- 122nd Avenue is one of the longest, busiest north-south corridors in East Portland.
- Many people use 122nd Avenue daily, either people taking TriMet Line 73 or driving, walking, biking, rolling, or strolling.
- In the 2035 Comprehensive Plan 122nd Avenue is identified as a "civic corridor" from NE Sandy Boulevard to SE Foster Road, with a "town center" around SE Division Street, a "neighborhood center" around E Burnside Street, and the Gateway Regional Center nearby. These locations are also designated “pedestrian districts” where high levels of pedestrians use the corridor now or are expected in the future.
- Land use varies. There is primarily housing in the southern and northern sections. The center of 122nd Avenue in Portland is predominantly auto-oriented uses such as drive-thrus, auto dealerships, big box retailers, and small local retailers. The far north section of 122nd Avenue, near Marine Drive, is primarily industrial.
122nd Avenue plays an important role for Portland...
- Citywide: The corridor provides access to residential and commercial areas in East Portland by all modes of travel, connecting people to jobs, schools, services, and retail areas.
- Locally: The adjacent "town centers," "neighborhood centers," and "pedestrian districts" all have a role in shaping how people move about the area.
- Regionally: The corridor provides access to regional connections such as I-84, the MAX Blue Line, TriMet Line 73, and off-street trails and paths for pedestrians and people biking (Marine Drive Trail, I-84 trail, and Springwater Corridor)
Plans, policies, and funding
Several existing plans and initiatives provide policy guidance on the future of 122nd Avenue and have helped shape the recommendations included in the 122nd Avenue Plan.
|YEAR||PLAN OR INITIATIVE|
|2010||The 2030 Portland Bicycle Plan classifies 122nd Avenue as a "Major City Bikeway." These type of streets aim to provide primary connections to major attractions throughout the city, such as downtown or regional centers.|
|2015||PBOT enters a partnership with TriMet. TriMet will provide frequent service along their Line 73 bus, while PBOT makes $8 million in safety improvements over five years, primarily around access and transit priority.|
|The City of Portland Climate Action Plan—adopted in 2009 and updated in 2015—identifies objectives and actions to put Portland on a path to reduce carbon emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.|
|2016||The Portland 2035 Comprehensive Plan identifies 122nd Avenue as a "Civic Corridor" from NE Sandy Boulevard to SE Foster Road, with a Town Center around SE Division Street, a "Neighborhood Center" around E Burnside Street, and the Gateway Regional Center nearby.|
|Portland voters pass Fixing Our Streets, a 10-cent gas tax and heavy vehicle use tax, providing funding for maintenance and safety projects, which includes two projects on 122nd Avenue.|
|The Vision Zero Action Plan aims to eliminate transportation related deaths and injuries on Portland’s streets. The plan identifies a High Crash Network—a collection of streets with the highest concentrations of crashes—which includes 122nd Avenue.|
|2018||The 2035 Transportation System Plan sets ambitious targets to increase and prioritize walking, biking, and transit trips throughout the city of Portland.|
|The Enhanced Transit Corridors (ETC) Plan identifies 122nd Avenue as a candidate for improving transit capacity, reliability, and speed along TriMet's Line 73 bus.|
|2019||In June, PBOT is awarded a 2022-2024 Regional Flexible Fund Allocation (RFFA) grant from Metro to fund four enhanced pedestrian crossings along 122nd Avenue.|
|2020||The Rose Lane Projectuses tools from the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan to improve speed and reliability of transit in congested areas. Thirteen bus lines and two Portland Streetcar lines make up the primary Rose Lane network, including TriMet Line 73 along 122nd Avenue.|
|Portland voters renew Fixing Our Streets, a 10-cent gas tax and heavy vehicle use tax, providing additional funding for maintenance and safety projects, which includes two additional projects on 122nd Avenue.|
|Voters consider a Get Moving 2020 measure to fund transportation projects and programs throughout the Portland region, including along 122nd Avenue. The measure doesn't pass, but development of the measure helped expand on the recommendations for the 122nd Avenue Plan.|
|2021||The East Portland Arterial Streets Strategy provides a design concept for heavily-used arterial streets like 122nd Avenue, based on safety analysis, traffic modeling, and community input.|