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Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown

Cost of Congestion Report From Portland Business Alliance

The Cost of Congestion to

the Economy of the Portland Region

Executive Summary   (Local Copy)

December 2005

Prepared for: Portland Business Alliance, Metro, Port of Portland and Oregon

Department of Transportation

Prepared by: Economic Development Research Group, Inc., Boston, MA


The region’s economy is transportation-dependent. Despite Portland’s excellent rail, marine, highway and air connections to national and international destinations, projected growth in freight and general traffic cannot be accommodated on the current system. Increasing congestion -- even with currently planned improvements -- will significantly impact the region’s ability to maintain and grow business, as well as our quality of life.

Action is needed to remain competitive with other regions that are planning large investments in their transportation infrastructure. This report finds that:

Full Report   (Local Copy)