Friday, February 29, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

ALEX

Best passenger series.

END OF SIGN UP PARTY!

Held at Sunset Transit Center. Complete with food, drinks, and even a raffle!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

PORTLANDS BEST STREETCAR OPEPERATOR

FRED! (from the dust bin of killerblue line productions)

CONGRESSMEN WU RESPONDS!

Reply from Congressman David Wu















Congressman David Wu to me
show details 8:44 AM (1 hour ago)
Reply

Dear Mr. Margulies:

Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 215 the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2007. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.

S. 215 was introduced by Senator Byron Dorgan (ND) on January 9, 2007 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Supporters of S. 215 say the purpose of this Act is to promote competition, to facilitate trade, and to ensure competitive and non-discriminatory access to the Internet. Specifically, it amends the Clayton Act to ensure that network providers cannot discriminate against content and service providers.

I believe that we should strive to maintain the elements of the Internet that have made it such a potent force for innovation, communication and entrepreneurship without any undue government regulation. While one could view this as government regulating the Internet, many believe this is a critical step by the federal government to maintain the access that has kept the Internet vital and expanding.

Advocates of legislation that mandates so-called Net Neutrality might argue that such a move by the federal government now represents a similar attempt to maintain a status quo that has effectively allowed the Internet to flourish but could change dramatically due to some recent rule-making by the Federal Trade Communication and a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Specifically, network neutrality is a term describing a legal theory of Internet regulation. This theory holds that the Internet should be subject to common carrier regulations traditionally applied to railroads and the telecommunication network. According to this view, the owners of the transport system cannot use their ownership to favor one company that uses the system over another. So a company that owned the railroads, telephone lines or, in this case, high-speed internet lines cannot use their ownership of the lines to discriminate against other companies who use the lines by slowing or blocking service.

The expansion of the Internet in the 1990s all took place under common carrier rules, because most users connected on modems over regulated phone lines. These regulations ensured that the owners of the lines, telecommunication companies, were not permitted to ban certain types of programs, to ban certain types of devices connecting to the network, or to favor traffic to certain web sites over others.

As more and more Internet users have moved toward connecting through high-speed cable lines, the regulatory picture changed as a series of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and court decisions have moved away from the common carrier system.

In a 2002 ruling, the FCC determined that reclassified cable modem services in such a way that they were no longer subject to common carrier rules. This decision was initially rejected by the Ninth Circuit Court and then reinstated in June, 2005. Shortly after the FCC expanded this new more permissive definition to DSL services, which is the primary competitor to cable companies for high speed Internet service.

Consumer Advocates and even some members of the FCC worried that this change would allow cable companies and phone companies who own high-speed lines on which the Internet runs to change drastically the nature of the Internet and create a system of tolls on what had been essentially open highway. The owners of the Internet system could charge companies and organizations who offer products, services or information to guarantee that they have access to the high speed capability of the lines. It could create a two-tiered Internet, one with guaranteed speed for those who could afford it and one for those who could not.

The concern here is that large companies such as Time/Warner or Microsoft will be able to afford the guaranteed tier but independent media, small businesses, or entrepreneurs just getting started will not have the ability to pay the tolls. A service like Google, which was created by two college students in their dorm room, may not have been able to compete and gain traction had it been unable to pay to compete against bigger companies with enough money to guarantee speed and access but with arguably inferior products such as the search engines offered by Microsoft or Alta Vista. These search engines were some of the largest at the time Google made its debut.

On the other side of the argument are the broadband players, who say they have the right to be compensated for money spent in building the networks. Intrusive federal legislation, they say, would reduce the incentive to invest in speedier networks in the future.

However, many of the groups which now oppose efforts to keep the Internet operating as it has, such as the Telecommunications Industry Association, were hugely supportive of government regulation against taxes that would have changed the nature of the Internet then.

I believe an open and accessible Internet is important for both consumers and for to protect the kind of entrepreneurial innovation ushered in by the Information Age that helps keep us competitive in the global economy.

