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  • Now Hiring: Fill-In Rest Area Technicians – $18.00 per hour

    TIC is Hiring Rest Area Technicians at locations statewide: Near Madras/Maupin (Cow Canyon), Eugene (Oak Grove & Cabin Creek), and Seaside (Sunset).
    Rest Area Technicians are temporary/on-call employees who are not scheduled to work regular hours, but are available to perform fill-in work as needed; rest areas are staffed every day of the year, and temporary employees are frequently scheduled to work weekends and holidays. While technicians are hired for a …

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  • The Electric Highway- vehicle charging locations

     

    Planning a trip with your electric vehicle? Curious about where to find charging stations?
    Plugshare has an interactive map of locations all over the world.
    To find out what the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is doing to support electric vehicle infrastructure here.

  • The 2019 Heritage Brochure is now available!

    The 2019 edition of the Historical Marker and Heritage Trees is fresh off the presses! We have given the cover a bit of a face lift and have updated it with all of the most current information.
    If you would like a copy we would love to send you one, just email jessicac@oregontic.com with your name and address.

  • GeerCrest Orchard Dedicated as Oregon Heritage Trees Hawthorne Apple

    On Friday, October 19, 2018, the Oregon Heritage Tree Program dedicated the GeerCrest Orchard as new Oregon Heritage Trees in Salem.
    The year 1837 saw the beginnings of mass immigration to the Willamette Valley from the Eastern United States. The Willamette Valley, described to Americans in the East as an “Eden of the West,” had been shaped by millennia of active land management by a diverse native population including the Kalapuyan, …

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Travel Information Council

You may have noticed we changed our name. We dropped our assumed business name (OTE) and are back to only using TIC. The Travel Information Council (TIC) is responsible for governing our agency. The Council is composed of eight volunteers appointed by the Governor and one member of the Oregon Transportation Commission. At least one appointee must reside in each of Oregon’s five congressional districts. The Council meets quarterly to fulfill its mission of creating a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Meet the Council members.

Public comment invited – TIC biennial budget

The public is invited to comment on the 2019-2021 proposed budget, with a public hearing at its Salem office scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 10, 2019, followed by the TIC’s quarterly meeting where the budget will be discussed and adopted. You may download a copy of the proposed budget. (PDF) Written comments must be received by Friday, June 7, 2019, and can be emailed to Jim Denno or mailed to: Oregon Travel Information Council Attn: Executive Director, 1500 Liberty St. SE Suite 150, Salem, OR 97302. If you have questions or concerns, please contact TIC Executive Director Jim Denno.

Oak Grove Rest Area rest room expansion

One of the newest agency projects is the Oak Grove Rest Area. Both existing northbound and southbound restrooms built in 1970, are being replaced new larger capacity restroom buildings.  We have put together a project information sheet  for those who would like more information. If you have questions feel free to please contact us.

Council meetings and minutes

Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.

Grove of the States Sponsorship Packet

If you would like to be one of the first businesses included on new signs that will honor the Grove of the States, now is your chance. Oregon Travel Information Council is offering several sponsorship levels to help fund French Prairie Rest Area’s “Grove of the States Restoration Project.” Your business name will be seen by over two million travelers who stop at the rest area . Learn more about how you can help sustain this unique public space.

Community Heritage Tree Program directory

pdxOur online heritage tree directory provides information about various city and county notable tree programs across the state. The directory is a great resource if you’re planning a weekend sightseeing trip or local walking tour, or if you wish to nominate a tree that has not met the statewide program criteria.

 

Heritage Program Brochure 2017

The Oregon Heritage Tree and Historical Programs have updated their most popular and widely distributed biennial publication: the “Guide to Oregon Historical Markers & Heritage Trees” map brochure. This full color 20-page, glovebox size brochure lists all Heritage Tree and Historical and Regional Marker sites (up to 2017) across Oregon. If you would like copies of this free publication, please contact Jessica Carbone at 800-574-9397, or request by email.

TIC’s skilled team is ready to serve you

kurt_valdezAll of us at TIC are committed to making your Oregon highway experience a great one. From the men and women ensuring your safety at our rest areas to the people helping you navigate a highway logo sign application, TIC employees agree that customers come first. It’s a big road out there and we’re here to help. If you would like to learn more about us, our bios are posted on the TIC staff page.

Program Quick Links

Pay your permit fees online

VISA_combo_graphicTIC has partnered with US Bank to offer an easy and secure online payment option for your sign permit fees. To offer you this convenience US Bank charges a 3% fee.  Simply connect to the US Bancorp payment site. You'll see the TIC logo on the banner at the top. The convenience fee charged for this transaction is non-refundable. To provide this service to you as a State agency we use a specialized service fee model where this convenience fee is collected directly by the credit card processing company to process the payment. If this payment is for a charitable contribution, the convenience fee is not tax-deductible. Contact us if you need help with this option by email, or by telephone at 503-373-0086.

Oregon Travel Experience Tourist Oriented DirectionalHighway Business Signs: A cost effective tool for local businesses to gain exposure along busy highways. Blue logo signs direct motorists to essential services and nearby attractions.

Rest Areas: The Travel Information Council supervises 29 rest areas at 17 locations around the state. Stop and rest, walk the dog and let the kids jump and run. See where Travel Information Council’s rest areas are located and why we take your safety seriously.

coffeeFree Coffee Program: The Highway Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program helps save lives by decreasing driver fatigue. This program is permitted by TIC and run by volunteer non-profit groups. For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-373-0155.

 Permit Programs: Travel Information Council connects you with the latest traveler information. Both businesses and motorists benefit from exposure in our travel information centers. If you want fast information about panels or brochure placement, telephone 503-373-0090.

The "Mother Oak," part of the Ellmaker Heritage Grove honored in Veneta.Heritage Trees: Want to learn more about these spectacular beauties? Come visit our map and detail pages and listen to an audio tour.

 

 

Historical Markers: A venerable program handed down through the generations, Oregon’s historical markers can be the focus of a weekend family outing.