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Panel hears views on transportation funding

Lawmakers stop in Hillsboro for ninth hearing on statewide tour.

Lawmakers were told the timing is right to raise more money to maintain Oregon’s roads and ease the movement of people and goods on increasingly congested routes in the Portland area.

But during a two-hour hearing Monday night (Sept. 19) at the Hillsboro Civic Center, many of the three dozen people who testified also said that new funding should improve other modes of transportation and promote safety.

Whatever emerges from the joint House-Senate committee and the 2017 session, they said, should be as significant as what lawmakers did in their most recent funding efforts in 2003 and 2009.

“The message we are trying to deliver is very simple: We’d like to see a significant, game-changing investment in Oregon transportation,” Andy Duyck, Washington County board chairman, said at the hearing. “We know the investments must include all modes of transit, focus on the community’s economic stability and growth, and on our future livability.”

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