About M 26-218
Get moving will invest in:
- Up to 45 miles of new sidewalks and an additional 140 miles of new bike lanes, heavily weighted toward communities of color.
- 120 miles of roadway improvements, and 280 new marked crosswalks making getting around our region safer and more reliable.
- The region’s first rapid bus transit system.
- 11 miles of new MAX lines.
- Free youth transit passes for all of our region’s high school students.
- And 4,000 new streetlights to make our streets safer and more accessible.
PREPARING FOR GROWTH AND TRAFFIC: As our economy recovers and the region continues to grow, we’ll be right back in traffic congestion. We need to take action now. In 2018, an average of 1,000 new residents per month moved into the greater Portland region. An estimated one million new people will call this region home in the coming decades. We have to take meaningful, effective steps that help mitigate congestion without harming our climate, economy, and quality of life.
CREATING THOUSANDS OF JOBS: This measure will allow much-needed investments in our aging roads and bridges while creating over tens of thousands of jobs and helping to rebuild our local economy at the same time as we rebuild our transportation system.
INVESTING IN SAFER ROADS AND SIDEWALKS: We all deserve safe places to walk and bike. This measure targets resources for sidewalks and safe routes to school, as well as safety improvements on our roadways that give drivers more time to respond and encourage safer driving behavior.
JUMP START OUR ECONOMY: Economists across the political spectrum agree that in order to jump-start our economy and get working, moving, and thriving again we need to be investing in infrastructure and local jobs. From the New Deal to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: our region, state, and country have prioritized investment in transportation during moments of economic uncertainty. We know that’s the best way to make sure we emerge stronger than ever and prepared for the future we deserve.
ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY: Let’s Get Moving also helps us put our values into practice and makes critical transportation investments in underserved neighborhoods where a history of racist transportation planning has resulted in a higher need for transit access, sidewalks, safety improvements, and other investments. It’s easy to say that Black Lives Matter — it’s another to put real investments into communities of color while fighting displacement. If we really do believe in racial equity and correcting the racist legacy of this country, then we have to take action and make changes.
EXPANDING TRANSIT OPTIONS: This measure will create our region’s first rapid bus network and build additional and much needed MAX line. These transit improvements will improve efficiency and safety, increase access for historically marginalized communities, and reduce carbon pollution.
ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE: Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. No one measure or action will solve the crisis, but we know that carbon pollution can be reduced by providing alternatives to driving alone, including safe, reliable, and affordable transit, biking, and walking.
We can’t do this without you. Let’s Get Moving has been referred from the Metro Council to the people of our region — and we must pass it at the ballot this November.
Shaping the Measure
Transportation decisions have historically been made in back rooms with corporate lobbyists deciding which potholes get filled and which bridges get built. It has meant that many of our most dangerous roadways that criss-cross have been overlooked for decades.
Get Moving is different. A taskforce of business, community, and elected leaders spent nearly two years working closely with community members and more than 20 listening sessions identifying our dangerous and heavily used roadways, crosswalks, and where our transit service needs to be improved.
Transportation Means Jobs and Economic Recovery
“Since the days of the New Deal and the WPA, in times of economic uncertainty, our country, our state, and our region have always invested in major construction projects in order to create jobs and help stabilize the economy. There are lots of ways to create jobs, but creating jobs by building transformational transportation projects—that is rebuilding our economy and our transportation system simultaneously.”
Small Business — Big Benefit.
Let’s Get Moving was created and negotiated with small, independently-owned businesses in mind and workers . By fixing sidewalks and installing crosswalks, the measure will help connect small businesses to customers by making them more accessible. And with the new rapid-ride bus lanes, commuters, shoppers, and students will breeze through traffic to get wherever they need to go.
This measure is going to create high-paying jobs that will help this region keep going after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, provide ongoing careers in transit, and help speed up traffic as more individuals move to the area.