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Building a Better Bend

Bend needs to focus on the basic needs of citizens, like safety, streets, and other key city functions.


  • Keeping Bend Safe
  • Paving our roads
  • Providing reasonable land-use policies
  • Focusing on key city functions

More on Better Roads

Bill Proposes Comprehensive Transportation Goals

At council, Bill proposed Bend's transportation system support broad-based affordable housing, economic growth and retaining Bend’s livability.  For more details, see Bill’s Transportation Goals or watch the video.
Nov 1, 2017

Bill Helps Secure Road Funding
Bend's road maintenance budget more than doubled to $7.3 million. Bend’s budget increased to a record $5.2 million/year. And the legislature stepped up too with an additional $2.1 million/yr. In addition, we secured $79.6 million of city and state funds to fix East-West congestion issues, like Empire and Murphy.
July 2017

Bill Reviews Proposed Contracts
Bill reviewed proposed contracts, including the summer 2017 street maintenance contracts.  Bill suggests and encourages more competitive procurements for road maintenance.
May 15, 2017

Bill meets with MPO and approves request for state funding for Bend’s Empire and north Highway 97
May 8, 2017

Bill Meets with the Central Oregon Association of Realtors
Bill met with and received feedback from COAR on building new roads and related fees.
May 4, 2017

Bill Meets with a Constituent about BPRD
Bill met with a constituent about concerns with Bend Parks and Recreation District spending relative to the city’s budget.
May 2, 2017

Bill Meets with COBA members
Bill brainstormed ideas on building new roads and related fees with members of the Central Oregon Builders Association.
May 2, 2017

Bill provides feedback to the Galveston Avenue Corridor Parking Study on problems with safety and parking in the area.
April 27, 2017

Bill discusses funding for Empire with ODOT and MPO members.
April 25, 2017

Bill bikes with Bend Bikes to learn about cycling safety issues.
April 22, 2017

Bill met with city staff and Bend MPO members to discuss how to shape transportation issues so that the city and MPO support each other. 
April 18
The MPO should focus on larger road systems with direct connections to ODOT and the county plus intelligent transportation system management.

Bill chaired Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting and planned upcoming meeting agenda for MPO.
April 13

County Commission and City Council Joint Session
April 11
Bill met to review the ways the city and county could work together to support the city’s annexation of new land and other issues of mutual concern.

Bill met with a CET Board member about the bus system; he maintains that on an average bus, there are 1 – 2 riders. 
April 10

Facts about buses:

  • Cost/Ride including buses = $8.60/ride.
  • A comparable ride on Uber costs around $6.20 and emits less pollution.
  • The city spends about the same amount from the general fund for the bus system and fixing roads – $1.7 million.  Both the bus system and roads are supported by other sources of revenue too. 
  • Peak hours on a bus cap out at 40% of capacity of the bus.
  • Many routes run with no riders at all.

Bill now serves on the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation (COACT); February 2017
COACT offers a forum for discussing, understanding, and coordinating the transportation issues affecting Central Oregon.

Bill now serves as board chair of the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). February 2017
The MPO represents the federally designated regional transportation planning organization for Bend.

Bill met with leaders of Central Oregon LandWatch for a discussion related to housing issues and land use.
February 2017



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