Trimet has been conducting a war on the poor of the Portland metro area since Mcfarlane was put into the head job over there. These technocrats are asking for the public to pay for a low income pass but they have used discretionary funds to build a new police station. Just disgraceful management at Trimet.
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite are
shocked and appalled at the announcement of an increase of $11M for
police in the Trimet budget. There is no need for this
expansion of the prison industrial complex. Bus riders need more
accessible, affordable transportation, not more racist policing on our
buses! Trimet is trying to sneak this past with little public scrutiny.
Low income people and people of color are already profiled at a higher
rate on public transit. Trimet’s Board is not adequately addressing
At the February 22nd meeting of the Trimet Board of Directors, it was
revealed that the agency is prepared to spend more than $11M on a new
police station and expanded fare enforcement in the next budget year.
The announcement is a direct assault on low income people and people of
color who depend on public transportation. Riders are angry and demand answers to the following questions:
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