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Statewide Transportation Strategy (STS)

Statewide Transportation Strategy (STS)

The Oregon Statewide Transportation Strategy (STS): A 2050 Vision for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction, was accepted by the Oregon Transportation Commission on March 20, 2013. It is a state-level scenario planning effort that examines all aspects of the transportation system, including the movement of people and goods, and identifies a combination of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The STS was developed as part of a larger effort known as the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI), an integrated statewide effort to reduce GHG emissions from Oregon’s transportation sector. The effort is the result of two bills passed by the Oregon Legislature, House Bill 2001 (2009) (PDF) and Senate Bill 1059 (2010) (PDF), which were crafted to help meet state GHG reduction goals set forth in Oregon Revised Statute 468a.205.

The STS was developed over the course of two years involving extensive research and technical analysis, as well as policy direction and technical input from local governments, industry representatives, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), state agencies and others.

The STS identifies the most effective GHG emissions reduction strategies in transportation systems, vehicle and fuel technologies, and urban land use patterns. Beyond reducing GHG emissions, these strategies appear to lead to other benefits, including improved health, cleaner air, and a more efficient transportation system. These strategies will serve as the best tools available to help meet the state’s GHG reduction goals while supporting other societal goals such as livable communities, economic vitality and public health. The STS is neither directive nor regulatory, but rather points to promising approaches that should be further considered by policymakers at the state, regional, and local levels. As summarized below and illustrated in the following graphic, the STS includes the following three phases:

  • Phase I was the development of the STS document and public outreach. This phase concluded with the OTC's acceptance of the STS in March 2013.
  • Phase II includes the development and execution of a series of implementation plans that define what STS strategies ODOT will pursue, how, and when. For activities outside the jurisdictional authority of ODOT, other agencies and organizations will need to determine their own course forward. Read additional information on STS implementation.
  • Phase III is the monitoring and adjustment phase which includes the tracking of progress over time and the periodic assessment and modification of the STS. Phase III is anticipated to be an on-going process.