And Then the City Says…

Having just reflected on Metro’s Legislative Priorities, we now look at the City of Portland package (a much longer document). Here is the section on transportation funding:

  • includes a five-year gasoline tax increase to fund a set of specific local government transportation improvements related to system safety, maintenance, preservation, operations, and congestion;
  • includes the indexing of transportation revenue to counteract the effects of inflation and improvements in vehicle mileage;
  • encourages the coordination of land use and transportation planning between jurisdictions to realize efficiencies in transportation systems and to maintain livable communities;
  • supports existing constitutional restriction on the use of state Highway Fund;
  • supports the expansion or development of funding mechanisms to fund transit (including access to transit) and other high priority needs.

The longer policy section on transportation has a number of interesting ideas (not a complete list):

  • Greater local control of speed limits
  • Explore the feasibility of a regional bridge authority
  • Clearing non-injury actions faster to reduce congestion
  • Surcharge on traffic tickets to help fund safety programs
  • Support for Light Rail, Streetcar, and transit services for the Eldery and Disabled
  • Improvements for Union Station

Looks like reasonably good alignment between Portland and the larger region.

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