The Transportation Options program promotes alternatives to driving such as bicycling, walking, public transit, ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling), teleworking and compressed work-weeks. The program helps ODOT achieve national and state goals for land use, air quality, congestion management, and energy conservation. The goal is to encourage travelers to choose alternative travel modes for the purpose of reducing auto trips, congestion, and pollution they cause, and to enhance livability, physical health, and activity levels. Drive Less Save More is a mass marketing campaign that promotes transportation options in Oregon. It started in 2005 in the Portland Metro area and was rolled out statewide in 2009. Drive Less Connect is an interactive ride-match service and database launched in 2011. It unifies Oregon's previously fragmented ridesharing services into a system that is both statewide and interstate, since it also includes Washington and Idaho.
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Transportation Options Plan
What is the Transportation Options Plan?
In April 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the state’s first statewide Transportation Options Plan that identified policies, programs, services, and investments to expand transportation choices for Oregonians and support the efficient use of the state’s transportation infrastructure.
What are the next steps?
The policies and strategies outlined in the Oregon Transportation Options Plan will be implemented through a range of efforts at the state, regional, and local levels. In the near-term, ODOT is undergoing a year-long process to implement key elements of the Plan, including the following initiatives:
- ODOT’s Transportation Options Program and Structure: Define the role of the State in coordinating, managing, and/or delivering transportation options programs, services, and investments. Identify specific near, medium, and long term action items and potential pilot projects to improve existing programs and prioritize program investment.
- Performance Measures: Develop a comprehensive list of transportation options performance measures to streamline the performance measurement process for transportation options providers at the local, regional, and state level. Document the effectiveness of different types of programs to help inform program development.
- Communications & Outreach: Develop communications materials to improve awareness and understanding of transportation options programs and build the business case for investment. Educate key partners on the opportunities for transportation options programs and investments to be integrated into planning and development processes.
- Trainings: Conduct trainings to broaden the understanding of transportation options programs and reach new constituents and program participants around the state.
For more information about the process, contact June Carlson, Project Manager, (503) 569-8097.