Photo of people carrying signs. Several of the signs say Why Pay more for less?

Sign Our Letter: No Fare Hikes!

TriMet’s new General Manager Doug Kelsey is pushing for higher transit fares. He says “we haven’t [raised fares] in nine years.” Such a move would make our daily commute more expensive. When fares go up, ridership goes down. It causes a downward spiral that […]

UP WITH RIDERS- STOP THE FARE HIKE

Our Values:  Transit riders should make decisions about how the transit system functions. Riders’ ideas should be incorporated into all conversations that will impact their daily lives.  We follow the leadership of low-income people, people of color, youth, seniors, and disabled people. These are […]

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OPAL’s Holiday Wishlist

With Halloween behind us, the holidays are officially here! Below, we are excited to present OPAL’s Holiday Wishlist – our key priorities as the year comes to a close! 1) $15,000 in the GiveGuide! OPAL is proud to once again be a part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide. […]

Defend YouthPass

Objective: Win Fareless Youth Transit Access for As Many Youth As Possible Issue: Study after study shows that when youth have access to public transit, they don’t jsut do better in school: they have better health, economic, and community outcomes as well. For more than 20 […]

“If you see people evading fare, don’t write to TriMet and don’t complain to the driver. Just mind your own business and imagine a fareless transit system, where nobody is treated as if they were a criminal for moving freely in the world.” – https://t.co/AixubnKsAs

CLICK TO READ: “If you see people evading fare, don’t write to TriMet and don’t complain to the driver. Just mind your own business and imagine a fareless transit system, where nobody is treated as if they were a criminal for moving freely in […]

“There’s a rising movement for free public transit—a move that could relieve clogged roads and highways, help potentially houseless people keep their jobs, and permanently remove your supposed aggravation with fare jumpers.“ https://t.co/aueRAgTN9X

CLICK TO READ: “There’s a rising movement for free public transit—a move that could relieve clogged roads and highways, help potentially houseless people keep their jobs, and permanently remove your supposed aggravation with fare jumpers.“ https://t.co/aueRAgTN9X

"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to do extraordinary things."

Where To B(RU)

It’s a busy autumn for Bus Riders Unite! Launched in June, the #UpWithRiders campaign continues to pick up momentum. #UpWithRiders is a joint campaign of OPAL, Bus Riders Unite, and the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance to stop fare hikes and win truly public transportation […]

Gabriela Saldaña-López: Community-Rooted Campaigner

OPAL is so excited to introduce the newest member of our Organizing Team. Gabriela Saldaña-López (she/her) has assumed the role of the Bus Riders Unite Organizer, as we work to improve transit service, accessibility, and reduce fares across the region. Gaby is no stranger […]

BRU members, Orgnaizers, and OPALs Executive Director stand outside the TriMet board meeting

TriMet Seeks Fare Hikes, Not Service Enhancement

Members and Organizers with Bus Riders Unite were at the TriMet Board Meeting on the morning of September 18th to testify in support of the #UpWithRiders campaign. Together, we will stop fare hikes and win safe and accessible public transit that is free of […]

Alejandra stands on the bank of the Willamette River

Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón: Libra Sun, Feminist Rising

We’re excited to introduce to the community our new Youth Environmental Justice Alliance Organizer, Alejandra Gallegos-Chacón. Alejandra was born in Quito, Ecuador. “I was born two weeks later than planned,” she says, “because even back then I wasn’t about to let a man tell […]