Thursday, July 17, 2014

OPAL'S version of the FTA decision

TriMet refused to conduct a fare equity analysis when changing its transfer policy. As a result of FTA’s decision, low-income riders won the right to be protected from discriminatory impacts from changes to the transfer time policy. This directly contradicts the position of TriMet board members and equity staff, who publicly stated that changes to the transfer policy did not require a fare equity analysis.
While FTA determined that TriMet had not technically violated Title VI in its 2012 decision to reduce transfer times for weekend bus riders, this was only because FTA’s new guidance manual had not yet been published, giving TriMet a pass. (in other words Trimet would not be able to pull that shit again)

Read OPAL's side of the story here

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