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Oregon Public Transportation Plan

Announcements

Online Open House now available!

The next Policy Advisory Committee meeting will be November 8, 2016.

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Sign up for email updates to follow PAC and plan development activities, including public events.

Contact

Lucia Ramirez
ODOT Planning
503-986-4168

Brooke Jordan
ODOT Planning
503-986-3510

Jean Palmateer
Rail and Public Transit Division
503-986-3472

Amanda Pietz
ODOT Planning Unit Manager
503-986-4227

Share your thoughts! ODOT hosting listening meetings and online open house Fall 2016

ODOT is inviting the public to comment on the plan’s draft vision and goals and discuss the challenges and opportunities for public transportation around the state. In September and October, ODOT will host public meetings and an online open house to gather input. The Online Open House is now available and will close October 28, 2016. To register for one of the workshops click one of the meeting locations below. Space is limited!
Meeting #1: La Grande
September 14, 10 a.m. to Noon
ODOT Region 5 Headquarters
3012 Island Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850

Meeting #4: Portland
October 13, 10 a.m. to Noon
ODOT Region 1 Headquarters
123 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209

Meeting #2: Bend
September 21, 10 a.m. to Noon
ODOT Region 4 Headquarters
63055 N. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97701

Meeting #5: Salem
October 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry
626 High Street, NE
Salem, OR 97301

Meeting #3: White City
September 27, 10 a.m. to Noon
ODOT Rogue Valley Area Office
100 Antelope Road
White City, OR 97503
Public Involvement Summary (PDF)
Factsheet (PDF)

Overview

ODOT has begun work to develop 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 (OTP).

1997 Oregon Public Transportation Plan (OPTP) (PDF)

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. 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, intercity bus services, connections between public transportation system elements, and the transportation system overall.
  • Describe the existing public transportation system and present a strategic approach to improving public transportation in the future.

Plan Development Process

OPTP development, guided by stakeholders, is expected to take about two years from when a diverse Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) began its work in April 2016. See the OPTP Development General Timeline (PDF) for details. In addition to the PAC, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will participate in the OPTP development to advise ODOT on specific topics.

ODOT’s work began with research on existing conditions and possible plan topics. ODOT conducted interviews with a sample of stakeholders from around the state regarding what may need to be considered in the plan. These stakeholders' initial advice is captured in the OPTP Summary of Stakeholder Interviews (PDF).

ODOT’s research on current conditions and opportunities for public transportation included a survey of public transportation providers and a workshop at the 2015 Oregon Public Transportation Conference, See the summary of themes and ideas from the survey and workshop for what was learned. Survey results can be seen in the OPTP Workshop and Provider Survey Summary (PDF).

How to Participate

You are invited to participate in the development of the new OPTP. The easiest way to follow the PAC and plan development activities, including public events, is to sign up for email updates. Public involvement is critical to ensuring a successful plan that works for our whole state. OPTP public events, meetings, and PAC materials will all be posted to this site.

You are welcome to comment on the OPTP throughout its development. Please send comments to OPTP@odot.state.or.us. If you have questions about the plan or the OPTP development process, you can use the contacts listed on the right.