HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

January 24, 2005   Hearing Room C

1:00 P.M.     Tapes  4 - 5

Corrected 9/23/2005)

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. George Gilman, Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. Chuck Burley, Vice-Chair

Rep. Deborah Boone

Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Dave Hunt

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Rep. Kim Thatcher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  John Houser, Committee Administrator

Jania Zeeb, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                          Association of Oregon Counties – Informational Meeting

                                                League of Oregon Cities – Informational Meeting

                                                City of Portland – Informational Meeting

                                                Oregon Trucking Association and Oregon Forest Products Transport

                                                            Association – Informational Meeting

                                                          Port of Portland and Oregon Ports Group – Informational Meeting

                                                          Highway Users Alliance – Informational Meeting         

                                               

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 4, A

003

Chair Gilman

Calls meeting to order at 1:02 p.m. and opens the informational meeting on the Association of Oregon Counties.

ASSOCIATION OF OREGON COUNTIES - INFORMATIONAL MEETING

010

Art Schlack

Policy Manager for the Association of Oregon Counties(AOC).  Introduces Judge Laura Pryor and Bill Penhollow.

020

Laura Pryor

Chair of the AOC Transportation Steering Committee.  Submits and presents a PowerPoint presentation on the Oregon State-County Interconnected Transportation System (EXHIBIT A).  Gives an introduction of the State-Country Interconnected Systems.

050

Pryor

Explains the chart of Oregon Counties in (EXHIBIT A, Page 1).

061

Pryor

Expands on the challenge of transportation and the needs of the different counties.

070

Pryor

Gives examples from six different counties to illustrate her point.

090

Pryor

Explains the slides on the interconnected state-county services (EXHIBIT A, Page 1).

098

Pryor

Discusses and gives her opinion of Oregon’s seamless road system.

124

Schlack

Expands on the county road system.

154

Bill Penhollow

Assistant Executive Director of AOC.  Discusses types of the financing provided for roads.  Submits informational material on shared revenue agreements and state stewardship (EXHIBIT B).

179

Penhollow

Expands on the federal funds received (EXHIBIT A, Page 5).

240

Penhollow

Explains the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (P.L. 106-393).  States that it is important that this law is reauthorized by the Congress.  Explains the financial problem it would cause if they lost this funding.

277

Penhollow

Explains the pie chart on how funds are spent (EXHIBIT A, Page 6)

290

Pryor

Explains that there is a funding shortage for county roads.  States that it is important that they learn how to work together to keep the road system working.

315

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting on the Association of Oregon Counties and opens an informational meeting on the League of Oregon Cities.

lEAGUE OF oREGON CITIES – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

330

Willie Tiffany

Senior Staff Associate, League of Oregon Cities (LOC).  Introduced Mayor Tom Hughes.

351

Mayor Tom Hughes

Mayor of Hillsboro; Chair of the Transportation Policy Committee, League of Oregon Cities.  Submits and presents a PowerPoint presentation on The League of Oregon Cities (EXHIBIT C).

417

Hughes

Expands on the slide on city roads and bridges (EXHIBIT C, Page 4).

TAPE 5, A

032

Hughes

Makes a distinction between county roads and city streets.

048

Hughes

Notes that the cost of maintaining a mile of road increases over the number of years maintenance is avoided.  Expands on the chart (EXHIBIT C, Page 6).

056

Hughes

Expands on the chart (EXHIBIT C, Page 7) and states that the numbers in the chart are conservative. 

078

Hughes

Explains where revenue that supports the transportation system comes from.

101

Hughes

Expands on the chart (EXHIBIT C, Page 10).

120

Hughes

States the problems with maintaining the current system.  Explains that in urban areas the problem is with increasing capacity and maintaining the quality of the current roads because of the lack of funds.

134

Chair Gilman

Comments on increasing efficiency by having cities partner with local and state governments.

144

Hughes

Responds that the LOC shares use of equipment and crews between Hillsboro and Washington county. 

150

Chair Gilman

States that it helps to work together.

155

Rep. Hunt

States that all Oregonians get the benefit of the 50 percent of taxes that go to the state and the 30 percent that go to counties.  Wonders about the other 20 percent that incorporated cities recieve.

169

Hughes

States that he is not certain of the exact percentages.  The money is distributed on a per capita basis.  The cities bear the burden of taking care of their streets.

186

Tiffany

Adds that it is a system and how to fund that system is critical.  Explains that it is important that all roads are funded.

199

Rep. Hunt

Agrees with them in terms of roads that are moving freight.  States that the problem is in regards to unincorporated areas as opposed to incorporated areas in cities.  Encourages them to think about it and come back with a way to solve the problem.

219

Tiffany

Responds that this problem is not universal in the state.  States that he is uncertain of how the money is distributed throughout the state. 

230

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting on the League of Oregon Cities and opens and informational meeting on the city of Portland.

CITY OF PORTLAND – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

235

Susan Schneider

Lobbyist for the City of Portland.  Introduces Brant Williams.

252

Brant Williams

Director of the City of Portland’s Office of Transportation.  Submits and reads prepared testimony (EXHIBIT D).

350

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting on the city of Portland and opens an informational meeting on the Oregon Trucking Association, Oregon Forest Products Transport Association, and the Oregon Tow Trucks Association.

OREGON TRUCKING ASSOCIATION AND OREGON FOREST PRODUCTS TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION AND OREGON TOW TRUCK ASSOCIATION  – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

352

Bob Russell

President of the Oregon Trucking Association.  Introduces D.E. Bridges and Al Elkins. 

