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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Our Streets Transportation Funding Conversation

Our Streets Transportation Funding Conversation

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 If you'd like to join the conversation on Twitter, follow us @PBOTInfo and use the tag #ourstreetspdx.

Summary of Workgroup Recommendations Report

Click here to read a one-page summary of the Our Streets Transportation Funding Report of Workgroup Recommendations

Our Streets Transportation Funding Report of Workgroup Recommendations

Click here to read a report on the workgroups' recommendations.

Portland Transportation Needs Guidebook

This is your guide to understanding safety and maintenance needs in your area.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've pulled together a set of frequently asked questions about the street fee proposal.

Transportation Fee Calculator

Click here to use our calculator to see estimated rates for business and non-residential properties.

Non-profit and Low-income Workgroup

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.

Business Workgroup

This group will examine the refine the non-residential portion of the Transportation User Fee to minimize negative impacts to the business community.

Overview of proposed Transportation User Fee

This is an overview of the proposed Transportation User Fee as of June 3, 2014

Materials for May 29 Council Presentation

Click here to view a collection of materials presented at the May 29 City Council hearing.

Materials for May 22 announcement of Transportation User Fee

Click here to look at the documents presented at the May 22 press conference, including copies of a draft resolution and ordinance.

April & May Town Hall Meetings + Materials

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.

Review of Research on Transportation Needs

In this presentation Adam Davis summarizes several years of public opinion research on transportation needs in the Portland area.

Results of telephone survey

A new survey shows Portland residents strongly support investing in transportation to enhance maintenance, public transit and pedestrian and bicycle safety.