The Metro Council has unanimously agreed to send the
"Get Moving 2020"
transportation bond measure to voters in November.
Total it would be a $5 billion package, the largest investment ever in the greater Portland metro area's transportation system, and it would possibly bring in an additional $2.8 billion in federal, state, and local investments.
Metro also expects it to create approximately 37,500 jobs.
"As we recover from this pandemic and return to school and jobs, we will need a transportation system that gets people where they need to go safely and reliably," said Metro Council President Lynn Peterson.
The funding mechanism would be a payroll tax (the public sector and businesses with less than 26 employees will be excluded).
WEA previously joined eight other business organizations, requesting Metro delay this measure because of the current economic conditions.
Now WEA will host a joint meeting of its Government Relations (GRC), Land Use & Housing, and Transportation committees to discuss taking a position on the measure.
This virtual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all WEA members.
Feedback from the joint committee meeting will be taken to the WEA Board of Directors for further discussion, and the Board may vote to take a position on it.