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News Advisory: Commissioner Novick, Director Treat share results of Portland public opinion research on transportation funding

(January 31, 2014) – City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will join Adam Davis of DHM Research for a presentation on the latest findings of public opinion research on transportation needs for Portland.

DHM Research of Portland conducted a telephone public opinion survey of 800 people in January. The scientifically valid survey results are part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s effort to gather input from the public on an effort to address longstanding transportation needs. This survey asked the public to prioritize a wide variety of transportation needs, including maintenance, pedestrian safety and public transit service.

Starting Monday, members of the public will be able to take the survey online by following a link from the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com. There will be more opportunities for public input at three open houses in February and at other events later this spring.

Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales convened a Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee in January to advise the commissioner on a transportation funding package. The committee helped draft the language used in the telephone survey.

Visuals: Adam Davis showing PowerPoint presentation to the news media on a projector in the Rose Room; on-camera interview opportunities with Commissioner Novick and Director Treat.

Where:  Rose Room, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

When:  2 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2014

What:  Presentation of findings from a public opinion survey on transportation needs.

Why:  Input gathered from the public opinion research, and extensive public outreach this spring, will help shape a potential transportation funding package.

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