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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

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Better Naito FAQs

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How do I get to my job/downtown during the Better Naito? What about traffic? Won’t it be bad?

Can I take the Max? Bus?

Where can l park my car downtown?

Is this safe?

Who else is involved?

How do I get to my job/downtown during Better Naito? What about traffic? Won’t it be bad?

Not much will change!

During the 2015 Better Naito, PBOT and Better Block PDX collected a significant amount of traffic data and found that during non-peak hours, motor vehicle travel times were not significantly affected. The travel time from the half mile stretch of SW Clay to SW Stark increased most dramatically during AM and PM peak travel hours between 7:00-9:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM, with typical increases in motor vehicle travel times during peak hours in the 45 second to one minute range.

Other important traffic information:

  • Signage will be placed at southern traffic feeders into Naito and give ample time for drivers to choose alternate entrances into downtown (i.e. continuing down Barbur Boulevard to Fourth Avenue, instead of entering at Naito Parkway)

  • Southbound lanes on Naito Parkway are an important feeder to I-5 South and they will not change.
  • Northbound vehicles going to I-5 will have the Morrison Bridge on ramp from Naito and the queueing lines will not be changed by the pilot project.
  • Northbound vehicles also have many options to turn – SW Clay, SW Jefferson, SW Harrison.

Can I take the Max? Bus?

Of course!

The Skidmore Fountain, Oak/SW 1st Ave, and Yamhill District Max stations on the Red and Blue lines get you up close to the Better Naito project and all the exciting events at Waterfront Park.

May 8-21 MAX riders please note: MAX service will be disrupted and trains will likely be extremely crowded May 8–21 as crews make improvements to tracks, switches and equipment along 1st Avenue in Downtown Portland. More info on TriMet's 1st Avenue improvements can be found here:

To take the bus, or to get personalized directions to downtown visit Trimet’s Trip Planner.

Where should I park if I'm driving to events at Waterfront Park?

There are a number of affordable and convenient SmartPark parking garages located downtown.

Is this safe?

During Festival season, people visiting Tom McCall Waterfront Park are often forced directly into traffic on Naito Parkway. For example, here is BikePortland’s coverage of the Cinco de Mayo Festival during the summer of 2015. The Better Naito pilot project offers people walking and on bikes a protected space, instead of mixing people, bikes, and cars in the street.

To help keep visitors safe, the Better Naito partners and organizers will build safety barriers and pedestrian lanes.

Who else is involved?

Better Naito is a collaboration between Better Block PDX, PBOT, Waterfront Park Festivals, BIKETOWN and Commissioner Novick’s office.

Sponsors of Better Naito include People for Bikes, Clif Bar, Portland State University, Portland Rose Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Pride, Oregon Brewers Festival, Metro, Cinco de Mayo,  Human Access Project and more.

PBOT will again be analyzing the traffic data gathered by field observations from volunteers as well as Bluetooth and manual counts of people walking and biking.