Monday, August 17, 2009


Al, As you know, a large shift of equipment has taken place over the last three months.Powell is sore because they "lost" many of their 2700/2800's to Center in addition to their 2100's.Merlo gave up so many of our low floor 2000's when the 2900's arrived.In fact, I drove a 2000 series low floor from Merlo on my Sandy/Barbur run yesterday.To replace some of the "lost" low floors out at Powell, Center sent them some 1400's.I wish the issue of the distribution of the air conditioned fleet would be discussed.Is it a union matter? I see air conditioned buses on short afternoon mini runs at Center all the time.Couldn't that equipment be used on the high volume #52,76/78, and 62's?
This letter writer is clearly disgusted with the lack of air conditioning:
Print publication: Monday, August 17, 2009

TriMet has now established a clear, discriminatory policy regarding its passengers.
The first-class rail riders continue to receive freebies from the expensive MAX system with its large, sheltered platforms, Transit Tracker signs and a complete police force. The Portland Streetcar receives $3 million annually despite not being owned or operated by TriMet. The WES system costs $33 per boarding ride to help pay for the "free" wireless Internet and specifically denies ridership to anyone without a credit or debit card. And now, Fareless Square will be exclusive to streetcar and MAX riders.

The steerage-class bus rider is subjected to the oldest, dirtiest and most congested bus fleet on the West Coast where the majority of boarding locations lack sidewalks, shelters or any amenities besides a bus stop sign. One out of three buses lack air conditioning. Buses frequently don't show up on schedule or are so full they must pass up willing riders. And now, bus passengers must pay full fare downtown.
Portland is no longer the leader in transit innovation. Instead, it has established that bus riders are no longer worthy of quality transit, while rail service receives infinite attention and funding.

PS: I asked Jeff Asch to show you from the ATU magazine how transit districts around the country were using their stimulus funds to buy new buses.TriMet was not listed as buying new units.I guess that we sweat it out for another week.Keep up the good work!

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