TriMet has a $17 million hole in its budget for next year. This week it proposed a slew of changes that would help fill that hole. They include raising fares from $2.10 to $2.50, eliminating the free-rail zone, and making transfers only work in one direction. They also proposed reducing service on some bus lines.
TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane says part of the problem is the “unsustainable health care costs” for employees with the Amalgamated Transit Union. The union counters that TriMet could save money if it didn’t contract some services out to private companies.
How will these proposed changes affect you? Is there a better way to solve the budget crisis at TriMet?