Tag Archives: Transportation Package

Top 10 Oregon political stories of 2017

It was a busy year in Oregon politics, and The Oregonian/OregonLive reporters covering the state Capitol and Portland City Hall published nearly 600 stories as part of their watch over government for you. In Salem, lawmakers passed a $5.3 billion transportation plan, prosecutors dropped criminal investigations of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes, and […]
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Mid-valley gets transportation boost

It has felt like Christmas for big chunks of the fall and early winter for mid-valley residents interested in transportation issues. When the Oregon Legislature passed a massive $5.3 billion transportation bill in July, it wasn’t certain how many regional needs would be met by the bill. Source: Mid-valley gets transportation boost | Local | […]
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Safe train travel must be part of Pacific Northwest’s future | Opinion

The Associated Press reported that since 1969, nearly 300 people have died in U.S. train crashes that existing technology could have prevented. Add the three people killed in last week’s crash south of Tacoma, Washington, and the toll is 301. It will be 12 to 24 months before the National Transportation Safety Board completes its […]
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Upcoming bike and vehicle taxes receive mixed reviews from local business owners

Colin Drake, the owner of Canyon Creek Bicycles in Roseburg, isn’t sure how his customers will react to a new bike tax set to take effect Jan. 1. Source: Upcoming bike and vehicle taxes receive mixed reviews from local business owners

New year to bring in taxes on bikes, vehicles

A new year will also ring in new taxes in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding citizens that the taxes created to pay for the state’s new $5.3 billion transportation package kick in next year. Source: New year to bring in taxes on bikes, vehicles

Here are new transportation taxes that will take effect in 2018

Three taxes associated with the $5.3 billion transportation package that was signed into law over the summer will be taking effect Jan. 1, with one more targeting wages coming later in the year. The bi-partisan transportation plan will help fund projects across the state. In Salem it will provide $85.7 million over nine years for the expansion of […]
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ODOT requests 153 positions for transportation package

The 153 positions would meet the agency’s staffing need for 2018 and 2019, but officials could request additional positions in subsequent years. The Oregon Department of Transportation plans to request 153 new positions in February to help deliver $5.3 billion in transportation projects lawmakers agreed to fund earlier this year. Source: ODOT requests 153 positions […]
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It’s time for Oregon and Washington leaders to talk traffic: Guest opinion

The 2017 session of the Oregon State Legislature witnessed a near-miracle as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle risked their reputations by coming together to pass a $5.3 billion transportation package. Midway through the process, two key members of the Joint Committee on Transportation suffered major health challenges, one receiving cancer treatment and the […]
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Editorial: Millersburg site makes sense for hub

Questions still surround the development of a new intermodal freight-handling facility to serve the mid-Willamette Valley — and a bit of competition continues to brew about where the facility should be located. The big transportation bill passed by this year’s Legislature included money to set up these facilities throughout the state, including $25 million or […]
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$20 million set aside for Highway 20 projects

That $5.3 billion transportation bill passed by the Legislature at the end of its session continues to bring dividends to the mid-valley. The region has received $25 million for an intermodal freight facility at Interstate 5 in Millersburg and nearly $70 million to replace the Van Buren Bridge over the Willamette River at Corvallis. Source: […]
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