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?
for updates on Transportation Options Plan Implementation
April 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the state’s first
statewide Transportation Options Plan. First of its kind in the nation,
the Oregon TO Plan identifies policies, programs, services, and investments to
expand transportation choices for Oregonians and support the efficient use of
the state’s transportation infrastructure.
What's the status of the implementation process?
Plan adoption, ODOT staff and
transportation options stakeholders have provided input on implementation
efforts via interviews, focus groups, statewide transportation options
meetings, and working group discussions. All of these efforts have helped
inform ODOT’s decision-making process for the initial implementation elements
of the Plan:
Define ODOT’s Transportation Options Program and Structure and the role of the State in coordinating, managing, and/or delivering transportation options programs, services, and investments. An ODOT-based committee has convened to guide the state transportation options program structure and development to define ODOT’s role related to policy support, funding and contract management, technical tools and research, communications, transportation options integration at the agency level, and program management.
Develop Performance Measures to streamline the measurement process for transportation options providers at the local, regional, and state level. A Performance Measure Working Group comprised of internal and external stakeholders has been convened. Draft performance measures at the program and State levels are currently being finalized for ODOT’s consideration. PowerPoint presentations from the Working Group meetings are available here (Aug 2015), here (Oct 2015), and here (Jan 2016).
Create Communications & Outreach materials to improve awareness and understanding of transportation options programs and build the business case for investment. The Implementation Plan Project Management Team is currently working with ODOT leadership and ODOT Region staff to develop communications materials that demonstrate how the TO Plan will be implemented and integrated into staff’s daily work. A background memo on the “TO Integration” process currently underway is available here.
Spring 2016 Newsletter
Winter 2015 Newsletter
Summer 2015 Newsletter
Want to learn more?
To provide a depth of understanding of potential opportunities and inform the implementation process, research and background information on key plan elements have been developed. To learn more, click on the links below:
For more information about the process, contact June Carlson, Project Manager, (503) 569-8097.