Category: Update

BEST honors Rosa Parks, recognizes Transit Equity Day

February 4, 2024

BEST joins people across the country in honoring Rosa Parks and recognizing Transit Equity Day on her birthday. Everyone has a right to safe, reliable, environmentally-sustainable, and affordable transit that is accessible to all, regardless of income, national origin, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, or ability.

BEST supports e-scooters and recent changes to Eugene’s pilot program

June 23, 2023

BEST supports people having choices in how to get around, as different people have different needs. E-scooters are a good option for some people for some shorter trips. BEST also believes people riding e-scooters—like people driving, biking, or walking—should act responsibly. BEST supports recently announced changes to the City of Eugene’s e-scooter pilot program.

Growing Oregon

August 20, 2022

OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes spent more than a year researching, reporting and producing “Growing Oregon,” a six-part podcast and web series looking at the evolution of Oregon’s unique approach to growth and the impact it has on our lives today.

Oregon to spend at least 15% of federal safety funds for vulnerable road users

May 13, 2022

Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), a.k.a. the Infrastructure Investment and Investment Act (IIJA), states—including Oregon—where 15% or more of traffic deaths are people outside vehicles are required to spend 15% or more of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds on vulnerable road user safety.

Metropolitan Policy Committee approves MovingAhead; next phase is to refine designs

May 5, 2022

Today, the Metropolitan Policy Committee approved MovingAhead, ratifying what the Eugene City Council and Lane Transit District Board of Directors had already decided in March. The next phase is to refine the design along each “build” corridor (River Road, Highway 99, Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Blvd, and Coburg Road), with input from potentially affected property owners and other key stakeholders. Staff will also seek funding for construction, likely starting with River Road and Highway 99. Full buildout could take a decade or longer.

ODOT denies public comment on widening Highway 126

January 13, 2022

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently claimed they are not allowed to request public comments on potential environmental impacts before seeking federal approval to widen Highway 126 between Veneta and Eugene.