TriMet Board Approves FY14 Budget with Commitment to CFT Evaluation

On Thursday, TriMet and the agency’s Board of Directors acknowledged the hard work that OPAL and Bus Riders Unite! has put into our analysis of extended transfers and the effects this might have on transit riders who depend on single ticket fares. They repeatedly […]

Guest Blog Post: How We Roll

This week’s guest blog post is from long time Bus Riders Unite member and self-identified ‘transit geek’ Cameron Johnson.  Hello fellow transit riders and activists. You may have noticed how the mainstream media has picked up the pace in investigating TriMet’s decision to allocate […]

Making Strides for Transit Justice

We are really excited about two significant milestones for both BRU and OPAL that occurred this week! The first one you may have read about in OPAL’s Facebook post about 1st Saturday Organizing. We had a record number of participants on May 4th with […]

Guest Post: A Night Without a Bus Pass

This week’s blog post comes from OPAL Youth Organizer, Nicole Johnson, who has been working with youth city-wide to advocate for stable funding of the YouthPass benefit, and to expand it to all students in the Portland metropolitan area. Herself and Multnomah Youth Commissioner Jose Lopez […]

Guest Post: A BRU Member’s Take

This has been a big week in the world of Bus Riders Unite and OPAL. An active BRU member and outer Southeast Portland resident Eavan Moore is our guest posting for this week, offering her take on the future of Campaign for a Fair […]

BRU Meeting Next Week!

Bus Riders Unite! has had a busy week as they continue to work toward being guided entirely by members. The Leadership Committee helped to shape the agenda for next week’s BRU meeting, during which members will have more of a role in facilitation as […]

Advocacy and Outreach: OPAL and BRU are Matching Strides

Did someone say “momentum”? Oh, that’s right, WE did.  OPAL and BRU are still picking up speed after the successes of the First Annual Membership Gathering at the end of March. We’re continuing to build power within multiple campaigns and efforts. BRU members were […]

1st Saturday: Get Involved!

If you have found yourself thinking lately that you would like to get more involved with OPAL and Bus Riders Unite!, this Saturday is the perfect opportunity. We will be out for 1st Saturday Organizing and also conducting more bus stop assessments as part […]

Bus Riders Springing Forward with Campaigns, Ideas, Solutions

As our weather is warming up, so is the activity level at OPAL. This week began the approval process for TriMet’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget. With no service cuts or fair increases on the table, the transit agency’s management and board of directors may […]

First Annual BRU Membership Gathering!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Bus Riders Unite’s first annual Membership Gathering this weekend! The organizational structure of Bus Riders Unite is really starting to take shape, thanks to the hard work and patience of BRU members themselves. Our Associate […]