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About the Project

The purpose of the TSP is to guide the maintenance, development, and implementation of Portland’s transportation system, to accommodate 20 years of growth in population and employment, and to implement the plans and regulations of the regional government and the State of Oregon, including Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Oregon Transportation Planning Rule (TPR).

The TSP is a component of the Portland Comprehensive Plan and is adopted concurrently with the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan includes goals and policies whereas the TSP provides greater detail on the sub-policies and implementation strategies.

To learn more about the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit:

Project Goals and Outcomes

PBOT and BPS are partnering to incorporate the Portland Plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan update and the Transportation System Plan Update (TSP). BPS is updating the Comprehensive Plan, which was first adopted in 1980, and will result in paradigm changes to the TSP. We strive to advance several objectives:

  • Centers and Corridors: Push forward plans that will direct future growth toward centers and corridors, as a strategy to boost the Healthy Connected City piece of the Portland Plan.

  • Equity and Health: Incorporate equity and human health considerations into our land use and transportation plans.

  • Multimodal Approach: Work toward adoption of multimodal level of service standards and related “complete streets” approaches.

  • Financially Realistic: Build our plans with realistic financial projections and expected sources of money.

  • Partnerships: Strengthen land use and transportation partnerships with regional and state agencies, including TriMet, the State, and Metro.

  • Build on Existing Plans: In addition to the Portland Plan, integrate the 2040 Framework Plan Climate Action Plan, Streetcar System Concept Plan, Bicycle Plan for 2030, and the City’s economic development plans into the TSP and Comprehensive Plan.

Components of the TSP

  • Policy: transportation goals, policies, and sub-policies

  • Plans: master street plans and modal plans

  • Financial Plan

  • List of transportation projects, with cost estimates, that are required for the land uses implemented by the Portland Comprehensive Plan

  • Strategies and regulations for implementation

Project Timeline

As we work toward the previously mentioned goals, the Transportation System Plan into the phases outlined below:

Phase 1: Now – Fall 2014

  • Goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan

  • New project selection criteria

  • Update the list of priority projects

  • Update financial plan

  • Public review of comprehensive plan transportation policies and a draft TSP project list

Phase 2: Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

  • Review transportation modeling and findings

  • Develop Street Classification Map updates

  • Incorporate health and equity into our policies

  • Refine parking and transportation hierarchy policies

  • Modal Plan revisions

  • Regional Transportation Plan Compliance

  • Studies and Refinement Plan Revisions

  • Public Outreach

Phase 2.A Summer – Fall 2015

  • City and State Adoption Process

  • Public Outreach

Phase 3: 2016

  • Develop Code Changes: Administrative Rule, Zoning Code, Title 17; Street Design Guidelines

  • City Adoption Process

  • Public Outreach

Concurrent Efforts and Coordination

The City's Transportation System plan is coordinating with several ongoing and related public planning projects, including:

Comprehensive and Central City 2035 plans
Portland’s Comprehensive Plan and the Central City 2035 Plan helps the city prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for the major public investments to accommodate that growth. They provide direction for City 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.To learn more about the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit: learn more about the Central City Plan 2035, please visit:

Parking Analysis and Tool Kit for Neighborhood Centers and Corridors
This grant-funded project will revise and create parking strategies to better support Comprehensive Plan policies that call for focusing growth in identified centers and corridors. Deliverables include a parking occupancy inventory of selected centers and corridors, refinement of Comprehensive Plan policies, and a parking toolkit that would identify parking strategies and transportation demand management approaches applicable to mixed use multimodal places. This project could lead to code or program changes related to on-street parking management, or refinement of zoning tools. This project will be coordinated with the Mixed Use Zones Project, which will develop a new framework of mixed-use planning and zoning designations in key centers and corridors identified in the Comprehensive Plan Urban Design Framework.

DLCD Level of Service Grant
The purpose is to evaluate and test options to establish a multimodal mechanism for evaluating transportation system performance and adequacy. This grant-funded project will assess the system completeness concept as a tool for evaluating system adequacy and determining transportation deficiencies. Model codes for development review requirements for street system improvements will be investigated.

Central City Multimodal Mixed Use Area (MMA)
This project is to establish a Multimodal Mixed-use Area (MMA), as allowed in the Transportation Planning Rule (TPR), for the NW, SW and SE Quadrants of the Central City. A MMA is intended to be an area that has an existing or planned mixed use high intensity development pattern and a balanced multimodal system of transportation services.

Central City Parking Policy Project
This project will update the Central City Transportation Management Plan (CCTMP) and the sections of the Portland City Code that regulate development and use of the Central City’s parking supply.

Institutional (Colleges and Hospitals) Zoning Project
This project will develop new campus institution zoning procedures and standards, and identify infrastructure investments that could facilitate institutional employment growth. This could impact the project list in the TSP.

Industrial Land and Watershed Health integration
Members of the former Economic Development Policy Expert Group (PEG) and the Watershed Health and Environment PEG and other community members have formed an Industrial Land and Watershed Health Working Group. The working group has been advising the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on the update of Comprehensive Plan policies and implementation approaches Portland Harbor and Columbia Corridor industrial areas. This work could lead to changes in the zoning map or development code in prime industrial employment land, or changes to freight project priorities in the TSP.

SW Corridor Refinement
This project involves City coordination for the SW Corridor Plan and examination of transit alternatives. This follows City support of the SWCP Plan and Shared Investment Strategy and leads to a locally-preferred alternative, and DEIS stage analysis for a possible high capacity transit project.

Powell-Division Transit Project
This project is aimed at improving transit along the Powell-Division corridor between Gresham and downtown Portland, including consideration of high capacity transit alternatives City tasks involve preparing an existing conditions report, developing an overall land use concept for the portions of Powell, Division, and 82nd Avenue that are along the preferred alignment, determining major and minor nodes and potential station locations, analyzing development opportunities and urban design framework at key locations. The project outcome is to achieve consensus on the transit alternative to advance, including route, station locations and mode.