Victories

Since 2006 OPAL has been fighting to create safer and healthy places for our communities to live, work, pray, learn, and play. Below is a list of some of the most substantial victories our grassroots organizing has won:

Secured $1.3M low-income rider mitigation fund

Won an extended 2.5 hour bus transfer through our Campaign for a Fair Transfer

Saved YouthPass program from repeated threats of budget cuts

Won reduction in youth fares

Developed BRU Budget Alternative to propose equitable budget priorities

Improved key bus stops prioritized by riders

Established Transit Equity Advisory Committee to TriMet

Prevented elimination of cash transfers in upcoming E-Fare implementation

Secured agreement to phase in E-Fare, with a free introductory period

Organized Two Annual Youth Transit Justice Days of Action

Facilitated Organizer-in-Training program for emerging youth leaders of color

Established Youth Environmental Justice Alliance

Built a multiracial climate justice table with explicit environmental justice lens

Partnered with ROSE CDC to support the Lents Youth Initiative and Lents Green Ring

Led broad coalition to repeal statewide prohibition on Inclusionary Zoning

Won City update of density bonus policy for affordable housing; Developed “Best Practices” guidelines for state agencies through Oregon EJ Task Force

Exposed use of TriMet’s Contingency Fund for secret Executive Raises

Acted as lead author of Metro’s Equity Strategy Framework Report

Secured major changes in Metro’s understanding/approach to Title VI analysis of projects

Founded the Transportation Justice Alliance

Changed TriMet Board Meeting rules to include public comment on issues prior to board votes

Discovered TriMet Clean Air Act violation of “Transportation Control Measures” that are part of our region’s Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan (TriMet and Metro later received a rule change from EPA rather than change transit service levels to satisfy the old rule.)

Significant prior and ongoing efforts to improve Metro’s public engagement practices

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