Let’s not get distracted here. There was NO budget shortfall last year. TriMet maintained its federal funding, has a substantial surplus in payroll tax revenue, and won its arbitration with the union. Not only does TriMet have that $12M in pocket, but they also got a short-term surplus to boot. Yet, here we are at the bus stop, paying much more for much less. We want to see this money come back to the riders, in the form of increased transfer times, stronger and safer infrastructure, and increased service frequency.
Complete editorial is HERE!