17 results for author: Sara Wright

transforming transportation: working together to accelerate electrification

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 ...

Advancing Equity in Transportation Systems

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 ...

Tell Oregon Department of Transportation How You Want Funds Allocated

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 ...

Is It Time To Rethink Public Transportation in Our Post-Pandemic World?

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.

Shifting gears: ODOT seeks input after release of climate change plans and policies

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 ...

Glide with a ride in May — Bike Month

Biking is a great choice for getting around right now. It allows you to keep away from other people, especially in places where there’s plenty of space for walkers and bike riders.

A bailout for transit? Here’s why it’s a good idea

At this moment, when all our communities are struggling to find a way forward in a pandemic response with uncertain timelines and unknown consequences, you might wonder why it’s worth worrying about public transportation.

Transportation takes center lane at OEC’s 2020 business forum

For 24 years, our forum events have focused on cutting edge issues and opportunities important to business, environmental and government leaders. OEC is proud to provide this opportunity for all of us to learn together, share different perspectives, and build important relationships that can lead to new areas of common ground.

Don’t Let Winter Weather Limit Your Transportation Options

Getting around by bike, foot and transit is great for your health, your community’s health and safety, and the long-term prognosis for the livability of the planet. However, it can feel more difficult when the weather turns dark, cold and wet. Here are a few ways you can get through the long dark months without reaching for the car keys! Plan ahead. Set out your bike gear the night before. Make sure you know which bus you’re going to catch when, and plan your morning accordingly. This may feel like a hassle, but the fact is that your bike ride and your walk (and your transit ride, if you’re lucky enough to have some good bus-only lanes ...


Across the country, jurisdictions are reviewing their zoning codes for ways to allow more households in their neighborhoods, close to the places people need to go and the public transit service that will allow them to get around without having to drive all the time.