Oregonians all across the state are seeing the benefits the new payroll tax is making in public transportation. That’s according to a report just out about the new Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund.
Most Oregonians started paying into the fund on July 1, 2018, after the Oregon Legislature created the new program. It is a payroll tax of one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) on wages paid to employees. The funds are dedicated to improving public transportation in communities large and small, in urban, suburban, and rural areas alike. Programs are helping high school students, low-income families, commuters get where they need to go, sans-car.
- 3 million hours of new bus service.
- 300 miles of transit service gaps filled across the state.
- About 500,000 new rides provided to students in grades 9 – 12.
- 329 new buses; including 103 new low- or no-emission buses.