Transportation, Technology and Access - Printable Version - April 20, 2010 - 2 Comments
Bookmark and Share

Transportation, Technology and Access

Why is this important?

We need transportation—sidewalks, bikes, buses, trains and cars—to get to work, to school and to do every day things. We also need efficient transportation and access to keep the economy moving. Technology, especially the internet, is another way to improve transportation and access, providing easy access to news and information, educational and business opportunities. The internet can also make it easier to work from home. Other technologies can help us improve the efficiency of our transportation systems. We can also reduce the amount of transportation we need, and congestion, by making sure more destinations are accessible from where we live, and by making sure most people live near convenient transit.


Direction 1: Promote active and green transportation – biking, walking and transit

Direction 2: Build, manage and maintain an efficient transportation system

Direction 3: Improve individual access to technology and information

visionPDX Statement:

"People in all parts of Portland get around easily on foot, bikes, wheels and public transportation."

Direction 1: Promote active and green transportation – biking, walking and transit

  • Do the directions seem like they are on the right track?

  • Which of these objectives stand out to you?

  • Which ones are exciting?

  • Is there anything important missing?

  • Will these directions and objectives help reduce disparities and improve equity in Portland?

  • How will we define success?

Objective A: Create complete 20-minute neighborhoods

Today, about 26% of Portlanders live close enough to parks, businesses, frequent transit service, schools and other amenities to safely and easily walk or bike to meet their daily needs.


By 2035, Create complete 20-minute neighborhoods where 90 percent of Portlanders can easily walk or bike to meet all basic daily, non-work needs.

Objective B: Reduce miles traveled by car

In 2006, U.S. residents traveled an average of 23.4 miles per day via car. In 2005, Portland residents traveled an average of 16 miles per day by car. But, Portlanders are still a long way from meeting carbon emission reduction goals.


By 2035, Portland residents have reduced the number of miles they travel by car per day to 11 miles per day.

Objective C: Increase commuting by active and green modes

Today, 27% of commuters walk, bike, take transit to work. Less than 1% of Portlanders telecommute.


By 2035, increase the number of commuters who walk, bike, take transit to work, or telecommute, to 70%.

Objective D: Continue to link land use and transportation decisions

Today, local and regional land use plans emphasize focused compact growth in the central city, town centers, and near frequent service transit. In 2006, approximately 44% of new dwellings built in that year were located in Metro-designated mixed use areas.


By 2035, approximately 75% of the new dwellings built in that year are located in Metro-designated mixed use areas.


Direction 2: Build, manage and maintain an efficient transportation system

Objective A: Prioritize green and active transportation

Today, most streets are designed and managed to meet mobility standards that focus on the movement of motor vehicles and don’t consider other modes, like transit, walking and biking.


By 2035, streets are designed and managed to accommodate other modes of travel, and investments that improve walking, biking, and universal accessibility are the first priority.

Objective B: Fill in the gaps in our transportation system

Today, Portland’s transit and transportation systems don’t serve all Portlanders well. In Cully, 36% of streets are substandard (compared with 19% citywide) and 9% are unimproved dirt and gravel roads (compared with 3% citywide). North and south bus service is also limited in East Portland. 


By 2035, Portland’s transit and transportation systems meet the needs of all Portlanders. Investments are prioritized in areas where the transit and transportation systems do not meet the basic needs of residents.

Objective C: Keep freight moving

Currently, traffic congestion makes it difficult to move freight through the city, especially to the riverfront, airport and Central City.


By 2035, freight movement is prioritized over single occupancy vehicle travel, and investments are made to improve truck, rail, and harbor facilities.

Objective D: Invest in maintenance

Today, in order to keep up with maintenance of the transportation system (not including the Willamette River bridges or street paving) the City would need to spend an additional $70 million per year. Properly maintaining the City's parks, water and sewer facilities would require an additional $113 million per year.


By 2035, the maintenance backlog for city and partner agencies is reduced by 50%. All public agencies consider the needs of existing infrastructure before investing in new infrastructure.

