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TriMet GM boosts e-bikes as leaders weigh in on congestion pricing

Avatar by on September 21st, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Urgency for new transportation funding options has never been greater.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Metro Council votes to send $5 billion transportation investment package to voters

Avatar by on July 17th, 2020 at 11:00 am

The package includes major updates to big east Portland arterials like this one.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In what’s being hailed as an unprecedented moment for regional transportation reform, Metro Council voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt the Get Moving 2020 plan and send it to voters in November.

Centered around 17 “investment corridors,” the plan could pump nearly $8 billion into regional transportation infrastructure and programs over the next 20 years. If approved, the measure would start generating revenue in 2022 with a 0.75% payroll tax paid by employers of businesses with over 25 employees. (UPDATE: A last-minute amendment exempts all state and local government agencies.) Metro’s latest pitch has framed the proposal as a massive jobs package that will put over 37,500 people to work with high-paying construction and consulting jobs.

Metro spent over 18 months negotiating the details of this package. While it’s not perfect and has received very mixed reviews from transportation reform activists, the overall feeling seems to be that the myriad benefits of the “good” projects and programs far outweigh the few “bad” projects that made the cut.
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Decision time for $4 billion transportation funding measure at Metro Council today

Avatar by on July 16th, 2020 at 2:38 pm

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Metro acquisition could close Cazadero Trail gap at Deep Creek

Avatar by on May 18th, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Let’s close this gap! (Map graphic: BikePortland)

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Concerns aside, Metro Council gives ODOT $129 million for I-5 Rose Quarter project

Avatar by on April 3rd, 2020 at 2:58 pm

I-5 from the Flint Avenue Bridge.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Despite a majority of Metro Council expressing concerns about the future of a nearly $800 million project that will expand the I-5 freeway through the Rose Quarter, only two out of seven members voted against giving the Oregon Department of Transportation $129 million to continue working on it.

The 5-2 vote came at a meeting just hours after the Oregon Transportation Commission gave ODOT permission to move forward with the project without the rigorous environmental analysis called for by hundreds of Portlanders, many organizations and key local elected officials including Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. On the Metro Council agenda was a resolution to greenlight funding that allows ODOT to do two things: Purchase “right-of-way” parcels in the Rose Quarter where they’ll stage future construction equipment; and continue to pay expenses related to project development, outreach and preliminary engineering, and so on. (It’s the same funding passed by a Metro advisory committee last week.[Read more…]

Metro: Region is failing to meet transportation safety goals

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2020 at 11:36 am

Facts don’t lie.

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Cameron Whitten: Why I’m running for Metro District 5

Avatar by on February 18th, 2020 at 9:40 am

Cameron Whitten.
(Photo: Whitten For Oregon)

This post was written by Cameron Whitten. You might also be interested in a similar post from another candidate in this race, Chris Smith.
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Chris Smith: Why I’m running for Metro District 5

Avatar by on February 6th, 2020 at 12:53 pm

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Metro task force ponders how to raise billions for bond measure

Avatar by on January 16th, 2020 at 3:37 pm

The task at hand.

Now that Metro’s 2020 Transportation Funding Task Force has decided which projects to fund, they need to figure out how to pay for them.[Read more…]

Metro’s $3.1 billion T2020 project list would tame deadly arterials, fully build Central City bikeway plan

Avatar by on October 24th, 2019 at 1:16 pm

The List.

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