Transportation package essential to Oregon’s future

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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 a letter yesterday to the leadership of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Our mission with the letter was to address the need for stronger local control of the Senate’s Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act and its impact on the Surface Transportation Program (STP).

Although the DRIVE act has many benefits and overall increased funding, such as long-term certainty, increased funding for bridges off the National Highway System, safety improvements on high risk rural roads, and discretionary funding for busses and their facilities, it does not allow for more flexible funding for the STP.

This means DRIVE currently reduces the amount of STP funding that is sub-allocated to local jurisdictions. In addition, the DRIVE Act does not restore the 30 percent funding cut for locally owned infrastructure that occurred under the last transportation package.

With the increased volume of freight traffic on Oregon’s roads due to the pulling out of major shipping services at the Port of Portland, it further raises the importance of meeting the demands of our straining roads and bridges.

Sid Leiken is a Republican candidate for Oregon Secretary of State

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Posted by at 12:08 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State, Transportation | 4 Comments |Email This Post Email This Post |Print This Post Print This Post
  • thevillageidiot

    Typical of all bureaucrats and politicians. Local control is good. it is the best but how long have you been living with you head in the sand? the Drive is a nice acronym. It is all about funding for their own special interests and local is not one of those. follow the money backwards. and you don’t want to have the money followed backwards. STP is another fine sounding acronym. Here read this.

    In fact read the whole book. it is free.

  • David Johnson

    Anyone’s pet project is always “essential to Oregon’s future.”

    • conservatively speaking

      You got that right on.

  • Ron Swaren

    We need to get behind the Western Arterial Highway. (Please, do not
    start any West Side Bypass discussions—far too expensive). I keep
    visiting the Portland AND SW Washington agencies—because this route
    would actually benefit all: It unties the Gordian Knot of I-5
    congestion. It saves freight haulers from costly delays. It makes it
    shorter for bus riders, because this would connect several highways and
    transit routes. It makes short negotiable segments for cyclists between
    at least five major areas. It doesn’t condemn–much–land. It can be
    built at a reasonable cost IF we utilize standard designs and mass
    production techniques. Also metal bridges nowadays can be more
    seismically resilient and low maintenance at the same time. Please see
    my older Catalyst articles, and I will try to get a new one up:… and also… or from AL Margulies blog:https://rantingsofatrimetbusdri

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