Friday, February 28, 2014
abandoned car in #trimet MAX tracks just south of Cascades station— TriMet Scanner (@trimetscanner) March 1, 2014
MAX Red Line disrupted due to auto on tracks near Cascade Station. Shuttle buses serving stations between Gateway TC & PDX.— TriMet (@trimet) March 1, 2014
Bus drivers in northern Vermont have voted 53-4 to strike against unsafe conditions, surveillance and discipline, and part-time status. The walkout is set for March 10.
The strong local solidarity they’ve mustered could serve as an example for drivers and transit workers battling similarly extreme conditions around the country. Over the last few decades 85 percent of transit authorities have pushed drivers to accept part-time conditions.
At a pair of February 19 community rallies, an array of unions, Vermont Workers’ Center members, students, politicians, and parents of school kids who ride the buses pledged to “walk with the drivers” if a fair contract is not resolved.
The “long work days, split shifts, and forced overtime” scheduled by the Chittenden County Transit Authority are dangerous, said Teamsters Local 597 member Rob Slingerland at a community speak-out held at the Cherry Street Bus Terminal. The event was organized by rank-and-file drivers together with a coalition of unions and community groups.
Slingerland’s schedule, for example, has him working from 6:50 to 9 a.m., then from 2:20 to 7:20 p.m. So he is paid for only seven hours’ work, but “my day’s total spread is 12.5 hours,” he explained. “The contract says we can be forced up to a 15-hour spread. Because of that, they’re telling us we have to be available for that 15 hours but only being paid for the hours worked.”
He said the drivers want maximum work day hours, real breaks, and better schedules.
“These sound like workplace issues from 1914, not 2014,” said Denise Youngblood, president of the faculty union at the University of Vermont.
I can tell you that the job of bus driver is not the same job it was ten years or more ago. It used to be a great job and companies actually considered you a person and not a piece of expendable equipment. People should think twice before jumping at this job, it's physically and psychologically brutal and they won't tell you any of that during the interview or the training.
- No experience needed; includes paid training to acquire CDL
- Starts at a living wage that doubles in three years
- Full benefits, and more than 20 career paths
Tigard ballot measure: Supporters, opponents differ over true meaning of initiative | OregonLive.com
Transit plays a vital role in a just and equitable society. For many citizens, transit is a lifeline, which is why the history of civil rights and transit are so deeply intertwined.
At TriMet, we have a long history of not only meeting the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law. We are steadfast in our commitment to these equity principles, counter to the recent opinions expressed in The Oregonian by Organizing People Activating Leaders (OPAL’s) Jonathan Ostar.
At the heart of OPAL’s proposal for extended transfer time is the very real impact service cuts have taken on our riders. We are cognizant of how these cuts affect real families and real people, which is why TriMet is prioritizing restoring service on the most traversed and critical lines—we are treating the cause of the problem, rather than the symptom.
Read the essay HERE
United Streetcar delays: Portland didn't pursue at least $676,430 for related contract expenses | OregonLive.com
Thursday, February 27, 2014
From 34-210 Chief Petitioners Art Crino and Tim Esau
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NOPE, the only coverage was on an obscure blog run by a blogger who operates outside the norms of the transit blog community.
What did the mainstream media cover? Trimet bringing back 15 minute peak our service on some heavy use lines. And they phrased it to appear that Trimet was doing the public 'a favor' and should be thanked for their great efforts towards the public.
No mention that the cuts were over done in the first place. No mention that OPAL, the activist agency that TRIMET officials have so enjoyed toying with called out the cuts as unnecessary.
NOPE, nothing at all resembling facts about anything going on at Trimet.
And there is only a handful of people that understand just how great the lie actually is and how Trimet is destroying peoples lives every day.
I want to congratulate all the union members that took time out of their day to address that board of sock puppets.
They didn't need me today to make the point, they made it themselves and for someone like me to see people step up to the plate lifts my spirits and gives me energy to keep this blog going.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The train was damaged on the east end of the Blue Line between the Gresham Central Transit Center and the Cleveland Avenue MAX station. TriMet officials said crews will continue to work through the night to make the repairs, but no estimate was given for completion of the repairs.
Shuttle buses are taking riders between Cleveland and Ruby Junction.
While some of the passengers were understanding, others weren’t happy at all.
“I think everyone understands the weather, and what are you going to do?” passenger Mary Hartel told KOIN 6 News. “Got to get back to your car and finish getting home.”
Passengers Zech Cordova, Rebecca West and Jessica Fuentes are with Job Corps and only had a limited time to be together.
