Department of Transportation: Agency Subdivisions

Office of the Director

Address: MS 11, 355 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301-3871
Phone: 503-986-4214
Fax: 503-986-3432
Contact: Travis Brouwer, Assistant Director for Public Affairs

Duties and Responsibilities: The office is made up of the director, Public Affairs, including the Communications and Government Relations Sections, and the Office of Civil Rights. The director oversees ODOT’s biennial budget and manages Oregon’s statewide transportation policy and development of surface transportation, driver and vehicle safety and licensing and motor carrier programs. The assistant director for public affairs directs the activities of the ODOT executive team in setting overall policy and strategic direction. The Government Relations Section analyzes local, state and federal laws and rules that affect transportation. The Communications Section helps citizens understand transportation programs and issues through the agency’s outreach and information efforts, which include community relations, public information, employee communications and media relations. Public Affairs provides staff support for the Office of the Director, the Oregon Transportation Commission and other advisory committees. The Office of Civil Rights manages and implements ODOT’s federal and state regulatory civil rights programs.

Oregon Transportation Commission

Address: MS 11, 355 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301-3871
Phone: 503-986-3450
Fax: 503-986-3432
Contact: Jacque Carlisle, Commission Assistant
Statutory Authority: ORS 184.615–184.620

Duties and Responsibilities: The commission establishes state transportation policy. It is a five-member, volunteer citizen board. The governor appoints the members with the consent of the Senate. Members serve a four-year term and may be reappointed. When making appointments, the governor considers the geographic regions of the state and ensures that at least one member is a resident east of the Cascades. In addition, not more than three members may belong to any one political party.

Driver and Motor Vehicle Division 

Address: 1905 Lana Ave. NE, Salem 97314-0100
Phone: Statewide: 503-945-5000; Toll-free (Portland): 503-299-9999
Fax: 503-945-0893
Contact: Tom McClellan, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 184.615(3)

Duties and Responsibilities: The Driver and Motor Vehicle Division (DMV) promotes transportation safety, protects financial and ownership interests in vehicles, provides driver licenses and identification cards for Oregon residents and collects revenues for Oregon’s highway system.

DMV has been part of the Department of Transportation since 1969, but its core functions date back to 1905. The “D” in DMV stood for “department” only for about 12 years—from 1956 to 1969. For more than half a century before that, driver licensing and motor vehicle registration and titling were part of Oregon’s Office of the Secretary of State.

DMV contributes to public safety by licensing only qualified persons and vehicles to drive on Oregon roads. DMV issues titles to protect the financial and ownership interests in vehicles. There are currently more than 3.1 million licensed drivers and more than 4.5 million registered vehicles in Oregon. DMV plays a major role in fraud prevention by enforcing strict identification standards in issuing driver licenses and ID cards and providing driver and vehicle data to law enforcement and courts electronically. DMV also regulates and inspects about 3,500 vehicle- and driver-related businesses, such as auto dealers and dismantlers.

Headquartered in Salem, DMV has 60 field offices throughout the state.

Highway Division

Address: 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-986-6625
Fax: 503-986-3150
Web: www.oregon.gov/ODOT/About/Pages/Directory.aspx (select Highway Division)
Contact: Kristopher Strickler Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 184.615(3)

Duties and Responsibilities: The division is responsible for the design, maintenance, operation and construction of about 8,000 miles of state highways. The division’s activities include identifying highway needs, maintaining state highway routes, acquiring rights of way, designing highways, bridges and related structures, awarding highway construction contracts, supervising contractors, obtaining federal highway funds, testing materials, evaluating environmental impacts of proposed projects, and conducting traffic studies and other research projects.

ODOT’s five regional offices are responsible for transportation operations in their geographic area. Each region has several district offices responsible for transportation system maintenance.

Region 1 (Portland metro area, Hood River)

Address: 123 NW Flanders, Portland 97209-4012
Phone: 503-731-8200
Fax: 503-731-8259

Region 2 (Willamette Valley, North and Central Coast, Western Cascades)

Address: 455 Airport Rd. SE, Salem 97301-5395
Phone: 503-986-2600
Fax: 503-986-2630

Region 3 (Southwest Oregon)

Address: 3500 NW Stewart Pkwy., Roseburg 97470-1687
Phone: 541-957-3500
Fax: 541-957-3547

Region 4 (Central Oregon)

Address: 63055 N Hwy. 97, Bend 97701-5765
Phone: 541-388-6180
Fax: 541-388-6231

Region 5 (Eastern Oregon)

