STATE OFTHE SYSTEM2016 REPORT ON OREGON’STRANSPORTATION SYSTEMOREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
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TABLE OF CONTENTSA INTRODUCTION2333457Transportation System Infrastructure MapAn Overview of Oregon’s Transportation System and Why it’s Important for OregonPurpose of the State of the System ReportThe Oregon Department of Transportation and its Role in the SystemTrends Affecting Oregon and its Transportation SystemThe Oregon Transportation Plan and its ImplementationThe Seven Oregon Transportation Plan GoalsBTHE STATE OF THE SYSTEMCMOVING FORWARD814202832384248Mobility and AccessibilityManagement of the SystemEconomic VitalitySustainabilitySafety and SecurityFunding the Transportation SystemCoordination, Communication and CooperationWhere to Find Additional Information
PAGE 2STATE OF OREGONState of tion SystemInfrastructurep?September 2016Port of AstoriaPort of NehalemPort of Garibaldi?Portland InternationalPort of St. HelensPort of MorrowPort of Cascade LocksPort of Arlington? ? § ? Port of The DallesPort of Portland?oPort of Hood River?Port of Umatillao84THE NUMBERSEastern OregonRegional at Pendleton73,933 total miles ofhighways, streets androadsPort of Tillamooik Bay8,032 miles of statehighwaysPort of NewportPort of Toledo32,907 miles of county roads?11,029 miles of city streetsPort of Alsea?o?ooPort of Siuslawmiles of "other roads"21,965 miles of “other roads”under other state and federalunder other state andfederaljurisdictionsjurisdictions8,037 total bridgesstatewideRoberts Field - RedmondEugene Mahlon Sweet Field2,342 miles of rail trackPort of UmpquaSouthwest Oregon Regional7 commercial airports§ 597 public use airportsOregon InternationalPort of Coos BayPort of Bandon23 marine ports11,000 public transit stopsPort of Coquille RiverLegendRogue ValleyInternational - MedfordPort of Port Orford?o?oPort of Gold Beach?Port of Brookings HarboroDISCLAIMER:This product is for informational purposes only and may not hav e beenprepared for or be suitable for legal, engineering or surveying purposes.Users of this information should review or consult the primary dataand information sources to ascertain the usability of the information.Produced by ODOT - GIS Unit(503)986-3154 - SEPTEMBER 2016GIS No. 23-61-01025100Due to space and scale limitations, only some transportation system infrastructure is shown.Many other important transportation facilities play critical roles at local and regional levels.PortsState HighwaysKlamath Falls International50Commercial AirportsRailroads150Miles200County BoundariesSources: ODOT Transportation Data Section, 2015 Oregon Mileage Report; FHWA;ODOT Rail Division; ODOT Public Transit Division
State of the System, 2016 ReportINTRODUCTIONAN OVERVIEW OF OREGON’STRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND WHY IT’SIMPORTANT FOR OREGONstatewide high level look with emphasis on the portionof the system managed by the Oregon Department ofTransportation (ODOT).regon’s transportation system is a complex, expensivecollection of public and private assets that facilitatesthe safe and efficient movement of people and goods into,out of and around the state. The system includes airports,freight and passenger rail, public transportation, marineports, state highways, county roads, local streets, bridges,pedestrian walkways, bicycle paths, other facilities, andsupporting infrastructure and services. The transportationsystem serves important functions for all Oregon residents,businesses and visitors alike; employees commuting towork, children going to and from school, farmers shippingcrops to market, businesses receiving materials for use inmanufacturing, high-tech manufacturers sending theirproducts across the globe, consumers buying groceries at thelocal market. An efficient and effective transportation systemis critical for maintaining and enhancing Oregon’s economyand quality of life.THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OFTRANSPORTATION AND ITS ROLE IN THESYSTEMOPURPOSE OF THE STATE OF THE SYSTEM REPORTEvery two years the State of the System report provides keyinformation about how Oregon’s transportation system isperforming in relation to the seven goals of the OregonTransportation Plan (OTP). The report increases awarenessof the state’s transportation assets, and the trends andchallenges affecting these assets. The report provides aODOT, known until 1969 as the State Highway