Transportation measure takes a smaller step forward

Staff at the Portland-area regional government, Metro, is recommending about $3 billion worth of transportation projects for a November 2020 ballot measure. Some recommended projects are crucial for safe and convenient walking, biking, and transit in our region.

Others do not advance the values of safety, equity, and affordability, and exacerbate the climate crisis by promoting more car trips. The Transportation Funding Task Force convened by Metro Council President will modify the proposal in the coming weeks and make a recommendation to the Metro Council on what projects should be included in the measure. 

The measure was initially proposed to be as large as $20 billion. The Street Trust and The Getting There Together Coalition are calling for more investment in pedestrian/bicyclist safety and transit projects on 82nd Avenue, SE McLoughlin, and TV Highway, removing road widening projects and adding transit improvements to every street that is part of a 2020 transportation measure. These are the kind of investments that our region needs to provide everyone safe, convenient, and affordable transportation options.

See Getting There Together comments and reactions to the staff’s proposal here. 

Want to get involved in shaping a regional transportation measure in 2020? Contact our Advocacy Director at richa@thestreettrust.org.