Locally, TriMet has been proposing a series of drastic changes in how it operates. Among them are an elimination of the Free Rail Zone, increase of fares to $2.50 flat-rate, an elimination of scratch 7-day passes, and consolidation of various routes, as well as a significant cut to the LIFT paratransit services.
In this occasion, we must unite to defend our public transit as one of key infrastructures that unite our communities and make Portland what it is. Equity, economy, and environment -- in short our values and urban planning philosophy -- depend on accessible, affordable public transit.
Here are a series of sign-on letters for people to sign:
- To TriMet: Preserve the Free Rail Zone (this goes to the public comments; due Friday, April 6, 5 p.m.)
- To the City of Portland: Save Portland's Free Rail Zone from its demise
- To Metro: Open public discussion on annexing TriMet into Metro (ORS 267.020)
- To the Governor and Legislature: Create a more stable and robust funding option for Oregon's public transportation