The Oregon Non-Roadway Transportation Funding Working Group was convened by Oregon Governor Kitzhaber to engage the State of Oregon, transportation providers and other stakeholders in developing and implementing a plan to establish dedicated funding for non-roadway transportation projects and programs, including rail, marine, aviation, transit, and on and off-road bicycle and pedestrian paths. Currently, vehicle fees and taxes are constitutionally dedicated to roadways only. Another goal of the project was to establish a consensus-based methodology and selection criteria for ongoing stakeholder decision making regarding allocation of funding for non-roadway transportation projects and programs statewide.
The working group included dozens of stakeholders representing diverse perspectives, including transit, ports, the environmental community, bicyclists, legislators, and auto and roadway interests. The group analyzed the financial and political feasibility of potential transportation funding sources, including ideas identified by Governor Kulongoski’s 2008 Transportation Vision Committee. They also examined transportation, land use and operation reform strategies nationally.
The project was coordinated by Oregon Consensus. Financial support for the project was provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, through Smart Growth America.
Laurel Singer, Project Manager and Co-Facilitator
Michael P. Mills, Co-Facilitator
Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna, Project Support
Ryan Stroud, Portland State University Intern
Portland State University