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Washington County is evaluating long-term transportation strategies and investments needed to sustain the County’s economic health and quality of life in the coming decades. Learn about the Study and provide your input in this interactive online open house.

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Where do you want to go?

Learn about the Study and where we are in the process.
Learn what our future might look like in the next 40 to 50 years.
Provide input on transportation choices and solutions we should study to meet future travel needs.
Learn about next steps and other ways to get involved in the Study.

Study Overview

The County is growing and our travel needs are changing. The Washington County Transportation Futures Study is a chance to think big, be proactive, and consider how the transportation investments we make today will shape the County’s economic health and quality of life for years to come.

Historically the County has experienced a strong economy, community growth, and a wonderful quality of life. This is in part due to significant investments in our transportation system. During the next 40 to 50 years the County will become more urban, and our population and number of jobs will grow dramatically—which will place additional demands on our transportation system. Thinking about how to set up our transportation system for long-term success is no easy feat. We want your input to help us think about:

What kind of transportation investments would enhance our economic health and quality of life for generations to come?

Your input in this online open house will help shape a list of potential transportation investments and ideas to study. The County will then evaluate how well the investments and ideas meet anticipated future transportation needs and support community values. The evaluation will highlight costs, effectiveness, and other tradeoffs to help policymakers set transportation priorities and identify further evaluation and refinement needs.

Study Schedule

Study Schedule
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How could we grow in the next 50 years?

We want to hear from you: What do you think the future might look like in 40 to 50 years? What trends do you think will change the way we get around?

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  • Roadway and Freight Planned Investments: these projects are included in community plans for the next 20 years

    Roadway and Freight Planned Investments: these projects are included in community plans for the next 20 years

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Planned investments: these projects are included in community plans for the next 20 years

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Planned investments: these projects are included in community plans for the next 20 years

  • Transit Planned Investments: these transit projects are included in community plans for the next 20 years

    Transit Planned Investments: these transit projects are included in community plans for the next 20 years

During the next 40 to 50 years, The County and its cities will continue to grow and change as the number of people and jobs increase. To imagine what the County might look like in 40-50 years, the Study Team assumed development consistent with adopted community plans and policies, and gathered input from experts about future trends and technologies and potential shifts in demographics, economics, land use, and travel behavior. Watch the video below and then tell us how you think we might change over the next half century.


How do you imagine Washington County in 40 to 50 years?

How do you think people will get around in the coming decades? What technological, social, or other trends will change the way we travel?

Tell us what you think the future might look like...

Your answer to this question will be posted on this page for others to read. For the purpose of this exercise, you are limited to 140 characters. (You will have opportunities to provide input with no character limits on the next pages of the online open house.) By leaving a comment, you are agreeing to our comment policy.

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Transportation Choices and Investment Options

This study will evaluate a variety of potential future transportation investment ideas for all modes of travel: roadways, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, demand management and more. The evaluation will help answer questions about how these investments might meet important community values.

Click on the tabs below to learn about potential transportation investments that could improve the way we get around. Use the questions at the bottom of each page to tell us whether we have captured the most important ideas to study and to give us other ideas.

Read the Draft Transportation Investment Options Report for more information.


Reducing Vehicle Trips

Reducing Vehicle Trips

Certain tools and policies can help reduce the number of vehicles on the road or to shift trips to less congested times of day.

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    Reducing Vehicle Trips

The Study will look at strategies to reduce vehicle trips, including:

  • New mixed-use areas with parking management (i.e., paid parking and limited parking hours areas)
  • Employer sponsored transit incentives
  • Increased car, bike, and ride-sharing programs
  • Implement a road-user charge based on how many miles a person drives (as an alternative to the gas tax)
  • Turn some freeway lanes into toll-ways and/or “managed lanes” where drivers pay a charge to use a lane
  • Integrated mobility, real-time information, and mobility hubs
  • Increased telecommuting

Have we captured the most important vehicle trip reduction strategies to study? (Check one.)

Emerging Technology

Emerging Technology

New technologies are being developed that are changing the way we travel, and can help improve safety, facilitate “sharing” of bicycles, cars, and other travel modes, and improve traffic flow.

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Emerging Technologies

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    Emerging Technologies

The Study will look at potential impacts of emerging technologies, including:

  • More electric vehicles—including electric cars, bicycles, and freight trucks
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Driverless vehicles, i.e., “self-driving cars
  • Interconnected traffic signals
  • Smartphone technologies that help people plan routes, share rides, and share cars and bicycles
  • Increased online shopping

Have we captured the most important emerging technologies to study? (Check one.)

Biking and Walking

Biking and Walking

Biking and walking facilities—including sidewalks, bike lanes, neighborhood greenways, and regional trails—can help provide affordable and healthy transportation choices.

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Biking and Walking

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    Biking and Walking

The Study will look at ways to improve bicycling and walking, including:

  • Install protected bicycle and pedestrian facilities on all collectors and arterials accessing major mixed-use and employment centers.
  • Install separated bicycle express routes accessing major mixed use and employment centers.
  • Increased bike and pedestrian connectivity in mixed-use areas
  • Pedestrian and bicycle signal priorities and amenities such as bike parking
  • Reduce travel speeds of arterials through downtowns and town centers to improve safety.

Have we captured the most important ideas to study to improve bicycling and walking? (Check one.)

