In addition to addressing environmental and natural resource needs, the development of sustainable highways should include focus on access (not just mobility), moving people and goods (not just vehicles), and providing people with transportation choices, such as safe and comfortable routes for walking, cycling, and transit. - FHWA Sustainable Highways
Transportation Options in Oregon
Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health. - Partnership for Sustainable Communities
ODOT Bike and Pedestrian Program
The ODOT Bike and Pedestrian Program provides direction to ODOT in establishing pedestrian and bicycle facilities on state highways. The program also provides support to local governments, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and private citizens, in planning, designing and constructing pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
ODOT Public Transit Division
The ODOT Public Transit Division 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.
ODOT Rail Division
The ODOT Rail Division represents and advocates for customers of railroads, both passenger and freight, to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable rail transportation system.
Read more about passenger and high-speed rail in Oregon.
Least Cost Planning
What is Least Cost Planning?
Least cost planning (LCP) was defined by the 2009 Oregon Legislature in the Jobs and Transportation Act (House Bill 2001 PDF):
"Least-cost planning means a process of comparing direct and indirect costs of demand and supply options to meet transportation goals, policies or both, where the intent of the process is to identify the most cost-effective mix of options."
ODOT is now working with stakeholders to develop a LCP methodology that will meet the definition above. ODOT expects LCP to enable a more comprehensive evaluation of possible solutions and improve consistency, transparency, and accountability for decisions made with LCP.
Read more about Least cost planning at ODOT
ODOT's LCP Project Principles
There are several overall principles to guide the LCP Methodology Development Project, here are a few:
- LCP will seek the most cost-effective solutions considering the goals to be achieved over the long-term, not necessarily the least expensive solutions in terms of up-front costs.
- The LCP methodology developed will be consistent with related Agency efforts such as those to address greenhouse gas reduction goals, linking planning and environmental compliance procedures, and implement practical design.
- The LCP methodology developed will not be a static product. The Agency will continue to update and amend the methodology as more is learned and tools and techniques are improved over time.
Read more about the LCP Project Principles
Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI)
The 2010 Oregon Legislature passed the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (Senate Bill 1059), a statewide, comprehensive bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation. OSTI names the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development as the lead agencies in implementing its requirements. ODOT and DLCD are to:
- Coordinate and consult with stakeholders, local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and other state agencies to develop a state-level strategy to reduce greenhouse gases from transportation.
- Develop a toolkit to assist local governments and MPOs in reducing greenhouse gases from transportation.
- Develop guidelines for scenario planning, and provide information to LCDC to set transportation-related greenhouse gas reduction targets for areas served by metropolitan planning organizations.
- Conduct outreach and education to the public.
- Work with local governments within areas served by an MPO to consider what actions they might take, transportation-wise, to reduce greenhouse gases in the short-term.