‘Occupy TriMet’ protests Tuesday Clackamas vote

"Occupy TriMet" protesters in Clackamas rally against two ballot measures for light rail expansion, May 18, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
"Occupy TriMet" protesters in Clackamas rally against two ballot measures for light rail expansion, May 18, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — On Tuesday, voters in Clackamas County will decide whether to use county resources for a TriMet light rail expansion.

Saturday, people against the idea picketed in what they called “Occupy TriMet.”

The protesters said measures 3-424 and 3-425 are not in the county’s best interests. The measures would sell a strip of land and authorize money to help pay for the expansion.

One of the protest’s organizers, Jeff Molinari, told KOIN 6 News he just doesn’t think light rail makes sense in their area.

“I would rather see the buses, not the light rail,” he said. “It’s just not cost effective for our community.”

TriMet officials disagree. They say the cost-per-rider is less for trains than for buses, and that trains carry about five times the number of people with just one operator.

Regardless of the outcome of the vote, Clackamas County is contractually obligated to sell the land and provide $25 million for the Portland-Milwaukie light rail project.

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