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The Portland Bureau of Transportation Seeks New Members for Advisory Group


Courtney Duke, PBOT  

March 20, 2015

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is accepting applications through April 10, 2015, for additional community members to serve on the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Expert Group, convened jointly by the bureaus of Transportation and Planning and Sustainability as a component of the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update.

PBOT is looking to add six (6) members that represent one of each of the following areas: Equity Interests, Small Business Owner, Youth, Public Health (community member or agency representative), Transit Advocacy, and Persons with Disabilities.

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as the major public investments to accommodate that growth. It provides direction for decision-making on land use, transportation, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs, while ensuring that investments in major city systems are coordinated.

The Transportation System Plan (TSP) is the long-range plan to guide transportation investments in Portland. The TSP meets State and regional planning requirements and addresses local transportation needs for cost-effective street, transit, freight, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The plan provides transportation choices for residents, employees, visitors and companies doing business in Portland, making it more convenient to walk, bicycle, take transit and drive less to meet their daily needs. The TSP provides a balanced transportation system to support neighborhood livability and economic development.

The TEG advises City staff on the Transportation System Plan. Over the past year plus, the TEG has been engaged in review of draft transportation policies and projects in the Comprehensive Plan. The TEG will be shifting its attention over the next year to how best to implement these policies and projects, concentrating on initiatives such as a Citywide Parking Strategy, a hierarchy for responding to multiple transportation needs, district-level transportation plans, and possible changes to street classifications.

The Expert Group has typically met monthly since mid-December 2013 and will continue to do so at least through 2015. Occasionally, additional meetings or subcommittee meetings may occur outside of the monthly meeting time. 

Member Qualifications and Skills

Community members who are interested in serving on the TSP Expert Group should consider the following qualifications or skills: 

  • Professional and/or volunteer experience that corresponds to transportation initiatives in the City of Portland or region.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experience.
  • Ability to commit 4-6 hours every month during business hours, plus preparation for monthly meetings and attendance at community involvement events.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by PBOT staff. Final appointment to the Expert Group will be made by the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. If selected you will be notified early in the week of April 13.

PBOT will work to ensure diversity of members, including but not limited to, field experts, neighborhood groups, business and institutional associations, persons with disabilities, communities of color, and interest groups.

First TEG Meeting

If selected, the first meeting would be Thursday, April 16; 3:30 – 6:00 PM in the Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, downtown Portland.

Application Process

To apply to be a member of the TSP Expert Group, please fill out the application by April 10, 2015 and send to:

Courtney Duke, PBOT
1120 SW 4th Ave, Room 800
Portland OR 97204
Or email to

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City ofPortlandwill reasonable modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-2030 or 503-823-4000 with such requests.