Wednesday, December 24, 2008

REVISITING FRED HANSEN DAY-brought back by popular demand!

FRED INVITED TO STC RE:WES DEBACLE

MONTHLY MEETING OF STC COMMITTEE

WORLDS TALLEST SNOWMAN

http://mystuff-alvin.blogspot.com/2008/12/worlds-tallest-snowman.html

MERRY FREAKING CHRISTMAS

http://mystuff-alvin.blogspot.com/2008/12/merry-fricken-christmas_24.html

http://mystuff-alvin.blogspot.com/2008/12/merry-fricken-christmas.html

PORTLAND-A SENSE OF PLACE

ROSS RACER THINKS I NEVER LEAVE MY COMPUTER

ANOTHER INNOVATION BY TRIMET

A WALK THROUGH NW PORTLAND@MIDNIGHT 12/22/08

UH OH~!

SEATTLE IN TATTERS!

PORTLANDER'S NOT ALONE IN FRUSTRATION

Miami-Dade bus driver charged in hit-and-run

TRANSIT TRACKER UPGRADED: TRIMET SHARES TECHNOLOGY SO NORAD CAN TRACK SANTA'S SLEIGH RIDE













Military center tracking Santa's sleigh ride

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Who says Santa Claus doesn't exist?

The military personnel charged with being the eyes in the sky are certainly acting like he does — and they've been joined on the Internet by millions of believers.

Even doubters have reason to pause when they hear the North American Aerospace Defense Command — or NORAD, which monitors air and space threats against the U.S. and Canada — is in charge of the annual Christmas mission to keep children informed of Santa's worldwide journey to their homes.

"They challenge it, but only to a point," said Senior Master Sgt. Sharon Ryder-Platts, 49, who for five years has been a Santa tracker, taking calls from those wanting to know the location of jolly old St. Nick.

According to NORAD, Santa began his latest flight early Wednesday at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. Historically, Santa visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia. NORAD points out that only Santa knows his route.

Last year, NORAD's Santa tracking center answered 94,000 calls and responded to 10,000 e-mails. About 10.6 million visitors went to the Web site, which can be viewed in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese and Chinese.

NORAD's holiday tradition can by traced to 1955, when a Colorado Springs newspaper printed a Sears, Roebuck & Co. ad telling children of a phone number to talk to Santa. The number was one digit off, and the first child to get through reached the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD's predecessor.

Col. Harry W. Shoup answered.

Shoup's daughter, Terri Van Keuren, said her dad, now 91, was surprised to hear that the little voice on the other end thought he was Santa.

"Dad thought, `What the heck? This must be some kind of code,'" said Van Keuren, 59.

Shoup, described by his daughter as "just a nut about Christmas," didn't want to break the boy's heart, so he sounded a booming "Ho, ho, ho!" and pretended to be Santa Claus.

Enough calls followed that Shoup assigned an officer to answer them while the problem was fixed. But Shoup and the staff he was directing to "locate" Santa on radar ended up embracing the idea. NORAD picked up the tradition when it was formed 50 years ago.

"If we didn't do it, truly I don't know who else would track Santa," Maj. Stacia Reddish said.

The task that began with no computers and only a 60-by-80-foot glass map of North America now includes two big screens on a wall showing the world and information on each country Santa Claus visits. It took off with the Web site's 1997 launch, Reddish said.

Now, curious youngsters can follow Santa's path online with a Google two-dimensional map or in 3D using Google Earth, where he can be seen flying through different landscapes in his sleigh.

NORAD officials are hesitant to list all the potential sites Santa will visit with certainty.

"Historically, Santa has loved the Great Wall of China. He loves the (Space) Needle in Seattle. He of course loves the Eiffel Tower," Reddish said. "But his path is completely unpredictable, so we won't know."

Ryder-Platts, 49, who has a 17-year-old son, said taking calls from children helps her keep her Christmas spirit.

"For someone like myself, my son is older, you know it just keeps you in touch with the spirit of Santa Claus," she said. "I miss out on that at home so this keeps me close to Santa. I believe! It keeps me in touch with other believers."

