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Hales, Novick propose 120-day pilot program for taxis and Uber, Lyft and other Transportation Network Companies

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today proposed a 120-day pilot program that will modernize for-hire transportation in Portland and ensure fair competition between all private for hire operators, including both taxis and Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera (503)823-3723

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Twitter @PBOTinfo

News Release:

Hales, Novick propose 120-day pilot program for taxis and Uber, Lyft and other Transportation Network Companies

(April 17, 2015) Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today proposed a 120-day pilot program that will modernize for-hire transportation in Portland and ensure fair competition between all private for hire operators, including both taxis and Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The proposal builds on the recommendations by the Private for Hire Innovation Task Force, which Novick appointed in December to examine the issue and recommend how the City should modernize its regulations. Evolving consumer interests, population growth and a booming tourism industry have generated more demand for taxis and other for-hire transportation service. In addition, Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber and Lyft, have emerged as a new model of for-hire transportation service.

Under the proposal by Hales and Novick, the City would lift the cap on taxi fares, so taxis and TNCs could both set their own fares without city regulation. Both taxis and TNCs would be required to provide service to people with disabilities, provide service 24 hours a day/seven days a week and certify that their drivers have passed City-approved background checks. The City will audit these records to enforce compliance. The resolution directs Transportation Director Leah Treat to create and sign an administrative rule launching the pilot program.

“This is a historic deal,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “We were able to move from confrontation to collaboration, with an open process and tough negotiations that have come up with a result that will improve our transportation system and creates a real win for consumers.”

“The existing taxi companies have had two lines of argument against the pilot. One is, simply, that they should be protected from competition in order to ensure a living wage for drivers and good service for people with disabilities. Given that our best information is that the average net hourly income of Portland taxi drivers is $6.22 an hour, and given the complaints people in the disability community have about taxi service, we are not entirely persuaded by that argument,” said Commissioner Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “But the other line of argument is that any competition needs to be fair competition. We agree with that, and in order to ensure fair competition, the proposed framework makes some changes to the task force’s recommendations – and underscores certain features of those recommendations that might not have been well understood.”

The Portland City Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing and vote on the resolution by Hales and Novick (see attached) on at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. The hearing will be held at City Council Chambers, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

Under the proposed framework:

● The rules for fares will be the same for TNCs and taxis: The City will lift the cap on fares and, as always, have no minimum fare.

● Background check requirements for taxis and TNCs will be the same. Both can use City-approved third-party background check providers and the City will audit random samples to enforce compliance.

● Taxis and TNCs will implement service performance measures to ensure timely service for people with disabilities.

● The TNC companies will not be allowed to pick up passengers until permits have been certified.

● Taxis and TNCs will both be required to offer 24/7 service. Neither will be allowed to reject trip requests based on the shortness or length of the journey.

● The City prohibits disclaimers of liability for negligence or other tortious conduct contained in Terms of Service and requires that all tort claims be governed by tort law in effect at the time of a claim.

The framework differs in some respects from the private for hire task force recommendations the City Council heard last week. It does not include a cap on taxi fares. It also includes specific language on TNCs’ legal liabilities.

The Task Force is recommending a two-phase approach, which still guides City action. Phase 1 includes a 120-day TNC pilot program, during which time market data will be collected and analyzed. During Phase 2, the Task Force will assess the market data and solicit public input that will inform recommendations for an overhaul to all of the City’s PFHT rules. The Task Force’s final report is expected this summer and will include recommendations for all modes of for-hire transportation, including taxicabs, TNCs, accessible for-hire transportation service, Limited Passenger Transportation companies, pedicabs and shuttles.

Hales and Novick thanked the Task Force for its recommendations, which were the basis for the resolution. “This task force did the City an incredible service by tackling these tough issues in a very tight timeframe,” Hales said.

“Thanks to the task force, the City Council can rest assured that our pilot program has been thoroughly vetted,” Novick said. “The task force did groundbreaking work, and I look forward to their report this summer on broader for-hire transportation issues.”

The City of Portland has been regulating private for hire transportation for more than a century, and that responsibility was moved in July 2014 from the Office of Management and Finance to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. For more information about private for-hire transportation, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/pdxrides

To file a complaint about taxi service, call 503-865-2486 or email pdxrides@portlandoregon.gov.

