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Mayor Callaway, Area Leaders Urge Action on Transportation

Post Date:06/20/2017

Steve Callaway, Ward 3Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway joined leaders from throughout the Portland region in a statement of support for legislative action to fight congestion, improve mobility and improve our aging transportation system. The text of the letter follows.

 

To our friends and neighbors across Oregon,

Every road, transit line and bridge we use today exists because Oregonians made a choice to take action and invest in transportation.

Getting around easily has long been a part of what makes Oregon a great place to live – a source of pride and prosperity. We’ve long enjoyed the reliability of getting to work on time, getting home to our families quickly and safely, and getting out of town for the weekend.

Lately, it feels different. Getting around is increasingly frustrating.

As mayors, county chairs and regional leaders, we see it throughout our region’s communities.

Our constituents feel it when they wait in traffic for an hour – just to move a few miles. They feel it when they have to apologize for being late to work…again. They feel it when they worry about loved ones making it home. They even feel it when local businesses wait longer for products to arrive in stores, and families pay more for those products.

We have two choices to preserve our quality of life: We can take action now, or let the challenges deepen as the fixes get more expensive.

This is bigger than any one city, county, or metro area. This affects us all, which is why we must all work together.

We want to let it be known: We are united and ready to move forward.

We support our lawmakers working on a statewide transportation package that makes strategic investments that keep people safe and serve our communities. By taking this action together, we succeed together.

Let’s act now to fight the congestion, help our families live better, help our employers stay competitive, and get us all where we want to be.

Signed by:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard

Washington County Chair Andy Duyck

Metro Council President Tom Hughes

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis

Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle

Tigard Mayor John Cook

Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker

Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay

Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden

West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod

Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax

Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba

Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark

Happy Valley Mayor Lori DeRemer

Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan

Cornelius Mayor Jeff Dalin

Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud

Wood Village Mayor Tim Clark

King City Mayor Ken Gibson

Durham Mayor Gery Schirado

Rivergrove Mayor Heather Kibbey

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane

Port of Portland Deputy Executive Director Curtis Robinhold

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