SENATE COMMITTEE ON

 TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

January 23, 2003                                                                                                     Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                           Tapes 4 - 6

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator

Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Informational Meeting - Invited Testimony

Troy Costales, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

                                                            Lorna Youngs, ODOT

                                                            Claudia Howells, ODOT

                                                            Ann Crook, Department of Aviation

 

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

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

Tape 4, A

050

Chair Metsger

Calls the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. and opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

020

Troy Costales

Safety Manager, ODOT.  Presents testimony on the Transportation Safety Division. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT A).

070

Costales

Continues discussion of ODOT safety:

·         Grant Management

·         Media, Legislation and Federal Representation

120

Chair Metsger

Asks to clarify a percentage.

130

Costales

Clarifies. Continues presentation focusing on setting goals.

165

Sen. Nelson

Asks for specific examples.

170

Costales

Explains. Continues presentation of issues:

·         DUII in Oregon

185

Chair Metsger

Asks what role the state police play to reduce the numbers provided in the presentation.

190

Costales

Answers and explains.

220

Chair Metsger

Asks about substantially reduced numbers if there are fewer officers due to cuts.

230

Costales

States it is most probable.  Continues presentation:

·         Impaired driving

·         Safety belt use

·         Speed related convictions and how it relates to SB183

·         Addresses safety prevention examples

·         Booster seats

TAPE 5, A

010

Costales

Continues presentation focusing on ODOT safety:

·         Work zone fatalities in Oregon

·         Traffic Fatalities statistics

·         The Future Outlook

·         Specific needs for the future

170

Costales

Concludes presentation.

175

Sen. Nelson

Asks about the usage of trucks and asks what studies have been done regarding truck driver safety.

180

Costales

States that truck drivers have numerous hours of training to prevent accidents.

200

Sen. Deckert

Asks if there is a difference between European accidents versus U.S., because there is no speed limit in Europe.

210

Costales

Responds that Europe has a 97% safety belt usage rate.  Also notes that the Autobahn has recently set a speed limit for certain vehicles.

225

Sen. Deckert

Asks if Europe statistically has better drivers.

230

Costales

States that the age limit for a driver’s license is 18. Provides comparable examples comparing Europe to the U.S.

260

Lorna Youngs

Manager, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Begins presentation on DMV programs. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

330

Sen. Nelson

Asks how much of the fee is general funded.

335

Youngs

Answers that the agency has no general fund in the Governor’s budget.

360

Youngs

Continues discussing agency activities:

·         Offices and Employees

·         Performance Measures

·         Driver Safety

TAPE 4, B

020

Youngs

Continues discussing agency programs:

·         Driver Safety

·         Customer Focus

·         Accomplishments in Oregon

 

100

Sen. Deckert

Asks for clarification of time lines.

110

Youngs

Explains.

113

Sen. Nelson

Asks who is contracting for the service in presentation.

116

Youngs

Provides the name of the contractor.

120

Youngs

Continues presentation on What’s Next in Oregon.

140

Sen. Deckert

Asks if there is projected reduction of FTE or field offices as the future holds less field office interaction.

145

Youngs

States that there is not a huge foreseeable reduction from the use of Internet or mail.

150

Youngs

Continues discussion of programs:

·         Driver Safety

·         Fraud Prevention

230

Youngs

Concludes.

245

Claudia Howells

Manager of the Rails Division, ODOT. Begins presentation on the Overview of the Oregon Rail System. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).

300

Howells

Discusses rail issues:

·         Federal participation and compliance

·         Jurisdiction over public railroad crossings

·         Rail Retention and Development program

TAPE 5, B

020

Howells

Continues presentation focusing on rail construction.

045

Sen. Deckert

Asks about the high speed rail from Vancouver B.C. to Southern California. Asks if this is a federal issue to increase the speed lines.

050

Howells

Explains the long term possibility of a Vancouver, B.C. to Eugene, however not anytime in the near future.

065

Sen. Nelson

Asks how to define the rail speed.

070

Howells

Explains:

·         125 mph and beyond is genuine high speed

·          High speed is 79 mph

 States the short term goal focuses on run time versus speed.

095

Howells

Concludes.  

110

Sen. Nelson

Asks if there is concern with passenger trains, and negative outlook.

115

Howells

Discusses.

125

Sen. Nelson

Asks if the private railroads are charged a fee to use the tracks, and questions if it is a federal issue.

130

Howells

Answers.

140

Sen. Nelson

Asks about long term goals involved.

145

Howells

Discusses opportunity.

155

Sen. Deckert

Comments that if the high speeds were improved in Oregon and Washington, it could help the economy.

160

Sen. Nelson

Comments on rail restoration brought forward by a previous session committee.

170

Howells

Comments on rail restoration.

210

Ann Crook

Director of the Department of Aviation. Begins overview of the Department. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

240

Sen. Nelson

Asks for the total budget of the biennium.

245

Crook

Provides answer. Continues discussing agency issues:

·         Commercial Airline Services

300

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the personal airlines from a personal experience.

310

Crook

Continues discussing agency issues:

·         General Aviation Transportation

·         Oregon’s Aviation Infrastructure

·         Aviation Security

TAPE 6, A

055

Sen. Deckert

Asks if there is a heightened self policing security at both larger and smaller airports.

060

Crook

Answers positively. States that pilots are taking a personal interest in policing their workplace.

065

Crook

Continues presentation focusing on Airport Ownership. Concludes.

090

Bill Wilkins

Chair of State Aviation Board. Describes members of the Board.

140

Wilkins

Discusses the Aviation Boards accomplishments.

190

Sen. Nelson

Asks what the state can do to assist the Board in the coming changes.

200

Wilkins

States that there are ways the Board will need to support smaller communities and entrepreneurs in Oregon.

245

Chair Metsger

Closes informational hearing and adjourns meeting at  10:06 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, written testimony, Troy Costales, 22 pp

B – Informational, written testimony, Lorna Youngs, 21 pp

C – Informational, written testimony, Claudia Howells, 6 pp

D – Informational, written testimony, Ann Crook, 15 pp