Comment on ODOT funding scenarios by Friday, December 11

New STIP funding scenarios (BikePortland.org)

UPDATE 12/16/2020: On Dec. 15, 2020, the Oregon Transportation Commission approved record ‘non-highway’ funding.

  • The Oregon Dept. of Transportation is adopting a funding scenario to guide how $2.2 billion will be invested from 2024 to 2027.
  • BEST is collecting resources here.
  • The public may submit written comments by Friday, Dec. 11, at 5:00 p.m.
  • The public may also testify live on Tuesday, Dec. 15, starting at 5:00 p.m.
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Urge Metropolitan Policy Committee to adopt goal or objective to slow climate change

Central Lane MPO Area
Eugene-Springfield-Coburg Metropolitan (Central Lane MPO) Area

UPDATE 11/5/2020: Added BEST’s recommendations … and a summary of MPC’s action and a link to the video of the meeting.

  • BEST and other community leaders are pushing local officials to slow climate change, which the recent wildfires underscore is already happening.
  • The Eugene-Springfield-Coburg Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) is looking to add a goal or objective to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
  • On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m., testify virtually to tell MPC to take action, or just tune in to bear witness.
  • BEST notes that climate change is already reflected in the draft goals, but recommends making it explicit. BEST also recommends later develop performance measures to guide actions.
  • At their meeting, MPC ultimately directed staff to add language to the draft 3rd goal: “Transportation greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.” They further directed staff to add an objective: “Strive to reduce vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions and congestion through more sustainable street, bike, pedestrian, transit, and rail network design, location, and management.”
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Driving Down Emissions: Transportation, land use, and climate change

Driving Down Emissions: Transportation, land use, and climate change

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, save lives, promote better health, and create places where people want to live, a new report from Transportation for America and Smart Growth America recommends:

  • Getting onerous government regulations out of the way of providing more homes where people naturally drive less;
  • Making safety the top priority for street design to encourage more short trips;
  • Instituting GHG reduction and less driving as goals of the transportation system;
  • Investing heavily in other options for getting around; and
  • Prioritizing access to destinations.
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