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Oregon Transportation Plan: Statewide Stories

To engage communities in updating Oregon’s long-range transportation plan, the Oregon Department of Transportation hit the road to film interviews with people around the state. The film team set out to capture an array of voices, explore how transportation shapes our lives and communities and highlight the deeper, personal meaning behind movement. The resulting video series shows diverse transportation experiences and needs, sparking conversation about how we can create a system that connects and moves all of us for generations to come.

Watch the film below, then scroll down to dive deeper into individual stories. Jump down to learn more about the video interviews.

On the Move: How Transportation Connects Us


André Lightsey-Walker (he/him)
Policy Transformation Manager at The Street Trust


Chris Outen (he/him)
FedEx Freight Driver


Diana Niño (she/her)
Sunset Transportation District Board Commissioner


Jim Doherty (he/him)

Rancher, Chair of Morrow County Board of Commissioners


Nikolay Zhigalin (he/him)

Driver with Grubhub


Sarah Mazze (she/her)

Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator for Eugene School District 4J


Rob Zako (he/him)

Executive Director of Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation


Barrett Brown (he/him)
Program Manager at Forth


Christine Huang (she/her)


Jeff Adams (he/him)
Cannon Beach
City of Cannon Beach Community Development Director


John Curtis (he/him)
Eagle Point

Member of Jackson Care Connect


Nubia Jimenez (she/her)

Manager at Jack in the Box


Sharlene Wills (she/her)

Member of Central Oregon Coalition for Access


Vy Nguyen (she/her)

Employee at a steel fabrication shop


In winter 2021, we filmed interviews with 14 people around Oregon, including in Cannon Beach, Astoria, Heppner, Bend, Eagle Point, Eugene, Salem and Portland. The film team set out to capture an array of voices, explore how transportation shapes our lives and communities and highlight the deeper, personal meaning behind movement. Some interviewees are involved in transportation planning on local or regional levels. Others are new to transportation planning but were able to speak about the role transportation plays in their lives and communities. These interviews show diverse transportation experiences and hopes for improving the system. In the videos, you will hear differing opinions about where transportation improvements are most urgently needed. You will also hear many shared priorities, goals and values. Most of all, these interviews reveal how transportation shapes our daily lives and communities, and the many ways that transportation connects and moves us—not just physically through space, but also on an emotional level.​

Filming 14 interviews gave us an opportunity to collect personal stories about transportation, providing a window into people's lived experiences and the environments they move through each day. Filming these interviews also gave us a chance to (literally) take our outreach on the road, connecting with more communities and hearing from new voices. We are grateful to all the participants for sharing their time and perspectives!

Collecting feedback on film helped inform the update to the Oregon Transportation Plan—the Policy Coordinating Committee ​considered the video interviews together with other input as they made recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission. Another benefit of film is that it allowed us to document and share these stories with the public as a series of short videos. We hope that these videos help create awareness about Oregonians' diverse transportation needs and perspectives.


Email Adam Argo
Project Manager
Telephone 503-986-3510

EmailStacey Goldstein
Deputy Project Manager
Telephone 503-986-3531

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