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I don't necesarilly agree with tolls either...but the idea of everyone paying equally for widening 217 through taxes seems a bit tricky. I guess it depends on how the tax is implemented. What about those of us who do not drive and would like to see the problem solved by decreasing automobile use in the metro rather than encouraging it with more pavement. I don't feel good about my tax dollars allowing Joe Schmoe and all his bratty teenagers to drive Hummers to work and school. How about more convienient mass transit along the 217 corridor? Did someone say more trains batman?

Chris Smith

Commuter rail is already on track (no pun intended) parallel to 217/I-5.


To answer the post above from Mat: It's only fair that we Portlanders help pay for 217 in the suburbs, and the people of Beaverton or elsewhere help pay for, say, 99E -- also known as MLK Boulevard. The point is that 217 is a state highway, and as a result all Oregonians should both pay equally for it and have equal access. To me if suburbanites in Hummers use it more than you and me, that's almost beside the point.


I guess my point is I would rather see everyone's tax dollars go to a more eco-friendly form of expanding transportation. A commuter rail you say?? awesome. where can I find out more about this?


I am very pro-transit and I think tolls on 217 is a terrible idea. Our country in general needs to be willing to spend money on infrastructure, we used to but we dont anymore. Spending on infrastructure is essential to having a prosperous future. We can not privatize our roads.

Portlanders do spend a fair bit of money on improving transit which is great but we cant now be stingy with money when it comes to highways. Luckily we have few freeways in the region but lets keep the ones we have in tip top shape. I commend the residents of the region for strongly supporting transit service but I am concerned that tolls will hurt support for transit.

Chris Smith

Commuter rail:


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