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The toll system will be all electronic and not have toll booths. Drivers
can register for an account online, by mail, by phone, and in-person.
To reduce traffic congestion and generate revenue for improvements like the ones listed above, toll rates will need to be high enough to reduce traffic, but low enough that some people still take the highway and get a faster trip. If only a fraction of travelers – even as small as 5% – avoid a congested roadway, traffic flow will improve, allowing more cars to move through the same space. The Oregon Transportation Commission will set toll rates at least six months before tolling begins. Right now, we're continuing our analysis of potential toll fees that would reduce traffic and meet our revenue goals.
Projects in development
In 2024, we will continue to work with our communities and regional partners to shape toll policies, rules, and project designs.
Currently, the I-205 Toll Project for the Abernethy Bridge and the Regional Mobility Pricing Project on I-5 and I-205 are in the federal environmental review phase where we analyze the benefits and effects of the toll projects. Meanwhile, we are also working to establish the toll systems necessary for toll collection and operations and continuing to work with the public to bring their ideas and priorities into the planning process.
2024 will bring more milestones for the Oregon Toll Program—and many opportunities for the public to weigh in along the way. You can read more in our recently published Oregon Toll Program Implementation Report
“There is a lot of work that is captured here. It demonstrates that ODOT is listening and capturing those comments and responding where appropriate too and altering the rulemaking upfront before we have something to present to OTC for their consideration and obviously the comment period." – Sean Philbrook, Statewide Toll Rulemaking Advisory Committee Member
Below is an example of some of the ways we responded to public feedback and insights gathered through these meetings and discussion groups.
Listening to Learn: Toll Program 2023 Community Engagement
We also deepened our engagement in response to
Governor Kotek's direction in May 2023 to conduct more community outreach.
How have we engaged with the community?
Guided by regional leaders and community members on ODOT's toll advisory committees, we went out into the community:
Learn more about ODOT’s community engagement
here or watch our video about how we engaged the community in Summer 2023.
You can learn more by reviewing the reports that summarize engagement and comments:
Stay tuned for more events in your community! Look for future opportunities at
On Dec. 12, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) provided direction to extend eligibility for the low-income toll program to residents of both Oregon and Washington and to offer a 50% discount for customers with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level ($60K/year for a family of four). In addition to this program, members of federally recognized tribes, as well as transit, military, and emergency response vehicles will be exempt from tolls. ODOT will study additional discount options for the low-income toll program when more information on toll rates is available.
Specifically, the OTC provided the following direction for the low-income toll program:
The draft administrative rules for the low-income toll program will be published for public review and comment following Department of Justice review in 2024. In addition to rules related to discounts and exemptions, the draft rules cover the toll rate setting process, customer accounts and enrollment, vehicle classification, and the toll payment process. ODOT plans to bring the rules to the OTC for possible adoption in mid-2024. To stay informed, sign up to receive emails about
In response to partner and community feedback, we developed three tolling options for a regional toll system on I-205 and I-5 and compared how well each option would reduce bumper-to-bumper traffic, raise funds for transportation improvements, and meet other regional goals. We're seeking input from community members and regional partners to help inform how we move ahead with regional tolling. ODOT was directed by the legislature in 2017 and 2021 to implement tolls for people who drive cars on I-5 and I-205.
Share what you think about the regional tolling options in our
online survey by Oct. 9
Talking through the new project map at the Gresham Library on September 6, 2023.
What we heard in the community
Oregon Toll Program staff speak with attendees at Hillsboro's 2023 El Grito Festival in September.
What's next for the I-205 Toll Project
Even as the seasons change, the Oregon Toll Program team is continuing to reach out to community members around the region. We've attended nearly 25 events since June with several more scheduled in September and October. Come find us at the following events and locations or
check out our events calendar for more details:
Where to find us this month:
Celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month
National Hispanic American Heritage Month takes place annually from September 15 – October 15. It's a time to uplift and celebrate the contributions and cultures of Hispanic and Latino/a/x/e Americans. There are many ways for you to get involved in the month's festivities – we're participating by attending
Hillsboro's El Grito festival and the
Adelante Mujeres Farmers Market in Forest Grove.
ODOT is continuing conversations across greater Portland to build a toll program that works for local communities. In July and August, ODOT held eight discussion groups in partnership with the Community Engagement Liaisons program. We talked with community members about plans for toll accounts, payment options and process, data privacy, and discounts and exemptions. Participants then shared ideas about how to make it easy to sign-up for an account, update information, and pay bills on time.
Community Engagement Liaisons are active community leaders who provide interpretation, translation and engagement services for toll projects. ODOT has held 41 discussion groups with liaisons since the start of the Oregon Toll Program.
About the July and August community discussion groups ODOT partnered with the Community Engagement Liaison program to facilitate conversations with community members representing various perspectives, including people who identify as Vietnamese, Chinese, Latinx, Black and African, Indigenous, Slavic, and people living with disabilities. Community members who attend the discussion groups are compensated for their time and participation.
Oregon Toll Program updates: We shared information about
how tolling will work on I-5 and I-205 and provided a brief update on the
Regional Mobility Pricing Project and the
I-205 Toll Project.
We shared that we are looking into multiple ways customers can register for an account and pay their toll bill, including with cash, in person, or by mail. We asked participants about the best ways to encourage community members to sign up for accounts.
What we heard:
Toll account data:
We shared ODOT's
draft plan for collecting data and asked participants about the best ways to keep information up to date on toll accounts.
What we heard:
Toll payment process:
We shared ODOT's draft plan for collecting payments and asked participants about the best communication methods to let people know about payment options.
What we heard:
Discounts and exemptions:
We shared ODOT's draft plan for discounts and exemptions and asked participants about the best ways to provide income information.
ODOT to analyze benefits and impacts of smaller I-205 Toll Project
Statewide Toll Rulemaking Advisory Committee members gather for their orientation meeting in January 2023.
About the June 6 discussion groupErika McCalpine, ODOT's Assistant Director for the Office of Equity and Civil Rights, facilitated the conversation with representatives from 11 organizations across the greater Portland area, including organizations that serve the Black/African American, Latina/o and Muslim communities, local businesses, and people with disabilities. We were also joined by representatives from committees advising ODOT on tolling implementation: Equity & Mobility Advisory Committee and Statewide Toll Rulemaking Advisory Committee. To date, ODOT has held four discussion groups with community organizations. Community representatives are compensated for their time and participation.
