Category Archives: Transportation Commission

Can a river ferry relieve traffic? Proposal hopes for green light

Ambitious plan to move hundreds between Vancouver and Portland encouraged by local and state leaders. A months-long effort to fashion a new ferry service across the Columbia River in Portland comes into public view Friday before the Oregon Transportation Commission. The ambitious plan to ferry hundreds of people between Vancouver and Portland has been encouraged […]
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How could tolling revenue be used?

Gov. Kate Brown says she wants tolling revenue to help pay for seismic upgrades to the state’s bridges, but a lot of other ideas also are under consideration. If it cost $3.50 when a driver crossed Interstate 205’s Abernethy Bridge, the toll would yield about $50 million per year and support the sale of enough […]
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OTC moves forward on tolling application

In addition to tolls on I-5 and I-205, the transportation commission is exploring creating a ‘seamless loop’ of tollways around the Portland area. The Oregon Transportation Commission voted unanimously Thursday, Aug. 16, to seek federal approval for tolling Interstates 5 and 205 through the Portland area and to study creating a seamless loop of tollways […]
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Desperate for an Escape From Traffic Jams, Oregon Officials Will Ask Feds for Highway Tolls in Portland

“People would not go out to dinner because they didn’t want to deal with traffic,” said one commissioner before voting yes. Oregon transportation officials agreed to ask the federal government’s permission to toll sections of two Portland-area Interstate highways—and say they’re considering widening that plan to include all the region’s freeways. Source: Desperate for an […]
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Portland could see future tolls on Interstate 5, I-205

Still in ‘early stages’; pilot projects pondered. During its meeting Thursday meeting in John Day, the Oregon Transportation Commission considered the recommendations of its 25-member Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee and provided direction to ODOT on preparation of an application to the Federal Highway Administration to implement tolling on stretches of interstates […]
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Oregon Transportation Officials Seek Federal Approval For Tolling Plan

The Oregon Transportation Commission on Friday unanimously agreed to ask the federal government for permission to impose tolls on sections of interstates 5 and 205 in the Portland area. The commission also called for a broader study of tolling throughout the area’s freeway network, saying that it could be a powerful tool for attacking growing […]
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Oregon will seek tolls on I-5, I-205, study tolling all metro highways

Oregon will ask federal highway officials for permission to toll congested sections of Interstate 5 and 205, but state transportation leaders don’t plan to stop there. The state’s top transportation decisionmakers also want to develop a plan to study tolling Oregon 217, I-405, I-84, U.S. 26 and other highways in the metro area. They want […]
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Herrera-Beutler seeks to brake Oregon tolling plan

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler Thursday said she is introducing a bill to prohibit tolls at the Washington-Oregon state line unless both the Washington and Oregon governors agree to it. Source: Herrera-Beutler seeks to brake Oregon tolling plan

I-5 bridge lane project passes hurdle

Project for Wilsonville’s Boone Bridge now on state’s list but may have 25-year wait for funds. The Oregon Transportation Commission passed an amendment in July to add a project that would seismically retrofit Boone Bridge and build an I-5 southbound auxiliary lane onto the state’s project queue. Source: Pamplin Media Group – I-5 bridge lane […]
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Tolling twist: Oregon might toll all Portland area freeways

Murray sends letter to Gov. Brown saying don’t go with Concept C. Oregon transportation officials confirmed Thursday that they will abide by a committee’s recommendation and not immediately pursue tolling on Interstates 5 and 205 from the Washington border. But they will consider imposing tolls on all Portland-area freeways. The news came in a letter […]
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