With growing demand for transit, TriMet looks to expand service and phase in small increase in payroll tax rate

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The Portland region is one of the fastest growing in the nation, with 400,000 new residents and 260,000 new jobs expected over the next 20 years. To help keep our region moving and economy growing and not let congestion drive what happens, we need to invest in both roads and transit.

The 2014 Portland Business Alliance Cost of Congestion study shows that this growth means more travel, more freight, more demands on the existing transportation system and more congestion. Investing in transit and roads would reduce that impact by almost half, while generating nearly $1.1 billion in economic benefits and more than 8,300 more jobs per year by 2040.

TriMet’s done its part by reducing benefit and wage costs with our new labor contract, as well as other cost-cutting measures. Now that we’re on solid financial footing, we’re proposing to phase in a small increase – 1/10th of 1% – in the employer payroll tax rate over the next 10 years dedicated to new service. We’ve created shared visions and comprehensive strategic plans for expanding transit.

Transit is part of the solution allowing freight and cars to move more freely on our roads. Weigh in:

Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Clackamas Community College’s Gregory Forum Building
19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City
Served by bus lines 32, 33

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30-8 p.m.
Beaverton Activities Center (Large Community Room)
12500 SW Allen Blvd., Beaverton
Served by bus lines 52, 53, 76, 78, 88

Thursday, July 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
Portland Building, Room C on the 2nd Floor
1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland
Most bus and MAX lines serve downtown Portland

For more information, visit trimet.org/invest. If approved, it would take effect January 1, 2016.