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The City of Bend is working with residents and stakeholders to create Bend’s Transportation Plan – a blueprint for a transportation system that will provide more options for getting around while protecting the quality of life that makes Bend a great place. Bend’s Transportation Plan will identify needed transportation projects and a strategy to fund them. As we start to develop our plan, we need to hear from you.
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WHAT IS THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM PLAN (TSP)?
The TSP is the part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan that 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 significantly.
- Bend’s transportation needs are different. We are bigger and transportation technology is rapidly changing.
- Bend’s transportation network has changed. Since 1991, we added the Bend Parkway, the Healy Bridge, construction or improvement of other arterials, many roundabouts, and a more extensive trail system.
- Regional and state transportation priorities have evolved. We have a regional transit system, many more people commute into Bend daily for employment, and we have a growing tourism industry.
Bend is updating the TSP to give the City an opportunity to engage with the public and individual neighborhoods regarding their transportation values and priorities.
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, and planning work for both agencies will be simplified if they are using the same public outreach process, models, data bases, and project lists, as well as project cost estimates and funding programs. Therefore, the City of Bend and the Bend 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 ask questions and sign up for email alerts, and there will be a regular blog describing key issues and decisions.
- 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 entire 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 provide a 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 the 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 actual construction of the projects can 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 about transportation and long-range planning, see the City of Bend's 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.
- Draft Goals for Bend's Transportation Plan (Open House)
- FWG Mtg#1 Agenda and Meeting Packet
- Funding background: Federal, state, and local sources
- Bend TSP funding plan 2012
- Transportation Plan: 2018 public engagement plan
- Bend TSP Jan2018 stakeholder interview summary
- Assessment of Bicycle and Pedestrian Needs Report October 2006
- Bend TSP 2000 (with 2016 ILUTP and additional chapter to recognize the UGB expansion)
- TSP_Street System Map_2016
- TSP_Primary Multi-use Trails Map_2016
- TSP_Bike Pedestrian Map_2016
- TSP_Transit Plan Map_2016
- Bend Transportation Facts 2017
- Integrated Land Use and Transportation Plan 2016