Kittelson was hired by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to develop a user-friendly Transit Development Plan (TDP) guidebook to help transit agencies throughout Oregon scope and prepare TDPs (sometimes called transit master plans, mid-range transit plans, or long-range transit plans). ODOT recognizes that TDPs are most effective when they connect with the transit agency’s vision and goals, are informed by high-quality analysis and stakeholder input and are well-coordinated with other planning processes.
Theâ€¯TDPâ€¯guidebook’s development was informed by interviews with Oregon transit agencies, input from ODOT staff and an advisory committee, a literature review, and Kittelson staff‘s experiencesâ€¯in developingâ€¯TDPs and other transit planning studies.â€¯The guidebookâ€¯not only provides best practices butâ€¯alsoâ€¯includes information to help agencies and jurisdictions scale efforts to their available budget and resources while offering critical and optional components.â€¯This guidanceâ€¯particularly targetsâ€¯ruralâ€¯and small transit agenciesâ€¯whoâ€¯do not always have the resources or staff experience needed to prepare a TDP, andâ€¯it aims toâ€¯helpâ€¯those agencies make the best use of the resources available to them locally, regionally, and at the state level.â€¯
Equipping Agencies with Quality Transit Project Guidance
The resulting Transit Development Plan Guidebook is the first of its kind for ODOTâ€¯and is the basis upon which they will decide to fund future transit projects in Oregon. The guidebookâ€¯has already been used in several projects and will continue to be a resourceâ€¯forâ€¯planning projectsâ€¯as well asâ€¯forâ€¯educatingâ€¯ODOT staff and practitioners.â€¯