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East Metro Connection Plan findings

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Explore findings about the current and future transportation system in the East Metro area.


Download documents summarizing what has been learned from technical analysis and public input:
Needs facing East Metro today
Future needs and opportunities
Traveling through East Metro – summary of public feedback

Final recommendation

Review the investment packages that make up the action plan. Download

EMCP investment packages


Local council action on East Metro Connections Plan

The action plan was unanimously endorsed by all of the following:

East Metro Connections Plan steering committee (June 6)
East Multnomah County Transportation Committee (June 11)
East Metro Economic Alliance (June 14)
Troutdale City Council (June 26)
Wood Village City Council (July 10) Multnomah County Commission (July 12)
Gresham City Council (July 17)
Fairview City Council (July 18)
Metro Council (Aug. 9)

East Metro Connection Plan partners have worked to understand current and future transportation related challenges in order to propose solutions that address needs and reflect community priorities.

Potential solutions

The outcome of East Metro Connections Plan will include a prioritized list of projects that solve challenges and capitalize on opportunities in Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale and parts of Multnomah County. A list of projects was generated based on existing conditions and plans, projected future needs and public input. Proposed candidate projects were evaluated in winter 2012.
Review candidate projects
Review findings and potential solutions

What is the problem?

The steering committee adopted a working problem statement that is based on technical findings, public input and local aspirations.

Problem statement

Economic and community development should be supported by the transportation system, but the system has conflicts with these goals. The current road system has safety conflicts with surrounding uses and there are gaps in the transit, bicycle and pedestrian network. Additionally, freight drivers who need a through route(s) between I-84 and US 26 are not choosing the designated National Highway System freight route. Economic vitality and opportunity are hampered by infrastructure gaps (transportation and otherwise) and market conditions. Near and long-term gains can be realized through regionally coordinated, targeted investments, local policies and incentives, and strategies that balance development aims with safety, community health, livability and equity goals. A range of actions that resolve conflicts and benefit existing and future uses should all be evaluated as part of an overall solution, including: managing traffic better; creating some new capacity for future growth; improving transit, bicycle and pedestrian options and access to them; and reconsidering freight routes and the NHS freight designation.


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