Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ODOT Working on Public Transit Plan - Meeting Today

ODOT is working on another statewide plan, this time for transit:
The Oregon Public Transportation Plan is one of several statewide transportation mode and topic plans that refine, apply, and implement the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP).

1997 Oregon Public Transportation Plan (OPTP) (PDF)

OPTP development, guided by stakeholders, is expected to take about two years from when a diverse Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) began its work in April 2016. See the OPTP Development General Timeline (PDF) for details. In addition to the PAC, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will participate in the OPTP development to advise ODOT on specific topics.

ODOT’s work began with research on existing conditions and possible plan topics. ODOT conducted interviews with a sample of stakeholders from around the state regarding what may need to be considered in the plan. These stakeholders' initial advice is captured in the OPTP Summary of Stakeholder Interviews (PDF).

ODOT’s research on current conditions and opportunities for public transportation included a survey of public transportation providers and a workshop at the 2015 Oregon Public Transportation Conference, See the summary of themes and ideas from the survey and workshop for what was learned. Survey results can be seen in the OPTP Workshop and Provider Survey Summary (PDF).
They're holding an Open House today at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry at 1pm. It's probably too late for that, but there's also an online version (from which the slide above is taken).

The fact that public transportation is not an "integral, interconnected component" and that we have to push that out for another 20 years - well, that tells you a lot about where the project is. It would be great to have a lot more urgency and funding behind it.

The meeting is October 18th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High Street.

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