Transit and Railroad

Northwest Oregon Transit Alliance Regional Transit Program

Location: Northwest Oregon Region

The Northwest Oregon Transit Alliance (NWOTA) is a five-agency rural transit partnership in northwestern Oregon. The project is the collaborative effort to enhance the livability and economic vitality of the communities it serves, while preserving their unique character. This is a landmark project for Oregon and model for other communities and transit providers in the rest of the nation.

DEA assisted in coordinating the transit system operations and regional policy development for the project partners: Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, and Benton counties. DEA initially identified and helped secure $3.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding for the transit alliance and was then contracted to provide the overall program management, interagency coordination, innovative strategies, and technical analysis. Project objectives are to reduce fossil fuel emissions, decrease petroleum dependence, and mitigate coastal traffic congestion by making transit an option of choice for regional travel. Funds were used to remove transit barriers between counties, brand and market a regionalized system, and implement innovative partnerships with coastal business communities and the travel industry for long-term operational sustainability. The project is considered to be a national pilot program, and provides a replicable model for regional coordination among local government, transit providers, and economic development interests in other areas of the country.

Project Awards

  • 2012 Project of the Year, Women's Transportation Seminar - Portland Chapter
  • Transit Innovation Award, Oregon Transit Association