Policy Agenda

Transportation and Infrastructure

Keep Portland moving forward

In order to remain competitive and build shared prosperity, our region must not let our transportation infrastructure fall further behind what is in place throughout the rest of the United States.

The Chamber supports data-driven policies at all levels of government that focus on relieving congestion, reducing emissions, and allowing for the efficient transportation of goods. Additionally, we support policies focused on supporting historically underserved neighborhoods and communities.

Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Priorities

1. Expand investments that reduce carbon emissions

  • Support policies and infrastructure investments that accelerate consumer transition to electric, autonomous vehicles, including electric infrastructure along the freeway, increased public fast-charging stations, and rebates for electric vehicles.
  • Encourage private investments in clean fuels and infrastructure, as well as the increased safety and maintenance of current fuel terminals in the region.
  • Advocate for policies that promote private-sector innovation and investment in clean technologies that accelerate reductions in carbon emissions and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

2. Prioritize policies that keep the region moving

  • Prioritize I-5 improvement projects, including the I-5 Rose Quarter project and the replacement of the I-5 bridge. The City of Portland must be a partner in maintaining this critical transportation corridor.
  • Support the study of regionally deployed congestion-pricing programs.
  • Advocate that City of Portland gas tax dollars be used to maintain current assets before building new infrastructure.
  • Support transportation investments by Metro for all modes of transportation, especially improvements that address congestion throughout the region and prioritize East Multnomah County.
  • Encourage coordinated development of autonomous-vehicle policy as the technology improves for both freight and personal vehicles.

3. Invest in alternative modes of transportation as a response to congestion

  • Advocate for TriMet to prioritize improvements on accessibility, frequency of service, and connectivity in East Multnomah County. Encourage faster transit times for commuters traveling from east to west across the region.
  • Support Central City in Motion. Stakeholders and businesses impacted by Central City in Motion must be included in the design and implementation of the projects.
  • Advocate for the City of Portland to focus on and partner with alternative modes of transportation that will alleviate congestion in the region, including app-based transportation and increased frequency of streetcar service.

Transportation and Economic Dev. Committee

Open to all Chamber members, this committee evaluates public policy proposals related to transportation topics including freight mobility, transit, infrastructure projects, policies, and funding.

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