What we shared; what we heardDuring the meeting, we provided updates on the Oregon Toll Program, followed up with community organizations on what we heard at the April discussion group, and reviewed new information about toll accounts, payment options and process, and data privacy.
Toll accounts: We shared that we are looking into multiple ways customers can register for an account and pay their toll bill, including with cash, in person, or by mail. We asked participants about the best ways to encourage community members to sign up for accounts.
Project staff talk through the details of the proposed northern I-205 toll gantry location.
Hannah Williams and Rebecca Steiner environmental planner with WSP at a podium accepting the NEPA Environmental Excellence Award for the Oregon Toll Program on May 8.
Listening and learning from local communities throughout the Portland metropolitan region is essential to building a better toll program, so we'll be hosting information tables at community events and gathering places throughout the summer. These conversations will help us make sure we are hearing from you, the people who know your communities the best.
Last week, we received a new directive from Governor Tina Kotek to delay the implementation of tolls until January 1, 2026. We appreciate the guidance of our elected leadership that our top priority should be to set this program up right. Implementing a modern toll program, for the first time in Oregon, requires extensive planning and community engagement. We see this new timeline as an opportunity to improve our public outreach and receive increased guidance and engagement with our partners and local communities.
As you'll see in this month's news, our work continues. We are working through the implications of this updated timeline and will provide more details when we can.
Statewide Toll Rulemaking Advisory Committee members gather for their orientation meeting in January 2023.
As planning for the Oregon Toll Program continues, we're hearing questions about how toll accounts will work, and who will be able to sign up for a low-income discount. ODOT is bringing in the voice of the customer to help address these and other important questions about toll account enrollment, enforcement, and the low-income discount. Learn more about the Statewide Toll Rulemaking Advisory Committee's (STRAC) role on these topics and how we're gathering community feedback this summer.
ODOT is determining how customers will interact with and use the tolling system, which will be developed and outlined through rules that will apply to planned toll projects in the Portland metropolitan area. As a first step, ODOT selected 16 people from across the state to join the STRAC and advise on developing these rules.
The STRAC aims to help ODOT build an easy-to-use, accessible, and equitable tolling program. STRAC members offer a wide range of professional and lived experiences to help create rules that reflect the needs and interests of all communities in Oregon. Members represent the interests of small businesses, rideshare programs, commuters, trucking and freight, equity and more.
Community engagement for the rulemaking process will be closely coordinated with
the Regional Mobility Pricing Project and the
I-205 Toll Project. Here are ways we’re involving the community this summer and fall.
The next step in the environmental process is for ODOT and FHWA to consider comments on the Environmental Assessment. ODOT and FHWA will prepare responses to substantive comments. Once the comment review and results of any additional analysis have been considered, FHWA will determine whether the project requires an Environmental Impact Statement, or the project's effects warrant a Finding of No Significant Impact. Stay tuned for ongoing project updates.
Community organizations join ODOT to talk tolls
Our most recent discussion group was led by Erika McCalpine, ODOT's Assistant Director for the Office of Equity and Civil Rights.
A full summary of the meeting will be available on our project website.
Details on how to provide your feedback:
Submit comments in the way that works best for you by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023:
All comments will be reviewed and will inform the Environmental Assessment and next steps. We will continue to provide ongoing project updates and opportunities for involvement.
We want a future where travelers in and around Portland can count on a safe, predictable trip, anytime of day. An important tool is congestion pricing on I-5 and I-205. Your comments on the plans are making a difference to shape the outcome.
Thank you to everyone who provided input during our recent engagement period for the Regional Mobility Pricing Project! Find out what we learned from nearly 4,500 comments by reading the Engagement and Comment Summary and how we'll use this feedback as the project moves forward. Project staff engaged and heard from thousands of community members at the beginning of the environmental analysis for the Regional Mobility Pricing Project, called “scoping."
Key activities during the scoping period included:
I-205 Toll Report comment period extended two weeks
Watch I-205 Toll Report Environmental Assessment videos to learn more.
The 60-day public comment period opened on February 21, 2023, and will close on April 21, 2023, 4:00 p.m. During this time, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are inviting feedback on the Environmental Assessment and associated technical reports.
I-205 Toll Project benefits
Ways to learn more
Attend a webinar. We will be hosting two public webinars online or by phone where you can learn more about congestion pricing through variable rate tolls and what it means for our region. Sign and language interpretation will be available.
Read the report. Read the
Environmental Assessment, appendices, technical reports and a multi-lingual summary fact sheet. In addition, an
interactive map shows the effects at studied intersections and corridors.
Watch our video series. We also have a series of short videos about the report and findings here. Closed captions can be accessed in multiple languages.
Join us in person. We'll share information and have project staff available to answer your questions at information tables. At these events, attendees can review project materials, ask questions, and provide written comments about the Environmental Assessment. Visit OregonTolling.org for a complete list locations and times.
Details on how to provide your feedback:
Watch video: “Project Overview" to learn more the I-205 Toll Project Environmental Assessment.
A new report on the I-205 Toll Project is open for public comment today through 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Published by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Assessment identifies potential short- and long-term effects of the project on the transportation system, local communities, the economy and the environment, along with possible solutions to address negative effects.
I-205 Toll Project benefits
Together, tolling and the improvements on I-205 will reduce congestion to give travelers a more predictable and safer trip.
“We know that people in Clackamas County, and throughout the region, are frustrated by the current congestion on I-205," said Mandy Putney, director of Strategic Initiatives for ODOT's Urban Mobility Office. “Tolling will be a big change for everyone, but it's a necessary step to address congestion and fund much-needed safety improvements to I-205. We believe when completed, people who live, work and travel through Clackamas County will see the value of these major community investments with safer, quicker trips."
Without tolls and planned improvements, I-205 will see daily congestion increase to 14 hours per day by 2045 as the region's population grows. Diversion to local streets, which is already an issue near the I-205 corridor, will also increase. However, with corridor improvements and tolling, congestion on I-205 would be reduced to two hours or less per day in 2045, and there would be nearly 20% fewer crashes.
Local partnerships are critical
In addition to making improvements on I-205, ODOT is collaborating with local jurisdictions to plan targeted, local road investments that help address concerns around adding tolls on I-205, including diversion to local roads.
We are planning a variety of transportation mitigation and improvement projects throughout Oregon City, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Canby, which include adding transit signal priority projects, widening sidewalks, improving signalized pedestrian crossings, providing roundabouts, and adding crosswalks.
