The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a mega-project wishlist. The top projects on this list are the Abernethy Bridge on I-205, and the Boone Bridge, the Rose Quarter, and the Columbia River Crossing on I-5. These projects have been waiting for funding for years or even decades. A total price tag for Oregon of at least four billion dollars seems likely, and for that, we’ll receive a few short segments of highways with more lanes.
ODOT says these projects will increase safety and reduce traffic congestion in the Portland region. However, they will not meaningfully achieve these goals. If we really wanted to address safety and ...
The Columbia River between Washington and Oregon has been significant for transportation around the region for thousands of years, with people moving along and across the river to meet their needs, make a living, and connect across communities. The I-5 bridge between Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon, is currently at the center of a regional conversation about transportation, connectedness, and community needs.
Replacing the bridge has been discussed for decades. Most recently, a proposed project to replace the bridge died when the Washington State Legislature decided not to fund its state’s share of the project in 2013.
In 2019, ...
July 14, 2021
Oregon Transportation Commission
355 Capitol Street, NE MS 11
Salem, Oregon 97301
Dear Chair Van Brocklin and members of the Oregon Transportation Commission:
Our organizations write this letter as communities around the state are reporting dozens of deaths in the wake of a record-breaking heatwave while preparing for another summer and fall of destructive wildfires. Climate change is already bringing enormous human suffering to Oregon. Transportation systems have been disrupted. The consensus among experts is that the chaos and destruction of global warming will bring far worse.
Are you considering buying a car? This is a great time to consider your electric options!
Before we even get started, though, we have to ask you a tough question. Depending on where you live, do you really need a car? At Oregon Environmental Council we know that we won’t reach our climate and equity goals if we don’t reduce the number of cars on the road or how many miles they are driving, so we will always encourage you to take the time to think about whether you can meet at least some of your transportation needs without a car. (Hint: electric bikes can make a terrific car substitute!) If you really need a car, read on!
Why buy (or ...
Show up to these community listening sessions for the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking to help Oregon meet its climate goals.
As ODOT considers transportation pricing in the Portland region, we explain why “congestion pricing” is the most effective long-term way to address our traffic woes.
Oregon Transportation Commission decision advances climate-friendly projects but fails to meet the urgency of the climate crisis
Cutting down diesel pollution not only improves human health and mitigates climate impact, it also keeps our money local and creates new jobs.
On July 10th, Governor Brown signed on to a memorandum of understanding with governors of 14 other states, committing to work together to accelerate the electrification of medium and heavy duty trucks.
This is just the beginning of an important push to make sure that the heavy trucks driving through our communities get cleaner as fast as possible. These vehicles- box trucks, trash trucks, trailer trucks, school buses, and more - are responsible for nearly a quarter of transportation greenhouse gas ...
We know that our transportation system is not equitable. A system centered on moving vehicles, not people and goods, is not equitable.
Most of us don’t think about “transportation” as an issue. We think about our commute, our errands, our trip to drop the kids off at school. Transportation is so completely woven into our lives that we don’t think about it separately. We also don’t question whether the way we get around could be different, or should be different. It just is the way it is, right?
Because of this, we often can’t see how the way it is negatively affects us and our communities. If somebody suggests a change, we can see ...
We need to see ODOT prioritize climate and equity in its investments.
The year 2027 may seem far off now, but the Oregon Department of Transportation is making policy decisions now about how it will spend its money then. We can influence whether those decisions prioritize climate impacts or just go further down an already unsustainable path.
ODOT is beginning work now to develop the next Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is the list of projects that ODOT will work on in 2024 through 2027. These projects include building new infrastructure like roads and bridges, and maintaining existing facilities, and it costs billions ...