Transportation Policy Proposal
We must incorporate the values of equity, environmental sustainability, safety, and congestion relief when making transportation policy.
An equitable transportation policy does not put the burden of new infrastructure or environmental damage onto historically marginalized groups (i.e. communities of color and/or low income communities).
An environmentally sustainable transportation policy recognizes that transportation policy is environmental policy. Forty percent of emissions come from the transportation sector. We cannot address climate change without limiting emissions from the transportation sector.
A safe transportation policy acknowledges that bottlenecks lead to more accidents and road rage. It prioritizes public transportation systems that do not impede bicycle or pedestrian routes.
A transportation system should reduce congestion. Our population has grown significantly and we have not built the infrastructure to support that growth.
We must create a 21st-century transportation system, with significant investments in public, bicycle, and pedestrian transportation.
Expanding highways does not alleviate traffic in the long term. Instead, we must alleviate traffic through more holistic policymaking like expanding public transportation options.
We should reduce congestion during peak hours to minimize traffic jams. More on that here.
We must incentivize people to use public transportation by making it reliable, inexpensive, and time-efficient.
We must wind down the use of polluting fossil fuels and quickly move towards electric vehicles.
The state should invest in electric vehicle technology and infrastructure.
We should not displace communities for transportation projects.
Rural and suburban public transit stations should be able to accommodate people parking and taking public transportation into the city.
We must lower Oregon’s total vehicle miles traveled by 25%-50%.
All new transportation infrastructure must be compatible with our goal of net-zero carbon emissions.
Tangible Policy Changes
Adjust zoning codes to create density in responsible ways, creating walkable neighborhoods.
Increase the state’s investment in light rail, electric buses, and public transportation infrastructure (bus-only lanes, light rail tracks, etc).
Increase the number of public buses and trains, lowering wait times.
Invest in parking infrastructure at large rural and suburban transit stations.
Require public transportation to operate on 100% renewable energy.
Provide all youth in the Portland Metro Area with free youth transit passes.
Increase the state’s investment in bicycle and pedestrian transportation infrastructure.
Create alternative vehicle routes that reduce bottlenecks and prevent large vehicles from driving in dangerous conditions.
Increase the regulations on the transportation of fossil fuels.
Require every car in the state to pass an emissions test.
Increase the rebate for buying an electric vehicle. Currently, the Oregon Clean Energy Rebate Program gives Oregon residents $2,500. By comparison, California offers up to a $7,000 rebate.
Require apartment complexes to install electric vehicle charging stations on 10% of all new parking spaces.