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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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Objective 2: Make the most efficient use of our limited road space


Use the limited space of our public right-of-way to achieve the optimal movement of people and goods.

Strategic Initiatives

  • Replace level-of-service metric with one that measures the efficient movement of people and goods, and make this a core measure in all PBOT operations. 

  • Develop clear practices for allocating space in the public right-of-way when either public or private development occurs.

  • Prioritize transit traffic by implementing key projects and maximizing the use of existing transit needs.

  • Pilot a flexible curb zone that supports more people and more movement, and for efficient delivery of freight.

  • Upgrade signal systems so they can manage speed, give priority to transit, and collect data to help improve our management of the transportation system. 

  • Increase transportation options, such as bike-share and e-scooters that are able to move more people sustainably in our limited public right-of-way.

Indicators and Sample Measures

    1. Efficiency 
      a. Change in how many people move through areas where right-of-way has been reallocated
      b. Change in transit travel times and reliability on enhanced routes 
      c. Change in hours of delay of freight