Transportation measure will allow governments to invest in improved safety, reliability, and transportation options in the region
Today, June 25, 2020, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, and Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted to adopt a Resolution expressing City Council’s support for Get Moving 2020, a regional transportation measure introduced by Metro. The Metro Council will decide whether to refer Get Moving 2020 to the November 2020 ballot on July 23, 2020.
The proposed investments will strengthen market access and transportation options for businesses and workers across our region, support recovery from COVID-19 economic impacts and put people to work to rebuild and sustain a healthy regional economy. Built on a solid foundation of community and stakeholder engagement and partnership, the measure will allow governments to invest in improved safety, reliability, and transportation options on many of the busiest travel corridors in the region.
“Get Moving 2020 is an innovative initiative that will advance key regional policies and goals for climate, racial equity, safety, and land use while ensuring the City of Portland maintains a robust transportation system that will provide greater mobility and accessibility for everyone,” Mayor Wheeler said. “Our transportation infrastructure is an essential ingredient for a competitive, prosperous economy. We must have safe, affordable and accessible transportation options so that businesses, residents, first responders, and visitors are able to quickly, conveniently, and safely operate and enjoy the City.”
“My priorities as Transportation Commissioner are safety, equity, and combatting climate change. Get Moving 2020 will deliver safety improvements on some of Portland's deadliest streets, improve and expand public transit, fund Youth Pass, and help prevent development driven displacement," Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said. "I am so pleased that Council voted to support this initiative. Special thanks to the Getting There Together Coalition for their significant work and input and Sunrise Movement PDX for mobilizing youth voices, which are vitally important in every conversation about the future of our city and our region."
Get Moving 2020: A Bike Path, Roadmap, and Sidewalk for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Get Moving 2020 helps deliver significant investments to course-correct a lack of diversity and inclusion in the Portland Metro region with more opportunities for employment and improved access to mobility options.
As Metro’s Equity Baseline underscores, we must offer healthy, accessible, and affordable transportation options for everyone throughout the Portland Metro region. Get Moving 2020 provides funding for YouthPass, a regional program that offers opportunity and mobility and fosters familiarity with the transit system. The measure also builds on community members’ and organizations’ leadership to address housing instability by creating an anti-displacement program.
“Get Moving connects families and individuals to employment, shopping, education and recreation destinations safely, conveniently and equitably,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz said. “I enthusiastically support this measure, which provides consistent and sustainable funding to the YouthPass program with year-round transit passes for all youth 18 and under. There should be no barriers for people to choose transit, especially youth.”
Get Moving 2020: A Climate-Smart Community
To ensure we build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession and improve the health, well-being, and resilience of our region, we must address the climate crisis. The Get Moving 2020 measure also includes noteworthy projects and programs that create walkable, connected, and inclusive neighborhoods throughout our Portland Metro region. The City of Portland is positioned to dedicate Get Moving 2020 funds, if approved by the voters, to leverage investments in community development, workforce creation and housing stability.
“I want to thank Sunrise Movement PDX, an organization that testified in almost every single Task Force meeting, to advocate for transportation investments to address climate change. I also want to thank the Getting There Together Coalition members and several Task Force members, including Commissioner Eudaly, who were able to take this value of climate action and turn it into operative measure language,” Mayor Wheeler said.