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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.

March 2016

Oregon House Bill 3402 (2015) and HB 4047 (2016) raised speed limits on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles, I-82 and other select state highways in eastern and central Oregon. Motorists saw new speed limits as of Tuesday, March 1.
OTC allocates additional federal funding from FAST Act
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law in December, provides Oregon stable federal transportation funding through 2020 along with modest funding increases. After receiving public input, in March the OTC allocated these additional FAST Act funds to a variety of programs.
Preparing Oregon for connected and automated vehicles
Connected and automated vehicles present the possibility of profound change in the field of transportation. In order to prepare for these changes, ODOT has worked to identify connected vehicle applications with the greatest benefit to Oregon, and identify how the department can prepare for emerging technologies. ODOT has developed a strategic framework for the department’s connected and automated vehicle work, created a steering team, and hired a connected, automated and electric vehicles advisor to advise department policymaking.