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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Bend the Curve

Bend the Curve

Transportation costs, like health care costs, seem to be on an unrelenting upward trajectory. The growth in transportation expense is outpacing any growth in resources to invest. Therefore we must work to bend the curve and bring down rising costs through more cost efficient practices and diversification of transportation funding streams.

We can do this through well-defined coordinated processes within the bureau and new and expanded partnerships beyond it. We will bend the curve through process improvements to project design and delivery and asset management. We will reduce the demands placed on our congested system through the pursuit of robust transportation demand management policies, programs and alternative mobility options.

We will diversify funding by finding new funding opportunities and grants, seeking innovative partnerships and encouraging the continued and expanded investment in our system and assets to reduce costs over the long term. We will work with public and private utilities to closely coordinate use of the right of way and maximize the life of our assets and the condition of our facilities.

When we bend the curve, we promote the sustainability of our system.

Measures of Success

  • Percent of projects completed on budget
  • Percent of projects completed within two weeks of the scheduled completion date
 Action Topic  Action  Lead Work Group
 

Diversify Funding Sources

Develop public private partnerships, public development corporations, and other grant options as new private market funding sources. 

Director

 

Diversify Funding Sources

 

Complete the neighborhood streets phase of the Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC) program to determine optimal spending pattern for LTIC funds. This will include: 1), setting street typology standards; 2) identifying improvements and prioritizing where to apply LTIC revenue; and 3), developing sustainable funding and financing mechanisms. 

 

Development Permitting and Transit

Diversify Funding Sources 

Complete the third ten-year update to the transportation System Development Charge (SDC) program. This will include establishing a person-trip standard for development impacts and developing an annual project selection and prioritization process.   

Development Permitting and Transit

Diversify Funding Sources 

Establish a methodology for valuing the right-of-way (ROW) to inform how PBOT should recapture ROW value through permits and fees. 

Development Permitting and Transit 

Infrastructure 

Annually maintain 1200 crosswalks. 

Maintenance Operations 

Infrastructure 

Annually install 500 corner ramps. 

Maintenance Operations 

Infrastructure

Create a prioritized bridge maintenance schedule based on ODOT bridge inspection reports. 

Engineering 

TDM 

Develop and implement a true person-trip methodology. Incorporate equity consideration into the new methodology.  

Development Permitting and Transit 

TDM 

Expand the Transportation Demand Management Program by including the central city and expanding program development in the mixed use zones. 

Policy, Planning and Projects

 

Utility Coordination 

Create a common operating picture and database accessible by public and private utilities to coordinate pavement work and utility cuts. This will include a public GIS interface that includes development, capital, and maintenance projects.  

Director 

Utility Coordination 

Partner with BES to improve delivery of transportation and storm water infrastructure. 

Director