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
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.