COLUMN: ODOT has a plan for evolving to meet future needs
When you think of a modern transportation system, what comes to mind? Roads and bridges carrying volumes of traffic smoothly through our communities and around the state? Bus lanes, train tracks and bike lanes that make car-free commuting a breeze? Electric cars, autonomous vehicles and connected roadways that help ease congestion and reduce emissions?
A modern multi-modal transportation system is all of that — and more.
Working with governments and listening to community interests, our focus is on designing, funding and delivering that system. It should be designed for all users, address climate change, invest in innovation, reduce congestion, and promote an efficient, safe, and equitable transportation system.
In order to create this system, ODOT must evolve. An organization with only the tools, ideas and perspectives of the past is unprepared to meet the needs of the future. We seek to build an organization focused on the future, responsive to the needs of diverse communities across the state, accountable to those we serve, and responsive to a constantly changing environment.
With all this in mind, last fall, the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a Strategic Action Plan designed to accelerate progress on this mission in the 2021-2023 timeframe. It anticipates the identification of subsequent actions in 2024 and beyond to achieve our vision.
Our Strategic Action Plan includes specific outcomes to measure our progress, including these:
The modern multi-modal transportation system we desire will increase mobility, be sufficiently funded, and provide the transportation services Oregonians need now and into the future. It will improve safety, increase reliability, contribute to a cleaner environment, and strengthen Oregon's economy.
As we pursue these objectives, we look forward to your involvement and ask for your support.
Learn more about how we're designing, funding and delivering a modern transportation system and follow our progress.
Robert Van Brocklin is the Oregon Transportation Commission chair. Kris Strickler is the Oregon Department of Transportation director. Comments can be directed to 866-Ask-ODOT.
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