Transportation System Plan

A Transportation System Plan (TSP) was adopted by the City Council on December 6, 2018. The TSP establishes a city's goals in developing its transportation system for both the short and long term. The Plan identifies both existing and future needs, and includes improvements to meet those needs. The document is intended to serve as a blueprint or master plan to guide transportation decisions as development occurs in a City. The Medford TSP outlines a twenty-year plan to guide transportation improvements and enhance general mobility throughout the City. Presently, with over 80,000 (2017) residents, the City will use this document to balance transportation needs and improvements in the coming decades.





The Medford TSP addresses Oregon Statewide Planning Goal 12 and the Oregon Transportation Planning Rule (TPR). The TPR directs cities and counties to develop balanced transportation systems addressing all modes of travel including motor vehicles, transit, bicycles and pedestrians. The TPR envisions development of local plans that will promote changes in land use patterns and transportation systems that make it more convenient for people to walk, bicycle, use transit, and drive less to meet their daily needs. A fundamental issue in local and regional transportation system plans is a strategy to reduce reliance on the automobile.

The development of the TSP consisted of five main steps:

  1. Analyzing existing conditions
  2. Assessing future needs
  3. Evaluating future alternatives
  4. Creating a Draft TSP document and code revisions
  5. Finalizing the TSP

The TSP begins with an overview of existing plans and studies relevant to transportation planning in the Medford area. An inventory and assessment of existing conditions follows, along with a list of current goals and policies guiding transportation decision-making. Following is a discussion of the various development strategies and alternatives for each transportation mode, which also includes general and specific actions.

Transportation Modes

The transportation modes examined in this document include:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Public transit
  • Other surface transportation (including intercity bus and rail)
  • Air transportation
  • Non-motorized
  • Freight
  • Parking management

The report concludes with a specific project list categorized into short, medium and long-term timeframes. A funding and implementation plan also provides a guide for the Transportation System Plan components to become a reality.

The plan will guide transportation improvements to enhance mobility throughout the City. On this site you will find a downloadable copy of the adopted TSP, and the most recent TSP newsletter.

Rogue Valley Regional Transportation Plan

The Rogue Valley Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is designed to serve as the Rogue Valley metropolitan area's long-range plan for all modes of regionally significant transportation from bike paths to buses.  The RTP must cover at least a 20-year period, and it must address the principal modes of travel within the metropolitan area, including autos, public transit, bicycles and walking.  The plan contains projects and policies to guide development of all modes of transportation in the region.  The long-range plan includes both short-term and long-term actions to develop and maintain an integrated, intermodal transportation system that is accessible and efficiently moves people and goods.  The Rogue Valley is a growing region, and population is expected to continue to increase.  In addition, air quality problems continue to pose transportation planning challenges for the region.  The long-range plan must consider these issues in order to be effective.

To measure its effectiveness and success, the regional plan includes a package of seven performance measures with targets for implementation that are phased in five-year increments through 2030. These performance measures have been approved by the Land Conservation and Development, and serve as a basis for development of local TSPs in the Rogue Valley.