Address: 3012 Island Ave., La Grande 97850-9497
Phone: 541-963-3177
Fax: 541-963-9079

Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee

Address: 123 NW Flanders, Portland 97209-4037
Phone: 503-731-4957
Contact: Kristen Stallman, Scenic Area Coordinator

Motor Carrier Transportation Division

Address: 3930 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-6351
Phone: 503-378-5849
Fax: 503-373-1940
Contact: Amy Ramsdell, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 803, 810, 818, 823, 825, 826

Duties and Responsibilities: The Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) ensures the safety of commercial trucks and buses and collects fees for their use of the roads. The division collects weight-mile tax and truck registration fees from trucking companies. MCTD also maintains a size and weight enforcement program to ensure that trucks are following size and weight requirements put in place to protect infrastructure and safety, and it issues over-size, overweight and other special variance permits. MCTD enforces commercial vehicle laws, including regulations on driver hours of service.

Each year, MCTD and its partner agencies inspect thousands of trucks to ensure that equipment is in good working order and that drivers meet all safety requirements. 

MCTD’s Trucking Online Internet service brings permit processing, road-use tax reporting and payment, and other truck transactions as close as the nearest computer. 

MCTD operates the Green Light preclearance program, which uses weigh-in-motion scales and transponder readers to screen trucks as they travel at highway speed, so they don’t have to stop at a weigh station if everything is in order. Green Light has pre-cleared more than 25 million trucks, saving the trucking industry more than 2 million hours of travel time and $263 million in operating costs since it began in 1999.

Rail and Public Transit Division

Address: 555 13th St. NE, Suite 3, Salem 97301-4179
Phone: 503-986-4077
Fax: 503-986-3183
Contact: Hal Gard, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 184.615(3)

Duties and Responsibilities: ODOT combined its rail and public transit programs into a single division to encourage multimodal collaboration and gain additional efficiencies. The division works with transit districts and transportation providers throughout the state, supports intercity passenger bus and rail service and ensures the safety of rail and transit systems. In addition, the division provides grants to local and regional governments and non-profit organizations for transportation services. Programs in this division include Transit, Intercity Passenger Rail and Bus, and Rail and Transit Safety.

Transportation Development Division

Address: 555 13th St. NE, Suite 2, Salem 97301-4178
Phone: 503-986-3421
Fax: 503-986-4173
Web: www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Planning/Pages/SPR.aspx (select Transportation Development)
Contact: Jerri Bohard, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 184.615

Duties and Responsibilities: The Transportation Development Division (TDD) offers a wide range of services that enhance Oregon’s multimodal transportation system. TDD produces statewide transportation plans and policies, assists local governments in planning, collects and analyzes data to support strategic investment decisions, oversees transportation research, manages grant programs, and coordinates statewide active transportation and sustainability initiatives. TDD also develops the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which is the state’s four-year transportation capital improvement program, and TDD manages all federal highway transportation funds that flow to the state. The sections in TDD are Planning, Transportation Data, Active Transportation, and Research.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Address: 555 13th St. NE, Suite 2, Salem 97301-4178
Phone: 503-986-3555
Contact: Jessica Horning, Program Manager
Statutory Authority: ORS 366.112

Oregon Freight Advisory Committee

Address: 555 13th St. NE, Suite 2, Salem 97301-4178
Phone: 503-986-4128
Contact: Ray Drake, Senior Transportation Planner
Statutory Authority: ORS 366.212

Transportation Safety Division

Address: MS 3, 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-986-4190
Fax: 503-986-3143
Contact: Troy E. Costales, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 184.615(3), 802.300

Duties and Responsibilities: The division works with partners to organize, plan and implement statewide transportation safety programs that have helped reduce Oregon’s highway fatality rate since 1980. The division conducts campaigns focused on behaviors, including safety belts, child safety seats, impaired drivers, speeding, young drivers and motorcycle safety. It partners with law enforcement, safety advocates and others to promote transportation safety through the “Four Es”: education, enforcement, engineering and emergency response. The division awards more than 500 grants and contracts to partners and other service providers each year.

Oregon Transportation Safety Committee

Address: MS 3, 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-986-4188
Contact: Victor Hoffer, Chair

Governor’s Advisory Committee on DUII (Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants)

Address: MS 3, 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-986-4188
Contact: Chuck Hayes, Chair

Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety

Address: MS 3, 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-986-4188
Contact: Peter Russell, Chair
 
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