Focusing on the issues...
When you multi-task you can end up missing the point...
Multi-tasking is a word we love to use and most of us would say we do well. But how can we give our full attention to any issue if we are spreading out our attention?
With so much going on in today’s tolling environment it is easy to lose the focus of what is of most importance. Congestion, funding, trucking, emissions, equity… what is it and to whom does it matter most?
This week we look at 2 items, a bill to protect businesses and the public, and a plan that works well for some but would not work well for today’s Oregon.
Article 1 - Last week, Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer introduced a bill to permanently stop tolling in Oregon. While we do not know the specifics of the bill’s journey in Congress we do know it would stop ODOT and the Legislature from moving forward with tolling in Oregon.
The design of the bill is putting the focus back on the effects tolling will have on business and on the people.
Article 2 - This is the bill that Representative Chavez-DeRemer has introduced at the federal level.
Article 3 - In New York City, once Congestion Tolling gets started, the City will feel bigger. With over 100K fewer vehicles running around, everyday, buses, bikes and walkers will move with ease
But don’t try to compare Portland with that of New York City. Even if the numbers are correct in NYC, Oregon is limited in its ability to move smoothly as it lacks the transit infrastructure to get people moving… such as taxis, buses, subways and trains.
Article 4 - The Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Councils Key Leaders Breakfast invitation is now listed in the Expert Commentaries Section of this site. Note it is at the bottom of the page in that section.