Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Trimet board meeting-part 1

45 minutes of picture and no sound. I guess they didn't want us to see the budget hearing. Stay classy you pieces of shit that run Trimet

Testimonies against the Trimet jail and Mcfarlanes painful response

 Mcfarlane and his sock puppets are incapable of understanding the plight of regular citizens

Sorry citizens, you don't get to hear our budget presentation

I think its intentional myself. This is how they roll over there. 
They get away with murder because nobody is paying attention.
 (well enough to matter to them anyway)

Some more weird TriMet service alerts

My apologies I haven't been posting these regularly, but these are some of the more interesting ones (and doesn't include many which have wrong turns or directions that don't work out)

The many (bad) Line 35, etc alerts from 4/7

This was the day of the wind storm when a large tree came down onto SW Harrison and the Portland Streetcar line.  This doesn't include ones for other lines elsewhere, or the work dispatchers and supervisors had to do to run the bus bridge, or all the other issues and incidents that occurred during the time.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Who's getting Trimet cash tomorrow

Environmental Business Solutions gets $1,065,000 for cleaning bus shelters. The contract is a 5 year contract. Why isn't this in house?

Orgo-Thermit gets $1,388,925 for "rail grinding services". This is also apparently a 5 year contract. The interesting thing about this is that it is basically the services of one man who operates the machine. I don't know how much the operator of this machine is getting paid but I bet its not $400k a year. Again. why isn't this in house

AECOM gets $400,000 to "design bus stop improvements along Powell and Division. This doesn't say anything about the pork barrel Powell BRT. This isnt even coming out of Trimet funds. So it appears they intend to redesign this corridor twice! Once with this and then again with the pork contract for BRT

VOESTALPINE gets $1,167,552 for special track-work materials related to steel bridge and rail repairs 

This is just the design phase, the total cost of this 'project' is $6,300,000

J.E. DUNN gets $110,040.00 for "pre-construction services" for the Powell bus garage replacement. Trimet pencil necks don't do anything so this has to be contracted out I guess.

RIDE CONNECTION gets a second contract for 5 years at a total of $13,000,000 (funny how the number comes out so round) to provide "volunteer and community based transportation services".
I wonder why its so expensive to provide "volunteers"?

Bus driver getting assaulted at Trimet is just another day

Why Metro employees don't all use TriMet

It has been argued that the sizeable parking garages underneath and next to Metro's headquarters building are used to provide free car parking to employees and that they all drive whether for commuting or business purposes.

Monday, April 17, 2017

More on Patrick Preusser-apparently his nickname was "diaper boy"

I see some things never change. Darth Deely is thinking he's the Emperor and ruling over the employees with his "Iron Fist"and his lap dog Pat Pruesser (I hope I spelled that right) thinks he's Anakin Skywalker and this is "his new Empire".,964043,963509

patrick 'king of reverse lodging' pressuer. looks like he is 15 years old hins the nickname diaper boy.,976038

Interesting comments below the break

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trimet is militarizing its transit system

If you watched the last Trimet board meeting you heard all the stupid excuses for this new Trimet police station including "it will save us money" argument.

The Trimet board, deaf dumb and blind to what the public wants or thinks is incapable of understanding that we don't need or want police checking fares and hassling riders

The Trimet board is ignorant of everything that has to do with Trimet operations and has no clue that Nazi tactics are employed on the Portland transit system.

Trimet is militarizing its transit system, its intentional, and its evil. 
It needs to be stopped right now, if it can be, which is questionable.
Trimet is not accountable to the riders or the citizens.

Take the police off the transit system for everything but actual crimes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Trimet March board of directors meeting

The elite Trimet executive culture only comes out of its gated community during these mandated public meetings.
This is the public's only chance to see what they have been doing.
Meanwhile in the 'real world' bus drivers, train drivers and mechanics are actually doing all the work.
If any of the people you see at these board meetings where to leave tomorrow nobody in the "real world" would notice.
If your bus or train driver doesn't show up you'll be getting to work late and getting home late. 
Not only did I watch the entire board meeting I made "notes" in video form.

Trimet building its own little Guantanamo

 “In a brief phone interview, TriMet spokesperson Roberta Alstead took issue with descriptions of the new facility as a ‘jail,’ but she confirmed that it would in fact include two to three holding cells. I asked Ms. Alstead if the new facility would include space to interrogate people who are being detained. She took issue with my use of the word ‘interrogate,’ but acknowledged that yes, in contrast to the existing facility the new space would have room devoted specifically to the purpose of questioning people who are being detained.

Trimet MAX light rail vs tractor trailer comms

Thursday, April 6, 2017


African-American transit users had long complained they were targeted for enforcement on trains and buses.
So, last year, at TriMet’s request, Portland State University’s Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute studied two years of enforcement data and found that fare inspectors and supervisors did not disproportionately charge African-American riders with skipping fares. 
However, that study did find that African-American riders were more likely than whites to be excluded from trains and buses. At the time, TriMet characterized the variances found in the PSU study as slight. And when the data are sliced one way, disparities were slight.
What the study did not include, however, was a thorough analysis of another common charge — one that Dean got: interfering with public transit, known as IPT.
Our analysis, which includes 10 years of state court data, shows that African-Americans have been charged with IPT at a rate up to 6.4 times the rate of white riders over the past decade.  
The Transit Police Division is run by the Portland Police Bureau but is closely tied to — and funded by — the transit agency and its mission is to discourage crime throughout the TriMet system.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

The ticket checker society

 In this large view, this wide angle take, we have microcosms tied to the belief systems of those underlings and swollen-lipped small-timers who push the punishment daily on the streets, in the stores, in the schools, at airports, on public transportation.

It was one of those Skippy days on the Portland light rail, MAX, listening to two great examples of minor league punishment on the small-small little Eichmann scale – a man and a woman, in their forties, heading home after a hard journey into night: parking ticket enforcers.
I understand the work and words of the working class, but these two just kept swapping stories of the stupid people (their words) trying to get out of tickets, that is, attempting to thwart the sting of the violations in this punishment society. This is the Eichmann of the Small-fry species, in a nutshell, but the way these two stalwarts of retrograde humanity were depicting violators is emblematic of this country’s “it will not take a village to raise a vibrant and safe village – so let the dog eat the dog world prevail be damned” ethos (sic).
Full article HERE!