In the next few minutes, you can learn more about value pricing, how it could help address increasing congestion, and what to expect as the analysis moves forward. You play an important role in this process! We want to know what you think.
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) is the pricing authority in Oregon. The OTC, as directed by the state legislature, will use this analysis to develop a proposal for value pricing for review by the Federal Highway Administration in late 2018.
After 2018, additional public input and technical analysis will be needed.
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Our region will continue to grow. Even as we make investments to make roads, transit, and active transportation better, state and regional planners predict congestion will continue to worsen.
The Portland Area Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis will help us determine whether value pricing could be part of a larger strategy to help manage congestion in the region.
The project team will use best available data to model projected congestion growth and how value pricing and other strategies can help. To help confirm existing traffic information, we want to hear from you: Where do you experience the greatest challenges traveling in the Portland metro area? Share your thoughts through our interactive map below.
(The interactive map closed Feb. 5, 2018.)
Value pricing, also known as congestion pricing or variable rate tolling, is a proven tool resulting in faster, more reliable and predictable trips.
Value pricing uses fees or tolls to manage congestion. During more congested times of the day a higher fee is charged, encouraging some drivers to consider other travel options such as alternate routes, carpools, transit or travel at less congested times. This improves mobility for all drivers who pay the fee, and potentially for the entire system. Fees are collected electronically so drivers do not have to stop at toll booths.
There are over 40 active value pricing projects in the US. In Seattle, value pricing is used on the SR 520 floating bridge and the I-405 Express toll lanes.
For more information on value pricing as a tool to manage congestion see Summary of Value Pricing Concepts.
We’re looking at initial "building block" concepts that can be combined in different ways to determine a solution that makes the most sense for our region.
Priced roadways: This approach would price all lanes of the freeway on I-5 and I-205 (or segments of these freeways) with a variable fee that could fluctuate to help alleviate congestion.
Priced lanes (existing and new): Priced lanes on I-5 and I-205 (or segments of these freeways) would give drivers a choice to use the unpriced lanes or pay to use priced lanes and save time. Two different approaches to the “priced lane” concept are being considered. 1) an existing lane could be converted to a priced lane, or 2) a new lane could be added and priced.
The initial step in the evaluation of options is to learn about the different types of pricing (the building blocks) to understand how well they would work – or not – for this area. For the "testing" phase of the analysis, we developed a set of preliminary concepts. Watch this video for more detailed information.
These concepts are not proposals – the analysis and public input will inform the development of more refined concepts for additional analysis. Additional public input will be collected on the refined concepts in March.
A region-wide public conversation about value pricing will continue throughout 2018. The Oregon Transportation Commission will submit a final report and proposal to the federal government by the end of 2018 for review.
Participants in community conversations will learn more about how value pricing could help address increasing congestion and what to expect as the Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis moves forward. Staff will be on hand for one-on-one conversations and to take input at these informal, drop-in style events.
Three identical, drop-in sessions are offered:
Tuesday, Jan. 23
4:30 - 7:30 PM
Clackamas Town Center - Community room
12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086
Saturday, Jan. 27
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lloyd Center - Level 1, Across from Macy's and near the ice rink
2201 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232
Tuesday, Jan. 30
4:30 - 7:30 PM
Vancouver Community Library - Columbia Room
901 C St, Vancouver, WA 98660
To help make sure that our unique values are represented in the final proposal, the Oregon Transportation Commission established a Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee to guide ODOT through the value pricing feasibility analysis.
Representatives of local governments in Oregon and Washington, members of the business community, highway users, environmental justice advocates, public transportation advocates, and environmental advocates meet as a committee to advise the Oregon Transportation Commission by:
Visit the Policy Advisory Committee page for more information on upcoming meetings. All committee meetings are open to the public and can be watched via ODOT's live stream.
Federal law determines where tolling can and cannot occur on interstate highways. Depending on the findings of this analysis, ODOT may seek to implement congestion pricing under the federal Value Pricing Pilot Program, which can help to make tolling more flexible.
Continued public review and input on value pricing is essential to help us fully evaluate value pricing and determine how best to implement it.
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Opinions expressed in comments do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Oregon Department of Transportation.