In early 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.