An audit by Oregon’s Secretary of State has found that TriMet has “extremely urgent financial issues that they need to address.” That includes more than a billion dollars in unfunded obligations, with more than 800-million dollars going toward health care costs for current and past employees.
According to the Oregonian, the 54-page audit found TriMet to be suffering from low morale among it’s employees, as well as mounting safety concerns. Specifically, the reports sights poor maintenance of the MAX light rail system over the past decade.
TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane responded to the state report on Tuesday, saying “We are an organization that embraces the concept of continuous improvement, recognizing there is always the opportunity to do better. That is why we welcomed your assessment.”