Trimet general manager says the "spring thaw" has arrived

Earlier this year I mentioned a sort of "spring thaw" as we brought on our first class of bus operators in 2 years. I'm happy to say that there is something of a spring run-off now as we have begun promoting mini-run operators to full-time status....

Trimet general manager says TSA "comforts" our riders!

We are fortunate to have many partners in helping keep our system safe and secure. One is the Transportation Security Administration (the TSA for short). For example -- they recently dispatched officers to our system (after the Osama bin Laden...

Do TriMet buses use any kind of signal premption or priority?

Every TriMet bus has a Transit Signal Priority (TSP) device on it that emits a high-frequency light pulse to communicate with the traffic signal system. TSPs are designed to give time to a late bus by extending green lights and shortening red lights....

Trimet general manager "digs" it!

We recently pulled together the Safety and Service Excellence Task Force for a 6 month 'check up' on the Safety initiatives. It was a good thing to do -- it helped all of us who are working on the initiatives to pull together our current status, and...

Trimet general manager says the buget is "tight as a drum"

I had the opportunity to preview a presentation that Tom Nielsen and our bus maintenace staff is preparing for our Board. It shows that we are working hard on our transit system's workhorse -- with new buses soon to be ordered, and new technology on...

Trimet general manager will scan with his eyes!

I wanted to share a few safety updates.  Yesterday – I was able to film an introduction to the new Bus Operator recertification classes – which start April 18th.  Our goal is to set as our goal ZERO collisions  -- and ensure that we are doing all we...

Trimet general manager is "very proud" to be in the room!

I had the pleasure of joining the Bus Safety Committee yesterday at Merlo. With me was our new Safety Exec -- Harry Saporta. We had a good discussion. Key take-aways for me... - pivotal and essential role of the Safety Committee -- and all front-line...

TRIMET GENERAL MANAGER VERY PROUD OF HIMSELF

  We just got some good news from DC. President Obama's proposed budget for federal fiscal year 2012 lists the Portland to Milwaukie project as a 'recommended full funding grant agreement,' and a recommendation for a $200 million appropriation....

TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE

  On February 2, 2011, TriMet and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Division 757 (“ATU”) completed a second day of mediation without reaching an agreement. During mediation, many proposals were made and certain elements of those proposals were...

Safety reporting

  Q.1.    How does a bus operator put in a Request for Safety Assessment to report a safety concern? A.1.     The operator fills out a form on TriNET with space for their name, badge number, contact information, a description of the issue and...

Does he connect the dots?

  Connecting the Dots: PMLR, the budget and the union contract I have received a lot of questions from employees about why TriMet is moving ahead as a partner in the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project (PMLR) at the same time we seek changes...

HARRY SAPORTA

1 Harry Saporta Good Harbor Consulting Surface Transport Safety and Security, Principal Harry Saporta is an experienced surface transit safety and security engineer and has worked with government and private industry clients during a...

neil mcfarlane

I wanted to let you know our attempt to mediate our contract dispute with the ATU failed. We will share with you more details of our offers to settle soon. I believe our offers were fair and showed great flexibility in addressing specific issues. Last...