Myopic Vision, Magical Thinking, or Malicious Intent?
There is nothing on the article, and quite possibly in he ODOT report that addresses th spillover to alternate routes when tolling is introduced. What would the impact be on Lake Oswego roadways?
Just guessing, but I predict that:
- Boones Ferry Road, including Kerr Parkway (from Tualatin to Barbie Boulevard) would pick up more traffic until it too was choked;
- Highway 42 from Oregon City and West Linn to Portland would be far worse,; and
- Stafford to Highway 43 or Childs Road and Bryant Road to Boones Ferry would see their share of increased traffic.
Any route that connects to another that gets into Portland or goes East and West through Portland's southern suburbs outdoor be crowded. ODOT, Tri-Met and Metro routinely and conveniently choose to ignore human nature when planning their projects. Whatever they plan is what is supposed to happen. We bend to govrnment's will.
Have all options been tried? Express buses, bus rapid transit. advantageous traffic signaling for buses, HOV lanes separated from the main freeway, lanes that change direction with rush hour traffic flows? NO. Time to call your state and federal representatives.
Toll roads are a good idea in cities where roadways have kept pace with growth over the years, or where there is enough room to build a toll road. A private enterprise has built a toll alongside an existing roadway to provide convenience to frustrated drivers in Austin, Texas. Investors expect to make money, all with the City and State's blessing. They are on the hook to make the project pencil out; Private companies build and operate better than government-run projects, so capitalism o a market-based approach will be better run and financed from the start.
Portland Trubune, July 27, 2017 By Peter Wong.
Freeway tolls loom for metro motorists
If the federal agency says yes, the state commission must inform lawmakers and implement the proposal. No public vote is required.
"What they entail is charging a price for the use of a transportation facility that varies based on the time of day or the level of congestion on the facility," said Travis Brouwer, ODOT's assistant director for public affairs. "We need to develop some form of variable-rate pricing of roads that would help address some of our congestion concerns."