Right now, if you can’t afford a monthly or annual bus pass, you are using cash or single tickets, and you try to get as much use out of that single ticket as possible. This means $2.10 for a two-zone round-trip to the nearest grocery store. Under TriMet’s recent proposal, this simple errand will cost you $5.00.
TriMet is justifying these fare increases and service cuts with poor
data, faulty analysis and a lack of transparency and accountability that
leaves transit riders confused and in the dark.
First, TriMet is blaming its bus drivers for wanting the best health
care. TriMet claims that the current contract will cost the agency $5
million to $10 million more than projected. We all should stand with the
union in these negotiations, and they have every incentive to ensure
service and ridership are maintained, as this protects their jobs.
What’s important here is that this cost was foreseeable, and TriMet
should not be driving a wedge between drivers and its riders due to its
Second, TriMet is blaming partisanship in Washington DC, projecting
$4 million less in federal grant revenue in the next fiscal year.
Regardless of what Congress eventually does with the federal
transportation bill, the vast majority of federal dollars that come to
TriMet are for capital construction projects, so should have little to
no bearing on its service.
Third, TriMet is using too conservative of a forecast in projecting $3.2 million less in payroll tax revenue.
OPAL: TriMet fare plan unfair to poorer bus riders | For those who can’t afford free speech