Streets are for people!

Your advocacy team at The Street Trust is committed to ensuring that community members who rely on public transportation are able to do so as safely and affordably as possible.

We are:

  • Keeping in touch with our partners to understand the needs of bus riders during this time;

  • Joining with hundreds of organizations across the country to demand elected leaders at the federal level support to transit agencies; 

  • Advocating for fare relief including the low-income fare and a regional YouthPass;

  • Calling for modification or suspension of fare enforcement;

  • Supporting emergency housing policies that allow people to feel secure in their homes.

For many, bicycles are a lifeline right now. Last week we joined with BikeLoud to successfully urge Governor Brown to allow bike shops to provide essential services during this crisis. Bike Portland published this list of Portland-area bike shops and how they are responding to the health crisis. If you can, now would be a great time to service your bike.

We are also continuing to demand a full Environmental Impact Statement for the I-5 Rose Quarter project. The Oregon Transportation Commission is expected to make a decision in early April. Check out Michelle Dubarry’s opinion piece on the project. Michelle participates in OR/SW Washington Families for Safe Streets OR/SW WA Families for Safe Streets, which comprises survivors of traffic violence and facilitated by The Street Trust.

Metro is still moving forward with a transportation measure to go before voters in November. It is more important than ever to focus this measure on the transportation needs of low-income households and marginalized communities who may experience economic distress for many months to come and need transportation to get back to work. The Street Trust and the Getting There Together Coalition are on the job continuing to impact the direction of the measure.

Longer term, we will highlight the important role of public streets for public health and community. We will oppose delays to projects that will increase the safety and convenience of walking, biking and transit, especially in low-income communities. Moreover, we will look for every opportunity to channel the disruption caused by this health crisis to redirect the patterns that have led to the climate crisis.