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Reduce Congestion in the Portland Region

Congestion on I-205

This is one of ten outcomes to make measurable progress toward achieving our strategic priorities

What Does this Outcome Mean?

Traffic in Portland has been slowly getting worse. The city's congestion has the potential to disrupt life for people and businesses in the metro area and delay producers throughout the state. If we don't act soon the congestion problem will hurt our economy and our environment.

We need a congestion management plan to round up the various solutions -- community design, travel information and incentives, emerging technologies, pricing, active transportation and transit -- and to guide our partnerships with regional governments and community groups.

Our Actions: How We’ll Get There

  • 2021: Develop a comprehensive congestion management plan and associated communications strategies.
  • 2021: Start designing the I-205 Toll project.
  • 2022: Define a list of active traffic management projects for implementation on the state highway system in the Portland region.
  • 2022: Develop the Urban Mobility Strategy and associated communications strategies.
  • 2024: Develop and implement Bus on the Shoulder projects on segments of the I-5 and I-205 corridors in the Portland region.
  • 2023: Begin construction on the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.
  • 2023: Continue designing the I-205 Toll Project.

How Will We Measure Our Success?

By the end of 2023, we will have started making investments in the Portland region to reduce traffic congestion by the average number of hours per day a driver experiences congestion.

Our Progress So Far 

Implementing the Urban Mobility Strategy, a cohesive approach to make everyday travel safer and more efficient.

Active traffic management projects are scoped for possible inclusion in the 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

We've started designing the I-205 Toll project. Learn more about it.

We've completed our Bus on Shoulder pilots and are moving towards the implementation phase.