RESTAURANTS GOING UNDER

TRIMET DOING 'EXTRODINARY JOB'

RED NECK PLAYSTATION

Redneck Playstation

WALMART BABY

Trimetoperators news archive: Snow cuts most bus service, hampers MAX

Trimetoperators news archive: Snow cuts most bus service, hampers MAX

REPORT FROM THE FRONT LINES

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

AMY RUIZ BECOMES STRATEGIC PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY POLICY ADIVSOR!

No wonder they can't plow the roads, they have people getting paid for shit like this!

Usually Santa Claus giveth—today he taketh away-eth. It is with heavy heart that I announce the departure of editor Amy J. Ruiz from our news team. While I'm sure she'll regret this decision for the rest of her life, she's moving on to a pretty cool job: Amy will be joining the new Mayor Sam Adams administration as a "Strategic Planning and Sustainability Policy Advisor." I have no idea what it means either—but apparently it's a wonkalicious position where Amy will geek out over green building and neighborhood plans, and make Portland a far better place than it is now.
So congratulations to Amy! We'll miss you terribly! And as for YOU, Mayor elect Sam Adams, if you think purchasing our employees is going to stop the Mercury from dogging your every decision and step, you are horribly mistaken. In fact, our next news hire will make you wish you'd never been born—in a fair and accurate way, of course. (P.S. Hot shit reporters with excellent writing/editing skills should check out the employment ads in this Thursday's Mercury for details, and then send clips and resumes HERE.)

ALBERT JONES CRACKS UP!



http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=123009376419903300

BOSTONIANS UNHAPPY WITH TRANSIT TOO!

AIR FORCE ONE

BLOND BUYS CAT DOOR

ANIMALS

http://www.box.net/shared/static/0kb8pqp5ei.pps

TRAGIC NEWS FROM UP NORTH


DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE

http://www.box.net/shared/static/a3tlpo8xeh.pps

NAKED SKELETON

HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS!

http://www.box.net/shared/static/y4z7t51qpd.pps

TRIMET BREAKROOM CRITERIA

http://www.box.net/shared/static/jli26o1ppg.pdf

HOW TO GET ME TO COME TO WORK?

SNOW FORCES REDUCED SERVICE

TRIMET TRIES TO KEEP GOING

http://www.kptv.com/video/18340158/

PORTLAND PAYS

Monday, December 22, 2008

LUCI BLOG

http://daydreamer051.blogspot.com/

FOUND THIS OVER AT THE MERCURY BLOG

http://www.hovey.ca/mainswitch.htm

http://www.tflexsys.com/this_railroad_swit…

http://www.allenrailroad.com/RailQuick/swi…

http://www.railsco.com/products.htm

http://www.railway-technology.com/contract…

thousands more

http://www.highbeam.com/Search.aspx?q=trac…

http://www.google.com/search?q=rail+track+…

BOB KEEPS THE CEDER MILLS SHUTTLE IN SERVICE! view in firefox or go to blip tv link

http://almargul.blip.tv/file/1604960/

Google Purchases The Earth For Record $590.6 Billion



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (CAP) - Search engine firm, Google has agreed in principle to acquire the planet Earth for a record $590.6 billion in cash and assets. The takeover tops Google's recent deal for the web advertising network, Doubleclick for a paltry $3.1 billion.
"With the completion of our Google Earth project, we have analyzed every square mile of this beautiful planet and are poised to take Google to a whole new level," Google co-founder and president Sergey Brin said in a prepared statement. "The world at large will not be able to sneeze without Google knowing about it, and we believe that's a good thing."

Got problems with TriMet service in the snow? Well, look north

Got problems with TriMet service in the snow? Well, look north

INTERNET EXPLORER NEEDS PATCH

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JL20Dj02.html

UNDER THE MISSLETOE

SOCK AND AWE (new online game)

http://www.sockandawe.com/

IRAQI'S PROVE DIFFICULT TO TRAIN

AND YOU THINK YOUR HAVING A BAD DAY?

