Youthpass Ballot Measure
OPAL believes a fareless, safe, equitable, just, and sustainable public transit system is possible now, starting with a new generation of younger riders who will define the landscape of transportation justice into the future. OPAL is developing and organizing public support for a 2022 ballot initiative to secure free transit for youth in the Portland Metro region. Through organizing and engaging youth in campaign planning, voter outreach, analysis, community engagement and education, etc., along with working with the Getting There Together coalition and community partners, we will create a measure that is community-oriented, and better addresses our communities’ needs.
Grassroots Safety Table
OPAL and Bus Riders Unite! believe a future of transit safety is possible by connecting community members to advocacy opportunities, political education, storytelling, and direct action. We convene a bi-weekly Grassroots Safety Table of community advocates and activists to strategize about funding alternatives to traditional models of policing. With our partners, we've outlined a Rider Ambassadors position, employees designed to cater to the needs of riders, reduce fears of police violence, and connect community members to resources. The table explores other alternatives from across the nation and internationally, including utilizing the expertise of social workers and healthcare professionals, centering unarmed de-escalation tactics, and developing trainings to reduce instances of racism, violence against the houseless, and gendered discrimination.