1000 Friends of Oregon and the BTA yesterday sent out notice that House Bill 2001 was going sideways and morphing into an Eisenhower-era Highways bill. The original intent of the Jobs and Transportation Act was to present the beginnings of a balanced multi-modal approach to transportation planning and funding.
Some believe that the most powerful tool will be the development of "least cost planning." Still, projects like active transportation corridors and funding, and increasing the highway fund allocation for pedestrians and bikes, are out. Bikeportland offers a longer discussion.
As part of the 11th hour maneuvering, legislators created a new special committee, the Joint Special Committee on Transportation, and arranged for a hearing today. It will be at 5pm in hearing room F. They will follow with a work session tomorrow.
It is expected that this will be the last opportunity to testify on transportation. Tara Sulzen at 1000 Friends (503-497-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) is coordinating testimony. Please let her know if you are interested in speaking on behalf of bicycling and bicycle infrastructure.