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Winter Weather Travel Advisory: Snow to impact Wednesday night travel, Thursday morning commute

For the first time, PBOT hires private contractors to help plow routes Don't pass plows: Private vehicles causing road hazards

(6 p.m. Feb. 21, 2018) The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for snow in the Portland area after 10 p.m. tonight, Wednesday Feb 21, and continuing until 3 a.m. or later on Thursday morning. Between 1 inch and 2 inches of snow is expected in low lying areas of Portland, with up to 4 inches in areas above 500 feet above sea level.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the public to avoid travel, if possible, or to take public transit. The traveling public should exercise caution on Portland roadways. Overnight freezing temperatures and additional snowfall overnight will also impact the Wednesday morning commute. PBOT crews are in 24-hour emergency operations and patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed.

  • Do Not Pass Snowplows: On Tuesday and Wednesday, snowplow operators reported multiple near-misses. Private vehicles passed snowplows on the left, nearly causing crashes with oncoming traffic, or passing on the right, driving into airborne snow and other debris displaced by the plow.
  • Private Sector Help: For the first time, PBOT hired private contractors to help clear snow. Titan Utilities and Moore Excavation used front-end loaders on Wednesday morning to plow school bus routes at 13 schools in the Portland Public and David Douglas School districts. PBOT is hiring them again to plow before dawn Thursday morning, along with a third contractor, Westech Construction, which should cover a total of about 20 schools among the three firms. PBOT crews also plowed some residential streets on school bus routes. The goal is to provide passable streets on school bus routes, which include some streets that are too narrow for city trucks to access.
  • Road Salt Use: PBOT has used about 90 tons of road salt on 12 designated salt routes, over the weekend through Wednesday. The Bureau has more than 700 tons available in storage.
  • Do Not Abandon Your Vehicle: On Tuesday night and Wednesday, PBOT Parking Enforcement called for eight vehicles to be towed. Seven were blocking travel lanes and one was blocking an intersection. Citations cost $85, plus towing charges of $201 plus $27 a day for storage.
  • Make Your Sidewalk Safe: The City does not remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to private property. By City Code, property owners are responsible for their sidewalks and driveways, including the removal of snow, ice, slippery leaves, and other debris.

The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.

News Blog: Portland's Transportation Wallet now available in NW Portland

PBOT expands its Transportation Wallet program by partnering with the NW Parking District to manage parking demand and reduce congestion

nw transportation wallet

(Feb. 21, 2018)  Waking up to a second day of snow and ice this morning, Portlanders are hopping on transit, strapping on snow boots or riding a bike to get to where they need to go. And now the Portland Bureau of Transportation is expanding its Transportation Wallet service to keep Portland moving, through #SnowJam2018 and beyond.

People who live or work in the NW Parking District can now purchase a "Transportation Wallet" – three transportation passes for only $99:

  • $100 TriMet Hop Card,
  • an annual BIKETOWN Membership, AND
  • an annual Portland Streetcar Pass.

This is a $684 value! A portion of the parking permit fees that NW residents and employees pay go to provide Transportation Wallet's discount. Get your Transportation Wallet today at transportationwallet.com.

The expansion of the program follows after a successful launch of the Transportation Wallet in partnership with the Central Eastside Industrial District Council, where PBOT teamed up with the parking district to encourage walking, taking transit, and bicycling in the districts.

The Transportation Wallet is a helpful tool for employers and residents alike.

“The Transportation Wallet is an awesome service," said Rachel Consolo, Lloyd Center Pharmacy Operations Manager. "We can't thank [PBOT] enough!!”

The Transportation Wallet is one of many approaches to address parking demand and congestion in these two dense areas of Portland. Switching even just a few trips from driving to other modes creates more available parking and helps alleviate traffic, a win for everyone, no matter how you get around.

Employees and residents in the NW Parking District and Central Eastside Industrial District can get their Transportation Wallet today at transportationwallet.com

Winter Weather Travel Advisory: Snow to impact Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning commute

Parking amnesty in Portland's parking meter districts to begin at 3 p.m.

