“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr

Friday, December 6, 2013

More TriMet Pictures

Okay, seriously people. This space is for bikes, ESPECIALLY when the  MAX train is packed full, not luggage.

One of the 51s. This was in the early afternoon I think. 

By the MAC club passing a 51

I think this was inside bus 2101 if I recall correctly. All the seats had orange around the  'cushion' area where the faded  TriMet red would normally be.

Mooey Christmas. This just makes me smile. (:

Sad face on my 57 from this past Tuesday. Buses are getting dirtier every day now that temperatures refuse to breach the freezing mark meaning buses aren't getting washed at night. So the buses turn into drawing boards for their various passengers when parked at a transit center or a stop for a long period of time.

Bus 2832 surprised me on Tuesday night where someone had posted a  sticker with this message.



On Wednesday night my 56 at Washington Square TC was confused. It wanted to be a line 52 to 185th/ Willow Creek TC. It was a 2800, so no surprise. It made for a good laugh at 9:15pm.

Portland 'Snow' Pictures

Here are some pictures from my morning excursion downtown to school on the bus. At least the snow makes things different and pretty.
Out my window at my house

Along SW Ravensview on my 51 ride to school

Down SW Vista

5102 headed up SW Vista viewed from 5104 on my way down the hill

Been A While

Hey guys.
In reading an AWESOME new blog (to me) I found thanks to my friend Al M, over at his Rantings blog, I remembered this blog.
I wish I wrote more here. I ride TriMet every day and have no end to the stories I've heard while on or around transit, those of you who know me know that. I regret that I don't have the time to focus much energy here.
I'm going to finally resign myself to the fact that I won't post much on this anymore in the near future. I'll be off at college next year (but most likely will remain local), so maybe I can resume some kind of more regular postings here. I don't know.
Just trying to write this here I feel my mind getting stuck and overwhelmed. It's a tough spot for me.
Later tonight if I feel really ambitious I'll post some pictures from my recent transit adventures.
But for now, stay safe out there.

Friday, April 12, 2013

TriMet Activists: It's Time for a Change


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr

We all know Cameron Johnson: he is one of our better know TriMet and OPAL activists. Tonight on twitter he spoke some words that left me with the confirmed resolution that our TriMet activism group needs to make a change. Here is what he wrote, condensed into a paragraph (but no words were changed):

"Transit blogging used to be about facing opposition with facts for the good of the city. Now it's all a bunch of self-righteousness, personal vendettas, and radical extremism for the sake of shock value. Frankly, it's become about the blogs, not the issues. What good are we if we focus on being characters, on being right, on being the hero?"

We all know that the issues at TriMet are extensive and to make any sort of change will take a lot, but Cameron is right here; the path that our attempt at transit activism has gone down in the last year, even two, is a downward spiral that needs to change. This has all become a quest for personal achievement instead of an act to achieve change in our transit agency for everyone in the city. If we want to pursue changes at TriMet we need to take a new approach than we currently are.

So who are we fighting for? What are we fighting for? Why do we even bother? I can tell you my side.

I am fighting for the public. We all deserve reliable, safe, and effective transit--we have a right to it--and TriMet is not giving us that. Our crew of transit geeks needs to unite and make ourselves all heard. If each individual fights for this, but is mainly doing it for the personal achievement gain, it just hurts our image and our message. We need to send a sharp message to TriMet that we will not stop until we have major changes and improvements to this deteriorating transit system and agency.
I do not want personal attacks or any synonym of that in this at all. That has nothing to do with any of this. We are all fighting for the same reason, right? We all want a better transit system run by a responsible transit agency.  If so, we can't let personal feelings get in the way of it. We need to work together and show ourselves as a strong force of many to TriMet and everyone involved in it if we want to make any kind of change. We have to make ourselves all known and recognized by the public and get their attention. They need to know the whole truth of TriMet and we're the ones who all need to spread that message. The more people who know the truth are the more that will want change and be willing to fight for it alongside us. We have to show that we are a force not to be ignored--too strong that we cannot be ignored.