As proposals move through Congress, I will work to ensure the needs of consumers and tools to create innovation are protected and even enhanced. Thank you for sharing your perspective on these issues. If I can be of further assistance, please contact me at 503-326-2901 or 800-422-4003. If you would like regular email updates, visit my website: http://www.house.gov/wu/.


With warm regards,

David Wu
Member of Congress

Saturday, February 23, 2008

MY TRIBUTE TO THE YELLOW CARD

Music by Elvis, tribute to scheduling "you aint nothing but a hound dog and you aint no friend of mine".
{warning, video is extremely disrespectful and not intended to be viewed by anyone but the pubisher}


NEW MENS UNIFORM SHOES

BOBO

Best passenger series!


BOBO
Uploaded by vids4us

STYLISH NEW INSPECTOR JACKETS

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

GRIEVENCE FILED!

Against Vincent Van Gogh's starry night!

LARRY DOUGLAS PULLS DISSAPEARING ACT!

Vanishes into thin air!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

DRIVER COMMITS SUICIDE

Rest in Peace

BIZZARE BDS MESSAGES

DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS YES!

Operators that seek to make our environment more than just an institution are allowed to leave items in break rooms for personal use!

Thank you!

We really couldn't understand what all the fuss was about? The items were never in any body's way and they created a very personal environment.

Why did anybody even care about it?

Mr. Margilies,
I should have clarified. Absolutley and of course, items may be left by operators for continual and shared use by every operator; in the STC breakroom and in any other breakroom.
Peggy Hanson

SPEAKING OF MAINTENENCE

how come they do such a crappy job cleaning the break rooms?


JEAN OLNEY RETIRES

DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION ISSUES STANDOWN ORDER!


I will. I am not in a current position to access your video blog for additional information. Please provide me a name of the person(s) that issued this demand.
In the immediate period, I am contacting my manager and the Facilities Supervisor directing they will stand down from issusance of any " demand" and property currently in the STC breakroom shall remain in place and is not to moved, discarded, ór handled by any person other than the owner.

Thank you,
Peggy Hanson

MY LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION

Director of Transportation Hanson;

There is a dispute occurring at the Sunset Transit break room between operators and maintenance about how the center should be configured and what goes in them.

As an operator I request the right to bring items into the break room for our enjoyment and comfort. Maintenance will has DEMANDED that all such items be removed or else they will steal them from us.

We request your help on this matter.

Please review my video blog before making your decision.


http://amargul.blogspot.com/2008/02/dispute-at-sunset.html

Thanks;

xxxxxxxxxxxxx

DISPUTE AT SUNSET!

MOTORIST TAKES JOYRIDE INTO MAX TUNNEL!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

HOW DID IT HAPPEN?

My analysis of the fatal crash.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

TRIBUTE TO AUSTIN MILLER

HEART BREAKING TRAGEDY

15-year-old Austin Miller Killed by Trimet bus Monday 2/13/08.
Rest in Peace.
Donations can be made at Key bank.

Young man killed by Trimet bus

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

FRED HANSEN DAY

Was yesterday I found out. I found this out upon entering the Sunset Drivers Room:


CTA DRIVER RUNS DOWN GRANDMOTHER

ACCIDENT STATISTICS

TRIMET IS NOT IN THIS LIST!
click on the picture then select all sizes, large to get the full chart!

accident stats

BUS KILLS BICYCLIST


http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/02/cyclist_killed_by_trimet_bus_i.html

Update: Teen cyclist killed in TriMet bus collision in Beaverton

Posted by The Oregonian February 11, 2008 17:27PM

Categories: Breaking News

Police said the bicyclist killed in a crash involving a TriMet bus this afternoon in Beaverton was a local high school student, but investigators were not ready to release his name.

The boy's family "needs to take the night to make some phone calls," said Sgt. Paul Wandell, a Beaverton Police spokesman. "We will have more information in the morning." He said the boy was "about 15."

