July 14, 2021
Oregon Transportation Commission
355 Capitol Street, NE MS 11
Salem, Oregon 97301
Dear Chair Van Brocklin and members of the Oregon Transportation Commission:
Our organizations write this letter as communities around the state are reporting dozens of deaths in the wake of a record-breaking heatwave while preparing for another summer and fall of destructive wildfires. Climate change is already bringing enormous human suffering to Oregon. Transportation systems have been disrupted. The consensus among experts is that the chaos and destruction of global warming will bring far worse.
Are you considering buying a car? This is a great time to consider your electric options!
Before we even get started, though, we have to ask you a tough question. Depending on where you live, do you really need a car? At Oregon Environmental Council we know that we won’t reach our climate and equity goals if we don’t reduce the number of cars on the road or how many miles they are driving, so we will always encourage you to take the time to think about whether you can meet at least some of your transportation needs without a car. (Hint: electric bikes can make a terrific car substitute!) If you really need a car, read on!
Why buy (or ...
Show up to these community listening sessions for the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking to help Oregon meet its climate goals.
As ODOT considers transportation pricing in the Portland region, we explain why “congestion pricing” is the most effective long-term way to address our traffic woes.
Oregon Transportation Commission decision advances climate-friendly projects but fails to meet the urgency of the climate crisis
Cutting down diesel pollution not only improves human health and mitigates climate impact, it also keeps our money local and creates new jobs.
On July 10th, Governor Brown signed on to a memorandum of understanding with governors of 14 other states, committing to work together to accelerate the electrification of medium and heavy duty trucks.
This is just the beginning of an important push to make sure that the heavy trucks driving through our communities get cleaner as fast as possible. These vehicles- box trucks, trash trucks, trailer trucks, school buses, and more - are responsible for nearly a quarter of transportation greenhouse gas ...
We know that our transportation system is not equitable. A system centered on moving vehicles, not people and goods, is not equitable.
Most of us don’t think about “transportation” as an issue. We think about our commute, our errands, our trip to drop the kids off at school. Transportation is so completely woven into our lives that we don’t think about it separately. We also don’t question whether the way we get around could be different, or should be different. It just is the way it is, right?
Because of this, we often can’t see how the way it is negatively affects us and our communities. If somebody suggests a change, we can see ...
We need to see ODOT prioritize climate and equity in its investments.
The year 2027 may seem far off now, but the Oregon Department of Transportation is making policy decisions now about how it will spend its money then. We can influence whether those decisions prioritize climate impacts or just go further down an already unsustainable path.
ODOT is beginning work now to develop the next Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is the list of projects that ODOT will work on in 2024 through 2027. These projects include building new infrastructure like roads and bridges, and maintaining existing facilities, and it costs billions ...
As we look to the future, we need to make sure that transit (along biking and walking and the like) is a big part of our transportation system.
Big things are afoot in Oregon’s transportation system. But changing how we do things is hard. If we don't intervene, we risk spending too much money on the wrong transportation projects, climate pollution worsens, and people's needs aren't met.
Transportation is critically important to the lives of Oregonians. The governor’s executive order on climate change—and the related state agency proposals to implement protections—will provide multiple opportunities for families, neighborhood groups, students, businesses, and all others to participate in shaping the way transportation projects will protect our climate with bold policies that ...