Transportation shapes our communities and our everyday lives. Access to reliable transit, safe biking and walking connections, and streets and highways where traffic flows allows us to reach our jobs, schools and families. It connects us to the goods and services we depend on and helps keep nature and recreation opportunities within reach.
From summer 2015 to fall 2018, Metro will work with local, regional and state partners and the public to update our region's shared vision and strategy for investing in the transportation system for the next 25 years.
Getting there: 2018 Regional Transportation Plan update
The Regional Transportation Plan is a blueprint to guide investments for all forms of travel – motor vehicle, transit, bicycle and walking – and the movement of goods and freight throughout the Portland metropolitan region. The plan brings city, county, regional and state priority transportation projects together to create a coordinated 23-year regional transportation priority list for the period from 2018 to 2040.
The plan identifies current and future transportation needs, investments needed to meet those needs and what funds the region expects to have available over through 2040 to make those investments a reality.It is a key step for these projects to qualify for potential regional, state and federal funding. All types of projects are included in the priority list – highways, key roads, transit, freight, biking and walking as well as planning and special studies.
Why update the Regional Transportation Plan?
Federal law requires Metro to lead and coordinate regular updates to the Regional Transportation Plan to respond to the needs of a changing region. The last major update to the plan was completed in 2010. A minor update occurred in 2014. The plan must be updated by 2018 to meet state and federal requirements.
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This update provides the region an opportunity to define how we will continue working together to address shared challenges and find ways to use transportation planning to build healthy, resilient and equitable communities and a strong economy.
Where do we go next?
Metro is beginning the Regional Transportation Plan update by working with the public and partners around the region to understand the existing regional challenges and what areas should be the focus of the plan update. Following this phase, Metro will begin efforts to develop a shared vision of the future and strategies to get there.