Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Oct. 20, 2020

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Anti-tolling initiative falls short of Oregon ballot

By , Columbian business reporter

An initiative aimed at disrupting a potential tolling plan on Interstates 5 and 205 didn’t get enough signatures to appear on Oregon’s November ballot, according to a report in The Oregonian.

Oregon is considering adding tolls on sections of the interstates in the Portland area in response to rising congestion. The plans are still years away from becoming a reality in any form.

The opposing initiative, if passed, would amend Oregon’s constitution to require that certain transportation fees and tolls be approved by state and county voters unless they added “net new capacity” to transportation infrastructure.

The Oregonian reported that one of the lead petitioners, former Oregon state legislator Julie Parrish, said that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented her group from acquiring enough signatures in time, and that they would likely make another attempt for the 2022 election.