Video: Why Neil McFarlane Wants to Allow TriMet Bus Drivers to Strike

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 TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane stopped by our office last Thursday for an interview before giving his "State of TriMet" report this morning. That report was more like a war council, with McFarlane offering his opening tactic in a contract battle with TriMet's employee union: Accept smaller healthcare benefits, or the transit agency will have to cut 70 percent of bus service by the ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Video: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane Says Fare-Hopping is a Crime

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When TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane stopped by WW's office last Thursday, we had to ask him about the stings.Last year, as the regional transit agency ended its Free Rail Zone and increased fares, it also escalated its fare enforcement. TriMet began setting up corrals outside Timbers and Trail Blazers games, forcing passengers disembarking trains to show their tickets before being allowed to ...   More
 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Video: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane Says CRC Backers Had Better Hurry

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Lawmakers in Washington and Oregon continue to escalate a standoff over whether the Project Formerly Known as the Columbia River Crossing should include light rail. You'll never guess whose side TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane is on. He says U.S. Department of Transportation officials are more likely to back the CRC if it's differentiated from "very big auto bridges" they usually see.But in this ...   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Neil McFarlane

TriMet’s GM on the agency’s union costs, big penalties for fare dodgers, and why service cuts won’t be restored anytime soon.


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Neil McFarlane built his career on expanding TriMet. But he has become the face of cutbacks.  TriMet’s general manager since 2010, McFarlane has been locked in a bitter struggle with the    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Voices 2013: Al Margulies

The TriMet watchdog says riders should demand more from the agency.


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Al Margulies has more time than ever to be the scourge of the transit agency he calls “TriMess.” Margulies—one of the most outspoken of the transit agency’s public watchdogs—was a TriMet   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 AARON MESH

Update on Talks Between TriMet and Its Union: They Can't Even Agree to Meet


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If you're wondering what the latest is in the long battle over negotiations between TriMet and its union, this email today from ATU Local 757 president Jon Hunt to TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane should catch you up. The essence of the email, which the union put on its website, is that the union doesn't even see any purpose in meeting. Here's Hunt's entire email: Neil, I received ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 HANK STERN

TriMet Picks A New GM


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 HANK STERN

No More Cell Phone Use For TriMet Drivers On The Job


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TriMet drivers, turn off your cell phones now. That edict by TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane is one of two changes he announced today aimed at improving safety in response to a bus crash April 24 that killed two pedestrians and injured another. The new policy dealing with personal electronic devices is in contrast to TriMet's earlier policy of requiring that those devices merely be ...   More
 
Monday, July 12, 2010 Jacob Reingold

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