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Overhaul of Disabled Parking Program expands availability and accessibility of parking in downtown core

The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s annual count of disabled parking placard use in the central city tallied 313 vehicles displaying disabled parking placards, down from 1,033 vehicles the year before. This year’s count is the first since the City’s new Disabled Parking Program took effect on July 1st.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Diane Dulken 503-557-8236

Diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Bryan Hockaday 503-823-1059

Bryan.hockaday@portlandoregon.gov

Office of Commissioner Steve Novick

Attachments: Maps of the 2014 annual count (after the program took effect) and 2013 count (before)

Link to this release: http://bit.ly/1tUcKt3

NEWS RELEASE

Overhaul of Disabled Parking Program expands availability

and accessibility of parking in downtown core

(Oct. 30, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s annual count of disabled parking placard use in the central city tallied 313 vehicles displaying disabled parking placards, down from 1,033 vehicles the year before. This year’s count is the first since the City’s new Disabled Parking Program took effect on July 1st.

Passed unanimously by the Portland City Council last December, the new program aims to make it easier for persons with disabilities to park near their destinations while increasing the availability of short-term parking for all visitors to downtown and other metered parking districts.

The program made two big changes in parking rules: it ended free, all-day parking for people displaying disabled parking placards and it created 105 designated parking spaces reserved specifically for people with state-issued disabled placards and wheelchair-only placards. The count also found that only 26 of those 105 designated spaces were occupied. By state law, people holding wheelchair placards continue to park free.

“There are two (overlapping) groups of people we especially want to hear this news: holiday shoppers and people with disabilities,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Transportation Bureau. “Holiday shoppers should find it easier to park downtown now than it was a year ago. Many of those 1,033 placard holders were all-day parkers; now, more spaces are available for short-term visits, like shopping trips. And we want to remind people with disabilities that while they can park at any available space we also now have 105 spaces specifically reserved for them. We’re highlighting the location of those spaces on our web site.”

High level of compliance

Before implementing the new program, the Transportation Bureau did extensive public outreach and education, printing 10,000 informational brochures for display at libraries, Oregon DMVs and other public locations, as well as placing them directly on vehicles.

During June of this year, before the program took effect in July, parking officers distributed the brochures to vehicles with disabled placards parked at metered spaces. Beginning in July, parking enforcement officers placed warnings on vehicles that violated the new rules. Vehicles were only cited for infractions after receiving at least one warning.

“PBOT’s approach from the start was to help people adjust to the new rules, so we are seeing a high level of compliance,” Novick said.

This year’s annual count shows that of 8,803 parking spaces in downtown and the Lloyd District, 313 were occupied by vehicles with disabled parking placards. Of those 313, more than 85 percent also displayed parking receipts or permits. Thirty five failed to display receipts and were issued a warning or citation.

“The Commission on Disability is pleased to see that the extraordinary efforts that were put into crafting the new disabled parking ordinance have been successful in minimizing the negative impact on Portlanders with disabilities, while significantly increasing the availability of on-street parking throughout the city,” said Joe VanderVeer, Chair of the Commission on Disability.

“Our commission will continue to monitor the effect of the new ordinance and we will work with PBOT to ensure that the disabled parking program meets the needs of our citizens.”

“We appreciate Commissioner Novick’s leadership in creating a solution that meets the needs of people with disabilities and also benefits businesses and a vibrant central city” said Lisa Frisch, retail program director for the Portland Business Alliance and a member of the city’s Disabled Parking Task Force. “Downtown businesses have seen an increase in the availability of on street parking downtown since the program took effect and that benefits everyone.”

For more information please see www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/disabledparking.

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City Makes Minor Change to Permit Center Hours to Address Workload and Training Needs

(Portland, OR) Starting Thursday, November 6, 2014, the City’s Development Services Center (Permit Center) and 2nd Floor Permitting Services will begin closing two hours early at 12:00 PM on Thursdays. This change is being implemented to address increasing permit workload, to more consistently meet service level goals, and to provide new employee training.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT

October 30, 2014

Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services

(503) 823-4268 / ross.caron@portlandoregon.gov

City Makes Minor Change to Permit Center Hours
to Address Workload and Training Needs

(Portland, OR) Starting Thursday, November 6, 2014, the City’s Development Services Center (Permit Center) and 2nd Floor Permitting Services will begin closing two hours early at 12:00 PM on Thursdays. This change is being implemented to address increasing permit workload, to more consistently meet service level goals, and to provide new employee training. This change is currently scheduled to last through March 2015 at which time there will be an assessment of the change and determination of whether it needs to be extended. This change applies to both the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Interagency (Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Environmental Services) staff working in the Permit Center.

