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2019 Minor TSP Update

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CLICK HERE to review the Proposed Draft

Click here for a printable handout about the 2019 Minor TSP Update.

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE MAP APP FOR PROVIDING YOUR TESTIMONY UNTIL NOVEMBER 19 Scroll down to learn more about the update, including other ways of providing your testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Scroll down to review the public feedback received in the Discussion Draft phase and learn how it impacted the changes made for the Proposed Draft. 

A summary of changes from the Discussion Draft is also included within the front matter of the Proposed Draft.

Read staff responses to public comments on the Discussion Draft here.

The 2035 Transportation System Plan (TSP) is the 20-year plan that guides transportation policies and investments in Portland. The TSP is being updated to maintain consistency with local and regional transportation planning and land use activities. This is a technical update, largely incorporating policies and projects that have been recommended for inclusion in the TSP by City Council as part of other adopted plans such as PedPDX, the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan, and the Growing Transit Communities Plan.

Proposed changes include:

  • Classifications: Incorporating the pedestrian classifications maps and descriptions from PedPDX into the TSP. Corrects identified classification mapping errors and updates "city bikeway" to "major city bikeway" classifications on four existing bikeways to maintain consistency with the Regional Transportation Plan (50s bikeway, 20s bikeway, NE/SE 148th Avenue, SE Foster Road).

Major Projects List: Amendments to a subset of existing TSP projects based on recommendations from City Council adopted plans. Additionally, new projects from the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan and other recently adopted plans are proposed, including:

clarityClarity and Readability: Updates to the TSP’s introduction, Modal Plan, Implementation Strategies, and Glossary chapters to reflect completed work, and to improve clarity and readability.

Policies: Policy 9.22 amended to clarify that transit is the preferred mode of travel for trips “longer than 3 miles or shorter trips” not made by walking or bicycling, as adopted in the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan.

New sub-policy 9.22.a as adopted in the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan: “Consider and incorporate transit priority treatments, such as those in the PBOT Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan, to improve transit speed and reliability during the planning and design phase of capital projects and permitted projects along streets served by transit lines.”

Policy 9.49 amended to add mobility standard tables that are referenced, but missing in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.


Policies 9.68 and 9.69 amended to broaden connected and automated vehicle policies to include new mobility vehicles and services.

Community Involvement Objectives re-labeled to "sub-policies" to maintain consistency with the rest of the TSP and the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Additionally, the Metro Council adopted the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in December 2018. Proposed changes to the TSP will maintain consistency with the updated RTP.

Provide your testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on the Proposed Draft by November 19


Select TSP Update and click on the "Testify" button. Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email. Once your testimony is submitted, you can read it in real time.


US Mail: You must provide your full name and mailing address.

  • Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
  • Transportation System Plan Update Testimony
  • 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
  • Portland, OR 97201

 PSC Public Hearing: Tuesday, November 19 at 7 PM Time Certain

 Project Timeline 

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Discussion Draft

The Discussion Draft was open for public comment Aug. 1 – Sept. 6, 2019. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) also maintains a list of roughly 3,000 people who have signed up to receive email updates about the Transportation System Plan (TSP). PBOT project staff emailed this list three times about the opportunity for public comment. They also sent an email to similar lists for the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan, the Growing Transit Communities Plan, PedPDX, and Southwest in Motion.  

Staff presented at standing meetings of four community groups and made themselves available for members of the public or community organizations that wanted more information. PBOT also gathered feedback from staff at Metro, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). 

PBOT received direct comments from 13 members of the public along with two letters from community organizations. These public comments along with the responses from PBOT staff can be found at the project website: 

Changes from the Discussion Draft

In order to go from the Discussion Draft stage to a Proposed Draft, PBOT considered all comments. Staff looked specifically at feedback that fit within the scope of the project, as well as the city’s policies and goals. PBOT made the following changes to the Discussion Draft:  

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • The “Relationship to TSP” graphic has been updated to better show the relationship between The Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan and the TSP.

Chapter 2: Goals and Policies

  • Table 9-2 has been relabeled for clarity and now includes information from Metro’s Interim Regional Mobility Standards which was mistakenly left out of the Discussion Draft.
  • Policy 9.69.c has been updated to use the terms “new mobility vehicles and services” rather than “autonomous and connected vehicles.” This change makes it consistent with other proposed changes to Policy 9.69. 

Chapter 3: Classifications

  • The pedestrian classifications have been changed from “local street” to “neighborhood walkway” for two segments: SW 55th Avenue (from Taylors Ferry Road to Pasadena Drive) and SW Condor Lane (from Terwilliger Boulevard to Condor Avenue). These changes are a response to gaps in the proposed pedestrian network identified by the community.  
  • Bicycle classifications for portions of the 60s Bikeway in Northeast Portland have been updated to reflect the actual route that will be built in the next two years. 

Appendix A: TSP Projects and Programs

  • All new projects proposed for the TSP “major projects list” are now proposed to be added to the “financially unconstrained list.” The TSP finance chapter will be updated when the TSP’s horizon reaches beyond 2035. This will include an updated financially constrained project list reflecting future revenues beyond 2035. New projects will be evaluated for inclusion on the financially constrained list at that time.
  • PBOT has removed four new proposed projects in the Discussion Draft and the nine amended projects that were recommended in Southwest in Motion. City council was scheduled to have a hearing about Southwest in Motion in September, but the hearing has been postponed until a later date. If city council recommends these projects and project amendments, PBOT will change the TSP project list to reflect council's action, as part of a future TSP update.
  • PBOT has removed two new proposed projects in the Discussion Draft: the Jade-Montavilla Connected Centers Project (Phase 2) and the Rosewood Connected Centers Project (Phase 1). These projects are already included in the proposed “Building Healthy Connected Communities Along the Division Transit Corridor” plan, which city council will consider adopting in December. If city council recommends these projects, PBOT will consider adding them in a future TSP update. 
  • PBOT has proposed a new project recommended in the East Portland in Motion plan—the NE 132nd Avenue Pedestrian and Bike Overcrossing. The East Portland in Motion plan considered this a “significant project” that could not be completed in that plan’s 5-year timeline. It was mistakenly left off the TSP major projects list during a previous update. PBOT staff is developing new internal protocols to ensure that mistakes like these do not happen again. 


Letters received:

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Contact Bob Kellett at or (503) 823-6127

Updated: 11.12.19