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News Release: Downtown on-street parking rates changing to $2 an hour, making it easier to park, on Monday, Feb. 1

First change to on-street meter rates since 2009

(Jan. 29, 2016) –The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that downtown on-street parking rates will be $2 an hour, effective Monday Feb. 1, after approval by the Portland City Council and a recommendation from a stakeholder advisory committee.

PBOT uses meter rates to manage the supply of on-street parking, and by adjusting rates, PBOT can increase the supply of on-street parking in downtown, making it easier for Portlanders to visit and shop in the area.

The goal is to ensure that there are spaces available so people do not have to spend time circling the block looking for parking. Excessive circling adds to traffic congestion and harms the environment.

PBOT’s goal is to have on-street parking occupancy rates lower than 85 percent. Such a rate ensures that spaces will be available for the next customer. A study of downtown parking rates found many areas of downtown that exceeded the critical 85 percent benchmark. In some areas, parking occupancy tops out above 95 percent.

The new rate is the first change to downtown meter rates since 2009. Public transit fares and off-street parking rates both increased since then. Rates for PBOT’s six SmartPark garages, which offer nearly 4,000 parking spaces to the public, are not affected by Monday’s new meter rates.

Downtown parking meters operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, unless otherwise posted.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions on PBOT’s web site.

PBOT’s SmartPark garages are normally open 24 hours, seven days a week, except for the O’Bryant Square garage, which operates 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The six PBOT SmartPark parking garages include nearly 4,000 public parking spaces and serve shoppers, business clients and visitors to Downtown Portland. For more information about SmartPark garages, see:


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.

Traffic Advisory: Lane closure on SE Hawthorne Blvd continues up to 14 days as PBOT repairs damage from water main break

(Jan. 29, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the right westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard will remain closed between SE 24th Avenue and SE 25th Avenue for another 10 to 14 days as crews work to repair roadway damage from a water main break. Timing of reopening the lane is weather dependent.

Westbound travelers in the area should use caution and consider using alternate routes.

The lane has been closed since Tuesday Jan. 26, when a water main break was discovered. PBOT crews have replaced rock roadway base and on Friday they poured concrete that will need several days to cure. After that, crews will replace up to 6 inches of asphalt.

The asphalt work is weather dependent and the schedule may change. PBOT crews are looking to provide a long-term repair that can withstand heavy traffic on a busy corridor rather than a short-term fix that would need more work later.


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.

News Blog: Vision Zero through the eyes of a Portland trauma nurse

Mike Morrison at work

"More than 95% of the injuries I see are entirely preventable," says Michael Morrison, B.S.N.

By Hannah Schafer

Portland Bureau of Transportation

(February 1, 2016) - Portlanders deserve safe streets on which to walk, bike, operate mobility devices, access transit, and drive. The Portland Bureau of Transportation aims to make our transportation system the safest possible and to move towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in the next 10 years. This effort is known as Vision Zero.

Achieving Vision Zero requires the input of a diverse group of partners from across the city and uses a variety of tools to inform the strategies for achieving this important goal. Our community-wide effort now includes Portland’s Police and Fire Bureaus, regional and state government and partners in emergency response, public health and community organizations.

Task Force member Michael Morrison, B.S.N., has been a critical care nurse for the past 39 years. A graduate of the OHSU School of Nursing in 1977, Michael currently works as a trauma nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, where he cares for patients in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care and responds to incoming patients as part of the resuscitation team in the emergency and operating rooms. In short, says Michael, “Most of my career has been on the frontlines of dealing with the aftermath of injuries and fatalities.”

In addition to bedside patient care, he is a coordinator for Legacy Health Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT). TNTT is a nationally recognized injury prevention program and recipient of the prestigious NOVA award from the American Hospital Association. As a national leader, TNTT has developed several unique traffic safety classes. Michael partnered with community traffic safety advocates to develop the High Risk Driver Class and the Share the Road Safety Class. Says Michael, “As we improve our medical care in saving lives and reducing the consequences of injury, the most valuable health care approach is prevention. More than 95% of the injuries I see are entirely preventable.”

