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Transportation System Plan (TSP)

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2019 Minor TSP Update Adopted by City Council 2/5/20

City Council voted 4-0 to adopt the Minor TSP Update’s Recommended Draft and made two amendments:

  1. The first amendment added the new projects and project amendments from the Southwest in Motion plan and the Building Healthy Connected Communities Along the Division Transit Corridor Plan to the TSP’s major projects list. Because of timing issues, the recommendations from these plans were not included in the TSP’s Recommended Draft, but they were adopted by City Council in December 2019.
  2. The second amendment corrected an error by removing the proposed pedestrian classification from the privately-owned SW Campus Drive between SW Sam Jackson Park Road and SW Terwilliger Blvd.

The changes to the TSP from this update go into effect on March 6, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who submitted testimony throughout the update process and to all of the community members who helped to shape the recommendations in this TSP update. We look forward to engaging with you in future updates to the TSP.

Updated TSP Pedestrian Classifications Take Effect 3/6/20

PedPDX, Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan was adopted by City Council Resolution 37429 in June 2019. PedPDX includes updated pedestrian street classifications for Portland streets. On February 5, City Council adopted an ordinance to amend the Transportation System Plan (TSP) to incorporate these new pedestrian classifications into the TSP. These updated classifications take effect March 6, 2020.

The pedestrian classifications developed by PedPDX and adopted into the TSP are:

  • Pedestrian District
  • Major City Walkway (new classification)
  • City Walkway
  • Neighborhood Walkway (new classification)
  • Local Service Walkway

The new pedestrian classifications include changes to Pedestrian District boundaries to align with all “Centers” and walksheds to Major Transit Stations, as defined by Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan. To align with these Comprehensive Plan designations, the TSP has been amended to adjust the boundaries of existing Pedestrian Districts, designate new Pedestrian Districts, and in some instances de-classify former Pedestrian Districts. Scrollable maps of new TSP pedestrian classifications are available at

Effective Date for Frontage Improvements Associated with New Pedestrian Classifications

The Portland Pedestrian Design Guide uses pedestrian classifications to determine the sidewalk design/frontage improvement requirements associated with private development. Applications for building or development permit or land use review submitted after March 6, 2020 must meet frontage improvement requirements associated with new pedestrian classifications, per the existing Pedestrian Design Guide.

Interim Sidewalk Design/Frontage Requirements

The Pedestrian Design Guide will be updated in 2020/2021 to reflect new pedestrian classifications and updated policies and objectives in PedPDX. Updates to the Pedestrian Design Guide may include, but are not limited to, updates to sidewalk design criteria for various pedestrian street types, including requirements for minimum sidewalk widths, placement of street trees and sidewalk furnishings, and street corner design at crossings.

While the existing Pedestrian Design Guide includes sidewalk design requirements for some of the pedestrian classifications that will are included in new pedestrian classifications, there are no sidewalk design/frontage improvement requirements associated with the two new pedestrian classifications.

During the interim period after March 6, 2020 when new pedestrian classifications take effect, and before adoption of an updated Pedestrian Design Guide (anticipated for adoption in 2021, pending a public outreach process), PBOT Development Review will apply the Pedestrian Design Guide to new pedestrian classifications as follows:

New Classification

1998 Pedestrian Design Guide Requirements to Apply (Interim):

Pedestrian District

Pedestrian District

Major City Walkway (new classification)

City Walkway

City Walkway

City Walkway

Neighborhood Walkway (new classification)

Local Service Walkway

Local Service Walkway

Local Service Walkway

Interim Interactive TSP now available


  • Search for specific TSP policies or terms
  • Explore Major Projects on the map
  • See all relevant classifications for any street on the map
  • Find out which area plans and master street plans apply to given geographies
  • Discover TSP policies to relevant different geographies

Screenshot of interim interactive TSP

Why is this "interim"? The City is simultaneously working on a more seamless and long-term solution with even more functionality. To stay posted on this progress, feel free to sign up for our periodic email updates by adding your email at the bottom of this page.

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Select sections of the 2035 TSP document or download the full TSP here!


What is the TSP?

The Transportation System Plan is the 20-year plan to guide transportation policies and investments in Portland by:

  • + supporting the City’s commitment to Vision Zero by saving lives and reducing injuries to all people using our transportation system

  • + helping transit and freight vehicles to move more reliably

  • + reducing, carbon emissions and promoting healthy lifestyles

  • + keeping more money in the local economy, as we spend less on vehicles and fuel

  • + creating great places

Why is it important?

Portland is projected to add 140,000 new jobs and 260,000 new residents over the next 20 years. As Portland and the region grow, there is a continuing challenge to maintain the natural environment, economic prosperity, and overall quality of life. If in 2035 the percentage of people who drive alone to work remains the same as it is now (nearly 60 percent), traffic, carbon emissions, and household spending on vehicles and fuel will all worsen significantly. In order to accommodate this growth, our transportation system must provide Portlanders safer and more convenient ways to walk, bike, and take transit for more trips.

Transportation planning that promotes active transportation modes is essential to preserving the City’s livability and for the protection of the natural environment. Constructing significant amounts of new automobile capacity to accommodate growth is not a viable option because of the enormous costs and impacts. Adding more streets and parking lots divides neighborhoods, uses valuable land, encourages urban sprawl, and has negative environmental impacts. Alternative approaches, supporting a safer, more affordable and more complete multimodal transportation network must be used to ensure integrated, comprehensive solutions. 

The Transportation System Plan helps implement the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan in addition to 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 help grow and sustain the City’s economic health by accommodating the needs of businesses and supporting Portland’s role in the international economy.

What is in the TSP?

The 2035 TSP includes:

  • Goals and policies that guide the maintenance, development and implementation of Portland’s transportation system

  • Sub-policies that further the implementation of the goals and policies

  • A list of projects and Citywide programs along with a financial plan that would accommodate 20 years of population and employment growth

  • Master street plans and modal plans

  • Strategies and regulations for implementation

Open and share a 2-page overview handout about the TSP

Questions? Contact Transportation Planner, Francesca Patricolo at or 503.823.5282

PBOT Employees + internal TSP Champions resources.


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Last updated: 02/12/20