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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Portland, Oregon is a national leader in innovative transportation solutions: finding opportunities to meet the demands of a growing city while still maintaining accessibility, mobility, and livability. Always on the leading edge of transportation and land use policy, the City of Portland has strong community and political support for continued innovation in sustainable transportation practices.

Portland’s award-winning transportation system is the envy of many cities across the nation. The system’s foundation is an unusually dense grid of streets that operates efficiently at a human scale while providing a wealth of cherished civic space. Its neighborhood commercial corridors are landmarks, the result of a private streetcar era built in the early twentieth century that shaped much of the city we enjoy today. Bestowed this inheritance, Portlanders continually reshape and refine their streets in a constant effort to maximize the transportation network’s social and economic contribution to civic life.

Over the last 40 years, Portland has made concerted efforts to diversify travel choice to maximize the social and economic value of the streetscape. 

The pace of investment in diversification has never been more ambitious. Today Portland’s transportation network includes an aerial tram supporting the growth of its largest employer, a nearly complete central city streetcar loop that has attracted billions in private investment, a bikeway network that produces the highest bike commute rate among large U.S. cities, a light rail network emanating from downtown in every direction, and an influx of new sidewalks.

This investment in our transportation system is expected to continue, particularly as Portland’s population, and thus demands on the system, continue to grow. As manager of the right-of-way (ROW), the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is responsible also for coordinating all activities that occur under or alongside our more than 4,800 lane miles of road.

PBOT is committed to advancing equity, promoting diversity and supporting inclusion. As a Bureau we are also committed to working to help achieve the Citywide Racial Equity Goals, and along with all City Bureaus we are developing a 5 Year Racial Equity Action Plan.

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