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News Release: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat to welcome public to Community Forum on taxis, Uber and other private for hire transportation issues Feb. 26

(Feb. 23, 2015) – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will join the public at a Community Forum for public input on taxi service and safety measures that could be required for new companies such as Uber and Lyft.

At the PDX Rides Community Forum, the public will have an opportunity to speak directly to the Private For-Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force. Commissioner Novick convened the task force to review and evaluate the services and regulations governing taxis and Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW Fifth Ave., Second Floor. The public can also provide comments to the task force by email at pdxrides@portlandoregon.gov and or phone: 503-823-5087.

Discussion will focus on issues relating to taxi service and the potential to add companies such as Uber and Lyft to the Portland market:

  • How’s taxi service in Portland?
  • What safety measures do we need for Uber, Lyft, taxis and other transportation companies?
  • What consumer protections do we need?

The task force, which has been meeting since January, is expected to present recommendations on transportation network companies in April. It will continue to meet through the summer to consider other changes to the Portland taxi market.

For more information on the innovation task force, see: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/PDXrides

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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

 

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SE Holgate Blvd from SE 76th Avenue to SE 82nd Avenue March 3-4

Update: PBOT crews will return to finish this project on March 3 and March 4.  Lane closures will be in effect both days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. so crews can pave .9 lane miles of street

(February 23, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Holgate Boulevard from SE 76th Avenue to SE 82nd Avenue from Wednesday, February 25th through February 27th from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

 The lane closures will allow crews to grind .9 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. 

 PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

 Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

 The traveling 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

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Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on NE 7th Ave for one day, March 2nd, from NE Multnomah to NE Weidler streets

(February 27, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that on March 2nd street improvements will require lane closures on NE 7th Avenue from NE Multnomah Street to NE Weidler Street.

 The lane closures will allow crews to grind .63 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. 

 PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

 Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

 The traveling 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

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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

News Advisory: Timbers' fans: Consider TriMet, biking, walking to March 7 and all home games; event rate parking in effect

(March 2, 2015)  – With the first Timbers’ home game starting at 7:30 p.m. March 7, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers fans to consider their transportation options for all games this season in order to keep streets and transit running smoothly.

Fans are encouraged to take TriMet or walk or bicycle. Ample temporary bicycle parking is available at Providence Park.  People who drive are encouraged to park in one of the City’s SmartPark garages.

Event rate pricing of $3.50 per hour will be in effect at area parking meters from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Regular parking rates of $1.60 per hour will apply at other times. 

Northwest neighborhood event Zone M permit parking restrictions also will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Event-goers are encouraged to check out transportation and parking information at www.trimet.org and www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/timbers or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark.

 Go Timbers!

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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

It’s a wrap on the 2014-15 Fix-It Fair season

3 fairs, 100 bikes, and many great community connections

(March 2, 2015)  During the 2014-15 Fix-It Fair season Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School engaged in over 300 conversations with neighbors, students and families about their transportation options and biking and walking to school, including several in Spanish.  We also prepared 60 riders for biking year-round at our All-Season Cycling classes and helped provide adjustments and tune ups for 100 bikes.

volunteer mechanics from Bikes 4 Humanity & Bike Farm

Common bike repairs included fixing flat tires, shifting and braking adjustments, brake pad replacement, drivetrain maintenance, and other miscellaneous adjustments like raising seats, tightening training wheels or adjusting headsets. All repairs were provided to help low-income families and students get back on the road for trips to school, to work and for errands.

Bike mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm and other volunteers donated over 100 hours to help bring this free service to Fix-It Fair attendees. “It’s definitely a group effort and we couldn’t do it without everyone pitching in – especially our amazing mechanics! We are so lucky to have them donating their time and resources to these events,” said Abra McNair, Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School staffer.

We hope to continue bringing these great services to the Fix-It Fair community when the events start up again in November. Until then, the Community Resource Guide is available online year-round with the type of information you’ll find at a Fix-It Fair. And if your bike needs work, check out this list of classes, shops and organizations that can help you learn to fix it yourself.