HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

January 17, 2003†† Hearing Room 357

8:30amTapes2 - 4

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:††††††††††† Rep. Alan Brown, Chair

Rep. Terry Rep. Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. John Rep. Mabrey, Vice-Chair

Rep. Jackie Rep. Dingfelder

Rep. George Gilman

Rep. Mitch Rep. Greenlick

Rep. Cliff Rep. Zauner

STAFF PRESENT:††††† ††††††††††† Janet Adkins, Administrator

Ryan Sherlock, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:††††††††††† Informational meeting

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

Tape 2, A:

005

Chair Brown

Calls meeting to order at 8:35 am. Opens an informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

010

Bruce Warner

Director of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Presents slide show (EXHIBIT A), with reference to (EXHIBIT B). Gives overview of ODOT organization, and functions.

060

Rep. Mabrey

Asks questions about number of employment positions at ODOT.

065

Warner

Indicates there are 4,844 positions with 4,686.26 of those being full time employees. Continues by outlining sources and uses of funds, recognizes the contributions of the Oregon Transportation Commission, and outlines the Area Commissions on Transportation and describes their function.

124

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks question about the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation in the Portland metropolitan area.

126

Warner

Describes the function of Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation. Continues presentation with overview:

  • Transportation Responsibilities:
    • Transportation Safety, Rail
    • Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV)
    • ridership statistics in Lincoln County Highways
    • Public Transit
    • Motor Carrier Transportation
  • Transportation Challenges:
    • Bridges
    • Maintenance of the aging state highway system
    • Access Management

Transportation Opportunities:

    • Road User Fee Task Force
    • Innovative Finance Advisory Committee
    • Reauthorization of the federal transportation funding bill

Concludes with outline of ODOT priorities.

TAPE 3, A

010

Rep. Zauner

Asks question about rock quarries owned by the state, and whether they could be sold to raise revenue.

015

Warner

Discusses rock quarries currently owned by the state, and suggests future discussion.

037

Rep. Greenlick

Comments on conflict between constituent input from Washington County vs. ODOT survey.

040

Warner

Responds, describing the transportation needs of Washington County.

050

Rep. Greenlick

Questions the attitude of ODOT personnel to constituents.

110

Warner

Explains ODOTís continuing efforts to increase customer service.

120

Rep. Mabrey

Discusses his experiences in Wasco County. Asks about the benefit of the link between ODOT and OregonState Police (OSP).

150

Warner

Addresses the link between ODOT and OSP.

170

Rep. Gilman

Asks about savings created by consolidating different agency facilities in Jackson County.

180

Warner

Responds addressing the Jackson County-ODOT joint facility, and its value-saving properties.

200

Rep. Zauner

Asks who first proposed Jackson County facility consolidation.

205

Warner

Indicates that he is unsure who first initiated the Jackson County joint venture, but recognizes the individuals currently involved.

220

Chair Brown

Summarizes. Thanks Mr. Warner for his presentation.

240

Troy Costales

ODOT Transportation Safety Division Manager. Introduces slideshow on Transportation safety in Oregon (EXHIBIT C):

  • Transportation Safety Division overview
  • Staff and Budget.

335

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about state vs. federal funding.

 

350

Costales

Describes how much funding is received from the federal government.

  • Staff and Budget
  • Grant Management

TAPE 2, B

005

Costales

Continues with presentation:

  • Topic Expertise Media
  • Legislation and Federal Representation
  • Status of Safety
  • Setting Goals
  • Impaired Driving.

075

Rep. Zauner

Asks where most drunk driving fatalities occur.

080

Costales

Mentions where most drunk driving fatalities occur (EXHIBIT D). Continues with presentation on impaired driving.

0110

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about difference in penalties between driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and drug-impaired driving offences.

120

Costales

Compares the penalties for DUI and drug-impaired driving, indicating a need for more penalties for the latter.

125

Rep. Dingfelder

Expresses concerns for decreasing the funding for drug treatment. Asks whether ODOT works with the justice system on the issue of drug stops.

130

Costales

Explains that ODOT does sometimes fund justice programs for driving related offenses.

145

Rep. Greenlick

Questions whether ODOT funds any court action on DUII.

155

Costales

Answers affirmative. Continues with presentation on Impaired Driving, Occupant Protection.

190

Rep. Zauner

Asks why women buckle up more than men.

