We are currently considering different congestion pricing concepts for the technical analysis. This will include:
- An evaluation of toll options for the tolled area.
- An assessment of the potential for diversion onto the surrounding street system, especially other major routes (such as SW Barbur Boulevard, NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, OR 99E, I-84, I-405, N/NE Columbia and Lombard corridors).
- An evaluation of existing and planned future transit service.
- Consideration of equity and mobility strategies to ensure all demographics receive travel benefits.
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2018 Feasibility Analysis concludes that tolls could manage congestion
Oregon's House Bill 2017, also known as Keep Oregon Moving, directed the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to develop a proposal for tolling on I-5 and I-205 to reduce congestion as part of a suite of transportation investments throughout the state for roadway improvements, transit service enhancements and bicycle and pedestrian safety upgrades.
The OTC and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) conducted the Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis to study how and where tolls could be applied. Substantial public input and a Policy Advisory Committee informed the final recommendations.
In December of 2018, the OTC submitted a proposal to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) outlining the findings of the feasibility analysis and seeking approval to continue the process of implementing tolls on I-5 and I-205. FHWA provided guidance to move into the next phase of evaluation and study on tolls.
In 2020, stakeholders commented on the I-205 Toll Project and stated the need for a comprehensive approach to tolling, but expressed concerns about fairness, equity, climate and diversion. To address these concerns, we expanded our approach to consider regional tolling on I-5 and portions of I-205 not included in the I-205 Toll Project, consistent with the long-term vision of the identified in the Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis.