Highway 99W Transit Feasibility Study

OCWCOG is conducting a Highway 99W Transit Feasibility Study to evaluate demand for transit along the Highway 99W corridor from McMinnville to Junction City. Currently, there are gaps in transit service along the route this project aims to connect (see map below). In addition to providing or improving transit access to Monroe, Adair Village, and Monmouth/Independence, the corridor has potential to connect the three largest metropolitan areas in the State of Oregon with existing transit providers.

Transit Gaps Map

The Study originated from the Benton County Transportation System Plan (TSP) and is supported by the Salem-Keizer Transit District Long Range Plan. Connecting smaller, rural communities is also highlighted in the Oregon Public Transportation Plan, and the Regional Chapter of the Lincoln, Benton, Linn Human Services Coordinated Plan.

Project Timeline

The project kick off meeting was held in December 2019 in collaboration with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC is comprised of staff from transit agencies along the Region, including Cherriots, Benton County, and Lane Transit District, as well as staff from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, the Project Team will conduct outreach along the corridor through stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and an online survey. A draft report is expected by June, with a final report by December. The Team will also be engaging with the three Area Commissions on Transportation (ACT) on the route, including the Mid-Willamette Valley, Cascades West, and Lane ACTs.

How to Get Involved

An online survey is tentatively planned for March. If you’d like to be added to the interested parties list for this project and receive updates, send an email to Nick Meltzer,  nmeltzer@ocwcog.org, with the subject “99W Interested Party.”

Through April and May, the Team expects to hold focus groups along the corridor. These will be open to the public and have focused questions related to transit in the Region.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Nick Meltzer, at nmeltzer@ocwcog.org or 541-758-1911.

Meeting Notes and Paperwork

Contact Us

Nick Meltzer

The University of Oregon’s Institute of Policy Research and Engagement is assisting OCWCOG with this project.