July 17: Help Us Decide Our Next Steps and Priorities

As OPAL and Bus Riders Unite celebrate our accomplishments from our organizing around the TriMet budget–including $1 million for a discount ticket program for low-income riders –we also need to start planning and strategizing our priorities for the coming months. A lot of different […]

Welcome to OPAL’s Summer 2012 Organizers-in-Training!

OPAL is excited to welcome our 2012 summer Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Our 2012 cohorts include both long-time community activists and younger students who are emerging community leaders. Our two-month OiT program includes workshops and guest speakers in various facets of grassroots organizing, as well as […]

We Spoke Truth to Power

The June 13 Bus Riders Unite action at the TriMet Board meeting was a huge step forward to transit justice in the Portland metro region. Over 100 transit riders and allies stepped up to loudly declare their support for transit justice. We saw new […]

Save our Transit System! Join us June 13

With just a few days left before Trimet’s June 13 Board meeting, it’s crunch time! We need as many people as possible to come out to the board meeting to express support for the Bus Riders Unite Budget Alternative which reflects some of the […]

May 16 Bus Riders Unite Membership Meeting

Last month Bus Riders Unite presented our BRU Budget Alternative to the TriMet Board, and now the fight is just beginning. We need broad public support for this compromise proposal, which reflects some of the best ideas from TriMet’s proposal and smart ideas from […]

Bus Riders Unite rocks the TriMet Board Meeting!

OPAL and Bus Riders Unite members presented our budget alternative proposal which generated $12.5 million in cost savings and new revenue–without devastating fare increases and service cuts. Our presentation won praise from TriMet Board members who said they appreciated the emphasis on finding positive […]

Bus Riders Unite Membership Meeting April 18, 2012

Join us this coming Wednesday April 18th for our monthly Bus Riders Unite membership meeting. We will develop a Bus Riders Unite Budget Alternative for TriMet that will meet our budget needs without drastic fare hikes and service cuts. Bus riders and OPAL members have been brainstorming ideas to fix […]

We All Ride the Bus! We’re all in this together.

Tri-Met’s service cuts and fare increases will affect all of our community–from low-income families going to the grocery store to people trying to find work and get to their jobs. OPAL is helping to organize a broad-based coalition of community groups, unions, and environmental […]

The Truth Behind Tri-Met’s Budget Proposal

TriMet is a public agency yet is not adhering to transit equity principles or operating for the benefit of all communities. Service is no longer frequent, accessible or affordable, and we are headed in the wrong direction. Most troubling, TriMet is not being transparent […]