|Agenda item for the new process|
But what is interesting is that the proposed process includes scoring projects against the formal Goals in the RTSP. Previously the Goals haven't been so directly related to projects in the plan; they just floated out there as "goals." This will change to some degree:
With the passage of MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), a new requirement was introduced for state department of transportations (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use an outcomes-based performance-based planning and programming approach in developing their long-range plans and short-range improvement programs.You may remember that Goal 7, with a proposal to include greenhouse gas emissions, is quite contested just now (previously here, here, and here).
The proposed process, and prospect of scoring projects against greenhouse gas reductions, may account for some of the resistance to the proposals for new language in Goal 7. Previously the goals had just been mostly window dressing, but now there might be some teeth and accountability behind them. It had been a little difficult to understand the scope of resistance, but now it is a little clearer.
|Proposed process 1/2|
|Proposed process 2/2|
|Proposed scoring including Goal 7 language,|
but without language on greenhouse gases
There is also on the agenda a discussion of Environmental Justice procedures. There might be more to say another time. No People of Color sit on the Policy Committee and the EJ process kicks in late in project evaluation. It's always "We want to build this big highway. Can we minimize impacts?" But never "What is it that disadvantaged communities themselves really want?" (Things like free and better bus service might score more highly than new highways, for example.) Rather than an overlay of Environmental Justice analysis and process on an existing set of procedures, EJ considerations should be knit more deeply and earlier into the whole politics. It really needs a more fundamental, structural rethink. But that's a large topic for another time.
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next to the entry
SKATS Technical Advisory Committee meets Tuesday the 14th, at 1:30pm. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Little Owl and Table Five 08.
Addendum, August 17th
While the big news at the meeting of the Oregon Transportation Commission this week was authorization to move forward with an application for tolling on I-5 and I-205, there was also an interesting letter from three other agencies, DEQ, DLCD, and Energy on greenhouse gases and transportation.
According to the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s 2017 Biennial Report to the Legislature, Oregon will not meet the Legislature’s 2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions reduction (ten percent below 1990 levels). We also are not on track for the Legislature’s 2035 and 2050 goals. With greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector increasing (rather than decreasing), and with transportation responsible for 39 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state, it’s clear we need renewed focus on reducing emissions in this sector.We'll come back to this in later posts.