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ODOT's Public Transit Section supports mobility options for Oregonians through advocacy, collaborative partnerships, and grant programs. These transportation choices help create social equity, access to jobs and critical needs, connectivity, and a robust state economy. They also reduce our carbon footprint, increase energy independence, and help create a sustainable future.

Learn about how public transportation is funded in Oregon: Public Transportation Funding in Oregon Overview

Learn about how public transportation benefits Oregon's economy, the environment, and our residents: Public Transportation: Connecting Communities


 Long-Range Vision


Long Range Vision

ODOT, through the Rail and Public Transit Division, will provide the leadership to develop a unified vision for transportation planning and investment in the state of Oregon. To increase access to alternative transportation by engaging communities at a grass root level in the future of transportation, the division will:

  • Support mobility and choice for the Elderly and Disabled population
  • Connect transportation services throughout the state
  • Ensure equity and coordination in funding and services to all communities
  • Encourage better transportation choices for the environment
  • Provide leadership, tools and solutions for better access
  • Provide effective and efficient stewardship of state and federal funds
  • Provide targeted and effective education and technical assistance

 Division Administrator


Division Administrator

Hal Gard is the Rail and Public Transit Division Administrator.

As Division Administrator, Hal Gard oversees the provision of transit-related technical assistance and grant administration to 200 public transportation agencies. He also manages rail safety, crossing safety and passenger and freight rail operations service in Oregon. Previously, Hal managed the Geo-Environmental Section within ODOT's Technical Services Branch and served as the agency's tribal liaison for regulatory issues.

Hal began his ODOT career in 1994 when he was hired as the department's first archaeologist. After developing and managing that program for eight years, he joined the newly-formed Bridge Delivery Unit to work on new environmental streamlining opportunities presented by the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III. In 2011, Hal received the Hewes Award from the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials for his considerable individual efforts in improving environmental performance in Oregon's transportation projects and programs.

A Registered Professional Archaeologist, Hal holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California in Anthropology and a Master's Degree in the co-fields of Archaeology, Fish and Wildlife, and Geo-science from Oregon State University.





ODOT Public Transit provides grants, policy leadership and technical assistance to communities and local transportation providers to provide transportation to people. We also develop and encourage the use of transit, ridesharing, telecommuting, alternative work schedules, walking, bicycling and other alternatives to driving alone. As part of administering federal and state transit funds, ODOT Public Transit works with the Public Transportation Advisory Committee and the Oregon Transportation Commission on significant transit issues.

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Governor's Balanced Budget

The Public Transit Division implements ODOT goals through public transportation and transportation options programs around the state. The budget is comprised of state and federal funds. State funding is dedicated primarily and does not derive from the state General Fund (income and business taxes). Federal funds are annual formula-based allocations from Federal Transit Administration and fixed annual allocations from Surface Transportation Programs for capital investments.

ODOT Budget Office