Campaigns


Youthpass to the Future

Youthpass is currently only available to high school age youth in the PPS school district which is predominately white and affluent. Students in David Douglas and Parkrose in East Portland, which are predominately BIPOC and low-income don’t have access to free transit- limiting their ability to get to school, jobs, extracurricular activities, safer spaces, and their communities. The LGM 2020 Measure would ensure that all youth in the region would have access to free public transportation

 

Let's Get Moving 2020

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A successful community is built on a solid foundation of social infrastructure. It's essential to invest in good schools, libraries, and parks that serve everyone in the community, but what if you can't safely get there because there's no way to cross the busy street, the bus doesn't get you to work on time, or you can't afford a car? The transportation investments included in Measure 26-218 will radically improve and transform the ability for people of all ages and abilities to walk, roll, and access transit to get to work, school, parks, grocery stores, libraries, medical appointments, places of worship, and -- most importantly -- back home. Bus Riders Unite and Youth Environmental Justice Alliance, and member-led bases have endorsed Measure 26-218.

 


Victories for Our Communities

 

  • Won Low-Income Fare equity campaign

  • Secured $1.3M low-income rider mitigation fund

  • Won an extended 2.5 hour bus transfer

  • Developed BRU Budget Alternative for an equitable budget

  • Improved key bus stops prioritized by riders

  • Established Transit Equity Advisory Committee to TriMet

  • Prevented elimination of cash transfers in E-Fare implementation

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

  • 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 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

  • Significant ongoing efforts to improve Metro’s public engagement practices

 

More Victories

 

  • 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.

  • Developed 40+ youth leaders annually

  • Built coalitions to drive local, regional, and state policy

  • 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

  • Established Transit Equity Advisory Committee to TriMet

  • Established Youth Environmental Justice Alliance

  • 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

  • $111 million investment from the state of Oregon for statewide transit

  • 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