We have hosted more than 100 briefings, presentations and events in the Clackamas County community since 2018, and we will continue collaborating with project-area jurisdictions and agencies to refine these local transportation and safety investments.
I-205 tolls will vary throughout the day on a set schedule
Congestion pricing through variable rate tolls provides more predictable travel times. There will be a set schedule of toll rates to charge drivers a higher price during peak traffic periods at congested locations and lower toll rates during non-peak hours when there is less traffic. It also means drivers will know the prices before heading out.
Congestion pricing will also:
Developing an equity-informed toll program
We are committed to creating better transportation solutions for historically and currently excluded and underserved communities. As part of that commitment, we formed the Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee (EMAC), made up of leaders from community-based organizations and underserved communities, to advise the Oregon Transportation Commission and us on creating an equitable tolling program. With EMAC's support and vision, we developed an “equity framework" with principles and steps to guide the project's planning process. As part of this commitment, we are developing a low-income toll program that will provide discounts to low-income drivers.
Where we are in the process
The Environmental Assessment is a component of our coordination with the Federal Highway Administration required by the National Environmental Policy Act. We launched this process for the I-205 Toll Project in 2020, when we received more than 4,600 comments from the greater metropolitan Portland community about adding tolls to I-205. Thousands of public comments and dozens of community conversations have informed our work to date.
For example, in response to community feedback, we are analyzing a toll discounts for people making up to 400% of the federal poverty level. We are also working with local jurisdictions to minimize impacts from drivers rerouting from I-205. And we are directing toll revenue from the Abernethy and Tualatin River bridges to fund improvements on I-205.
Later this year, we will publish a Revised Environmental Assessment based on public input.
Project study area – the area where ODOT is making improvements. Potential toll gantry – Toll collection points at the Abernethy and Tualatin River bridges.
ODOT's regional tolling program
The other proposed tolls in the Portland area include the Regional Mobility Pricing Project and the Interstate Bridge Replacement Project on the Columbia River. Each of these projects is undergoing a separate environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act and will have opportunities for public comment. Tolling is part of our long-term strategy to reduce traffic congestion, fund bottleneck-relief projects, reduce carbon emissions and sustainably raise revenue for transportation investments for generations to come. Toll revenues will help preserve and improve roads and fund upgrades to withstand a major earthquake.
Ways to learn more and provide comments
Details on how to provide your feedback:
Submit comments in the way that works best for you by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023:
Email: I205TollEA@odot.oregon.gov. Please include “EA comments" in the subject line.
Mail: Oregon Department of Transportation
Attn: Mandy Putney ODOT Urban Mobility Office 18277 SW Boones Ferry Road Tualatin, OR 97224
Other Tolling News
Workshops lead to local road improvements benefiting Clackamas County communities
Local communities are helping to identify solutions for new transportation issues related to tolling.
Collaborating with local communities in the I-205 area is essential to building a better improvements and tolling project on I-205. This collaboration will ensure we are investing into local communities, reflecting community priorities, and addressing community concerns.
We want to continue to provide information about the system we're planning. ODOT is sharing information through newsletters, in the press, on social media and our website. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out! We always appreciate hearing from you.
Did you know: Congestion pricing is among our best options to reduce traffic in the greater Portland area
Regional Mobility Pricing Project
I-205 Toll Project
Join a webinar: We will share information and answer questions about the proposed concept for tolling I-5 and I-205, issues that will be studied, how to comment, and next steps at two webinars.
ODOT is currently studying the benefits and impacts of adding the missing third lane on I-205 between Stafford Road and OR 213, and tolling the Abernethy and Tualatin River Bridges. Results from this study will be released this fall in a draft report called an “Environmental Assessment”. This study will include effects to travel times on I-205, traffic on surrounding local streets and the economy, among others.
We're using computer models to predict what will happen to traffic on the tolled highway as well as surrounding local roads.
Watch: How will tolls affect traffic?
Overall, research shows that tolled interstates provide more reliable trips with reduced travel time. *Experience from other cities shows congestion pricing improves traffic – April 2022 edition of the newsletter.
Hear directly from us. Last month, ODOT hosted several briefings and workshops in Clackamas County to present early findings and discuss potential strategies to address negative impacts. We are continuing to host or attend briefings to share results and answer questions. Request a presentation to your organization by contacting the project team.
ODOT is seeking 10-15 individuals to serve on our Statewide Toll Rulemaking Advisory Committee (STRAC) for approximately 8-12 months. The committee would begin later this fall and will help develop Oregon Administrative Rules that determine how toll rates are set and how customers interact with the toll system. Check out the STRAC Overview and draft schedule for more details. Interested people will need to complete an online application by clicking here to complete a quick questionnaire.
Oregon Transportation Commission supports and appreciates July 2022 recommendations from Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee
EMAC members EMAC deliberated on its final set of recommendations for the Oregon Transportation Commission at their June 22, 2022 meeting.
The EMAC has 13 members, including members appointed by the ODOT Director and selected through an open application process. Committee members represent a spectrum of mobility and equity interests.
Contributing Committee Members Abe Moland (former representative of Clackamas County Health and Transportation)Amanda Garcia-Snell, Washington County Community EngagementBill Baumann (former representative of Community in Motion)Diana Avalos Leos (former representative of League of United Latin American Citizens Latino Youth Conference)Dr. Philip Wu, Oregon Environmental CouncilDwight Brashear, SMARTEduardo Ramos, At-large memberFabian Hidalgo Guerrero, Oregon Food BankGermaine Flentroy, Beyond Black/Play, Grow, LearnIsmael Armenta, At-large member; Oregon WalksJames Paulson, WorkSystems Inc. BoardJohn Gardner, TriMetKari Schlosshauer, former At-large memberMichael Espinoza, Portland Bureau of TransportationPark Woodworth, Ride ConnectionSharon Smith, Oregon Transportation Commission
“We’ve worked with EMAC over the past two years, it’s been really hard work. We want to thank them for all the effort they put in and their passion,” noted Lucinda Broussard, Oregon Toll Program Director. “The work is not done. We still have a lot we need to move forward as we try to do things differently and make sure that we include people who normally have not been included in our processes.”
The EMAC will continue to meet throughout the toll rate setting process, which is expected to occur through 2025.
Other tolling news:
Options to assist people experiencing low incomes
As part of its effort to evaluate tolling and advance equity, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has drafted a Low-Income Toll Report, developed in response to input from local and statewide voices. This report is just one part of ODOT’s larger statewide strategy and informs the agency’s approach to implement low-income toll benefits before tolling would begin, currently planned for 2024.