One said, “It’s good they’re making an effort to get us going,” but another said, “This should never have happened. They should have watched that tree before it fell down.”
Tree hits wires, delays MAX Blue Line | KOIN.com
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature is looking at two bills that would curtail access to public records.
Both measures have advanced through the legislative process without opposition at any stage. Lawmakers say they're protecting people's privacy, but government transparency advocates worry about adding even more exemptions to Oregon's public records law.
The two new exemptions would join more than 400 that already exist in Oregon's public records law, up from just 55 when the law was first adopted in 1973 in the midst of the Watergate scandal.
Access to information is critical for the public to know what public officials are up to, what decisions are being made and whether government is operating efficiently, said Tim Gleason, former dean of the University of Oregon journalism school who is now special assistant to the provost.
But he said lawmakers have steadily added exemptions to the public records law without any analysis about "the impact of this bill-by-bill erosion of public access."
"In isolation, each one of these seems like a good idea," Gleason said. "It's only when you look at the cumulative effect that you begin to see the serious problem."
Monday, February 24, 2014
City councilors unanimously decided last week to ask voters to accept an extra $36 tax on the average property to pay off TriMet for Milwaukie’s light-rail debt.
If voters don’t pass the $4 million bond measure, Milwaukie would have to cut two or three staff members next year, estimated Finance Director Casey Camors at the Feb. 18 meeting. But passage of the bond wouldn’t guarantee no cuts; it would only reduce the amount of cuts needed, Camors noted.
“It’s important that our citizens be given a choice as to how services are provided within the community,” said Mayor Jeremy Ferguson.
Voters to decide on more Milwaukie light-rail cuts
TriMet may raise paratransit fares - News - METRO Magazine
This phenomenon, everything getting more complicated, is not limited to rail transit. We see it everywhere across our society. It is a classic symptom of decay and decline. If we look at the rise and fall of other countries, we almost always find increasing complexity marking the downward path. It can reach a point where nobody can do anything: welcome to 17th century Spain.
Costs appear to vary enormously, often for little or no visible reason, i.e., tunneling. For Salt Lake City’s UTA Frontlines effort, the total Light Rail share of the program came in at $57.8 million per mile. An extension of Charlotte’s Blue Line LYNX Light Rail is estimated to cost $123.4 million per mile. What gives?
What gives is that nowhere in the process of building rail transit is there any player who has an interest in keeping costs down. There are, however, many players who have no interest in keeping costs down; indeed, they may have an incentive to drive costs up, because they make more money.
Mass Transit Advocates Must Address the Cost Problem | Smart Growth for Conservatives
Sunday, February 23, 2014
This was Trimet's bullshit excuse:
If the board had approved the 2.5 hour transfer today, it might still require a transit equity analysis if the FTA decides that a change in transfer time is in effect a fare change.
Excuse my language but those fucking pieces of shit who take great pleasure out of distorting policies, procedures and laws to suit their purpose made that up out of thin air.
Would the FTA have an issue with a fare decrease across the entire Trimet region? NO!
Liars and thieves in charge of your transit system.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Expect delays on NB Yellow Lines; they are trying to clear a train that went belly up. #TriMet— TriMet Scanner (@trimetscanner) February 23, 2014
Good job #trimet fare box for saying my dollar coin was only a quarter :V I totally love how you screw me out of money at every given chance
— Anza (@anzadesu) February 22, 2014
And I for the life of me don't understand why they bother bidding at all since they routinely allow the 'bids' to be exceeded at will. In this resolution they DOUBLE the original bid from $3 million to
$7 million . Nice to have unlimited funds to give away at will to things that don't actually provide riders with anything. But we don't have the resources for this, or that, or the other.
(the debate that ensues in the comments between me and Jason is the SOP for Jason when it comes to me and Erik, he finds it entertaining to challenge everything either one of us says, since Jason is a pal of mine I tolerate this shit from him)
It may not need to.
Senate Bill 6125 appears to have achieved the desired effect on at least one Oregon lawmaker.
Oregon Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro, directly cited Benton’s bill in a statement this week announcing that he won’t support the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement if it comes to a vote in Salem this year.
“Based on the Washington legislature’s demonstrated unwillingness to engage in a bi-state process, as seen by the Washington Senate’s recent passage of Senate Bill 6125, it is clear that the co-operation we need to build this bridge is not going to materialize,” Starr said.
Did Benton’s bill seal the CRC’s fate in Salem? | Political Beat