This November, our region will be voting on a ballot measure that will make long-overdue investments in safety, transit, accessible, and affordable transportation across the greater Portland region. During the shaping of this measure, the Getting There Together Coalition sought input through our member organizations and heard from communities across the region to identify the right kind of projects to advance transportation equity, safety, and climate benefits for people of all ages and abilities. We are proud to endorse the transportation package and the Let’s Get Moving Campaign.
The project and program investments in this transportation package were created through a collaborative process of community engagement and revision. Across the entire Portland Metro Region, these investments will radically improve and transform the ability for people to walk, bike, and ride transit to work, school, grocery stores, medical appointments, and places of worship. McLoughlin Boulevard, TV Highway, and 82nd Avenue are just three of the roads that will receive much needed investments in safety, transit, and accessibility that will especially benefit Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in our region.
This package of transportation investments helps us put our values into practice and makes critical transportation investments in under-served neighborhoods, where a history of racist transportation planning has resulted in a higher need for transit access, sidewalks, and safety improvements. We all deserve a safe, accessible, and affordable transportation system. Transit improvements, including our region’s first rapid bus network, will improve efficiency and safety, increase access for historically marginalized communities, and provide opportunities for people to get where they need to go. This measure targets resources for sidewalks, crosswalks, street lighting, and safety improvements in the parts of the region most dangerous for people who walk. It includes programs to support community stability through workforce development and training, housing affordability, and anti-displacement initiatives. It will create a region wide Youth Transit Access program that gives all youth aged 14-18 a free transit pass on a year-round basis.
Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. We know that no one action will solve this crisis and turn things around, but we do know that carbon pollution will be reduced by providing a safe, reliable, and affordable rapid transit network, and making connections for people to walk and bike safely to get where they need to go.
Our coalition members stand with us in support of this measure:
1000 Friends of Oregon
American Heart Association – Oregon & SW Washington
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – APANO
Blue Green Alliance
Coalition of Communities of Color
Community Cycling Center
Community Partners for Affordable Housing – CPAH
Go by Bike
Native American Youth & Family Center – NAYA
OPAL Environmental Justice
Oregon Environmental Council – OEC
Oregon Trails Coalition
Participatory Budgeting Oregon
Safe Routes Partnership
Chris Smith, candidate for Metro district 5
The Street Trust
Urban Greenspaces Institute
Youth Environmental Justice Alliance
Should your organization be listed here? (Spoiler: we think so!) If you want to know more about the measure or get involved in the campaign, check out the Let’s Get Moving campaign website or drop us a line and let us know.