People and businesses rely on daily access to the transportation services they need. From public transit to freight delivery, transportation impacts our quality of life, cost of living, environmental quality, and the flow of goods and services that support local and regional economies. Planning for transportation requires coordination between cities and counties, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Goal 12 requires cities, counties and the state to create a transportation system plan that takes into account all relevant modes of transportation: mass transit, air, water, rail, highway, bicycle and pedestrian. The resulting plan should support a variety of transportation modes so residents are not limited in the ways they can access the jobs, goods, or services available in different parts of their community. A well designed transportation plan conserves energy while also minimizing adverse social and economic impacts for disadvantaged areas.

The Transportation Planning Rules (TPR) implements Goal 12. The TPR specifies what must be included in local planning efforts for transportation, and what must be addressed and included in a transportation system plan.