The fatal collision happened about 4:45 p.m. on Southwest Farmington Road, as the westbound bus was making a stop just west of Murray Boulevard, police and TriMet officials said.

Although police have reopened four blocks of westbound Farmington Road and parts of Murray Boulevard that were closed for the investigation, officials were not ready to release details of the crash until a few more people have been interviewed, Wandell said.

Still, Wandell said investigators "have a pretty good idea" what happened, adding that the cyclist may have attempted to turn right from Murray Boulevard as the bus pulled into its stop on Farmington Road.

There is a bike lane on Farmington Road, but it remains unclear where cyclist was at the time of the collision, Wandell said.

The cyclist, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene, he said.

The bus driver was 53-year-old woman who lives in Hillsboro and has nearly 6 years of experience with TriMet, the transit agency said.

-- Joseph Rose; josephrose@...


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>the news just gets worse and worse<

Tri-Met Bus Hits, Kills Bicyclist

BEAVERTON, Ore. - A bicyclist died in an accident involving a Tri-Met
bus late Monday afternoon.

It happed about 4:40 pm, just west of Murray Boulevard on Farmington
Road in Beaverton. The fatal accident forced the total closure of
Farmington for about 40 minutes, but it remained partially closed
after that, disrupting traffic around the busy Murray-Farmington
intersection throughout the evening rush hour.

The Tri-Met bus was operated by a 53-year old veteran driver. The
Hillsboro woman is a long-time employee of Tri-Met, and has driven
buses for the transit agency for at least the past six years. Initial
reports are that the Line #52 bus was pulling over to a bus stop on
Farmington, just west of Murray, when the accident happened. There was
a bicycle lane on that stretch of road, but as of late Monday night,
police were not saying whether they thought the bike rider was in that
lane. They also were not saying who was at fault in the tragic accident.

Police say the bicyclist, a young adult male, died instantly. Hours
later, his mangled bicycle remained on the nearby sidewalk.

Monday, February 11, 2008

VAN HITS TRIMET BUS STORY

Story comes up after the amtrack story, driver is interviewed:

TRIMET SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS

TRIMET TV PRODUCTION! Sounds good, but what do the troops on the ground think?

THE WHEELS OF LIFE!

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

JOHNY RETIRES

We will miss you Johny!

CRASH ON CEDAR HILLS BLVD

PHYLISS!

Last words of the highly regarded secretary at Merlo who ended up getting fired (or retired, it depends on your point of view) for discussing one of the seemingly hundreds of weird complaints that were going on there during Mr Bookers reign.

COUNTY BOOKING PHOTOS

RIGHT HERE, ALL THE PHOTO'S OF THE FOLKS WHO HAVE ENDED UP IN JAIL!
(these folks look guilty to me)

http://www.mcso.us/PAID/Default.aspx

WHAT IS THIS SIGN?

Saturday, February 9, 2008

WORLDS BIGGEST BUS

NEOPLAN JUMBO


worlds biggest bus

BILL LINGO DISCUSSES THE FARES

My friend Bill, recently retired ,discusses the fare situation with me during my farewell dinner to this incredible man. This is one person who I dearly miss seeing around here!


Thursday, February 7, 2008

THE SCHEDULERS!

The schedulers!

BAD ASS MUTHA FUKA'S!

Rider advocates!

da rider advocates!

SARDINE CAN CALLED MAX

158th headed eastbound 5 pm. Disgraceful for suburban service!

CRASH ON HWY 30

Monday, February 4, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

its been 10 years already?

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FELLOW EMPLOYEES NEED OUR HELP!

Alas, hopefully the day shall not arrive where I will see my own picture up on that wall!

Jan 31 2008 - VID00007

Jan 31 2008 - VID00011

Jan 31 2008 - VID00009

REST IN PEACE!

TRIMET DRIVER DEAD BY HIS OWN HAND! Rumors abound including his battle with Trimet over a work comp claim.


Jan 31 2008 - VID00005

WHY I HATE THE MAX!