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Bike Portland: City assembles 'sales team' for street fee plan

January 15, 2014 | bikeportland.org-- Portland voters could decide as soon as November whether to approve a per-household and per-business fee expected to raise about $25 million a year for street upgrades.

Alternatively, the proposal to pay for transportation infrastructure might simply be approved by the city council after extensive public outreach, a citizen committee member said Tuesday.

With that in mind, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales have created a new committee of stakeholders expected to vet the plan and, over the coming months, help persuade the city of its merits.

"It's a sales team," Steph Routh, a member of the new "Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee," said last week.

The city says its aging street network is badly in need of maintenance, with $1.5 billion required just to clear the maintenance backlog for the READ FULL ARTICLE

ortland voters could decide as soon as November whether to approve a per-household and per-business fee expected to raise about $25 million a year for street upgrades.

Alternatively, the proposal to pay for transportation infrastructure might simply be approved by the city council after extensive public outreach, a citizen committee member said Tuesday.

With that in mind, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales have created a new committee of stakeholders expected to vet the plan and, over the coming months, help persuade the city of its merits.

"It's a sales team," Steph Routh, a member of the new "Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee," said last week.

The city says its aging street network is badly in need of maintenance, with $1.5 billion required just to clear the maintenance backlog for the