to combat the impacts of climate change by implementing the Statewide Transportation Strategy (STS) as adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission....In the last report to the Legislature, the Oregon Global Warming Commission noted that "STS adoption is only advisory and has no specific programmatic implications...."
It is now time for your four agencies to organize an implementation plan for the STS.
|Oregon Global Warming Commission 2018 Biennial Report|
It is not, therefore, clear how effective this "urging" might be, even with admonishment of "it is now time." It could just be virtue signalling in response to the Climate Strike rallies of last weekend.
As initially structured in the STS, the short-term recommendations are merely variations on "business as usual" and themselves mainly signalling rather than action. Nowhere is there anything about "drive Less" or "no new capacity." It's all about maintaining current patterns of autoism with a light greenwash from electrification and technology.
|The short-term program: Still all about driving|
|On #6, the words are all so very weaselly|
In her letter, the Governor did include four bullets of more specific recommendation, and at least indirectly she may be aiming at the greenwashy and wishy-washy elements of the STS as written.
|Two of the Governor's recommendations are aimed at MPOs|
This is something to watch, and something for advocates to press ODOT, SKATS, and the City of Salem on.
(For more on the STS, see the State's site here.)