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Rose Lane Project

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Through the Rose Lane Project, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is getting buses and streetcar trains out of traffic, helping more Portlanders get where they need to go more reliably and quickly.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Rose Lane Project during the planning phase! The Rose Lane Project report was unanimously adopted by City Council on February 13, 2020. We are actively working on implementation. More updates will be shared online as they are available. 

Rose Lane Project Report - Adopted by City Council

What is a Rose Lane?

Rose Lanes are corridors where transit priority treatments are used to get buses and streetcars out of trafficThrough project development, we will determine which treatments best address the needs and context in specific locations. Not all Rose Lane corridors will include bus-only lanes.

The Rose Lane Network envisions a network of transit routes across the City of Portland that are:

  • Faster. Bus and streetcar routes with transit priority to improve transit speed, reliability and capacity, including segments of uncongested lanes primarily for transit and other treatments from the City’s Enhanced Transit Toolbox. This may include red pavement markings in transit priority lanes.
  • Frequent. A network of Frequent Service lines that come every 15 minutes all-day, more often at peak hours. Some lines may become 12 minutes all-day or better with future service increases.
  • Full. Lanes that are exclusively or primarily for transit serve multiple bus/streetcar lines that come often and carry high ridership to maximize benefit. 

enhanced transit corridors graphic

Project Objectives and Better-Off Measures:

The Rose Lane Project effort grew from recommendations in the City’s Enhanced Transit Corridors (ETC) Plan, adopted by City Council in June 2018. The Rose Lane Project will help advance implementation of the initial Enhanced Transit Network identified in the ETC plan. The project will help advance several City goals:

  • Advance equity, including racial equity and transportation justice.
  • Reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change by encouraging more transit ridership.
  • Improve the resiliency and safety of our transportation system.
  • Provide transportation options for a growing city.
  • Make more efficient use of the public right-of-way.
  • Increase transit ridership and reach the goal of 25% of trips in Portland made by transit.
  • Help meet the region’s vision to “make transit more convenient, accessible, affordable and frequent for everyone.” (Regional Transit Strategy: 2018 Regional Transportation Plan)

The Rose Lane Project will center values of transportation justice throughout project development and implementation. Project design and evaluation will be guided by the following better-off measures:

  • People of color will experience average commute times comparable to white people.
  • People will consider public transit to be a rapid and reliable choice for daily transportation
  • People who use public transit will have more choices for where they want to live and work.
  • People who use public transit will have lower transportation costs (time and money)
  • People will experience better health outcomes through improved air quality.

Project timeline:



2019-early 2020

Planning and Early Project Concept Development Phase​

February 13, 2020

Rose Lane Project Vision and Report adopted by City Council


Complete Project Development & Design Phase​ for quick build pilot projects

2020 - 2022

Install quick build pilot projects

Begin Encouragement and Promotion Campaign

2022 – TBD

Continue pilot project deployment, monitoring and modifications as needed (pilot duration to be determined)

How to get involved:

Public involvement is an essential part of the Rose Lane Project planning process. Here are some key elements of our outreach strategy and opportunities for you to engage:

Join our email distribution list for Enhanced Transit Corridors:

You will receive occasional project updates and invitation to events.

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Public involvement and community feedback:


Between December 3 and December 18, 2019, PBOT engaged community members and collected public feedback to inform the Rose Lane Project. Engagement opportunities included:


  • An online community survey, taken by 2,054 respondents
  • Three, two-hour in-person open houses held in East, North/Northeast and Downtown Portland where attendees were invited to view display boards (see below), speak to project staff, provide written and verbal comments and complete the online survey 
  • Project staff also presented to 14 community groups 


Feedback received through these input opportunities is summarized in the following report:



Community stakeholder input received through public involvement opportunities will help inform the final staff recommendation to City Council for adoption and further direction. This may include revisions and refinements to the proposed Rose Lane Vision and candidate pilot project areas for further project development.


 View Open House Boards


Open House Stations 1 & 2: Welcome and Rose Lane Project Overview (Dec 2019)


Open House Station 3: Why prioritize transit (Dec 2019)


Open House Station 4: Project identification - Picking rose lanes (Dec 2019)


Open House Station 5: Draft Rose Lane Vision (Dec 2019)


Open House Station 6: Potential Benefits and Trade-offs (Dec 2019)


Open House Stations 7 & 8 - Pilot Approach and Next Steps (Dec 2019)


Visits to various community groups and committees:

PBOT staff are presenting about the Rose Lane Project at meetings of various groups and will continue to offer to visit organizations. Groups visited previously or scheduled for a visit:

  1. Commissioner Eudaly’s Transportation Justice Advisors (September 12, November 14, December 12, 2019 & January 23, 2020)  
  2. TriMet Transit Equity Advisory Committee (September 17, December 10, 2019 & January 14, 2020)
  3. Oregon Primary Care Association (September 11, 2019)
  4. Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee (November 19, 2019)
  5. Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee (December 10, 2019)
  6. Portland Freight Committee (December 5, 2019)
  7. East Portland Action Plan General Meeting (December 11, 2019)
  8. Southeast Uplift Land Use & Transportation Committee (December 16, 2019)
  9. Go Lloyd (January 9, 2020)
  10. East Portland Land Use & Transportation Committee (January 15, 2020)
  11. Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. Transportation Committee (January 15, 2020)
  12. Portland Business Alliance (January 23, 2020)
  13. Central Northeast Neighborhood Coalition Land Use, Transportation, Open Spaces Committee (January 29, 2020)


Maps of Bus Segment Delay, Passenger Delay, Peak Hour Bus Frequency

These maps where buses are most delayed in congestion, where the most bus passengers are delayed and how many buses travel segments during the peak hour. This information is based on Fall 2018 TriMet bus operations using CAD/AVL data.

Examples of transit priority projects and treatments in Portland

PBOT is already building transit priority improvements to improve transit travel time and reliability

Why we need Rose Lanes

Portland is at a critical point in the evolution of our transit network.