Saturday, July 30, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Who's making money off Trimet?

People think that Trimet is a transit district. The carefully hidden truth is that Trimet is a cash machine.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The MAX crash could have been physically discouraged

It appears that Tuesday's MAX/car collision could possibly have easily been prevented. It appears the driver made an illegal left or U turn at SW 18th and Taylor where there's clearly a "straight ahead only" sign, but the median is open and smoothly paved, inviting people to drive across it. In addition, there's no train warning sign.

Trimet is hiring

Another citizen TRIMETIZED by the Portland transit system

Riding public transportation is a dangerous activity. Once again we see yet another dispute over a $2.50 fare turn  into a life threatening situation, this time for the rider

Monday, July 18, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

TriMet could easily make service better

Besides the disruption on the Orange Line tonight, there was also a car stuck on the Steel Bridge which delayed the last few Blue Line trains (as well as further causing issues for the Yellow Line).

A suggestion was made to take Line 20 to Line 57 as an alternative for getting to the west side, as both run very late.  However, it turns out that Line 20 may just miss Line 57 at night.  This means that riders either have to wait a long time at Beaverton TC or that trips are not possible.

Line 20
Line 57

TriMet: 20-Burnside/Stark Weekday To Beaverton Transit Center
TriMet: 57-TV Hwy/Forest Grove Weekday To Forest Grove

It is true that it's virtually impossible to please everybody, and during the day time making one transfer work can break others.  But at night and when there's a directional flow of riders, shifting a schedule by just a few minutes can make transit be an option.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lane Jensens Podcast episode 6

TriMet runs Union Manor Shuttle but undersells it

Line 19 service alert:
From Monday, June 27, through November, the Union Manor stop at SE 23rd & Tolman (Stop ID 7172) will be served by a shuttle due to construction. The shuttle will operate every 30 minutes on weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shuttle will stop at eastbound and westbound Line 19 stops at SE Bybee & Bybee Blvd MAX Station and at SE Tolman & 23rd. Trip planning and TransitTracker will not be available for the shuttle stops.
An updated alert has since been put out removing the "Trip planning and".

Monday, July 11, 2016

Trimet fail, and fail miserably

Trimet can't find people to take their jobs and apparently isn't interested in keeping the employees they currently have

Over on a private face group there is extreme consternation over the current sign up for bus drivers.
While the block sign-ups were supposed to be eliminated trimet but also eliminated some long existing programs, like the part time 3 day workweek which is been around for probably a decade. And this is leading to yet another morale breakdown with operators. This is from a current operator.

Friday, July 8, 2016

I think this is over the top

Classic tweets

Not sure why Trimet thought this was necessary

The shootings have nothing to do with Portland or Trimet so I really don't get why this was necessary.
My assumption is that Trimet thinks it will be good P.R. 
If you scroll through the Twitter feed you'll see many citizens questioning the motivation also. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Trimet not impressive

Henry Beasley on the latest assault

Brothers and Sisters,

Here we go again, number 27 assaults this year and…..welcome to SUMMER.

Last night we had yet another assault, this time involving an intoxicated female on the 75 line bus around 11 to 1130pm.  The intoxicated female was assaulting various riders then the operator.  The operator was struck at least 6 times, 3 of which were in the face.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Trimess strikes again

Trimet "temporary" raise for new employees

There is  some controversy swirling around the process that was used in approving these "temporary" raises for new employees. One aspect of the controversy is the fact that there has been no side letter issued, rather an exchange of letters. More detail on this to follow.

Just can't understand why Trimet is having trouble recruiting drivers

Stephen Cohen wraps up his Trimet career with this song

Monday, July 4, 2016

Trimet is going to ask for a tax increase

The way that organization has been treating the citizens for the last 5 years fat chance

Call off the rabid dogs of Trimet right now if you want any chance of your tax measure passing. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Trimet union employees more likely to contract cancer

There have been 4 Trimet drivers that have died in recent history after contracting cancer due to diesel exposure. This job is even more dangerous than getting attacked 

Show up at the Trimet sock puppets meeting !

Timet light rail industrial complex

Chris Day On wages

Congratulations to all of our soon to be new hires who will now be making $14.25 an hour for their first 6 weeks and then will be at $15.63 for the following 6 months. To be honest I feel that our starting wage should match First Student’s starting wage of $16.00 an hour. For those who might not know, First Student is part of our union as well. Our union officers also permitted First Student to raise their new hire rate $13.96 to $16.00. I feel that both First Student and TriMet new hire rate should at least be equal and at $16.00 an hour. There are many things that are taking place just on this subject alone and I hope members will take enough interest in this to help get our union on the right track.