As the Metro Council considers a potential ballot measure to fund needed investments to address traffic, safety and climate concerns in our growing region, Metro periodically surveys samples of people who are likely to vote in the November 2020 election. That’s because if the council refers a measure, Metro has a responsibility to ensure that it reflects community priorities.
Metro also has a responsibility to make sure that any potential measure meets a range of needs for people around the greater Portland area. That’s why the process to develop the measure has relied upon intensive engagement with community members and local leaders. This process has included the three-year effort to develop the 2019 Regional Transportation Plan that identified more than $50 billion in needed investments. It has also included the work of the Transportation Funding Task Force, the local investment teams, and ongoing engagement with community organizations, local businesses, government partners and the public. The role of public surveys in this process is to test assumptions and inform decision-makers about what voters think about potential investments.
Findings from three surveys affirm that voters are deeply concerned about traffic, safety and climate and they are willing to support a strong plan to address these challenges.