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Regional Transportation Plan

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Open a handout from Metro about the 2018 RTP here

What is the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)?

The RTP is the region’s blueprint to guide investments for all forms of travel – motor vehicle, transit, bicycle and walking – and the movement of goods and freight throughout the Portland metropolitan region. The plan identifies current and future transportation needs, investments needed to meet those needs and what funds the region expects to have available over the next 25 years to make those investments a reality.

Who is responsible for the RTP?

Federal law requires Metro to lead and coordinate regular updates to the RTP to respond to the needs of a changing region. The last major update to the plan was completed in 2010. A minor update occurred in 2014. The plan must be updated by 2018 to meet state and federal requirements.

The Oregon Metro regional government agency is responsible for developing, compiling, and making decisions about the RTP and its contents.  While Metro provides a technical and policy function, a major part of the RTP process includes convening representatives from throughout the region to ensure that the RTP is built on a shared regional vision while local needs and priorities are captured.

What are the components of the RTP and how is Portland participating in Metro's process?

Portland participates in the RTP through the standing technical and policy committees as well as eight technical work groups convened by Metro specifically for the RTP.

The Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) and the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) are standing committees that advise the Metro elected council. Members of city council members represent Portland on these committees; they are Commissioner Saltzman (JPACT) and Commissioners Eudaly and Fritz (MPAC). Each of these policy advisory committees is supported by a technical advisory committee. The Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee (TPAC) is staffed by Judith Gray (Portland Bureau of Transportation) and the Metro Technical Advisory Group (MTAC) is staffed by Tom Armstrong (Bureau of Planning & Sustainability).

To support development of the 2018 RTP, Metro staff convened eight technical work groups to provide input to the project team on implementing policy direction from the Metro Council and regional policy advisory committees. In this role, the work group members review and provide feedback to Metro staff on draft materials and analysis, keep their respective elected officials and agency/organization’s leadership informed to identify issues and concerns early on, and integrate input from partners and the public. The work groups also help identify areas for further discussion by the Metro Council and regional technical and policy advisory committees.

The Metro RTP work groups and City of Portland/ PBOT representatives include the following:

  1. Transit Work Group to develop a shared regional transit vision and an investment plan to help local and regional partners prioritize transit and transit-supportive improvements to help realize that vision: Dan Bower, Portland Streetcar Inc.; Mauricio Leclerc (April Bertelsen, Alternate) PBOT Planning. Factsheet
  2. Freight Work Group to advise on the development of a shared regional freight investment strategy: Bob Hillier, PBOT Freight Coordinator; Steve Kountz, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Jana Jarvis, Portland Freight Committee Member (Oregon Trucking Association); William Burgel, Portland Freight Committee Member (Burgel Rail Group). Factsheet
  3. Transportation Equity Work Group develop recommendations for future transportation equity analysis: Zan Gibbs (April Bertelsen, Alternate, PBOT Planning), PBOT Equity and Inclusion Manager. Factsheet
  4. Finance Work Group to develop a draft revenue forecast and financial plan: Mark Lear (Ken Lee, Alternate, PBOT Business Operations Manager), PBOT Resource and Legislative Manager. Factsheet
  5. Performance Work Group to advise on development of performance targets and monitoring strategy to track and measure outcomes for the RTP: Judith Gray (Peter Hurley, Alternate), PBOT Planning. Work Plan
  6. Safety Work Group to provide in-depth professional review and comments on the regional transportation safety strategy: Clay Veka (Zef Wagner/ Dana Dickman, Alternates), PBOT. Draft Report
  7. Policy Actions Work Group: Judith Gray (Peter Hurley, Alternate), PBOT Planning
  8. Design Work Group to provide in-depth professional review and comments on the regional transportation design guidelines: Denver Igarta, PBOT Planning; Scott Batson, PBOT Engineering; Zef Wagner, Alternate, PBOT Planning. Factsheet

What is the relationship between the TSP and RTP?

As the Portland Transportation System Plan (TSP) is updated periodically, it is reviewed to ensure compliance with the RTP. However, the TSP and any locally adopted amendments represent Portland’s primary transportation planning document.

Like the TSP, the RTP includes an investment strategy. The individual agencies in the region identify investment priorities for inclusion in the RTP. While these should be projects that are in the TSP, not all TSP projects are included in the RTP. This is in part because Metro will conduct analysis for the region as a system, so TSP projects that are smaller in scale and cost may not be appropriate. Also, the region provides a separate funding forecast and each agency must abide by the regional estimate of funding capacity for the purpose of the RTP.

Metro will issue a "Call for projects" to all their jurisdictions Spring/ Summer 2017. Once the initial regional investment list is completed, Metro will conduct system-wide evaluation of performance and equity. Using the results of this process, the project list will be refined in late 2017 and early 2018.

What is the RTP adoption process?

The region adopts the RTP through a joint action of the Metro Council and the policy advisory committees. The RTP is on schedule to be adopted by Metro Council in December 2018. Throughout the process, JPACT and MPAC will be consulted many times to provide direction on the development of the RTP. These decisions will be informed by recommendations of TPAC, MTAC and the technical working groups.

What is the City’s outreach process for the RTP?

The City is both informing and consulting about the RTP process including the call for projects with PBOT’s Portland Freight CommitteeBicycle Advisory CommitteePedestrian Advisory Committee, and Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee. Members of the public are always invited to attend these public meetings and provide public comment. Meeting agendas are available via the links to each committee page. Metro’s call for projects schedule is short, and does not result in Portland adopting a new plan, but rather helps Portland participate in Metro’s process based on what Portland has already approved in the TSP and subsequent public plans. Only projects already vetted by the public through the TSP/ public plan development/ adoption processes are considered for inclusion in the RTP.

When can the public weigh in?

Throughout the development of the Regional Transportation Plan, Metro conducts online surveys and other outreach efforts. Several opportunities for public input have already been provided and more are planned:

• In January 2018, Metro will ask the public for input on a draft project list and initial findings on how the system would perform with those improvements in place. The public input received in January along with the technical findings and policy discussions by the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and the Metro Council will result in additional direction to staff on further updating the draft project list.

• In summer 2018, Metro will ask the public for input on the discussion drafts of the Regional Transportation Plan, the revised project list and supporting strategies for safety, freight and transit. The public input received will be considered by the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and the Metro Council as part of the adoption process in Fall 2018.

Sign up for updates on future opportunities for input at

RTP Presentation May 2017

PDF presentation slides from PBOT outreach process