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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on SW Columbia St from SW Broadway to Naito Parkway April 7 to 13

(April 3, 2015) - The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Columbia Street from SW Broadway to SW Naito Parkway from Tuesday, April 7 through Monday, April 13 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface to pave .96 lane miles.

PBOT street improvement crews work in almost all weather conditions, adjusting tasks based on conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy weather. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Paving to close lanes on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway from March 27 through March 31

Update (April 7, 2015) – To complete this project, PBOT crews are scheduled to pave this stretch from Wednesday, April 8 through Friday, April 10,  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lane closures will be in effect during those times. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.


(March 25, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway from Friday, March 23rd through Tuesday, March 31st 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind the road surface in preparation for paving 1.49 lane miles at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Release: Parking in NW Portland? Look for new Zone M signs as parking permit area expands to alleviate congestion

(March 25, 2015) – The first phase of the Northwest Portland Parking Plan takes effect this week as City of Portland Bureau of Transportation crews begin installing Zone M signs to mark an expanded parking permit area and alleviate longstanding congestion in the neighborhood.

The new signage is part of a years-long planning effort by the City and neighborhood residents and businesses to ease parking challenges and improve the livability and business vitality of the growing neighborhood.  

The newly expanded permit area stretches from W Burnside Street to NW Vaughn Street and westward from NW 16th to NW 25th avenues. Previously, Zone M’s north boundary stopped at NW Irving Street. An adjacent parking permit area next to I-405, called Zone K, will remain unchanged.

Blocks with a Zone M sign will allow visitors to park for up to four hours, and allow neighborhood residents who have purchased $60 annual permits to park without those time restrictions.

PBOT crews begin sign installation this week and are expected to complete all signage within two weeks. The permit rules take effect on each block as signs are installed. Enforcement hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Sunday and holiday parking are not affected.    

“The new signs mark an important milestone in a collaborative effort between the neighborhood and the city to alleviate parking congestion and frustration,” said Leah Treat, Portland Bureau of Transportation director. “Visitors and residents will now have an easier time finding parking and businesses will benefit from improved access by their customers.”

The $60 annual permits are available to people who live, work or own property within the Zone M boundaries. More than 2,000 permits for the expanded zone have been issued since they became available in February. Notices have been mailed to all residents and businesses in the area and several outreach events also have been held.

The Northwest Parking Plan, passed by City Council in 2013, also calls for parking meters to be installed on the commercial corridors of NW 21st and 23rd avenues and some surrounding streets. Those are scheduled to be installed in late spring and will have time limits of two and four hours at a price of $1.60 per hour.

Northwest Portland residents who haven’t yet purchased permits may apply for them as well as annual or single day guest passes by contacting the Portland Bureau of Transportation by mail or in person. PBOT’s offices are open weekdays on the 8th floor of the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. Mail in applications should be sent attention to Suite 1304.

For more information, including a larger map of the Zone M expansion area and permit applications and instructions, please visit portlandoregon.gov/transportation

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Media Contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-5552 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

News Release: Task Force drafts recommendations as City Council prepares to consider April pilot program for Uber, Lyft and taxi services

Strong demand prompts council to approve new EcoCab taxi company, look to new rules for taxis and transportation network companies

(March 23, 2015) A combination of new city codes, administrative rules and a pilot program could allow Uber, Lyft and other Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to legally provide service in Portland in April.

The Private for Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force was convened in January to recommend updates to the City’s private for-hire transportation safety regulations to include TNCs. The Task Force is on schedule to deliver its recommendations to the City Council on April 9 at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

To implement the Task Force’s recommendations and update taxi regulations in line with City Council direction, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will offer a combination of administrative rules and city code revisions, to initiate a TNC pilot program. During the 120-day pilot program, permits will be available for companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Portland.

The Task Force’s work is divided into two phases. During phase 1, from January through April, the Task Force has focused on new rules for TNCs and taxis that the City could implement in a pilot program. During phase 2, from April through July, the Task Force will take a broader look at, and make recommendations for, permanent changes to all private for-hire transportation rules that regulate taxis, TNCs, limos, party buses, pedicabs and other private for-hire transportation operators.

Upcoming key dates for Phase 1 new taxi cab regulations to keep up with strong demand for taxi service:

Private for Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force Presents Recommendations at Portland City Council Meeting

What: Recommendations on key rules for the pilot program, including: driver background checks, vehicle inspections, insurance, access for people with disabilities, data collection, fares and other issues for transportation network companies and taxi companies. Task Force members will present recommendations and take questions from City Council. Public testimony will also be heard.

When: 2 p.m., April 9 at City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

Portland City Council Meeting on Pilot Program

What: City Council to consider a resolution directing Transportation Director Leah Treat to launch a TNC Pilot Program based on the recommendations of the Task Force, April 9 City Council discussion and public input. Public testimony will also be heard.

When: April 15 at City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave. (Time: To be determined).

To view a detailed timeline of the Task Force’s work and view a draft proposal of recommendations developed by a subcommittee of the Task Force, see www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/pdxrides or use the links provided here:

Timeline of the Task Force Discussion and Recommendations

Draft Subcommittee Preliminary Phase 1 Recommendations (March 18, 2015)

After April, during Phase 2, the Task Force will continue to review and gather input on private for-hire regulations for all modes, including taxi companies, TNCs, limos, party buses, pedicabs and other private for-hire transportation operators. The Task Force will present any additional recommendations to City Council this summer at the conclusion of Phase 2.

The City Council and the Portland Bureau of Transportation have already taken action to address high demand for taxi service in Portland. On March 18, 2015the City Council approved permits for EcoCab Portland, LLC.,the first new taxi company to start business in Portland since Union Cab was approved for operation in 2012. In February, the City’s Private for-Hire Transportation Board of Review approved 242 new taxi permits for existing taxi companies and recommended adding EcoCab with up to 51 permits.

Portland has a far lower rate of taxi availability than other U.S. cities of comparable size. According to a study by ECONorthwest, Portland had 7.5 taxis per 10,000 residents in 2013, the second-lowest among 10 cities in the study. Six of the 10 cities had taxis available at twice the rate as Portland.

View the ECONorthwest report, part of EcoCab’s permit application

For more information, to provide comments to the Task Force, or to join the PFHT Task Force Interested Parties email list, email project staff at pdxrides@portlandoregon.gov or call Francesca Patricolo 503-823-5087.

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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Traffic Advisory: Five-day closure on N Going Street ramp from Swan Island to N Greeley Avenue begins Saturday, March 21

(March 20, 2015)The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements require the closure of the ramp on N Going Street eastbound from Swan Island to N Greeley Avenue from Saturday, March 21 through March 25, 2015. The ramp closure will be in effect all hours and all days.

The ramp closure is necessary to allow crews to repair the failed road base and stabilize the foundation of the road to prevent potholes and other surface distresses.

Traffic will be detoured east on N Going Street to N Interstate Avenue or I-5 southbound. The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all work zone signage, and use the alternate routes.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.


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