Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Find     
Site Image

Planning for the Future
Transportation Initiative
The Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI) is an integrated statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while creating healthier, more livable communities and greater economic opportunity.
 
OSTI is being led by several state agencies: the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), and many stakeholder committees made up of businesspeople, elected officials and residents of communities across the state.

 
Least Cost Planning
Section 6 and 7 of House Bill 2001 directs ODOT to develop a least cost planning model (defined as a process of comparing direct and indirect costs of demand and supply options to meet transportation goals) in decision-making in cooperation with local governments and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). ODOT is working with MPOs and stakeholders to define least cost planning.

 
Criteria for STIP Projects
Section 16 and 17 of House Bill 2001 directs the Oregon Transportation Committee (OTC) to work with the stakeholders to update the STIP to include a number of criteria, including the criteria: “Is consistent with the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and reduces the state’s dependence on foreign oil.” The STIP Stakeholder group is currently meeting on a regularly scheduled basis. 
 
Read STIP Criteria 

 
Oregon Transportation Plan
 
The 2006 Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) provides a vision for the state’s transportation system and lays out the policy foundations for addressing climate change. The OTP includes a sustainability goal (Goal 4) with has policy statements relating to environmental responsibility, energy, and creation of communities. Some of the strategies related to these policy statements relate directly to climate change. 
 
Read the 2006 OTP 
(Goal 4- Sustainability pages 58-62)

 
GreenSTEP
ODOT’s Transportation Planning Analysis Unit is developing the GreenSTEP model, a planning tool to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from the surface portions of the transportation sector and to assist in determining how the transportation sector can meet the statewide emissions targets in the future.
 
GreenSTEP paper
 
Transportation Growth
 
Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program supports community efforts to expand transportation choices for people. By linking land use and transportation planning, TGM works in partnership with local governments to create vibrant, livable communities in which people can walk, bike, take transit, or drive where they want to go.

 
Greenroads
 
ODOT is currently in the process of evaluating three pilot projects, in various levels of completion, based on the Greenroads sustainability performance metric. Greenroads was developed out of the University of Washington in consultation with CH2M HILL. The Greenroads performance metric awards points for more sustainable practices during the design and construction phases of roadway projects and awards a certification level based on the number of points earned, much like the LEED program does for buildings.
 
Read more about Greenroads  
 
Read about ODOT and Greenroads 

 
ODOT Research Section
The Research Section oversees the state’s federally funded research, development, and technology transfer program with particular emphasis on new technology intended to enhance the performance of Oregon’s transportation systems. While the Research Section conducts research on a wide-range of subjects, there have been research projects focused on sustainable environmental practices and climate change related issues.