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The Oregon Transportation Plan update is underway!
At this online open house, learn more about the plan, why an update is needed and how it impacts you. We invite you to share your feedback at the different information stations.

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Learn how the plan impacts you and our state.
What does an equitable transportation future mean to you?
Taking stock of our current system and the people who use it, including you!
Learn about important topics impacting transportation decisions and tell us what you think.
Share the values most important to you in your daily travels.
This is just the beginning, learn how to stay involved and tell us more about yourself.

Plan Overview

The updated Oregon Transportation Plan will guide our transportation system for over 20 years. Learn how the plan impacts you, why it needs updating and the steps in the process.

timeline from 1996 to 2006 to 2021

What is the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) and how does it impact me?

The OTP sets the vision for all the ways people and goods move including walking, biking, rolling, public transit, highways, railroads, freight and even planes.

Oregon’s transportation system provides access to jobs, healthcare, childcare, food, housing, recreation and leisure activities. It connects to quality of life, a vibrant economy, environmental health, and social equity.

From major bridge improvements to local sidewalk projects, an updated OTP will guide transportation investments for the whole state over the next 20-25 years.

Different ways people get around Oregon

Why is the plan being updated?

The last OTP was adopted in 2006 and much has changed! Updating the plan gives us a chance to incorporate what we have learned in more recent planning work, adapt to current conditions, and address an uncertain future.

It will help us to prepare for trends like climate change, widening social inequities, our growing population over age 65 and new technologies.  

Who is involved in updating the plan?

Oregonians participating on project committees, work groups and focus groups represent the diversity of our transportation system, geographies and social demographics. They include experts in equity, safety, climate change, economics, and technology – as well as community leaders, organizations and you! Input from the public is incorporated throughout the plan update.

The Oregon Transportation Commission will ultimately adopt the new OTP.  The new OTP will be informed by the Commission’s recently-adopted Strategic Action Plan which has three priorities—equity, a modern transportation system, and sufficient and reliable funding.

What is the project schedule?

By early 2023, we will reach the finish line with an updated plan. To get there, we will:

  • Study current and future transportation needs.

  • Use a range of scenarios to help develop a flexible plan that can adapt to a changing transportation future.

  • Consider the relationship between different forms of transportation—for example, biking and public transit—and the unique needs of different communities across the state.

  • Work with experts, our partners and the public to understand transportation priorities, recognize tradeoffs and gather feedback.

  • Outline priorities for transportation investments and establish an approach for implementing the OTP’s vision, goals and policies.

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An Equitable Transportation Future

We are committed to developing a plan that invests in transportation systems and services to achieve fair outcomes for Oregonians. Tell us what an equitable transportation means to you.

Row of animated people showing Oregon's diversity

How will the plan support a more equitable transportation future?
Inclusive engagement process
We are committed to providing equitable and accessible opportunities to shape and influence the plan by reducing participation barriers in ways that are culturally responsive and motivate engagement. Reflecting the voices and perspectives of people and communities who have been historically excluded and underserved by transportation investments is a priority. These community members include:

  • People with low income, and/or people who are economically disadvantaged

  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), or non-white identifying

  • Older adults, youth and children

  • People who speak non-English languages, especially those with limited English proficiency

  • People living with a disability

Plan development and outcomes

We recognize there are inequities in the transportation system and we are working from development to execution to ensure that these inequalities are acknowledged and distinctly addressed. From the project team to the decision makers, there are a diverse array of identities and lived experiences to inform the plan. In addition to gathering input from diverse communities, the team will develop an equity framework, informed by systemic barriers, that will guide the plan’s policies and strategies to ensure equitable outcomes.

For instance, in Oregon the pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries are higher in low income and BIPOC communities as shown below. The equity framework will highlight a barrier like this that needs to be overcome. We want your perspectives reflected in this equity framework. Share more in the survey below.

Pedestrian fatal and severe injury rate by concentration level in Oregon between 2014-2018 showing high concentraion of low income and BIPOC populations

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Where Are We Now?

We are taking stock of the current transportation system and the people who use it.

How do you get around? What are your top challenges, barriers and concerns in your daily travels?
The following information provides a snapshot focused on some of the key elements that make up the current conditions we are considering as we plan for future transportation needs.


Our state is constantly changing and so are the people. Oregon's population has grown over 20% since 2000 and we expect continued growth. Below is a snapshot at our state's demographics from 2019.

Oregon demographics for age, income, gender, and race and ethnicity

Source: United States Census. 2019. (Click to enlarge)

Who is Walking and Biking?
Oregon has a reputation for being a friendly state for those walking and biking. According the US Census 2016 American Community Survey, Oregon has the highest mode share of bicycle commuters in the nation. Let’s take a deeper look at what it means to bike and walk across the state. Here is biking infographic sharing statistics between geography, gender, age, ability and socioeconomic differences.

Statistics of Oregonians walking and biking showing differences in location, gender, age ability, income and housing

Source: Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. 2016. (Click to enlarge)

How Do We Get to Work?
Across Oregon, there are a variety of options to travel to work from driving to biking. Although, commuting preferences has changed since the pandemic, below is a look at getting to work in 2018.

