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Oregon Transportation Plan Update

New Update! PCC Meeting 2 on December 15 at 1 p.m. See details below.

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About the Plan

 
The Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) was first adopted in 1992, and then 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.

The OTP sets the long-term transportation policy for the whole state. It informs and guides transportation investment decisions by ODOT and regional and local governments. The OTP sets the vision for all modes of transportation in Oregon, including walking, biking, rolling, public transit, highways, railroads, freight and even planes.

Transportation plays an important part in all of our lives by impacting our access to jobs, healthcare, childcare, food, housing and leisure activities. It deeply connects to land use, economic health, environmental sustainability and social equity.

The OTP is important because it sets policies, goals, strategies and implementing actions for managing the state's entire transportation system. From major bridge improvements to local sidewalk projects, the OTP is the plan that guides statewide transportation investments for the next 20-25 years.

While the 2006 update had a meaningful impact on our transportation system, there's still a lot of work to do and our priorities for our transportation future have changed. This update gives us a chance to create an OTP that can adapt to an uncertain transportation future. A resilient OTP will prepare for and address trends like climate change, widening social inequities, the growing population over age 65 and new technologies. This update will set the state's policy for all transportation investments for the next 20–25 years, shaping Oregon's transportation through the year 2050.



Project Schedule

table showing what elements of the otp update will occur during which months of 2021-22

Policy Coordinating Committee


A twenty five member committee is making recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission regarding policies included in the OTP update. This committee, the Policy Coordinating Committee, consists of representatives from local, regional and statewide interests, including up to five at-large community members determined through an application process. You can view the roster here

map of groups working on otp update, what they do and how they coordinate

The committee meetings are open to the public. Meeting information, including access instructions, agendas, and any applicable materials, will be linked below one week prior to each meeting.

Each meeting will include time for public comments. We also welcome written or recorded verbal comments outside of meetings and will provide the comments to the committee. Please submit written comments via this form or by email to OTP@odot.state.or.us with “Committee Public Comment” in the subject line; or, call 503-423-3720 and state “Committee Public Comment” in your message.  

If we receive your comment by 11:00 a.m. the day prior to each meeting, we will send them to the committee in advance. All comments received after 11:00 a.m. the day before each meeting will be provided to the committee prior to their next meeting. All comments received prior to or at the meeting are included in the meeting summary.


Public Meetings & Events

We will rely on public input to inform the OTP update. The team is planning on hosting online open houses and attending in-person events in compliance with applicable health guidance. To stay informed about these opportunities for engagement, sign up for our email list. You can also submit comments at any time by emailing the project team.


Watch the most recent Policy Coordinating Committee meeting and see detailed information in the sections below.

 






Additional Information


  • Oregon’s continually growing population that is getting older overall and becoming more diverse across different areas of the state
  • Contributing factors behind increased traffic congestion in urban and rural areas, including increased demand for goods and growth in tourism
  • Technology that is changing the way people and goods move around
  • The impacts of climate change to our communities and natural resources
  • Disparities in access to safe and convenient transportation are widening across race, income, age and other characteristics.



​The OTP will consider the following opportunities and challenges, which are tied to trends that are affecting Oregon's transportation system. These opportunities and challenges—paired with input from our partners, stakeholders, and the public—will inform the OTP's goals and serve as a guide for our project committees.

  • Advancing social equity: Conducting a process and creating outcomes that are equitable and responsive to the needs of traditionally underserved or excluded communities, in both urban, suburban and rural communities
  • Alleviating congestion: Identifying ways to alleviate congestion, both in urban areas and more rural regions that draw heavy tourism
  • Creating a flexible, resilient plan: Exploring a range of potential future scenarios to create a plan that is resilient in the face of uncertainty and that addresses key trends, “drivers of change” and desired future outcomes 
  • Improving safety: Improving safety across all modes of transportation
  • Planning for climate change: Addressing how Oregon’s transportation system can reduce statewide carbon emissions​ to bring Oregon closer to achieving the emission reduction goals and foster a healthy, sustainable environment.
  • Securing sustainable funding: Addressing insufficient funding for transportation maintenance and improvements
  • Serving Oregon's aging population: Providing reliable and convenient transportation service to Oregon's rapidly growing population over the age of 65


Social equity acknowledges that not all people, or all communities, are starting from the same place due to historic and current systems of oppression. Social equity is the effort to provide different levels of support based on an individual's or group's needs in order to achieve fairness in outcomes. It actionably empowers communities most impacted by systemic oppression and requires the redistribution of resources, power and opportunity to those communities.

The OTP process will prioritize populations and communities historically excluded and underserved by transportation and land-use investments, including:

  • People with low income and/or people economic disadvantage
  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Older adults, youth and children
  • People who speak non-English languages, especially those with limited English proficiency
  • People living with a disability
     

The project will engage historically excluded communities early and often.

Read the Equity White Paper.​

Policy Coordinating Committee documents

Stakeholder interview documents

ODOT’s Policy and Planning Section recently completed interviews with stakeholders, both internal and external, representing a variety of transportation interests.  A two-sheet handout and a summary report of the interviews are now available here.


Emerging technology impact assessment

ODOT initiated the Emerging Technology Impact Assessment (ETIA) to consider how emerging transportation technologies such as connected/automated vehicles (CVs/AVs) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) could specifically transform Oregon's transportation system, address Oregon-specific transportation challenges, and evaluate the range of possible impacts for which ODOT should prepare.


Whitepapers and other background research documents

ODOT has completed a series of whitepapers to serve as foundational resources that inform and help guide our approach to statewide plan development. These reports address a range of key themes and trends that are important to consider throughout the plan update process. Whitepapers and associated background research sources supporting the update process are available below.


Other relevant background documents:​

Strategic Action Plan (SAP)

The OTC-ODOT 2021-2023 Strategic Action Plan is a three-year roadmap designed to accelerate change toward specific outcomes that address Oregon’s most significant transportation challenges. It represents the joint vision of the Oregon Transportation Commission and our department to provide Oregonians with a safe, equitable, modern and well-funded transportation system. The plan revolves around three priorities—equity, modern transportation system, sufficient and reliable funding. These priorities set the overall direction for the agency, and include underlying goals that focus our work.











Contact

Email Adam Argo
Project Manager
Telephone 503-986-3510

Email Stacey Goldstein
Deputy Project Manager
Telephone 503-986-3531

Email Michael Rock
Transportation Planning Unit Manager
Telephone 971-304-5187

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