Background and Overview
The Statewide Transportation Strategy (STS) is a state-level scenario planning effort that examines all aspects of the transportation system, including the movement of people and goods, and identifies a combination of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The STS was developed as part of a larger effort known as the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI), an integrated statewide effort to reduce GHG emissions from Oregon’s transportation sector. The effort is the result of two bills passed by the Oregon Legislature, House Bill 2001 (2009) and Senate Bill 1059 (2010), which were crafted to help the state meet its 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gases.
The STS was developed over the course of two years involving extensive research and technical analysis, as well as policy direction and technical input from local governments, industry representatives, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), state agencies and others.
The STS identifies the most effective GHG emissions reduction strategies in transportation systems, vehicle and fuel technologies and urban land use patterns. Beyond reducing GHG emissions, these strategies appear to lead to other benefits, including improved health, cleaner air, and a more efficient transportation system. These strategies will serve as the best tools available to help meet the state’s goals while supporting other societal goals such as livable communities, economic vitality and public health. The STS is neither directive nor regulatory, but rather points to promising approaches that should be further considered by policymakers at the state, regional, and local levels.
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Statewide Transportation Strategy Documents
On March 20, 2013, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) accepted the STS.
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As summarized below and illustrated in the following graphic, the STS will be developed in three phases:
- Phase I is the development of the STS document and conducting public outreach. This phase concluded with the OTC's acceptance of the STS in March 2013.
- Phase II is the development and execution of an implementation plan that defines specific implementation actions and clarifies institutional roles and responsibilities. This phase also includes a more detailed assessment and analysis of potential economic impacts and opportunities. Phase II is currently underway and additional details are available on the STS Implementation webpage.
- Phase III is the monitoring and adjustment phase which includes the tracking of performance measures over time and the periodic assessment and modification of the STS and timelines as elements of the STS are implemented. Phase III is anticipated to begin in early 2014 and will be an on-going process.
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