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News Blog: Central City in Motion planning is underway with Sounding Board group as a guide

(Feb. 22, 2018) Central City in Motion is Portland’s plan for strategic investments to accommodate a rapidly growing population living and working in downtown and the Central Eastside and a  Sounding Board group is helping guide the process. The project, which will build on existing long-range plans and identify next generation investments, includes numerous infrastructure improvements including: safer intersections, separated bikeways, transit priority treatments, and clear demarcation of street space for freight, transit, and bicycles.

To that end, a Sounding Board was established by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to voice a broad set of community and business perspectives. The members are charged with “thinking big” about the future of transportation in the central city to help the project team define a network of investments that considers the many different demands and uses. Specifically, the Sounding Board has been asked to:

  • Share knowledge of existing conditions and needs
  • Weigh in on evaluation criteria
  • Provide input on priorities for design and construction
  • Connect the project with key stakeholders and community representatives, and identify opportunities for public engagement
  • Identify opportunities for the private sector to leverage public investments

CCIM Sounding Board Meeting

Sounding Board members review the project selection process flowchart and network maps, which will be used to develop a prioritized list of multimodal transportation investments in the central city. Photo by Gabriel Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The Sounding Board is meeting five times from late-2017 to mid-2018, in addition to providing one-on-one strategic advice to the project team. On January 18, 2018, the Sounding Board members convened for the second time and provided feedback on streets under consideration for transit priority, low-stress bikeway and pedestrian safety improvements. The discussion has helped inform the project team’s approach as we prepare for an interactive online open house, which will go live at the end of the month.

More information on the project and the Sounding Board, including member profiles, agendas, meeting minutes, and presentation materials, can be found under the Central City in Motion website at:

Click here sign up for Central City in Motion updates, including the launch of our online open house.

Are you part of a organization, group or 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 discuss more, please contact:

Gabe Graff, Project Manager


phone: 503-823-5291