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Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation

Purpose and Mission

The Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation, also known as R1ACT, is an advisory body established to provide a forum for stakeholders to collaborate on transportation issues affecting Oregon Department of Transportation Region 1. 

R1ACT is intended to strengthen state and local partnerships in transportation planning, programming and development. 

The primary mission of R1ACT is to advise the OTC on state and regional policies affecting ODOT Region 1’s transportation system.

Membership

The committee is composed of 31 voting members including (but not limited to) private industry, transit agencies, stakeholders and elected officials. 

Meetings

R1ACT meetings are held on the first Monday of every other month. Meetings generally take place at the ODOT Region 1 Headquarters located at 123 Northwest Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209. A few times a year, the R1ACT holds meetings within the region in communities outside of the Portland Metro Area.

R1ACT is currently holding meetings virtually on Zoom. See the meeting table below for the link to the next meeting.

Technical support and accommodations: Visit Zoom's Help Center.

For technical support before or during the meeting, you may contact Roxane.GLYNN@odot.state.or.us or (503) 731-3246.

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY (800) 735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

To request printed materials, please contact Vanessa.Vissar@odot.state.or.us at least five days before the meeting.

Providing public comments during the virtual meeting:

There will be opportunity to provide public comment during the meeting.

Attendees will be muted. The Commission will provide opportunities for public comment. If you have a question or comment you can: 

  • Use the "raise hand" option. You will be able to un-mute your microphone. Please introduce yourself and ask your question or provide your comment.
    • If you are attending by phone, dial *9 to raise your hand. Dial *6 to mute/unmute your microphone.

Use the chat option to type your question or comment.

For information: Mandy Putney, 503-731-8356, Mandy.Putney@odot.state.or.us 

How to Engage with the R1ACT

Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, are provided as needed. Translation services are also available upon request. In addition to language interpretation services at meetings, written materials will be translated upon request.

In order to ensure availability, please contact 503-731-8248 or email Region1ACT@odot.state.or.us  at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to make your request. TTY users can reach ODOT by using the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service. Please dial 711 and ask to be connected to 503-731-8248.

Giving public testimony can be an exciting and fulfilling experience if you are prepared. Your public comments may influence the Region 1 ACT’s action. It also becomes part of the permanent record and may be used in future research. Below are suggestions to help make your presentation successful.

Know Your Audience

  • The members of the R1ACT are elected and public officials and citizens. They care that you have taken time out of your day to come and testify before them.
  • Be respectful. Resist the temptation to scold, put down, or insult the decision makers or other witnesses. This tactic may alienate them from your cause.

Know the Issue

Support your personal opinions with facts. Be knowledgeable of the other side of the story. You may be asked to discuss the differences. Draw from your own knowledge and experience.

Be familiar with the R1ACT and know the location of the building, the meeting room, and the meeting time.

The agenda is available online.

  • You may want to attend a meeting before you testify to become familiar with the process and room layout.
  • When you arrive at the meeting, sign the public comment registration sheet. The Chair may call elected officials to present first.
  • No signs, banners, or placards are allowed unless pre-cleared.

Presenting Your Testimony

  • When you are called to testify, give copies of your testimony to R1ACT staff before you begin your presentation.
  • Make sure your microphone is on.
  • For the record, state your name and the organization or group you represent.
  • Do not read your testimony word for word. Prepare an outline and summarize.
  • Relax! The members understand that this can be an intimidating experience -- they don't expect a perfect presentation.

Written public comments should be emailed to the R1ACT inbox at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting’s start to be copied and distributed to the ACT.

The public and community members can contact the R1ACT by email at Region1ACT@odot.state.or.us or by writing:

Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation

C/o Oregon Department of Transportation

123 NW Flanders

Portland, OR 97209




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