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Transportation Options Program

The Transportation Options, or TO, program focuses on implementation of the Oregon Transportation Options Plan, including: managing demand across the transportation system; educating students and the public on travel options and how to safely use them; connecting veterans, low income populations, communities of color, and others with ways to get to and from work or school; supporting vanpooling; and more.

Examples of Transportation Option implementation activities include:

  • Administration of federal grant funds and collaboration on transportation option program priorities with local transportation options partner programs. These programs are often housed within a local transit agency, city, county or Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • Support congestion mitigation for major Oregon Department of Transportation construction projects, safety corridors, and congestion points. The TO Program supports ODOT Regional offices in providing outreach and education around specific issues or projects to reduce impacts and delays and/or promote safety.
  • Management of the statewide ride matching database, Drive Less Connect, to help people connect with carpools, vanpools and other travel options. The ride matching database is an essential tool for local and regional partners, and provides information on fuel savings and reductions of vehicles miles traveled.
  • Management of the an annual event, Drive Less Challenge, to help the public become familiar with their transportation options and support carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking and transit. ODOT manages the annual event in collaboration with our local and regional partners.

Find Transportation Options Programs in Your Area

Visit Drive Less Connect or browse the information below:

North Willamette Valley

Mid Willamette Valley

Southwest Oregon

North Oregon Coast

Central and Eastern Oregon

What are Transportation Options?

Transportation Options programs connect people to transportation choices, allowing them to bike, walk, take transit, drive, share rides, and telecommute. TO programs do not address capital infrastructure or service investments – like sidewalks, bike lanes, and transit service. Rather, they provide information and resources to help people learn about their travel options for all types of trips. Transportation Options is also sometimes referred to Transportation Demand Management.

Investments in transportation options can provide numerous benefits to our existing transportation system as well as communities across Oregon. From cost savings to improved health, TO programs offer proven benefits to communities large and small.

"What are the Benefits of Transportation Options?" (2-Page Brochure)
"What are the Benefits of Transportation Options? (Complete Brochure)

In 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the first statewide TO plan that provides policy guidance for state and local partners to enhance and expand transportation access for all Oregonians while ensuring that transportation investments are efficient and support broader community goals like growing the economy and improving personal and environmental health.

Oregon Transportation Options Plan Executive Summary
Oregon Transportation Options Plan

Oregon is home to diverse transportation options partners and programs. While ODOT is leading a number of statewide efforts to support and encourage transportation options, local partners across the state work on the ground to implement programs. Each local partner customizes their programs to meet the unique needs of the local population, the geography of the community, and the transportation services and infrastructure available.

Our local partners work with ODOT region offices to address congestion or safety problems with targeted outreach and education.

The adoption of the Oregon Transportation Options Plan in 2015 put transportation options on equal footing with other state mode and topic plans. Since the adoption of the plan, ODOT has been working internally and externally to coordinate, manage, fund, and support TO program investments.

Transportation options, also known as transportation demand management, helps to preserve the functionality of the state system and is called out as a strategy in the Oregon Highway Plan, as well as many other state, regional and local plans and codes.​

Performance measures serve as a way to report back to stakeholders and the general public on the results of implementing policy and investment choices and help answer the question, "What would Oregon look like in 20 years if this Plan succeeds?" The ODOT Transportation Options Plan includes three statewide performance measures:

  1. Number of transportation options staff per capita: Tracking the number of staff per capita is a useful measure given the importance of transportation options staff to conduct outreach, deliver information, and manage programs.
  2. Motor vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita: As VMT per capita declines, more people are able to use the transportation system and system reliability is improved for freight. VMT can also be translated into environmental measures, such as carbon dioxide emissions or air pollutants and may inform future travel time measures.
  3. Percent of trips that use a mode other than driving alone during the peak hour: Tracking mode share during the peak hour documents congestion and system efficiency benefits.

Snapshot of 2018

Partner Resources

Encourage your community or workplace partners to become more active, healthy and sustainable by participating in this year’s Oregon Drive Less Challenge. 

Oregon Drive Less Challenge

The Transportation Options Innovation Grant supports the implementation of the Oregon Transportation Options Plan, moves the state of the practice of transportation options forward and provides learning opportunities or tools that can be shared with other transportation options providers. 

Grants will be awarded in a two year cycle. Funds for the 2019 solicitation will be available July 1, 2019 and must be spent by June 30, 2021. Total funds available are $200,000 with a maximum award of $50,000. No grants will be awarded in 2020. The next competitive cycle will occur in the first quarter of 2021 for funds available July 1, 2021, funding permitting. The purpose of this change is to allow project completion during a fiscal biennium and to reduce the need to extend contract terms.

Letters of Interest (LOI) were accepted through February 8, 2019 for the 2019 round of grants. Those selected, will submit a draft scope and budget by February 27, 2019. Based on the draft scope and budget discussions, a final selection will be made in March 2019. Successful applicants will be invited to enter in a Grant Agreement with ODOT for the 2019 Transportation Options Innovation Grant funds.

Program Contact: Stephanie.L.Miller@odot.state.or.us ​

The purpose of the Transportation Options Sponsorship Program is to support activities that encourage Oregonians to try transportation options. Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Open Streets or similar events
  • Kick off of a new transportation service or facility (bike share, major transit line, trip planning tool, etc.)
  • Other transportation options information and knowledge activities to reach new audiences or historically underserved communities
  • Activities which help implement an Oregon Transportation Options Plan policy

The typical award is between $2,000 and $5,000, but in certain circumstances up to $10,000 may be considered. Funds can be distributed to non-profit or government entities with a valid Tax ID. Applications for 2019 sponsorships will be accepted until June 1, 2019. Please email a brief description of the event or purpose of the sponsorship to Stephanie.L.Millar@odot.state.or.us.​

All government photos are open for use to our TO partners. Check out the Transportation Options collection on ODOT’s flickr stream. Select Albums and find the following groups of photos and videos: Transportation Options: Biking; Multimodal Photos; Safety Messages; and Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly work zones: a demonstration. Also see the PBIC Image Library for more free photos.​

Contact

Stephanie Millar
Senior Transportation Planner
503-986-4224

Related Links

Oregon Transportation Options Plan
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

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