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Willamette Week: Novick Using Committee, Phone Survey to Decide What Transportation to Fund

January 24, 2014 | UPDATE, 2:03 pm Friday, Jan. 24: The Portland Bureau of Transportation's phone survey, designed to decide how much money the city will seek to raise for the cash-strapped bureau, will cost the city $28,000.

As WW previously reported, PBOT is paying for the poll, which is being conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall.

PBOT released the cost estimate today in response to a request by WW.

The survey's questions were designed as early as Jan. 7 by an advisory committee quietly selected by City Commissioner Steve Novick. He announced the formation of the committee only Thursday.

PBOT has launched a website explaining the committee's purpose, and says it will announce future meetings there. Today, the bureau announced dates for three town-hall meetings on transportation funding.

Novick's meeting in East Portland—where residents are incensed by a lack of sidewalks and crosswalks—is Feb. 25.

ORIGINAL POST, 4:20 pm Thursday, Jan. 23: WW reported in December that City Commissioner Steve Novick was shopping ideas for new taxes and fees to fund the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Novick has now taken the next step. He's placed a phone survey in the field and selected an advisory committee—both moves designed to ask citizens which transportation problems the city most needs to fund.

He tells WW the feedback City Hall gets will tell officials how much money they will seek to raise.

"The committee can help us get feedback on what is most critical," Novick says. "Is it paving gravel streets? Is it building sidewalks? Is it rapid-flash beacons for crosswalks? There's no shortage READ FULL ARTILCE