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News Release: PBOT booting program nets 21 vehicles with $83,000 in overdue parking citations

(Sept. 27, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation's parking enforcement program has applied parking boots to 21 vehicles that had overdue parking citations totaling $82,795 in less than three weeks, the bureau announced today.

Booting close up white car

PBOT started using parking boots on Sept. 7. As of Monday, Sept. 26, enforcement officers had booted 21 vehicles, of which 10 were released to the owner by the Multnomah County Circuit Court, nine were towed for lack of payment and two were still remaining on the street with the parking boot applied.

In August, the Portland City Council approved a new policy allowing PBOT parking enforcement to use parking boots. PBOT uses boots to immobilize a vehicle for up to 36 hours, allowing the owner time to settle outstanding citations with the court. This approach allows people to pay their tickets, and avoid towing fees. After booting, the vehicle is towed if the vehicle owner has still not settled with the court for outstanding citations, and normal fees apply.

"Everyone needs to pay their parking tickets,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “I wanted PBOT to start booting largely because the towing and vehicle storage fees are an unnecessary penalty that is particularly burdensome for people with low incomes. In recent weeks, we've heard that people are going to court and settling up their outstanding tickets and that's great. Our parking enforcement program helps make sure everyone is following the rules of the road."

Vehicle owners who have questions about outstanding parking citations can call 503-988-3235, option 2 or see the court's web site on parking citations

Booting gives vehicle owners the opportunity to pay their citations or appear in front of a judge at Multnomah County Court to resolve their outstanding citations, before they start getting hit with additional towing charges.

PBOT's parking enforcement operation is a crucial part of the city's management of public space, said Transportation Director Leah Treat.

"Parking spaces are an important part of the public space that PBOT manages for Portlanders," Treat said. "Our parking rules are essential to manage public space in the public interest. We issue citations to make sure everyone is following the rules. Enforcement helps our parking system provide Portlanders with the access to homes and businesses that we all enjoy every day."

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions about PBOT's booting program.

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Booting demonstration

PBOT Parking Enforcement staff demonstrate booting a vehicle. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Lexus with Parking Boot

Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Mustang stickers

Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Booting gray car

Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Boot black SUV

Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close N Interstate Avenue to all traffic from N Larrabee Avenue to N Tillamook Street, Sept 26-Oct 5

(Sept 23, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require a full road closure for people driving and biking on N Interstate Avenue from N Larrabee Avenue to N Tillamook Street, on Monday, September 26, through Wednesday, October 5, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day. Work is expected only on weekdays and the road will be open on the weekend.

The road closure will allow crews to grind and pave 1.77 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. The road closure will only be in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto N Larrabee Avenue and southbound traffic will be detoured onto the ramp that reconnects with Interstate at N Thunderbird Way via N Larrabee Avenue.

This area is a popular route for people traveling by bicycle and public transit. During work hours, expect to see signs indicating detours for all travelers. Consider using alternate routes.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet service, check trimet.org/alerts.

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 reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

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News Release: Oregon’s first Speed Safety Cameras to start issuing tickets on Saturday on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway

SUV speeds on BHH

Photo courtesy Portland Bureau of Transportation.

vision zero logo(Sept. 23, 2016) -- The first Speed Safety Cameras in Oregon will start issuing speeding tickets on Saturday, after 30 days of issuing warnings that have already reduced top-end speeding by 93 percent.

The goal of the Speed Safety Cameras is to reduce speeding and save lives. The SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway corridor is part of Portland’s High Crash Network of roads. PBOT’s recent Vision Zero crash data analysis found that Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is one of the top roads where people driving are killed or seriously injured. People walking along or crossing on foot are twice as likely to be struck by a car than on the average city street.

Cameras started issuing warnings on Aug. 25, the start of a 30-day period that ends on Saturday. The warnings have already reduced top-end speeding along the corridor, where about 25,000 vehicles travel each day and the speed limit is 40 mph:

  • Before the cameras were installed, an average 1,417 vehicles a day traveled 51 mph or faster, according to readings by a pneumatic tube laid across the roadway.
  • During the warning period from Aug. 24 to Sept. 18, an average 93 vehicles a day were found traveling 51 mph or faster -- a 93.4 percent reduction from the tube count.
  • In the first week of the warning period, cameras recorded an average 115 violations a day. Violations dropped to an average 72 a day by the week of Sept. 12 to 18.

