Since 2006 OPAL has been fighting to create safer and healthy places for our communities to live, work, pray, learn, and play.
Bus Riders Unite won a $10M Low Income Fare program for riders of TriMet through grassroots organizing.
Youth Environmental Justice Alliance won an expansion of YouthPass to East Portland schools through developing young leaders.
OPAL won Inclusionary Zoning by leading a statewide coalition to demand this affordable housing tool.
Other victories include:
Developed BRU Budget Alternative to propose equitable budget priorities
Improved key bus stops prioritized by riders
Prevented elimination of cash transfers in 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 seven years of the Organizer-in-Training program for emerging youth leaders of color
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
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
Last updated 2/1/2018