Sunday, August 30, 2009
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Make sure you see the comment from "erikaren", it makes a lot of sense.....
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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which option do you support for fareless square?
All Modes Only 6a-7p
Rail Only 6a-7p
Downtown Only Fare
Leave As Is Now
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
BART board to decide this week whether to impose work rules after contract rejection
With the threat of a strike looming again, the BART board will hold an emergency meeting within a day or two to discuss whether to carry out its threat to impose pay and work rules on a union that rejected a tentative four-year contract settlement.
The mixed results Monday of contract ratification votes by two unions — one approving and one rejecting — threw a wrench in BART's hopes to be done with a rancorous labor negotiations that have more ups and downs than a bumpy airplane ride.
The union for station agents and train operators — Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 — announced late Monday night that its members rejected the four-year contract settlement by a margin of 64 percent opposed and 36 percent in favor. Earlier in the day, the largest BART union representing mechanics, clerks, janitors and track workers — Service Employees Union Local 1021 — announced that 70 percent of its voting members ratified the contract.
BART managers and union officials said it's unclear what will happen next, but they agree the risk of a strike has been ratchet up.
BART Board President Tom Blalock said the board plans to hold an emergency session later this week to discuss whether to unilaterally impose pay and work rule terms on the train operators and station agents, a move would further up the stakes in the standoff with that union.
"We regret that BART employees represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union have voted to reject a labor agreement that was approved by 75 percent of BART's largest union, SEIU," Blalock said in a written statement early this morning. "The BART board will now schedule a special meeting to consider its options, including implementing terms and conditions of employment until a new labor agreement can be reached."
Under state law, a local government board must give the public 24 hours notice before holding an emergency meeting.
Jesse Hunt, president of ATU Local 1555, said his union is asking BART to reopen labor negotiations to try to come up with a two-year agreement, rather than the four-year deal that his union rejected Monday.
"The ball is in their court," Hunt said. He added that his union would be read to resume talks as early as Wednesday.
Hunt said some of his union members were unhappy that the tentative agreement locked them into a wage freeze for four years even if the economy turns around before the contract is up. While the contract deal would provide bonuses in three of the four years, it would not boost the base pay, he noted.
BART spokesman Linton Johnson expressed frustration that the train operators and station agents voted down a deal after four months of difficult negotiations that included two extensions of talks and a 27-hour marathon bargaining session that produced the tentative accord. "We're at our wit's end," he said this morning.
He said BART has said since contract talks started April 1 that the transit system needs $100 million in labor savings over four years through changes in benefit costs and work rules.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Federal stimulus grant delivers more buses for Metro
Orders will bring new generation of clean-and-green hybrids
King County Metro Transit announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Daimler Buses North America to purchase a fleet of new hybrid-electric buses thanks to a $46 million federal stimulus grant awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money is part of $75 million in stimulus funding announced earlier this year.
This is an example of the Orion hybrid buses that will be delivered to Metro in 2010.
"This bus purchase comes at just the right time for all the right reasons," King County Executive Kurt Triplett said. "Thanks to the hard work of our congressional delegation, these stimulus grants will allow Metro to buy hybrid-electric buses to help reduce harmful carbon emissions in our region. It’s a continued investment in hybrid technology that will further expand Metro’s reputation as one of the greenest transit agencies in North America."
The grant combined with a soft economy resulted in a favorable opportunity to begin replacing Metro’s aging fleet of 40-foot buses. The initial purchase of 93 buses cost $45.7 million, slightly less than Metro had originally anticipated. The new coaches will replace Metro’s fleet of Gillig buses, which will be 14 years old by the time they are replaced. That’s two years beyond the typical useful life of a transit bus.
Another positive feature of the contract is flexibility. It will allow Metro to purchase buses as funding becomes available to replace its 40-foot fleet. The buses will have a low floor for easy passenger boarding, a modern design and will come equipped with air conditioning and comfortable seating. These buses, along with larger articulated buses in the Metro fleet, will allow for the efficient placement of the right sized-bus on more than 200 transit routes within its 2,000 square-mile service area. The mix of buses also provides more flexibility in assigning larger coaches to ease overcrowding on some of Metro’s busiest routes.
The new 40-foot hybrid-electric buses will complement the 235 hybrid articulated coaches that have been part of Metro’s fleet since 2004. Based on its past experience with hybrid technology, Metro expects to see an estimated 30 percent fuel savings and an equal reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to its conventional diesel buses being retired. The new buses will also be more economical to operate.
"These new buses will allow Metro to remain at the forefront of our region’s efforts to reduce harmful vehicle emissions that can hurt our health and mobility, "Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond said. "And we know from experience these hybrids are good performers with less down time and fewer repairs compared to their diesel counterparts."
Metro anticipates taking delivery of its first prototype 40-foot hybrid bus in about a year. It expects to take delivery of the remaining buses included in this initial order in about 18 months.
**Sounds like TriMets push to be the greenest is no more, only 2 hybrid buses, you can't say your green when you keep ordering diesel only no matter how much retro fitting you do. I still see many of the buses spewing out dark clouds of smoke, Frederick didn't want to spend money on new buses, just MAX projects!