REMEMBER LEE IACOCCA

http://alsinterestingstories.blogspot.com/2008/12/remember-lee-iacocca.html

CHANGING THE CHAINS

Sunday, December 21, 2008

GETTING AROUND THE BUS IN THE DITCH

FUN FUN FUN

MAX update: Frozen switches are causing service disruptions. Shuttle bus frequency is now averaging about every 20-30 minutes.
Blue Line trains are running every 10 minutes between Hatfield Government and 197th/Ruby Junction. Buses are serving the last two Gresham stations.
Red Line is being served by shuttle buses between Gateway Transit Center and PDX. One of the shuttle buses will provide direct service between Gateway and the airport.
Yellow Line is being served by buses from Expo Center to Rose Quarter.
All buses remain chained; expect delays of 20-30 minutes. About 20 bus lines are on snow routes or canceled.
LIFT will provide life-sustaining trips only. Check service alerts for updates on MAX and bus service.

JASON RETURNS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fugsrD4BaYc

Saturday, December 20, 2008

TWO CHARTER BUSES SLIDE DOWN ICY SEATTLE STREET: DANGLE OVER INTERSTATE 5

LETTER FROM FRED: FISICAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET




December 19, 2008

By General Manager Fred Hansen

As all of you know by now, we are officially in a recession. Last year, I told you at the beginning of our budget process that FY09 would be a tight budget year and I share with you today, the next fiscal year will be even tighter.

As you know there has been some good news. Passenger revenue has increased by 15% and diesel fuel is $5- $6 million under budget. Unfortunately, we are still making up for past increases in diesel.

Our situation is further compromised because the payroll tax is behind budgeted growth rates. The FY09 budget had assumed a 5.5% underlying growth rate. The actual rate of growth is trending between 1% to 2%. This means $7 million to $9 million less than anticipated. But unlike previous recessions we are experiencing stock market and other market losses that haven�t been seen in the history of TriMet. TriMet�s pension plans, like other defined benefit pension plans, will now require significantly greater TriMet funding to make up these market losses.

All pension benefits are being paid in full and on time. That has been true since 1979. The assets used to pay plan benefits are held in two separate tax-exempt trust funds. TriMet contributes funds to the trusts and independent actuarial firms annually review the plan�s funding status. Although most of the funds have recently had negative returns, I am confident the funds are being invested wisely based on the current market.

To ensure appropriate pension plan funding and to make-up for reduced payroll tax revenue, I have had to make some difficult budget decisions for FY10.

During the budget meetings in January you will be receiving more specific information about budget reductions and constraints, however, I want you to be aware of three major areas for reductions.

First, I am asking for a 5% reduction in continuing expenses in both service and division budgets. This would result in a savings of approximately $11 million.

Second, we will lengthen the pension funding to soften the impact of recent market losses for a $7.7 million annual savings. As payroll tax revenue and the general economic picture improve we will return to previous pension funding timelines. And third, this year we will stop capital spending except for what is absolutely necessary. In FY10 we will cut capital spending for three years by $11 million in one-time only expenses.

As you know, I believe the most important thing we provide is the service we deliver each and every day. The necessary reductions will inevitably require some service reduction in low performing lines. I do not make this decision lightly. We are, however, in difficult and hard economic times with hard decisions to make. I also know that all reductions will impose hardships on each of the departments. I am asking all of us to do more with less.

When I have asked this in the past, you have always risen to the challenge and I am confident you will do that again.

I believe our long-term future is bright. Our economy will recover in time and there will be more jobs on the horizon.

I thank you in advance for the tough decisions and sacrifices you will have to make in upcoming budget. I know we will make the right choices and continue to make serving our customers our highest priority.

GENERAL MANAGER DECLARES EMERGENCY

ECONOMY WALLOPS TRANSIT

{interesting that Carolyn Young only talks about cutting services or drivers and NOT ABOUT CUTTING ADMINISTRATORS}

http://www.portlandobserver.com/story.asp?record=9248&section=Features

Friday, December 19, 2008

SUPERSTAR SUNSET BOB

ON THE JOB WITH SUNSET BOB

ADRON LEFT TO WALK

KOIN TV WANTS SUNSET BOB

CRASH FOOTAGE FROM PORTLAND

CHAOS IN VEGAS

http://www.casinocitytimes.com/news/article.cfm?contentID=176343

What up with this 'Transit Tracker thing'?

