NEWS RELEASE: Oregon Legislature Reveals Transportation Funding Package
Good news for transportation options
This week Oregon legislators unveiled the framework for a transportation funding package that begins to answer our state’s glaring need for innovative solutions to keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently.
The Transportation for Oregon’s Future coalition commends members of the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization for countless hours of work to understand Oregonians’ transportation needs and to develop a comprehensive multimodal response. This legislation, paired with parallel legislation to incentivize the purchase of electric cars and buses, will move Oregon forward. (Watch Monday’s meeting. View the presentation.)
“If these solutions become law, Oregon will be a healthier, safer place to live with less pollution,” said Chris Hagerbaumer, Deputy Director, Oregon Environmental Council. “We are especially pleased that key legislators recognize we can’t build our way out of congestion — that the lasting solutions to congestion are more transportation options and better management of our existing roadways.”
“Every child in Oregon deserves a safe route to school,” said Gerik Kransky, Policy Director, The Street Trust. “We are happy to see an initial transportation package that includes funding for trails and safe places to walk and bike.”
“We need more mass transit now,” said Maria Hernandez, Advocacy Coordinator, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. “Low income communities of color demanded these investments, and finally the legislature listened.”
“Transportation makes up over a third of all climate pollution in Oregon,” David Van’t Hof, Acting State Director, Climate Solutions. “By prioritizing reliable transportation options, we get people where they need to go while reducing greenhouse gases.”
“The package will fund transit in communities of every size across Oregon, and provide key connections between rural towns and cities,” said Mary Kyle McCurdy, Deputy Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon. “The legislature heard that whether one lives in Baker City, Salem, or Coos Bay, Oregonians want transit service in their community.”
“We need a forward-looking transportation package that invests in transit options, reduces pollution, and looks ahead to the future of transportation, not the past. This a big step toward those goals,” said Doug Moore, Executive Director, Oregon League of Conservation Voters.
Transportation for Oregon’s Future will weigh in over the coming weeks as the details of the package — such as how the cost burden is shared — are developed. We will work to ensure the package moves beyond the old highways-focused approach and focuses investments in a modern, connected transportation system with safe, affordable, clean and healthy options for everyone.
For a full list of coalition priorities visit: oeconline.org/transport4OR #transport4OR
Transportation for Oregon’s Future is a network of concerned organizations, businesses, and community leaders supporting transportation choices for the 21st century.
Steering committee members include: 1000 1000 Friends of Oregon, Better Eugene Springfield Transit (BEST), OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV), The Street Trust (formerly BTA), Transportation for America.
For a full list of partners, visit: oeconline.org/transport4OR