OACES Newsletter January 11, 2022
Next OACES Meeting
January 27, 2022
Virtual Meeting
2022 Brings New Transportation Laws
On January 1, 2022, a series of new laws took effect that will increase the equity in Oregon’s transportation system, improve safety, increase local control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 

A few of these new laws include:
  • Local speed setting designation for cities, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties.
  • An option for counties to increase their PILT payment.
  • Equitable membership of ODOT advisory committees.
  • Alternative fuel transportation rebates

Click here to get more details on each of these new laws and access the complete 2021 AOC Legislative Summary.
Get the Latest on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) - ODOT Resources, FAQ, and Upcoming OTC Meetings
In the two months that have passed since H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), was signed into law USDOT and ODOT have been a whirlwind of activity moving forward on implementation. ODOT is working with stakeholders, including AOC and OACES, to determine how best to invest the additional $1.2 billion in federal transportation formula funding coming to Oregon over the next five years.

See the links for the latest information on ODOT’s Website for IIJA implementation and upcoming opportunities to weigh in with the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) on how additional flexible federal dollars should be spent.
Online Open House for Oregon Transportation Plan
Help shape the future of transportation in Oregon. The Oregon Transportation Plan sets the long-term transportation policy for the whole state. Our transportation system provides access to jobs, healthcare, childcare, food, housing, recreation and leisure activities, and it plays a critical role in a healthy economy. 

Due to technical issues that are now resolved, the Oregon Department of Transportation is extending the online open house through Monday, January 24, 2022. Your participation is important and will help us create a plan that is responsive and relevant to all Oregonians. 

Watch the project video to learn more!

Find out more and how to participant here.
AOC Annual Report
AOC is proud to serve Oregon’s 36 counties. With a busy year ahead, AOC would like to reflect back on 2021 and share with you what the organization was able to accomplish in the last year.

In the link below, please find the 2021 AOC Annual Report, which provides a window into the progress of the organization through member engagement, financial health, key programs, and more.

Thank you for your service, continued membership, engagement, and confidence in the AOC team. AOC looks forward to another successful year.

IRIS Website, Logo, Beta Testers
The IRIS team is pleased to introduce a new IRIS logo and landing page with information on IRIS 10. The team is looking for more Beta testers of the new system and get your feedback on the interfaces, processes, and suggestions for improvement. A "landing page" for general IRIS 10 information can be found at www.aociris.org. If you are interested in testing our a process or module in IRIS 10, please contact Greg Lang ([email protected]) and he can get you started.
Safe Routes To School Application Support
In the spring and summer of 2022, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will solicit proposals for the next
round of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) construction funding, education funding, and planning assistance. Several workshops and webinars are available in January to answer questions about this new opportunity. The presentations will cover SRTS program specifics including, timeline, eligibility, proposal selection process, match requirements, and proposal development tips.

Read more on the webinar events and funding opportunities.
2022 OACES Meeting Schedule
OACES members finalized the organization meeting schedule coming for the year of 2022. As before, meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Regular meetings will take place virtually, via Zoom, but keep up to date on the meetings page as we are hoping to add more in person meetings back into the schedule.

The Spring Conference March 16 - 18, will be an in-person event held at Sunriver Resort in central Oregon. You can check the meetings webpage of the OACES website for the latest updates and information.
Innovation Exchange
Build a Better Mousetrap 
In transportation, Build a Better Mousetrap means going outside the box to solve problems. These solutions are homegrown at the local level and they improve safety and save money. This month, the Federal Highway Administration recognizes Saline County Road and Bridge for developing a safer and more cost-effective solution for reinforcing their bridges. This innovation has saved them time and money. This webinar will take place on January 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free of charge. Speaking at this webinar will be Darren Fishel, Saline County Road and Bridge Administrator – BABM Innovative Project.

Click here to access the computer link of the webinar.
Passcode: 307983
Or call in (audio only) US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 551 285 1373 Webinar ID: 161 638 9762 Passcode: 307983
Pedestrian Design In An Imperfect World
This Traffic Safety Workshop class provides a review of the pedestrian design requirements of all street users in urban and rural contexts. The course will present elements of street designs that can increase access and inclusion for all. The class will include design for vulnerable populations including pedestrian signals. This class will be virtual and will be taught by Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State University Emeritus Associate Professor. The virtual class is scheduled for January 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The cost for the training is $35 and PDH credits are available. View the course agenda here,

Click here to register for this training.
Addressing the Role of Behavioral Safety in the Safe System Approach
This webinar will look at the importance the role of behavioral safety is in the Safe System approach and explores why addressing human behavior actually complements – not conflicts with – a System System approach. Hear representatives from two leading traffic safety organizations – National Safety Council’s VP of Government Affairs Jane Terry and AAA’s Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research Jake Nelson – share how their organizations view the role of behavioral safety within a Safe System. Learn about how California is supporting a Safe System from California Office of Traffic Safety Director Barbara Rooney. The webinar will conclude with time for questions and answers. The webinar is scheduled for January 18 at 11:00 a.m. and is free of charge, however registration is required.

Click here to register for this training.
Oregon Department of Transportation
Several openings are currently available at ODOT. Positions are available throughout the state. Click on the links below to access specific information on the positions.

Check out the most recent opportunities with ODOT.
In The News
County Road Program Director

Legislative Affairs Manager

Transportation Policy Analyst
IT Director

Public Affairs Specialist I
IRIS Training