TriMet is joining with other governments, elected officials, private businesses and labor unions to call for more transportation funding.

Representatives of the regional transit agency are participating in a Stand Up for Transportation Day event at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. It is one of 300 similar events being held around the country sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association.

The current federal transportation funding bill expires on May 31. Unless it is renewed, transportation agencies across the country, including TriMet, face a loss of funds to support transportation infrastructure.

The Portland event will include a new 3400 series bus in the square with “Stand Up 4 Transportation” decals. Attendees can take a selfie in the operator’s seat, sign an online petition and get a free TriMet “HOW I ROLL” sticker. Riders can also pick their favorite “transit is” button.

TriMet says it benefits the community very day by eliminating more than 202,000 car trips, easing congestion, and providing a lifeline for those who can’t drive. It provides 100 million trips each year.

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