“BDS is constantly looking for ways to address workload issues and staff training is a crucial part of creating a productive workforce”, stated City Commissioner of BDS, Amanda Fritz, “this change will help that happen”. Paul Scarlett, Director of BDS added, “Closing the Permit Center and 2nd Floor Permitting Services two hours earlier on Thursdays is a small change that will allow staff time to address immediate workload needs, improve service levels, and provide training opportunities for new employees, which will get them up to speed faster”.

In closing the Permit Center and 2nd Floor Permitting Services at 12:00 PM on Thursdays, rather than the current 2:00 PM, BDS is encouraging customers to arrive prior to 11:00 AM in order to complete their activities. This change will allow BDS and Interagency partners the ability to address service levels related to completing first reviews and provide check sheets on submitted permits, perform rechecks on plans that have been updated, and complete pre-issuance of permits by providing additional time for staff to perform work at their desk and to increase staff capacity through training opportunities.

For a full description of the Development Services Center (Permit Center) and 2nd Floor Permitting Services hours and operations starting Thursday November 6, 2014, please see the Development Services Center and Permitting Services Service Level Update: Hours of Operation Reduced Thursdays to Address Workload and Staff Training.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact (503) 823-3810, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

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Inner NE Sewer Extension Construction Update: October 30, 2014

As part of the City of Portland’s effort to provide properties with sewer connections that comply with city code, Environmental Services continues construction on the Inner NE Sewer Extension project. This project will also help protect public health, property, and the environment by increasing the capacity of the public sewer system, reducing the potential for basement backups, and reducing the likelihood of emergency maintenance work in the future.

Inner NE Sewer Extension Construction Update: October 30, 2014

As part of the City of Portland’s effort to provide properties with sewer connections that comply with city code, Environmental Services continues construction on the Inner NE Sewer Extension project. This project will also help protect public health, property, and the environment by increasing the capacity of the public sewer system, reducing the potential for basement backups, and reducing the likelihood of emergency maintenance work in the future.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/InnerNE.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • Crews are scheduled to install the last segments of public sewer pipe this week and will apply a temporary asphalt patch over trenches.
  • Remaining final trench paving is scheduled for early November, but is dependent on weather and subcontractor availability.
  • After pipe work and paving is completed, crews will focus on restoration of sidewalks and curbs.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities and keep children, pets and vehicles out of construction areas.
  • Traffic control signs are in place. The contractor maintains local access, but you should expect delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area may be limited. Please observe no parking signs.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • A city inspector is on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a hard hat and a City of Portland safety vest.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/InnerNE or email me at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption of your residence or commercial business, and open and honest communication with you throughout the project.

Thank you,

Matt Gough

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-5352 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6622

Email: Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov

Learn more, provide input on the Our Streets PDX transportation funding effort at meetings Nov. 5 and 20, 2014

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites the public to learn more about the Our Streets PDX transportation funding effort and provide comments at two upcoming public meetings.

Link to this news release: http://bit.ly/1wKJqUA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera

503-823-3723

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Twitter: @PBOTinfo

News Release:

Learn more, provide input on the Our Streets PDX
transportation funding effort at meetings Nov. 5 and 20, 2014

(Oct. 30, 2014) The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites the public to learn more about the Our Streets PDX transportation funding effort and provide comments at two upcoming public meetings.

An open house will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Carvlin Hall at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave. Enter Carvlin Hall from the parking lot, which can be accessed from SE 16th Avenue or from SE Tamarack St. Information will be available about transportation safety projects and maintenance programs proposed for funding and options for new transportation revenue. PBOT subject matter experts will be available to answer questions and the public is welcome to provide comments that will be forwarded to the City Council.

A City Council hearing and first reading on an ordinance for the funding effort will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, at City Council Chambers, 1221 SW Fourth Ave. A second reading and vote are expected in December.

Discussion of a transportation user fee was started earlier this year by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. The Our Street PDX effort to develop a new transportation funding mechanism has involved inclusive outreach, including town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing in May. The Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee, formed in January, continued meet through the summer to explore transportation funding options, while two additional workgroups were convened in July to provide a recommendation to Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick on alternative transportation funding approaches.

One discussed how to lessen the impact of a transportation fee (and other City utilities) on low-income residents as well as non-profits and public institutions. The other consisted of leaders in the business community considering how to refine the business and non-residential component of the fee. Instead of a transportation user fee based on average daily trips, the workgroups recommended a personal income tax and a business flat fee. The workgroups’ full recommendation report is available at www.OurStreetsPDX.com.

Learn more at www.OurStreetsPDX.com or ask questions or provide comments at ourstreetspdx@portlandoregon.gov Talk about it on twitter, using hashtag #ourstreetspdx or see @pbotinfo

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Dylan Rivera

Media Relations | Portland Bureau of Transportation

t: (503) 823-3723 | c: (503) 577-7534

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

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