But now there's a problem: TriMet's government affairs staff apparently fell asleep at the wheel during the 2011 Legislature. Until last month, the agency was oblivious to a new law – signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber last June– that ended TriMet's ability to collect money from fines.
Jan. 1, the money that once went to the agency has been funneled into a
state public-safety fund created by House Bill 2712.
anticipating a sudden loss of about $250,000 this year, TriMet is
lobbying hard for an amendment during the current, abbreviated
legislative session. The agency is already facing a budget gap of up to
New law undercuts TriMet's effort to boost revenue through fare-cheat fines