'One Oregon' Addresses Transportation Issues Across State

The Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel delivered its final report, One Oregon, A Vision for Oregon’s Transportation System, to Gov. Kate Brown.

📅   Fri June 10, 2016 - West Edition #12


The Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel delivered its final report, One Oregon, A Vision for Oregon’s Transportation System, to Gov. Kate Brown.
The Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel delivered its final report, One Oregon, A Vision for Oregon’s Transportation System, to Gov. Kate Brown.

The Governor's Transportation Vision Panel delivered its final report, One Oregon, A Vision for Oregon's Transportation System, to Gov. Kate Brown. The release of this report culminates a yearlong public effort to develop a series of recommendations addressing transportation issues across all modes and all regions of the state.

While regions of the state have their own distinct characteristics and priorities, the panel found common threads shared across all of Oregon. Three key priorities affecting Oregon's transportation system were heard by the panel consistently across the state:

• Seismic preparedness — The impact of a Cascadia Subduction Zone event, and the vulnerabilities of the transportation system, is a major concern for communities across Oregon.

• Congestion — Portland metro area congestion is having a major impact on the economic vitality of all regions of Oregon.

• Transit — Improved transit is a top priority for communities across the state, both to get people around locally and to connect communities across the region.

“While the landscapes differ in our vast state, this report finds we have much in common in relation to our transportation system,” said Transportation Vision Panel co-chair Gregg Kantor. “We share in our desire to make this great state better, and we understand the importance of being one Oregon.”

The 35 members of the panel include legislators, business owners and civic leaders from across Oregon. The panel held a series of public meetings throughout 2015 to assess the challenges facing our transportation system, and develop a set of preliminary findings. Between January and March of 2016, the Vision Panel held 11 regional forums across the state. These forums provided an opportunity for community members to share what is important for their region's transportation system and how transportation impacts local economies.

The report outlines challenges and opportunities that the state's transportation system faces today, delivers a series of long-term goals, identifies key action priorities, and details considerations for financing the transportation system.

“It is the panel's vision that in 30 years Oregon will have a transportation system in good repair, resilient to natural disasters, and financially stable,” said Kantor. “Oregon will have a safe, reliable, and efficient multimodal network that supports Oregon's businesses and enhances Oregonians' quality of life. But to get there, we must take immediate action.

“Oregon's leaders are obviously dedicated to solving the challenges facing Oregon today,” said Kantor. “And we're confident that, under the Governor's leadership, our policymakers will seriously consider this report's key findings and suggested priorities. We believe the report offers a path to improve our shared transportation system, but all of us must be willing to act.”

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