State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappose) wrote today to the director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Kris Strickler, taking exception to the use of ODOT’s logo in advertising for Metro’s $4 billion transportation measure, which is on the November ballot.
That measure would build a new MAX line from Portland to Bridgeport Village and make investments aimed at increasing safety and decreasing congestion in 17 transportation corridors, with a focus on addressing historical inequities. Some of the biggest projects would pour hundreds of millions of dollars into ODOT-owned roads, including the Tualatin Valley Highway; 82nd Avenue; and, McLoughlin Boulevard.
But ODOT, as is the case with any public agency, cannot take a position on ballot measures.
“The campaign seeking to pass a new payroll tax (Measure 26-218) for Metro regional government is prominently featuring the official logo of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT),” Johnson wrote to Strickler this morning.