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​Transportation Options

The Transportation Options (TO) program promotes alternatives to driving alone. TO projects reduce road congestion and pollution which enhances health and livability in local communities.






The Transportation Options program promotes alternatives to driving such as bicycling, walking, public transit, ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling), teleworking and compressed work-weeks. The program helps ODOT achieve national and state goals for land use, air quality, congestion management, and energy conservation. The goal is to encourage travelers to choose alternative travel modes for the purpose of reducing auto trips, congestion, and pollution they cause, and to enhance livability, physical health, and activity levels.

Drive Less Save More is a mass marketing campaign that promotes transportation options in Oregon. It started in 2005 in the Portland Metro area and was rolled out statewide in 2009.

Drive Less Connect is an interactive ride-match service and database launched in 2011. It unifies Oregon's previously fragmented ridesharing services into a system that is both statewide and interstate, since it also includes Washington and Idaho.

Click on the Funding, Guidance, Compliance, and Reference tabs above to learn more about the Transportation Options program.

Transportation Options Plan

What is the Transportation Options Plan?

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In April 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the state’s first statewide Transportation Options Plan. First of its kind in the nation, the Oregon TO Plan identifies policies, programs, services, and investments to expand transportation choices for Oregonians and support the efficient use of the state’s transportation infrastructure.

What's the status of the implementation process?

Since Plan adoption, ODOT staff and transportation options stakeholders have provided input on implementation efforts via interviews, focus groups, statewide transportation options meetings, and working group discussions. All of these efforts have helped inform ODOT’s decision-making process for the initial implementation elements of the Plan:

  • Define ODOT’s Transportation Options Program and Structure and the role of the State in coordinating, managing, and/or delivering transportation options programs, services, and investments. An ODOT-based committee has convened to guide the state transportation options program structure and development to define ODOT’s role related to policy support, funding and contract management, technical tools and research, communications, transportation options integration at the agency level, and program management.
  • Develop Performance Measures to streamline the measurement process for transportation options providers at the local, regional, and state level. A Performance Measure Working Group comprised of internal and external stakeholders has been convened. Draft performance measures at the program and State levels are currently being finalized for ODOT’s consideration. PowerPoint presentations from the Working Group meetings are available here (Aug 2015), here (Oct 2015), and here (Jan 2016).
  • Create Communications & Outreach materials to improve awareness and understanding of transportation options programs and build the business case for investment. The Implementation Plan Project Management Team is currently working with ODOT leadership and ODOT Region staff to develop communications materials that demonstrate how the TO Plan will be implemented and integrated into staff’s daily work. A background memo on the “TO Integration” process currently underway is available here.
  • Conduct Trainings to broaden the understanding of transportation options programs and reach new constituents and program participants around the state. Training opportunities will be refined in more detail over the next several months.

Newsletter Updates

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Winter 2015 Newsletter

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Implementation Timeline

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Want to learn more?

To provide a depth of understanding of potential opportunities and inform the implementation process, research and background information on key plan elements have been developed. To learn more, click on the links below:

Contact Information

For more information about the process, contact June Carlson, Project Manager, (503) 569-8097.





ODOT provides funding to agencies responsible for ridesharing, park and ride lots, telecommuting programs, and information and incentive programs to encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone. Each region of ODOT determines funding levels for TO programs within the region. The application process varies but typically involves a funding request by the applicant agency for inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The TO program is federally funded.


Statewide Transportation Options Grant Program

These formula-based TO grants are administered by RPTD each biennium.  Each Oregon county is assigned to a Statewide TO Grant Program recipient agency. Most grant recipients receive funding for multiple counties, though some cover only one county.
Transportation Options Sponsorship Program
This program aims to be a catalyst for the development and/or implementation of new Transportation Options activities in Oregon. The sponsorship program is designed to inspire creativity and innovation in the Transportation Demand Management field. The maximum sponsorship amount is $5,000, or $3,000 for non-profit organizations.

                Complete TO Sponsorship Details and Application



For more information, contact Matthew Barnes at matthew.m.barnes@odot.state.or.us.






Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations Federal regulations related to carpool and vanpool projects





Compliance Requirements for All Programs

See the Guidance Library / Provider Handbook section, Reporting and Compliance tabs, and the Civil Rights section of our site for information regarding specific regulations and reporting forms and deadlines connected to funding for general public transportation service.

Guidance Library / Provider Handbook

Civil Rights