What's next for ODOT leadership?

Oregon’s transportation system faces urgent challenges. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. For most households, the cost of owning and operating a car is their largest household expense after housing. Too few households have good alternatives to driving.

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Oregon’s transportation system faces urgent challenges. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. For most households, the cost of owning and operating a car is their largest household expense after housing. Too few households have good alternatives to driving. 

In addition to money, people are paying in hours of time as they sit on buses in traffic that is not moving. We also have hundreds of deaths on our roadways each year--near-daily tragedies that we must not tolerate. 

We can address these challenges by giving people safe and reliable alternatives to driving alone. More trips made by walking, biking and public transit will increase the capacity of our transportation system while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Using our roads more efficiently is also the most cost-effective approach. Expanding great transportation options will give households better choices for where to live and how to spend their money. A modest shift from single-occupancy vehicles to other choices will make a big difference and preserve capacity for the vital movement of goods.

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