Tolling increases household transportation costs
The Environmental Assessment shows annual transportation costs for the average household would be less than one percentage point higher with tolling compared to without tolling. For a household with an income of $88,000, tolling would represent an average increase in annual transportation costs from $7,000 to $7,600 per year. Drivers who are able to use tolled routes save travel time and vehicle operating costs.
ODOT is committed to providing a low-income toll program when tolling begins. This program is still in development. Exemptions, credits, or discounted tolls are being considered for people or households earning less than a certain income level.
Local businesses benefit from changes in traffic patterns
As some drivers choose different travel routes, consumer spending at shops, restaurants, and other businesses is expected to increase in three local commercial districts:
- First Ave in Canby (OR 99E)
- Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn
- Main Street in Oregon City
This additional consumer spending would translate into increased employment and income in these areas.
There will be regional economic benefits
Project construction would generate temporary benefits to the economy of the Portland metropolitan region through the purchase of supplies and materials and the creation of jobs. Long-term benefits include increased employment opportunities, more predictable freight deliveries, and safer highways.
By 2045, highway improvements and tolling would result in millions of dollars per year in savings and benefits to the regional economy compared to not building the project.
The project would provide long-term economic benefits for travelers and the region
- $105 million in annual net economic benefits from 2027-2045*
- Includes $9.8 million in annual cost savings for freight industry because of greater trip reliability