The report shares proposed options for income eligibility, types of benefits, ways to design an inclusive program, and initiating and monitoring of a low-income toll program.
Feedback is welcome on the draft by July 18, 2022 by emailing email@example.com and including “Low-Income Toll Report” in the subject line.
Comments received will help further refine the options for consideration and implementation practices presented in the final report. The report is due to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and the Oregon Legislature in September 2022.
Centering equity in toll projects
In 2018, the Oregon Transportation Commission committed to addressing the needs of people experiencing low incomes. The Oregon Legislature required a report this year on progress toward meeting that goal. The report will detail how people experiencing low incomes can access the positive benefits of tolling (travel time savings, reliability, and safety), while minimizing the burden of toll fees.
Ideas under consideration:
If you would like to share your ideas, please email the project team at OregonTolling@odot.state.or.us by May 25. Please put “Low-Income Toll Report" in the subject line.
For more details, visit Metro's website.
Traffic is a growing problem in the Portland metropolitan region. We need a solution to make everyday travel safe and efficient. That’s why the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking at congestion pricing, a proven tool used in cities worldwide to reduce traffic, improve safety and provide stable funding for infrastructure projects, including upgrading or replacing bridges to be seismically resilient.
Congestion pricing, a type of tolling, is a new concept to Portland but is used to manage traffic globally. In cities, space is limited, and we make choices about how to best use that space. When something is in high demand, the value or price can increase. Limited roadway space is no different. Congestion pricing works by increasing the cost to use the roadway during rush hour, typically 6-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Some drivers might delay running errands, while a commuter may decide to take a bus, work from home, ride their bike or walk instead of drive. According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), removing as little as 5% of the vehicles from a busy road reduces traffic and allows a more efficient flow of cars.
Photo: When 5% of people shift from taking their car to taking a bus, train, biking, walking, traveling during off-peak hours or working remotely; it reduces traffic on a busy road.
ODOT is currently advancing two toll projects in the Portland region, the I-205 Toll Project and the Regional Mobility Pricing Project. Both projects aim to manage traffic congestion and raise revenue for transportation mobility and safety projects, such as the I-205 Improvements Project. These investments are critical as Portland roads and bridges built in the middle of the 20th century need seismic upgrades to withstand a major earthquake.
Portland is not the first city to explore congestion pricing as a traffic reduction tool. Places like Seattle and Minneapolis/St. Paul have been using congestion pricing for over a decade and have found great success. In Seattle, FHWA reported traffic volumes decreased by 35-40%, and in Minneapolis/St. Paul, the state’s Department of Transportation found drivers were able to travel at speeds above 45 mph approximately 96% of the time.
Internationally, we can look to countries like Sweden, where congestion pricing has been in effect for over 12 years, reducing travel times and decreasing local pollution, and providing a steady stream of funding for new infrastructure. In Singapore, the city experienced environmental and public health benefits because of less traffic — preventing an estimated 175,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each day.
We get it — no one likes paying tolls or fees. Studies show that drivers need to “see it to believe it” when it comes to how tolling reduces traffic, and we know Oregon residents are no different. Travelers and community members will have a lot of questions, so our goal is to share what we learn with you and how your voice can shape the project. As part of our initial planning, ODOT is studying traffic effects from tolling to see how it could address congestion and travel times. Early results show daily traffic jams on I-205 near Oregon City could be reduced from 14 hours to two hours daily once the seven miles of I-205 construction are complete and variable rate tolls for the I-205 Toll Project are used. We’ll provide some preliminary findings this spring for the Regional Mobility Pricing Project with more detailed results in the environmental review phase.
Your participation is important to help create an equitable toll program. Later this month, please join us for community webinars and share your thoughts through an online survey. Visit the Oregon Tolling Program website to stay up to date on future opportunities to get involved and learn more about how we are moving Portland forward.
Get answers to your questions about tolling. Share your voice.
Join an upcoming webinar: more detail to come!More information about the survey and webinar will soon be available here.
Making History: Women are leading the way to create an equitable toll program
It’s Women’s History Month and ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office (UMO) is spotlighting the women leading the I-205 Toll Project and the Regional Mobility Pricing Project and the work they do to help Oregon communities thrive.
“Women play a variety of roles either in community or family. They may access transportation and have transportation needs that are different. If you don’t have them around the table, you miss a lot,” said Mandy Putney, ODOT Strategic Initiatives director managing the I-205 NEPA Toll Project. Learn more about how these leaders are developing an equitable toll program.
Project Team (PT): What led you to pursue a career in transportation?
Jessica Stanton (JS): Several years ago the Portland Bureau of Transportation initiated an effort to tell the agency’s story and connect with the community. I talked to many fourth-generation Portlanders who had no idea about PBOT’s work. Transportation is an exciting opportunity for storytelling and to see how people can connect. Transportation is everything, without mobility and community, we wouldn’t be living and thriving.
Mandy Putney (MP): I have an academic background focused on environmental policy and started working in the social service sector. Then, I found jobs that merged the two, advising on communication and public engagement for infrastructure projects and planning. I began to see that transportation is key for people to live the life they want. Without access to transportation that’s affordable and viable, it inhibits every area of life. For me, the key driving factor is to think about the human-side of infrastructure planning and how to involve the community more.
PT: As of 2019, women comprised only 15 percent of the transportation workforce, with even fewer in decision-making roles. What advice do you have for women entering the field?
Hannah Williams (HW): There are so many women in leadership positions at ODOT and it’s been great to work with and be mentored by them. It’s inspiring and helpful when strong, talented women are already working here. My advice would be to reach out to women in roles that you’re interested in, start building relationships, and ask for guidance.
Lucinda Broussard (LB): I think women are leaders in every place they are, whether it’s at home, work, or community-based groups. What is important to know is as women, there’s room for us to be leaders in other areas. Now is the time to jump in, the water is warm.
PT: What motivates you on a daily basis to create an equitable Oregon Tolling Program?
JS: I will only thrive if my community thrives, and equity is a through line. Equity’s time has come, we can lead compassionately and build communities that are just and equitable. We can be better and do better.
MP: It’s time, it’s past time. Equity and transportation have been talked about in separate spheres for a long time and resulted in the system we have today. Why do this work now if you’re not interested in doing something different? We know the old ways gets us old results, and I’m not looking to redo the past.
