Sunday, March 8, 2009
More big-time bungling at Tri-Met
Following right up on buying commuter trains from a manufacturer that it knew was about to go under, the wizards running Portland's transit agency went out and bought hedge contracts from a bank, locking in high fuel prices right before they dropped dramatically. Brilliant move!
You've got to wonder who made how much of a commission on that deal. And they're in their bunker today telling us, "It was the right thing to do -- we'd do it again."
Do you ever get the feeling that we need to clean house over there? The geezer board that Governor Ted has overseeing the place (starring Homer Williams's stepdaughter) isn't getting it done. And how much are we paying Fred Goldschmidt-Hansen for his, ahem, remarkable leadership as general manager?
Ore. starts laying out plans for stimulus dollars
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - Portland,OR,USA
... said the stimulus package would result in $102 million in projects in the Portland region, including $44 million for the mass transit agency TriMet, ...
I'm taking all the testimonies I have gotten from people who will be affected by Trimet service cuts and posting them to a separate blog.
This will be a living history of the faces and words of the people that are going to get whacked by this latest government rip off.
If you know people who are going to be affected by these cuts and they are willing to put their voice and face out then they can either send me the video or upload the video somewhere and send me the link so it will be added to the other faces and voices.
It may or may not do any good, but it will be a piece of history that will not be so easy to ignore.
The most likely scenario for fareless is for it to be limited to the MAX--now that MAX will be travelling up and down the transit mall.
How many times have drivers had to pass up paying customers at rush hour who wanted to go home because they had full loads of fareless passengers? It happens frequently on the 12 and 9. It happens in the a. m. on the 8, forcing drivers to pass up paying passengers needing to go to OHSU.
People travelling to downtown already have transfers or passes. The primary beneficiaries of fareless as it is now are people living in the Pearl who do not need a free ride, transients, and people boarding in fareless and remaining on the bus as it leaves the zone. No driver can keep track of every person who boards in fareless and drive safely at the same time.
Why should taxpaying passengers living outside of fareless, who may seldom travel downtown, subsidize the minority who live downtown? Service is being cut on outlying lines and elderly people without cars will be without transportation so that downtown Portlanders can have free rides. How logical is that?