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Paying more and getting less for transportation in Portland area

Truckers supported HB 2017 because it added freeway lanes, now eliminated Monday, September 25, 2023 By John Ley for Clark County Today There was a lot of “truth telling” by the elected representatives of small cities along I-205 at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Friday morning. The chamber hosted a gathering of key...

Tolling in Oregon still on target to charge for driving former freeways

Tolling traffic diversion likely to get worse without new lanes on I-205 Tuesday, September 19, 2023 Clark County Today By John Ley for Clark County Today Recent news reports indicate the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) “indefinitely pauses I-205 projects, tolling,” and another stated “scrapping tolling on an I-205 bridge, even as it moves forward with tolling...

RAISING CONCERNS WITH USDOT REGARDING OREGON’S TOLLING PLAN

Oregon Tolling Proposal May Be Out of Compliance with Federal Law, Chavez-DeRemer Warns By Lori Chavez Deremer — June 2, 2023 As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, this week I raised concerns with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) proposal...

ODOT’s Rose Quarter Tolling Contradiction

By Joe Cortright — City Observatory 16.5.2023     The Oregon Department of Transportation maintains that it will use tolls to pay for the I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway widening project, but that it doesn’t need to evaluate tolling as part of the project’s environmental assessment because tolling isn’t “reasonably foreseeable.” Tolls can’t be both “available” and...

No need to toll I-5 Bridge Replacement

No need to toll I-5 Bridge Replacement By John Ley – Portland Tribune letter As the Oregon legislature and governor haggle over funding transportation, there is no real need for tolling on the Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR). The IBR has only a “conceptual design.” It’s impossible to know the cost of any specific component, let...

APRIL 21 – LAST Day to Voice Your Tolling Opinion

Time To Sound Off On ODOT’s Tolling Proposal Cascade Policy Institute In about 18 months, Portland-area drivers will be paying the first of many tolls if the Oregon Department of Transportation has its way. By the end of 2024, ODOT plans to toll both the Abernethy Bridge and the Tualatin River Bridges on I-205. Tolls...

Tolls will make Oregonians worse off

ODOT estimates the average household will pay $575 a year just for its first phase of tolls By Eric Fruits — March 15, 2023 (Portland Tribune) In about 18 months, Portland-area drivers will be paying the first of many tolls if the Oregon Department of Transportation has its way. By the end of 2024, ODOT...

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