Legislators Get Briefing on Oregon Mileage Fee, Tour Transit-Oriented Development, Port Infrastructure at CSG Policy Academy

Eleven state legislators from around the country, many of them transportation committee chairs in their respective states, attended the invitation-only CSG Transportation Policy Academy July 18-20, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. The event included an intensive briefing on Oregon’s pursuit of a mileage-based road user fee, tours that encompassed both the flow of commerce at the Port of Portland and transit-oriented development along the city’s South Waterfront, keynote addresses on the history of Portland’s approach to transportation and land use and how the Oregon Department of Transportation is evolving to meet the state’s needs, and a roundtable discussion that examined such topics as: the state of the nation’s infrastructure, the role of the business community in encouraging infrastructure investment, the role of metropolitan planning organizations, state efforts to seek new transportation revenues and the future of the federal-state-local partnership on transportation. Below are links to pages highlighting various aspects of the policy academy with additional photos, resources and further reading.

Pictured from L to R on July 19 at Portland Aerial Tram: Bobby Combs, Legislative Asst. to Sen. Jeff Brandes; Larry Ehl, Transportation Issues Daily Publisher; Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-WA), Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-FL); Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-MD), Sen. Gary Stanislawski (R-OK); Sen. Tod Bowman (D-IA); Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-IL); Sen. Thomas McGee (D-MA); Sen. Elsie Arntzen (R-MT); and Sen. Nancy Todd (D-CO). Also attending the academy but not pictured: Rep. Tobias Read (D-OR) and Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-MI). Photo Courtesy: First Stop Portland

CSG Transportation Policy Academy - Portland, Oregon

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Part 1: Port of Portland Tour

Opening Dinner/Keynote Speakers

Topic: “Towards Sustainable Urban Mobility: Insights from Portland’s Journey”

Topic: Evolution & Adaptation at the Oregon DOT

Friday, July 19, 2013

Part 4: Briefing by Oregon Department of Transportation’s Jim Whitty and others on Mileage-Based Road Usage Charge Program









Part 5: First Stop Portland Luncheon & Study Tour highlighting South Waterfront transit-oriented development, Oregon Health & Science University project, Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, and the revitalized, streetcar-centric Pearl District.

Photos Courtesy: First Stop Portland

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Transportation Policy Roundtable

Topic: “ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure”

Topic: Role of the Business Community in Encouraging Infrastructure Investment

Topic: “Planning for the Central Puget Sound Region: Transportation, Growth and Economic Development.”

Topic: Washington State’s pursuit of transportation investment, 2002-2013

Topic: Future of the Federal-State-Local Partnership on Transportation

Topic: Future of the Federal-State-Local Partnership on Transportation

Photos Courtesy: First Stop Portland

Quotes from Policy Academy Speakers

"I'm not aware of any state or country that's absolutely figured out the Rubik's Cube that is transportation funding." --Annette Price, Port of Portland

"Portland hasn't always been like this and it really was public policy that got this city the way it is." --Jennifer Dill, Ph.D., Portland State University

"Portland is great. We are wonderful. We're awesome. We're multimodal as all get out. ... We have light rail. We have streetcars. We have tons of neat stuff. ... We're also a complete mess." --Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick

"Much like the gas tax in 1919, I submit to you that as goes Oregon, so goes the nation. ... We have worked for over a dozen years seeking a solution to the challenges of the decline in the gas tax." --Matt Garrett, Oregon Department of Transportation

"What you're about to go through is something that really very few legislators in the state of Oregon have gone through, which is essentially a training, an education, a class if you will on the per mile charge." --Jim Whitty, Oregon Department of Transportation

"What do you say to the citizen who knows that when they go to the gas pump, they are paying all this gas tax (and) they have no clue that they're not going to get any more projects, that they're (just) going to be paying debt service?" --Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-WA)

"A D+ grade is one we can't accept in this country. ... American infrastructure is the source of our prosperity." --Greg DiLoreto, American Society of Civil Engineers

"We did some associated economic analysis and we could show that there was a strong correlation between how well the system is performing and economic growth. As goes transportation performance, so goes the economy." --Janet Kavinoky, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

"If our states' metropolitan economies don't prosper, our state economies are toast. Efficient urban transportation systems are critical to economic success." --Portland Metro Councilman Bob Stacey

"When it comes to focusing state and federal resources on those big metropolitan areas for their transportation needs, I worry that we're sort of leaving out of the conversation the rural transportation needs." --Larry Ehl, Transportation Issues Daily

"It's the urban, suburban and rural areas that together form an economic unit. ... We really recognize that we're all kind of part of one economy." --Charlie Howard, Puget Sound Regional Council

Thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineers and Nissan North America for their support of the CSG Transportation Policy Academy. Thanks also to the Port of Portland, the Oregon Department of Transportation and First Stop Portland for program assistance.