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The state that implemented the first gas tax and the first bike tax took a huge step on Thursday toward becoming the first, since 1956, to toll all lanes on an interstate highway by approving an application to the Federal Highway Administration.
August 20, 2018, 8am PDT
It might be the nation's most significant but least known congestion pricing plan. The plan originally recommended tolling all lanes on segments of two interstates. Four more roads were just added to broaden the plan.
July 26, 2018, 12pm PDT
Should plans to toll Interstates 5 and 205 in Portland get the go-ahead from the Oregon Transportation Commission and the Federal Highway Administration, they would still be subject to a state referendum.
July 9, 2018, 6am PDT
A Portland regional value pricing committee recommended that the state transportation department operate two pilot programs to toll all the lanes on two interstate highways in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.
May 17, 2018, 12pm PDT
The Pacific Northwest's Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area is studying options to add congestion pricing to one or two interstates.
March 13, 2018, 7am PDT
Widening highways won't reduce congestion—that's the conclusion of a report paid for by the state agency proposing several highway widening projects in Oregon.
December 22, 2017, 5am PST
Excessive speed is thought to be the cause of the deadly derailment on Dec. 18. Positive train control, which likely would have slowed down the train, was installed on the tracks and locomotive but was not yet operational.
October 24, 2017, 5am PDT
Oregon's recently approved gas tax legislation also calls for tolling of I-205 and I-5 in the Portland metro area, with the application of value or congestion pricing so peak period tolls would be higher, which have raised equity concerns.
September 8, 2017, 10am PDT
Faced with an uptick in roadway fatalities, Oregon is looking at how to increase safety. But it's concentrating on highways while arterials actually account for the region's most severe crashes.
April 27, 2017, 7am PDT
The state of Oregon is looking to use a gas tax increase to, among other things, fund a billion-dollars worth of highway-widening projects.
October 28, 2016, 9am PDT
The first season of a two-year pilot project for the Columbia Gorge Express has been a huge hit.
September 11, 2016, 5am PDT
You might have guessed it from that scintillating headline, but a state department of transportation has introduced a Pokémon Go-themed back-to-school safety campaign.
September 6, 2016, 9am PDT
The U.S. Department of Transportation is funding ways to transition from the gas tax to other user-based revenue mechanisms to fund transportation infrastructure. The federal gas tax hasn't keep pace with transportation expenditures since 2008.
U.S. D.O.T. Press Release
August 19, 2016, 11am PDT
'Big Brother' has long been voiced as a criticism of charging motorists by the mile driven, but in the ongoing Oregon road usage charge program, more than 75 percent of volunteer enrollees opted for a recording technology with GPS.
July 1, 2016, 11am PDT
The sun rises on the new Sunrise Expressway in Oregon.
May 28, 2016, 11am PDT
Even natural attractions outside of urban areas have parking shortages and congestion problems.
February 20, 2016, 9am PST
Public comment closed earlier this week on the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan has a ways to go before advocates, elected officials, and planners are on the same page.
January 30, 2016, 11am PST
The California Road Charge Pilot will be the nation's second road usage charge program. Unlike OReGO, which launched last July, it is a pilot program that will last nine months, but like the Oregon program, it is restricted to 5,000 volunteers.
January 12, 2016, 9am PST
A bike advocate tells the story of the how the state department of transportation convinced local officials to remove a popular bike lane in Portland.
November 17, 2015, 9am PST
The Oregon Department of Transportation is showing leadership among state transportation agencies by adopting a new pedestrian and bicycle plan. With a first draft on the street, the early reviews are coming in.