Transit

Transit

Increased transit service can provide an affordable and reliable travel option to serve mixed-use areas, low-income households, and “last-mile” connections to employment areas and lower-density neighborhoods.

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Transit

The Study will look at ways to improve travel by transit, including:

  • More bus routes and connector shuttles to serve residential and employment areas
  • Communications upgrades and adaptive signals in key corridors countywide that provide for transit priority
  • Upgrade WES to all-day service, and extend WES to Salem
  • Extend high capacity transit to Forest Grove and Sherwood
  • Add Bus Rapid Transit on TV Hwy and Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
  • Amber Glen/Evergreen streetcar to connect employment and residential areas
  • Express MAX service to downtown Portland and Portland Airport (Blue and Red lines)
  • Improved bus service coordination with transit providers in adjacent counties​
  • Dedicated transit lanes on throughways to support express transit services
  • More park and rides

Have we captured the most important ideas to study to improve travel by transit? (Check one.)

Freight (Trucks)

Freight (Trucks)

Moving goods to market via freight trucks is critical to a strong urban and rural economy. Investments in technology and infrastructure can help move freight more efficiently.

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Freight (Trucks)

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    Freight (Trucks)

The Study will look at ways to improve movement of goods by truck, including:

  • Expand capacity on major roads as an alternative to freeway travel.
  • Improve arterial roadways to better accommodate trucks.
  • Construct freight ramp meter bypass lanes at key locations.
  • Expand capacity on throughways and give priority to freight.
  • Dedicate truck lanes on US 26, I-5, and new north-south limited access roadway with dedicated on-ramps at key locations.
  • Develop new freight consolidation facilities that improve access for Washington County goods

Have we captured the most important ideas to study to improve freight travel? (Check one.)

Major Roads

Major Roads

Major roads serve commercial, residential, mixed-use, employment, industrial and agricultural, areas within Washington County. Well-designed and connected roads can improve travel for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users and support community plans.

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Major Roads

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    Major Roads

The Study will look at ways to improve travel on our major roads, including:

  • Widen Cornelius Pass Road between Hwy 26 and US 30
  • Connect and widen arterials parallel to I-5 and Hwy 26 and upgrade with new transit and protected bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Connect and improve existing rural roads with passing lanes for trucks and bikes for travel between Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and Sherwood
  • Add arterial crossings of Hwy 26 and I-5
  • Add new arterial between Forest Grove and Hillsboro and between 99W and I-5
  • Improve access management along key section of TV Hwy and 99W
  • Redesign selected major intersections as roundabouts or grade-separated

Have we captured the most important ideas to study to improve travel on our major roads? (Check one.)

Throughways

Throughways

Throughways carry goods and people over long distances and connect Washington County to other parts of the region. Investments in throughways can help provide an alternative to the use of other County roads.

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Throughways

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    Throughways

The Study will look at ways to improve travel on throughways, including:

  • Construct new limited access road between Hillsboro, Sherwood and I-5/I-205
  • Add new interchange in/near Wilsonville to access I-5 and I-205
  • Widen Hwy 217
  • Widen Hwy 26 from Brookwood Pkwy to OR 217
  • Widen I-5 from Hwy 217 past Wilsonville,
  • Widen I-205 between I-5 and Oregon City
  • Prioritize new capacity for transit and freight
  • Dedicated truck on-ramps at key locations
  • Build a new connection to Hwy 30 and Columbia Blvd from Germantown and Kaiser Roads via a new road (at grade or tunnel) and a new bridge across the Willamette

Have we captured the most important ideas to study to improve travel on throughways? (Check one.)

Other Challenges?

Other Challenges?

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Next Steps

Thank you for visiting this online open house. We hope that you continue to stay involved in the Study. Results of the online open house will be available in early March. Sign up for the mailing list below for the most up to date information.

Next Steps in the Study Process

  • February 2016: Refine and finalize the transportation investment packages based on public input.
  • Winter/Spring 2016: Evaluate the investment packages using measures that reflect multiple community values.
    In early 2015, the Study team engaged the public in a conversation to figure out what it is they need to attain a good quality of life in Washington County. This robust public effort laid the groundwork for developing a set of community values. Now, the Study team is developing a set of questions based on these values, which will be used during the evaluation to help assess trade-offs between the various transportation investment options. At the end of the technical evaluation, we’ll be able to see how well the transportation investment packages address the community values.
  • Fall 2016: Public conversation on tradeoffs and conclusions.

Stay Involved

  • Sign up for our mailing list below to receive study updates.
  • Provide comments anytime on the project website: WCTransportationFutures.org.

Final Questions

Do you live in Washington County? (Check one.)
Do you work or go to school in Washington County? (Check one.)
How long is your typical one-way commute to work or school? (Check one.)
How do you usually commute to work or school? (Check all that apply.)
How did you hear about this online open house? (Check all that apply.)

Mailing list (Optional)

Provide the following optional contact information if you would like to be added to the project mailing list.

Demographic Information (Optional)

This study is requesting demographic information to evaluate the effectiveness of public outreach activities. The identity of individuals is kept confidential. The results are reported as totals only, and used solely to help improve future community engagement. Providing this information is voluntary and optional.

With which gender do you identify? (Check one.)
What is your total annual household income? (Check one.)
What languages do you speak at home? (Check all that apply.)
What is your race/ethnicity? (Check all that apply.)
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