On November 28, 1969 Portland’s City Council entered into an agreement with Rose City Transit and the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (Tri-Met) paving the way for Tri-Met to take over Portland mass transit operation (The Oregonian, 29 November 1969).
With the possibility of a bus strike 48 hours away, the City Council entered an agreement Friday by which the city Monday [December 1, 1969] will begin operating Transit buses for the first time . . .
The council passed a pair of emergency ordinances prepared in advance by City Commissioner Francis Ivancie and the city attorney’s office. They provide:
– Execution of an agreement with Rose City Transit Co. under which RCT will turn over its plant and property to the city at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
– Immediate transfer of the plant and property, following its receipt by to city, to the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District.
Before the transfer Rose City Transit was the last privately-owned and operated big-city transit system on the Pacific Coast (Sunday Oregonian, 1 September 1968).