What up with this 'Transit Tracker thing'?

SNOW AT MILLIKAN WAY TRANSIT CENTER

snowy beaverton

message from bus driver tonight

Bus arrived five minutes late at relief point. (To be expected)
Tire Chains

No leader for some unexplained reason
Never had as many people crammed in a bus before.
Ran 20 to 25 Minutes late all night
Had to listen to the drone and feel the vibrations of the tire chains all night.
Only the second day I've worked this week but it feels like I've worked three weeks non stop
Had a great time out there tonight, hope tomorrow will be just as wonderful!
GOOD NIGHT!!!

I forgot to mention the guy who told me "fuck you" when I told him not to smoke while waiting in line to board the bus. The asshole was blowing smoke right into other passenger's faces!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ERIK HALSTEAD-letter to the editor

http://www.box.net/shared/static/d001355ub1.bmp

SAFE SECURE AND COMFORTABLE-erik halstead

BUTT SLAPPING PROSECUTER ENDS UP IN JAIL

ON THE JOB WITH SUNSET BOB

TREATING US RIGHT

ARE THEY MORONS? nah..poor choice of words

SUNSET BOB SPEAKS WITH "JASON"

NEW DRIVERS BREAK ROOM AT THE MILLIKAN WAY TRANSIT CENTER


Thanks to Merlo Operator Robert Bishop, a select group of operators now have a warm spot to wait for road reliefs at the Millikan Way Transit Center. Bob (now known as Millikan Bob) parked his 1982 Mazda pickup at the Transit Center earlier this week. Drivers with the special access key can read one of the magazines he has left or listen to the AM radio while waiting.

Sunset Bob was elated when he learned of this newest addition to TriMet's facilities. "I'm glad to see another operator step up to the plate and make the workplace a little more pleasant for other operators." "Now if we get someone to take ownership of the Beaverton TC, Willow Creek, and Hillsboro Transit Centers, we can make our TriMet work experience better."

Thanks again Millikan Bob!!

JASON TALKS TO STEVE DUIN!

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/steve_duin/index.ssf?/base/news/1229563513321450.xml&coll=7

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

FRED

THE ROSS WREDE BLOG GOT THE KILLER BUSH MOVIES!

http://rosswrede.blogspot.com/

TRIMET 1972

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmchuff/3099181331/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmchuff/3099181361/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmchuff/3100014194/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmchuff/3099181419/

BUS NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

http://busemergencynewsarchive.blogspot.com/2008_12_17_archive.html

HERE'S AN UPLIFTING STORY

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/12/16/2008-12-16_happy_birthday_adolf_hitler_boy_with_naz.html

24 YEARS SAFE DRIVING...AND BLAM

CHECK THIS OUT

LATEST SERVICE UPDATES

Thursday MAX is operating on regular schedules. All buses are chained; expect delays of 20-30 minutes. LIFT will provide regular service today. Streetcar is on regular schedules. Check service alerts for updates.

GHOST TRAINS?

ITS A DISGRACE!

SOME NUT FROM CANADA

BICYCIST DIES

STANDING OUT IN THE COLD FOR 2 HOURS

BUS BEATS RAIL

TRIMET TV-HOW TO LOAD YOUR BIKE

http://trimet.org/tv/episode24/index.htm

MARY FETSCH CODE RED/COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

INFORMATION MGR RUNS FOR MAYOR

http://www.clackamasreview.com/news/story.php?story_id=122945982745653700

BUS DRIVER COMES THROUGH

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2008/12/my_commute_yep_a_silly_man_on.html

BUS BEATS RAIL (again)

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/news/article.asp?id=19076

LATE NIGHT SERVICE via http://www.trimetiquette.com

http://portlandoregontransitnews.blogspot.com/2008/12/late-night-service-via.html

ARAB REACTION TO SHOE INCIDENT

http://www.linktv.org/video/3412