January 26, 2021

Measure 26-218: Metro asks voters to fund major transportation projects

Measure 26-218 would fund transportation-focused programs and projects in the Portland Metro Area spanning the next 15 to 20 years.

If passed, a tax of up to 0.75% would be placed on the payrolls of certain employers starting in 2022. The money from that tax would go toward transportation improvements in 17 designated “corridors” throughout the metro area. There are about 150 projects proposed in those corridors.

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The plan would include nearly $4 billion toward projects in areas such as Tualatin Valley Highway, McLoughlin Boulevard and the Southwest Corridor Light Rail — a proposed expansion of the MAX light-rail train system into Southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin. An additional $1 billion is expected to go to regional programs including creating safer routes to schools, free youth transit passes and replacing diesel buses with electric or low-carbon buses. In addition to local

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