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 feasibility analysis. This group included 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 met six times between November 2017 and June 2018. In their final meeting in June the committee discussed their recommendation to the OTC for congestion pricing on Interstates 5 and 205.
View the full recommendation of concepts to advance for further analysis submitted to the OTC on July 5, 2018.
The Policy Advisory Committee's recommendation advised the OTC in implementing Section 120 of Keep Oregon Moving by:
- Evaluating options to implement congestion 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 congestion 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.
Materials and minutes from all six committee meetings are posted below.
As outlined in the committee charter, when evaluating congestion 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 congestion 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 congestion pricing option has the potential to alter the expected delivery schedule for a project on the corridor
Advisory committee biographies