The way Portlanders get from place to place has been changing rapidly and in far-reaching ways. In the last five years, these are just some of the new elements added to the city’s transportation landscape:
Some of the new elements added to the city’s transportation landscape:
1. BIKETOWN and Adaptive BIKETOWN: The city’s new bike-share system and its rental partners that make bikes available for people with disabilities.
2. Lyft, Uber and PDX WAV: New private for-hire ride-share options from transportation network companies (TNCs), new city regulations, and a consolidated city system for hailing wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) from taxis and TNCs.
5. E-scooters: New scooter-share options, new city regulations over the course of two pilots.
6. Portland Streetcar Loop: New Streetcar options on Portland’s eastside and the Broadway Bridge complete a loop.
10. Fixing Our Streets: Approved by voters and City Council, Portland’s first local funding sources for transportation.
There is no indication that the pace and scale of transportation’s transformation is slowing. The development of autonomous vehicles, for example, continues to move forward. The Portland region is gearing up to build a new light rail line. A major improvement to the I-5 and the neighboring Rose Quarter is scheduled. Over just the next few years, PBOT will build two new bridges and tens of millions-worth of other major projects. At the same time, Portland is forecast to continue to grow larger and more diverse.
Thanks to these changes, we are reconsidering our approach to getting around. With new options and new technology, people often use multiple modes, often in the same day. They may drive their kids to school, walk to the light rail stop and take transit to work, use bike-share or a scooter to get to lunch, take advantage of car-sharing to go to a meeting, and then take Lyft, Uber, or a cab to entertainment in the evening.
For those of us at PBOT, such a quickly evolving transportation environment is ripe with opportunity. Each new option, policy, or program gives us new tools we can use to make Portland safer and more accessible, ease traffic congestion, and build a sustainable city with vibrant neighborhoods and a prosperous economy.
At the same time, PBOT must manage these changes with input from the community we serve to ensure that we are aligned with our city’s values and the values of our agency. Our streets belong to all of us.
In order to honor our commitments to racial equity and access for people with disabilities, we do this work with you to ensure all Portlanders enjoy the benefits of convenient, reliable, safe, and sustainable transportation options.
How do we stay focused on our mission? City Council has given us clear goals and tools by which to measure ourselves. These include:
- Shifting people to different modes and reducing vehicle miles traveled
- Fulfilling the goals of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan
- Fulfilling the goals of Portland’s racial equity commitments
- Reducing carbon emissions
In 2015, PBOT embarked on a new era of strategic planning to help us achieve our goals, launching Portland Progress, an ambitious two-year workplan for the bureau that outlined specific steps for PBOT to improve transportation in the city. Portland Progress II followed in 2017, expanding on the
vision laid out in Portland Progress. Now we are launching Moving to Our Future, which maps out a new strategic vision for Portland’s transportation system.
Moving to Our Future lays out the steps we will take to harness the changes in our transportation system to deliver well-maintained streets, help ease congestion, and keep safety front and center in all that we do. What’s new is that we are shifting toward a bureau-wide approach that aligns goals and outcomes in order to deliver on an ambitious mission.