New transit equity advisory committee extends outreach and involvement to transit dependent and low-income riders


TriMet’s new Transit Equity and Access Advisory Committee has begun its work to extend the agency’s outreach and involvement to transit dependent riders, as well as serve as a link to community organizations. The 14-member panel, which was created in early May, will also provide direction on the agency’s transit equity strategy.

The panel will provide input and guidance on equity issues related to:

  • Title VI and Environmental Justice analysis
  • Service planning, operational and capital investments
  • Improving service to transit dependent riders
  • Disseminating information about transportation services to community-based organizations, social service agencies and the community at large

“This committee will help us be even more inclusive in all aspects of our business, including making transit more accessible to communities of color and low income riders,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane.

McFarlane consulted community leaders with the help of Johnell Bell, TriMet’s Director of Diversity and Transit Equity in appointing committee members. The Committee includes TriMet Board member Consuelo Saragoza and will be chaired by Catherine Ciarlo.

“I’m excited to work with such dedicated and accomplished community members to help tackle transit inequities in our region,” said Ciarlo. “I look forward to helping the committee establish itself as a regional, state and national leader on equity and to work with TriMet in implementing positive change.”

Transit Equity and Access Advisory Committee members:

Catherine Ciarlo, Committee Chair
Senior Project Manager, CH2M Hill

Andre Baugh
President/Chairman, Group AGB. LTD; Portland Planning Commission

Jan Campbell
Chair, TriMet Committee on Accessible Transportation

Bridget Dazey
Program Manager, Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County (WICCO)

Ben Duncan
Chairman of the Board, OPAL

Rey España
Community Development Director, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

Isaiah Fair
Junior, Lincoln High School

Jose Lopez Delgado
Junior, David Douglas High School

Shannon Mayorga
Executive Assistant, Kaiser Permanente

Mel Rader
Co-Director, Upstream Public Health

Shelli Romero
Manager, Public Policy and Community Affairs, Oregon Department of Transportation

Consuelo Saragoza
TriMet Board Member

Daniel Vázquez
Cultural Inclusion Coordinator, Office of the Mayor, City of Beaverton

Cameron Whitman
Member, Portland African-American Leadership Forum (PAALF) Leadership Class

The Committee met in early May and set a monthly meeting schedule, with some sessions to include public comment. Board Member Saragoza will also provide updates to the community at TriMet’s monthly Board Meetings.