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Learn about Portland freight

White icon of freight worker pulling a dolly. The dolly is carrying two boxes.
The 2040 Portland Freight Plan (2040Freight) is an update of the City’s Freight Master Plan adopted by the Portland City Council in 2006 and will guide the Portland Bureau of Transportation strategies to support safe, equitable, efficient, and sustainable urban freight movement in Portland.
Image of the first page of the downloadable two-page handout about Portland's urban freight.

What is Urban Freight?

In the 2040Freight Plan, urban freight refers to commercial items (“goods”) that are moved throughout the city.

Most people think of freight as trucks on the highway but in the urban space goods can also be delivered through delivery vans, bikes, and hand carts. The flow of goods and services in the urban area is critical to everyday life.

Every item that is in your home, favorite restaurant, or favorite store, has been delivered from nearby or from different places around the world. 

Click here to learn more about our 2040Freight planning process.
Image that identifies various urban freight modes.  All images are in bright pastels.  Across the top there is a plane, oversized semitruck, semitruck.  In the middle there is an ocean freighter and a multicar train.  On a street there is a street scale delivery van, a mail van, and a bike delivery vehicle.  At the bottom is a person with a hand cart.  The background of the freight images in light grey showing sky, buildings, sea railings, and streets, and sidewalks.
Infographic demonstrating various examples of urban freight. The infographic lists bulk products, fuels, construction goods, mail and packages, medical supplies, home goods, apparel, electronics, and groceries as examples of urban freight.

Freight Data on Portland City Streets

As part of our analysis for the 2040Freight Plan, PBOT and our consultants have developed maps highlighting areas throughout Portland with safety, mobility, and emission concerns related to urban goods movement.

Each map shows the high priority locations based on each of these topics.

In order to address the core principle of equity, need locations were overlaid on the Equity Matrixof the Portland Bureau of Transportation, which categorizes areas of the city by proportion of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) populations and income. A higher score in this matrix indicates that there exists a high proportion of disadvantaged populations living in the area.

Click on each map to learn more. 

Safety Issues:

This map uses the PBOT Equity Matrix. Click here to learn about the Equity Matrix. 

Screenshot of Safety Issues Map

 Mobility Concerns:

This map uses the PBOT Equity Matrix. Click here to learn about the Equity Matrix. 

Screenshot of Mobility Concerns Map

Diesel Emission Concerns:

This map uses the PBOT Equity Matrix. Click here to learn about the Equity Matrix. 

Screenshot of Emission Concerns Map

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