City leaders vote to study tolling on I-5, I-205

City council voted Thursday

Lisa Balick and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Portland City Council members voted to go ahead with plans to study toll roads in Portland.

Officials are talking about congestion pricing, or value pricing, where the toll changes depending on the time of day. It's a way to reduce traffic during peak hours on I-5 and I-205.

According to the city, traffic congestion grew 4 times faster that the population in recent years.

Some who support tolling are worried the city and state will also go ahead with plans to expand the freeways, like the proposal for I-5 at the Rose Quarter.

The hearing is the first step the Portland City Council voting on a resolution for the transportation department to study. The city council resolution gives PBOT a year to study tolling options alongside ODOT, then report back with some plans.


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