Washington County Transportation Study


defining 20 - 50 year transportation investment choices



Washington County has developed into a vibrant urban metropolitan area that also retains a thriving rural community and economy. A safe and functional transportation system is critical to our economy and quality of life. At the close of its 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature provided funding for the Washington County Transportation Study (WCTS) to evaluate the long-term transportation strategies and investments needed to sustain the county's economic health and quality of life in the coming decades.  This study provides the opportunity to: 

  • think big and look far beyond the Transportation System Plan’s 20-year horizon;
  • study the county’s evolving demographic and economic conditions and implications for travel needs;
  • identify transportation investments needed to support the planned build out of existing and future urban areas;
  • evaluate alternative transportation investment scenarios against a range of community values and different build out scenarios; and
  • position Washington County for continued success in the future.

The study results will help policy makers understand the opportunities and challenges facing the County and will help inform future decisions about transportation funding needs and priorities.

We've developed a study approach and timeline, study elements, and roles and responsibilities for this two-year study. We welcome your feedback on them.


Looking back; focused on the future

In 1990, 1000 Friends of Oregon, in coordination with local public and private partners, initiated the “Making the Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality Connection,” or “LUTRAQ” Study to evaluate land use and transportation alternatives for Washington County. Completed in 1997, the study served as the basis for a number of land use and transportation investment strategies, many of which have been implemented. The Study helped inform the regional growth concept and supported redevelopment and livability in centers, corridors and employment areas contributing to reduced vehicle miles per person in the region. 

Now, nearly 25 years since the last major study was initiated, the Washington County Transportation Study will look back at how the assumptions and projections made then have withstood the test of time. This new study will also take a fresh look at future projections, needs and possible investment scenarios based on what we know today. 


Comments or Questions

A public comment period was held December 18, 2013 through January 28, 2014 to collect input on the draft study approach. We developed a summary report of the public comments. You can also view all comments received through January 28. 

To submit a comment to the project team, visit our Submit a Comment page.


Additional Resources

Draft Study Approach for Public Comment Handout (PDF) - posted 12/18/13

Final Study Approach (PDF) - posted 02/26/14