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Traffic Advisory: SW Stephenson St at Boones Ferry Rd to close Aug 4-17 for safety improvements

(August 1, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that reconstruction of the SW Stephenson and Boones Ferry intersection will require the full closure of SW Stephenson Street between SW Stephenson Court and SW Boones Ferry Road from Monday, August 4 through Sunday, August 17, 2014 all hours and all days.

Crews are realigning the intersection to improve safety and sight lines for travelers turning onto SW Boones Ferry Road from SW Stephenson Street.

During construction, the public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Eastbound traffic on SW Stephenson Street will be detoured at SW Lancaster Road.  All westbound traffic will be detoured at SW Arnold Street. 

Local access to residences will be provided.

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

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News Release: Sunday Parkways offers eight miles of traffic-free fun in Northeast Portland this weekend

(July 24, 2014) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host the third Sunday Parkways of the season July 27 in Northeast Portland. Thousands of people are expected to participate and enjoy eight miles of traffic-free streets where they can bicycle, walk, stroll, roll and dance along the way.

The Northeast Portland route will connect Woodlawn Park, Alberta Park, Fernhill Park and Rigler School. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and along the route. The event is free and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public also is invited to join 60 “Thrive”-shirted Kaiser Permanente employees, family and friends to ride the route starting at 2 p.m. at Alberta Park.

“Kaiser Permanente wants Portlanders, our members, and employees to get the support they need to meet their personal health goals and have fun doing it,” said Karen Schartman, vice president and CFO with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “You may even see your own Kaiser Permanente doctor or care provider along for the ride.”

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The five events of the season are held once a month from May to September and take place in a different neighborhood each time.  

Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with its many community partners, including presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and other community partners: Portland Parks & Recreation, Renaissance Homes, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods Market, NW Natural and Clif Kid.

Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

For more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

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Traffic Advisory: Paving to close lanes on N Rosa Parks Way from N Delaware Avenue to N Maryland Avenue July 22 to Aug. 8

(July 22, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures of N Rosa Parks Way from N Delaware Avenue to N Maryland Avenue from Tuesday, July 22, through Friday, August 8, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 2.69 lane miles.

Parking restriction barricades have been in place in the area in preparation for the start of work. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents.

The 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.

 

PBOT releases rosters, schedules for transportation funding workgroups

(July 11, 2014) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation has posted the rosters and schedules of upcoming meetings for the workgroups that will advise on the Our Streets PDX transportation funding community conversation. While the meetings are open to the public, public testimony will not be taken. Comments and questions can be submitted to TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov

Full schedules and rosters are available at www.OurStreetsPDX.com

Non-Residential, Business Stakeholder Workgroup
Businesses stakeholders will advise Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick and PBOT on how to refine the non-residential portion of the Transportation User Fee to minimize negative impacts to the business community. This group will be chaired by Fred Miller, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Portland.

First meeting: Monday, July 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building, Room C


Non-residential, Non-profit and Low-income Stakeholder Workgroup
Nonprofit and government partners will advise Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick and PBOT on how to refine the non-residential portion of the Transportation User Fee (TUF) to minimize the impacts to non-profits and public institutions. This workgroup will also advise on how low-income discounts for the transportation funding proposal and discounts for existing water and sewer ratepayers can be more easily accessed by low-income Portlanders. This group will be chaired by Ruth Adkins, Board Member for Portland Public Schools and Policy Director for Oregon Opportunity Network.

First meeting: Tuesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building Room C


The City Council delayed a proposed Transportation User Fee on June 4, after five months of Our Streets PDX town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Public outreach and community engagement will continue, leading up to a City Council vote, expected in November.

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

See updated information on the proposed fee the council amended on May 29:

-- Updated online calculator: PBOT has updated an online calculator that estimates the monthly fee for residential and non-residential ratepayers. PBOT has updated the web calculator from the proposed $11.56 fee to the 3-year phase-in starting at $6 a month for single-family properties.

-- Transportation User Fee rate details: Details on the way the fee is calculated, to help business owners find the right information.

-- Frequently Asked Questions: This series of questions and answers will help the public learn more about why the fee was proposed and what it would pay for.

-- Email us for more information at TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov

-- Talk about it on twitter, using hashtag #ourstreetspdx or see @pbotinfo

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New survey provides further information for transportation funding working groups

(July 17, 2014) — A new survey provides some additional information on Portlanders’ attitudes about transportation funding options for the citizen working groups the City has convened to advise the City about funding mechanisms to address its significant transportation needs. 

"Some business owners were concerned that the proposed non-residential fee, based on trip generation, didn't take into account the profitability of the business. So we tested people's attitudes toward increasing the tax on business profits," said City Commissioner Steve Novick. "The most common concern we heard about the residential fee was that it was regressive. So we tested new versions of a progressive income tax. We also tested a revised version of a sales tax, combined with a business profits tax," Novick said. 

The survey, conducted by DHM Research on June 19 through 22, tested separate sets of 300 voters on each of 4 funding options. It found that: 

  • Portlanders were closely divided – 47% yes, 48% no - on the idea of raising the city tax on business profits to 4% from its current rate of 2.2%. (That option would raise the entire $53 million annual goal set by the Mayor and Commissioner Novick.) 
  • They supported, by 50% to 45%, the idea of an income tax of one-quarter of one percent on incomes below $100,000; 1% on the amount of income between $100,000 and $250,000; 2% on the amount of income between $250,000 and $500,000; and 3% on income above $500,000.
  •  And, Portlanders supported, by a margin of 60% to 37%, the idea of an income tax of 1% on incomes above $125,000, 2% on income above $250,000, and 3% on income above $500,000. 
  • The survey also tested the concept of combining a smaller increase in the business profits tax (to 3.1%) with a sales tax of one-quarter of one percent that would exclude uncooked food and have a rebate for low-income people. Portlanders disapproved of that option by a margin of 59% to 36%. 

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick have set $53 million as a target for a new transportation funding mechanism. When we asked the State Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) for a rough estimate of the revenue that could be generated by these income tax options, LRO indicated that the “$125,000 and up” option would likely raise an amount in the $50-$55 million range and the option including an 0.25% rate on incomes under $100,000 would likely raise an amount in the $60-$65 million range. 

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick have called for a transportation funding mechanism that splits the responsibility for new revenue between businesses and residents.  Therefore, if the working group recommends and the City moves forward with one of the income tax options, the rates outlined above will likely be halved to yield the goal amount from residential payers. In that case, the first option above would be adjusted to become an income tax of 1/8 of 1% on incomes below $100,000, ½ of 1% on income between $100,000 and $250,000, 1% on income between $250,000 and $500,000, and 1.5% on income above $500,000. The second option would be adjusted to an income tax of ½ of 1% on income between $125,000 and $250,000, 1% on income between $250,000 and $500,000, and 1.5% on income above $500,000.

LRO used Oregon taxable income (not gross income) as the basis for its rough estimates. LRO said that a couple making $60,000 in gross income, with a typical amount of deductions, would likely pay about $50 a year – or slightly over $4 a month – under an income tax rate of 1/8 of 1%.

Novick said that he expected the working groups to take the information - as well as previous surveys - into account as they work to develop modifications or alternatives to the transportation user fee Mayor Hales and Novick had proposed. "One message I take from the survey is that a sales tax is unacceptable to such a large percentage of Portlanders that we can safely say that's off the table," Novick said.

SURVEY RESULTS AVAILABLE HERE