Michael helped pioneer Legacy’s Bicycle Helmet Program that has distributed more than 130,000 low cost and free helmets since 1992 in the Portland metropolitan area. Michael raised five children; bicycling for fun and commuting is still a part of their lives.

Says Michael about serving on the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Task Force, “It is an honor for me to work with community leaders, law enforcement, safety advocates and traffic safety planners on the Vision Zero Task Force. Reaching the goal of Vision Zero is achievable with a diverse group of community partners leading the way. Public involvement can significantly reduce injuries and minimize fatalities; I am proud to be sharing in this effort.”

See the following link to a recent Legacy ad highlighting their partnerships to improve health in our community; Michael and the helmet program is featured in this 30 second spot:

The Vision Zero Task Force is charged with providing direction on the Portland Vision Zero Action Plan, including developing the vision, goals, policies, actions, performance measures, and recommendations to get to zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. In addition, Task Force members act as liaisons to the organizations and agencies they represent and will be ongoing champions for implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan. Working together we will save lives.

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Traffic Advisory: PBOT closes SE 122nd Avenue Bridge for about 4 weeks to repair damage from heavy winter rainstorms

(Feb. 3, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that work on the SE 122nd Avenue Bridge over Johnson Creek will keep the span closed to motor vehicle traffic for about four weeks. The bridge sidewalk will remain open for biking and walking.

Travelers in the area should use alternate routes to travel between SE Foster Road and SE Flavel Street.

Local access will be maintained south of SE Foster Road and North of SE Flavel for residents and businesses. Access to the Leach Botanical Garden, located next to the bridge, will also be maintained.

Detour Map for 122nd Avenue Bridge ClosurePBOT crews were inspecting the bridge this week, in the aftermath of several winter rainstorms that had flooded the area and scoured some sections of bridge supports. The inspections revealed damage that requires immediate repair.

PBOT crews are posting two detour routes.

Alternate Route 1 SE 110th/112th:

Southbound traffic will be detoured west at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 110th Dr/SE 112th Ave to SE Flavel St and eastbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St west to SE 112th Ave/SE 110th Dr, then east on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave. 

Alternate Route 2, SE 134th/Deardorff Road:

Southbound traffic will be detoured east at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 134th Ave/SE Deardorff Road to SE Flavel St and westbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St east to Deardorff Road/ SE 134th Ave and west on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously, observe the closure signage and directions by reader boards and detour signage.

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


 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.

Teaching safety to kids most at risk

Safe Routes to School Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education - Our work with Title IA schools

 Thanks to William Francis, BTA Bike and Pedestrian Safety Educator, for this guest article.

student on bike practicing turn signal(February 5, 2016) The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) teaches Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education to roughly 5,000 Portland school children each year though a contract with the Portland Bureau of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. These students learn the keys to safe walking and biking as a fundamental part of their academic curriculum.

Many of these children are from Title IA schools. Title IA schools receive additional federal funding for serving a significant number of students facing risk factors such as poverty and unstable housing. The BTA teaches Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education in 21 out of the 24 Portland Public Schools that fit this classification.

A high number of students at these schools do not have access to bicycles, and live in neighborhoods where there are limited sidewalks and signage. Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education is an essential component of keeping these students and their families' safe as they travel to and from their local schools.

students on community bike rideTeachers and administrators agree these programs are important. Fifth grade teacher from Marysville School, Kelly Joy says "[Bike safety] is a skill they will take with them for a lifetime. I saw such a sense of confidence develop once they learned the rules of the road." Fifth grade Spanish immersion teacher at Rigler School, Risa Nabielski adds, "Bike safety is such a fun and meaningful activity for our students. For some, it is their first time on a bike; they are the ones that really benefit!"

Safe Routes to School and the BTA are always looking for volunteers to assist on school community rides and other efforts. It can be difficult to find enough parent volunteers, at these schools in particular, who are available during school hours due to a variety of challenges. If you are interested in volunteering with these programs, or know of a Title IA school that would like to participate, please contact William Francis at