On Monday February 5th, OPAL celebrated Transit Equity Day! We invited community members to come out with us to organize on the buses, celebrate our recent victories, and build power and interest in our campaigns to demilitarize transit, make our transit system better serve our neighborhoods, and ultimately to reduce fares, expand ridership, and earn reduced auto emissions for public health and to mitigate climate change.
More than ten volunteers throughout the day had hundreds of conversations with, and delivered on-the-bus presentations to, transit riders. We hit our goal for contacts gathered throughout the day, and built community by being present on some of Portland’s busiest bus lines. We focused on the 4, 9, and 72 buses as they’re close to OPAL and they are the three busiest bus lines in the city.
Members of the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance also held a Transit Equity Day event at David Douglas High School (DDHS)!
Community Partners present included Oregon Walks, Community Cycling Center, Safe Routes to School from Portland Bureau of Transportation, DDHS Superintendent Ken Richardson, Assistant Principal Linda Vancil, Principal John Bier, Multnomah Youth Commission, who joined OPAL in tabling to support transit equity.
About 45 people attended the event, highlighting the strong partnerships and dedicated youth members in the room. YouthPass applications were handed out and students picked up bus passes for the month of February.
More than 50 youth also participated in a sticker action to show their support for YouthPass.