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 ordinance [...]
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 [...]
You did it! You won improvements to 3 East Portland bus stops!
We have GREAT news to share about our East Portland Bus Stop Project. Bus Riders Unite! prioritized East Portland bus stops as one of three priority areas back in 2010 and throughout the process, we’ve had great engagement from people use transit. [...]
We are at a crucial point in the Campaign for a Fair Transfer, making it all the more exciting to see so many of you getting involved. Including our OiTs, OPAL had about 16 people out talking with transit riders last weekend for our monthly 1st Saturday Organizing day. That gave us enough organizers to [...]
This month’s Bus Riders Unite! meeting marked the final adoption of our guiding document. The Bus Riders Unite Organizational Structure and Collaborative Vision includes by-laws, membership criteria and forms committees. Built into all of this is the ability for members to present ideas, provide input, and be the decision-making body that will guide BRU! efforts [...]
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 almost $1 million in non-union wage increases as part of the [...]
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 12 organizers! Many of them were brand new faces and all [...]
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 Delgado penned an opinion piece published this week in the Oregonian [...]
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 of the East Portland Bus Stop Improvement Project. Both of these [...]
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 have been surprised to see that OPAL staff and BRU members [...]