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Transit and Housing Study

ODOT is conducting this study to respond to a request from Oregon State Legislature. The study will consider policies and actions that could improve households' quality of life through increasing housing opportunities with easy connections to transit. Transportation and housing are interrelated factors that can influence households' quality of life. In addition to comprising the two largest household budget expense items, housing and transportation choices are connected and can affect a household's physical environment, health outcomes, economic mobility, educational and cultural opportunities and numerous other factors that influence quality of life.

This study will engage housing agencies, developers, transit providers, local and tribal governments across Oregon to identify policies and actions that improve access to attainable housing and convenient, reliable transit. It will explore new tools for addressing growing transportation challenges while simultaneously tackling housing affordability. This information will help many stakeholders, from developers and affordable housing agencies to advocacy groups, to find cooperative solutions to meet local needs.

While ODOT is a transportation agency and housing is not directly a part of its mission or vision, it seeks a better understanding of transportation and housing connections, and recognizes that better alignment of housing and transportation can help to achieve a variety of state and local goals. ODOT is pursuing this Transit and Housing Study for the following reasons:

  • ODOT recognizes the bidirectional relationship between transportation planning and land use decisions, and understands that a well-designed transportation system can bring economic value to a region by improving the connection between communities and their destinations, can enable vibrant neighborhoods where commercial and social activities take place, and can reduce the need for major transportation investments in the future.
  • ODOT and its partners also recognize the importance of ensuring transportation, transit, and housing plans work together, which is why partnerships and coordinated planning are important.
  • ODOT helps fund transportation, transit, and coordinated land use and transportation plans; this study can inform those plans and funding allocation.
  • ODOT's public transportation division and planners throughout the agency can work to help implement or promote results of this study.
  • This work will help implement the Oregon Public Transportation Plan, which calls for integration of plans, supporting transit with housing, and other topics to be addressed in this study.​

While this study will support implementing state and local plans and goals, including the Oregon Public Transportation Plan and the OTC’s Strategic Action Plan, it will primarily benefit local government housing and planning, tribal governments and transit partners. It will help address the growing challenges related to housing, including affordable housing, and public transportation that many Oregon communities face. This study will provide a foundation and understanding of how housing and public transportation are linked and affect households’ quality of life. The goal is to identify actionable strategies that can address unique circumstances throughout Oregon.​


 

Contacts

Lucia Ramirez
Principal Planner
503-986-4168

Michael Rock
Transportation Planning Unit Manager
971-304-5187

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