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The Portland Bureau of Transportation, or PBOT, is the agency that plans and maintains the streets and paths owned by the City of Portland.

The agency also owns, and partially covers the operation of, the Portland Streetcar.



transpo system value
Value of the City of Portland's transportation system by infrastructure category, 2009.

In a fall 2009 background report for the Portland Plan, the City of Portland estimated that PBOT manages $8.1 billion in roads, paths and other infrastructure, plus another $7.5 billion (in 2007 dollars) in the underlying land. Those totals, measured in terms of replacement value, included:

  • 3,949 lane miles of paved streets, worth $5.4 billion (66 percent of the total).
  • About 4,804 miles of sidewalks, worth $1.6 billion (20 percent).
  • Bridges, retaining walls, guardrails, stairs and harbor wall worth $728 million (9 percent).
  • Traffic signals worth $122 million (2 percent).
  • Other infrastructure such as traffic calming devices, street lights, street signs, pavement markings, streetcars, the aerial tram, building facilities and parking meters worth $232 million (3 percent).
  • 2,000 lane miles of city-owned land used for road lanes, worth $7.5 billion. (Totals above do not include real estate values.)


In Portland's fiscal year 2010, 30 percent of the agency's budget -- $84.8 million at the time -- is general transportation revenue, to be used on general services such as street cleaning, maintenance, capital projects, and the city's Transportation Options program.

Of that general fund, $41.2 million came from the city's share of state gas tax (in 2010, 80 percent of Multnomah County's gas tax, based on population and vehicle registration but written into an intergovernmental agreement), $24 million from paid auto parking revenue and the rest from a variety of smaller sources.

"We're much more reliant on parking meter revenue than we used to be, before we had the downturn in the gas tax," Director Sue Keil said in October 2010.

This use of auto parking meters to fund transportation citywide results in a partial subsidy of areas outside the central city by businesses and shoppers in the densest neighborhoods.


The Portland city commissioner in charge of PBOT, as of September 2011, is Mayor Sam Adams. The bureau's director is Tom Miller.

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