Traveling on Interstate 5 in Portland could become more costly for commuters if Oregon moves forward with a plan to charge tolls, or what officials call congestion pricing, in an effort to reduce traffic at peak travel times and provide more funding for highway maintenance and construction.

Traveling on Interstate 5 in Portland could become more costly for commuters if Oregon moves forward with a plan to charge tolls, or what officials call congestion pricing, in an effort to reduce traffic at peak travel times and provide more funding for highway maintenance and construction.

The Columbian

An Oregon committee is just weeks away from completing its recommendation for tolling on Interstate 5, and the Vancouver City Council has offered up its suggestions on the proposal.

The Vancouver City Council sent a five-point policy framework to the Oregon Department of Transportation and Value Pricing Manager Judith Gray for review.

The Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Advisory Committee — of which Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle is a member — meets for the final time June 25. After that, the Oregon Transportation Commission will make a final plan determination to send to the Federal Highway Administration for approval.

In its policy framework, the city council asks ODOT to extend the timeline for its Value Pricing Feasibility Analysis.

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