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Oregon Public Transportation Plan

Oregon Public Transportation Plan

In 2015, ODOT will begin developing a new Oregon Public Transportation Plan (OPTP). The OPTP is one of several statewide transportation mode and topic plans that refine, apply, and implement the Oregon Transportation Plan’s (OTP) goals, policies, strategies, and key initiatives.

The new OPTP will provide a statewide vision for the public transportation system, and describe the role of public transit in contributing to the transportation system overall. The Plan will provide a policy framework to inform decision making and guide investments strategies described in public transportation plans, transportation system plans, facility plans, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and other programs.

The original Oregon Public Transportation Plan was adopted in 1997, and many regulatory, demographic, and societal changes have occurred since then, creating a need for a new OPTP to better provide policy direction for today. The OPTP also needs to be updated to be consistent with the current OTP and other state mode and topic plans.

Initial ODOT objectives for the new OPTP include:

  • Provide a long-range vision for public transportation and a policy framework to help shape the public transportation system over the next 20 or more years.
  • Discuss methods to improve and enhance public transportation services consistent with state and federal planning goals and guidance and in light of current fiscal realities.
  • Address how transit can serve goals such as accessibility, availability, connectivity, economic development and social equity.
  • Address the state’s publicly funded transportation system, including rural and urban transit, special needs transportation and intercity bus services, as well as connections between public transportation system elements and with the transportation system overall.
  • Describe the existing public transportation system and present a strategic approach to improving public transportation in the future, without listing specific investments. Instead the OPTP framework will help local and regional transit providers prioritize and decide on specific investments for their networks.
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Plan Development Process

ODOT conducted initial interviews with a sample of stakeholders from around the state regarding what may need to be considered in the plan. Stakeholders interviewed included large and small public transportation providers, business groups, other state agencies, and ODOT staff. A summary of themes from these stakeholder conversations is now available. These themes helped to shape the initial scope of the OPTP development project, while other themes and topics to consider will be discovered during the project.

OPTP pre-work activities began in 2015, with project team work to research current conditions and opportunities. This work included a survey and a workshop at the Oregon Public Transportation Conference, to learn from transit providers about the trends and opportunities affecting their service. A summary of themes and ideas from the survey and workshop is now available. Once this basic research is completed and it is time to start evaluating what this information means for the new OPTP, plan advisory committees will begin their work. OPTP development will be guided by a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) with input from stakeholders and the public throughout the state. The PAC will be formed in the fall of 2015 and will begin meeting in early 2016. OPTP development is expected to take about two years from when the PAC begins its work.

Public involvement is critical to ensuring a successful plan. ODOT is committed to providing information about the plan development process and opportunities for public involvement throughout. One key thing to do is to follow this website as it is updated by signing up for email updates.

As plan development activities get underway and the PAC begins its work, there will be more frequent updates to this site and more opportunities to participate. See the general timeline for OPTP development below.

Oregon Public Transportation Plan General Timeline

Oregon Public Transportation Plan General Timeline
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The new OPTP will be a joint effort between two ODOT divisions. Transportation Development’s Planning Unit staff will manage the plan development process and public outreach. The Rail and Public Transit Division will provide content expertise and assist with plan development activities and public outreach. OPTP project staff from both divisions are listed below.

Lucia Ramirez
Principal Planner
Planning Section

Scott Turnoy
Senior Transportation Planner
Planning Section

Jean Palmateer
Transit Planner
Rail and Public Transit Division

Amanda Pietz
Planning Unit Manager
Planning Section

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