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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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How we will use this plan

how we will use this plan

 HOW WE WILL USE THIS PLAN:

CHALLENGES WE FACE

Moving to Our Future aligns the activities of PBOT’s six workgroups to achieve three primary goals over the next three years (2019-2022):

  • SAFETY: Make Portland streets safe for everyone

  • MOVING PEOPLE AND GOODS: Provide transportation options for a growing city

  • ASSET MANAGEMENT: Deliver smart investments to maintain our transportation system

These goals reflect the work ahead, as well as the risks the city faces if we can’t deliver. PBOT’s Transportation System Plan anticipates a wholesale shift from car trips to other modes. But how can we expect people to make these changes if our streets are dangerous or if young people can’t walk or bike to school safely? Without reliable transportation alternatives, we get gridlock and congestion, which exacts an extraordinary cost on our personal health, the environment, and our region’s economy. 

Furthermore, every decision we make on these goals involves some level of economic constraint. Federal and state investment in transportation is declining. Better fuel efficiency, means a significant source of transportation revenue, the gas tax, is also declining. Add to this the demands of a growing city and years of deferred construction and maintenance, and PBOT is simply not able to maintain the infrastructure we’ve built, let alone make the additional investments our community deserves. We must be smarter about how we invest our resources so we are not merely responding to a failing system. 

In Moving to Our Future, we expand on each of our three goals outcomes we are striving for and how the overall goal works to (1) advance racial equity and (2) reduce pollution. We’ve then outlined specific objectives to help achieve each goal. 

For each goal, we lay out the specific programs, initiatives, or strategies that will help us best achieve it, and how we will measure our success along the way.

Defining measurable objectives in this way allows us to assess whether we are choosing the right strategies to achieve our goals. They help guide our managers and the work they oversee. They help managers develop work plans for their respective groups. They also allow us all to draw on the expertise of the entire bureau and help us achieve the same outcomes together. 

Here at PBOT, we are more than the sum of our parts. Advances in one goal and its objectives will likely deliver better outcomes for another. For instance, reductions we make in vehicle miles traveled not only mitigate congestion but make our roads safer. Similarly, streets designed for safety, that make walking and biking a viable option for more Portlanders, not only help ease congestion but reduce carbon emissions as well. And fiscally speaking, when we manage our assets more efficiently we save money in the long-term, freeing up our budget to design safer streets and expand transportation options.

We can’t solve every challenge we face in the three-year scope of this strategy, but we intend to offer bold solutions for the path ahead. We work toward our future with confidence.