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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...

Westside transportation study proposes tolls for U.S. 26, Highway 217

Expanding unpopular tolls to fund multi billion dollar westside transportation projects By Holly Bartholomew West Linn Tidings, Dec 21, 2023 Updated Feb 2, 2024 While Oregon’s discussions on freeway tolling in recent years have focused almost entirely on I-205 and I-5 in the Portland area — a prospect that is not popular, particularly with Clackamas County residents...

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...

Put the brakes on ODOT tolling plan

Opinion My View: Time to pump the brakes on ODOT tolling plan By Dan Occhipinti Feb 28, 2023 (Portland Tribune) I-205 running through West Linn might see tolls in the future. (PMG File Photo) Sometimes you need to slow down to avoid a mistake. A perfect example of this is ODOT’s runaway plan to toll...

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