Portland multimodal bike streetcar

Portland Metro voters will get chance to say YES to safe, clean and efficient transportation

Just yesterday, Metro Councilors voted to refer their long-awaited transportation measure to voters on the November 2020 ballot, to make it safer and easier for everyone to get around as the greater Portland area continues to grow. The “Get Moving 2020” measure represents the biggest investment in transit in a generation, and will mean Portland metro voters will get:

Comprehensive safety and commuting improvements for some of the region’s busiest and most dangerous traffic corridors, leading with racial equity and community stability goals; 

An electric TriMet bus fleet, transitioning the state’s biggest diesel user to zero-emission transit buses powered by clean electricity, that can run on Portland's first rapid bus network (also created by this measure); and

Safer air, climate, and communities: with additional programs to cut climate and air pollution, provide bike lanes and safe routes to schools, enhance public transit access and reliability, and alleviate traffic congestion, among other benefits throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area. 

Get Moving 2020 will create a better future for our region by providing safe, efficient and affordable transportation options, all while reducing climate pollution and addressing systemic inequities. 

For 18 months, Metro has worked with community leaders, local businesses, and the public to craft this plan, which will create thousands of family-wage jobs, jump-starting our region's post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts, and start to build the transportation system that we need in order to thrive in the decades ahead.

Read about the plan, learn about how it was developed, and see what it means for your community

We’re already hearing that large corporations (and entrenched fossil fuel interests) will be putting up a fight to halt this critical transportation investment in its tracks. We will need your help to spread the word about why this transportation measure is needed NOW.

Stay tuned for more ways to get involved and support passage in November!

Victoria Paykar's picture

Oregon Transportation Policy Manager

, Climate Solutions

Vee works on developing a strategic and equitable transportation agenda for electrification, lower carbon fuels, and a reduced need to drive, seeking to build a powerful, networked coalition of leaders and partners to urge action at multiple levels of government. Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was an Environmental Equity Fellow at the Greenlining Institute and the Transportation Equity Associate at Center for Sustainable Energy. In those capacities she worked on programs and policies to deliver equitable climate benefits to low-income and communities of color. Vee graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Masters in International Relations and Environmental Policy and from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors in Anthropology and International Relations. In her free time, Vee enjoys wandering through forests, traveling, dinner partying and educating herself on ways to create and demand for a more just and sustainable society.