I was not in a position to get the driver description or the bus i.d. number...but given the tight schedules and time space between buses, I am sure you can figure it out easily.
Today, I was just turning south onto 148th, from eastbound stark, and as I was looking to my left to clear the intersection for my right turn. I saw the stark/#15 bus sitting at the west bound stop that is located immediately east of 148th. Point being: the bus was at a full stop on a yellow light. The bus did not wait for the next green, but pulled out quickly and continued west, on a red light. as said: the light was already late into the yellow, so by the time the bus was barely into the intersection, the light was already red. THAT is illegal and dangerous.
I have driven heavy vehicles and understand that a moving bus cannot be stopped on a dime. Yellow lights allow adequate time to stop when one can. But this driver does not have that excuse as he/she was at a full stop as the light was going from yellow to red and obviously chose to risk everybody else to get through a light. I have a family relation that is a trimet driver. I know some things about the pressure re route schedules. That is not an excuse to run red lights.
A Portland cop told me that "if you can safely stop at a yellow light you are required to do so" "It is NOT an extension of the green light to do as you wish". I know that but apparently this driver does not know or care. I have been on trimet busess before that have absolutely ignored yellow lights and one guy even blew right through a clearly red light; with an angry look on his face. I have had buses pull right out in front of me as if the 'yield' sign on the back of the bus gave them the right to do that. A trimet supervisor told me that it does NOT give a bus driver the right to endanger vehicles by pulling out right in front of them. but THAT happens all the time.
I rode tri met for years. great drivers and some VERY bad ones. never can forget the #17 driver who caused a mother with a newborn to fall in the aisle with his jack-rabbit start...and then flipped the passengers the bird for complaining about it. I could go on.
So...since we as car owners/drivers do not get big buses(or benefits!)to go out and endanger passengers and public with...PLEASE make more certain that you find a way to dial back these 'I own the road' trimet drivers. Last couple of times I said something to a trimet driver that had clearly been in the wrong, I got a kind of screaming ego back in my direction that has ZERO business driving a bus. If tri met drivers as as unhappy as SO many of them appear to be...maybe intermittent psych evaluations may be in order as well as the drug testing. I DON'T assume that bus drivers are good drivers. I others know better. Thank God I do not have to depend on 'Tri-Mad' anymore!