Historic investments in safety, bus and bike lanes
Traffic and congestion are a top concern for Portland residents. Fully 56 percent say congestion is the biggest problem getting from one place to another in the city, followed by another 11 percent who say the biggest problem is uncertainty about how long it will take to get someplace by car. Combined, fully two-in-three (67 percent) offered a congestion/traffic-related response.
In partnership with TriMet, the Portland Business Alliance commissioned a survey to get a sense of how Portlanders feel about our transportation system.v
The 2017 legislative session adjourned sine die on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began with two major issues to tackle: addressing the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit and passing a transportation package. With higher-than-expected revenues in the May revenue forecast, the number on which the budget is based, the deficit decreased to $1.4 billion. Though there were exceptions, for most of the session both chambers were reluctant to move controversial bills that could make bipartisan efforts related to the big issues more difficult.
The 2017 legislative session adjourned on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began in February with two major issues facing lawmakers: Addressing the state’s budget deficit of $1.6 billion (later revised to $1.4 billion after a better-than-expected May revenue forecast), and passing a comprehensive transportation package.
After last-minute negotiations, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization is set to release an updated transportation package that appears likely to move forward.
The Alliance recommended the city of Portland first conduct a holistic review of the various SDC’s that are levied by different city bureaus to gain a better understanding of their cumulative impact on development.
The potential framework includes $5.09 billion in new revenues from increased gas taxes as well as title and registration fees for the Highway Trust Fund.
The Alliance sent a letter to Portland City Council urging reconsideration of the "Better Naito" project, particularly given the significant number of construction projects in the central city this year that are impacting travel
The Alliance sent a letter to Commissioner Dan Saltzman expressing strong concern over the strong priority given to active transportation projects for the city of Portland’s transportation system development charge revenues that are required to be used for increasing capacity.
Metro and TriMet are continuing to plan for a new bus rapid transit (BRT) line that would connect downtown Portland with Gresham, running along Division Street.
A two-step transportation demand management (TDM) program is being proposed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) as a part of the Central City 2035 Plan and Mixed-Use Zones Project.
The Alliance has been working with partners to encourage the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) to allocate funding for project development on significant transportation bottlenecks in the region.
The Alliance expressed its support for the city of Portland’s four-year, 10-cent local gas tax that has been referred to voters for the May 2016 election.
The Alliance signed on to a letter with Presidents of Oregon’s four major business associations to express concern over possible discussions between the U.S. Government and the Government of Japan that would result in the elimination of Oregon’s only direct flight to Asia.
The Alliance offered its conditional support for Commissioner Steve Novick’s proposed gas tax. The proposal is a four-year, 10-cent-a-gallon local gas tax to raise approximately $16 million per year in additional revenue for street maintenance and safety projects.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is proposing a number of street closures around Pioneer Courthouse Square for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in March of 2016. The Alliance expressed concern about potential business impact as a result of the street closures.
The city of Portland’s Private-For-Hire Innovation Task Force, which included a representative of the Alliance, submitted its final recommended regulations for transportation network companies (TNC), such as Lyft and Uber.
Responding to a question from Portland Commissioner Steve Novick, the Alliance communicated its position on using a municipal gas tax to fund the maintenance backlog on the city’s road network.
While the Alliance supports TriMet’s cost efficiency measures and the importance of increasing transit service, especially to employment centers, it raised concerns about the substantial increase, which can be significant for many employers.
The payroll tax already provides about 60 percent of TriMet’s operating revenue. The Alliance supports TriMet’s cost efficiency measures and the importance of increasing transit service, especially to employment centers.
The Alliance testified in support of the Central City 2035: SE Quadrant Plan before Portland City Council.