So what is the next step? If only I knew. But what I do know is that we all need to come together and resolve to make a change to TriMet together--we cannot each do it alone. We need to do this together. Who’s game?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Blog

I'm coming back to this blog. It will be different from what it was back when i was posting a lot every day, but will be more focused on the issues with TriMet and have substantially less regular posts than there were before.
I'm not guaranteeing anything, but I'm going to give it another try.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stupidity is Multi-Modal

As for this not being that big of a deal? With all due respect, you watched a video in an article titled “Bicyclist prompts emergency MAX train stop in Gresham.” You knew what this video was going to show and you were watching for it. And that’s sort of like watching Titanic where you know what’s going to happen (SPOILER ALERT: The boat sinks) so it’s not a surprise when you see it. But consider this from the operator’s perspective for a moment, who didn’t know that this was going to happen at that intersection.

One lucky cyclist. And by lucky, I mean an idiot. | MAX FAQS

This is TriMet

http://rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/2012/03/this-disgraceful-piece-of-crap-agency.html

Citizen Will

Courtesy
So Many

Fighting Light Rail

Light-rail fight picks up steam

TriMet's money, five years later

http://bojack.org/2012/03/trimets_money_five_years_ago_t.html

Live tonight: Oregon’s "rock ‘n’ roll historians" tell crazy TriMet stories

http://portlandafoot.org/2012/03/live-tonight-oregons-rock-n-roll-historians-tell-crazy-trimet-stories/

TriMet Diaries

The Night of No Bus
Boots
The Journal, Stranger Repellent
Call It A Loan
Commuting apps I’d like to see

Happy (belated) Bus Driver Appreciation Day!

http://theprudentcyclist.com/2012/03/happy-belated-bus-driver-appreciation-day/

Ranting Al

NO TRANSPARENCY AT TRIMET UNLESS YOU GOT PLENTY OF $$$$
PARTIAL LIST OF THE PORK EXECUTIVES HIRED SINCE "$17,000,000 SHORTFALL"
It's just insulting. Cut bus service, raise fares, while hiring and building more MAX. Come on, TriMet!

'How We Roll' Blog

Seen and Heard: Yoda vs. Spiderman, wedded zombies, and a Queen sing-along
Seen and Heard: Wheels on the bus, buswork and the gender of MAX?
Planned station designs for the future Portland-Milwaukie MAX line
Spring Break Staycation Guide

TriMet is simply a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Clusterfuck Nation

Intermezzo
Reality Check
A Fog of Mendacity 
The Choices We Make
The John Brown Moment
All Screaming Id, No Brains, No Honor

And you think TriMet is bad?

OC Transpo deluged with complaints

OPAL Meeting Tonight

Come to the: Bus Riders Unite Meeting on Tuesday, March 20th, 6pm-8pm. At our OPAL Office: 2407 SE 49th Avenue. On Bus Lines 4, 14, 71. Food, Spanish translation and Childcare will be provided. Hope to see you soon!!!

Funny Quotes

http://mystuff-alvin.blogspot.com/2012/02/great-quotes.html

TriMet's Refined Service Cuts

TriMet announces scaled-back service cuts (updated) | Portland Transport
http://portlandtransport.com/revised_service_insert/120430%20Refined%20Budget%20Proposal%20-%20%20Service%20Insert.pdf

Conga Line

MAX FAQS

SW Morrison St,1949

http://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/sw-morrison-st-1949/
Amazing how little it has changed over such a large time span.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Occupy TriMet?

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2012/03/occupy_trimet_oregon_213_closu.html

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Strange TriMet alert

#trimet #52 No service to PCC Rock Creek. Transfer to line 67 for service north of West Union Rd.

Except for btc and pcc, those two lines don't cross over eachother anywhere....