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Portland Bureau of Transportation

We keep Portland moving

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Looking for a cheap ride?

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Vancouver vanpool wants you!

A new vanpool traveling between northern Vancouver and downtown Portland is looking for a few good riders.

  • Where: From Gaiser Middle School to Downtown Portland (with one stop at Fourth Plain and Grand)
  • When: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $50 - $120/month* including gas, parking, insurance, road-side assistance, and maintenance. Plus, no wear and tear on your vehicle! 
Soar above traffic!


If you are interested in learning more, contact Chi Kim Nguyen with Enterprise's Rideshare Department at 503-612-8193 or

Looking to vanpool but not from Vancouver? No problem!  You can also check out the website at to learn about vanpool opportunities throughout the region.

*Depending on number of riders, between 5 and 10 total.

Transit Mall Changes

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Head's up!

Beginning Tuesday, January 12th TriMet will begin training bus operators on the Portland Mall in downtown.  That means changes on the Mall for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Most importantly - Everyone needs to look out for buses!  We've become accustomed to the absence of buses on 5th and 6th, but next Tuesday all that will change. 

In some areas of the Mall, automobile parking will be removed, buses will be in the middle transit lane, and bicyclists and motorists will share the far left travel lane.

Right turns are not allowed.

Here's what the new traffic pattern will look like once MAX operation begins:

For more information check out the Mall Safety Information website

Contest: Make a Video for TV on Driving Less!

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We've already posted about this, but we thought it was cool enough to repeat: Drive Less/Save More invites you to enter the first Drive Less Video Challenge. The objective: create a 25 second video that motivates people to drive less. The winning video will run as a TV commercial.


Not only will the Grand Prize winner’s video be broadcast on television, but you could win up $3000 worth of prizes. See the Drive Less/Save More web site for more information.













Calling all auteurs: Drive Less Save More wants your video

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Transit Can Save You $8845 a Year

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Use the savings calculator to find your savings

As the challenging economic times force many of us to tighten our belt, riding transit can provide your pocketbook a big bang.

The American Public Transit Association's new study finds that even with steadily dropping gas prices, Portlanders can save over $8800 per year by switching from driving to public transit.

That savings is more than the average household spends on food per year ($6, 111).


The High Cost of Driving

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Oregonian columnist Joseph Rose recently wrote about Regence employee Chris Teal's decision to give up his highly coveted parking spot in the company's downtown garage in favor of riding tranist:

"Adding up the bills -- gas, insurance, a car payment, the cheaper parking -- Teal said his one-hour drive from the Washington suburb was still costing him at least $750 a month. Today, with the help of Regence's employee commuter program, he pays just $25 every month for a C-Tran bus pass that takes him to work in the fast lane."

Rose then opines, "now that hard times have settled in, we need to consider the economics of getting around."  

Kudos to Regence for offering their employees commute options that benefit the workers and the community at large.  Still, the main point is clear:  $750 each month to drive vs. $25 to ride transit.  To me that's a no-brainer in any economic climate.