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.