A jurisdictional transfer assessment was identified in the Regional Transportation Plan as a necessary step to help our region meet its equity, safety and multimodal goals. In greater Portland, ownership patterns of streets, roads and highways reflect historical patterns but do not necessarily reflect current transportation, land use and development needs.
Several arterials in greater Portland were originally constructed by the State of Oregon as a rural or farm-to-market roadway, sometimes transitioning into highways connecting one town to another – with few businesses or homes in between. But as city limits expanded, many of these roads became surrounded by an increasingly busy urban environment. These changes in the character of the roadway may warrant a change in ownership to better meet current and future uses and demands for neighborhoods, commutes and moving goods.
Through 2020, Metro will identify which state-owned routes in greater Portland should be considered and evaluated for jurisdictional transfer. The project will provide an assessment of gaps and deficiencies on these routes, transfer cost methodology, identification of barriers and opportunities for transfer from state ownership to local ownership, and tiered technical rankings of the transfer candidate routes.
- September to December, 2019: Route identification
- January to July, 2020: Facilities needs assessment and tiering
- August to September, 2020: Feasibility assessment
- September to December, 2020: Implementation plan development