Our commute patterns, tourism, and commerce link the Region together. Transportation in the Region is characterized by Highways 20 and 34, Interstate 5, multiple rail links, robust trail networks, regional airports, and a commute and economic shed that runs both north-south and east-west.
Commuters in the Region
Similar to most regions across the U.S., workers in the Region often live in different counties than where they work, creating both opportunities and challenges for regional transportation planning efforts. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 estimates of commuting flows into and out of each County in the Region are depicted in the graphics above.
Vehicles Per Household
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the majority of households in the Region have one to two cars available. Seven percent of households in the Region are estimated to have no vehicle available, which is low compared to the State at eight percent and the nation at nine percent.
Commute Times and Modes in the Region
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75 percent of residents in the Region commute to work less than 30 minutes on average, compared to 71 percent Statewide with a similar commute. Also, an estimated 73 percent commute by single-occupant vehicle, slightly more than Statewide estimates.
The Region exceeds the State and nation in the percentage of commuters who walk or bike to work, but is below in the number of workers who rely on public transportation.
Our Region’s road network ties together commerce, tourism, and our workforce. According to Oregon Department of Transportation data, in 2016, the largest average daily volume of all vehicle types was on Interstate 5 (I-5), especially north of Albany where there are 50-70,000 vehicles daily. Other high-volume sections were on Highway 34 between Corvallis and I-5; Highway 101 in and around Lincoln City and Newport; Highway 99 in Albany; and Highway 20 in Albany and Lebanon.
According to Oregon Department of Transportation, in 2016, the largest average daily annual traffic volume of trucks was on I-5, specifically north of Brownsville where there were more than 10,000 trucks daily. Another high volume section was Highway 34 from Corvallis to I-5.
Transportation Modes in the Region
Transportation services in the region, including transit routes, rail, airports, and seaports are depicted in the map below in relation to population density across the region. It is important to note that the map does not take into account the capacity or frequency of transit services.
Rail Lines in the Region
Portland & Western (P&W) Railroad. 74.7 miles; daily freight service provided; commodities are fiberboard paper, recycled paper, wood chips and dimension lumber.
Albany & Eastern (A&E) Railroad. Exchanges traffic at Corvallis with P&W Railroad; 5.35 miles; service is provided as necessary; commodities are agricultural products.
P&W Railroad West Side District. 73.7 miles; Cook (near Tigard) to Corvallis, daily freight service provided; commodities are steel products, ferrous scrap, dimension lumber, newsprint, recycled paper, grain and feed, and fertilizers.
P&W Railroad Oregon Electric District. 114 miles; Beaverton to Eugene; daily service is provided throughout Linn County and commodities include forest products, cement, aggregates, grain, fertilizer, logs, ethanol and industrial chemicals.
Union Pacific Railroad Brooklyn Subdivision. 170.1 miles; Portland to Oakridge; integral section of the principal Pacific Coast rail corridor extending from Southern California to Canada; commodities include intermodal (trailers and containers) forest products, automobiles, corn and grain, fertilizers and other chemicals, petroleum products, paper, steel, ferrous scrap, cement, aggregates, and crude oil.
A&E Railroad Main Line. 49.9 miles; Albany to Lebanon to Mill City; service provided daily between Albany and Lebanon and as necessary to Mill City; commodities include logs, lumber, industrial chemicals and some agricultural products, and ferrous scrap.
The table shows the economic impact of airports in the region. Most of our region’s residents live over 40 miles or more from the nearest major passenger airport, the Eugene Airport. Airports not only connect people, but also economies.
Broadband Access and Technology
As of 2014, the region has a higher percentage of the population with higher wired download and upload speeds for all categories of speed when compared to the United States, and most categories of speed when compared to Oregon.