ORS 184.615¹
Department of Transportation
  • duties

(1) The Department of Transportation is established.

(2) The department shall perform the following duties:

(a) Carry out policies adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission and all duties and responsibilities vested in it by law including, but not necessarily limited to, duties and responsibilities concerning drivers and motor vehicles, highways, motor carriers, public transit, rail and transportation safety.

(b) Provide strategic planning for statewide transportation systems to meet the transportation challenges to be faced by Oregon at least 20 years into the future.

(c) Promote coordination between different modes of transportation.

(d) Promote coordination of major transportation projects, as determined by the commission, between the state, cities and counties.

(e) Integrate governmental functions to reduce the costs incurred by this state in transportation matters.

(f) Obtain the greatest benefit from state, local and federal transportation expenditures.

(g) Maximize the state’s prospects to obtain federal funds by responding to federal mandates for multimodal transportation planning.

(h) To the extent practicable, ensure that the state’s transportation infrastructure is resilient in the event of a natural disaster.

(3) The department shall be the recipient of all federal funds paid to or to be paid to the state to enable the state to provide the programs and services assigned to the department, except that the Oregon Department of Aviation shall be the recipient of all federal funds paid to or to be paid to the state to enable the state to provide aviation programs and services. [1969 c.599 §2; 1973 c.249 §15; 1975 c.371 §5; 1979 c.186 §4; subsection (4) enacted as 1981 c.700 §2; 1983 c.324 §13; 1987 c.414 §88; 1989 c.904 §28; 1991 c.453 §1; 1993 c.741 §3; 1999 c.935 §15; 2003 c.27 §1; 2005 c.70 §1; 2007 c.768 §64; 2017 c.750 §19]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 184—Administrative Services and Transportation Departments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors184.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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