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Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan (ETC)

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is leading a planning process in coordination with TriMet to develop the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan. This plan will help identify where transit priority, streamlining, and access treatments could be most beneficial on the planned TriMet Frequent Service network within the City of Portland. Such improvements can help make transit more a more attractive and reliable option for people to get to work, school, and to meet their daily needs, especially for people who depend upon transit.

Current Events

Thank you to all who attended our June 21 Open House, provided feedback and testified at City Council on July 13 for a joint public hearing with the PBOT Vision Zero Action Plan! We are coordinating transit and safety improvements. 

If you were unable to attend the open house or City Council hearing, you are still welcome to view the materials online here.

Next up... This planning process remains underway as we develop an Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan and an on-going Enhanced Transit program. 

We are working on our next steps. This includes taking a closer look at up to three corridors with the Enhanced Transit toolbox and refining our evaluation methodology. We will have more to share in Fall 2017. Stay tuned for open house invitations and other opportunities to engage. We plan to return to City Council to recommend adoption in Spring 2018.


    • Bus driving in clear Pro-time (peak period only) Transit Lane next to lanes congested with vehicles

 Characteristics of Enhanced Transit…

  • Increased capacity, reliability and transit travel speed
  • Moderate capital and operational investments
  • Context sensitive
  • Deployed relatively quickly
  • Can include buses and streetcar


ETC Plan Goals:

  • Increase transit ridership and improve the experience for current riders.
  • Support planned growth in centers and along corridors consistent with the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
  • Define and identify “Enhanced Transit Corridors” in Portland.
  • Establish clear and objective operational performance measures and thresholds to define what success looks like for the most heavily used Frequent Service lines.
  • Guide the prioritization of capital and operational investments in Enhanced Transit Corridors.

Why this plan:

We need to do more to support transit in Portland.

  • Buses are a “work horse.” Some bus lines carry as many riders as MAX and Streetcar lines.
  • Data shows that buses are getting stuck in traffic and trips take longer.
  • New growth is happening in areas in need of better transit service and access.
  • However, ridership is not growing adequately to support growth and the City’s policy goals.
  • We have limited sources of revenue. We need to identify priorities on where to start.


Recommendations for where to focus more in the next phase:

As a next step over the summer, our consultant team will study more closely up to three corridors, identify potential improvements and develop Conceptual Investment Plans. PBOT staff proposes selecting corridors that scored well in the initial technical evaluation and reflect different street conditions and contexts. This typological approach will help us learn how tools may be applied in corridors with different conditions and help inform how the tools may be applied on other similar streets. Selecting these candidates for a closer look to apply treatments from the Enhanced Transit Tool Box does not necessarily imply that they will the top priority project for implementing first. Though it may inform the development of future projects and what is feasible in these corridors.

Learn more about the planning process and the initial evaluation that informed this recommendation here.

Based on this approach, PBOT staff recommends selecting the following two or three corridors to study more closely (how many will depend upon length complexity and resources):

  • Line 72 – Killingsworth/82nd Ave, with a focus on 82nd Ave
  • Line 12 – NE Sandy Blvd
  • Line 6 – MLK Jr Blvd/Jantzen Beach (if resources allow)

In addition, we see opportunity to focus on portions of the following candidates through other planning efforts in the near future to develop recommendations for transit and the multi-modal safety and access needs in the corridors:

  • Line 73 through the 122nd Ave Safety and Access Improvement Project planning process
  • Line 20 through an Outer SE Stark Safety and Access planning process
  • Key bottlenecks, including in the Central City


We want to hear from you!

Let us know what you think about the initial evaluation and staff recommendations.

You are invited to our first open house! Learn more.



Enhanced Transit Toolbox:

As a part of the of the Enhanced Transit Plan, our consultant team developed an Enhanced Transit Toolbox. This Toolbox is a collection of potential capital and operational treatments that can be applied to improve transit performance or create safer, more predictable interactions with other travel modes. Learn more about the tools in the Capital/Operational Toolbox Memo

ETC Transit Toolkit

Contact Information:

April Bertelsen, Senior Transportation Planner and Project Manager

Vision Zero and Enhanced Transit Corridors

Presentation to City Council on July 13, 2017

Planning Process

This planning process is primarily focused on several bus lines that are part of the TriMet Frequent Service network.