September 1st, 2010 5:33 pm | by Jason Slotkin News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, Politics, CLEAN UP

Protesters Rally In Response to TriMet Fare Increase

Trimet Protest 2
City Hall this afternoon drew dozens of protesters concerned about recent changes at TriMet.

Today, of course, marked the first day of TriMet's nickel fare increase, a move that raised the cost of riding a TriMet bus across two zones to $2.05. Meantime, TriMet has continued to cut services even as it prepares to ask voters for a new $125 million bond in November.

While denouncing the service cuts and the fare increase, protesters shouted, "We are the bus riders! The mighty, mighty bus riders."

A group called OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon organized the event. "Give us what we need," shouted Shannon Olive, an OPAL organizer. "More buses!" rally attendees shouted back.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz, a proud bus rider, threw her support behind protesters, reminiscing about the reliable English bus lines of her childhood.

TriMet protest
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