“Speed Safety Cameras have a proven track record in other cities, and are already showing their effectiveness in Portland,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat, “For us to reach our Vision Zero goal of ending traffic fatalities and serious injuries, we need tools like these cameras. Thanks to the City Council and state Legislature, we can use this proven tool and save lives.” “It's amazing to see how quickly these safety cameras have reduced dangerous speeding on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “I'm so glad these cameras have already improved safety on a busy street where pedestrians face a terribly high crash rate."

VIDEO: Safety cameras recorded video of a white SUV traveling at 72 mph, available at the PBOT YouTube channel.

The installation on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is the first safety camera installation since the City of Portland and community safety advocates convinced the state Legislature in 2015 to pass HB 2621, which allows them to be used on High Crash Corridors in the Portland city limits. The City of Portland has been using other cameras to supplement speed enforcement for years, with police officers in vans enforcing speed limit violations. Portland also uses cameras to increase enforcement compliance with red lights at traffic signals.

Safety Cameras are a proven safety tool that can reduce dangerous speeding and save lives. The cameras are mounted along High Crash Corridors and when people driving past them exceed the posted speed limit, they capture photos and video for review by Portland Police. The Speed Safety Cameras issued warnings for the first 30 days of operation. An officer from the Portland Police Bureau will review violations before a citation is issued. The typical fine will be $160.

HB 2621 requires that money received from the speeding tickets can only be spent to cover the cost of the program or pay for safety improvements and programs on High Crash Corridors. Additional cameras will be installed during by spring 2017 at SE 122nd Avenue between Foster and Powell Boulevards, Marine Drive and Outer SE Division Street.

Speed reader board

Photo by Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The Speed Safety Cameras program provides ample warning to people driving in the area. State law requires speed signage and speed reader boards to be installed on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway warning drivers more than 100 yards in advance of the cameras in both directions. PBOT staff also conducted extensive outreach with local neighborhood associations as well as more than 75 businesses and community organizations to raise awareness of the changes along the corridor, before the cameras were installed.

In addition to the new cameras, PBOT is delivering three additional safety and maintenance projects on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway beginning this fall that reflect the goals of the Southwest Community Plan and the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway High Crash Corridor Safety Plan.

Among the included projects:

  • Paving maintenance: PBOT will perform a two-inch grind and pave maintenance project, resulting in new pavement from SW 21st/Bertha Court to SW 35th Avenue to be delivered this fall 2016.
  • Safety Demonstration Project: PBOT will deliver a Safety Demonstration Project on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in spring 2017. The project includes a new marked pedestrian crossing with a median island with Rapid Flashing Beacons at 35th Avenue, a protected pedestrian/bike lane space, reduced travel lane widths, and new ADA-compliant pedestrian curb ramps.
  • Stormwater Improvements: PBOT and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) are partnering to install stormwater curb extensions on at Shattuck. These will shorten the pedestrian crossings and ADA curb ramps will be constructed at all corners. Construction will be completed in the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

Death rate by various speeds

The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero – the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many. Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.

News Release: Commissioner Novick and Director Treat celebrate groundbreaking on first Fixing Our Streets project

Novick at FOS Groundbreaking

Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick celebrates the first Fixing Our Streets groundbreaking at SE 104th and Bush. Photo by Cevero Gonzalez, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Fixing Our Streets logo

(September 19, 2016) Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Leah Treat celebrated the first groundbreaking of the Fixing Our Streets program today at a base repair project at the intersection of SE 104th and Bush.

The Fixing Our Streets program is the result of the passage of Measure 26-173, a ten cent tax on motor vehicle fuels and Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to street repair and traffic safety projects. Passed on May 17th, 2016, Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years. $8.6 million of the Fixing Our Streets funding will go towards base repair projects, as per the project list that was passed by Portlanders. In May, the Portland City Council also unanimously passed a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. This separate tax for vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds will also fund the Fixing Our Streets program.

Fixing Our Streets includes paving, base repair, sidewalks, crossings, neighborhood greenways, safe routes to school, high crash corridors, protected bike lanes and alternative street design projects that will all have a significant impact on neighborhoods across Portland. An interactive map of Fixing Our Streets projects can be viewed atmap.fixingourstreets.com.

