Photo of people carrying signs. Several of the signs say Why Pay more for less?

Our Transit Justice Priorities

OPAL, Bus Riders Unite!, and our Fellows are here to make sure that TriMet works for the community. In the past few years, we’ve grown increasingly concerned with the decision-making that oversees the system. Because of the recent turmoil at TriMet, we’ve decided to […]

Youth and adult allies stand inside the state capitol ater successfully lobbying legislators to support the Youth Transit Initiative.

Youth Transit Initiative Victory!

OPAL is proud to announce a major victory in the state legislature: we finally secured a mechanism for the state to pay for students to utilize public transportation to get to and from school. The Youth Transit Initiative is about to become law! Many […]

Huy holds Rosalia at the 2017 Huy Hour event. The banner reay "Huy Hour, Mekong Bistro, March 28th, 5:30pm"

Huy Hour Returns: Save the Date

Click the image to RSVP! Since joining OPAL in 2016, Executive Director Huy Ong has overseen the growth and transformation of OPAL while continuing our legacy of grassroots organizing in impacted communities. Every year, we bring together community to meet and greet Huy and […]

A map of the Broadway Bridgehead where the project will be placed.

March 21st, Help Shape the Broadway Corridor

OPAL works in coalition with labor and environmental groups to ensure major new developments benefit our communities. Right now is a critical decision-point for a project that could change the face of Northwest Portland, and we want your input! Join us March 21st at […]

Candidate Ted Wheeler speaking in speaking in favor of youth transit access in November 2015.

Mayor Receives Letter from Youth Leaders

Community members, led by OPAL’s Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and the Multnomah Youth Commission, are calling on Mayor Ted Wheeler to help preserve the vital YouthPass program through the next city budget. Their letter went to City Hall on Friday. Check it out:   […]

Doug Kelsey looks on as he is questioned by Shirley Block of ATU757, President of the Driver's union

RECAP: OPAL & TriMet Meet To Discuss Accountability

Update to Community Stakeholders on the TriMet General Manager Hiring, It’s been two weeks since TriMet paused their rushed hiring process thanks to the advocacy of Bus Riders Unite and OPAL. On Wednesday, we finally had our meeting with leaders from TriMet. We had […]

Volunteers with Transit Equity Day hold their fists in the air.

Transit Equity Day Success!

On Monday February 5th, OPAL celebrated Transit Equity Day! We invited community members to come out with us to organize on the buses, celebrate our recent victories, and build power and interest in our campaigns to demilitarize transit, make our transit system better serve […]

The Transit Equity Day logo- a green circle with a bus, train, and pedestrian on the outside. Inside reads "Transit Equity Day / For Civil Rights and a Healthy Planet #TransitEquityDay"

February 5th Celebrate Transit Equity Day!

Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort among organizations and unions who believe that public transit is a civil right, and a key strategy is preventing climate change. Bus Riders Unite are celebrating on Monday, February 5th with transit rider outreach, letting people know […]

David Douglas High School

YEJA Leaders Visit DDHS Board

Last week, we told you the bad news: David Douglas High School students still haven’t received YouthPasses two months into the school year. Following our expose on the delayed process, several of our allies reached out to react in outrage and shock. Then, just […]

Drawing. Brown hand holds green letters spelling out YEJA. Underneath the hand are the words youth environmental justice alliance.

DDHS Refuses to Distribute YouthPass

The Youth Environmental Justice Alliance (YEJA) is reporting that two months into the school year, students at David Douglas still have not received free transit passes, or even applications to receive passes. And there‚Äôs no plan in place to do so. YEJA won funding […]