TriMet boss admits to 'glaring' shortcomings

TriMet boss admits to 'glaring' shortcomings

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane has called for an internal audit of overtime hours and promised to make fighting driver fatigue a top priority after an investigation by The Oregonian exposed what he calls "glaring" shortcomings.

On Sunday, the newspaper reported that many bus operators work up to 22 hours in a 24-hour period to fill open shifts and make overtime. The eight-month examination also uncovered cases of riders, motorists and TriMet supervisors reporting operators nodding off behind the wheel.

Among other incidents, the operator of a Yellow Line MAX fell asleep at the controls and crashed the 100-ton train at the Expo Center in October 2011. The operator told The Oregonian that he was working with chronic fatigue at the time.

Read more in the Oregonian.