SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House approved a $5.3 billion transportation funding package designed to target congestion, public transportation, crumbling roads, and decaying bridges by a 39 to 20 vote, KGW-TV reports.
The bill includes money for cities and counties to upgrade their roads, big projects such as a major seismic upgrade of the Center Street Bridge in Salem, grants for transit agencies all across the state, and grants for schools to improve miles of sidewalks and bike lanes through the Safe Routes to School program.
The package would fund alternative transportation by instituting a payroll tax of one-tenth of a percent of wages. In 2018, officials expect to raise $103 million for public transit in metro areas and rural communities. With only days left in the 2017 session, a vote is expected by the Oregon Senate soon. For the full story, click here.