Mosaic is Oregon’s value and cost informed transportation planning tool, developed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in collaboration with a group of stakeholders representing a diverse range of interests. It offers Oregon transportation planners and decision makers an efficient, transparent way to evaluate the social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits of transportation programs and investments. By supporting decision makers with identifying investments that provide the best value for money, it will help make the most of limited resources.
Mosaic can be used at the local, regional, and state levels, and is scalable to accommodate varying staff sizes, available data, and unique community needs and goals. It is user friendly, designed to be used frequently within the transportation planning process. Learn more . . .
Decision makers, such as City Council members and planning commission members, benefit by having the opportunity to work with citizens to agree on decision-making priorities early in the transportation system planning process. This is done by deciding, together, what the relative weights—or values—among performance measures ("indicators") should be. They can also see the benefits and costs of potential investment decisions more clearly, which makes it easier to identify the mix of transportation investments that will provide the most value to their community. The Mosaic process actively involves decision makers both at the beginning and end of the planning process.
At the beginning, when Mosaic is first engaged, they help determine the relative value, or weight, of the categories and indicators of transportation system performance. They also play a direct role in evaluating Mosaic results by weighing the tradeoffs of different types of benefits and impacts on geography, as a whole, and using that information to make key system decisions.
With Mosaic, citizens provide input on the weights of or relative values attached to indicators. In this way, results reflect the transportation system goals and objectives most important to a particular community. Citizens also benefit from a more transparent transportation decision-making process that considers environmental and social costs and benefits alongside more traditional economic costs and benefits.
With Mosaic, transportation professionals get best of both worlds: an evaluation tool at their fingertips that reflects Oregon Transportation Plan policy at the same time it helps tailor decision making to unique community context and goals. Mosaic builds on and improves Oregon's transportation planning process by making tradeoffs between potential investments more explicit in a comprehensive and transparent way. Transportation professionals will likely spend most of their time with the Mosaic Categories and Indicators and Engaging Mosaic sections, where most information on how to use the tool is found.