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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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Policies That Guide Us

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

The TSP addresses and complies with a number of State and regional goals, policies, and regulations, to include the following;

State and Regional GoalsPBOT has coordinated the development of the TSP with affected agencies, governments, and service providers. Key participants include Metro; the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT); Tri-Met; the Port of Portland; Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties; and neighboring jurisdictions. 

The TSP will be in effect after it is adopted by City Council and acknowledged by the State Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). PBOT will update the TSP at least every five years. Part of the update process will include assessing progress reports on the TSP benchmarks and incorporating recommendations from refinement plans and area studies.


The goals that guide us

The TSP helps implement the region’s 2040 Growth Concept by supporting a transportation system that makes it more convenient for people to walk, bicycle, use transit, and drive less to meet their daily needs. The TSP also recognizes that the transportation system must sustain the City’s economic health by accommodating the needs of businesses and supporting Portland’s role in the international economy. The TSP meets State and regional planning requirements and addresses local transportation needs for cost-effective road, transit, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements.

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.