(2:15 p.m. Feb. 20, 2018) The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Tuesday, February 20 and continuing at least through Wednesday morning. Between 3 inches and 7 inches of snow is expected in the Portland area, with heavier snowfall beginning this afternoon that could impact the afternoon and evening commute. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the public to avoid travel, if possible, or to take public transit. The traveling public should exercise caution on Portland roadways. Overnight freezing temperatures and additional snowfall overnight will also impact the Wednesday morning commute. PBOT crews are in 24-hour emergency operations and patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed.

The Weather Service also warns that a second snow event could create hazardous traveling conditions on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city.

A parking amnesty will go into effect beginning at 3 p.m. today in Portland's parking meter districts. To encourage people to leave their cars legally parked and take alternate means of transportation out of the Central City, PBOT will allow cars to remain parked in City meter districts without penalty until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.

Winter Weather Travel Advisory: Presidents' Day may get off to an icy, slick start and PBOT urges Portlanders to use caution when traveling

Winter weather and slick road conditions possible starting Sunday, February 18th and continuing into Presidents' Day holiday

(February 17, 2018) The National Weather Service has notified the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) of the potential for winter weather and slick road conditions starting Sunday, February 18th and continuing at least through Monday morning. The traveling public should exercise caution on Portland roadways, particularly at high elevations. Overnight freezing is a possibility which will make for icy conditions for Monday morning's commute.

PBOT crews will be patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed starting Sunday and continuing during the Presidents' Day holiday.

The forecasts are changing and variable. The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.

News Release: PBOT and Design Week Portland partner for a special Park(ing) Day on April 14

Portlanders are invited to transform parking spaces throughout the city into temporary art and design spaces.

Park(ing) Day 2017

For their 2017 Park(ing) Day parklet, Owen Jones + Partners collaborated with P:ear -- a neighborhood nonprofit mentoring program for homeless youth - on a "Friends" style coffee lounge to promote P:ear's barista training program and P:ear's one year anniversary. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Feb. 15, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Design Week Portland invite the community to submit their ideas for a special only-in-Portland Park(ing) Day.  Held on the first day of Design Week Portland, April 14, the Portland-only Park(ing) Day will create opportunities for Portlanders, artists and activists to reinvent public spaces as mini-parklets around the city. The goal of the program is to inspire creative placemaking and to highlight different uses of our streets, sidewalks and alleys.

Coinciding with the launch of the new season of PBOT’s Portland in the Streets programming, this special Park(ing) Day will take place on at Custom Blocks located in the heart of the Central Eastside. The PBOT and Design Week Portland partnership represents a merging of the respective missions of the Portland in the Streets Program and Design Week Portland: To promote creative and innovative design approaches that have significant cultural and social impacts on everyday life.

The bureau invites Portland residents and members of the Portland design community to submit their Park(ing) Day installation proposals to transform and enliven 8‘ x 20’ parking spaces throughout Portland into temporary art and design spaces. Applications, guidelines and requirements can be found at www.pbotparkingday.com.

“Design is essential to the work we do at PBOT- for safety, efficiency and for fun,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Transforming our public right of way into creative and fun parklets for Park(ing) Day is a wonderful reminder to us all that streets are, first and foremost, for people. We are thrilled to have the support of Portland’s incredible design community to help us in our mission.”

"Collaboration and diverse perspectives yield greater innovation and better design,” says Tsilli Pines, the festival’s director. “This design challenge issued by PBOT, as part of Design Week Portland, is a great example of the impact design can have on the future our city.” 

The City of Portland has held Park(ing) Day since 2006. The program is part of the bureau’s Portland in the Streets initiative which encourages people to get creative and re-imagine their streets, parking spaces, plazas, and alleys as places to enjoy and engage the surrounding community. Other Portland in the Streets programs include block partiescommunity eventsstreet seats and a community grant program. Portland will celebrate Park(ing) Day twice this year – on April 14 as part of Design Week Portland and on the internationally recognized day on September 21, 2018.