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.
In the name of ‘balance,’ Oregon continues to chase large road-widening projects without evidence that these actually reduce congestion for drivers while underinvesting in the safety of people not driving.
BEST executive director Rob Zako testified to the Oregon Transportation Commission, urging them to direct the flexible portion of Oregon’s share of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act away from highways and towards active transportation, slowing climate change, and local transportation needs.
On February 14, 2022, the River Road Community Organization (RRCO) hosted a discussion of plans to widen Beltline Highway between Delta Highway and River Road.
BEST and other transportation leaders are calling on the Oregon Transportation Commission to direct more of Oregon’s share of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to active transportation and slowing climate change.
Responding to questions about potential environmental impacts of widening Highway 126 between Veneta and Eugene, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) denied that there were any “that rise to the level of ‘significant.’ ”
For months, a group of youthful climate activists have waged a battle to halt a Portland highway expansion — and turn U.S. transportation policy around.
1000 Friends of Oregon and 350 Eugene recently sent a memo to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) questioning a streamlined environmental review of plans to widen Highway 126 between Veneta and Eugene.
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.
The Oregon Dept. of Transportation is adopting a funding scenario to guide how $2.2 billion will be invested from 2024 to 2027. BEST is collecting resources here. The public may submit written comments by Friday,…