Transportation System Plan
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WHAT IS THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM PLAN?
The Transportation System Plan (TSP) is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. It is dedicated to planning for our transportation needs over the next 20 years.
WHAT DOES THE TSP DO?
- Outlines policies and projects that protect and enhance Bend’s quality of life;
- Analyzes current and projected transportation conditions;
- Creates a plan for what the transportation system might look like in 2040;
- Reflects community values and protects what makes Bend a good place to live;
- Supports our desired land use pattern;
- Balances the needs of drivers, transit users, freight movement, and people who walk and bicycle;
- Describes a feasible financial plan; and
- Guides our City’s transportation investments for the next 20 years.
WHY IS BEND UPDATING THE TSP?
Bend’s current TSP was completed in 2001. It has served us well, but Bend has grown and changed since then.
- Bend’s transportation needs are different. We are bigger and transportation technology is rapidly changing.
- Bend’s transportation network has changed. Since 1991, we have added the Bend Parkway and the Healy Bridge. We have also completed construction or improvement of other arterials, roundabouts, and a more extensive trail system.
- Regional and state transportation priorities have evolved. We have a regional transit system, many more people commuting into Bend for employment, and a growing tourism industry.
Bend is updating the TSP to give the City an opportunity to engage with citizens and individual neighborhoods regarding their transportation values and priorities. The Phase 1 Work Plan and Process and Phase 2-3 Work Plan and Process flowcharts detail the work in the first phases of the project. The Phase 3-4 Work Plan and Process flowchart details the remainder of the work in the project.
HOW DOES THIS FIT WITH REGIONAL PLANNING?
In addition to the City's TSP update, Bend's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will also be updating their Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The City and the MPO have largely concurrent boundaries and share many transportation planning challenges. State law emphasizes that the City and the MPO coordinate on their transportation plans. Planning work for both agencies will be simplified if they are using the same public outreach process. This includes models, databases, and project lists, as well as project cost estimates and funding programs. Therefore, the City and the MPO will complete a joint process to update both the TSP and MTP. Community input will apply to both.
HOW IS THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN UPDATING THE TSP?
The City is inviting the community to develop concepts for managing and improving the transportation system. Here are the ways that you can be involved:
- TSP Web Page: This website is an interactive and regularly updated place for you to keep track of the TSP update. You can also sign up for email alerts.
- A Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) has been appointed by Council. From over 90 applications, 25 Bend residents were selected to represent a variety of viewpoints, expertise, and geographic distributions. The CTAC will meet almost monthly over the course of the project. All meetings are open to the public and will include time for public comment.
- Neighborhood Events: In January 2019, the City held workshops in each of five areas in Bend.
- Citywide Events: The City held an Open House in June 2018 and plans a second in the Fall of 2019.
- Steering Committee: Consisting of the seven-person City Council plus a City Planning Commissioner, a County Commissioner, and a representative from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The Steering Committee is the decision maker for the TSP. All meetings of the Steering Committee are open to the public and include time for public comment.
HOW DOES THE TSP GET UPDATED?
The TSP update includes a number of steps:
- Set Goals & Objectives: Asks the community to identify its needs and how the transportation system might help solve existing problems. It also helps shape the way the city looks and works in the future.
- Describe Existing Conditions: Ensure the existing conditions and deficiencies of the Bend transportation system are accurately documented.
- Analyze Future Conditions & Needs: Identify the conditions that will impact Bend’s transportation system in 2040, such as growth and changing demand. Analyzing future needs also allows us to make choices that are consistent with the MPO’s Transportation Plan, the Regional Transit Plan, ODOT’s Parkway Plan, and other related plans.
- Develop Evaluation Criteria: Identify ways to measure whether projects are appropriate to include in the TSP Update.
- Identify & Evaluate Scenarios: Determines the ‘best fit’ transportation system to satisfy the Goals and Objectives of the TSP Update. The Alternatives and Options will quantify the benefits and impacts of potential projects to be added to or removed from the current TSP. This will ensure that the benefits outweigh potential impacts. This step will also evaluate replacement solutions for the Bend Road Extension that is being removed from the RTP.
- Create Solutions & Strategies: Based on the Alternatives and Options, transportation system solutions and strategies will be identified that can address future needs.
- Develop a Financial Plan: When possible solutions have been identified, a funding plan will be created that is consistent with City revenue projections.
WHO IMPLEMENTS THE TSP?
The TSP is implemented by the City through a list of prioritized projects and a financial plan. The MPO implements the MTP. The construction of the projects may be completed by the City, private developers, and regional, state or federal agencies, depending on the project.
This web page will include regular updates on the progress of the TSP update. For more information, see the Growth Management Department web page.
Sign up to receive TSP updates via email:
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN...
ODOT (the Oregon Department of Transportation) is working on an update to the US 97 Parkway Plan, which addresses the portion of US 97 from Tumalo Road to Baker Road. The results of the work will become a part of the BMPO's MTP and will also inform, and be informed by, Bend's TSP. More info is available through the MPO page and the ODOT website.
For more information about Bend's recent Urban Growth Boundary expansion, see the City's UGB page.
CET (Cascades East Transit) is working on a regional transit master plan for Central Oregon. See CET's website for more information.
Bend's existing TSP is available in its complete form below, alongside specific TSP components such as TSP maps and the Integrated Land Use and Transportation Plan. We have included other background documents for more context, if desired. This document library will grow over time as the TSP process moves forward.
For a quick overview about transportation in Bend, see the 2017 fact sheet.
- 2040 Project List and Prioritization Criteria
- TSP Background Documents
- CTAC 13 Project List Simplified - October 2019
- BTP Phase 3-4 Work Plan and Process
- Neighborhood Workshop Summary and Outcomes - May 2019
- Bend's Transportation Plan Goals - Adopted September 2018
- Bend Transportation System Plan Phase 1 Report
- Bend Initial Funding Assessment
- Bend Citywide Transportation Framework Memo
- Bend Transportation System Plan Phase 1 Work Plan and Process
- Bend Transportation System Plan Phase 2-3 Work Plan and Process
- TSP Area Map
- Bend TSP Public Involvement Summary 7 31 18
- Bend TSP Existing Conditions and Needs Report (draft)
- Bend TSP Existing Conditions - Appendices (Draft)