As Oregon awaits freeway tolling approval, Portland’s Metro plans a broader study

The Oregon Department of Transportation is leading the long-range effort to charge drivers to use sections of the metro area’s freeways, but last week the Metro regional government said it was ready to wade into the tough political issue, too.

In a Feb. 20 letter to the state’s top transportation decision-making body, Metro Council President Lynn Peterson indicated the tri-county government supported Oregon’s plan to toll sections of Interstates 5 and 205 and the state’s effort to analyze whether it makes sense to charge drivers on all metro freeways.