Only life-sustaining rides will be provided
TriMet LIFT operations are impacted today by a strike of ATU 757 members contracted through First Transit to operate LIFT buses. Because of the strike, the LIFT program is only able to provide life-sustaining trips. This is being done through non-union operators and contracts with local taxi service. A third of the 450 LIFT operators are not union members.
“It is regrettable that the ATU 757 is leaving the most vulnerable riders stranded,” says TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “We hope that First Transit and the ATU will return to the bargaining table and resolve their dispute.”
First Transit is a contractor to TriMet, and their employees are not TriMet employees and therefore able to strike. TriMet has no formal role in this dispute, but would urge both parties to resolve this dispute.
TriMet’s LIFT paratransit service provides door-to-door service for people who are unable to use regular buses or trains due to a disability or disabling health condition.
LIFT provides about 3,800 trips a day. Roughly 800 of those are considered life-sustaining trips.