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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:
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.
Oregon Transit and Housing Study FlyerHousing Market PrimerTransit and Housing Study Literature ReviewTransit and Housing Study Statewide Policy ReviewTransit and Housing Study Glossary - May 2021
Lucia RamirezPrincipal Planner503-986-4168
Michael RockTransportation Planning Unit Manager971-304-5187
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