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Have Your Say about Future Transportation Projects and Programs in Portland

Along with the Comprehensive Plan, the City of Portland is updating the Transportation System Plan (TSP), a long-range plan to guide transportation investments in our community through 2035. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing on the TSP on February 24 at 5 p.m. But there are many other ways you can learn more and provide comments on the proposed plan (keep reading!).

Public Hearing: Transportation System Plan
Planning and Sustainability Commission
Tuesday, February 24, 5 – 9 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., 2500A

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has published its recommended project list for the next 25 years. The list includes sidewalks, bridges and road improvements to enhance freight, bike and pedestrian access to neighborhoods and employment centers. This is PBOT’s draft recommendation based on months of public input on transportation system goals, policies and projects. The list shows major capital improvements that could be built in the coming years. It also shows citywide programs like Safe Routes to School, which includes clusters of small projects like filling in sidewalk gaps.

But this is not the end of the process.

Given the need to enhance Portland’s transportation system and the shortage of funds, PBOT needs to hear which projects and programs are most important to community members. Portlanders can show the projects they think should be:

  • Prioritized by adding them to the “constrained” funding list, which shows the projects we can afford to fund within a realistic revenue forecast.
  • Lower priority or shifted to the “unconstrained” list, which includes lower priority projects that may not be funded without substantial new revenue.

View the TSP Major Projects + Citywide Programs Recommendation List. This includes project lists separated by Neighborhood Coalition.

Projects are also viewable on the interactive online Map App, a convenient way to see and comment on all the proposed projects. Be sure to click on the Transportation tab at the top of the page.

Or visit the TSP Online Open House, where you can view information boards and current handouts about the project.

You can learn even more at the TSP web site and view the PBOT staff report to the PSC, which includes an overview of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan Map as well as the project lists.

The PSC is accepting written comments (via the Map App, letter or email) on the Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and map changes until March 13. Read the tips for testifying on the TSP.

The public is also invited to testify on the TSP in person at the public hearing with the PSC on February 24, starting at 5 p.m.