HW: We’re trying to do something that’s never been done before. We’re trying to have innovative solutions for these huge problems that aren’t siloed in transportation. When I think about equity I think about outcomes, the people, and the process. To achieve creative solutions for the Oregon Toll Program, we need to talk to people, understand needs, and collaborate with our partners.
LB: We should not talk about equity separately, it should be interwoven. People don’t ask me how to create a quality program, because it’s expected, and equity should be that way too. I see that equity in transportation, or equity in life, has always been separate. Equity should be integrated into everything we do.
PT: You mentioned that the Urban Mobility Office is doing something that’s never been done before. What is unique about the UMO’s approach? What challenges are we facing?
LB: Unique is doing something that’s never been done before. We’re talking about tolling all lanes on an interstate to manage congestion. Managing congestion by pricing for all lanes is unique, and even more unique because we’re talking about doing it over 50 miles. I believe we will be successful. I consider congestion pricing a way to give people back some time in their lives.
MP: We’re not doing the typical project by project approach; we’ve got a comprehensive approach we’re tying all together with congestion pricing as the backbone. And we’re trying to do so in close partnership with others in the region. We can’t solve every issue with transportation projects, but we can bring people to the table to have conversations about community development, transit, and multi-modal access to create outcomes that help folks.
HW: It can be overwhelming thinking about challenges in the transportation system. When we are talking about equity, it’s hard to pull things apart because it is all connected. I try to stay focused on the project at hand and how to make it the most equitable with the process and outcomes. By making each project as equitable as possible, I hope that change will spiral outwards.
JS: The challenge is how do we break away from old paradigms of thinking to arrive at a new outcome? It requires a lot of faith and trust in places where there hasn’t been. We’re asking ourselves and communities to move forward in a different way.
LB: UMO is bringing in the consideration that we’re building projects “for people” that wasn’t there before. We’re asking for engagement and participation from partners and the community, and I think that is something unique.
PT: Lastly, what do you see as the importance of having women represented in transportation and public engagement?
HW: Part of our work is to think about different experiences and perspectives. It’s important to have people who are also working on the project represent different experiences and opinions.
MP: Women play a variety of roles either in community or family. They may access transportation and have transportation needs that are different. If you don’t have them around the table, you miss a lot. The project will have a better result if you bring in a variety of people, not only into the process but leading it as well.
To learn more about their work and what is happening with the Oregon Tolling Program, visit oregontolling.org. If you are interested in a career at ODOT or in transportation, visit https://www.oregon.gov/odot/about/pages/career-opportunities.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results show I-205 congestion drops from 14 to two hours daily with tolling and highway improvements. Join an upcoming webinar to learn more.
Since discussions began about using variable rate tolls on I-5 and I-205 to manage congestion, we've heard many questions and concerns about how tolls will affect traffic.
ODOT also has questions. We're using computer models to predict what will happen to traffic on the tolled highway as well as local roads with variable rate tolls. This analysis is part of the required environmental review process. For the I-205 Toll Project, preliminary results show that tolling and investing in I-205 will significantly reduce congestion on I-205.
Our analysis shows traffic congestion on I-205 near Oregon City could be reduced from 14 hours to two hours daily once the seven miles of I-205 construction improvements are complete, and variable rate tolls are used.
Drivers would see a 50% decrease in afternoon travel time and a 25% decrease in the morning, the analysis found. In addition, travel times would become more reliable, and the number of crashes would shrink, improving travel efficiency and safety.
According to our study results, not building the I-205 Improvements Project and I-205 Toll Project by 2045 would result in 14 daily hours of total congestion on I-205 between OR 213 and Stafford Road, and an increase in crashes in this region.
“The data is good news for I-205 travelers and freight haulers, and reduced congestion and fewer vehicle miles traveled provides climate benefits," said Mandy Putney, I-205 Improvements Project director. “That said, we are focused on a handful of local intersections where we see congestion is worse. We are inviting the communities to discuss ideas on how to address these issues."
This video discusses how tolls could affect traffic.
The public is invited to hear the preliminary results of our ongoing traffic analysis February 15 and February 16.
Early results show daily traffic jams on I-205 near Oregon City would drop significantly with a proposal under study. Project staff will be on hand to answer questions following a presentation.
The sessions will focus on:
Webinar questions may be submitted in advance by emailing email@example.com with “webinar question" in the subject line. Questions will also be taken in the chat.
The webinars will take place on Zoom. You can join online or by phone. No RSVP is needed. Both webinars will have the same content.
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Request a presentation to your organization by contacting the project team.
What does the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act mean for Oregon? - An interview with Travis Brouwer of ODOT.
The recent passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (referred to here as the “Infrastructure Bill") in November 2021 represents the largest investment in our nation's infrastructure in several decades, and is an increasingly rare bipartisan achievement in federal legislation. The Oregon Toll Program project team connected virtually with Travis Brouwer, Assistant Director for Revenue, Finance, and Compliance at the Oregon Department of Transportation, to learn how the Infrastructure Bill will change the landscape of transportation in Oregon.
Project Team (PT): I understand that getting an infrastructure bill passed is something you have been working on for at least a decade. How does it feel now that an infrastructure bill is a reality?
Travis Brouwer (TB): It's true that I have been working hard to increase the federal level of investment, and counter federal disinvestment in transportation for a long time. I came to ODOT a few months after Congress passed a substantial infrastructure investment, SAFETEA-LU, in 2005. Federal funding has pretty much been stagnant since that time, and the lack of partnership and investment from the federal government has been really frustrating. So, it feels really great to have an infrastructure bill finally passed, and it is a once in a generation investment into our transportation system.
PT: The Infrastructure Bill includes more than $500 billion in funding for transportation, but most people aren't tracking this every day like you are. What does this mean for Oregon? How will this change the day-to-day lives of Oregonians?
TB: One thing that Oregonians will see is a significant investment in bridges across the state. We need to address bridges that are reaching the end of their functional lives, and we need to keep them open and safe by preserving and protecting them. It usually costs less to keep our transportation infrastructure in good condition compared to letting it deteriorate to the point where we have to rebuild roads and bridges from scratch.
Another impactful area where Oregonians will see increased investment is electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Many people would love to own an electric vehicle, but they are concerned about running out of juice, and rightly so! I own an electric vehicle and my family recently wanted to take it out to Seaside. But we realized we couldn't get there and back on one charge, and there isn't a public charging station in Seaside. Investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure will be really helpful in transitioning our auto fleet away from fossil fuels and will help us achieve our climate goals.
