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Modeling and Analysis Program Information

Oregon Modeling Improvement Program

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Transportation Planning and Analysis Unit (TPAU) analyzes the long-range effects of transportation decisions on travel behavior, transportation system performance, land use and the economy, to help inform investment decisions at state, regional and local levels. TPAU provides essential analysis and technical support for other divisions and units within ODOT, as well as external customers.

The Oregon Model Improvement Program (OMIP) Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) sets direction and priorities for TPAU’s work.

Oregon's Transportation and Land Use Model Integration Program: A Retrospective (2018)
Oregon Modeling Improvement Program Strategic Implementation Plan

Oregon Modeling Steering Committee

The Oregon Modeling Steering Committee (OMSC) is a multi-agency group of state and regional planning and modeling professionals that was formed in 1996 to guide the OMIP. When the committee was first convened, member agencies saw a need for collaboration as modeling tools for analysis of statewide and regional systems were developed by different transportation and planning organizations around the state. In addition, the OMSC has served as a valuable sounding board as ODOT developed modeling tools and associated data and research to support analyses for smaller urban areas. The OMSC continues to fulfill these roles today.

The OMSC’s mission is to ensure Oregon continues to have the right data, tools, skills and expertise needed to answer important questions about our transportation systems, land use patterns and economy By providing opportunities for member agencies to build relationships, share knowledge and leverage resources efficiently, the OMSC allows Oregon’s modeling services to mature and grow.

In pursuit of this mission, the OMSC has adopted three over-arching goals:

  1. Promote inter-agency communication, collaboration and cooperation
  2. Facilitate technical excellence and innovation
  3. Cultivate the knowledge and talents of Oregon’s modeling professionals.

An overview of the OMSC’s committee structure, with details on members, roles, responsibilities and near-term initiatives can be found in the OMSC biennial work plan.

Oregon Modeling Steering Committee Membership List
Oregon Modeling Steering Committee Biennial Work Plan

Meeting Schedule

Third Wednesday (typically) of April and October, 1-4 p.m.

OMSC Modeling Program Coordination
Third Wednesday of January, April, July and October, 9:00 a.m. - noon.

Meeting Materials

OMSC Subcommittees

Subcommittees are established by the Executive Committee and responsible for producing OMSC work products associated with specific topic areas.

Oregon Modeling Users Group

The Oregon Modeling Users Group, or OMUG, is an information-sharing forum that is open to transportation modelers in public and private practice statewide. OMUG serves as a clearinghouse for educational and networking opportunities, helping to expand the knowledge and cultivate the talents of Oregon's modeling professionals.


 Becky Knudson
Senior Transportation Economist

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