ODOT cover-up is evidence of continued corruption in state government

Bud Pierce for Governor SALEM, Ore. – Oregon gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce will join Oregon Republican leaders in calling for the immediate resignation of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Matthew Garrett. Evidence shows Garrett and members of Governor … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:19 | Posted in 2016 Election, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Green Energy, Transportation | 2 Comments

Senate GOP Leader calls for immediate resignation of ODOT Director

Senator Ted Ferrioli Documents Show ODOT Director Matt Garrett Failed to Notify Lawmakers of Key Details Involving Transportation Negotiations Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) yesterday called for the immediate resignation of Oregon Department of Transportation … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session, Transportation | 13 Comments

The Western Arterial: Makes Sense!

by Ron Swaren Gridlock on the Interstate 5 (and I-205) highway through Portland continues at epidemic levels. I was out there on three afternoons last week and noticed it seemed to start earlier now, too. As early as 1 pm … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:12 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Transportation | 7 Comments

Tilikum Crossing: More Punishment for Motorists

By John A. Charles, Jr. The new bridge over the Willamette River, TriMet’s Tilikum Crossing, opened for business on September 12. With beautiful weather and parties at every stop of the Orange MAX line, a good time was had by … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Transportation package essential to Oregon’s future

by Sid Leiken As co-chair of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Transportation Committee and member of the National Association of Counties Transportation Committee, I, along with my colleagues – comprising of Oregon’s County Commissioners and County Judges – submitted … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:08 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State, Transportation | 4 Comments

Oregonians need a transportation package now, not in 2017

Oregon Senate Republicans California Billionaire Tom Steyer’s Role in Demise of Transportation Package Reveals Democrat Corruption  Salem, OR – As the six-month filing period for state office opened on Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) has a message … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:58 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session, Transportation | 2 Comments

The Extinction of Public Transit

By Emma Newman Uber and Lyft have recently gained over 50 percent of the taxi market in Portland. This is especially notable as Portland was initially hostile to ridesharing companies, to the point of filing a lawsuit against Uber late … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Does PCC-Sylvania Need a Light Rail Tunnel?

By Emma Newman Metro and TriMet are jointly considering an expansion of the light rail system to PCC-Sylvania in SW Portland, by building a tunnel to the campus from Barbur Boulevard. The tunneling would have a significant impact on the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Transportation package: A major failure

This entire Legislative Session has been pretty much defined by politics winning out over policy Environmental groups rejected bipartisan plan that almost doubled the level of carbon reduction because they were more interested in the carbon trading program (that would … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:22 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Gov. Kate Brown, Leadership, OR 78th Legislative Session, Public Transportation, Transportation | 11 Comments

Oregon House & Senate GOP on failed transportation package

Republicans refuse to increase gas tax twice – Dems have left Oregonians with a hidden gas tax and no improvements to roads and bridges Oregon House Republican Office Salem, OR – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, State Taxes, Transportation | 4 Comments

What the Oregon Dem majority still needs to accomplish

by Dan Lucas 1 in 4 Oregonians is on Medicaid, the government health care payment system for the poor. That does not include older Oregonians who are on Medicare. Additionally, 1 in 6 Oregonians is on food stamps. Last November … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget, Transportation | 19 Comments

Time to “Uberize” the Transportation Economy

By John A. Charles, Jr. We are now two weeks into a 120-day “pilot project” by the City of Portland to allow private car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to legally compete with cab companies. Given the consumer demand for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

TriMet’s Great Disappearing Act

By John A. Charles, Jr. During the 2003 session of the Oregon State Legislature, TriMet sought an increase in the regional payroll tax rate. In public testimony, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said, “TriMet’s proposed payroll tax increase will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Gov. Kate Brown spurns bipartisanship, sacrifices road funding

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) This week, Gov. Kate Brown signed one of her first bills into law. I, along with many of my colleagues, called upon the governor to veto that bill and send it back to the Legislature … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session, Transportation | 12 Comments

Bad week in the Legislature, but just the start

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The balance of power in Salem has definitely moved significantly to the left this year. Elections do have consequences, and in a representative republic the winners do get to set the agenda. The reality in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Transportation | 350 Comments

When Is a Tax Not a Tax?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kitzhaber wants you to drive less, and he knows that the best way to discourage driving is to make it more expensive. The simplest way to do this would be to raise the state … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Global Warming, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Government, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Cascade Report Exposes $2.6 Billion in Unfunded Liabilities

By Kathryn Hickok Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report showing that Oregon public employers have more than $2.6 billion in unfunded actuarially accrued liabilities associated with non-pension benefits promised to current and future retirees. Referred to as “Other … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:14 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Spending, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

The Regime Trembles at the Sight of a Smartphone

By Steve Buckstein “The regime trembles at the sight of a smartphone.”* That quote comes from Portland-based independent journalist and world traveler Michael J. Totten. One might guess that he wrote it about Portland’s city government and its aversion to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 52 Comments

Portland’s Streetcar Audit: What Went Wrong?

By Matthew Hayes Earlier this month, auditors released a report questioning the Portland Streetcar’s performance. Ridership counts were inflated by 19%. Several additional metrics, including hourly vehicle operating costs and on-time performance, were either unreported or deemed not suitable for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 561 Comments

Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the “Transportation Dark Ages?”

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. A week ago, Uber began operating in Portland without permission, in effect daring the authorities to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 403 Comments

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