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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.

ETC Plan Cover


The Draft includes ETC Plan recommendations, a framework for an on-going transit program, and opportunities to potentially advance projects through the new Regional ETC pilot program.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback in February and March in-person, through our online survey or email!!

We received 71 online survey responses. We are currently tallying and reviewing all survey responses and the other feedback received to help inform our revisions of the draft ETC Plan.


Timeline for next steps:

April 10:                         Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing presentation (confirmed)

Early April:                     PBOT staff to revise draft ETC Plan based on public feedback

Mid to Late April:           Release Final Recommended ETC Plan to the public and announce City Council hearing date

Mid to Late May:            [Date TBD] City Council Public Hearing to recommend adoption of the ETC Plan and endorse a list of recommended ETC candidate segments to submit for project development through the Regional ETC Pilot Program

June:                              Submit candidate segments to the Regional ETC pilot program


Online open house sign

If you missed our open house on Feb. 19, review our presentation boards HERE.

Review the presentation slides HERE.

People watching the presentation at open house

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.


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


Taking a Closer Look at Enhanced Transit Segments with the ETC Toolbox:

Over the summer and fall of 2017, our consultant team took a closer look at three corridor segments to learn from applying the ETC toolbox and start identifying potential improvements. PBOT selected three corridor segments that scored well in the initial technical evaluation and reflect different street conditions and contexts. This typological approach was taken to help 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 does not necessarily imply that they will be the top priority project for implementing first. Though it may inform the development of future projects and what is feasible in these corridors.

Based on this approach and input from the community, PBOT selected the following three corridors to study more closely during the ETC planning process:

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

The findings from this closer look are contained in Memo #6 and appendices.

Learn more about the planning process and the initial evaluation that informed focusing initially on these three segments here.

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, Access and Transit Improvement Project planning process
  • Line 20 through an Outer SE Stark Safety and Access planning process
  • Key bottlenecks on multiple lines in the Central City, through the Central City in Motion project


Past 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.

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.