Transportation

The Portland Business Alliance is committed to improving the region's transportation infrastructure, advocating for strong transportation policies and projects, and focusing on the implementation of regional and statewide freight-mobility strategies.

 

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Alliance responds to proposed transportation system development charges

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.

Transportation package, workplace related legislation

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.

How exactly is "Better Naito" better?

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

Alliance raises concerns over transportation project list

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 continue plan for Bus Rapid Transit line

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.

PBOT proposes two-step Transportation Demand Management program

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.

Alliance encourages investment in regionally significant transportation projects

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.

Alliance supports city of Portland gas tax

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.

Alliance expresses concern over possible elimination of PDX's direct flight to Asia

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.

Alliance offers conditional support of Portland's gas tax proposal

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.

Alliance weighs in on street closures for World Indoor Track and Field Championships

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.

Alliance urges city of Portland to adopt private-for-hire final recommendations

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.

Alliance weighs in on latest street funding concept

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.

TriMet board approves payroll tax increase

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.

Alliance raises concerns about proposed TriMet payroll tax increase

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.

Alliance supports Central City 2035 - SE Quadrant Plan

The Alliance testified in support of the Central City 2035: SE Quadrant Plan before Portland City Council.

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