Department,began in 1913. In 1919, Oregon became the first state toenact a tax on fuel to fund road building, so the agencycould “Get Oregon out of the mud.” Today the agencyis organized to better provide an integrated intermodalsystem, balancing the needs of all users. ODOT’s missionis “to provide a safe, efficient transportation system thatsupports economic opportunity and livable communitiesfor Oregonians.” That mission encompasses transportationplanning, developing, managing and maintaining the statehighway system, transportation safety, rail safety, licensingand regulation of drivers, motor vehicles and motor carriers,assistance to public transportation providers, passenger rail,active transportation and more.Local governments and other public and privatetransportation providers have an equally important role inOregon’s transportation system through the developmentand management of county roads and city streets, bicycleand pedestrian facilities, public transportation facilities andservices, airports, rail and port infrastructure, forest serviceroads and other services.PAGE 3
PAGE 4TRENDS AFFECTING OREGON AND ITSTRANSPORTATION SYSTEMA number of major trends and issues are impacting stateagencies, counties, cities and other transportation providersacross Oregon. Some of these are long-term trendsintroduced in earlier editions of the State of the Systemreport, while others are new conditions that pose significantimpact to transportation in Oregon.Î Economic TrendsOregon’s economy relies on technology-based businesses,service-related industries, forest products, agriculture,manufacturing and other sectors, all of which require arange of transportation services for workers, products,and services. In addition to providing a framework tosupport economic activity, transportation investmentssupport job creation and retention through constructionand infrastructure projects. While recent Oregon Officeof Economic Analysis data indicates some U.S. states areshowing signs of a slowing economy, Oregon’s economicactivity continues to grow post-recession. Oregon isoutpacing the typical state by a considerable margin todayfor both job and income gains. This continued growth resultsfrom the state’s underlying fundamentals like its industrialhistory and strong in-migration flows. The Oregon Office ofEconomic Analysis has indicated that job gains have begunto slow in recent months, however these gains remainenough to keep pace with current population growth. Theresult is a return to what can be considered normal labormarket dynamics for the state.Î Aging InfrastructureOregon’s transportation infrastructure is getting olderand more expensive to maintain, preserve and expand.Many critical pieces of infrastructure such as bridges,interchanges, locks and jetties are between 50 and 80 yearsold. Increased maintenance and preservation investmentsare necessary just to keep these older facilities safe andoperational. Because there are so many structures, Oregonneeds to invest a significant portion of resources inmaintenance and preservation of facilities to avoid morecostly reconstruction later on.Î Aging PopulationBy 2035, nearly one-quarter of Oregon residents will be overthe age of 65. As the Baby Boomer cohort continues to retire,there will be expanding need for transportation optionsfor older adults. While many Baby Boomers will continueto drive, research suggests that many will rely on new anddiverse opportunities to travel without having to drive alone,such as public transit, walking and bicycling, car sharing,and other transportation options. The U.S. Census BureauAmerican Community Survey shows that individuals aged 65and older represent a larger share of population in rural areas(over 21 percent) than in urban areas (under 14 percent).Î Increasing PopulationOregon’s population growth is starting to recover from itsrecessionary slump. Much of the upswing in populationgrowth comes from in-migration. Net in-migration isexpected to account for most of Oregon’s population increaseover the coming decades. By 2040, the state’s population isforecast to increase by 35 percent, resulting in a populationof more than 5.2 million, creating new challenges and issuesfor the transportation system. Most of this growth will beconcentrated in the Willamette Valley, Bend area, Medfordarea, and Columbia, Umatilla and Morrow Counties. Since1990 the population of Oregon’s urban areas has outpacedgrowth in rural areas by over 40 percent.
