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.
The committee is composed of 31 voting members
including (but not limited to) private industry, transit agencies, stakeholders and elected officials.
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: Jon Makler, 503-731-8356, Jon.Makler@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.
Tips for Providing Public Comment
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
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
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.
- 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
Submitting Written Public Comment
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