Metro 2020 Transportation Funding Measure

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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Transit feedback session planned for Metro’s transportation bond measure

Avatar by on June 16th, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Climate change activism group Sunrise PDX is hosting an info session tomorrow (6/17) on Metro’s Get Moving 2020 transportation funding bond measure.

It’s been easy to forget with the pandemic and protests dominating the news since March, but Metro still hopes to put this measure on the ballot in November. If all goes according to plan it will raise $3.1 billion for infrastructure projects, including $975 million for the new SW Corridor MAX light rail line.

“Now more than ever the intersectionality of environmental justice, racial justice and transportation justice is a major key in how our city proceeds with its priorities,” reads a description of the event. “Feedback about the anti-oppression and community engagement portions of this bond will be an especially important part of how we move forward.”
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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…]

This morning’s death on TV Highway underscores need for reform, investment

Avatar by on January 14th, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Another dangerous ODOT highway that runs through our cities. Another tragic consequence.
(Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Policymaking can often feel far-removed from our everyday lives. Then there are times when we can connect current policy debates with matters of life-and-death with a short, straight line. This is one of those times.[Read more…]

Big week ahead for Metro’s transportation funding measure

Avatar by on January 10th, 2020 at 8:40 am

Nearly $4 billion in new revenue is on the table regionwide.
(Source: Metro)

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Metro funding task force votes for Tier 1 project list, sends recommendation to council

Henry Miller (Contributing Writer) by on December 26th, 2019 at 11:46 am

Metro Transportation Funding Measure Task Force members during a meeting in October.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)


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Voters rate new taxes and fees to fund transportation projects in latest Metro poll

Avatar by on December 11th, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Safer crossings near schools and bike lanes poll well.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Livability coalition to Metro: T2020 funding list ‘doesn’t go far enough’

Avatar by on October 30th, 2019 at 4:44 pm

The Getting There Together Coalition, a group of 50+ member organizations that was formed in 2017 to influence the Metro transportation investment package that will be sent to voters in 2020, says the recommendation by Metro staff on how to spend the first $3.1 billion in new revenue is too timid.

“If the Task Force and Metro Council really wants to see transformational impacts through this measure (to be clear: we do), the Coalition recommends turning T2020 into a transformative first step in addressing our region’s transportation needs by doubling down on the corridors where the needs are greatest, and removing from consideration projects where the needs and impact do not match the values above,” wrote the Coalition’s lead organizer Walter Robinson II in a copy of written testimony to be submitted to the Transportation Funding Task Force for their meeting Wednesday night. [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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