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TSP Update - Stage 3 (In Progress)


Click here to watch the City Council Hearing from March 21, 2018 

TSP City Council Hearing screenshot

City Council to vote on Recommended Draft of the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Stage 3 Update on May 24, 2018. --> Click to review it here <--

 Click here to open a version of the Recommended Draft of the TSP Stage 3 Update that functions with accessible readers for the visually impaired.


On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 City Council held a hearing on the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Stage 3 Update with public testimony held open until Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5PM. Commissioner Fritz offered an amendment to Section 8, Connected and Automated Vehicles. Watch the video of the hearing beginning at 41:12 to learn more. The amendment will be discussed as part of the Council's deliberations on April 11, 2018 at 3:30PM. If Council votes to approve TSP Stage 3 Update at that time, a second reading and vote will take place on May 24, 2018 following the enactment of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The 2035 TSP would then go into effect on June 25, 2018.

Timeline of TSP Stage 3


Discussion Draft

The Discussion Draft was open for 64 days from May 19 – July 21, 2017. Staff provided TSP outreach at 30 events across the city from the Multnomah Arts Center, to the Kenton Firehouse, to the Rosewood Initiative, and JAMS Space. Staff reviewed over 120 individual comments  received during the Discussion Draft (some with multiple signatories). Among the comments we received, we heard the most about 1) Interest in a TDM study for the West Hills (Section 3: Geographic Policies) and 2) proposed street classifications on SE 20th Ave (Section 4: Street Classifications).


Proposed Draft

On September 26 and October 24, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held public hearings and took testimony from several interested stakeholders including representatives from the Hosford-Abernathy Neighborhood (HAND), the NW District Association and BikeLOUD. A majority of the written and oral testimony focused on classifications (especially on SE 20th and SE 21st avenues); mode split targets; geographic policies; and objectives.


The PSC followed testimony and staff presentations with a discussion of PSC suggestions at a work session on October 24, 2017. In general, the PSC expressed support for the proposal and direction of the TSP and transportation policies. The PSC voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the Staff Proposal with the following amendments and modifications.


The PSC recommended:

1. City Council adopt the Transportation System Plan and Comp Plan Amendments as directed and outlined in the decision matrix and minutes from the October 24, 2007 meeting and reflected in the TSP Stage 3 Recommended Draft.

2. The City should take a leadership role on work-at-home trip avoidance by becoming an employer of choice, and make work-at-home opportunities (full week or partial week) available in all bureaus for all positions where appropriate.

3. PBOT seek resources and prepare an action plan for achieving 70 percent (or greater) non-SOV mode share and adopted Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) targets. The plan should include:

  • Current (baseline) mode share and VMT data, along with interim modal share and VMT targets, such as for 5 and 10 years.
  • A Transit Master Plan for the City of Portland indicating how to achieve 25 percent transit mode share in partnership with TriMet.

Next Steps

The TSP has been created in three stages, upon adoption of the TSP by City Council, it will be published as a single document and will take effect after the 2015 Comprehensive Plan is in effect (currently scheduled for May 24, 2018.

Briefing at Planning and Sustainability Commission, June 13, 2017

Slides presented at the Briefing at Planning and Sustainability Commission, June 13, 2017 

*This presentation is of Discussion Draft content, NOT content of the Proposed or Recommended Drafts. Please review the Recommended Draft or contact staff to verify content of the Recommended Draft if you have any questions.


Public Involvement Timeline

For more information, or to request a hard copy of the TSP Stage 3 Update Recommended Draft, please email or call Francesca Patricolo at 503.823.5282 

RD for the visually impaired

A version of the Recommende Draft of the TSP Stage 3 Update that functions with accessible readers for the visually impaired.

TSP Stage 3 Proposed Draft (Complete)

Staff recommendations to the Planning and Sustainability Commission based on updates from Discussion Draft feedback.

TSP Stage 3 Recommended Draft (In Progress)

Planning and Sustainability Commission recommendations to City Council from the Proposed Draft.

TSP Stage 3 Public Involvement

A list of the public involvement events that were held in 2017 during the TSP Stage 3 update drafting process.

Staff response to PSC

Memo to PSC regarding TSP3 Update

TSP Stage 3 Discussion Draft (Complete)

Content for public review prior to developing a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission.