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.