The Oregon Senate on Tuesday, July 2, gave final legislative approval of a bill sponsored by an East Multnomah County politician that calls for a performance audit of TriMet.

“This is a victory for TriMet riders,” said Rep. Chris Gorsek, D-Troutdale, chief sponsor of House Bill 3316, also known as the TriMet governance bill. “I’ve heard so many questions and concerns about TriMet’s operations and finances. This audit will finally give people the answers they deserve."

Gorsek, who is vice chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development, is in his first term as a state legislator and has focused his energy on increasing transparency at TriMet and improving service for public transit riders, according to a press release from his office.

TriMet has faced accusations from riders of financial mismanagement, an unresponsive governance structure and lack of transparency. The audit by Secretary of State Kate Brown will examine and report on each of these areas and make recommendations regarding any significant issues identified during the audit.

“Passing a bill to help riders in my district has been one of my top priorities this session,” Gorsek said. "This audit will provide the necessary information to improve the agency and its operations in the future.”

He added that to his knowledge, this would be the first time TriMet has been audited with such a wide scope by an outside state agency.

The bill will now be sent to Governor John Kitzhaber for his signature.

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