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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...

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-205 tolling debate continues after ODOT announces changes

Tualatin Chamber hosts “Key Leaders” discussion on tolling By Ray Pitz — Portland Tribune Sept. 26, 2023 Local leaders, state representatives and transportation officials continue to discuss the pitfalls — and merits — of plans to toll along Interstates 205 and 5 between the Columbia River and Wilsonville. On Friday, Sept. 22, the Tualatin Chamber...

Our Opinion: Tolls must add capacity first

Five years ago the Tribune Board nailed it — “it’s the capacity” Portland Tribune Editorial Board Aug 7, 2018   Tolling on Portland’s freeways is years away, but that isn’t stopping people from commencing a battle now over the prospect of having to pay to drive. The underlying question is whether tolls should be used...

Financing problems could shelve two major freeway projects in Oregon

ODOT says rising construction costs and a delay in the start of regional freeway tolling have created funding gaps for both the Rose Quarter and I-205 projects. By Anthony Macuk (KGW) June 28, 2023 SALEM, Ore. — The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program secured a key piece of funding this week to keep the project on track, but...

‘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’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...

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,...

Pushback on the IBR at Oregon Legislature public hearing

“The most fiscally irresponsible legislation I have seen before an Oregon legislative committee.” No Tolls staff The Oregon legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation held its first public hearing of the 2023 legislative session on Thursday evening, April 27th. The 12 member committee said the purpose of the hearing was to listen regarding the various proposals...

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