Open house, survey give two chances to weigh in

Washington County officials are studying the current transportation system and how it could change to better meet the long-term needs of the county’s residents, businesses and visitors. The result of this study will be an updated 2035 Transportation System Plan that will include all transportation modes, including freight, pedestrians and bicyclists, transit, rail networks, airport and motor vehicles.

Community members are invited to attend an open house on the plan today, Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Public Service Building in Hillsboro, 155 N. First Ave. Drop in anytime between 4 and 8 p.m.

In October, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 768 establishing the plan’s framework, goals and strategies.

For more information about work being done on the 2035 Transportation System Plan, to submit a comment or to subscribe to the project’s email list, visit

In a separate effort, county officials are also considering even longer term transportation needs. The Washington County Transportation Study was funded by the 2013 Oregon Legislature. The $1.5 million study is intended to consider big-picture transportation needs and strategies for the next 20 to 50 years, well beyond the TSP’s 2035 planning horizon.

The regional economic development community recently weighed in with a study that found increasing congestion on the freeway route from Hillsboro to the Portland International Airport is causing shipping problems for Washington County’s high-tech manufacturers. A recent freight access and logistics analysis for the Portland region recommended investments to increase the efficiency and reliability of freight shipments, especially in the afternoon.

Public comments will be sought through a variety of forums over the next two years, with the study scheduled to be completed in late 2015.

The final report will document study assumptions and conclusions, and will help frame choices for future consideration.

Public comments on a Draft Study Approach, which outlines the basic elements and stages of the planned study, are being accepted through Jan. 28 on the project’s website at, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Department of Land Use & Transportation at 503-846-4530.

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