Emerging transportation trends
During the development of the 2023 Regional Transportation Plan, the Emerging Transportation Trends Study will help to inform decision-making.
We are living through a time of rapid changes. The last few years have been marked by a global pandemic that affected nearly every aspect of life. Metro researched eight societal shifts such as increases in remote work and online shopping, as well as the greater affordability and efficiency of electric vehicles. These are changes that are expected to last at least five years into the future, and they are the trends that may continue to impact how people and goods travel throughout greater Portland.
This research forecasts how long each trend will last and how it will affect people’s travel behavior. It will help decision-makers understand whether current policies and programs are adequate to advance shared regional goals of safety, equity, climate and mobility as travel changes.