There will also be a lot of focus on sustainable methods of transportation, like increased funding for bike paths and walkways and transit, so that people can get out of sitting in traffic and do so safely.
PT: So, if Oregon is set to receive more infrastructure funding, why do we still need tolling?
TB: I've been getting this question a lot lately. The reality is that federal money alone is not enough to fund maintenance of the system we already have, much less improving it. Projects we need in the Portland metropolitan region to address mobility are so large, we cannot fund them using state funds, like the gas tax, even with the infusion of federal money. We're getting about $400 million from the Infrastructure Bill that the Oregon Transportation Commission must decide what to do with. Even if we used every single dollar coming to the entire state, it would not be enough to completely fund even a single project in our program, certainly not the Interstate Bridge Replacement or Rose Quarter, which is estimated to cost $1.18 to $1.25 billion.
There are major new grant programs in the Infrastructure Bill for freight movement and reconnecting communities. Toll funding will be used to leverage those grant funds; if we are able to show that we have a plan to raise funding on our own, we have a better chance of securing federal grants. That will ultimately reduce the total amount that Oregonians will directly pay. We also need to use tolling to better manage traffic and keep it in check, so it is not only about funding either.
PT: Why is tolling beginning on I-205 first?
TB: Investing in the section of I-205 around the Abernethy Bridge was identified as a priority project by local leaders in Clackamas County, the region and the state. In order for ODOT to keep the I-205 Improvement Projects on schedule, including the work being done to remove bottlenecks, we need to complete the environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and obtain a federal decision in late 2022. This will allow implementation of tolling on this section of I-205 in late 2024. The Regional Mobility Pricing Project needs to complete additional planning and community conversations before beginning review under NEPA, and will require additional federal decisions. The I-205 Toll Project and regional tolling project will be integrated once both are brought online by late 2025.
PT: Helping manage ODOT seems like a big, complicated challenge. What keeps you motivated to come into work every day and get these projects off the ground?
TB: When the Infrastructure Bill passed, I had a moment of exhilaration, followed by the quick realization that we had a lot of work in front of us. This is a great opportunity to use a billion dollars of investment to make our communities better places to live. That’s what keeps me going, even in the face of working many hours through thorny issues. All of us are going to be working our backsides off getting this money out into the streets.
PT: You've mentioned a number of big projects in the Portland metropolitan region. What does the transportation network look like in 10, 20, or 50 years? How are people getting around?
TB: I love that question. We are known as an agency that runs the freeways, but we would love a day in the future where demand on the freeway is lessened. We need to make investments across the multimodal system, to take pressure off our freeways so they can serve trucks and long-distance trips to keep the economy moving. We want active transportation systems and public transportation systems to work better. We imagine a future where people can safely walk or bike to their jobs because our development patterns support that, or not commute at all because we have an accessible and equitable broadband system that allows people to work from home. We are not going to grow the freeway system at the same rate as our population grows, because that is impossible. Meeting the growing demand for transportation should be done largely through public and active transportation. As an agency, we are focused on getting people around equitably, efficiently, and safely, while still enabling access and the ability to get around conveniently.
Travis Brouwer is the Assistant Director for Revenue, Finance, and Compliance at the Oregon Department of Transportation. Travis grew up in Bellingham, Washington, but has lived in Salem for more than 20 years, when he came to ODOT after working as a congressional aide. Of his move into the transportation agency Travis said “I was looking for something less political. It is really rewarding to see the concrete results, literally the concrete, of my efforts." He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing the R1ACT+ Toll Work Group
The Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation is an Oregon-based advisory group that provides a forum for collaborating on transportation issues and advising the Oregon Transportation Commission. One goal is to strengthen state and local partnerships. In that spirit, the R1ACT+ Toll Work Group brings together the R1ACT members, elected officials in southwest Washington, and stakeholders to discuss key questions on tolling.
The R1ACT+ Toll Work Group had its first meeting in September 2021 and will continue with meetings every other month. The group does not take formal votes or actions. Their role is to discuss key questions to help stay informed about the Toll Program.
The next R1ACT+ Toll Work Group meeting will be Monday, Nov. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. You can join the webinar here. There will be 10 minutes reserved for public comment. See the R1ACT website for the agenda and meeting information. You may submit your written comments by emailing the committee at Oregontolling@odot.state.or.us.
The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee continues to refine recommendations
The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee is preparing to present to the Oregon Transportation Commission in November. Over the last several committee meetings, members have talked about policies and strategies to support transit and multimodal travel, neighborhood health and safety, and transportation affordability. In October, the committee will focus on key statements as the foundation for a future recommendation to the OTC to advance equity in the Oregon Toll Program.
Please join us for the next meeting of the Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. You can find the meeting information on the website. Submit written comments at any time to the committee by emailing Oregontolling@odot.state.or.us.
Monthly video series continues
Last month we started our monthly video series to share information about the Oregon Toll Program more broadly. You can watch here or access the links through our social media channels. Here is the latest video in the series:
I-205 Toll Project Community Conversations
What we heard in Clackamas County.
Thank you for your feedback. The Oregon Department of Transportation participated in several meetings with Clackamas County community members in the past month. During discussions with the Leaders for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Oregon City Business Alliance, and after participating in the Clackamas County Town Hall, we heard some of the following themes:
In advance of the release of the Environmental Assessment in Spring 2022, the project team is continuing to meet with communities in Clackamas County and provide information about what we know now and how questions will be answered. If your community organization is interested in a briefing, please email Oregontolling@odot.oregon.gov.
Regional Mobility Pricing Project Updates
Regional workshop results are now available.
In November 2021, the Oregon Department of Transportation hosted two virtual workshops to explore congestion pricing in the Portland metropolitan area with elected officials, business and community leaders, and local and regional agency staff. Thank you to over 50 workshop attendees who participated and everyone who responded to the public survey. You can read the full summary here or view meeting materials and videos from the workshops here.
November 10 workshop poll results: What three words describe an ideal transportation system?
Engaging with community-based organizations.
On November 17, we invited several community-based organizations to a virtual discussion to learn more about the Oregon Toll Program and the Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee’s role while discussing the program and preferences for future engagement. Thank you to representatives from the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Black United Fund, Exceed Enterprises, Latino Network, and Ride Connection for joining us. We value the interests and concerns of community-based organizations. They highlighted the need for alternative transportation options, potential impacts of tolls, and the best ways to continue the conversation with their communities.
