Oregon’s vision of the state’s transportation system is one that provides options for people to bike, walk, take transit, share rides, and telecommute. With aging infrastructure, a growing and changing population, and strained transportation funding, the State of Oregon sought to expand transportation choices and help make more efficient use of the transportation network.
Nelson\Nygaard worked with a 15-member Policy Advisory Committee and conducted over 70 interviews with local stakeholders from across the state to examine existing transportation options programs and identify unmet transportation needs. Recognizing that transportation needs vary significantly across the state, we identified policies and strategies to improve transportation options programming in both rural and urban areas. We suggested ways to integrate transportation options into transportation planning and capital projects, and we identified the need for increased and reliable program funding for local partners.
As an add-on to the project, Nelson\Nygaard is working with ODOT to translate these high-level policies and strategies into actionable next steps. We are developing a performance measurement process for local transportation options providers to streamline reporting to justify continued investment in programs; assessing the organizational structure of ODOT to determine its role in managing and delivering transportation options programs; and developing a communications plan to educate state and local funding decision makers on the importance of integrating transportation options in local, regional, and state transportation planning.
The first of its kind in Oregon, the statewide Transportation Options plan was adopted in April 2015.