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Current Planning Projects & Studies

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 multiomodal 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 working with a consultant to kick-off a data and trends oriented update in Q4 2021 and concluding in Q3 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​

​The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has released the draft update to the Oregon Transportation Commission's (OTC) Public Involvement Policy for review and comment. 

A draft of the new policy was made available for public comment until September 17, 2020.  In October of 2020, the final draft of the policy was completed and made available here.

Questions or comments can be sent to Policy Coordinator Deborah Benavidez.

The Oregon State Rail Plan, or OSRP, is the state’s railroad mode plan which establishes a 20-year vision and strategic frameworks for the state’s freight and passenger railroad system. This modal plan is a supporting element of the Oregon Transportation Plan, refining policy, providing system information and modal specific priorities.

At their August meeting, the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the 2020 Oregon State Rail Plan.

ODOT is developing an Oregon State Rail Plan Implementation Plan with input from the Oregon Rail Advisory Committee​ and a Technical Advisory Committee. ODOT will utilize this input to develop a decision framework for a transparent process to prioritize passenger and freight rail projects in Oregon. The expected completion of the work plan is spring/summer 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Melbo.​

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


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