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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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A Safer and More Vibrant Central City

A cultural and economic hub for the state, Portland’s Central City is growing rapidly. By 2035, the Central City’s population is projected to triple and the number of jobs area will increase by 40 percent. As the Central City and our economy grows, more people and businesses are using our existing streets, sidewalks and transit systems. To accommodate more users on our existing street system in a way that provides affordable transportation options, we need to invest in the Central City’s transportation network. Central City in Motion is Portland’s plan for strategic investments in our streets to create a smart, 21st century transportation system in the Central City. Our goal is to make the entire street system work better, providing more predictable travel times for businesses and residents.

Investing in a Transportation Network That Works for Everyone

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Central City in Motion builds on the analysis and community input that resulted in Central City 2035, Portland’s long-range plan for the Central City. Like the comprehensive transportation system improvements underway the city’s other geographic areas—including East Portland in Motion and Southwest in Motion—this project will identify and prioritize our investments in the Central City transportation network that work better no matter how people get around. Our goal is safety, efficiency and reliability for all road users.

Next generation investments identified as part of the Central City in Motion may include:
• Safer intersections
• Improved pedestrian connections
• Dedicated transit lanes
• Separated bike routes
• Clear demarcation of street space for freight, transit and bicycles

PBOT is convening a community sounding board to inform how Central City in Motion can improve the road network to benefit both residents and businesses and evaluate proposed investments through the eyes of those who navigate the Central City by walking, taking transit, riding a bike, or using a car. Sounding board members will be drawn from a diverse set of residents and businesspeople throughout the Central City.

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Are you part of an organization business that has a stake in the Central City? If so, we’d be interested in sharing more information about the project at your next meeting. To find out more, please contact project manager Gabe Graff at: or 503-823-5291.

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