Paying by the Mile

A new Oregon program to replace the gas tax rewards Hummers over hybrids. Why did the state spend millions on this?

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Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good that they’re churning out a lot less carbon. Their energy costs are lower. And they don’t have to pay as much as they   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Watch the Testimony that Doomed Gov. Kate Brown's Transportation Package

ODOT director admits carbon reduction numbers were wrong.


Gov. Kate Brown’s first major initiative since taking office in February, a sweeping $344 million transportation package, blew up today after a state agency acknowledged it had miscalculated the numbers on which that initiative was built. The package’s prospects for success relied on two things: repealing the low-carbon fuel standard Brown signed into law in March, and replacing it with a package ...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: ODOT Says the Numbers Pencil; Cortright Says Beware


The Oregon Department of Transportation this afternoon released its long-awaited investment grade analysis of the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project. The highway department's conclusion: there will be enough traffic paying tolls to support construction. "The key finding from this analysis on toll-generated revenue and financing concludes that tolling the I-5 bridge produces ...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Driving Records Racket

The state diverts higher fees from Oregon’s roads to the information superhighway.

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About 2 million times a year, Oregon companies small and big, from family-owned trucking firms to major insurers, pay for information from the state’s files of driver’s licenses. The companies   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOT Chief: "World Will Not Wait for Columbia River Crossing"


Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett is telling business leaders that a special session to fund the Columbia River Crossing must happen this fall, or money and support will fall apart.Reported by Columbian reporter Eric Florip, Garrett addressed a Portland breakfast forum today saying that without a special session, the project won't break ground next year.It's a change from ...   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Train To Zero

Union Pacific conceded up front that state subsidies to improve its rails wouldn’t create jobs.

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Over the past six years, the state of Oregon has handed out $295 million in subsidies to local governments and private companies to help build and repair ports, rail lines and public transit. Th   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 KARA WILBECK

No Such Thing As Free Coffee

Oregon’s Transportation Department is losing control of rest areas—and the cost of keeping them safe and clean doubles.

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For the Oregon Department of Transportation, February is the cruelest month.  Legislators are wrestling with health-care...   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: ODOT Backlash and Schaufler Unbowed

Fixing a city charter right out of Dickens.

WW reported recently about the Oregon Department of Transportation program that has given Union Pacific—with billions in profits—state subsidies of $24.7 million to fix its own track under the lot   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Gravy Train

Union Pacific has billions in profits. So why is Oregon subsidizing the rail giant?

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When it comes to shipping companies, few are bigger than Union Pacific. The rail giant controls 32,000 miles of track across most of the Western U.S. Last year, the company had profits of $3.3 bil   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 KARA WILBECK

The Runaway Bridge Budget

State transportation officials stood by as planning costs for the Interstate 5 Columbia River Crossing ballooned.

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The freeway project Oregon and Washington want to build across the Columbia River has already cost taxpayers $136 million.   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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