Oregon Transportation Options Plan: Public Review Draft
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) released the Draft Oregon Transportation Options Plan for public review and comment through January 30, 2015. ODOT staff is currently working through public comments with the Policy Advisory Committee for OTC consideration likely at the upcoming April 16th meeting.
The Oregon Transportation Options Plan
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is developing Oregon’s first Transportation Options Plan (TO Plan). The TO Plan is one of several statewide transportation mode and topic plans that further refine and implement the Oregon Transportation Plan’s (OTP) goals, policies, strategies, and key initiatives.
The purpose of the Plan is to establish a vision and policy guidance that integrates transportation options in local, regional, and state transportation planning, programming, and investment. The TO Plan will be grounded in an examination of existing programs, investments, and unmet transportation needs in the state. The Plan will include policies and recommendations that support and advance TO program activities, suggest ways to integrate TO into transportation planning and investments, and support TO program activities and integration with capital investment planning at the local and regional level.
Transportation options strategies, programs, and investments enhance traveler opportunities and choices to bike, walk, take transit, share rides, and telecommute. Such strategies can be used as solutions to problems of system capacity and as a way of creating an efficient transportation system for a multitude of users and uses. Transportation options strategies can lead to transportation and community benefits such as:
- Making more efficient use of the existing transportation infrastructure
- Supporting community health goals through increased opportunities for physical activity and decreased emissions
- Reducing the amount of money spent on transportation costs such as fuel
- Supporting the economy by reducing congestion, thereby improving the movement of freight locally and across the state
- Providing options for the millennial generation who are choosing to drive less
- Providing choices for the growing elderly population who may depend on transportation options
Plan Development Process
Development of the Draft Transportation Options Plan is guided by a 15-member Policy Advisory Committee and input from stakeholders across the state. Stakeholders include public and private transportation options providers, users, business groups, other state agencies, and ODOT staff. The Policy Advisory Committee is expected to meet a total of 11 times over the course of the project.
Participating in the Plan Update Process
Public involvement is critical to ensuring a successful plan. ODOT is committed to providing information about the plan update process and opportunities for public involvement. In addition to providing input on the draft as noted above, you can follow the ODOT Transportation Options Plan website for more information and opportunities to participate. To make this easy, you can sign up to receive emails when the website is updated with new information.
Policy Advisory Committee
The Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) represents diverse stakeholders from throughout Oregon, such as representatives from freight, business, transit and transportation options providers and local government. The PAC serves in an advisory capacity to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and ODOT. Throughout the development of this Plan the PAC will provide strategic direction on the vision, goals, and policy aspects of the project, and review key deliverables. Visit the Policy Advisory Committee page for a schedule of meetings, meeting materials, and a list of committee members.
Michael Rock, Project Manager, ODOT Principal Planner: 503-986-3179 or Michael.D.Rock@odot.state.or.us
Amanda Pietz, ODOT Planning Unit Manager: 503-986-4227 or Amanda.Pietz@odot.state.or.us