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May 21, 2018

The Draft Oregon Public Transportation Plan has been released for public review and the online open house is now available!

The draft plan has been developed using public and stakeholder input and Policy Advisory Committee recommendations. This is your opportunity to review the draft and share any further feedback before the plan is completed. Use the online open house (open May 18-July 20) to send your comments.

ODOT will use your feedback to revise the plan once more. The Oregon Transportation Commission will consider adoption of the final plan this fall. Please review the draft OPTP document and send your comments to ODOT using the online open house before July 20, 2018.

May 5, 2018

Rogue Valley Transportation District Launches Go Vets Program

This week, Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) launched the Go Vets Program in partnership with other veterans’ organizations to help vets connect to employment, medical and educational opportunities. The initial roll out of the program involves education and outreach to the local community and providing travel materials and training for veterans.

Veterans in the Rogue Valley area can participate in this program by ordering free kits with resources, information, bus passes, service provider maps and carpool opportunities. More information can be found on RVTD's website:

This program was made possible by a recent Special Transportation Fund discretionary award through the Oregon Department of Transportation.

February 5, 2018

We are pleased to announce three new Transit Coordinators will be joining the Rail and Public Transit Division staff.

Effective February 5, 2018, Arla Miller has accepted a position as the Regional Transit Coordinator for the northern portion of ODOT Region 2, encompassing Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk and Marion Counties, as well as Salem Area Mass Transit District and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. Arla has been acting as interim Transit Coordinator for all of Region 2 since May of 2017. She joined ODOT seven years ago, and been progressively building stakeholder relationships and transit grant management expertise ever since. She is currently pursuing Project Management certification. Arla will be located at Region 2 Headquarters, 455 Airport Road SE, Bldg B, Salem, Oregon 97301. Her current phone number (until she moves over to the Region 2 offices) is 503-986-3312.

Effective February 26, 2018, Mark Bernard will join our Division as Regional Transit Coordinator for Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties, Lane Transit District, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon. Mark brings eleven years of public service in various local governments in Oregon, most recently as a Senior Planner with Polk County. He has a land use and transportation planning background, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from UC Davis, a Masters in Geography from Oregon State University, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Mark will be located at 555 13th Street NE, Salem, Oregon and can be reached at 503-986-3283.

On March 5, 2018, Jason Kelly will join us as Regional Transit Coordinator for ODOT Region 1, including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Hood River Counties. Jason comes to us from the Northern Arizona Council of Governments. He is a public service professional with seventeen years’ experience, most recently as Planning Director for the COG, responsible for Regional Planning in four counties. He has been directly involved with rural transit operations, mobility management, coordinated planning, public involvement and technical assistance in the public transportation arena, and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Jason will be located at 123 NW Flanders. His Portland phone number is 503-731-3092.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new staff.

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