ODOT, through the 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
Hal Gard is the Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) Administrator.
As Rail Division Administrator, Hal Gard oversees a division responsible for rail safety, crossing safety, and operations of passenger and freight rail service in Oregon. In addition, upon the retirement of Michael Ward in May of this year, Hal was asked to oversee the Public Transit Division. The Public Transit Division is responsible for providing public transportation and transportation options technical assistance and grant administration to over 200 public transportation providers, agencies and communities.
Hal recently 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, recognizing outstanding contributions to highway development, from the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. In presenting the award, WASHTO noted 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.
Public Transit Division (PTD) provides grants, policy leadership and technical assistance to communities and local transportation providers to provide transportation to people. The division also develops and encourages 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, the Public Transit Division works with the Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) and the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) on significant transit issues.
Annual Performance Measures
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.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, also known as MAP-21, authorizes federal highway, transit and safety programs through September 30, 2014. MAP-21 significantly modifies the transit program structure, merging a number of small formula programs and changing a major discretionary program into a formula program, also adding a new safety requirement for transit providers and states. The funding levels in MAP-21 remain comparable to those in SAFETEA-LU.