Portland Multimodal Performance Measures

Incorporates multimodal performance into the City's transportation evaluation practices.

Quick Facts

  • Typical city performance measure standards are oriented around auto performance

  • Project takes a more holistic view of transportation performance by developing methods to measure multimodal travel, including walking, biking, and taking transit

  • Developed 22 multimodal performance measures from pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to safety, duration of congestion, and a ‘green transportation’ hierarchy across three levels of planning: system planning, corridor planning and development review


  • Project helps the City move from evaluating its transportation system from an auto-centric perspective to a people-centric perspective

  • No matter what mode, the City is able to measure whether or not its transportation system is meeting Portland’s day-to-day needs and determine where investments should be made to improve all modes of transportation

  • Prepared a comprehensive framework of updated policies and standards required to measure the performance of the City of Portland’s multimodal transportation system

  • Hosted a meeting with experts from across the country to explore options and implications, including emerging policies and other city models

  • Led the discussion that examined matching performance measures to geographic scales, solving location issues, a hierarchy of modes, accounting for land use, and measuring congestion versus quality and comfort

  • Evaluated performance measure options and prototype examples to reach recommendations and draft policy language

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