Betting on Lottery Dollars for Milwaukie LRT?

Metro is floating its proposed legislative agenda past MPAC and JPACT. Included in the transportation plank is this phrase: “Providing lottery dollars to support the next leg of the region’s high-capacity transit system…” (this means Milwaukie Light Rail).

Could this be the boost to get that corridor off the ground? The accompanying report notes that the last time the region got lottery dollars for Light Rail was for the West Side project. We’ve funded three new lines (Airport, Interstate, I-205/Mall) without lottery dollars since then. Is it our turn again?

Here’s the full draft legislative agenda:

  1. Extend the region’s urban growth boundary evaluation cycle by two years;
  2. Increase transportation funding by:
    1. Increasing revenues for roads and bridges (by increasing the gas tax and/or other
      revenue sources, indexing the gas tax to inflation, and distributing any increased
      revenues to the state, counties, and cities based on the current 50%-30%-20%
      allocation formula),
    2. Providing lottery dollars to support the next leg of the region’s high-capacity
      transit system, and
    3. Passing an improved “Connect Oregon II” bill to provide additional lottery
      dollars to support multi-modal transportation investments; and
  3. Facilitate the designation of both urban reserves (to accommodate future urbanization)
    and rural reserves (to identify areas that shall not be urbanized).

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