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Urban Mobility Office


The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Urban Mobility
Strategy is a cohesive approach to make everyday travel safer
and more predictable in the Portland area by reducing traffic with
tolls, reducing highway bottlenecks, and making strategic
multimodal transportation investments.


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Jenny Cherrytree
Interim Communications Director
(503) 307-3729


Deputy Director

Project Director, I-205

Project Director, Rose Quarter

The Challenges

Congestion, safety, and aging infrastructure
The Portland metropolitan area is in a jam. Hours of traffic delays are coming 
at a high cost to individuals, businesses, and communities. Portland ranks No. 11 in the United States for the worst traffic congestion, and it's only projected to get worse.

Increased crashes due to bottlenecks and outdated interchanges are putting Oregonians' safety and economy at risk.

Since the federal gas tax, that primarily funds infrastructure improvement projects has not increased since 1993, much of the region’s infrastructure is outdated and at risk of failing in a significant earthquake.

Climate and Equity
Transportation emissions are Oregon's largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions, and our current transportation system deepens inequities experienced by historically and currently underrepresented and under-served communities. 

Oregonians deserve better.

The Solution

The Urban Mobility Strategy
To address these challenges and achieve the equity, climate change, congestion relief and safety goals in ODOT's Strategic Action Plan, the Oregon Department of 
Transportation formed the Urban Mobility Office in September 2019. This new office is leading the Urban Mobility Strategy to resolve congestion and create a new funding source with tolling to modernize our aging infrastructure system.

The Urban Mobility Strategy’s once-in-a-generation core projects – I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement, I-205 Improvements, Tolling, OR-217 Auxiliary Lanes, I-5 Boone Bridge and Seismic Improvements Project and the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program – along with ODOT’s partnerships and investments in transit and in rolling and pedestrian paths, will work together to reduce congestion. These projects will also contribute to building a seismically resilient infrastructure and help generate sustainable revenue to modernize and maintain the region’s transportation system.  

As the region continues to grow, we need safe and reliable routes to help Oregonians get where they need to go. The Urban Mobility Strategy is a cohesive approach to make everyday travel safer and more efficient in the Portland metropolitan region.

Urban Mobility Strategy Executive Summary