Oregon Lawmakers Unveil Funding Proposal with Portland Tolling in the Mix

The Oregonian reports that the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization “on Monday [May 8] unveiled a proposed package of vehicle fee, payroll and gas tax increases that would raise $5 billion over the next decade to ease congestion and improve state and local roads, bridges and public transportation.” The article adds, “Tolling has also been considered to decrease traffic in the Portland area. [Senator Brian Boquist, R-Dallas] said a Portland-area tolling plan would likely include tolls on both I-5 and I-205, though some stretches might be toll-free to decrease the burden on low-income Oregonians.”

The joint committee will hold a meeting tomorrow evening, May 10, to discuss the proposed funding package.