Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization

The co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization are coming to Bend Thursday as part of their effort to discuss state and local transportation needs with community leaders and the public across Oregon.

The meeting, which the Bend Chamber is encouraging business to attend, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center at Central Oregon Community College.

“Members of the Bend Chamber are strongly encouraged to attend with specific examples of their needs. This is our big shot at getting the transportation funding we’ve needed for years!” said Bend Chamber EVP Community Affairs & Leadership Bend Jamie Christman. “If you absolutely cannot make it, send me your written examples. The Bend Chamber will be working for you, while you are working your business.”

According to a news release issued in May from the Oregon Legislative Assembly, the tour will total nine meetings spanning from the Idaho border and to key eastern Oregon ports, Southern and Central Oregon, the Portland Metro area, the Willamette Valley and the Central Coast.

The original news release states:

“Oregon’s highways, bridges, ports, and rail connections need repair and modernization,” said committee co-chair Rep. Caddy McKeown (D – Coos Bay). “These meetings will give our committee members an opportunity to listen to Oregonians from across the state identify local transportation needs, and to build support for a comprehensive plan that will keep our economy moving and build a brighter future for Oregon.”

On their statewide trek, committee members will tour transportation trouble spots in each region and hear from Oregon Department of Transportation officials, members of the various Area Commissions on Transportation, members of the Oregon Transportation Commission, as well as community and business leaders and the public.

“We want to hear from Oregonians about their transportation priorities,” said Beyer (D-Springfield) “This tour will give us the chance to discuss shipping routes with business owners, traffic flow with community leaders; and congestion with commuters. It will provide the information we need to create the right statewide transportation for all of Oregon.”

House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney created the special committee to develop a statewide transportation package for consideration during the 2017 session – a top priority for the presiding officers and legislators around the state. That process, Kotek and Courtney said, will begin by thoroughly examining transportation needs across the state.

RSVP, show up, and testify:

August 18, 5:30 p.m.
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way, Bend

If you are unable to attend, please email written comment to Jamie at jamie@bendchamber.org.

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