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Transportation System Plan Guidelines

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WHAT is a TSP?

A TSP describes a transportation system and outlines projects, programs, and policies to meet transportation needs now and in the future based on community aspirations. A TSP typically serves as the transportation component of the local comprehensive plan.

Read more and see example TSPs.

WHEN to 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, and changing community priorities, and funding availability.

Read more and review the Transportation Planning Rule Citations.

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 the Transportation Planning Rule requires most Oregon jurisdictions to adopt a TSP, there are many other good reasons to employ this critical long-range planning tool.

Read more and review news articles.

HOW to update a TSP

There are four phases to preparing or updating a TSP:

Change Log

  • 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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