1221 SW 4th Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204
As you are aware, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has, since the late 1980s, been facing constrained resources available for basic maintenance of the streets, sidewalks, roads, bridges and bike lanes that residents use every day. As inflation continues to erode the purchasing power of PBOT’s discretionary funds, the community rightly demands more access to public transit, safer routes for biking and walking, more comfortable routes for seniors to reach services and more preventive maintenance of the pavement system that comprises the City’s largest asset. Mayor Hales and I started the Our Streets PDX community conversation last year to try to find a new funding source that would provide on-going dollars for critical maintenance and safety needs. That conversation led to the Portland Street Fund proposal last fall and will continue with the State Legislature this spring and with the community later this year. As the Mayor said in his State of the City address, we hope for action from Congress and the state Legislature, but regardless of what they do, the needs are great enough that Portland will still have to find a new way to fund our local transportation needs.
In this light, PBOT is requesting $30.1 million in General Fund additions. Here is a description of each, in order of priority:
PBOT has submitted two general fund requests in the budget document that benefit assets and infrastructure. The first is a request for funding maintenance and safety projects as identified through the Our Streets effort, and the second is a request for funding through the existing asset maintenance and replacement program. Those details are READ FULL BUDGET REQUEST