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Congestion (Value) Pricing

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November 2018People participate in value pricing open house

The Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to prepare an application to the Federal Highway Administration seeking approval to toll segments of I-5 and I-205 using congestion pricing. Congestion pricing, also known as value pricing, uses variable rate tolls to manage traffic flows and improve roadway efficiency by charging a higher price during peak traffic periods, usually during morning and afternoon commutes. Congestion pricing is being considered to both manage traffic congestion and generate revenue to help fund construction projects. 

The application reflects 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. The recommendation includes a tolling program for all lanes at two locations in the Portland Metro Area: 

  • I-5 from about Alberta St. to Multnomah Blvd.
  • On or near George Abernethy Bridge on I-205

The application also identifies three priorities for mitigating potential impacts of any future tolling program, which include improved public transportation, special provisions for low income populations and diversion strategies to minimize negative impacts on adjacent communities. 

ODOT will present this application for OTC approval on December 6, 2018. The application must be submitted by December 31, 2018, as mandated by HB2017.

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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.

Events

See the full list of past events.

December 6, 2018 - Value Pricing is on the agenda at the Regular Oregon Transportation Commission meeting in Salem.


 
 

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