The 2010 Plan’s Five Policies
As the MPO for metropolitan region around and including Portland, PACTS’ Long–Range Transportation Plan Destination Tomorrow establishes for the region a Vision, with goals and objectives, and establishes Policies and Strategies for maintaining and transforming Greater Portland’s transportation system over the next 25 years.
The Plan details a multi-modal strategy to support the economic growth and well-being of the region’s communities, while fostering livable and sustainable places and neighborhoods. It addresses safety issues, recommends strategies for avoiding the problems associated with motorized vehicle congestion, and emphasizes choices for healthy active transportation – biking and walking, linked by transit. It addresses safety issues and recognizes the needs of younger and older citizens who cannot drive or prefer other modes. The Plan also acknowledges the negative effects that roadway expansion has on the natural and socio-cultural environment.
The Plan was developed according to the following guiding policies:
Policy 1: Regional Focus
Prioritize a regional approach to transportation and land use planning and decision making founded on effective communication and management of regional resources in agreement with our other policies.
Policy 2: Maintaining and Transforming the Transportation System
Maintain and improve Mobility, Safety, and Accessibility of existing infrastructure while improving and completing infrastructure and services to accommodate non-motorized vehicular modes in the appropriate places.
Policy 3: Economic Development
Enhance regional prosperity through support for the economic vitality of existing business and for economic development opportunities that are efficiently located based on the availability of transportation in mixed use and compactly developed areas.
Policy 4: Transportation-Land Use Connection
Strengthen the connection between land use, transportation and community livability in the planning process.
Policy 5: Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation
Protect and improve the human and natural environments including natural and cultural resources, air and water quality, and prepare and be proactive for the most likely impacts of climate change. Make transportation improvements that use more energy efficient transportation options, low and non-polluting modes such as transit, and/or reduce harmful pollutants associated with transportation.
The 2010-2035 Destination Tomorrow plan provides a balanced, financially-constrained set of transportation strategies that can be constructed or implemented over the next 25 years with over $500 million in expected federal, state, and local revenues. As the plan documents, more financial resources are needed.