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Retired ODOT deputy director: Oregon tolling proposal is running a red light

Tolling is beginning to look like a money grab By Cam Gilmour Portland Tribune Jan 16, 2024 On Dec. 14 and Jan. 6 the Oregon Legislature’s special committee on transportation planning held meetings in Wilsonville and Gladstone to hear from the public and local elected officials on tolling. What the committee heard from testimony is no one wants tolls....

Clackamas County elected official: We gain nothing from unfair tolling plan

  By Martha Schrader Jan. 12, 2024 Portland Tribune   Clackamas County residents and elected officials on Jan. 6 drove their message home about the negative impacts of ODOT’s proposed I-205 tolling plan at the listening session in Gladstone hosted by our legislature’s Special Subcommittee on Transportation Planning. In two hours of impassioned testimony, we...

Survey: Readers oppose freeway tolls, gas tax increase

Revenues not keeping pace with inflation due to increases in vehicle fuel efficiency By Jim Redden Dec 6, 2023 Portland Tribune The vast majority of Pamplin Media Group readers are opposed to tolling freeways in the greater Portland region to finance improvement projects and reduce congestion, according to a recent unscientific online survey. The Oregon...

Transportation Commission considers $18 tolls for Puget Sound

State needs $1.1 billion annually for road maintenance in spite of record revenues By John Ley for Clark County Today Wednesday, October 18, 2023 “Washington’s transportation system is on a glidepath to failure” the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) members were told at the beginning of their monthly meeting in Olympia. The cry for more tax...

Tolling critics say ODOT survey was slanted to get positive feedback

Political leaders and residents of West Linn are frustrated by a recent ODOT survey, which they said didn’t allow them to express discontentment over future tolls. By Author: Thomas Shults at KGW News Published: September 29, 2023 WEST LINN, Ore. — West Linn residents are frustrated over a recent survey from the Oregon Department of Transportation...

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...

REP. RESCHKE: TRUTH ABOUT OREGON TOLLING

Tolling won’t relieve traffic congestion — we need new lanes and vehicle capacity Oregon Catalyst — Wednesday August 30, 2023 By Oregon State Representative E. Werner Reschke Roads. We all need them. We all use them. But how do we make sure Roadways are adequate to meet our transportation needs? The problem occurs when the...

‘Put tolling in front of voters’

Long-time Clark County citizen and journalist Marvin Case shares his thoughts on tolling and light rail Marvin Case Vancouver resident As published in Clark County Today I think the concept of tolling I-5/I-205 in Oregon should be decided by a vote of the people. It is a very big governmental step and should be decided...

ODOT says it ‘missed the mark’ in pushing for tolling freeways

Hartman: Impossible to toll I-205 bridge without causing irreparable damage Raymond Rendleman May 31, 2023 Portland Tribune An official for Oregon’s transportation agency acknowledged that ODOT’s overly bureaucratic attitude toward tolling freeways had “missed the mark” in earning the public’s trust and creating meaningful community engagement surrounding regional traffic issues. “We have to own a little...

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