Monday, April 29, 2019

Neal Berlin And the Trimet Deke N’Blue

What’s to worry about?  Our now Governor Brown did a great job of watering down and white washing the first TriMet audit when she was then Secretary of State.  As Governor she has continued with more vigor and alll the political skills she has mastered to make TriMet insulated from true public oversight and accountability.  One just look at who she has appointed to the TriMet Board of Directors.  Look how she has made it even more difficult to obtain documents via Freedom Information Of State Documents.  Look at the original audit that came out during ATU 757 contract that took mainly the company,TriMet,side when it came to Compensation for the rank and file.  The rest of the problems where addressed my well meaning platitudes
that will be followed up by a promise of a second State Audit that NEVER happened (in truth it was never going to happen,just sounds good to ATU 757 ears). This smoke and mirrors of really caring of wanting public input was put to death with this Governor singing the 2017 Transportation Bill  that takes money out every Workers paycheck with 90% of that revenue going to TriMet, forever.  The salt on that tax wound is this was done without the vote of people.  This new money given TriMet the power to present a image of carrying about maintenance,safety,low income fares etc. while hiding past malfeasance in those areas and many more with no accountability then or now.  My “three minutes “ are up.  I now convene and call to order the “I Told You So Club “.  First order of business, anyone want to become a member?

Friday, April 26, 2019

John Charles calls out Trimet lies

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Trimet truth team!

Neal Berlin

Just think..... 2.5 minutes saved in each direction?
Blue Lines arrive at Hatfield 2.5 minutes earlier, AND
Blue Lines leave Hatfield 2.5 minutes later.
Means all Blue Line recoveries at Hatfield will bump up 5 minutes.
Let's close those underused stations now.... 🙂 so we all can get home in time to watch more local news touting the virtues and values of the last TrMet pronouncements on wanting public input on predetermined decisions that have not been influenced by passengers or taxpayers needs or desires.  The history of TriMet really listening to anyone except themselves has long history,going back to the very being of the agency on many issues that as President of The I Told You So Club has so many examples of the “ Great Minds” of TriMet where proven not only wrong but the taxpayers in most cases are still bearing the cost of those poor decisions.  If you like I would be more than glad to list them but that would take a very long diatribe, just let state if the agency listen to those of us who stated before the first rail was ever laid, that if a subway was not built in downtown Portland, that first day of operation, MAX will be on track to max out in passenger capacity and speed in getting anywhere.  So it goes... Two Bells.

trimet bus driver left to find his own way home

Kim Sewell
TriMet Executive Director,
Labor Relations & Human Resources

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

From the Trimet drivers side

When Billy Badass gets on board and starts causing a ruckus, it automatically registers on my radar as I guide The Beast down the road. First, my attention is distracted from the normal sounds one hears on a bus. That's dangerous, because our focus needs to be mostly centered upon a wide view of the road. Once I'm distracted, the chances of making a costly mistake that could injure many people off or on my bus is multiplied

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sock puppets coming up

The usual pork barrel give aways  and other shit the trimet aristocracy is into. Here’s some highlights but you’ll have to go through the rest yourself. I’d rather spend my time on dispatch than these elitist

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Best response to the latest trimet pork barrel scheme

Friday, April 19, 2019

Trimet is the leader in stupid wasteful ideas

This is what Powell garage is supposed to look like.


By Neal Berlin regarding the contract negotiations

Monday, April 15, 2019

Where did brother Dan go?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Contract time at Trimet. Post by Neal Berlin

FYI: Only a few days left for contract suggestions. Here's a suggestion about the road relief and the lack of pay according to the law.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Memory lane

I’ve been observing today’s operators dealing with all this conflicting rules and regulations and it brings back some memories

The Neal Berlin collection

From the Trimet Drivers side

Because this self-important, entitled nobody decided an upbeat operator was too unprofessional, they called in a complaint after exiting the bus. It was insinuated that this dear, sweet lady had to be under the influence to exhibit such behavior

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

From the Trimet Drivers Side

Our politically-appointed "Bored" of Directors, which approved taxing the metropolitan-area working class to support its out-of-control management boondoggles, simply sign off on whatever they are told to. Sure, they endure monthly meetings with the public, but they appear disinterested as to whatever public testimony they pay attention to. They're actually nothing but a glorified joke. Pandering as necessary, the board is too accustomed to accepting the status quo to do anything considered to be rocking a leaking boat.


Bus paddles

Monday, April 8, 2019

Trimet is hiring

Sunday, April 7, 2019

MBTA adventures

I rode this same route when I was a kid 55 years ago and took this exact trolley

Monday, April 1, 2019

Seattle bus driver who was shot

Along with the thread of actual scanner calls involving this incident