Please contact Hannah Williams, ODOT Community Engagement Coordinator, at Hannah.Williams@odot.oregon.gov if your organization is interested in participating in a future discussion.
Introducing the Urban Mobility Office newsletter.
In January 2022, our monthly news is moving to a new Urban Mobility Office newsletter. You’ll still have access to Oregon Toll Project updates in this new format, along with important news about projects in the Portland metropolitan area. Our website is always the best source for immediate information and to answer your questions. All subscribers of this newsletter will automatically receive our new newsletter and Toll Program updates. Thank you for reading our articles. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Travelers and the community have their say about congestion pricing in the Portland metropolitan area
In response to questions about how to design a congestion pricing project that can work for the Portland metropolitan area, thousands of people shared their perspectives about traffic and proposed solutions earlier this year.
The Oregon Department of Transportation learned many people view congestion as a problem in the Portland metropolitan area, including southwest Washington. The proposed use of congestion pricing – a type of tolling where the fee is higher during peak travel times – generated many questions and concerns during online meetings and surveys held June through November. ODOT continues to invite public input on a congestion pricing project to keep the economy and travelers moving.
“As we have discussions with communities, the idea that we need to think holistically about the transportation system comes through again and again. People say they need options and real choices for mobility," said Lucinda Broussard, ODOT Toll Program Director. “We hear this and will be working closely with our partners to address these needs."
The Regional Mobility Pricing Project would apply congestion pricing on all lanes of I-5 and I-205 in the Portland metropolitan area to manage traffic congestion and raise revenue for priority transportation projects that improve mobility. The project area begins just south of the Columbia River in Oregon and ends at the Boone Bridge in Wilsonville.
A separate project, the I-205 Toll Project, is under environmental review. This project would apply congestion pricing on vehicles that cross the two I-205 bridges over the Willamette River (Abernethy Bridge) and the Tualatin River to raise revenue for completion of the I-205 Improvements Project, which will eliminate an existing bottleneck along a 7-mile segment of highway.
For both projects, toll rates would vary on a set schedule based on time of day, type of vehicle, and the distance travelled on I-5 and I-205.
Below are some highlights of what we've learned so far to inform future planning for the Regional Mobility Pricing Project. A full report on community engagement activities and input from June to September 2021 may be found online.
ODOT partnered with community engagement liaisons to invite feedback through discussion groups with historically excluded and underserved communities. Learn more about what they heard from their communities.
“It was clear that no one wants to pay for being on the road, but it was also clear that people also don't want to be in traffic." – Hanna Grishkevich, Slavic Community Engagement Liaison
Moving forward to find a solution
Feedback will help advance early planning.
We're appreciative of community feedback about the need for accessible, affordable transportation. With the feedback we've heard to date, we will update the draft Purpose and Need Statement for the Regional Mobility Pricing Project, and begin to develop a concept for what congestion pricing could look like on I-5 and I-205. Congestion pricing is an effective tool to fix our transportation problems, and a key component of ODOT's vision to keep people moving through the greater Portland area.
Congestion pricing will be a big change, and we need your help to get it right. Please look for future opportunities in winter 2022 to help us shape a solution. We invite you to stay engaged to hear about future opportunities and share your voice!
Monthly video series begins
“The toll rate will be the sweet spot between the goal of managing congestion and generating revenue." - Garet S. Prior, Toll Policy Manager
Get a snapshot of the progress our toll team made in our monthly video recap video. Watch the full video here.
Addressing transportation problems on I-5 and I-205
This fall, we are continuing early planning and inviting feedback for the Regional Mobility Pricing Project. Key activities include:
Public involvement is key so we understand community interests and needs as we develop the project. Sign up for project updates and follow us on social media to hear about future opportunities to comment.
I-205 Toll Project Update
We've recently updated the I-205 Toll Project Purpose and Need Statement, which describes the reasons why tolling will be critical to raising revenue to fix the bottleneck on I-205 and manage congestion long-term.
Without tolls and future roadway upgrades, the almost seven hours of daily congestion and safety risks will continue to grow as more people use the highway. Diversion to local streets will also increase when I-205 has stop-and-go traffic. Read our fact sheet to learn more.
Public outreach for the I-205 Toll Project and I-205 Improvements Project is moving full steam ahead. Together, we will be meeting with stakeholders in Oregon City and West Linn in the coming months. Follow us on Twitter to get program updates.
We anticipate having the I-205 Toll Project Environmental Assessment available for your review in spring 2022. When we release the document, we will notify you and give you the opportunity to provide written or verbal comment on our analysis before decisions are made. Contact us if you would like to schedule a briefing.
Getting to know the Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee
The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee includes 15 individuals with professional or lived experience in equity and mobility. This month, we're introducing Diana Avalos Leos, Founder and Director of the Latino Youth Conference and Southwest Washington resident. Diana has been involved in hundreds of different initiatives at institutions and in communities.
Over the last five years, Diana has seen a rise in agencies removing bus routes from the most populated, high density, and low-income areas in Vancouver, Washington. She understands the impacts and inequities those decisions have caused for people who relied on those bus routes as their only mode of transportation.
“I joined the committee to bring a voice that has been missing in terms of representation from SW Washington. If we drill down a little bit further, it's the voice of our communities of color, of disenfranchised folks who never have a voice at these critical discussions and decision-making points that mostly impact them."
She is most proud of the work EMAC has done regarding equity, and how that is the catalyst for future projects. Diana believes leading with equity and the equity framework will serve as a standard for future projects and how they look at communities.
Join us for the next Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee on October 27 at 3:30 p.m. You can find the meeting information at the website. Submit written comments at any time to the committee by emailing Oregontolling@odot.state.or.us.
Learn more about outcomes from the August meeting, which focused on transportation affordability.
The I-205 Improvements Project will begin construction in mid-2022 to make the Abernethy Bridge the first earthquake-ready highway bridge across the Willamette River.
The I-205 Improvements Project will be constructed in phases. These initial improvements, called Phase 1A, will use financing tools recently approved by the Oregon Legislature.
Toll revenue is needed to construct future phases of the I-205 Improvements Project and could be used to pay back funds borrowed for the Abernethy Bridge. This decision depends on completing the required environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
When fully constructed, the I-205 Improvements Project will address the bottleneck caused by the last remaining two-lane section of I-205. The project will reduce crashes and daily congestion by more than four and a half hours each day by adding a third lane in each direction with shoulders that could accommodate buses.
