If the first phase of tolling goes smoothly, the committee recommended considering Concept C, which would toll all lanes on I-5 and I-205.
Last month, however, the Portland City Council told the transportation commission that it prefers skipping the phased implementation and moving forward with Concept C.
Murray told Brown the process must be done in an open and transparent manner, to which Baney and Garrett agreed.
“While I respect the State of Oregon’s right to make decisions regarding congestion management, much like I do with the State of Washington, I must underscore that the recommendation is to simply study value pricing for Concept C,” Murray wrote. “I agree more extensive and comprehensive study is needed before any version of Concept C should be brought before (the Federal Highway Administration).”
Murray also brought up the replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge, stating that a discussion considering value pricing must take the bridge into consideration and “should occur through a larger, regional conversation.”
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