2017 Transportation Package
The 2017 Legislative Session was historic for transportation in Oregon. The bipartisan passage of HB 2017, the largest transportation funding bill in Oregon history, was undoubtedly the signature moment of this year’s session and the product of several years of challenging work. Coming into the session, transportation was identified as one of the top two priorities for both the Governor and legislature, along with a $1.4 billion hole in the state budget. The Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization (JCTPM), which toured the state throughout 2016, was kept intact and quickly set to work on developing a comprehensive transportation funding bill. The JCTPM also operated in a much more transparent fashion than prior transportation package efforts, with five workgroups meeting in the evenings with all stakeholder groups invited to contribute to the process. The five workgroups focused on maintenance and preservation, freight mobility and congestion, public transit and safety, multimodal transportation, and accountability.
While the process produced its share of the usual speedbumps, the bill that ultimately passed is a multi-faceted approach to improving Oregon’s transportation system and includes several new funding sources that should, in particular, immensely improve transit service around the state. The bill will also provide over $1 billion in new funding to counties to help address their extensive maintenance and preservation needs. Though the bill was scaled down late in the session by removing an innovative local match component for large congestion-relief projects, the end result is still far and away the most innovative and comprehensive transportation bill in Oregon history.
- A PowerPoint template for our commissioners and others to use in communicating about county roads and funding constraints.
- An AOC draft of a sample resolution for Oregon Counties to express support for a 2017 Transportation Funding Package
- How big of a transportation package can you support?
- What would your county do with additional
funds from a package?
- How do you ensure your transportation funds
are spent efficiently?
Click here to see the full committee and the Summer meeting schedule and locations.