State of the System, 2016 ReportÎ Changes in Vehicle Miles TraveledThe number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is one measureof demand on the highway system. VMT has been growingsteadily since 2013 as Oregon recovered from the most recentrecession; however recent data indicates a slowing of thegrowth starting in 2016. Despite this reduction in the growthrate, VMT in Oregon is forecasted to increase through 2018,growing at a rate similar to population growth.to provide other benefits such as improved public health,cleaner air, improved transportation safety, increased activetransportation, and a more efficient transportation system.Oregonians are also concerned about other impacts on theenvironment. These include protecting wetlands, waterwaysand air quality and inhibiting invasive species. Transportationprojects have to address all of these considerations on anongoing basis.Î Active Transportation and Public HealthThe phrase “active transportation” refers to multimodaltransportation solutions that connect people to wherethey need to go, such as work, school and essentialservices, using “active” modes such as walking andbicycling and connecting to public transportation.Increasingly, communities are interested in providingactive transportation options to support healthy lifestylesand community livability. ODOT and the Oregon HealthAuthority (OHA) have been collaborating to supportcommunication and planning for safe active transportationsolutions and to better understand the interactions oftransportation and health.Î Increasing Safety and SecurityTransportation safety and security practices allowindividuals to travel on the transportation system in asafe manner, and serve to keep the transportation systemsecure and operational. Oregon continually works to reducedeaths, injuries, crashes and incidents on the transportationsystem for all users and modes. Because the transportationsystem is critical to the movement of people, goods andemergency services, adequate protections need to be inplace to ensure that the system will function given potentialnatural or manmade hazards. Oregon must be able torespond to emerging safety and security issues, and beprepared for sudden events so that safety and mobility aremanaged effectively.Î Sustainability and the EnvironmentOregonians are committed to preserving and enhancingthe natural environment of the state. ODOT enacts thiscommitment through its work, including wildlife crossingsand fish passage, climate adaptation, recycling programs andusing clean fuel options in construction equipment whenpossible. ODOT and the Department of Land Conservationand Development (DLCD) have also been helpingmetropolitan areas conduct analysis which explores variousstrategies for reducing transportation-related emissions andother negative transportation impacts. Beyond reducinggreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, these strategies appearTHE OREGON TRANSPORTATION PLAN ANDITS IMPLEMENTATIONThe Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) is the state’s longrange multimodal transportation plan. The OTP considersall modes and jurisdictions of Oregon’s transportationsystem as one integrated system and addresses the needs oftransportation in Oregon through 2030. The seven goals ofthe OTP (with associated policies and strategies) are aimedat guiding the actions, investments and other key decisionsof state and local agencies, regional and local governmentsPAGE 5
PAGE 6and transportation providers. In addition to the OTP, themode and topic plans address specific aspects of thetransportation system.Î Mode and Topic PlansThe mode and topic plans are statewide policy plans whichcover goals and policies for specific transportation modesand topics. These plans serve as elements of the OregonTransportation Plan and help to achieve the OTP goals. Theplans address policy areas and issues to support decisionmaking, strategic investments and project prioritizationthat help deliver an interconnected, robust, efficient andsafe transportation system for Oregon. The plan guidesthe state through efforts such as prioritizing projects,
State of the System, 2016 Reportdeveloping design guidance, collecting important dataand other activities that support a complete multimodaltransportation system. The mode and topic plans include: Oregon Aviation System Plan Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Oregon Highway Plan Oregon Public Transportation Plan Oregon Rail Plan Oregon Transportation Options Plan Oregon Transportation Safety Action PlanThe Oregon Transportation Commission has adoptedupdates to a number of these plans, including; The OregonTransportation Options plan in 2015, the Oregon Bicycleand Pedestrian Plan in 2016, the Oregon TransportationSafety Action Plan in 2016. The update of the OregonPublic Transportation Plan is currently in progress andexpected to be complete in 2018. ODOT will continueto update these plans as needed to stay current withtransportation trends affecting the system to provide thebest transportation system possible