Oregon Transportation Options Plan
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has developed 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 was grounded in an examination of existing programs, investments, and unmet transportation needs in the state. The Plan includes policies and recommendations that support and advance TO program activities, suggests ways to integrate TO into transportation planning and investments, and supports TO program activities and integration with capital investment planning at the local and regional level.
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) adopted the Plan at its April 16th OTC Meeting in Salem.
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 was 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 met a total of 11 times over the course of the project.
For future plan information, you can follow the ODOT Transportation Options Plan webpage. To make this easy, you can sign up to receive emails when the webpage is updated with new information.
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