Public Transit Division (PTD) assists communities with the development of alternative transportation methods, including rideshare programs, park and ride lots, telecommuting programs, and information and incentive programs to encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone. By reducing the number of vehicles on the road, PTD helps the Department of Transportation (ODOT) manage traffic volumes.
There are seven cities/regions in Oregon with such programs. The programs are termed Transportation Options, or TO (formerly known as Transportation Demand Management or TDM). ODOT provides funding to agencies responsible for conducting these programs, which include transit agencies, city governments, councils of governments, and private, non-profit agencies.
Each region of ODOT determines funding levels for TO programs within the region. The process varies but typically involves a funding request by the responsible entity for inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The TO programs are federally funded.
PTD provides technical assistance to local providers and partner agencies, helps develop new programs and expand existing programs, writes and manages grant agreements, and, in certain cases, manages grant agreements on behalf of ODOT Highway regions.