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News Advisory: Mayor Hales, officials to preview Portland Streetcar’s full Central City service with first ride June 11 connecting downtown and OMSI over Tilikum Crossing

(June 10, 2015) - Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will lead officials and community members in the Portland Streetcar’s first ride connecting the east and west sides of the city over Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People on June 11. 

This first ride, which travels from downtown to OMSI, previews full Central City loop service that will begin September 12, and which will create two complete loops that connect major east and west side destinations. Those destinations include OMSI, the Lloyd District, the Pearl District, Downtown Portland and the South Waterfront District.  The expansion also will mean more frequent streetcar service with  7 ½ minute wait times through downtown.

Mayor Hales will be joined by community members and business leaders as well as representatives of the offices of U.S. Congress members Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader, PBOT Director Leah Treat and TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. This first ride kicks off a summer of preview rides for children’s groups, neighbors, businesses and organizations that surround Portland Streetcar. 

WHEN:  Thursday June 11, 2015

10:15  Arrive at SW 3rd and Harrison to prepare for boarding

10:30  Departure of first Portland Streetcar ride from SW 3rd and Harrison

10:45 Arrival at OMSI station with surprise entertainment and remarks by public officials and community members

11:10 Return trip

NOTE:  RSVP to julie.gustafson@portlandstreetcar.org to reserve a space on the streetcar- space is very limited.  Otherwise, media staging for the first streetcar arrival and program is at the OMSI streetcar platform, access at the SE corner of OMSI’s parking lot, 1945 SE Water Avenue.

WHERE: First ride begins at SW 3rd and Harrison (space is limited, RSVP required), crosses Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People and ends at OMSI, 1945 SE Water Avenue.

WHO:    Mayor Hales, PBOT Director Leah Treat, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, representatives of the offices of U.S. Congress members Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader, and community members from OMSI, South Waterfront and other key destinations

WHY:  To kick off a summer of preview rides showcasing the Portland Streetcar’s full Central City service that for the first time will fully connect the east and west sides of the Central City in a complete loop and bring expanded, more frequent service with 7 ½ minute wait times for passengers traveling from the Pearl District through downtown to the west end of Tilikum Crossing.

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The Portland Streetcar is the nation’s first modern streetcar system. It is owned by the City of Portland and operated in partnership with TriMet and Portland Streetcar, Inc. www.portlandstreetcar.org  @pdxstreetcar

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  @pbotinfo

News Release: Commissioner Novick, community dedicate city’s first creative crosswalk; Portlanders walk on raindrops in Old Town

Creative Crosswalk(June 9, 2015) – Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah joined Old Town business leaders and community members on Tuesday, June 9 to dedicate Portland’s first pair of ‘creative crosswalks,’ an eye-catching pattern of raindrops with a giant umbrella that guides pedestrians across NW Third Avenue and Davis Street.

The raindrop installation, planned and designed with community input, is intended to improve pedestrian safety and contribute to the district’s vitality.  It is one of several crossing improvements in Old Town Chinatown but the neighborhood and city’s first artistic crosswalk.

“I am proud that PBOT could deliver this crosswalk based on the strong community input in Old Town,” Commissioner Novick says. “Portlanders have long recognized that a quality pedestrian atmosphere is the backbone for a vibrant downtown retail environment.”

The project originated when members of the Old Town Chinatown Community Association approached the transportation bureau for ways to foster a more vibrant and attractive pedestrian atmosphere. PBOT Director Treat, familiar with creative crosswalks in San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver B.C., introduced that concept, which the community adopted.  

“Our streets are the largest public space in our city, representing one quarter of our land.  They should be pleasant and safe places that foster community and business, and that’s what we are doing here through this public-private partnership,” says Treat. “Together, we are delivering a safer and more inviting crossing. This creative project is a small investment with a big return.”

Creative CrosswalksJake Kaempf from Ampersand Content, an experience design firm in Old Town, led the design process as a contribution to the community. “Portland is a creative town and Old Town Chinatown is the historical center of Portland. I am extremely proud of contributing to the betterment of the city I grew up in and where I own a business,” Kaempf says. “It was a wonderful experience to work with the city, my neighborhood, and local businesses to come up with a new, iconic installation that we expect will improve safety and draw positive attention to the neighborhood and businesses here.”

"We at The Society Hotel are so thrilled to be part of the revitalization of Old Town/Chinatown,” said Jessie Burke, co-owner of the Old Town hotel that opens this fall. “We've seen in the almost two years since we purchased The Mariner's Home on NW 3rd and Davis, that it's the little things - like safer crosswalks - that have made the biggest difference.  And it makes it all the more fun to see these safety measures being made more creative by neighborhood design firms like Ampersand Content.  It's projects like this that make me love this city - getting to be a little more creative, and in turn, bring the community even closer."

The installation is part of a series of crosswalk improvements to the neighborhood.  PBOT recently installed conventional crosswalk markings in surrounding blocks, including SW Davis Street and Fourth Avenue one block away.  PBOT, in partnership with the Portland Development Commission, also is installing curb extensions at SW Third Avenue and Burnside Street.

Photos from the event can be viewed and downloaded from PBOT's Creative Crosswalk Flickr album.

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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 Advisory: Commissioner Novick to dedicate city's first creative crosswalk June 9; Portlanders get to walk on raindrops in Old Town

Creative Crosswalk(June 8, 2015) – Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT Director Leah Treat will join Old Town business leaders on Tuesday, June 9 to dedicate Portland’s first pair of ‘creative crosswalks,’ an eye-catching pattern of raindrops with a giant umbrella that guides pedestrians across NW Third Avenue and Davis Street.

The raindrop installation, planned and designed with community input, is intended to improve pedestrian safety and contribute to the district’s vitality.  It is one of several crossing improvements in Old Town Chinatown but the first artistic crosswalk.

WHAT: Installation and dedication of the city’s first creative crosswalk, a public-private project between the city and the community.

WHEN:  10 a.m. crews begin installation. 11 a.m. ribbon cutting and walk on raindrops

WHO:  Commissioner Novick, PBOT Director Leah Treat, Jake Kaempf of Ampersand Content in Old Town, who contributed the design, and other members of the Old Town Chinatown community.

VISUALS: PBOT crews installing the thermoplastic design. Ribbon-cutting celebration of the creative crosswalk, officials and community members walking across raindrops.

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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

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on West Burnside Street to close lanes from NW 10th to 11th avenues June 10-26

(June 5, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on W Burnside Street from NW 10th Avenue to NW 11th Avenue from Wednesday, June 10, through Friday, June 26, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

Both eastbound lanes will be closed during work hours. Traffic will be flagged through both directions using the two westbound lanes. The eastbound curb lane will remain closed during the duration of the project.

The 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 alternate routes if possible.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to repair the failed road base and stabilize the foundation of the road to prevent potholes and other surface distresses. Crews will also replace the bus stop pad with concrete for increased durability.

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

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE Alderwood Road to close lanes from NE Columbia Boulevard to NE 82nd Avenue June 8-17

(June 3, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Alderwood Road from NE Columbia Boulevard to NE 82nd Avenue from Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 17,  7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind down the road surface and pave 1.95 lane miles of NE Alderwood Road.

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 reader boards and 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