Sign the Petition! No Transit Jail!

TriMet snuck $11M into their next budget for a new transit police facility. Bus Riders Unite, Portland’s transit riders union, says JAIL NO!

NO INCREASED FARE ENFORCEMENT! We do not need a new transit police facility located steps from the Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center Max Stops! Currently 1 in 5 fare enforcement stops happen at the Rose Quarter.

STOP PROFILING ON TRANSIT! In a recent PSU report, data has shown that even though Black people make up 7% of transit riders, they are almost 18% of people who receive citations, and 22% of those excluded.

NO UNAFFORDABLE FARES! Riders need a low-income fare, YouthPass expansion, and ultimately zero fares! TriMet has already agreed that we need a Low Income Fare that is similar to the Honored Citizen pass. This should be prioritized!

NO ICE ON BUSES AND TRAINS! We need a “sanctuary system” and zero collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)! San Francisco’s BART system recently proposed just such a policy.


We demand:

  • a sanctuary system modeled after San Francisco’s proposed BART policy
  • public forums to hear community perspectives on the Transit Jail
  • an equity report regarding fare enforcement and the location of the Transit Jail
  • the FY2018 payroll tax increase ($24.1M) should only fund increasing service, improving accessibility (low income fare and YouthPass), improving bus stops, buying buses, or backlogged maintenance
  • disclose the “savings” and where the savings will go.
  • TriMet’s budgeting process must include community input! More than 1,500 cities across the world have “participatory budgeting” processes, where community directly controls how public dollars are spent.

Posted in Against Militarization, Against White Supremacy, Bus Riders Unite, Coalition Building, Just Transitions, Transit Justice.