SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

February 23, 2005                                                                                                 Hearing Room 50

3:10 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  23 - 24

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Joanne Verger, Chair

Sen. Doug Whitsett, Vice-Chair

Sen. Floyd Prozanski

Sen. Bruce Starr

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Rick Metsger

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Rep. George Gillman, Chair

                                                Rep. Terry Beyer, Vice-Chair

                                                Rep. Chuck Burley, Vice-Chair

                                                Rep. Deborah Boone

                                                Rep. Dave Hunt

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Rep. Scott Bruun

                                                Rep. Kim Thatcher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Gary Roulier, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                Highway Cost Allocation Study – Informational Meeting                

                                                SB 71 – Public Hearing

 

 

 

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 23, A

003

Chair Verger

Opens the meeting at 3:15 p.m. and opens an informational meeting on the Highway Cost Allocation Study (study).

HIGHWAY COST ALLOCATION STUDY – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

012

Tom Potiowsky

Office of Economic Analysis, Oregon Department of Administrative Services. Begins a PowerPoint presentation on the study (EXHIBIT A) summarizing the Highway Cost Allocation Study, 2005-2007 Biennium (EXHIBIT B).

050

Carl Batten

ECONorthwest. Continues a summary of the study.

102

Batten

Reviews how cost is defined within the study.

149

Batten

Summarizes the consumption approach to cost allocation.

175

Chair Verger

Asks what the length of vehicle has to do with apportionment.

183

Batten

Responds that weight is critical to wear on the highway but length affects road capacity.

213

Chair Verger

Asks if the next study will utilize the pilot program on vehicle miles traveled.

220

Batten

Answers that they hope to utilize all of that data and continues a review of the study.

261

Batten

Summarizes how expenditures of local governments are included within the study.

317

Batten

Notes that pavement wear costs are allocated utilizing the National Pavement Model developed by Roger Mingo.

341

Sen. B. Starr

Asks for the actual figure for the damage from studded tires.

350

Batten

Answers that they use actual cost for repairs caused by studded tire damage and that the figure is contained within the study.

TAPE 24, A

003

Batten

Reviews the issues surrounding replacement bridges.

019

Sen. Verger

Asks for a definition of premature failure.

021

Batten

Responds that some bridges in Oregon have failed prior to their planned life expectancy. Adds that some of the failures were caused by the construction methods utilized in the 1960s.

060

Rep. Beyer

Asks if temporary bridges are treated the same.

063

Batten

Answers that he would have to check with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to see how the costs are allocated.

111

Batten

Outlines the allocation of bonded expenditures.

160

Batten

Summarizes the results of the 2005 study, to include allocation for heavy vehicles (over 8,000 pounds).

180

Sen. B. Starr

Comments that the allocation of fees during the last session seemed to result in a fair balance.

208

Batten

Reviews the equity ratios within the classes of vehicles.

215

Batten

Covers some of the recommendations developed in the study.

255

Batten

Continues with a review of the recommendations.

315

Potiowsky

Reviews the efforts of the study review team.

323

Chair Verger

Closes the informational meeting and opens a public hearing on SB 71.

SB 71 – PUBLIC HEARING

343

Cindy Robert

Oregon Transit Association. Submits an information packet which includes a report entitled “The Economic Impact of Public Transit in Oregon,” written testimony from Roger Martin, Executive Director of the Oregon Transit Association, a preliminary assessment of investment opportunities, and a list of ConnectOregon mass transit projects (EXHIBIT C). Testifies in support of SB 71.

411

Robert

Details transit projects throughout the state and their economic impact.

TAPE 23, B

003

Heather Ornelas

Transit Manager, Tillamook County Transportation District. Testifies in support of SB 71.

038

Ken Hamm

General Manager, Lane Transit District. Presents written testimony (EXHIBIT D) and an information packet which includes a letter from the Lane Transit District Board of Directors, a map of transit projects in the Eugene/Springfield area, a brochure, and a presentation on the Bus Rapid Transit system (EXHIBIT E) and testifies in support of SB 71.

067

Hamm

Presents a video to the committee entitled “Bus Rapid Transit.”

119

Hamm

Continues video presentation.

164

Hamm

Reviews the advantages of Bus Rapid Transit.

199

Chair Verger

Asks about the cost of the project.

203

Hamm

Responds that the first phase is approximately $26 million. Reviews the federal and local matches.

229

Chair Verger

Summarizes the difficulties in rural Oregon with the lack of Greyhound service in many communities.

241

Hamm

States that efficiencies have declined in areas where transit has grown.

247

Robert

Adds that transit offers some opportunities through use of intermodal systems.

258

Sen. B. Starr

Reviews figures received on the damage to roads from studded tires.

266

Chair Verger

Discusses the damage figures and use of studded tires with Sen. B. Starr.

298

Greg Miller

Government Affairs Manager, Weyerhaeuser. Testifies in support of SB 71. Stresses that development of multimodal transportation infrastructure would benefit their competitive position.

329

Sen. B. Starr

Asks how many of his employees utilize mass transit.

333

Miller

Answers that he is not aware of the number.

 

 

 

340

Chair Verger

Closes the public hearing on SB 71 and adjourns the meeting at 4:32 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Highway Cost Allocation Study, PowerPoint, Tom Potiowsky, 10 pp
  2. Highway Cost Allocation Study, report, Tom Potiowsky, 70 pp
  3. SB 71, information packet, Cindy Robert, 11 pp
  4. SB 71, written testimony, Ken Hamm, 2 pp
  5. SB 71, information packet, Ken Hamm, 11 pp