The Oregon Department of Transportation will conduct modeling of seven tolling scenarios along Interstates 5 and 205 to see how the variations would affect traffic and nearby neighborhoods in the metro area in the next 10 years.

The work is the next step for a regional committee charged with coming up with recommendations for how to toll Portland-area freeways. The committee’s goal is to offer a plan that would help manage vehicle bottlenecks and raise funds for congestion-busting projects.

A $5.3 billion transportation-funding bill, passed earlier this year, required the Oregon Transportation Commission to consider tolling in the Portland metro area. It is not required to implement tolling.

The committee is scheduled to submit recommendations by June to the commission. The decision on a tolling scheme rests with the commission.

Read the full article at The Portland Tribune.