Guiding Principles

The Portland metropolitan region is an incredible place to live. But we also know that our region is a place of tremendous disparities in wealth, health, education, jobs, and access to services.

When we talk about building livable communities, we must mean “livable” for all — inclusive of all ages, abilities, races, incomes, and backgrounds. We envision a region in which everyone can live, work, play, pray, and thrive. It’s a region of communities where all of our neighbors have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of our success, and where we’re united in tackling our challenges — together.

To do that, we must build our region’s transportation system on a foundation of social equity. As a region, we need to reduce congestion on our highways and roads by:

  • Making our streets safe and accessible for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds​;
  • Investing in new bus & MAX lines to help people get where they need to go;
  • Ensuring that transportation investments are transparent and accountable to the community;
  • Preventing mass displacement and restoring housing affordability; and
  • Guaranteeing funding for programs and operations that increases access to transportation options.

Do these guiding principles align with your vision for our region?