Policy Offices

How people, goods, and services get from place to place in Oregon is undergoing the biggest technological transformation in a century. Oregon is an infrastructure leader, and must remain at the leading edge of innovation to help people get to their jobs, get their kids to school, and transport goods and services to market in a timely and safe manner. Vehicles on our roads are the single largest source of greenhouse gases and a contributor of air pollutants. These emissions must be addressed over the coming decade.

In this period of transformation, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the transportation sector as a whole, must continue its evolution from a traditional focus on a network of roads and highways to an integrated multimodal system. A system that moves our families and our freight, builds communities, and provides a critical foundation for a robust economy. ODOT must continue to lead with other agencies to promote and invest in all modes of transportation. The transportation system of the future must leverage new and varying types of housing development and evolving freight demands in rural and urban communities across the state.

This needs to be done while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with Oregon’s climate emission goals, as well as reducing other pollutants. In addition, transportation options, particularly transit, are an important path out of poverty for underserved populations who are forced to live considerable distances from employment opportunities. Increasing opportunities for active transportation options will improve the health of Oregonians and decrease congestion.

The Governor’s strategies for achieving this vision are:
 
1. Deliver on-time, on-budget implementation of the $5.3 billion statewide transportation
    package, including construction and maintenance of critical roads and bridges, and a
    major new statewide transit program.
2. Tackle congestion with multimodal solutions on existing facilities and strategic additions
    to capacity.
3. Support broad innovation in the transportation sector.
4. Put 50,000 electric vehicles on Oregon roads by 2020.
5. Maintain a strong Oregon trucking industry while addressing the health impacts of diesel
    emissions.
6. Utilize aviation to support rural Oregon and resiliency.
7. Bring high speed rail to the Pacific Northwest.