Base repair projects fix those portions of a street that have failed from top to bottom. The goal of these base repair projects is to prevent the structural failure from spreading to other parts of the street. Thanks to Fixing Our Streets, PBOT will be able to increase the amount of base repair projects it does each year. The project at SE 104th and Bush is a high volume street one block south of Powell Boulevard, adjacent to Ed Benedict Park and the Portland Memory Garden and only a few blocks from Earl Boyles Elementary School.

FOS Base Repair

In addition, Fixing Our Streets will allow PBOT to complete 12 major paving projects over the four years of the program. These projects add up to approximately 30 miles of streets that will be restored to very good condition.

“This groundbreaking is one of my proudest moments as transportation commissioner. For the past 30 years, Portland hasn’t made the investments necessary to keep up with basic road maintenance and street repair,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “By approving the gas tax, Portlanders have made a huge statement: they would rather invest resources in improving our streets now, than let our streets continue to deteriorate. I’m proud of Portlanders and I’m proud of the extensive list of projects we’re now going to be able to complete throughout the City.”

“Today is the first day of better streets in Portland. Today, we are kicking off the Fixing Our Streets road repair and traffic safety program and delivering on our promise to Portlanders who were willing to tax themselves for better streets and safer neighborhoods,” said Director Leah Treat. “When voters passed Measure 26-173 in May, they put their trust in PBOT and the City to do what we said and fix our streets. Today, we start proving their trust was well placed.”

PBOT has negotiated an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to collect the fuels tax on behalf of the City of Portland. Fuels tax collection will begin no later than January 1, 2017.

With budget authority from City Council, PBOT has already begun to work on small, but vital projects like the base repair project at SE 104th and Bush. The bureau is also working on the initial design work for the larger paving projects that are set to start next spring and summer.

Program details can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com.

 

Additional photos from today's event can be viewed at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskDTCLN1

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News Release: PBOT announces experienced public sector manager and transportation policy expert Chris Warner as new Assistant Director

(September 15, 2016)  – Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced that Chris Warner will join PBOT as the bureau’s new Assistant Director. Warner, currently Commissioner Steve Novick’s Chief of Staff, will bring over two decades of government and public policy experience to the position. Warner will start on November 14th and will replace current Assistant Director Maurice Henderson, who has been named Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler’s Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives.

“I asked Chris to join PBOT, and I’m thrilled that he agreed to take this position,” said Director Leah Treat. “As Commissioner Novick’s Chief of Staff, Chris has been a partner with PBOT on some of Portland’s most important transportation initiatives, including Vision Zero, Fixing our Streets, BIKETOWN and the overhaul of the Private-for-Hire system. Having served for six years as Governor Kulongoski’s senior transportation advisor, he has key relationships around the state. This wealth of transportation expertise and government experience will be invaluable as PBOT moves forward with its mission to get Portlanders from place to place, safely, easily and sustainably.”

“Chris is the ideal choice for this position,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “Over the last four years, I have consistently relied on Chris’s policy expertise and sound political judgment. In fact, one of the key reasons that I requested to oversee the Bureau of Transportation is that I wanted Portland to benefit from Chris’s broad transportation expertise. I extremely grateful for his wise counsel and his dedicated service to the people of Portland. He’s an effective manager and has guided my office with a sure hand. I’m confident he will have an immediate impact at PBOT; the bureau is lucky to have him."

"Chris embodies the required knowledge, insight and experience from all levels of government I would expect this position to hold,” said Alando Simpson, member of the Oregon Transportation Commission and Vice President and owner of Rose City Disposal and Recycling. “I'm looking forward to seeing what types of sustainable and innovative approaches he brings to the table for PBOT and most importantly, the City of Portland!"

Along with Governor Kulongoski and Commissioner Novick, Warner has held senior management and leadership positions with Senator Ron Wyden and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith. He also worked as a legislative assistant responsible for transportation issues for US Representative Peter DeFazio. As Senior Transportation Policy Advisor for Governor Kulongoski, Warner successfully shepherded both the original 2005 ConnectOregon legislation and the 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act, the largest transportation in state history, through the Legislature.

To facilitate a smooth transition, Warner will remain with Commissioner Novick through early November. He will be succeeded by Katie Shriver as Commissioner Novick’s Chief of Staff. Maurice Henderson will join Mayor-elect Wheeler’s transition team starting November 1st.