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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...

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...

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...

A $15 toll? How about $18? WSDOT may blow the lid off I-405 express-lane prices

Changes would apply in 2025 if approved By Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times Published: October 13, 2023 SEATTLE — Washington state transportation officials are proposing to collect tolls from solo drivers on weekends, extend the hours when two-person carpools are tolled, and boost the current $10 maximum rate to $15 or even $18 for peak trips on...

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...

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...

The In-Fighting has Begun…

This Dog and Pony Show that is difficult to watch Tualatin Chamber of Commerce August 14, 2023 Little things, when unattended, lead to bigger things… which can then lead to… well in this case, a bit of a Dog and Pony Show. The Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) has finally gotten bond approval from both Oregon...

NJ Gov. Murphy sues to block NY congestion pricing toll plan

FHWA charged with rubber stamping process By Priscilla DeGregory —  NY Post July 21, 2023   New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy filed a federal lawsuit Friday to block a contentious plan to impose the nation’s first congestion pricing toll system on some of Manhattan’s busiest streets. The Garden State governor’s suit in New Jersey federal...

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