Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chris Day

Last night dispatch sent a BDS message reminding us about pulling forward to 1st position while on layover and the open door policy. Dispatch states that it is getting cold out and customers need a warm place while waiting for the bus. If TriMet is so concerned about our customers waiting out in the cold for a bus then why not improve all the stops and shelters throughout the system instead of causing interruptions in our break time? Operators need uninterrupted breaks yet TriMet does many things to make that as difficult as possible.

Oregon State law provides uninterrupted breaks for all employees who are not exempt from the law. Because we have a working wage agreement we are exempt from this law. TriMet has managed to make it so that they only have to schedule 80% of the operators with scheduled breaks and they only have to meet breaks 50% of the time of those 80% scheduled. If they don’t meet it then they have a few sign ups to get it corrected. The reason we are exempt from the Oregon lay is because Oregon assumes that a working wage agreement would accede Oregon’s minimum requirements. We need to find a way to make sure 100% of our Brothers and Sisters receive at least the minimum break requirements and stop accepting this abuse from TriMet.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Greg Larson

Some of my favorite transit geeks

These are a few of the people that make transit blogging fun for me.
Trimet employees don't understand why I do any of this, you know why that is?
They are not transit geeks!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Why does Trimet say they are getting $35-40 million from the state while the state says its $71 million

The answer is simple and its standard operating tactic at Trimet. 
They are low-balling and holding money back from the public. 
They've done this before

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Deken N’ Blue-part 2

Rest in peace Michael Oliver

Jarrett Walker at the Trimet board meeting part 4


Should "we the people" support tax increase referendums?

Citizens are always being asked to hand over their hard earned money to government for various purposes, always advertised to the public as having some public good. 
But we citizens see very little coming back to us if anything at all from all the these tax measures.

There is a very simple litmus test that should be used by every citizen who is voting on tax increase referendums

Saturday, November 25, 2017