2017 Transportation Package Prioritizes Transit!

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:10pm

1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the transportation package passed by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization on Saturday, July 1.  For the first time in history, Oregon is poised to fund statewide transit at a meaningful level. This means many rural Oregonians will have reliable transit for the first time, thereby gaining access to employment opportunities, community services, shopping, and more. And urban Oregonians will have better service, which could include more bus routes, higher frequency service, and evening and weekend service.

This bill, if passed in full, will be transformational for Oregon. It signals a statewide commitment to breaking transportation barriers, to cutting our carbon emissions from cars, and to providing a lifeline to opportunity through transit for rural, low-income, senior, and student Oregonians. It provides more means for people to get out of their cars and use transit, or active transportation options, and it requires transit providers to report on how they will meet the needs of lower-income riders. 

The package also funds measures to increase community safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, and funds biking and walking routes. Passage of this bill will result in transformational changes in how Oregon meets the transportation needs of all its residents, no matter their income or where they live.

The proposed transportation package also enacts other funding mechanisms to repair Oregon’s roads and bridges; increase Department of Transportation accountability; encourage adoption of clean electric cars and buses; and reduce congestion. HB 2017-10 now moves to the full Oregon House and Senate for a vote.

Here is a link to the full bill.

And here is a link to a summary of the bill.

1000 Friends of Oregon is a member of Transportation for Oregon’s Future, a statewide coalition working together for diverse transportation options for Oregon.  For a full list of coalition priorities and partners visit: www.oeconline.org/transport4or