Street Fee Proposal

Poll shows Portlanders split about 50/50 on $8 household 'street fee'

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Press Conference for Transpo Fee -1-2
Commissioner Steve Novick announcing the
poll results at City Hall today.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Michael Andersen also contributed to this story.

About half of Portland's English-speaking voters are in favor of an $8-a-month household fee to pay for street repairs and improvements, a city poll testing public attitudes found. The results were announced today at a City Hall press conference led by PBOT Commissioner Steve Novick.

The poll, first covered by BikePortland last week and expanded on by Willamette Week, found 48 percent of Portlanders would oppose an $8 fee, while 47 percent would support it. After the city added details about how the fee might work, the tally shifted to 52 percent in favor.


City telephone poll puts PBOT's possible monthly street fee at $8 to $12 per home

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Sidewalk to nowhere-2
NE Broadway and Vancouver Avenue in 2011.
(Photos by J.Maus/BikePortland)

An 800-person phone poll that wraps up tonight is offering some new insight on the city's leading ideas for raising money for transportation projects.

BikePortland reader Ethan Jewett, who received a call Friday on his family's land line, said the "main options" presented by the pollster were an $8-per-month flat fee on each household to pay for road maintenance and safety improvements, and a $12-a-month fee that would also pay for better bus service in low-income areas.


What do Portlanders want? New PBOT video answers the question

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
This gentleman said we should support
the growing number of bike riders.

What are Portlanders' top priorities when it comes to improvements to our transportation system? The Bureau of Transportation is very interested in the answer to this question as part of their effort to raise new revenue.

At one of their recent town hall meetings on transportation funding, a PBOT staffer did on-camera interviews with several attendees and the final video has just been released.

Here's a sampling of what people said: (more...)

Special report: How Portland stopped building neighborhood greenways

Friday, February 28th, 2014
A family ride from NoPo to Sellwood-18
Portland's construction of low-traffic, low-stress neighborhood streets for biking, walking and recreation has slowed to a crawl. What happened?
(Photos by J.Maus and M.Andersen/BikePortland)

If Portland has contributed any innovations of its own to the craft of designing great streets, it's this two-word idea: neighborhood greenways.

A remix of ideas from Utrecht and Vancouver BC, these low-cost retrofits of low-traffic side streets — adding speed humps, sharrow markings, traffic diverters and signalized crossings of big arterials — have taken the national bike world by storm since Portland's Greg Raisman and Mark Lear developed the concept in 2008 or so. In 2010, a citywide network of greenways became the first priority to emerge from Portland's landmark 25-year bike plan.

The concept went viral.


PBOT begins pitch for new revenue at "Our Streets" town hall

Friday, February 21st, 2014
The event was held at Sunnyside Environmental School
at SE 34th and Salmon.(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night was the coming out party for the City's big new effort to raise new revenue for transportation. It was the first of three Town Hall events planned for this month where the Bureau of Transportation will make their funding pitch and ask for feedback from the public.

The night was anchored by a panel of Portland's three most powerful transportation leaders: Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick, and PBOT Director Leah Treat. Each of them shared a common sentiment throughout the night that echoed the "Our Streets" slogan being used to market the effort: If we want to solve the chronic shortfall in local transportation funding, we must step up to the plate and do it ourselves. Or put another way, it's time for some new taxes to pay for our roads.

Tonight's 'Transportation Town Hall' is big chance to share your priorities

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Transportation Safety Summit-8
A PBOT staffer takes down a suggestion at a PBOT Transportation Safety Summit in 2010.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A two-hour "town hall" this evening at SE 34th and Salmon will be the Portland public's first chance to turn out in support of their priorities in the next decade of Portland transportation budgets.

What Mayor Charlie Hales, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat hear tonight and at two more planned town halls this month will undoubtedly shape the way they think about the looming political battle over both the city's transportation spending and transportation revenue.


Portlanders disagree on bike infrastructure much less than you think

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

As we wrote when it came out two weeks ago, the City of Portland's recent poll of public attitudes about its coming transportation package has many interesting details.

Here's one: despite what you might have heard or assumed, Portlanders of almost every stripe support better bike infrastructure by huge margins.

Graphic by BikePortland. Source: January 2014 telephone poll by DHM Research. Click here for the bike-related numbers and here for the poll's full 92-page demographic breakdown.


Visualizing the cost of local transportation projects

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

More than just about anything else on BikePortland, we write about street projects — and, if our records are any indication, you like to read about them more than just about anything else, too.

But what do they cost, really? Sometimes it's hard to visualize.

So we gave it a shot:

visualizing Portland-area transportation investments
Graphic by BikePortland. The area of each circle corresponds to the cost of each project.


Many Portlanders say they like bikeways, but walking is top priority in new poll

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Sidewalk to nowhere-2
NE Broadway and Vancouver Avenue in 2011.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

A new survey helps explain why city leaders have been putting better sidewalks and crosswalks at the center of their push for new transportation funding: it's the issue voters say would be most likely to win them over.

A whopping 86 percent of Portlanders polled last month said the presence of "sidewalks and safety features in places where children need them to get to school and seniors need them to get to transit" would make them more likely to support a new city transportation revenue package. The second most popular issue, with 84 percent support, was "more crosswalks and flashing light signals on streets with dangerous intersections and bus and transit stops."

Protected bike lanes, by contrast, were less universally popular. 64 percent of Portlanders said they'd be more likely to support a package that "created bike routes that separated people riding bicycles from car and freight traffic."


What projects should a street fee pay for? City announces town halls (updated)

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Commissioner Steve Novick leads a City Hall
conversation about transportation budgets.
(Photo: City of Portland.)

The City of Portland is getting ready to write its most important transportation wish list in years.

A trio of town halls next month — one east of Interstate 205, one in outer Southwest Portland and one in middle Southeast — will help determine which projects the city will publicly commit to when it proposes a new revenue plan to the public.


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