Statistics for Oregonians communiting to work with a 23.9 minute average commuting time, 4.5% workers who use public transportation and 7% works who worked at home.

Source: US Census American Community Survey (2014-2018). (Click to enlarge)

Who is Involved in Serious and Fatal Vehicle Crashes?
Let’s take a look at safety while traveling through Oregon. According to the 2018 Oregon State of the System, pedestrian fatalities increased 24% from 2014-2016 which is in line with national trends. Below is a look at road user injuries and fatalities categorized by type of driver. We understand that many factors contribute to safety issues which can be reduced with design, slower vehicles speeds, increased separation between users and more.

Proportion of fatal and serious injury crashes by Oregon road users between 2014 and 2018 with the highest serious injury  and fatal crashes for aging drivers.

Source: Proportion of Fatal and Serious Injury Crashes by Road User (2014-2018). Oregon Transportation Safety Action Plan. 2021. (Click to enlarge)

Our Transportation System Today

Whether traveling to work or a weekend away, there are so many ways to get around. Below is a look at all the parts of the system that supports the movement of people and goods.

Transportation by the numbers for highways, streets and roads; airports; marine ports; rail tracks; bridges; bicycle facilities; sidewalk miles and public transit stops.

Source: State of the System. 2018. (Click to enlarge)

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Drivers of Change

Learn the drivers of change that are shaping our future transportation system.

What are drivers of change?
These are the pressures that drive shifts to our transportation system. The goals, strategies, policies, and actions we consider in the plan need to be grounded in the lives of Oregonians now, while being adaptive to the future. Learn more about the drivers of change we are considering:

  • Oregon’s population is becoming more diverse. For example, BIPOC students now represent over 35% of public and charter school students.
  • Inequities in access to safe and convenient transportation are widening across race, income, age, and other characteristics.
  • BIPOC communities have typically been underserved by infrastructure investment and have historically been disproportionately impacted by infrastructure projects.
  • In Oregon, the movement of people and goods make up 40% of total emissions of gases that contribute to climate change.
  • The ODOT Climate Action Plan to achieve a cleaner transportation future. The plan will include actions to:
    1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
    2. Improve climate justice for all Oregonians.
    3. Adapt our transportation system to withstand extreme weather events.

  • Oregon’s population has increased rapidly, growing about 24% since 2000 and expected growth by another 8% by 2029. A growing population puts pressures on the existing transportation system by needing to support more travelers.
  • Oregon’s population is getting older and increasingly aging in place, which local transportation resources such as medical transport and public transportation.
  • Growth in cities has strained transportation systems and resulted in severe traffic congestion.  
  • Oregon’s economy has historically relied on trade-based industries such as logging and manufacturing. It’s shifting to a service-based economy with specializations in professional services and technology.
  • Urban and rural communities are experiencing different economic realities:
    1. The Portland metro area and Central Oregon are becoming more economically diverse which will help them withstand economic shocks.
    2. Rural regions face challenges with maintaining a local labor force.
  • Technological advancements are changing the transportation landscape and include:
    1. Vehicle technology (e.g. automated/connected/electric vehicles, e-bikes, e-scooters).
    2. Mobility services (e.g. ride share, automated shuttles).
    3. Freight/local delivery (e.g. increased on-demand delivery and e-commerce; drones).
    4. Personal device technology (e.g. 5G technology, mobile trip-planning applications).
  • While we are taking an incremental approach to invest and prioritize earthquake-ready improvements on key travel routes, a large-scale earthquake would still severely disrupt the ability to move people and goods throughout the state.
  • Climate change is contributing to greater risks associated with landslides, tsunamis, wildfires and localized flooding.
  • Prioritizing preservation and maintenance of the transportation system to increase resiliency across the state.

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Setting the Vision and Values

There are many themes in the plan, such as moving goods and people, like you, throughout the state. Share what is most important to you in your daily travels.

The vision and values guide the Oregon Transportation Plan by outlining where we want to go and what is important along the way.  We are considering the following themes as we shape the vision and values for the update to the plan:

  • Everyone can use the system to meet their needs and access opportunities, affordably and conveniently.
  • Maximize community benefit and minimize negative impacts, especially for historically excluded and underserved communities.
  • Build trust through community engagement, inclusive decision-making, and strategic investment.
  • In the event of a catastrophe, critical infrastructure can withstand the disruption.
  • Minimize impacts on the environment, climate and public health.
  • Pursue climate justice and low-carbon transportation to ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

  • A people-centered transportation system that manages reliable connections to support community and economy.
  • A well-maintained network to facilitate safe and efficient movement of goods, people and data.
  • Use technology to maximize efficiency of the system.
  • Across Oregon, people have multiple, reliable, affordable transportation options to reach their destination.
  • Prioritize how you get around regardless of the type of movement, from walking to driving to biking and everything in between.

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Stay Involved

Thank you for your participation! This is just the beginning. Sign up to receive updates and information to stay involved as the plan update progresses.

  • Join the project’s email list to get notifications about future engagement opportunities.  

  • For more information on the project or to contact the team, visit the project website.

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