Campaign For a Fair Transfer: Affordable, Efficient, Equitable

On Wednesday, OPAL and Bus Riders Unite presented a comprehensive report to the TriMet Board of Directors on the efficacy and affordability of extending transfer times. The report was well-received and the board commended OPAL and BRU for their thoroughness. The goal of the […]

Making friends, building community, and gaining influence

What a successful meeting we had last Wednesday! The Cully community came together August 7th for a meeting led by the Lideres Verdes to address necessary improvements to the bus stop on NE 60th and Killingsworth. That particular bus stop lacks appropriate amenities such […]

Mid-program Check In with the OiTs

It’s a little past the midway point in the summer Organizer in Training program, and our OiTs wanted to share a little bit of the exciting work they’ve been doing thus far. Youth Engagement and YouthPass The OiTs will be working on developing a […]

New friends and reNEWed energy!

Did anyone else notice how the month of August just kind of snuck in on us? Along with that comes another opportunity to join your friends at OPAL and BRU! for 1st Saturday organizing. It looks to be a beautiful day, so we expect […]

Numbers and narrative

Thank you to everyone who came out for the BRU! meeting on Tuesday night. We had a great turnout and there was a lot of important information shared. We want to encourage everyone to attend the monthly BRU! meetings whenever possible, as this is […]

A Win for East Portland Bus Stops and BRU!

We have GREAT news to share about our East Portland Bus Stop Project. Bus Riders Unite! prioritized East Portland bus stops as one of three priority areas back in 2010 and throughout the process, we’ve had great engagement from people use transit. We had […]

Important BRU! meeting approaching

We are at a crucial point in the Campaign for a Fair Transfer, making it all the more exciting to see so many of you getting involved. Including our OiTs, OPAL had about 16 people out talking with transit riders last weekend for our […]

Introducing our 2013 Organizers in Training!

Our 4th year of the Summer Organizers in Training program began last week and it is amazing how much the new OiTs have already done. In addition to their trainings of several hours a day, they have attended a TriMet Board meeting, spoke at the […]

Closing out June with fireworks!

What an exciting week at OPAL! The last days of June were filled with activity as we launched our 2013 Organizer In Training program, held our Voices of a People’s History event, and participated in a Jobs With Justice rally promoting healthy cities. With […]

First day of summer: work hard, play hard!

This month’s Bus Riders Unite! meeting marked the final adoption of our guiding document. The Bus Riders Unite Organizational Structure and Collaborative Vision includes by-laws, membership criteria and forms committees. Built into all of this is the ability for members to present ideas, provide […]