Bus Riders Unite, a project of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, is a membership organization launched in 2010 that represents transit-dependent people. Why “transit dependent”? Because when we rely on public transit, we’re likely also reliant upon availability of housing choices, alternative transit options (like bike and pedestrian infrastructure), and to have less access to green spaces. Transportation is at the center of our lives, connecting us to the places where we live, work, learn, pray and play. BRU doesn’t only address transportation, but rather brings the perspective of transit-dependent people to the decision-making that affects all matter of policy related to the built environment. As a key prioriity, Bus Riders Unite fights for environmentally sustainable public transportation in the Portland Metropolitan region, on the premise that affordable, efficient, accessible, and convenient mass transit is a human right.
Bus Riders Unite recognizes and values the diverse cultures, backgrounds, experiences, and abilities of our membership body. We seek to build a democratic, multi-lingual, multiracial, all-inclusive community-based organization. Our leadership and membership are committed to lifting up the voices of transit depndent people and people whose voices are not commonly heard.
Learn more about the victories of past BRU and OPAL campaigns, click here.
To read the full “Bus Riders Unite Organizational Structure and Collaborative Vision” document, click here.
Sometimes due to holidays and other events, these regular times change. Check our Events Calendar for the precise dates, times and locations of our events.
First Saturday of the Month Organizing:
We’re the experts on what transit riders experience in Portland, because no one talks to more riders than we do! Out on the buses, waiting at the bus stop and transit centers, we’re having conversations and making connections to inform our work for transit justice.
Sound like something you could get on board with? Join us for breakfast, an orientation, and then some time out on the buses talking to fellow transit riders. 12pm – 2pm, transit tickets included.
Third Wednesday of the Month Political Education:
Past political education topics have included: Brazil’s Free Fare movement, Non-violent Resistance, Legislative 101. Join us for informative political education from 6-8pm at the OPAL offices.
Last Friday of the Month Membership Activity:
We rotate between membership meetings, popular education, and social activities. Come one come all!
All activities are held at OPAL Office 2407 SE 49th Ave TriMet #4, #14, #71
We welcome all bus riders and allies to build justice-making relationships, learn about our rights and public transportation, and mobilize to improve TriMet Bus service through funding and equitable policies. Be a part of a group working to empower and be powerful in support of our rights and concerns as bus riders.
Our monthly meeting is rich with conversation, and operates as an educational space to learn about community organizing, local political issues, and trainings to recruit news bus riders. We also have a structure which has committees that you can get plugged into to work on issues that are important to you.