Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hard to improve on the first two comments.

Mr Brian, how is "stealing" $5,000,000 dollars (the CRC bailout funds) something to celebrate?

Will you please tell us what part of TRIMET's budget was robbed to pay for this?

This whole project was created with lies and half truths.

If this service ran 7 days a week, or 5 days a week,once an hour, or even once every two hours, then MAYBE, JUST MAYBE I could have some sympathy for WES and those involved in planning it.

Now Mr Hansen is whining about budget shortfalls!

He wants to cut already existing services now!

SHAMEFUL, utterly disgraceful.

Sure it will remove a "few" cars from the road, but nobody will notice.

Here we are at the gates of the worst economic times in decades, and our public officials "play" with our tax money like we are living in the midst of an economic boom!

Of course, its no surprise. Our government officials, from the president all the way down to the General Manager of TRIMET believe that they own the government and can do whatever they want with our tax revenues.

The truth of it is, they do and they can, because the public tolerates this outrage.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Hard to improve on the quality of the comments up to now!

All very good points.

I would never have given this project a second thought had it not turned out that FRED HANSEN took public money to use to bail out this company.

He had no right to do that! What gives him the right to just take $5,000,000 dollars and just hand it over to that company? Where did that $5,000,000 actually go anyway?


People go to jail for that!

And I probably still wouldn't of cared had FRED HANSEN not made a subsequent declaration that all the service budgets and "low performing routes" need to be cut now!

He hands these Willsonville commuters this luxury ride, created with stolen money, and now he wants to cut already existing service.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

We did have a similar event four years ago.

Max completely failed back then and the buses were about the same as this event.

Mr Banta was not here four years ago, so for him, its a first time event.

Peggy Hansen was not Director of Transportation either, but I believe she was in charge of Road supervisors.

If its any comfort, Seattle had almost the identical experience as Portland.

Will anything change?

Who knows,

Trimet is an institutional bureaucracy with lots of layers of management.

Too many cooks spoil the soup as they say.

I sure as heck wouldn't want to be in charge!
BUS SERVICE IN THESE CONDITIONS IS VERY SPOTTY, even on the high density lines.

TRIMET needs to make that clear,


"expect 20-30 minute delays" which was put out on the media.

I know because I watched almost the whole event.

They need to say,


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Oh Amy dear,

Would you mind terribly posting your resume for us to see?

You might be higly qualified for this post, I am very interested in seeing your experience on the subject.

Actually Amy, you would do all of us citizens of this great city of PORTLAND a service by showing us your experience.

If for nothing else just to prove to us that SAM ADAMS is not the kind of politician that would stoop to political payoffs.

We need to know that Sam is really the class act he says he is and to know for sure that we, the citizens of Portland are getting the very best

SUSTAINABILITY coordinator in this great city of ours!

Excellent excellent article!
I was hoping someone would be able to come up with these facts to prove just how much the "city that works" only works on the things it wants to, the public need is NOT ONE OF THEM!
Now our beloved self serving selfish city political hacks and 'job for life' civil servants will come whining to the rest of us for more money!