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Lawmakers seek study of Portland area rail corridors

Gorsek and McLain push for new tolls & expanded commuter rail in 2025 session By Peter Wong Portland Tribune  — Feb 12, 2024 Lawmakers seek a study of little-used freight rail corridors in the Portland metro area — plus a new look at commuter rail between Wilsonville and Salem — as part of a planning effort for...

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...

Clackamas County votes to endore IP-4

IP-4 would guarantee a Vote Before Tolls on Oregon highways Published: October 13, 2023 — KGW News County commissioners voted 4-0 to back the “Vote Before Tolls” initiative, or IP-4. They feel ODOT hasn’t listened to their concerns. The initiative is retroactive and would include all projects included in Oregon’s HB 2017. To download the...

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...

Pause on tolling until 2026, say Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek and legislators

Governor follows lead of legislators seeking 2-year pause By Corey Buchanan  May 2, 2023 (Portland Tribune) Following the bill proposed last week by local legislators calling for a tolling moratorium, Gov. Tina Kotek has apparently initiated the delay herself. A joint release from Senate President Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, and Oregon House Speaker Dan Rayfield,...

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