“Evidence discovered after the case was filed, including an audio recording of the bus driver’s phone call to TriMet’s dispatch seconds after the accident, revealed that the bus driver thought she gave Austin ‘enough room’ as she was pulling into the bike lane.”
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sure got a surprise today when Fred Hanson boarded my 29 in Milwaukee. At 1st I thought I was under the gun, but he was headed to the final public meeting at the Clackamas Sheriff's Office to discuss service cuts. I was a nervous wreck , so I thought I'd better do my best at calling out the streets and being extra nice to the customers. He sat in back reading a paper for a while, then came up to chat with me. Asked me how I liked this line , and how many years I'd been at Trimet. The conversation shifted to other lines In like , the 39 and 51 which are threatened to be axed for weekends.. At this time I was getting pretty comfortable talking to him , and I expressed my point of view on cutting service. He seemed very open on letting me state my opinion. I expressed my idea of reducing some frequent service on weekends to 20 min. or 1/2 hour , instead of canceling low ridership lines. He seemed to be against that idea now , but would consider that if the budget situation got worse . He was more interested in my idea of combining lines 39 and 51 to increase ridership on Saturdays , and would look into that. Pans are for combined service on 18 and 63. So combining any bus service seems to be an idea he's open to. I had to show him where the sheriffs office was, Yeh, he deserves going there. ( just kidding ) When he left my bus, he shook my hand, and that was it. In all the years I've been at Trimet, I never thought I'd have a conversation with any general manager . Whew !!