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Prepare Phase

This phase starts with the formulation of a community engagement and coordination plan and ends with the preparation of the TSP document. The steps in between relate to information gathering and analysis needed to develop elements of the TSP.

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A key step in the development or update of a TSP is early coordination and formation of various agency advisory committees. These committees can be instrumental in supporting and guiding the technical aspects of the transportation planning process. This effort involves early coordination and development of a plan to engage the community throughout the planning process, including addressing Title VI and integrating equitable engagement. This plan will define the means and methods by which Statewide Goal 1:,Citizen Involvement, will be met in developing the TSP. This section provides guidance on agency coordination and development of a formal community engagement plan. In addition, cities and counties in metropolitan areas and Metro may be required to meet additional requirements related to equity analysis. Guidance for equity analysis is also provided in this section..

 Agency Coordination Plan

 Community Engagement Plan​

 Equity Analysis​​​

One of the initial steps in the development of a TSP is to identify and validate the goals and objectives that support the desires and vision the community has for the existing and future transportation system. The following information expands upon the importance of goals and objectives in the planning process and provides guidance on their development. Guidance concludes with various samples that can serve as starting points for future TSPs. In addition, cities and counties in metropolitan areas and Metro are required to meet additional requirements related to performance tracking and setting performance standards, which is discussed in this section.

Why Establish Goals and Objectives

How to Establish Goals and Objectives

Evaluation and Prioritization Criteria​

Performance-Based Approach to TSP Metrics​

Performance Measures for Reporting

​​​Performance Standards​

An early step in the development of a TSP is a review of the plans and policies that currently influence and shape the transportation infrastructure. This is followed by a thorough inventory and assessment of the existing multimodal transportation network. The following information provides a detailed overview of the various local, regional, and state planning documents that are typically reviewed in the development of a TSP. Detailed guidance is then provided on the inventory, assessment, and documentation of the existing transportation infrastructure. As part of understanding existing conditions, a funding review is also completed during this step in the development of a TSP.​

 Plans and Policy Review

 Existing Conditions Inventory

 Existing Needs Determination

 Funding Review

 Documentation of Existing Conditions and Needs​

Following the Existing Conditions assessment, the next step in the planning process is to analyze future multimodal travel demand and identify future needs (deficiencies and gaps) in the transportation infrastructure. The following information provides a detailed overview of the requirements and processes needed to prepare the Future Conditions assessment.​  

 Future Conditions Overview

 Future Capacity Determination

 Future Travel Demand Determination

 Future Deficiencies Determination

 Future Needs Determination​

The following information provides a detailed overview on how to develop, evaluate, and select multimodal transportation alternatives.​

 Developing and Evaluating Solutions Overview

 Developing Solutions

 Evaluating Proposed Solutions

 Enhanced Review of Select Roadway Projects

 Selecting and Prioritizing Preferred Solutions


The transportation funding program identifies which projects/programs developed in the TSP process will be funded based on existing and anticipated revenue sources as well as the projected costs of proposed projects and programs. This step is completed after and builds upon the preliminary prepared in Step 3: Existing Conditions.​

Development of a Financially Constrained List of Transportation Projects/Programs​

 Identifying Potential Funding Sources


The TSP document is the culmination of the planning process. It identifies the goals and objectives of the TSP update and the new policies, plans, programs, and projects that will shape the transportation system over the planning horizon. Oregon Administrative Rule 660-012, also known as the Transportation Planning Rule, outlines specific required content for all TSPs. The following sections outline these requirements while providing guidance and best practices on additional content, organizational format, and presentation.

 What a TSP Shall Include​

 What a TSP Should Include

 What a TSP Could Include​​

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