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TriMet can now impose long-term exclusions, lifetime bans for serious offenders

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TriMet now has the ability to issue long-term exclusions, including lifetime bans, for serious offenders on public transportation.

The TriMet Board of Directors approved an ordinance Wednesday that states long-term exclusions may be imposed on someone who commits “a serious physical offense” against another person on the TriMet system or “poses a serious threat to TriMet employees and passengers.”

The new ordinance goes into effect on Sept. 7.

A first offense would likely be a six-month ban, with a second offense garnering more than a year and the possibility of a permanent exclusion.

TriMet reported that overall crime is low on the public transportation system and longer-term bans will not be issued often.

The ordinance states TriMet’s general manager must find, based on the preponderance of evidence, that the person committed a serious physical offense that is classified as a felony under Oregon law.

The general manager also has the discretion to issue a ban if it is deemed a suspect poses a serious threat for committing a sexual assault, an assault that resulted in injury or death or they used a weapon to injure another person.

“The ordinance uses this specific language so that the exclusions would not be reliant on criminal convictions as plea bargaining, the length of trials, and many other factors could impede our ability to protect our riders and operators,” according to a TriMet statement.

Anyone excluded from TriMet will have the right to have their case reviewed by a hearings officer.

In recent months, two people were stabbed and killed on a MAX train, a MAX operator was attacked by a man yelling about free speech and a sex offender was sentenced to jail for cutting a woman’s hair on a bus.

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