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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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What is the TSP and why are we updating Portland’s?

The City of Portland is updating the Transportation System Plan (TSP), the long-range plan guiding transportation investments in the City. Portland originally developed its TSP in 2002 and it was last updated in 2007. Periodic updates of the TSP are mandated by the State of Oregon. 

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 will provide transportation options for residents, employees, visitors, and firms doing business in Portland, making it more convenient to walk, bike, take transit—and drive less—while meeting their daily needs. The TSP provides a balanced transportation system to support neighborhood livability and economic development. 

Components of the TSP include:

  • 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

What is the TSP handout

Click the image above to view the informational handout.

Want to know how the TSP and Comp Plan could affect you, your property or your community?

Visit the interactive Map App and type in your address. You’ll instantly be able to view any proposed major transportation projects near you!  You can give your feedback on the proposed changes directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App.

To view the existing TSP document that was last updated in 2007, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/52495

Why do we need a Transportation System Plan?

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: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352 

Diagram of relationships to other plans

Project Goals and Outcomes

PBOT and BPS are partnering to incorporate the Portland Plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan update and the TSP update. 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.

Centers and Corridors: Portland Is Growing

Produced and directed by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 2014  

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability produced a series of videos featuring the City’s growth management strategy: focusing housing and job growth in vibrant centers and bustling corridors. Portland Is Growing is the first in the series of five episodes and highlights the City’s changing demographics and expected population and job growth.