As part of the Keep Oregon Moving legislation (HB 2017), the Oregon Transportation Commission established a Portland Region Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee to guide ODOT throughout the value pricing feasibility analysis. This group includes representatives of local governments in Oregon and Washington, the business community, highway users, equity and environmental justice interests, and public transportation and environmental advocates.
The committee will advise the OTC in implementing Section 120 of Keep Oregon Moving by:
- Evaluating options to implement value pricing to reduce congestion on I-5 and I-205 in the Portland area based on policy considerations provided by the OTC.
- Considering public input for the various options.
- Considering benefits, effects and strategies to address potential impacts.
- Providing input and recommendation on value pricing to the OTC to inform their proposal to the Federal Highway Administration.
Read the committee's charge set by the OTC and review the committee's final charter.
The committee expects to meet six times during the feasibility analysis process. Meetings are posted below. Meetings are open to the public and include a public comment session.
Accommodations will be provided to people with disabilities. Call 503-731-8356 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to request an accommodation. Agendas and materials are posted online prior to each meeting. Summaries and recordings will be available online following each meeting.
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Submit Comments to the Committee
You are invited to provide comment to the committee at each meeting.
If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide a comment:
Comments must be received at least one week before each meeting to allow committee members enough time to consider your comments prior to their discussion. If your comment is received with less notice, it will be presented to the committee at the following meeting.
The OTC intends to evaluate value pricing options that will address congestion through one or more of the following means.
Managing congestion: Value pricing used to manage demand and encourage more efficient use of the transportation system by shifting trips to less congested times or designated lanes through pricing and/or maximizing the use of other modes to improve freeway reliability.
- Financing bottleneck relief projects: Value pricing used as a means to finance the construction of roadway improvements that address identified bottleneck projects that will improve the efficient movement of goods and people.
As outlined in the committee charter, when evaluating value pricing options, the committee shall at a minimum consider the following factors, and others as appropriate:
Revenue and cost: To what extent the option will raise sufficient revenue to cover the cost of implementing value pricing as well as the ongoing operational expenses, including the costs of maintenance and repairs of the facility.
- Traffic operations improvements: To what extent the option will improve the traffic operations of the priced facility, including but not limited to increasing reliability and mitigating congestion.
- Diversion of traffic: To what extent the option will cause diversion to other routes and modes that will impact the performance and operations of other transportation facilities, including both roads and transit service.
- Adequacy of transit service: To what extent public transportation is available to serve as an alternative, non-tolled mode of travel.
- Equity impacts: Whether the option will disproportionately impact environmental justice households or communities and to what extent mitigation strategies could reduce the impact. Impacts on the community, economy, and environment: Whether and how the option will impact the surrounding community, economy, and/or environment and the economy of the state in general.
- Public input: To what extent the public supports a particular pricing option as a way to address congestion.
- Consistency with state and regional law and policy: Whether the option will comply with existing Oregon Transportation Commission policies, state laws, and regional planning regulations.
- Feasibility under federal law: Whether the option is allowable under federal tolling laws or will require a waiver under the Value Pricing Pilot Program or some other authority.
- Project delivery schedules: Whether a value pricing option has the potential to alter the expected delivery schedule for a project on the corridor
Advisory committee biographies
Bernie Bottomly, TriMet
Tony DeFalco, Verde
Craig Dirksen, Metro
Phil Ditzler, Federal Highway Administration (Ex Officio)
Marie Dodds, AAA Oregon
Brendan Finn, City of Portland
Chris Hagerbaumer, Oregon Environmental Council
Marion Haynes, Portland Business Alliance
Matt Hoffmann, Fred Meyer
Jana Jarvis, Oregon Trucking Association
Gerik Kransky, The Street Trust
Anne McEnerny-Ogle, City of Vancouver
Sean O'Hollaren, Oregon Transportation Commission
Eileen Quiring, Clark County
Curtis Robinhold, Port of Portland
Roy Rogers, Washington County
Vivian Satterfield, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Paul Savas, Clackamas County
Alando Simpson, Oregon Transportation Commission
Kris Strickler, Washington State Department of Transportation
Pam Treece, Westside Economic Alliance
Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County
Rian Windsheimer, Oregon Department of Transportation
Park Woodworth, Ride Connection