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Stakeholder Update

​The Stakeholder Update is a semi-regular newsletter of the Oregon Department of Transportation, which provides news on transportation policy and programs to key stakeholders.

January 2016

Federal FAST Act provides increased funding for Oregon
Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) which authorizes federal highway, transit, transportation safety, and rail programs for the next five years. With federal funding locked in for the next five years, Oregon’s transportation agencies can get back to doing what they do best – planning, building, and maintaining the transportation system of the future.
Help shape Oregon's Transportation Safety Action Plan
ODOT is seeking input from the public as it works to update the Oregon Transportation Safety Action Plan, which provides policy for making decisions that address the core transportation safety challenges and opportunities facing Oregon. The plan’s preliminary report sets out the bold vision of no deaths or life-changing injuries on Oregon’s transportation system by 2035.
Crashes, crash severity, down on OR 217 since RealTime signs launched
Data collected by ODOT since the RealTime project was activated in July 2014 shows a drop in the number of crashes, a drop in the severity of crashes and improved reliability in the 7.5-mile corridor. Active transportation management systems are a lower cost method to improve safety and highway efficiency.
Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council recommends preferred alternative for intercity improvements
The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council has reached agreement to support the recommended preferred alternative to improve Oregon’s intercity passenger rail over the next two decades. The recommended preferred alternative would follow the existing alignment on the Union Pacific Railroad line and increase Amtrak Cascades intercity passenger rail service between Eugene and Portland from two daily round trips to six daily round trips over the next 20 years.

As the world has changed, DMV has essentially stood still. Customers today are able to handle their shopping, banking and even file their taxes online. The outdated and paper-heavy processes at DMV do not match that reality. The DMV’s Service Transformation Program (STP) is a multi-year program to improve DMV business processes, enhance service capabilities, replace computer systems, and enable DMV to become more flexible and timely in meeting customer expectations and legislative mandates.