Airport MAX Red Line trains between PDX and Gateway and westbound MAX Blue Line trains are delayed between Cleveland Ave and Gateway TC stations due to a mechanical issue with an earlier train. Expect delays. Westbound MAX Blue Line trains are delayed between Cleveland Ave and Gateway Transit Center stations due to a mechanical issue with an earlier train. Riders should expect a 10-15 minute delay.
*This happened earlier today, but I forgot to post it
But then, as if on cue to destroy that dream, the unimaginable happens. The Driver starts singing.
"Near, far, wherever you are," he warbles. "I believe that the heart does go on."
No. Not Céline Dion. Even a Driver couldn't be so cruel. I cover my ears but the lyrics seep through my fingers. Kerria falls on the floor, writhing and screaming. I reach into my pocket and pull out my iPod.
"Here, use this to drown it out," I say, handing it to Kerria.
"What about you?" she asks.
"I'll be fine," I say as I Macarena the rear doors open. "Have a frappuccino for me."
I leap into the evening air, my hands and face hitting cold pavement a nanosecond after my feet. But the pain evaporates, horror rushing in to take its place, when I notice the sign to my left. "Welcome to Barrhaven," it reads. "Enjoy your stay."
A group of TriMet employees just returned from the Gillig factory where they observed the manufacturing of new buses. They toured the entire manufacturing facility and had a chance to witness thepowertrain functionality work being done at the end of their first manufacturing line. At this point there are no body panels on the bus, it’s just a frame with the motor at the back and tires. TriMet staff was impressed with a key company policy: if the engine fails, the president is contacted. Having our employees there made the difference in a number of ways:
In the manufacturer’s assembly line, an issue arose in regards to a specific tire size. The tiremen were contacted to confirm the issue and find a size that would work with the new fleet. The tire size was changed to one that is already in use on our older buses in the fleet. This allows for TriMet to use current equipment (ex: tire chains) and minimize the different tire sizes needing to be stocked. Changes like this are made possible due to the coordination of many TriMet employees who have a keen interest in our equipment’s performance and reliability.
During this round of the bus procurement, representatives from operator training participated in rating each of the contenders from an operator’s point-of-view.
Gillig manufactures multiple properties at a time, so the first bus coming off the line could be a TriMet bus, but then you have a Port of Seattle bus right behind it and then a SamTrans bus, for example. Because they will be producing approximately one of our buses a day, it should make it easier for TriMet’s inspection staff to follow a bus during the process. They can concentrate on a single bus every day and ensure that everything is assembled to our standard.
An employee noted another advantage to having our employees in the factory:
“One thing that Gillig expressed was how large the group was and the vast expertise of the team. Usually they have a couple of representatives from an agency and there’s a lot of back and forth in trying to spec a bus. They commented at how easy the process was with us in spec’ing our bus because we had experts from nearly every field pertaining to the bus so we were able to arrive at answers fairly quickly. They were able to cross reference our specs and their spec sheets so we could quickly resolve issues of misunderstandings”
Changing bus manufacturers is a big undertaking for the agency. TriMet has not bought a new Gillig bus since 1997 (2100 high floor buses). The pilot bus is expected to be built in late March 2012 and in Portland, for review, mid April 2012. After buses are built, they’re driven by Gillig to Portland and a Gillig subcontractor will perform the final installation of some TriMet components, such as fare boxes, radio equipment and mirrors.
"You're always working in front of an audience. If one person is mad at you, chances are there are probably more people in the bus who are thinking the same thing. So you're in a never-win situation," he said.
He said he decided to speak out because he wore his uniform with "pride" for many years and while he's retired now, he doesn't like the battering bus drivers are getting from the public.
"To see hard-working men and women being treated like this is difficult because they go through hard times just like everybody else. When you get behind that wheel, you can't just say, 'I had a really rough night last night and I'd like to take it easy today.' It's not like having an office job (where) you can close the door and if your paperwork stacks up you can do it tomorrow."
And here they were telling us and making a big deal about how they have a terrible budget deficit and were going to have to cut service, raise fares, ect.
But I suppose that magically disappeared...yet said fare increases and the like have not!
What collaborates her side is the bus video TriMet released fits what she said, and the fact that the mother of the crying baby never came forward until the media wanted her to. She never complained once about this until the media began to harp at her about it. She never kicked the mother and baby off the bus; the mother chose to get off the bus. The media is telling the story falsely.