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The Vote Before Tolls Committee exists to give Oregon voters direct input on state and local tolling decisions.

Congestion Tolling on the I-205 Corridor (near West Linn/Oregon City) and on I-5 (near the Rose Quarter) is being considered as a result of Oregon Legislation HB 2017 where tolling was identified to help fund selected Transportation needs and projects. We are working to organize and empower citizens to have a voice and a vote, on these and future tolling decisions!

About Us

The Vote Before Tolls Committee is a grassroots, citizen-driven non-partisan statewide effort.


  • Legislation calling for a public vote on highway tolls before they go into effect
  • ODOT transparency on their decision processes, toll amounts, use of funds, and plans for sunsetting of tolls
  • An open discussion as to how tolls fit into ODOT’s short- and long-term funding strategy for local and state-wide projects


  • Highway tolls are a new form of taxation in Oregon. Taxpayers do not trust Salem and ODOT to act in the best interest of the general public and businesses.
  • Oregonians deserve to have a say at the ballot box before they are tolled to use existing highways.*
  • Automobiles, trucks, bicycles, public transit, and sidewalks serve different, but co-existing transportation needs.
  • It is essential that Oregon have high quality and efficient roads to serve the diverse needs of its people and businesses.  
  • The current Oregon Tolling Proposal
    • Is not equitable and places a disproportionate financial and traffic burden on segments of citizenry and businesses
    • Is a gateway to expanded and permanent tolling across the Portland tri-county region … and the rest of the state
  • We do not oppose traditional tolling that pays for the capital costs of new capacity, but we believe the citizens should have a direct say in these decisions.
  • Oregonians want to be environmentally responsible and question Congestion Pricing/Tolling as the safest, most efficient, and best solution.
  • Tolling with excessive collection overheads is irresponsible and not financially prudent or viable.
  • Tolling that prevents accessing federal matching highway funds is not generally prudent.
  • Using tolling for capital expenses (construction) is differnt than tolling for ongoing maintenance or general transportation funding.

* We acknowledge that tolling adding capacity is legal by federal statute.