Help make our transportation system more efficient, sustainable and equitable: Apply to join our new Pricing for Equitable Mobility Community Task Force by Oct. 4!!

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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Dylan Rivera
Portland Bureau of Transportation

Help make our transportation system more efficient, sustainable and equitable:
Apply to join our new Pricing for Equitable Mobility Community Task Force by Oct. 4!!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is now accepting applications for its new Pricing for Equitable Mobility Community Task Force. The Task Force will advise PBOT and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) as they consider how new pricing strategies could potentially help to improve mobility, reduce carbon emissions and increase equity in our transportation system.

As Portland faces growing challenges related to congestion, inequities in our transportation system and a rapidly changing climate, we are considering new strategies to solve these problems. Cities around the world have demonstrated that pricing policies can help reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips and can support more efficient, sustainable and equitable transportation modes. The Task Force will play an important role in helping PBOT and BPS to explore if and how pricing strategies could potentially be used in Portland to advance our values.  More information on the Task Force charge can be viewed here.

Applications can be completed online and are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 4. We are looking for up to 20 community members with a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise to serve on the Task Force. The group will meet monthly in the evenings for approximately two-hours between October 2019 and March 2021.

Pricing strategies to be considered by the Task Force may include, but are not limited to: parking pricing, area and time-based fees, fleet charges, road user charges, cordons, freeway pricing and more. Specifically, the Task Force will develop recommendations for City staff and City Council on whether to implement or prioritize for further study:

  • a variety of new pricing strategies,
  • the design of potential pricing strategies and,
  • priorities for reinvesting any pricing revenue in transportation-related projects, programs, and services that serve historically underserved communities and make our transportation system more equitable.

The Task Force will meet monthly over an 18-month period between 2019-2021. The first meeting is expected to take place in late October or early November.

People who live, work, play, worship, conduct business or attend school in the City of Portland are invited to apply. We are looking for Task Force members who bring a wide variety of perspectives and experiences, including but not limited to: transportation policy, pricing policy, business transportation interests, youth and senior transportation interests, community members of color and low-income community members, climate and environmental justice, academia and major institutions, and quantitative analysis.

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For more information about the task force, or how to apply:
Emma Sagor
Portland Bureau of Transportation

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