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General Information and Legislation

Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI) Overview

The Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI) is an integrated statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation while creating healthier, more livable communities and greater economic opportunity. OSTI must address how the energy landscape is changing, how we will continue to power transportation and sustain a strong economy. Information about Oregon’s GHG reduction goals can be found in ORS 468A.205 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Goals.

OSTI is being led by several state agencies: the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Department of Energy, and many stakeholder committees made up of businesspeople, elected officials and residents of communities across the state.

Oregon Legislation

The 2010 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1059, a statewide, comprehensive bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation. SB 1059 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.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Goals - ORS 468A.205
  • House Bill 2001 (2009)

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Links