Friday, September 2, 2011
Assistant Supervisor, Rail Equipment MaintenanceCloses Sept. 9, 2011; union, full-time; internal opening only
Customer Service RepresentativeOpen to current TriMet Customer Service Specialist and TriMet Customer Service Trip Planner employees only.
Closes Sept. 7; union, full-time
Deputy General CounselOpen until filled; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening
Executive Director, Labor Relations & Human ResourcesOpen until filled; non-union, full-time; external/internal opening
Financial AccountantCloses Sept. 2, 2011; non-union, full-time; internal opening only
Part-time Bus OperatorOpen until filled; union, part-time; external/internal opening
Project Control ManagerOpen until filled; non-union, limited term; external/internal opening
If Portland's transportation priorities are so "green," why doesn't it scrap its goofy streetcar and mystery train fantasies and buy a fleet of these? They sure sound better than all those creaky, stinky, aging buses that Tri-Met is currently running all over town.
With massive service cuts behind us and higher fares ahead of us, bus riders are feeling shut out by TriMet and are starting to organize through groups like OPAL to advocate for more bus service. Stop consolidation would be an easy way for TriMet to immediately deliver better service with existing dollars and would send a powerful signal to bus riders that they have not been forgotten. Bus advocates would do well to push TriMet towards short-term, practical improvements such as stop consolidation while also working toward a long-term funding solution for regional transit.
Portland ought to declare a sister city relationship with Washington, D.C. Not only are they talking bikes and streetcars back there, but their police force acts up with drunken driving, steroid rage, and misuse of guns. They even get the same paid administrative leave! The parallels are compelling.
That is getting way too out of hand.