Strength & Hope

Bus Riders Unite builds strength and hope for Transit Justice Like you, we here at OPAL are subdued today. A heavy fog has set, with harsh reminder of who has power in our communities, who the laws protect, and who they don’t. There are few words that can do justice to the moment, but […]

Save the Date – June 24

Get your tickets today!

Tuesday, June 24th

Doors open at 5:30pm

Curious Comedy Theatre: 5225 NE MLK Blvd.

Recognizing that our current struggles for Environmental Justice are just part of the long history of organizing for social justice in the United States, OPAL is organizing for […]

The Long Reach of Privilege

Devon S. is a student at Lewis & Clark College working with OPAL and Bus Riders Unite as a sustainability intern. You’ll be reading more blog posts about her perspective and experiences here, please feel free to leave feedback and say hello in the comments!

Given the recent details surrounding the TriMet board […]

TriMet Board Moves Forward with Riders’ Proposal to Extend Transfer Times

Community leaders from OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite (BRU), the region’s preeminent transit justice organization, testified at the TriMet Board of Directors meeting this morning in support of Ordinance No. 332, which will extend transfer times for cash and single-ticket fares to 2.5 hours. The Board held a first reading of the […]

We need your voice!

BRU meetings are a chance to make new friends.

It was great to see so many of you at the BRU meeting on Tuesday night! You can really tell that OPAL staff and BRU members have been actively reaching out to community members and partner organizations when you look around the room. A group […]

First Ever BRU nominations!

We are approaching another momentous event for Bus Riders Unite! Last March when many of you participated in forming the document that would guide the organization into the future, it was agreed that members of what was then the Planning Committee would transition into a new Leadership Committee. It was also agreed that this Leadership […]

The Story of Us

This week OPAL and Bus Riders Unite showed once again that we are able to effectively mobilize and advocate on behalf of transit riders. The fact that TriMet’s board meetings are held at 9AM on weekdays has been a point of contention for a long time. Even at this inconvenient hour for working families, we […]

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 Campaign for a Fair Transfer is to restore value to our […]

Making friends, building community, and gaining influence

OiTs presenting at the Cully neighborhood meeting.

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 as lighting, shelter, […]

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 the best way to stay informed and activated.

BRU! members and […]