If the toll alternative is selected, potential toll gantries would charge tolls at two locations: the Abernethy Bridge and the Tualatin River Bridge.
The I-205 Toll Project under study would toll vehicles crossing the Abernethy and Tualatin River bridges. The earliest tolls could begin is in 2024.
Without tolls and future roadway upgrades, the almost seven hours of daily congestion and safety risks will continue to grow as more people use the highway. Without action, diversion to local streets will also increase when I-205 has more stop-and-go traffic.
We have worked with the I-205 community since 2017 and received strong support to construct project improvements. Statewide, we’ve heard the need to remove this bottleneck.
We know people have concerns with tolls and we are working to create a system that works for all the region’s travelers. Over the next year, ODOT will complete the required federal environmental analysis for the I-205 Toll Project and determine how a new toll system can be implemented equitably. We will host discussions in the coming months to share findings from the environmental review. Before final decisions are made, we will also host a listening session on the I-205 Toll Project Environmental Assessment and gather verbal comments.
We received over 6,000 responses to our series of five, one-minute surveys over the past month about the Regional Mobility Pricing Project. Thank you for sharing your feedback! We’ve learned about your travel preferences, what matters most to you, and what could make a regional toll program easier on community members.
An important part of the Regional Mobility Pricing Project is making sure we hear from everyone. For this reason, we are partnering with Community Engagement Liaisons (CELs) to invite participation from multilingual and underserved communities through discussion groups and surveys.
Thank you to the community members who participated in discussion groups for Native American, Latin American, Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese communities. Upcoming discussions are scheduled with Black/African American communities and people living with disabilities. We are committed to advancing equitable engagement, as outlined in our Equity Framework.
Over the next month, we will review and summarize the results. We’ll share what we heard and how it will inform our next steps. If you missed the surveys, it’s not too late to give feedback! There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved throughout this process. Keep an eye on your inbox or our website for ways to engage.
Join us for the next Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee meeting on September 29 at 3:30 p.m. The focus in September will be on refining recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission. You can find the meeting information at the Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee website. Submit written comments at any time to the committee by emailing Oregontolling@odot.state.or.us.
ODOT has two toll projects underway in the Portland metro area – the I-205 Toll Project and the Regional Mobility Pricing Project – to manage traffic on I-205 and I-5 in a way that is equitable and addresses climate change while providing needed funding for critical infrastructure and safety improvements. While separate projects, they inform each other. Toll prices will be higher at peak traffic times, a concept known as “congestion pricing.” With both projects:
The Oregon Department of Transportation invites your input to make tolls work for our community.
Thank you for your responses last week to our survey about potential toll benefits! So far, we've received over 1,600 responses to our two quick surveys.
Traffic delays on the highway can lead to traffic problems in local communities, while also negatively impacting our climate, safety, and health. We need a new approach.
This week – in our series of one-minute surveys – we want to know what you think about transportation challenges on I-205 and I-5 in the Portland metro area. Please take our quick survey linked here!
Missed the earlier surveys? It's not too late! Use the links below to tell us what you think.
In last month's eNews we described how travelers need to get to, through and around greater Portland – and our transportation infrastructure isn't keeping pace with our needs. The Regional Mobility Pricing Project will focus on solutions to these problems. To guide our work, we asked for your help in improving the “Problem Statement."
If you would like to provide input on the draft Problem Statement, please email your comments to the project team at OregonTolling@odot.state.or.us and put “Problem Statement" in the subject line. To help inform our planning, we invite responses by Friday, July 30.
The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee is studying ways to advance equity in:
We know a successful toll program must address these factors, based on what we've heard from the public.
Join us for the next Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. The focus will be on neighborhood health and safety. Topics include strategies to minimize impacts on historically underserved neighborhoods and the effects of drivers using local streets to avoid tolls. Updated meeting information, including links to participate on Zoom or view the YouTube livestream, is available under Meeting Information on the committee's webpage.
In April and May, the Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee discussed transit and multimodal strategies to be implemented with a toll program. The committee's preferred actions included:
The Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee is studying ways to advance equity in these areas. The committee will share their findings with the Oregon Transportation Commission. Over the next four months, please follow along and participate in this important process. Committee meetings are the last Wednesday of each month. You can find links for meetings and recordings of previous meetings here. Submit written comments at any time to the committee by emailing Oregontolling@odot.state.or.us
Traffic delay on the highway can lead to traffic problems in local communities. Over the next month, we are inviting feedback through a series of quick surveys, with different questions each week. We want to learn from you about travel, transportation problems and priorities, and what you would like to see from the toll program.
Click here to take our second survey to share what matters most when it comes to tolling on I-5 and I-205. Keep an eye on your inbox – we'll be sending weekly updates for the next four weeks.
Miss the first survey? It's not too late! Tell us here about using I-205 and I-5.
ODOT has two toll projects underway in the Portland metro area – the I-205 Toll Project and the Regional Mobility Pricing Project – to address traffic on I-205 and I-5 in a way that is equitable and addresses climate change and safety. While separate projects, they inform each other. Toll prices will be higher at peak traffic times, a concept known as “congestion pricing." With both projects:
Traffic is getting worse. It is:
There is not enough money from gas taxes or other revenue sources to fix Oregon's highways and fund projects to reduce traffic. It's not easy for people with low incomes, disabilities, and other barriers to get to where they need to go. Tolls can help address these problems and provide a reliable funding source for transportation projects. The Oregon Department of Transportation needs your input to make tolls work for our community.
Have you ever noticed curb cutouts or talking traffic signals for people crossing the street? These help make transportation accessible for everyone. This is thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law 31 years ago this month. The Toll Program wants tolls to improve transportation for people - not make it worse. Our Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee is working on strategies that center transit and multimodal options, neighborhood health and safety, and affordability and undeserved communities. This includes people experiencing a disability.
To help celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there is an upcoming series of free lunch and learn opportunities.
Here are the basics:
What: The Oregon Disabilities Commission and the Northwest ADA Center are hosting a webinar series in recognition of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 31st anniversary. The series kicks off with Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann, recently featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Crip Camp".
When: Tuesdays, July 20 and 27 from noon to 1 p.m.
You can sign up for the free lunch and learn opportunities here.
For more information about the ADA, see Accessibility at ODOT and details about Engineering for Accessibility on the ODOT website.
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