Yellow-vested Tristan Isaac (left) and Shanice Clarke (right) are leaders of the transit equity advocacy group Bus Riders Unite. The photo (above) shows them at a transit stop speaking to community members about how to obtain reduced-price fares for low income people.
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Ad hoc ‘rider advocates’ push TriMet to act
A grassroots effort to bring back civilian volunteers on public transit to help de-escalate conflicts and provide information and support to riders is currently in an unofficial prototype phase, thanks to OPAL—a civil rights and environmental justice organization which stands for “Organizing People, Activating Leaders”—and a bus riders union called Bus Riders Unite.