The Street Trust endorses Metro’s regional transportation ballot measure

The Street Trust, in strong partnership with The Getting There Together Coalition, has been working for over two years to lift up community voices to shape a regional transportation measure, centering those who have historically been least invested in. Many of these investments have been called for by community members for decades. Metro is now poised to forward the measure to voters to decide. The Street Trust endorses the measure as a needed investment in safe streets, public transit, and equitable access to transportation options. 

 

Investments this measure will fund throughout the region include: 

  • Better Bus investments along 13 different roadways across the region to make buses faster and more reliable 

  • Regional Safe Routes to School program funding for the next 20 years 

  • $520 million in long-asked-for safety and transit investments on 82nd Ave, which will support the needs and vision of the most diverse neighborhood in the region, The Jade District 

  • Expansion of Portland Public Schools’ YouthPass program into an ongoing Regional Youth Transit AccessPass with a path towards free transit for ALL youth 18 and under 

  • Funding for anti-displacement work for all investments to ensure we are not perpetuating the displacement of low income, Black and Brown communities through transportation investments as has been our history  

  • Significant investments for safe walking and biking in East Portland that have long been neglected

  • Over ⅔ of the measure is dedicated to improving walking, biking and public transit across our region 

  • A new MAX line serving connecting Tigard, SW Portland and downtown Portland 

We are immensely proud of the labor we and our partners have put into the development of this measure. We are also grateful for the organizers and community leaders that have been vocal on the need for these investments years before we got involved. The Metro Council is likely to vote on July 16th to refer the measure to the November 2020 ballot. Stay tuned for how to get involved!