2013-02-08: A bill (HB2696) is advancing in the Oregon state legislature to support a proposed investor-financed tollroad - the Coastal Parkway - on the southernwestern part of the Portland metro area. Bob Youngman of Coastal Parkway LLC says the group should be able to move forward if the law passes, and he thinks it has a good chance of passing.
Based on requests from a number of potential proposers, ODOT is extending the deadline until Tuesday, April 17th midday PST for RFP #24965.
An announcement says: "Although there are some tight deadlines and other factors that prohibit a lengthy extension, ODOT's hope is that another few days will help in preparation for Proposals for RFP #24965; Road Usage Charge Pilot Program."
see RFP at http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome?language=En)
On the project: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/RUFPP/rucpp.shtml
An impressive 28 companies have officially expressed interest in the Oregon-organized Road Use Charge Pilot Project (RUCPP), designed to demonstrate operation of various RUC (road use charge) technologies. This makes them eligible to make proposals and to seek contracts to participate.
The Oregon Department of Transportation Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding will be issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to demonstrate several of the proposed components and functions of a demonstration system for the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program (RUCPP).
Lightrail folly exposed - isn't high capacity even for Big Events, nor at transit oriented developmentsBy Peter Samuel on May 10, 2011
Think of the ideal circumstances where lightrail might be competitive with a car: (1) a Big Event with large masses of people at one destination (2) expensive or scarce parking at the Big Event (3) blank slate developments planned in detail as transit oriented.
A group of local businessmen, engineers and roadbuilders in Oregon are developing an approximate 20km (12 mile) $350m to $400m tollroad project designed to improve connections between Portland and the coast. Called the Coastal Parkway the project would provide a high quality connection between I-5 and the 99W or Southwest Pacific Highway near Dayton. They hope to get a toll concession from the state under its Public Private Partnerships law of 2009.
Oregon DOT's Mileage Fee report is the most useful report on surface transportation in many years. By contrast, two "national commissions" on US surface transportation policy that reported recently were useless - proposing more of the same mishmash of corrupt favor trading and brain-dead 'planning' that has got our transportation into the mess it is today.
A small toll plaza off I-84 in the little town of Hood River on the Columbia River in Oregon is the first in the state to do electronic tolling. They now have five months experience using sticker tags, and the Port of Hood River finance director Linda Shames says they have been "very well received."