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Our streets are deteriorating under the pressure of weather, age and regular use. At the same time, the resources the city has for addressing this issue have been slowly declining. It’s vital we address our maintenance backlog now, or the cost of repairs will only grow over the coming years.
Since January, we’ve been engaging Portlanders in a conversation about how to generate new revenue to address our transportation needs. In May, we brought a proposal for a street fee to the City Council – but residents and businesses told us they still need more time to consider and discuss how this new user fee would work.
We heard them, and we continued our outreach effort, through town halls and stakeholder meetings, through the summer and fall.
Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick formed two workgroups in July. One discussed how to lessen the impact of a transportation fee (and other city utilities) on low-income residents as well as non-profits and public institutions. The other consisted of leaders in the business community considering how to refine the business and non-residential component of the fee. Meetings held by both groups were open to the public.
Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick continue to work with the Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee, which was formed in January to advise them on the transportation funding effort and help develop a funding proposal.
Please use this page as a way to catch up on the effort so far and learn about upcoming opportunities to voice your thoughts on how to help fix Our Streets.
If you have questions regarding this effort, please contact project staff at email@example.com If you'd like to join the conversation on Twitter, follow us @PBOTInfo and use the tag #ourstreetspdx.
Click here to learn more about our current proposal.
Click here to read a one-page summary of the Our Streets Transportation Funding Report of Workgroup Recommendations
Click here to read a report on the workgroups' recommendations.
This is your guide to understanding safety and maintenance needs in your area.
We've pulled together a set of frequently asked questions about the street fee proposal.
Click here to use our calculator to see estimated rates for business and non-residential properties.
Community members serving on the Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee
This group will work to minimize impacts on non-profits and public institutions and determine how low-income utility discounts can be most effectively issued to low-income users.
This group will examine the refine the non-residential portion of the Transportation User Fee to minimize negative impacts to the business community.
This is an overview of the proposed Transportation User Fee as of June 3, 2014
Click here to view a collection of materials presented at the May 29 City Council hearing.
Click here to look at the documents presented at the May 22 press conference, including copies of a draft resolution and ordinance.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to join Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick, Transportation Director Leah Treat and your neighbors at one of four upcoming town halls to discuss how the City should provide more funding for transportation maintenance and safety needs.
In this presentation Adam Davis summarizes several years of public opinion research on transportation needs in the Portland area.
A new survey shows Portland residents strongly support investing in transportation to enhance maintenance, public transit and pedestrian and bicycle safety.