On Tuesday, January 8, the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) responded to ODOT’s application to toll I-5 between Going
Street and Multnomah Boulevard and I-205 at or near the Abernethy Bridge. ODOT
submitted an application in December to toll these two routes to raise money
for transportation improvements and reduce congestion, as required by Keep
Oregon Moving (HB 2017).
FHWA’s letter provides a basis
for ODOT to move into the next phase of work. It lays out responses to key
questions and describes what ODOT will need to do in order to secure federal
approval for tolling these two sections of the Interstate. ODOT will continue
working closely with FHWA to move tolling forward.
The locations for tolling reflect the recommendation of a 24-
member Policy Advisory Committee, which met to
evaluate the technical analysis and public input from a
Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis from November 2017 to June 2018.
The OTC accepted the PAC recommendation in August 2018. ODOT submitted the application for OTC approval in December 2018. At this meeting, the five-member commission voted unanimously to accept the draft and submit a final application to the Federal Highway Administration by the end of 2018, as mandated by HB2017.
The next phase of work will include in-depth planning, traffic and revenue analysis, environmental review, and extensive public engagement. This analysis will focus on concerns raised frequently during the feasibility analysis phase of the project, including understanding equity impacts, needed improvements to mass transit services and other travel options and minimizing diversion impacts to neighborhood streets. ODOT will be launching this work in the near future. This phase is expected to take several years due to the rigor of the analysis and the extensive public engagement required.
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Public Comment Reports
Thank you to the thousands of people who have shared their comments with the Policy Advisory Committee
and the Oregon Transportation Commission
during the community engagement activities
that occurred through July 2018. Since November 2017, we've conducted comprehensive region-wide outreach through online and in-person events and community presentations. Summaries of all engagement are posted below.