Emergency Transportation Route Updates

 
 

The RDPO and Metro are partnering to update the designated regional Emergency Transportation Routes (ETRs) for the five-county Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region, which includes Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington. The last update occurred in 2006.

 

background

This project was identified in Metro’s 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) as a necessary step to better integrate transportation with planning for resiliency, recovery and emergency response. Funding for the project is provided by the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is managed by the RDPO.  The UASI grant program makes funding available to enhance regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States and directly supports expanding regional collaboration to assist in the creation of regional systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery.

Regional ETRs have been defined as priority routes targeted during an emergency for rapid damage assessment and debris-clearance and used to facilitate life-saving and life-sustaining response activities, including the transport of first responders (e.g., police, fire and emergency medical services), fuel, essential supplies and patients.

Regional ETRs have been defined as priority routes targeted during an emergency for rapid damage assessment and debris-clearance and used to facilitate life-saving and life-sustaining response activities, including the transport of first responders (e.g., police, fire and emergency medical services), fuel, essential supplies and patients.


project Timeline

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Project work group

The following entities are actively engaged as core planning stakeholders:

  • RDPO

  • Metro

  • Portland State University (PSU) TREC

  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

  • Washington Department of Transportation

  • Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)

  • TriMet

  • Clackamas County Disaster Management

  • Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)

  • Columbia County Emergency Management

  • Columbia County Public Works

  • Multnomah County Emergency Management

  • Multnomah County Transportation Division

  • Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

  • Portland Bureau of Transportation

  • Washington County Emergency Management Cooperative (EMC)

  • Washington County Operations and Maintenance


Contacts

For more information about the project, please contact: