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The OPTP sets out goals, policies, and strategies for public transportation, including publicly-operated bus, demand response, rail, and intercity services. The OPTP also considers services such as taxis, network companies like Uber and Lyft, car sharing, carpooling, and vanpooling.
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) is required by law to develop and maintain a state transportation policy and comprehensive long-range plan for Oregon’s multimodal transportation system. The Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) is the required state transportation system plan, and includes a variety of mode plans, including plans for aviation, bicycle and pedestrian, rail, and public transportation.
The plan supports decision making by the state, tribes, regional and local agencies, as well as public transportation providers. The OPTP does not direct investments, but serves as a framework to support investment decisions as agencies and providers:
Developing the OPTP relied on input from stakeholders and the public throughout Oregon. A Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) of diverse stakeholders guided content development for the plan, and a Technical Advisory Committee helped work through specific topics to inform PAC discussions. Online and in-person public outreach activities helped gather ideas and feedback from additional stakeholders and the public.
The OPTP vision provides guidance for developing public transportation services in Oregon and is supported through the plan goals, policies, strategies, and implementation framework. Developed and reviewed by stakeholders and the public, the vision articulates how Oregonians want public transportation to serve them and the overall transportation system in the future:
In 2045, public transportation is an integral, interconnected component of Oregon’s transportation system that makes Oregon’s diverse cities, towns, and communities work. Because public transportation is convenient, affordable, and efficient, it helps further the state’s quality of life and economic vitality and contributes to the health and safety of all residents, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This illustration shows examples of the different kinds of services that may be found in various communities around our state. As communities grow, more public transportation services are typically available, depending on total population, population density, and other factors.
Public transportation connects people to jobs, healthcare, shopping, recreation, and services. For people who cannot drive, public transportation provides critical mobility and access. For others, public transportation provides options: it may be more reliable, more efficient, safer, or more affordable than driving alone.
Public transportation makes Oregon’s economy more vital, keeping money in the pockets of transit riders, attracting businesses and workers, and improving the mobility and reliability for all roadway users.
Public transportation improves the health and safety of Oregon communities by making roads safer, reducing air pollution, protecting water quality, and linking people to health care, groceries, and other essential needs.
|Large Urban Providers||More than 200,000||TriMet, Lane Transit District, Cherriots (Salem-Keizer area)||This provider type represent 95% of the public transportation trips in the state; served 115,000,000 trips in 2013. These providers offer the greatest variety of services in the state.|
|Medium Urban Providers||50,000 to 200,000||City of Albany, City of Corvallis||This provider type served 2,900,000 trips in 2013. These providers typically offer some fixed route and demand response services.|
|Small Urban Providers||10,000 to 50,000||City of Canby, City of Sandy||This provider type served 1,200,000 trips in 2013. These providers typically offer limited fixed route and demand response services.|
|Large County and Regional Providers||Counties greater than 50,000||Yamhill County, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council||This provider type served 1,700,000 trips in 2013. Some providers offer fixed route and intercity services; others have more limited demand response systems.|
|Small County and Rural Providers||Counties less than 50,000 and cities less than 10,000||Harney County, City of Silverton||This provider type served 1,000,000 trips in 2013. These providers typically offer demand response and/or limited fixed route services.|
Oregon has a wide range of public transportation providers, from small nonprofit senior centers offering transit service for older adults, to larger public transportation districts serving both urban and rural residents, to private companies that operate intercity services. The diversity of providers presents both opportunities and challenges for public transportation.
Understanding trends is important, because they help shape public transportation today and will continue to influence public transportation development in the future.
During development of this plan, people from around the state shared insights at conference sessions, public meetings, focus groups, and online open houses about some of these challenges and opportunities to using and providing public transportation.
The policies and strategies are organized by each of the OPTP’s ten goals; they are placed in the most relevant goal area identified, but frequently relate to other goals. The numbers for goals, policies, and strategies are for organization only and do not indicate priority. The goals, policies, and strategies work together to support an efficient, coordinated public transportation system in Oregon that is reliable, safe, welcoming, and accessible.
People of all ages, abilities, and income levels move reliably and conveniently between destinations using an affordable, well-coordinated public transportation system. People in Oregon routinely use public transportation to meet their daily needs.Read about Goal 1 and related policies and strategies.
Riders experience user-friendly and convenient public transportation connections to and between services and travel modes in urban, suburban, rural, regional, and interstate areas.Read about Goal 2 and related policies and strategies.
Public transportation promotes community livability and economic vitality by efficiently and effectively moving people of all ages to and from homes, jobs, businesses, schools and colleges, and other destinations in urban, suburban, and rural areas.Read about Goal 3 and related policies and strategies.
Public transportation fosters improved health of Oregonians by promoting clean air, enhancing connections between people, enabling access to services such as health care and goods such as groceries, and by giving people opportunities to integrate physical activity into everyday life through walking and bicycling to and from public transportation.Read about Goal 5 and related policies and strategies.
Public transportation is a tool that supports Oregon’s state and local land use goals and policies. Agencies collaborate to ensure public transportation helps shape great Oregon communities providing efficient and effective travel options in urban, suburban, and rural areas.Read about Goal 8 and related policies and strategies.
Strategic investment in public transportation supports the overall transportation system, the economy, and Oregonians’ quality of life. Sustainable and reliable funding enables public transportation services and infrastructure to meet public needs.Read about Goal 9 and related policies and strategies.
Public and private transportation providers and all levels of government within the state and across state boundaries work collaboratively and foster partnerships that make public transportation seamless regardless of jurisdiction.Read about Goal 10 and related policies and strategies.
The OPTP investment scenarios describe a continuum of services and improvements that make progress towards the OPTP’s vision, goals, policies, and strategies. The scenarios describe how the system could evolve and the results of different levels of public transportation investment. The range of investment scenarios built from these analyses are intended to articulate different futures for the public transportation system, based on more or less funding. All scenarios assume that current local, state, and federal funding sources continue into the future.
Description: Current funding, inclusive of the Keep Oregon Moving Act, in addition to modest increases to account for population growth.
Estimated change in funding from today: Modest increase to keep pace with population growth.
Description: Significant investment elevates public transportation across the state (equivalent to double the investment from the Keep Oregon Moving Act)
Estimated change in funding from today: +$200 to +$300 million per year, increasing with population growth over time (1.3 to 1.4 times current investment)
Description: Additional investment funds most public transportation needs.
Estimated change in funding from today: +$950 to +$1.2 billion per year by 2045 (2.3 to 2.6 times current investment)
The OPTP is a statewide plan that applies to all transportation agencies and service providers. The plan informs other public agencies and transportation decision makers, such as tribes, cities, and counties, as well as other organizations important to public transportation, such as social services organizations, private transportation providers, and health care organizations. Successfully implementing the OPTP will take all of these participants.
Key initiatives respond to important themes emphasized by stakeholders throughout OPTP development. The initiatives are critical to OPTP success and require further work and development to implement. While ODOT may be able to initiate some short-term work related to these initiatives, most will require long-term effort and collaboration between multiple partners.
This key initiative promotes an effective, efficient, and seamless public transportation system, building on the need to plan for transportation together. The focus of this key initiative is to help agencies further integrate their planning activities; different areas of the state have different histories of plan development and integration. Of course, local agencies can and should undertake these activities as they consider their own efforts to implement this plan, or to update their own local plans. ODOT will look for ways to promote and assist these efforts.+ View potential activities.
This key initiative focuses on providing public transportation service between cities and regions and connecting Oregon communities to other states. Regional and intercity public transportation emerged as an important topic discussed by stakeholders throughout OPTP development. Moreover, this is a topic where ODOT has a clear role. ODOT’s statewide perspective can assist providers, and ODOT itself can help fill gaps and provide a logical system that links areas throughout the state.+ View potential activities.
Transportation technology is rapidly changing and how these changes and new developments will affect public transportation services is not yet known. Changing technology presents new opportunities and challenges for providers and riders alike, such as tools that enable more efficient operations and provide real-time travel information to riders. The OPTP provides a flexible framework to enable ODOT and providers to adapt to changes as they occur. Some technologies are known but not yet fully developed or used in Oregon. This key initiative focuses on efforts to better understand and effectively use technology to help Oregonians meet routine needs via public transportation and promote a seamless and easy to use system.+ View potential activities.
Each stage of collaboration has brought the plan closer to completion, with invaluable input from community members and stakeholders.