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Our projects

The Policy, Data & Analysis division at the Oregon Department of Transportation periodically conducts projects to update statewide plans or to develop or update guidance documents affecting Oregon transportation agencies and planners. 

Below are planning projects in process today. Click the accordions below to find out more, including how to get involved and provide your feedback to help make sure the documents reflect interests and concerns throughout the state.

​The Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) was first adopted in 1992, and it was updated in 2006. Now, we are updating it again to meet current and future transportation needs of all Oregonians. This update will shape our state’s transportation decisions and investments for the next 20–25 years. Visit the project web page for detailed information, updates, upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.​

The Oregon Freight Plan, or OFP, is a multi-modal topic plan with an aim to improve freight connections to local, Native American, state, regional, national and global markets in order to increase trade-related jobs and income for workers and businesses. This topic plan is a supporting element of the Oregon Transportation Plan, and was last updated in 2017. Per FHWA requirements, this is to be updated on a 5-year cycle, with ODOT currently working with a consultant on a data and trends oriented update which will conclude Q4 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Project Manager John Boren.

The Oregon Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP) provides long-term goals, policies and strategies and near-term actions to eliminate deaths and life-changing injuries on Oregon's transportation system. The TSAP serves as the unifying framework for transportation safety planning in Oregon; identifying key safety needs and guiding safety investments in infrastructure and behavior programs to meet those needs. The TSAP also serves as the State of Oregon's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a document required by federal law. 

The 2021 TSAP was adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission on September 9th 2021. To support implementation of the 2021 TSAP, an implementation plan is under development and will include a basic structure for identifying those responsible for tracking and reporting activities, recommendations for ODOT and other safety partners to implement the actions through existing policies and programs, and considerations for new programs or procedures for effective implementation. 

TSAP main page​

ODOT is amending the OHP Goal 6 policy to reflect recent legislative changes, modernize the policy with updated terms and considerations and provide direction for the rate setting Rule Advisory Committee. ODOT is working with various stakeholder groups on the policy development. The draft policy will be available for public comment for at least 45 days.

Visit the link below for additional information and updates.

Mobility is an essential element of ODOT's mission and is balanced with other elements such as safety, environment and equity. ODOT recognizes that mobility comes into play in many different areas of transportation projects and different groups approach mobility in different ways. To refine the policy set in the 1999 Oregon Highway Plan, ODOT convened a stakeholder group to refine our definition of mobility, identify and address gaps in mobility related decisions and provide a collective policy foundation to support decision making processes and discussions.  Contact Roseann O'Laughlin​​ with questions.

Our studies

The Policy, Data & Analysis division at the Oregon Department of Transportation periodically conducts planning studies that potentially may lead to a more formal plan in the future. 

Below are planning studies that may be in progress or have been completed. Click the accordions below to find out more, including how to get involved and provide your feedback to help make sure the documents reflect interests and concerns throughout the state.

​This study concluded as of July 31, 2020

Nationwide, truck drivers often can't find safe parking when they need to rest.  This is especially true in Oregon where rest areas already experience heavy demand, which is expected to worsen over time.  Public rest areas are intended for short-term safety breaks but are increasingly used for long-term parking. Private truck stops are also experiencing capacity shortfalls. Winter weather, safety regulations, and other factors contribute to this rising demand and recent studies have shown that factors related to weather and fatigue tend to increase the severity of injuries in crashes involving trucks.

Truck parking shortages and limits on stays in public rest areas may be forcing truck drivers to park in unsafe locations such as access ramps and roadway shoulders. Drivers may also be forced to travel longer distances without taking needed breaks.

Federal law (Jason's Law) requires an inventory and assessment of existing truck parking facilities in every state.

This study addressed the following:

  1. Truck parking issues within seven key freight corridors. 
  2. Capacity, safety, and convenience for truck drivers and determined where additional truck parking is needed. 
  3. Prioritized projects that allow ODOT to better plan future parking infrastructure that will better serve the trucking industry while supporting Oregon's overall economy.​

ODOT seeks a better understanding of transportation and housing connections, recognizing that better alignment of housing and transportation can help to achieve a variety of state and local goals. This study will consider policies and actions that could improve households’ quality of life through increasing housing opportunities with easy connections to transit. It will identify policies and actions that improve access to attainable housing and convenient, reliable transit and it will explore new tools for addressing growing transportation challenges while simultaneously tackling housing affordability.

Oregon Transit and Housing Study Main Page

Supporting the daily activity of Oregon businesses and residents is key to the mission of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Policy-makers must make strategic choices about how and where resources are spent. Effective solutions require an understanding of how travel affects people’s lives and the economy. As Oregon grows, congestion in urban centers rises, which impacts mobility. When making transportation choices, businesses and people consider cost, time, safety, and reliability.  It is important to understand the economic motivations behind travel, mobility and congestion in order to develop effective policies and strategic investment plans.  The purpose of this study is 3-fold:

1. Identify factors affecting transportation demand in a manner that informs policy development;
2. Quantify system use, measure how much the system is used, and provide context with respect to system capacity and condition;
3. Measure the quality of system performance, identify how well the system functions and report congestion issues.

2020 Revised Congestion Overview​