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RTC Board fails to take a stand against TOLLS

Our RTC Board refused to stand AGAINST the Oregon “Value Pricing” TOLLING plan

At the Dec. 7th, 2017 Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board meeting, one Board member offered a letter for the RTC Board to send to Oregon officials. It stated our RTC was against the unfair Oregon plan to TOLL both I-5 and I-205 at the border.

Sadly, they refused to add the letter to their agenda.

Here are my comments to the Board about what happened and my disappointment on behalf of the citizens of SW Washington.

http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/24506?start=748&stop=950

Clark County Council

Following the RTC Board meeting, the Clark County Council held their Board meeting.

I addressed them during the public comment period. You can here those comments and additional details regarding TOLLS here.

http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/24536?start=720&stop=901

Virginia TOLLING — $34.50!

Virginia I-66 TOLLING ripoff

Local DC area news reports of a new effort to reduce traffic congestion in Virginia has drivers in a tizzy. Paying $8.50 at 5:30 in the morning on an empty road.

Here’s a local TV news report on TOLLING gone bad. TOLLS later rose to $34.50!

A second news report:

An advocacy group is calling for the suspension of tolling on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway after some drivers during the first morning of dynamic tolling had to pay up to $34.50.

and

The advocacy group The 66 Alliance called on Monday afternoon for the tolls on I-66 to be suspended, saying that “Northern Virginia commuters have been sold a bill of goods” by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne.

Founder Greg Scott said in a statement that Layne had predicted “for years” that round-trip tolls on I-66 between the Beltway and D.C. would run about $17 per day. He claimed that he paid $21 to go one-way from the Beltway to the Roosevelt Bridge. He extrapolated that to project that he would pay about $10,000 a year in tolls.

“The 66 Alliance calls on VDOT to suspend the I-66 toll program immediately and for the Virginia General Assembly to investigate VDOT, Secretary Layne and the I-66 toll program before the program is permitted to be re-launched,” Scott said.

Where’s the “VALUE” in Oregon’s value pricing?

Ley fights for Clark County citizens and the poor

The first of six meetings of the ODOT “Value Pricing” (Tolling) Policy Advisory Committee met Monday, Nov. 20th. At the end of the meeting, 10 minutes were set aside for citizen comments.

The alleged “goal” of the committee is to create TOLLS on I-5 and I-205, and find a toll price level that causes people to STOP using the two interstate highways. When enough people move OFF the freeways and onto side roads or take mass transit (their real goal), then traffic congestion will supposedly be reduced.

Taken to it’s logical conclusion, they want to inflict pain on drivers, causing them to change their behavior. Who will respond to that pain? The poor, who can least afford the tolls.

Then there are the 70,000 plus Clark County drivers who daily use either I-5 or I-205 to cross the Columbia River into Oregon to go to work. They have no other options. They can’t use a side road.

Here are my remarks.

Lars and John discuss Oregon’s TOLLS

Oregon’s TOLLING “advisory” committee met today

John calls into Lars to discuss what happened

After sitting through the 2 hour and 30 minute ODOT tolling Policy Advisory Committee hearing, I heard Lars Larson talk about the issue at the beginning of his Northwest radio show. I called and was delighted to have a great discussion with him regarding what I had witnessed. We were very much on the same page!

My comments begin at 8:50 into the recording. Click HERE to start listening at the point our conversation begins.

Below is the entire podcast.

 

 

Letter: McEnerny-Ogle wrong on tolls

The I-5 corridor is congested over 12 hours a day, including 35 bottlenecks in the region

The Columbian published my letter.

Letter: McEnerny-Ogle wrong on tolls

By John Ley, Camas

Published: November 16, 2017, 6:00 AM

Three days after being elected, Anne McEnerny-Ogle told the press she favors tolls for an Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.

According to KUOW Ogle said: “The funding for this project has totally changed. Before, a third of that money came from the federal government. That money is gone. We’re going to have to look at alternatives, Oregon a third, Washington a third, a third from tolling.”

In the failed CRC, the federal funds were only paying for the light rail. There was no federal money for the bridge.

Furthermore, of the estimated $3.3 billion in tolls, roughly $2 billion would come from Southwest Washington citizens. Citizens rejected this horrible deal. We were being asked to pay for repairs to Portland’s Steel Bridge, a TriMet maintenance facility in Gresham, and a new TriMet headquarters in downtown Portland.

A better model would be I-205. Federal funds paid over 90 percent — $155 million. Washington paid $4 million; Oregon paid $9.9 million. It is a federal interstate.

The I-5 corridor is congested over 12 hours a day, including 35 bottlenecks in the region. The worst is the Rose Quarter, which Oregon refuses to add new through lanes to improve traffic congestion and freight mobility.

We need new transportation corridors; more bridges across the Columbia. I-5 needs more through lanes on the Oregon side.