The resignation of TriMet’s head honcho back in December has set off a flurry of organizing to make sure the agency picks a different kind of leader this time around.
Now the folks in charge of our regional transit system are asking for your input to make the choice. An online survey wants to know, “What experience, values and priorities are most important to you when it comes to selecting a new general manager?”
Given the importance of transit to our climate change and livability goals, the Getting There Together Coalition has led an effort to educate the community about the stakes of this position.
Among their demands are a commitment to an equitable and inclusive hiring process that includes transit-dependent people who’ve been historically left out of these decisions.
“We are in need of fresh, new leadership from TriMet with a clear vision to proactively champion transit as an essential ingredient to addressing our region’s growing inequality, carbon emissions, and as a job creator to tackle the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic,” reads a statement from the coalition. “Local community stakeholders have spoken loudly and for too many years about the need for basic improvements such as shelter at stops and increased bus frequency, as well as expansion of bus service to reach more people and essential destinations in the region.”
If you care about transportation reform in Portland and beyond, please take a few minutes to share your input via the survey. To learn more about the hiring process, check out TriMet.org.
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I visited this article earlier, and there was a comment about the similarity between the three prior GMs (a pretty snarky one, but honestly what I was thinking too). That comment has since been deleted? But the BikePortland instagram story had almost the exact same comment? I don’t follow.
Yes I am trying a different style of moderation where I don’t appreciate comments made for snark only. I’m trying to encourage folks to up the level of thought and only comment if they have something productive to say. And yes, I don’t moderate my Instagram comments the same way for various reasons. Thanks for asking.
I think that is a very good goal. But that Instagram part – to be clear, that was you saying it, in that daily story thing. It wasn’t a “comment” from another person. I think that is problematic. You can say certain things in one medium, but won’t allow someone to say same thing here.
ah yes! That IG story (where I posted photo of three former GMs and wrote that the next one shouldn’t look like the previous ones). You are absolutely right. And yes, different mediums, different context, different stuff allowed. Context is everything.
Guilty as charged! Sorry, I was being sarcastic, thought it was productive to suggest that we get a better perspective than what we’ve had, and I thought I was also being funny.
It is productive to suggest that The Dude! I probably could have let the comment slide… But am erring on the side of caution these days (in large part due to your feedback BTW and FWIW!). Doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate humor or snark… I just want to make the tone feel as productive and welcoming as possible. Thanks for understanding and for your comments.
That’s what they said about ODOT. ODOTs want your opinion on who to hire, lots of input ignored….faceplant…. Look who they hired. Until that situation is cleared up I don’t have a lot of hope. Hiring conservative persons of color and importing them from other parts of the USA is not diversity. Lets make sure they have the right OREGON values of environmental ethics. Not some fantasy end of the Oregon Trail pow wow circle jerky.