Democrat Herald Editorial: Transportation panel plans Albany hearing

Good editorial from the the Albany Democrat-Herald:

If you’ve been tracking the progress of the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization (and, yes, that’s the full name), you know that the committee has been meeting throughout the state, trying to get a better feel for Oregon’s numerous transportation needs.

You might even have thought, it’s great that these legislators have been gathering information all over Oregon, but what about the mid-valley’s unmet transportation needs? These thoughts might even have occurred to you as you sat on Interstate 5 in the midst of one of the interstate’s increasingly frequent mysterious traffic jams — you know, the ones where there seems to be no cause for the slowdown? (By the way, those kinds of slowdowns can be symptoms that a stretch of road is over its capacity. More on that later.)

In the meantime, there is good news to report: Albany Rep. Andy Olson says that he’s in the middle of setting up the committee’s last meeting on the road, and plans are to hold the meeting on Monday, Oct. 24, at Linn-Benton Community College. The time is yet to be determined.

“I’m really pleased that we’ll have a voice in this matter,” Olson said. Watch the paper for more details on the hearing as it draws nearer, but in the meantime, save the date.

Olson’s committee, which includes Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate, is charged with crafting a transportation package for the Legislature to consider in its 2017 session. There’s little doubt that the state’s rapidly aging transportation infrastructure needs the work. The key questions are these: What should get the attention first and how should we pay for that?

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