TriMet reaches out to non-English speaking riders
"The agency scores $500K to hire an outreach specialist"
That byline just takes the cake. Half a million tax dollars are simply "scored" by a public agency for garbage.
Gonzalez, who has spent his career promoting educational access for poor and minority students, signed on as TriMet's new limited-English proficiency outreach coordinator in December.
The new position is funded by a $500,000, three-year grant from the Federal Transit Administration established to develop ways to better connect people who speak little English to public transportation. The agency is the first, and only, transit district in the country to receive the grant.
The first and hopefully last.
Gonzalez is past board president and a founder of the Latino Network and a former board president of Centro Cultural.
Perhaps TriMet is anticipating increased ridership due to the "newly arrived residents from Latin America" (their words) inability to get a drivers license. But it is facinating that even in the midst of all the violence on TriMet that is getting the agency so much scrutiny they seem to think that $500,000 is better spent trying to lure criminals onto mass transit rather than hire law enforcement to keep criminals off.
Hat tip Allen for the story.