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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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SE 20th and Haig Sewer Construction Update: April 16, 2015

Environmental Services has started construction on a project to replace aging sewer pipes on SE 20th Avenue from SE Lafayette to Haig streets, and on SE Haig Street from SE 20th to 18th avenues. The pipes are over 100 years old and in poor condition. The project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of costly breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

SE 20th and Haig Sewer Construction Update: April 16, 2015

Environmental Services has started construction on a project to replace aging sewer pipes on SE 20th Avenue from SE Lafayette to Haig streets, and on SE Haig Street from SE 20th to 18th avenues. The pipes are over 100 years old and in poor condition. The project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of costly breaks, leaks, blockages and sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

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

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

Crews will resume construction next Monday, April 20th.

  • For the next two weeks, crews will focus on installing main public sewer pipe on SE 20th Avenue between SE Lafayette and Haig streets.
  • Some potholing may occur on NE Haig Street to locate utilities and access pipes for video inspection. Crews will excavate small opening in the road surface, perform utility locates and video inspection of sewer pipes, and apply temporary pavement to the holes when through. Crews will permanently pave the area at a later date once sewer construction is complete.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may choose to work the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Sewer construction by nature is loud, vibration is often felt in homes, work zones can become dusty, and normal neighborhood activity is disrupted.
  • On-street parking will be restricted within work zones to create a safe work area and accommodate equipment and materials.
  • Some equipment and materials will be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • Flaggers will direct traffic past the work zone. The contractor will maintain local access to all properties but construction may impact normal use of your driveway or entrance to your business.
  • You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Your sewer service and other utilities should not be interrupted during construction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/Haig for project information. To receive schedule and construction progress updates, send an email to Matt Gough with “Haig” in the subject line.

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.

Sincerely,

Matt

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please unsubscribe by sending me an email. 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

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

Crosswalk enforcement action slated for April 22 at NE 82nd Avenue at NE Pacific Street’s unmarked crossing

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at the unmarked crosswalk of NE 82nd Avenue and NE Pacific Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Diane Dulken

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Twitter @PBOTinfo

NEWS ADVISORY:

Crosswalk enforcement action slated for April 22 at NE 82nd Avenue at NE Pacific Street’s unmarked crossing

(April 16, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at the unmarked crosswalk of NE 82nd Avenue and NE Pacific Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Southeast 82nd Avenue is one of ten High Crash Corridors that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. Drivers are required to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane. Drivers are required to stop for the entire length of the crossing if the person crossing is blind and using a white cane or guide dog.

Failure to stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian in the crossing is a Class B violation with a fine of approximately $260.

The NE 82nd Avenue and NE Pacific Street crossing has no paint lines at the crosswalk. It does have a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Sharon White will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during the first half of the action and a Portland police officer will serve that role during the second half.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s crosswalk enforcement actions at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/134382, Vision Zero and safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

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South Irvington Sewer Extension Project Update: April 16, 2015

Environmental Services is constructing 1,060 feet of public sewer pipe and 460 feet of sewer laterals that will provide 17 properties direct and independent connections to the public sewer. This work is part of the City of Portland’s effort to provide residents with sewer connections that comply with city code.

South Irvington Sewer Extension Project Update: April 16, 2015

Environmental Services is constructing 1,060 feet of public sewer pipe and 460 feet of sewer laterals that will provide 17 properties direct and independent connections to the public sewer. This work is part of the City of Portland’s effort to provide residents with sewer connections that comply with city code. The 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.

Schedule

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. Work is expected to last up to four months and will be conducted in phases. There may be periods of inactivity between phases.

  • Phase 1 will install public sewer pipe on NE Thompson at NE 18th Street. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, April 20, 2015, and is expected to be complete by mid-March.
  • Phase 2 will install public sewer pipe on NE 11th and NE 16th avenues between NE Hancock and Tillamook streets. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, May 4, and is expected to be complete by the end of June.
  • Phase 3 will install public sewer pipe on NE Schuyler Street between NE 12th and 14th avenues. This work has not been scheduled. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Parking and Traffic Control

On-street parking will be removed and road closures will be necessary to create a safe work zone and to store equipment and materials. The contractor will maintain local access to all properties, but construction activities may impact normal use of driveways. You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.

What to Expect Before and During Construction

  • Before construction, you may see crews surveying, trimming trees, marking utilities, and bring equipment and supplies to the project area. Some equipment and materials will be stored on your street or nearby streets overnight.
  • Sewer construction by nature is loud, vibration is often felt in homes, work zones can become dusty, and normal neighborhood activity is disrupted.
  • A variety of factors, including conditions underground, weather, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials may cause periods of inactivity.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Your sewer service and other utilities should not be interrupted during construction.

For More Information

For more information and schedule details, please email Matt Gough at matthew.gough@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-5352.

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.

Sincerely,

Matt

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please unsubscribe by sending me an email. 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

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.