Objective E: Enhance efficiency

Today, many of Portland’s intersections and highway interchanges are at or near capacity.


By 2035, Portland uses technological innovations to enhance the operational efficiency of the transportation system, decrease congestion and reduce air pollution.


Direction 3: Improve individual access to technology and information

Objective A: Increase affordability of high speed internet access

Today, options for high-speed internet access are not available in all Portland neighborhoods and high-speed internet access is too expensive for many residents.


By 2035, all Portlanders have access to affordable high-speed internet service, equipment and training.

Objective B: Increase use of the internet for government services

Today, public agencies use the internet and social media to engage the community and provide information. However, government’s use of the internet is still in its early phases and public agencies have a lot to learn about engaging communities through technology.


By 2035, public agencies use broadband internet as a tool for enhancing civic engagement, government responsiveness, reducing carbon emissions, workforce development, healthcare, education and emergency preparedness.

Objective C: Promote telecommuting

Today, less than 1% of Portlanders telecommute.


By 2035, at least 2.5% of Portlanders telecommute.

Objective D: Use intelligent systems

Today, many people access traffic information on the internet, but more advanced information and traffic management systems are not in place.


By 2035, Portland has reduced trips and travel times using online and mobile resources and information technology systems (ITS) to provide real-time transportation information and manage the flow of traffic.


Technical Action Group Staff

Lead: Courtney Duke, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Michelle Kunec, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Rodney Jennings, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Dan Bower, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Mary Beth Henry, Office of Cable Communications and Franchise
Bob Glascock, Bureau of Planning and Development
Ivy Dunlap, Bureau of Environmental Services
Denver Igarta, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Alan Lehto, TriMet


Portland Plan Phase II Workshop Handout

Acrobat iconAction Area: Transportation, Technology and Access (PDF Document)


Have Your Say

Comments provided here are not considered formal public comment for the purposes of Periodic Review. Periodic Review is a substantial evaluation and revision of a local Comprehensive Plan, the purpose of which is to ensure that a city’s Comprehensive Plan is up-to-date and responsive to local, regional and state conditions and complies with the Statewide Planning Goals. If you would like to submit a formal comment for Periodic Review, please email: portlandplan@ci.portland.or.us or send written testimony to: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability/Portland Plan, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201 and provide your first and last name, address and a contact phone number.


Please review our Code of Conduct rules before posting a comment to this site. Report Abuse, please include specific topic and comment for the fastest response/resolution.

Posted by: Anonymous - June 23, 2010 11:06 AM

I love the idea about telecommuting. I work for the City of Portland, OR in BTS but none of us telecommute. For my job there is really no need for me to be in the office, so I'm not sure why we don't telecommute now? Why wait until 2035? Shouldn't WE be the shining example? Even more so when it's so easy?

Id suggest looking into ROWE. It'd help all city employees who could telecommute by time of traveling, cost of traveling, and they can get more done as PROVEN by the ROWE technique. Also, the City can be an example, cut down on carbon emissions and open some space up in the Portland Building and elsewhere.

Posted by: Linda - July 01, 2010 03:43 PM

The 20 min concept is a good one, but I live in an area of the city where it takes nearly 20 min by CAR to get to all the things i need.  Specifically, I live on NW Skyline Blvd.  We have a completely different set of needs than other parts of the city---mostly what we need is good wide roads for the cars and bikes to share, good roadside maintenance to protect against forest fires and give walkers and bikers some space, and fast access for police and fire fighters.  All these things have degraded severely in the last 20 years.  We have no street lights, no community center, no developed parks, no police department, no sewer, no bike lanes, no public transportation, no library, etc.  We are paying huge amounts to city and county taxes, but not getting an equitable share of the pie.  Please improve our roads!

Post a Comment
E-mail (visible to admins only)
 Remember Info Yes   No
Spam Prevention
In order to prevent blog spam from automated scripts,
please answer the following question.
In the Pacific Northwest, what state is Portland in?