Contact: Martha Richmond 503.415.6061

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, ORE. (Jan. 6, 2014) – Port to Present Transportation Improvement Plan at Public Hearing

Port of Portland Commissioners will review and receive input on the 2014 Port Transportation Improvement Plan (PTIP) at a public hearing on Wednesday, January 8 during the regularly scheduled commission meeting.  The Commission meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and the hearing will follow discussion with the Port Commission on transportation needs and a funding strategy to address passenger and freight mobility in the Portland region.

As a transportation agency reliant on elements of the transportation system developed and managed by others to support its mission, the Port carefully plans its support of projects that will enhance market access for Port customers and businesses in the region and state. 

The PTIP identifies, outlines and prioritizes 5, 10 and 20-year marine, air, road, rail, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian transportation improvement projects.  For the year 2014, 106 projects were identified.  Projects are identified through transportation studies from master plans, property development and region-wide mobility needs studies conducted by the Port and other local, regional, and state agencies. 

Key projects outlined in the plan include the River gate Blvd. grade separation, Troutdale interchange improvements at I-84 and 257th, the Columbia River Crossing and Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park road improvements.  Policy and funding priorities identified include future statewide transportation funding including another round of Connect Oregon funds, the Federal Transportation Reauthorization bill and working with Metro and business for increased allocation to regional freight needs.

Updated annually and requiring approval by the Port of Portland Commission, the PTIP helps prioritize funding requests.  In the past three years, it has assisted in generating more than $86 million in local, state and federal grants and loans for the Port and other agencies.  The capital projects funded with these grants and loans help support the Port's mission of providing cost competitive cargo and passenger access to regional, national and international markets. 

After the public hearing, the PTIP will be revised if necessary and submitted for commission approval in February. Once approved, the PTIP is provided to Metro and the Oregon Department of Transportation for inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan.  Projects will then be considered for outside funding through the Federal, State and Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Plan processes.

Copies of the draft plan can be accessed via the Port website at

http://www.portofportland.com/PDFPOP/Trade_Trans_Studies_PTIP_2014_draft.pdf


Contact: Martha Richmond 503.415.6061



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