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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Dylan Rivera

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503-823-3723

For breaking news from Portland Bureau of Transportation see our Twitter feed: @PBOTinfo

For breaking news on overall service disruptions in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, go to @publicalerts or see www.publicalerts.org 


Holiday Parking Advisory for SmartPark Garages and On-street Meters

SmartPark Garages Closed on Christmas Day

On-street metered parking free on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

smartpark logo(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation SmartPark garages will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, and remain closed on Christmas Day.  The garages will re-open on Saturday, December 26 at 5 a.m. The one exception is the O’Bryant Square SmartPark garage. This garage will close at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 24 and will not re-open for regular business hours until Monday, December 28 at 6:30 a.m.

On-street metered parking will be free on Christmas Day and then resume normal business operation on December 26.

New Year’s Holiday

All SmartPark Garages will be open for regular business hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  On-street parking will be free at the meters on New Year’s Day. Regular business hours and rates for on-street meters apply all other days.

The six City of Portland SmartPark parking garages include nearly 3,800 public parking spaces and serve shoppers, business clients and visitors to Downtown Portland. Contact Central Parking at (503) 790-9302 for questions related to SmartPark garage operating hours or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark.  

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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                   

Travel Advisory: NW Germantown Road remains closed to through traffic, with continued risk of hazardous conditions

(Dec. 28, 2015)  – The traveling public is advised to be alert for black ice on roadways this evening, especially in the West Hills. NW Germantown Road between Highway 30 and NW Skyline Boulevard, which was closed Sunday night because of downed trees and abandoned vehicles in the roadway, remains closed due to the continued risk of icy conditions. The roadway is expected to remain closed through Tuesday morning’s rush hour. Local access will be maintained for residents in the area. The public is encouraged to use alternate routes.

With temperatures expected to again drop to freezing this evening at high elevations in the Portland area, combined with already wet road surfaces, driving conditions can be hazardous.

Black ice is defined as ice that remains on roadways that are not subjected to direct sunlight. Black ice commonly forms on roads that wind around lakes and rivers, in tunnels, on overpasses and in highly shaded, rural areas. Black ice is almost invisible to the naked eye. Be especially careful when driving or riding into shaded areas, on bridges and overpasses, and on infrequently traveled roads. Slow down during your approach.

Anyone choosing to drive at high elevations in Portland during winter weather is encouraged to use caution, slow down, allow three times the normal distance to brake and stop safely, use headlights and share the road responsibly.

Additional information on winter weather travel can be found on PBOT’s website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/47307

For the most current updates on road closures, follow PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo A Twitter account is not necessary to view the listings.

The City recommends Portlanders monitor conditions where they are traveling, watch the forecast, and use www.PublicAlerts.org as their source for emergency updates. The site provides links to street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service alerts, and other emergency information.

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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

3 ways to travel safe on New Year's Eve

Be carfree and carefree while ringing in 2016!

(December 30, 2015) TriMet continues its tradition of free fares to encourage New Year's Eve revelers to make safe choices on the big night out. After 8:00 pm, TriMet MAX and bus trips will be free throughout the TriMet service area. If transit doesn't suit your needs or serve your destinations, there are plenty of other options for being carfee and carefree for New Year's Eve.

  1. Celebrate safely with TriMet - all TriMet service is free after 8:00 pm on New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31. MAX will have extended late-night service until about 3:00 am. Get the details at http://trimet.org/nye/index.htm.
  2. Taxis and other private for-hire vehicles - Portland has plenty of taxi companies to choose from, as well as limousine services if you want to travel in style for the big night out. Find a complete listing at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/296082. Uber and Lyft also operate in Portland. If you are still out celebrating after TriMet service ends, Uber is offering new customers $25 off their ride home with the code “PDXNYE”.
  3. Carpool with a designated driver - in a pinch, check out BeMyDD.com which is a designated driver service in Portland, or the new SaferRide App available for Android and Apple users.

How ever you travel, have a safe and happy New Year!