HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

 

 

January 19, 2005   Hearing Room F

1:00 P.M.     Tapes  2 - 3

Corrected 9/23/2005)

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. George Gilman, Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer, Vice-Chair

Rep. Chuck Burley, Vice-Chair

Rep. Deborah Boone

Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Kim Thatcher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  John Houser, Committee Administrator

Mike Reiley, Committee Assistant

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:           Rep. Greg Smith, Chair

Rep. Brad Avakian

Sen. Margaret Carter

Sen. Frank Morse

Rep. Dennis Richardson

Sen. Joanne Verger

Sen. Ben Westlund

                                               

STAFF PRESENT:                 Susie Jordan, Legislative Fiscal Office

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

Oregon Department of Transportation Overview – Informational Meeting

 

 

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 2, A

003

Chair Gilman

Calls the joint meeting with the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development to order at 1:03 p.m. Opens the informational meeting on the Oregon Department of Transportation overview.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

015

Bruce Warner

Director, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Submits and summarizes informational materials including an overview of ODOT (EXHIBIT A).

092

Warner

Discusses the Transportation Safety Division and introduces the administrator Troy Costales.

125

Warner

Discusses the Rail Division. Introduces the administrator Kelly Taylor.

153

Warner

Discusses the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV). Introduces the administrator Lorna Youngs.

170

Warner

Discusses the Public Transit Division. Introduces the administrator Martin Loring

200

Warner

Discusses the Motor Carrier Transportation Division. Introduces the administrator Gregg Dal Ponte.

205

Warner

Discusses the Highway Division. Introduces the administrator Doug Tindall.

240

Rep. Richardson

Asks how increasing work outsourcing from 30-80% has affected Full Time Employees (FTE).

245

Warner

Explains the work outsourcing process and the relationship to FTE.

255

Rep. Richardson

Asks about changes in staffing.

260

Warner

Explains how staff changing helps to meet FTE goals.

270

Richardson

Asks about the move of ODOT engineers from public to private consulting.

273

Warner

Explains the public/private partnerships.

275

Richardson

Asks for further clarification.

280

Warner

Offers further clarification. Explains the chart in (EXHIBIT A) detailing ODOT project development.

340

Warner

Outlines Area Commissions on Transportation.

380

Rep. G. Smith

Chair, Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development. Asks about Area Commissions’ work with economic development in different regions of Oregon.

385

Warner

Explains the work being done and that work is becoming more geographically aligned.

400

Rep. G. Smith

Explains the intention of the Ways and Means subcommittee to focus on geographical alignment.

410

Warner

Discusses the ODOT budget (EXHIBIT A).

TAPE 3, A

030

Warner

Explains the challenges being faced by ODOT and Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) projects.

060

Warner

Explains OTIA projects.

085

Warner

Discusses job and contract opportunities.

090

Rep. Burley

Asks about OTIA bonding and modernization.

095

Warner

Explains that some gas tax revenue is marked for modernization.

112

Rep. Richardson

Asks about OTIA III and $1.3 billion marked for repair of state bridges and for total price of bridge repair.

135

Warner

Explains that figures are for 2005-07 biennium. Notes that it represents an increase over the previous biennium due to OTIA’s increased funding. Explains that the total bridge repair need is $4.7 billion and how ODOT is working to meet the need.

160

Rep. Richardson

Asks for clarification of OTIA figures.

162

Warner

Clarifies OTIA figures.

165

Sen. Carter

Asks what caused the increase in the cost of doing business.

175

Warner

Explains the budget money set to be expended and notes the increase in steel prices.

180

Sen. Westlund

Explains the passage of the gas tax and its effect on bridge repair and that money was not appropriated to projects.

207

Warner

Concurs with Sen. Westlund. Explains the economic analysis and the intent to repair bridges to meet load carrying capacity.

230

Sen. Westlund

Offers further clarification.

238

Rep. G. Smith

Asks about the state borrowing for projects.

241

Warner

Explains effect of 9/11 and the economic effects for bonding.

288

Sen. Carter

Asks if the contracted management firm mentioned by Mr. Warner is based in Oregon.

290

Warner

Answers no and explains the work of the firm.

300

Sen. Carter

Explains the importance of keeping benefits of project work in Oregon and employing Oregon workers.

310

Warner

Explains the pilot program whereby vehicles pay a mileage tax instead of a gas tax.

340

Rep. Burley

Asks about the effectiveness of the light rail project.

344

Warner

Explains the economics of the light rail project.

355

Rep. Hunt

Asks about transportation projects of statewide significance along with public/private partnership.

365

Warner

Explains the transportation projects underway and those being prepared. Concludes ODOT overview.

TAPE 2, B

011

Chair Gilman

Recesses the meeting at 2:00 p.m. due to fire drill. Reconvenes the meeting at 2:10 p.m.

015

Chris Warner

Legislative Director and Transportation Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office. Submits and summarizes an overview of ConnectOregon (EXHIBIT B).

117

Chair Gilman

Asks about the origin of ConnectOregon.

120

Chris Warner

Explains the origin and development of ConnectOregon.

135

Rep. G. Smith

Asks if marine navigation also means river navigation.

140

Chris Warner

Answers yes.

145

Rep. G. Smith

Expresses concern about the balance of $100 million investment with potential litigation regarding river system that would prohibit cargo transportation.

159

Rep. Hunt

Speaks in favor of ConnectOregon and the Governor’s budget.

171

Sen. Morse

Asks about distribution of public versus freight transportation.

175

Chris Warner

Defers to Bruce Warner.

184

Bruce Warner

Answers Sen. Morse’s question in his summary of his prepared overview of ConnectOregon (EXHIBIT C).

310

Vice-Chair Burley

Closes the informational meeting on the Oregon Department of Transportation. Adjourns the meeting at 2:35 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Transportation ,Oregon Department of, Overview, Informational Materials, Bruce Warner, 32 pp
  2. Transportation, Oregon Department of, Connect Oregon Summary, Chris Warner, 3 pp
  3. Transportation, Oregon Department of, Connect Oregon Summary, Bruce Warner, 4 pp