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Oregon Transportation Commission Meeting

Maritza Arango (Events Editor) by on July 15th, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Commission sets July 15 virtual meeting

SALEM — The Oregon Transportation Commission will meet on Thursday, July 15 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held virtually to ensure public access while maintaining social distance in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Items on the agenda include:

  • An update from the Urban Mobility Office. Amend 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to increase funding and add a construction phase to the I-205 Improvements project.
  • An informational update on the inventory of real property owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation and currently in excess of operating needs, as required by HB 2017 Section 9.
  • A status update on the pedestrian safety improvement initiative that was approved at the commission’s May meeting.
  • An informational update on a new process to reset the STIP in a yearly action for majority of STIP amendments.
  • Key trends in transportation and “drivers of change” and connection to the overall Oregon Transportation Plan Update decision-making process and next steps. Set a committee charge with general guidance and direction for the OTP Policy Coordinating Committee.
  • Review and discussion of the Strategic Action Plan second quarter report; review the updated SAP dashboard.

The agenda and meeting materials are available on the OTC website.

USDOT move leaves open spot on influential Oregon Transportation Commission

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 1st, 2021 at 1:11 pm

OTC members left to right: Chair Robert Van Brocklin, Vice Chair Alando Simpson, Julie Brown, Sharon Smith.

There’s an opening on the five-member body that oversees the Oregon Department of Transportation.[Read more…]

Commission approves STIP allocation with record ‘non-highway’ funding

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 16th, 2020 at 3:12 pm

An anti-ODOT rally on SE Powell Blvd in May 2015.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Former PBOT assistant director nominated for seat on Oregon Transportation Commission

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 2nd, 2020 at 11:09 am

Maurice Henderson at a PBOT event in 2016.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Transportation commission says I-5 Rose Quarter project can move ahead without environmental statement

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 2nd, 2020 at 1:08 pm

The oversight body for the Oregon Department of Transportation has given the agency permission to move forward on their $715 million I-5 Rose Quarter project without doing more rigorous and independent analysis of its environmental and community impacts.

In a 5-0 vote taken on a meeting held over the phone today, Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin said he was satisfied with steps taken by ODOT thus far and that, “I just don’t find the basis in the record to change to an EIS [Environmental Impact Statement].”

At issue was whether ODOT should be required to perform an EIS or stick with their already completed Environmental Assessment. Both processes are part of the US Federal Highway Administration National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ODOT completed an EA last February, a step required to determine whether or not a project will have significant impacts.

With their vote today, the OTC has swept aside serious concerns and calls for an EIS by many regional elected leaders and organizations, and thousands of Portlanders who oppose the project. In the past two weeks alone, the group No More Freeways says over 350 people submitted public comment calling for an EIS. Last spring a comment period led to over 2,000 public omments, 89% of which were in opposition to the project. [Read more…]

State commission close to making pick for ODOT director

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 3rd, 2019 at 4:28 pm

The Oregon Transportation Commission just announced a special meeting that will take place on Wednesday where they are likely to choose a new leader of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

ODOT’s longtime director Matt Garrett announced his resignation back in January and left the agency in June. An OTC search committee has been meeting since March to choose his successor.

The Willamette Week reported in late August that three finalists have been chosen. On the short list are Contra Costa Transportation Authority Director Randell Iwasaki, New Hampshire Department of Transportation Director Victoria Sheehan, and current ODOT Highway Department Manager Kris Strickler.[Read more…]

High level talks next month will decide fate of I-5 Rose Quarter project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 30th, 2019 at 3:52 pm

ODOT says even if they did do an EIS it wouldn’t stop the project from moving forward.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

What’s really going on with the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project?
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You have until Thursday to comment on ODOT Director job description

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 7th, 2019 at 1:46 pm

What would you like to see in the leader of ODOT?
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation is in desperate need of new leadership. Thankfully, the Oregon Transportation Commission is moving full steam ahead in their search for a new director.

The OTC’s search committee — led by Vice Chair Bob Van Brocklin, a lawyer with Stoel Rives LLP — has published a draft version of the job description and will accept public comment on it until this Thursday, May 9th. Below are a few salient excerpts from the description:

The OTC seeks a new chief executive that will manage ODOT through significant change…
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ODOT tolling plan off to feds with support from Oregon Transportation Commission

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 6th, 2018 at 4:39 pm

On the left, the cover of ODOT’s 48-page application to the FHWA. On the right are the proposed tolling locations.

Before the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) can begin any kind of congestion pricing on existing freeways, they must first submit a proposal to the Federal Highway Administration. At their monthly meeting in Salem today, ODOT’s governing body voted 5-0 in favor of that 48-page plan, marking a major step in the future of tolling in the Portland region.
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Audit says ODOT is misaligned with governing body, commissioners vow change

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 2nd, 2017 at 5:42 pm

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ODOT Director Matt Garrett listens to a presentation about the audit from Tyler Duvall of McKinsey & Company.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett sat silenty for nearly two hours today while members of the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC, ODOT’s governing body) probed deeper into an audit of the agency he has led since 2005.

ODOT got solid marks from auditors in some categories — like organizational culture and building and maintaining highways. But auditors also found the agency needs a clearer short-term plan and more effective coordination with its governing body, the OTC.
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