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Oregon Transportation Plan Update: About the Plan



 
Welcome! Watch the video below for an introduction to the Oregon Transportation Plan, then scroll down for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

​The Oregon Transportation Plan sets the long-term transportation policy for the whole state. It informs investment decisions by ODOT and regional and local governments for all the ways we get around including walking, rolling, biking and taking public transit like buses and streetcars. It also includes highways, bridges, railroads, freight and planes.  

The plan is important because it sets policies, goals, strategies and implementing actions for managing the state's entire transportation system. This update will set the state's policy for all transportation investments for the next 20 to 25 years, shaping Oregon's transportation system through the year 2050.


​The Oregon Transportation Plan was first adopted in 1992 and was updated in 2006. Now we are updating it again to meet current and future transportation needs of all Oregonians.

While the 2006 update had a meaningful impact on our transportation system, there's still a lot of work to do, and our priorities have changed. This update gives us a chance to create a plan that is responsive to today's priorities and can adapt to an uncertain transportation future. A resilient plan will help us prepare for and address trends like climate change, widening social inequities and new technologies. ​
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One reason the plan matters is because transportation is connected to many other aspects of life. Access to safe, reliable and convenient transportation also affects our access to jobs, education, healthcare, childcare, food, housing, leisure activities and more. Because it's connected to so much, our transportation system has major implications for social equity, economic health and our ability to bounce back from natural disasters. And it has a huge impact on climate change. Today, 40% of Oregon's total greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. 

On a more personal level, transportation is about movement — something we all can relate to. Almost everyone can think of a meaningful transportation experience in their lives, whether that's the first time riding a bike, or meeting someone new on the bus, or seeing the world a little differently from a window of an airplane.

​In other words, transportation shapes our lives, and this plan shapes transportation. Updating the plan gives us a chance to create a more sustainable and equitable transportation system that gets all Oregonians where they're going safely and efficiently — and maybe even a little more joyfully. Planning for a better transportation future is a complex challenge that's going to take collaboration, compromise and creativity on local and statewide levels.​

The hard truth is that planning for the future of transportation is going to take tradeoffs and compromise. Funding is limited, and we are going to need to prioritize and balance investments and consider options for more sustainable funding to meet needs all over the state.

This update to the Oregon Transportation Plan is an opportunity to outline those priorities for statewide transportation funding and policies. It's going to take sustained action at state and local levels to implement the policies in the plan and create a better transportation future.​


ODOT is bringing many people together to provide input, consider tradeoffs and inform the plan's priorities. This includes tribes, partner agencies, subject matter experts, community leaders and the public. The Policy Coordinating Committee — ​made up of representatives from local, regional and statewide interests — considers all the input and makes recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission, whose members are ultimately responsible for adopting the plan. ​​​

Public input is key to helping ODOT understand how to balance and prioritize transportation investments and find funding solutions. That's where you come in! From now through 2022, ODOT wants to hear about your transportation needs and priorities. Sign up for our email list to receive updates about opportunities to learn more and share your thoughts.

 

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There are several key trends that are affecting transportation across the state. ODOT will consider these trends in the update to the Oregon Transportation Plan. They include:

  • Oregon's growing population that is becoming older overall and more diverse.
  • 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.
  • Climate change impacts on our communities and natural resources.
  • Widening disparities in access to safe and convenient transportation across race, income, age and other characteristics.​


ODOT will consider the following priorities, which are tied to trends affecting Oregon's transportation system today. These priorities—together with input from our partners, stakeholders and the public—will inform the plan'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 systemically underserved or excluded populations, in both urban, suburban and rural communities.
  • 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 the state closer to achieving its 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 services to Oregon's rapidly growing population over the age of 65.​
  • Alleviating congestion: Identifying ways to alleviate congestion, both in urban areas and more rural regions that draw heavy tourism.​


Social equity acknowledges that not all people or 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 a group's needs in order to achieve fairness in outcomes. It actionably empowers communities most affected by systemic oppression and requires the redistribution of resources, power and opportunity to those communities.

The Oregon Transportation Plan update process will prioritize populations and communities who have been​ systemically excluded and underserved by transportation and land-use investments, including:

  • People with low incomes and/or people with economic disadvantage
  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Older adults (65+), youth and children (18 and under)
  • People who speak non-English languages, especially those with limited English proficiency
  • People living with one or more disabilities

The project will engage systemically excluded communities early and often. Read more about social equity in the Social Equity White Paper.



Project Schedule

The update process started in the spring of 2021 and will take about 18 months, with the final plan due at the end of 2022. 


 

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Documents


In February 2020, ODOT's Policy and Planning Section completed interviews with internal and external stakeholders, representing a variety of transportation interests.  A two-sheet handout and a summary report of the interviews are now available here.

Stakeholder interview handout

Summary of stakeholder interviews

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.​

ETIA main page

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.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) White paper

Oregon Economic and Demographic Regions White Paper

Oregon Economic and Demographic Regions White Paper brochure

Equity White Paper

Other relevant background documents:

Greenhouse Gas Analysis White Paper

​2020 Congestion Overview​

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, a modern transportation system, and sufficient and reliable funding. These priorities set the overall direction for the agency, and include underlying goals that focus our work.

https://www.oregon.gov/odot/Pages/SAP.aspx 

​The 2016 Investment Strategy, adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) in January 2017, laid out the agency's investment strategies in various program areas, compared total need to available funding, discussed the implications of long-term system performance at current funding levels, and outlined options for additional investment. The following document is the 2020 update of the Investment Strategy that includes anticipated impacts and implications for the transportation system, economy, and traveling public in Oregon. These impacts and implications have been updated and are included to inform future decisions regarding Department priorities and strategic investments.

2020 OTC Investment Strategy​




Contact

Email Adam Argo
Project Manager
Telephone 503-986-3510

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

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

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