TriMet warns of 70% service cuts if union doesn't change health benefits

TriMet warns of 70% service cuts if union doesn't change health benefits

TriMet may have to cut 63 bus lines and 70% of service by 2025 if the union doesn't budge on health and retirement benefits, the agency's general manager says.

Once regarded as the gold standard of public transit in the U.S., TriMet is at real risk of becoming a "skeletal system" if its financial situation doesn't change, Neil McFarlane said in a doom-and-gloom "State of TriMet" presentation to the board of directors.

The address comes as management girds itself for new contract talks with Amalgamated Transit Union 757, with McFarlane warning riders they face one service crisis after another if the union doesn’t agree to “relatively small” concessions on benefits.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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