail system came out well in the new report: the Portland Streetcar was among the country's most cost-effective transit systems, with a $41 return per transit dollar spent.
Monday, September 23, 2013
In the end it turned out to have plenty of problems as I expected. As usual Trimet takes no responsibility. The article below offers a very close look at this new app.
Rules & Rhetoric - Thoughts on Trimet’s Imperfect Mobile Payment Experience
And how about that registration experience? It would have been nice if they’d considered social registration to make that process a little easier (shameless plug for my line of work) and offered options like making Amazon or Paypal as payment method or making it an in-App purchase. Sure, they’re sharing revenue at that point, but they’d also gain more customers through convenience.
As for me, I’m still hopeful that this app will reach it’s potential, but it’s been a bitter pill so far. Even if the judge is lenient, I’m likely to get my fine cut in half at best and I’m going to miss a half-day of work to boot. That’s a hell of a way to treat a loyal and engaged customer. It’s also one hell of an expensive commute.
Just take a look at this piece TriMet looks at service improvements, cleaner buses (sorry about the wrong link being posted earlier)
When you read through it you see this zinger: According to McFarlane, the service increase will be funded by $1 million in non-union health care cost savings and $1 million in additional revenue from a new advertising contract. TriMet fares will fund the balance of $800,000, McFarlane says.
That is an obvious attempt to paint unionized workers as 'bad guys' as has been MCFARLANES standard operating procedure since he became the new czar of Trimess.
The man and his methods are a plague against the union workers, the fact that he has total support from the sock puppets and the governor is very disturbing. And of course Trimet workers have no right to strike so what the hell does he think he is accomplishing with his never ending union bashing?
TriMet's news release after the settlement said it "accepted responsibility for the negligent driving of the bus operator." TriMet omitted to say that, by law, the responsibility it accepted was for a fraction of the harm it actually caused.
Oregon state and local officials want these damage-responsibility caps to protect their budgets from catastrophic claims. But that is the job of umbrella insurance, which is the most inexpensive liability insurance on the market
TriMet is a unit of local government, and the Oregon Tort Claims Act at that time capped TriMet's liability at $500,000 per person and $1 million for all injuries and deaths resulting from one crash -- whichever is less.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Trimet has said ZERO about the last meeting and ATU 757 issued THIS pathetic release about the last meeting.
So what happened to allowing the mainstream media into these meetings, which both sides had agreed to?
It was all a ruse, a phony, nobody ever intended to open up these meetings as is evidenced by the current state of the negotiations.
Bottom line, ATU and TRIMET both lied about their intentions.
Now if Trimess mess transit district had secured its stations it would not be quite so easy to flaunt the rules as it is now. Mcdoughbag would rather pay millions to hire Tristapo then secure the stations cause THAT'S HOW THEY ROLL
FARE EVASION CITATIONS COMPLETELY USELESS AS A DETERRENT TO REPEAT OFFENDERS http://t.co/KTCo62wKgC http://t.co/sm7EaOmxQ1
— TriMet Scanner (@trimetscanner) September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
How would that work when you have an out-of-town visitor from, say, Chicago, visiting Portland for a week, gets hit with a ticket because they forgot their phone charger and the phone died? How is that person going to be able to defend themselves against a $175 ticket - by having to buy another trip to Portland?
The simplest solution is for TriMet to actually be CUSTOMER FOCUSED. First offense - be allowed to buy a fare at the next available location, or receive a $10 "penalty fare" citation (the citation also serves as an all-day pass). Second offense (within a rolling 12 months), same. Third offense (within a rolling 12 months) - be charged with Theft of Services. That way everyone is guaranteed two strikes before hit with a large fine.
To which Cwherewetakeu replies