Restore Transit First
  • Petitioned Neil McFarlane

This petition was delivered to:

General Manager, TriMet
Neil McFarlane
Director of Communications & Technology
Carolyn Young

Restore Transit First

    1. Joseph Santos-Lyons
    2. Petition by

      Joseph Santos-Lyons

      Portland, OR

We support OPAL’s recommendations for transit justice and health to TriMet.  TriMet has cut 200,000 hours (over 15%) of transit service in the last two years.  These cuts result in a heavier burden on the growing number of people who depend on public transportation.  We experience longer wait times, overcrowding, and missed connections.  Diminishing service is a barrier to accessing jobs, education, recreation, housing and health.  We ask TriMet's General Manager Neil McFarlane to adopt a policy to use all discretionary funds to restore transit service first, until all 200,000 hours are restored.

TriMet has declared that restoring frequent service is their top priority, when resources permit.  The current TriMet position is that restoring cuts will take over 10 years - beyond 2020 - this is inadequate and unjust.   We urge Neil McFarlane to support the transit dependent community by each year recommending a budget that directs all discretionary funds to restore transit service, guided by a transparent methodology that takes into account the needs of transit-dependent riders.

We appreciate TriMet’s new efforts to engage more meaningfully with environmental justice communities, including OPAL and our Bus Riders Unite community group.  We are disappointed however in the lack of transparency and accountability measures.  We urge TriMet’s GM McFarlane to use his authority to restore transit first.


TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail service in the Portland metro area.  Neil McFarlane is the General Manager, and Carolyn Young is a senior authority on the Transit Investment Plan and Director of Communications & Technology.

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is a 501c3 multiracial grassroots organization empowering working class communities and people of color to promote environmental and social justice.  503-928-4354 |

Environmental Justice is the equal protection and opportunity for meaningful involvement for all people, without regard to race, ethnicity or income, in communities where we live, work, play and pray.


Recent signatures


    1. TriMet Board Wednesday 9am!

      Joseph Santos-Lyons
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Transit First Supporters -

      We have reached over 100 signatures in only a few days, and Wednesday morning we are meeting at the Portland Building SW 5th and Main St to voice our call for Restoring Transit First! Let us know if you can attend.

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dianne Ensign PORTLAND, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      My neighborhood in SW Portland is currently underserved by public transportation, with the nearest bus a mile away, weekday rush hour only, and the nearest bus on weekends over 3 miles away.

    • Jorge Fernandez Sosa PORTLAND, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      Trimet needs to get its act together. Trimet does not do enough to help people get to where they want to go. With long waits at bus stops and train stations. I also think, more security is a good idea because there are lots of bad people that take public transportation. The fare also needs to be lower.

    • Will Newman II CANBY, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      Failure to provide adequate public transportation to ALL residents of the area undermines nearly all efforts to provide a livable city into the future, not the least of which are the myriad current efforts to provide food security to all our neighborhoods.

      Available, affordable transportation is the backbone of a thriving society, and the benefits far outweigh the costs.

    • Kevin Finch PORTLAND, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      Tri-Met's big crackdown on fare evaders has been a joke! When is Tri-Met going to get serious about enforcement of fares and the smoking ban??

    • Marilyn Sanchez PORTLAND, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      Transportation is a human right! Run Trimet for transit dependent riders first!


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