I hope we can KEEP THIS ISSUE ALIVE here on Indymedia, so that one day we wont wake up
and wish we'd have spoken up against this ridiculous idea. I'd be interested to know
the Portland City Council's opinion on this. If they're against it, should we not be
urging them to adopt a resolution stating their opposition?
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on the Budget, a committee designed to provide feedback to TriMet, released their annual report April 13, which advocated changing Fareless Square for terrorism-related security concerns as well as fare evasion.
Because riders within Fareless Square do not carry transfers, fare inspectors "are limited in their ability to confront security concerns before they escalate," according to the committee report.
"A fare allows a police officer to approach a person riding on the system. It is an opportunity for engagement. Having such an open system is a concern," Tri-Met spokeswoman Fetsch said.
Full story: http://www.dailyvanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/04/28/42708c6a27ce8
EXACTLY HOW does merely paying a fare give a police officer (she didn't say fare inspector)
probable cause to molest a rider? It's sounds just a little too much like "Your Papers, Please"