TriMet Board of Directors is likely to increase penalties for violent offenders at its next meeting.

TriMet Board of Directors is likely to increase penalties for violent offenders at its next meeting.

The Portland Tribune

TriMet is poised to increase penalties for people who commit serious acts of violence on the transit system — up to a lifetime ban on its buses, trains and property.

The agency’s Board of Directors held its first hearing on an ordinance with the increases on Wednesday. It can be approved at the next meeting, scheduled for Aug. 9, and take effect 30 days after that.

“This is a good move to help ensure the safety of our operators, riders and members of the general public,” TriMet Board President Bruce Warner said during the hearing.

TriMet policies currently allow people to only be banned for up to six months. The stiffer penalties were in response to Jared Walter, known as the “TriMet Barber,” repeatedly being caught assault female riders.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.