Every day roughly, Portlanders walk, bike, roll or drive over two million miles on the city’s 2500 miles of sidewalks, 350 lanes of bikeways or 4800 center lane miles of streets. In addition, on a typical day, 9,500 people ride the Portland Aerial Tram and over 15,000 take the Portland Streetcar.
These and the other transportation assets that PBOT owns, manages and maintains are worth $11.5 billion. They are a critical part of the foundation that supports a regional economy that is worth $125 billion and growing. A safe and reliable transportation network doesn’t just contribute to a robust economy, it also supports neighborhoods with a high quality of life.
That is why the efficient and effective preservation and operation of this system is one of PBOT’s fundamental goals. We work toward this goal on a daily basis by performing core functions such as pavement maintenance, signals and streetlight upgrades and safety improvements. In Portland Progress II, we have developed a number of strategies, including Bend the Curve and Fixing our Streets, that will enhance our ability to maintain and operate our system by introducing more efficient processes, better project management approaches and cost-saving tools.