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Background

Oregon's communities face many challenges, from a troubled economy and shrinking budgets, to uncertain energy costs, traffic congestion, and climate change.  Transportation options programs use proven transportation demand management (TDM) strategies to cost-effectively address these issues, support employer and workforce transportation needs, and keep things moving.

Transportation Options Solutions

A "TDM Package" of modest investments and supporting policies would provide for major benefits to Oregon

  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility
    Quickly and cost-effectively help highways and transit carry significantly more people using existing roads, buses and trains.
  • Save businesses and residents money
    Fuel cost savings remain in local economies.  Oregon businesses and residents save tens of millions of dollars from reduced fuel bills; providing a boost to the Oregon economy while reducing oil dependence at a time of economic uncertainty.
  • Support employment and job access
    Carpool, vanpool and transit programs provide affordable access to jobs and support employer job retention and recruitment efforts.  Investment in TDM also supports the creation of new jobs for Oregon businesses.
  • Reduce air polution and greenhouse gas emissions
    Assist Oregon businesses affected by carbon or air pollution regulations with TDM programs.
Policy Updates
 

ODOT is developing Oregon's first transportation options plan, which will further refine and implement the goals, policies, strategies, and key initiatives in the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP). Click the link below for more information about the plan from ODOT's website.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/Pages/toplan.aspx

The Transportation Options Plan Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) will meet regularly through September of 2014 to provide strategic direction on the vision, goals, and policy apsects of the project, and review key deliverables. For more information about the PAC, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/Pages/pac.aspx

ToGo has provided public comments on the development of the Flex Funds criteria and voiced strong support for transportation options to be a focal point for funding considerations.  For more informaiton on the Flex Funds please visit the ODOT site here:

Flex Funds Program