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The Oregon Transportation Commission establishes state transportation policy. The commission also guides the planning, development and management of a statewide integrated transportation network that provides efficient access, is safe, and enhances Oregon’s economy and livability.
The governor appoints five commissioners, ensuring that different geographic regions of the state are represented. One member must live east of the Cascade Range; no more than three members can belong to one political party.
Due to the changes in timing and format of the OTC meeting and to ensure access for anyone who would like to provide public testimony on the Rose Quarter Improvement Project or other agenda items, ODOT is opening a two week public comment period beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing through 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, March 27, 2020. There are for options for providing public testimony.
The Commission places great value on information received from the public. If you wish to give testimony on any topic, including items not on the agenda, please sign up on the sheets provided at the meeting. A designated public comment time takes place near the beginning of the meeting. If there is time the Commission typically allows people to provide comment on specific agenda items at the time they are presented. As representatives of a larger constituency, federal, state, local, and tribal elected officials will be called up to testify first.
People wishing to testify or otherwise present information to the Commission are encouraged to:
Please see Tips for Providing Public Comment for more information on effectively presenting to the Commission.
Written public comments delivered to the commission assistant at least two business days in advance of the initial day of the meeting can be copied and distributed to the commission.
Watch a video on how to share your comments with the Commission.
To submit comments electronically, please use the submission form.
To mail in comments, please use this address:
Oregon Transportation CommissionAttn: Commission AssistantOregon Department of Transportation355 Capitol Street NE, MS11Salem, OR 97301-3871
Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed.
An American Sign Language video explains how to request an accommodation or share a comment.
In order to ensure availability, please contact the Commission Assistant at 503.986.3450 or email OTCAdmin@odot.state.or.us at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to make your request. TTY users can reach ODOT by using the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service. Please dial 711 and ask to be connected to 503.986.3450.
Giving public testimony can be an exciting and fulfilling experience if you are prepared. Your public comments may influence the Commission's action. It also becomes part of the permanent record and may be used in future research. Below are suggestions to help make your presentation successful.
Know Your Audience
Know the Issue
Support your personal opinions with facts. Be knowledgeable of the other side of the story. You may be asked to discuss the differences. Draw from your own knowledge and experience.
Be familiar with the Commission and know the location of the building, the meeting room, and the meeting time.
Presenting Your Testimony
Many Commission meetings take place at the ODOT headquarters, located on the Capitol Mall at 355 Capitol St NE Salem, OR 97301. Metered parking is available in the Capitol mall parking structure and surrounding areas.
When a Commission meeting is held outside of Salem, it will be noted on this website.
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