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What $15 tolls could mean for WA drivers, state’s budget

Higher maximum tolls are meant to deter some drivers from using toll lanes By Mike Lindblom Seattle Times staff reporter BOTHELL — Along with three rows of “$10.00” in lights, Interstate 405 drivers on a crowded morning can see what looks like moss growing on the white signs above. Those green edges underscore how the maximum...

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...

‘Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas as told by Vote Before Tolls Committee ’Twas the night before Christmas, and all though the landODOT was scheming, with a toll plan so grand;The Interstates and highways were not to be spared,nor new bridges of grandeur, lest ODOT’s coffers be bare; The ’17 legislature met and set up a...

Boondoggle Bridge Requires Billions Of Your Dollars

Lars — Northwest Nonsense “Boondoggle Bridge 2.0” Lars Larson — December 18, 2023 I hear plenty of foolish celebration of the news that Oregon & Washington’s latest attempt to bridge the Columbia River for Interstate five just got a 600 million dollar gift from the already broke Biden administration. What a fraud on the taxpayers,...

We can permanently stop freeway tolling

IP-4 will guarantee a Vote Before Tolls By Tootie Smith Nov 28, 2023 Portland Tribune Plans are underway to toll the essential freeways we rely on every day in Clackamas County for our transportation needs, but we can stop it! Some people might not know this, but the Portland metropolitan area is already under study...

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...

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...

I-5 bridge tolling could last until the 2060s

Multiple tolling projects may begin at same time Monday, July 24, 2023 — The Reflector Rick Bannan / rick@thereflector.com One of the largest sources of funding to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River will tax travelers a few bucks as they cross the water. During its meeting July 18, the Washington...

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