200

Costales

Answers, giving statistics on seatbelt use by men and women.

210

Rep. Mabrey

Discusses personal experience with seatbelt enforcement.

220

Rep. Gilman

Asks whether youth use seatbelts more.

225

Costales

Responds that youth do wear seatbelts more. Continues with presentation on occupancy protection.

255

Rep. Zauner

Asks about statistics regarding ethnicity and occupancy protection.

265

Costales

Describes the difficulty with determining ethnicity when monitoring occupancy protection. Continues with presentation on occupancy protection, speed.

310

Chair Brown

Asks whether safety zones help the speeding problem.

2315

Costales

Responds, that safety zones are only effective through enforcement.

325

Rep. Zauner

Asks whether speed differential has an impact in the amount of accidents, and where, geographically, speed accidents primarily occur.

330

Costales

Discusses the impact of speed differential in causing accidents on highways.

350

Chair Brown

Asks about safety corridor sunsets and whether any safety corridors need to be readdressed or renewed.

355

Costales

Indicates there are some safety corridors that need to be renewed.

385

Rep. Gilman

Asks about, and expresses distaste for, the 55 mph speed zones in metropolitan areas such as Eugene and Salem.

400

Costales

Responds that one of ODOTís goals is to better regulated differences in speed zones.

430

Rep. Greenlick

Asks question about constituent concerns with speed limits and speed limit enforcement and explanation of the 85 percent principle.

455

Costales

Gives an explanation for the 85 percent rule, and addresses its place in deciding speed limits.

TAPE 3, B

045

Rep. Greenlick

Thanks ODOT for their response to a situation in his district.

050

Costales

Continues with presentation on speed, teenage drivers.

080

Rep. Dingfelder

Explains own experience with an accident involving a teenage driver. Asks about driver education programs in Oregon and other states.

090

Costales

Expresses need for drivers education and the value of such programs.

110

Rep. Dingfelder

Asks about percentage of major accidents caused about teenage drivers.

115

Costales

Answers, with statistical data regarding teen driving accidents.

125

Rep. Beyer

Asks about the yearly variation in the teen accident statistics.

130

Costales

Answers with statistics.

135

Chair Brown

Asks where the funds for drivers ed programs come from.

137

Costales

Explains that student driver education fund comes from a fee assessed on driverís licenses.

140

Rep. Zauner

Asks about availability of drivers ed programs, and availability of privately owned drivers ed programs.

150

Costales

Explains that drivers education is not always available, indicates difficulty in getting subsidies to private drivers ed groups.

155

Rep. Zauner

Asks if the private sector could function without the subsidy, and notes the need to get kids into drivers ed schools without costing taxpayers more money.

160

Costales

Indicates that private sector driverís education programs currently operate without subsidies. Continues with presentation:

  • Booster Seats
  • Work Zone Fatalities
  • Program Priorities (Alcohol, Safety Belts, Speed)
  • How Does Oregon Rate
  • The Future Outlook, and gives conclusion.

 

380

Chair Brown

Asks about cell phone use and traffic safety information.

385

Costales

Indicates the difficulty in acquiring relevant data.

TAPE 4, A

001

Rep. Beyer

Indicates interest on cell phone use and traffic safety information, and asks if any of the information being presented is available online.

010

Costales

Describes online availability of information.

015

Rep. Zauner

Asks about possible loss of federal money for traffic safety.

020

Costales

Explains the change in how state compliance with federal traffic safety guidelines is enforced. Potential move from rewards for compliance, to sanctions for non-compliance.

030

Rep. Greenlick

Asks about motorcycle safety regulations.

045

Costales

Describes the advantages of motorcycle safety regulations.

050

Chair Brown

Thanks Mr. Costales for his presentation. Asks Committee Administrator Adkins to talk about upcoming schedule for the committee.

055

Janet Adkins

Talks about upcoming schedule for the committee.

100

Chair Brown

Closes informational meeting and adjourns committee meeting at 10:29 a.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A Ė Informational presentation of ODOT, Bruce Warner, 21 pp.

B Ė ODOT Transition Team Papers, Bruce Warner, 21 pp.

C Ė Transportation Safety Division Presentation, Troy Costales, 23 pp.

D Ė DUII Control System Performance Measures for Oregon Counties 1991-2001, Troy Costales, 52 pp.