Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Bus & MAX
Portland Streetcar reduced service
Portland Aerial Tram
- This is looking to be a very Boring meeting.
- Well would you look at that, we have a new MAX advoca- I mean Board Member.
- New board member serves Clackamas Co. But is a big SW MAX advocate. Huh.
- So I guess the word accident has been accepted back into Trimet vocabulary?
- You feel sorry that they picketed Neil's home. Not sorry for all the screwing over TriMet does to it's operators.
- Wow. Hearing it straight from Neil makes it sound like a banner month for TriMet!
- I love how Beveren doesn't allow for a moment to see if anyone says no, as if he knows that no one ever does on the board.
- Humorous comment about sovereignty of rail very ironic from TriMet.
- Personally I think the best art is free if you can pick it out from the mundane. As an artist I don't think Trimet needs a budget for it.
Tri-Met: Operator at fault for MAX crash | KATU
MAX driver disciplined after Expo Center crash | Portland Tribune
Trimet driver disciplined in Max crash | KPTV
Pedestrian hit by TriMet bus in SW Portland | KGW
Elderly man struck by TriMet bus in SW Portland | KPTV
Man hit by TriMet bus | Portland Tribune
Once again, the media frames the incident as though it was the bus operator's fault when it was really the pedestrian's.
The series of events unfolded like this: the man came up to the bus when the doors were still open to ask what bus it was (this was an old flxible metro bus and those overhead signs are horrible in the dark, nearly impossible to read most of the time), the operator told him it was a 54. The man then walked away from the bus without saying a word. Most people would take this as the bus operator did: okay, he was looking for a different bus, now he's walking away to wait for the other one. But this time apparently the guy actually wanted the bus, but the operator had already began pulling the bus out of the stop. The guy ran next to the bus trying as best he could to alert the operator that he wanted the bus, but tripped and ended up getting his leg run over by the bus. It was the pedestrian's fault.
How was this operator supposed to know that this guy's meaning of walking away from the bus meant he wanted the bus?
I feel bad for the operator. She/he is now on paid leave because of this person's stupidity.
Mcfarlane talks about these thousands and millions of dollars like they're pennies. Remember, mickey? You said TriMet was in a huge budget deficit. If that really was true, you should be looking at that money as it is and be thinking about how to save more, not spend more. I dont care if it is even for your precious MAX
Hey! They're talking about that yellow line incident. Made a revised policy:
"Within 5 days of an incident we'll release a video to the media and a statement, unless police are involved doing their investigation"
"We'll also commit to public data requests if incidents like this occur"