Tag Archives: Transportation Funding

New state payroll tax will fund transportation improvements in Oregon

Oregon employees will see a new one-tenth of one percent withholding tax on their pay stubs beginning July 1. Oregon’s statewide transit tax was part of House Bill 2017 from the 2017 Legislative Session. Revenue from the statewide transit tax will go to finance investments in and improvements to public transportation throughout Oregon, except for […]
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Federal government nixes Bend Parkway grant

A federal grant that local leaders hoped would provide $60 million to $70 million to re-route the Bend Parkway won’t come through, at least not this year. The Oregon Legislature in 2017 earmarked $50 million for safety improvements, including new traffic signals, at the congested intersection of U.S. Highway 97 and Cooley Road — a […]
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Unhappy about vehicle registration fee? Blame the feds

Our view: When Congress stopped increasing the federal gas tax in 1993, cities, counties and states had to step up. Drivers throughout Washington County — and, to a lesser degree, throughout the state, are about to be hit by sticker shock. That’s because vehicle registration fees for the county and the state are about to […]
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Cities, counties should move swiftly to use state grant monies to improve student safety

One child injured or hurt on their way to school is one too many. Our students need safe routes to school, and they need them now. As counties and cities prepare for a transportation-funding windfall, it’s our hope they won’t dither and appoint countless committees delaying work by months, or worse, years. Source: Cities, counties should move […]
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$1.7 billion transportation bond measure won’t make 2018 ballot

Portland-area voters won’t see a transit and road bond measure on their ballots in 2018. TriMet had hoped the bond measure would help fund its Southwest Corridor light-rail project. Source: $1.7 billion transportation bond measure won’t make 2018 ballot

Board seeks consideration of Sunrise Corridor extension

Clackamas County commissioners say highway would relieve congestion, open land to business development; TriMet board mulls regional transportation projects to be added to Southwest Corridor light-rail funding measure Clackamas County commissioners want to see consideration of the second phase of the Sunrise Corridor expressway as part of any funding measure that goes to voters for […]
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Bend highways getting upgrades

The two U.S. highways in Bend will likely look much different in a few years because of a series of projects meant to improve traffic flow in the north part of town. Bend will receive $50 million to improve the intersection of U.S. Highway 97 and Cooley Road through a contentious transportation bill passed by […]
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Governor Kate Brown Signs Oregon House Bill 2017 in Eugene

Governor Kate Brown is touring the state this week to celebrate the passage of Oregon’s new transportation funding package. Source: Governor Kate Brown Signs Oregon House Bill 2017 in Eugene | Northwest Public Radio

Governor spares SW Capitol Highway project in veto trifecta

Gov. Kate Brown reversed her plan to veto the project after outcry from the state’s congressional delegation, bicyclists and others. She still vetoed three bills. Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday reversed course on vetoing $2 million in funding for long-awaited safety upgrades on Capitol Highway in Southwest Portland. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Governor spares […]
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Report: Oregon’s $5.3 Billion Transportation Package Ignores Safety

One of the biggest accomplishments of the recent legislative session was the passage of a $5.3 billion transportation funding package, which Gov. Kate Brown and other proponents say will address the state’s long-neglected roads and bridges and begin to address traffic congestion. Source: Report: Oregon’s $5.3 Billion Transportation Package Ignores Safety – Willamette Week