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In October 2021, Portland City Council accepted the Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility (POEM) report. This was the culmination of 18 months of work by the POEM Task Force, a group of 19 volunteer community members who explored whether pricing tools—or charges related to driving or using road space—could be used to improve mobility, reduce climate impact, and make our transportation system more equitable. More information is available at Portland.gov/POEM.
At this seminar, POEM Project Managers Shoshana Cohen and Emma Sagor from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will share how this project took on the topic of “congestion pricing” from a new angle, putting equity at the forefront. They will review the framework used by the Task Force to evaluate a range of pricing tools—from parking prices to fees on private for-hire or delivery trips to bigger scale strategies like tolling and cordons—and the recommendations the group made to City Council, as well as what work will come next.
Shoshana Cohen works for the Portland Bureau of Transportation where she manages the Intergovernmental Affairs team in the Office of the Director. She helps to advance PBOT’s state, federal and regional priorities and works on special initiatives related to top bureau goals. Shoshana has overseen PBOT’s congestion pricing efforts for four years and served as the co-project manager for the Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility Task Force for the last two years. She has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy, and over 20 years of experience ranging from policy research to non-profit management.
Emma Sagor leads the Strategic Performance team for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), where she focuses on tracking and analyzing data on how the bureau is advancing its strategic priorities of equity, safety, climate, mobility and asset management. Prior to this, she served for two years as the City of Portland’s Climate Advisor through the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge. As part of her Climate Challenge responsibilities, she co-managed the Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility project, and supported other critical climate efforts including the Rose Lane Project. She has a Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and more than 10 years’ experience working in the academic, private and public sectors.
Transportation | Urban Studies and Planning
Cohen, Shoshana and Sagor, Emma, "A New Approach to Transportation Pricing: Lessons from the POEM Project" (2021). TREC Friday Seminar Series. 216.