388

Russell

Expands on the map detailing the OTIA III Program (EXHIBIT E).

TAPE 4, B

016

Russell

Discusses the concerns with implementing OTIA III program, such as the traffic mobility issues. 

029

Russell

States that the current federal highway bill expired in 2003.  It needs to be renewed this year and the committee needs to express to congress the importance of this bill.

060

Russell

States that currently the trucking industry pays for about one third of the highway fund, in order to fund the OTIA III program some fees and taxes that truckers paid have increased.  States other challenges facing the trucking industry including; insurance costs, fuel costs, and higher pay for truckers. 

081

Russell

Discusses a study by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) that states that trucking produces 76 percent of the freight transportation in Oregon, and projects that volume will double before 2020.  The Oregon Trucking Association is concerned with increased costs and how it will affect the economy. 

091

Russell

Refers to a bill which will come to the committee later in the session, it is designed to protect capacity on freight routes.

095

D.E. Bridges

Executive Director, Oregon Forest Products Transportation Association (OFTPA).  Submits and references  informational material on the Oregon Forest Products Transportation Association (EXHIBIT F).  Gives a background of the OFTPA.

117

Bridges

Informs the committee of what the OFTPA does and what he is involved in.

144

Al Elkins

Executive Director of the Oregon Tow Truck Associations.  Explains his work on the Traffic Bridge Committee.

175

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting on the Oregon Trucking Association, Oregon Forest Products Transport Association and the Oregon Tow Trucks Association and opens an informational meeting on the Port of Portland and the Oregon Ports Group.

PORT OF PORTLAND AND OREGON PORTS GROUP – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

170

Pat Egan

State Affairs Manager, Port of Portland.  Introduces Ken Armstrong and Peter Williamson.

184

Ken Armstrong

Executive Director, Oregon Ports Group.  Gives a brief explanation of Oregon’s Ports. 

209

Armstrong

Discusses why ports are important and what they do.

238

Armstrong

States that one of the Oregon Ports Group’s highest priorities this session is the Connect Oregon program. 

248

Egan

Submits and begins a PowerPoint presentation on the Port of Portland (EXHIBIT G).

268

Egan

Gives the history of the Port of Portland.

287

Egan

Explains the maps (EXHIBIT G, Page 2).

313

Egan

Expands on the map (EXHIBIT G, Page 3).

323

Egan

Notes that the numbers on the map (EXHIBIT G, Page 4) are a couple years old, and tells how the numbers might have changed.

349

Egan

States that the ports can be an indicator of how the economy is doing in the rest of the State. 

372

Egan

Discusses the funding considerations that affect the ports.

390

Egan

Compares the Port of Seattle to the Port of Portland.

TAPE 5, B

031

Egan

States that the Port of Portland is the number one auto port on the west coast and explains the benefits.

060

Peter Williamson

General Manager at the Port of St. Helens.  Submits and presents informational material on The Port of St. Helens: The Columbia River’s Deep Water Port with a Future (EXHIBIT H)

097

Williamson

Gives the difference between the Port of Portland and the Port of St. Helens.

125

Williamson

Explains information on Port Westward (EXHIBIT H, Page 3).

153

Williamson

Discusses Port Rainier (EXHIBIT H, Page 7).

166

Williamson

Gives information on Port of Columbia City (EXHIBIT H, Page 9).

199

Williamson

Discusses the Poleyard site (EXHIBIT H, Page 10).

207

Williamson

Talks about the Multnomah Industrial Site (EXHIBIT H, Page 11).

221

Williamson

Expands on the Scappoose Industrial Airpark (EXHIBIT H, Page 12).

244

Williamson

Discusses the possibility of NASCAR coming to Oregon and the benefits this would bring.

303

Rep. Hunt

States that he has heard there can be problems with recruiting new business if there are infrastructure problems.  Inquires if this is a major problem and if it can become one if not addressed.

314

Williamson

Responds in the affirmative and gives an example.

323

Egan

Adds that we do hear about it and it affects all areas.  Gives an example.  Discusses the congestion in other west coast ports. States that they have heard a lot in the last year about major distribution organizations looking for new ports on the west coast, and if we can provide the transportation it will lead to more jobs. 

340

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting on the Port of Portland and the Oregon Ports Group and opens and informational meeting on the Highway Users Alliance.

HIGHWAY USERS ALLIANCE – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

349

Jessica Harris-Adamson

President, Oregon Highway Users Alliance (OHUA).  Introduces Kristan Mitchell.

386

Harris-Adamson

Submits and presents informational packet which includes a members list, The Road Ahead: 2005 Action Plan, and an informational page titled Why Does the Highway Users Exist? (EXHIBIT I).

397

Harris-Adamson

Gives the history of OHUA.

424

Chair Gilman

Closes the informational meeting on the Highway Users Alliance and adjourns meeting at 2:50 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Association of Oregon Counties, PowerPoint presentation, Laura Pryor, 7 pp
  2. Association of Oregon Counties, informational material, Bill Penhollow, 20 pp
  3. League of Oregon Cities, PowerPoint presentation, Tom Hughes, 11 pp
  4. Portland, City of, prepared testimony Brant Williams, 3 pp
  5. Highway Users Alliance, informational, Bob Russell, 1 p
  6. Oregon Forest Products Transportation Association, informational materials, Dee Bridges, 1 p
  7. Port of Portland and Oregon Ports Group, Informational Meeting, Pat Egan, 8 pp
  8. Port of Portland and Oregon Ports Group, Informational Meeting, Peter Williamson, 16 pp.
  9. Highway Users Alliance, informational packet, Jessica Harris-Adamson, 15 pp