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In Oregon, when you purchase a custom motorcycle or Moped license plate for your ride the surcharge supports and benefits the Oregon passenger rail program.

Huh?

What’s the Passenger Rail Program you ask?  It’s responsible for the planning and development of Oregon’s growing passenger rail service, including contracting for train and motorcoach service and supervising rail improvement projects within the federally designated High Speed Rail Corridor between Eugene and Portland.  You might recall that last year the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) allocated $8 Billion to jumpstart the development of improved high-speed intercity passenger rail service in the U.S. The Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor received $598 Million. Of that amount, Oregon was awarded $8 Million in the first round for three projects.

The custom motorcycle license plate surcharge provides this program even more financial resources.  However, for automobiles the Cultural plate surcharge supports The Oregon Cultural Trust.  The Crater Lake plate surcharge supports Crater Lake National Park.  The Salmon plate surcharge supports the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

It’s not clear how much the surcharge generates in annual fees for the program, but shouldn’t the motorcycle license plate surcharge support or benefit a MOTORCYCLE program?  Like maybe the Team Oregon motorcycle safety training program would be a logical recipient for custom plate fees?

Some motorcycle riders have experienced prejudice from other motorists, law enforcement, or insurance companies, but this is irrefutable proof of the anti-motorcycle prejudice built into the “Salem legislation system.”

Photo courtesy of Google Pictures.  Shout-out to Mike for the surcharge/fee link.

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