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Transportation System Plan Guidelines

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What Is a TSP?

A Transportation System Plan (TSP) is a long-range planning document that describes a transportation system and outlines projects, programs, and policies to meet transportation needs now and 20 years in the future based on community aspirations. A TSP is required of most Oregon jurisdictions per Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 660-012, also known as the Transportation Planning Rules (TPR). A TSP typically serves as the transportation component of the local comprehensive plan.

Read more and see example TSPs.

When Should I Update a TSP?

Like all planning documents, a TSP should be updated periodically to reflect growth and change. Many circumstances can trigger a TSP update, including state or regional compliance issues, changing community priorities, and funding availability.

Read more about when to update a TSP. 

Why Update a TSP?

A TSP provides a comprehensive, multimodal picture of how the existing and future transportation system meets the needs of its users. While most Oregon jurisdictions are required to prepare and adopt a TSP, there are many other good reasons to employ this critical long-range planning tool.

Read more and learn ways to get results.

How Do I Update a TSP?

This TSP Guidelines website provides information on how to successfully create or update a TSP for your community. The TSP Guidelines are based primarily on requirements and recommendations from the TPR, but they also incorporate the current best practices in long-range planning of a transportation system.

Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Program

This TSP Guidelines website has been updated to reflect the changes to Oregon Administrative Rules on transportation related to the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities program. Throughout this guidance you will see distinctions between metropolitan areas under the CFEC program, and non-metropolitan areas, for which the guidance is largely unchanged since 2020. A summary of the key differences is included on the “How to Update a TSP” page.

Print Version

The print version is currently out of date. Please use the website while we work on updating the print version.

Transportation System Plan Guidelines - Print Version

Change Log

  • Significant changes are underway throughout the site as of January 2024. 
  • Sample Evaluation Matrix Criteria C2.1 and C2.3 on Evaluation and Prioritization Criteria section were updated to reflect current best practice and terminology.
  • Added recommendation for Federal Functional classification color scheme for map deliverables.
  • Removed reference to the Transportation Planning Rule (TPR) Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Metropolitan Transportation Planning.
    • Dated: Feb. 2019
  • "Should" section was revised to include references to bilingual content under Title II, Title VI, and Environmental Justice.
  • "Resources" section added to the bottom of the Public Involvement Plan page, which includes bilingual TSP materials.
  • Links to ODOT's Blueprint for Urban Design and Preparing for Landslide Hazards: A Land Use Guide for Oregon Communities were added to the list of review documents under Step 3, "Plans and Policy Review."
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