Transportation System Plan
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Transportation Needs and Solutions
Transportation is the top priority in the community of Bend, according to the results of a phone survey conducted in December, 2018. The City is currently engaging the community in a transportation planning process to help resolve transportation issues facing Bend.
1/16/2019 3:53:11 PM
Speed Limit Changes in the City of Bend
Following community input and engineering analysis, speed limits will be lowered this month on a small number of road sections described in this news release.
1/14/2019 10:38:31 AM
City hosting public workshops for Bend’s Transportation Plan
1/9/2019 10:40:14 AM
City Council Meeting
01/16/2019 3:00 PM
SE Area Plan Advisory Committee Meeting #2
01/17/2019 5:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee Brown Bag Meeting
01/18/2019 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Bend's Transportation Plan: Neighborhood Workshops
The City of Bend will host five 2 1/2-hour long workshops in January 2019. The workshops are for you to tell us:
- How you'd like transportation to work in your neighborhood.
- What you need in your neighborhood for you to be able to get around.
We'll use this information to help create a list of neighborhood projects and programs. We'll also share progress on Bend's Transportation Plan.
While each workshop will focus on a particular area of town, all community members are welcome at any workshop. Click on the map to see the neighborhood areas.
Dates, Times and Locations
|Old Bend, Century West, Southern Crossing, Southwest Neighborhood Associations||Wednesday, Jan. 23||5:30 pm to 8:00 pm||
OSU-Cascades Campus, Tykeson Hall, Room 111
1500 SW Chandler Ave
*Free parking after 5pm
|Boyd Acres, Orchard District, Mountain View Neighborhood Associations||Thursday, Jan. 24||6:00 pm to 8:30 pm||
Bend Municpal Court,
555 NE 15th St
Awbrey Butte, Summit West, River West Neighborhood Associations
|Tuesday, Jan. 29||5:30 pm to 8:00 pm||
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
61980 Skyline Ranch Rd
|Larkspur, Old Farm, Southeast Neighborhood Associations||Wednesday, Jan. 30||6:30 pm to 9:00 pm||
Bend Senior Center, South Event Room
1600 SE Reed Market Rd
|Core Area||Thursday, Jan. 31||5:30 pm to 8:00 pm||
Trinity Episcopal Church, Brooks Hall
469 NW Wall St
WHAT IS THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM PLAN?
The Transportation System Plan (TSP) is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan 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 flowchart and the Phase 2-3 Work Plan and Process flowchart provide details and projected milestones of the TSP 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, 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 will be open to the public and will include time for public comment.
- Neighborhood Events: The City plans to hold workshops in each of five areas in Bend.
- Citywide Events: The City plans to have two Open Houses and two online events.
- 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 will be the decision maker for the TSP. All meetings of the Steering Committee will be open to the public and will include time for public comment.
HOW DOES THE TSP GET UPDATED?
The TSP update includes a number of steps:
- Set Goals & Objectives: This step asks the community to identify its needs and how the transportation system might help solve existing problems and 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: The Future Conditions and Needs Report and Evaluation Criteria will be used to determine 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, ensuring 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:
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ODOT (the Oregon Department of Transportation) is about to initiate 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 planning 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.
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.
For a quick overview about transportation in Bend, see the 2017 fact sheet.
This document library will grow over time as the TSP process moves forward. So far, we have added the results of January 2018 community stakeholder interviews, which will be used to help inform the public outreach process.