Central City in Motion Puts Newfound Focus on Portland Transportation Infrastructure

The Portland Bureau of Transportation plan pledges to create bus-only travel lanes on approaches to three downtown bridges, a mix of new pedestrian crossings at high-risk locations and protected bike lanes on city streets.

The plan will create a “smart, 21st-century transportation system in the central city,” the bureau’s web page says. “Our goal is to make the entire street system work better, while providing more predictable travel times for businesses and residents.”

With 39% of the central city’s 5 sq miles already public right-of-way, the project would add more bus-only lanes, up from 1% to 2% and the areas favorable to cycling up from 3% to 4%.