Transportation News

  • a man looking into an engine of a new electric vehicle
    June 7, 2022

    Getting an electric vehicle just got easier!

    Electric vehicles are only becoming more popular and affordable. Though we still need to find ways to drive less, EVs are a great alternative for cleaner mobility.  Thanks to some new policies and state investments, many of them supported ...more
  • May 5, 2022

    Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program: Building on past successes to maximize climate, health and economic benefits in Oregon

    From the Climate Protection Program to the Clean Truck Rules, Oregon has made significant progress in recent months to tackle climate emissions from our top polluting sector: transportation. Yet, even with these important policy achieve...more
  • April 15, 2022

    EVs Are Not Just for Urban Commuters

    The transition from gas to electric vehicles is now well underway. From electric cars, trucks, and busses, to e-bikes, e-scooters, and personal wheeled devices of all kinds, there are more and more electric options for getting around town. ...more
  • April 8, 2022

    Moving the Decimal Point on the Price of Gas

    When I was learning how to drive, back in the middle of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, with long lines and gas rationed on “odd/even” days, everyone was completely shocked when the price of gas rose from 39 cents to 53 cents.  Today, gas ...more
  • March 11, 2022

    Oregon Climate Action Plan Turns Two!

    Two years ago, Governor Kate Brown made history when she signed the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP), executive order 20-04. It’s the largest executive action on climate in Oregon history, and arguably the biggest single climate ...more
  • 2022 Legislative Session Banner
    March 9, 2022

    2022 Oregon legislative victories!

    With a flurry of action in just five short weeks, the 2022 Legislative Session concluded on March 4th. This year’s session started with extreme uncertainty as a result of major changes in leadership and a new COVID variant. It also ...more
  • February 17, 2022

    2022 Oregon Legislature: Mid-Session Update

    The 2022 Legislative Session is well underway. OEC staff have jumped in with both feet, analyzing bills and recommending improvements, writing and delivering strong testimony, organizing partnered groups, and defending against harmful ...more
  • February 4, 2022

    Investing in a Better Transportation Future

    Oregon is receiving more than a billion dollars from the federal government through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This money will be allocated to projects around the state by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), ...more
  • a graphic of a transportation future
    November 15, 2021

    What could we do with a billion dollars?

    Now that Congress has passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, more than a billion dollars will be coming to Oregon for transportation. That’s great news and it presents us with a big opportunity to think about how we can ...more
  • November 8, 2021

    Top Ten Achievements of 2020-2021

    Oregon Environmental Council works year-round to protect Oregon's water, air, land, and communities. This year was a special one. We made Oregon a better place through our participation in state-wide coalitions, tireless bird-dogging of ...more
  • November 8, 2021

    E-Bike Events this Fall with OEC

    At OEC, we believe that a high-quality transportation system is one that offers people healthy and safe choices to meet their transportation needs. Electric bicycles and other kinds of small electric mobility devices, like scooters ...more
  • October 5, 2021

    ODOT Mega-projects in the Portland area

    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 ...more
  • electric vehicle charging station
    August 26, 2021

    A Supercharged EV Road Trip

    Ava During Covid, when schools shut down, my teenage daughter’s life was suddenly all online. So it didn’t surprise me when she started telling me about a new group of friends she met on an online forum dedicated to One Direction, an ...more
  • I-5 Interstate Bridge between Oregon and Washington
    August 10, 2021

    Building Bridges: Connections Between Communities, Climate, and Equitable Transportation

    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 ...more
  • August 2, 2021

    E-Bike Q&A: You have Questions, We have Answers!

    E-Bikes are growing in popularity, yet many people still are hesitant to purchase one. In this Q&A, current and former OEC staff answer questions about their recent E-Bike purchases. OEC Summer Intern Juliáe Riva sat down with former ...more

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