The four major components of the Central Eastside Parking Program are:
- Expansion of Zone G parking permit program,
- New customer priority parking area,
Outreach Letter #3 with Map - Pay Stations for the Central Eastside
- Simplification of parking signage and regulations, and
- Establishment of a Transportation and Parking Management Association (TPMA).
The initial actions of the parking program will be put into place over the next several months. As each new element is rolled out, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will provide public notification and information specific to that action.
In September 2012, the Transportation Bureau began installing new signs in the expanded permit parking area. All employees and residents within the district are eligible to purchase permits which allow vehicles to exceed the visitor time limit in all Zone G signed areas. The cost is $60 annually. Prorated permits will be issued this fall for those new to the permit zone.
Now that the Eastside Streetcar Central Loop has opened, sections of MLK and Grand will soon see the installation of pay stations and the introduction of paid parking. Area Parking Permits for employees and residents will not be honored in this area.
As new signs are put in place, existing signs will be evaluated. In locations where existing signs are no longer serving their intended purpose, they will be removed or replaced. This work will be done in consultation with the adjacent business and/or property owner.
The goal of the parking program is to benefit both businesses and residents by improving access to the district, increasing parking opportunities for employees and customers, and protecting neighborhoods. To do this, the CEIC is taking leadership in forming a TPMA. The TPMA, with membership reflecting major stakeholders within the district and the adjacent neighborhoods, will actively oversee transportation and parking issues and serve as a liaison to PBOT. The TPMA will help ensure that the parking program is well implemented, well managed and adaptive to the evolving needs of the district.