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News Release: PBOT launches pilot program Nov. 7 to increase taxi service during holiday season

(Nov. 6, 2014) In response to high demand for taxi service on weekend nights, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will launch a Seasonal Taxi Permit Pilot Program this weekend.

Starting Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, companies and vehicles currently permitted to provide non-emergency medical transportation will be eligible to provide on-demand taxi service Friday and Saturday nights, from 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each night. This pilot program will terminate on January 2, 2015.

The change comes as PBOT prepares to begin a top-to-bottom review of the City’s regulations for taxis, limos, town cars and other services, which are regulated by the Private for Hire Transportation (PFHT) Division. The City Council moved the division from the Revenue Bureau to PBOT effective July 1, 2014.

New tracking software has identified times during which there is a definitive shortage of taxicab vehicles available to serve the public during periods of peak demand.

Initial reports indicate that during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, there is an approximate 90 percent availability of Broadway and Radio cabs requested through their contracted smartphone application, called Curb.

On weekends, that percentage drops to 60 percent and lower. For instance, on Saturday, Oct. 25, between 2 and 3 a.m., 206 requests for rides were made to Broadway Cab and Radio Cab through Curb, but only 50 of those requests were fulfilled.

“As we enter the holiday season, the busiest time of the year for taxi companies, there is a pressing need for more cabs on weekend nights,” said Leah Treat, Director of PBOT. “Further review of how best to serve increased calls for on-demand, private for hire transportation service in Portland is needed. We’re committed to look at ways to modernize and improve taxi service in Portland.”

Complaints regarding the availability and long wait times for taxis account for the majority of complaints received by the PFHT Division. At this time, the most current data on taxi availability and response times is only available through Curb on calls to service for Broadway and Radio cabs. However, this data is consistent with the availability of other taxi companies permitted by the City of Portland.

The Seasonal Taxi Permit Pilot Program was authorized under Administrative Rule 16.40.520.J by the Director of Transportation and expires on January 2, 2015. As many as 100 vehicles are expected to be eligible to apply to participate in this pilot program starting Friday, Nov. 7.

A list of all permitted for-hire transportation operators is available here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/article/296082. For more information about the PFHT Division, or to file a complaint, call 503-865-2486 or email Regulatory@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Let Portland By Cycle keep you active through the winter

Staying active throughout the winter is a great way to fight the seasonal blues and bicycling is a great way to accomplish that!

Person on bicycle with umbrella(November 6, 2014) Let Portland By Cycle (PBC) keep you active and on your bike all winter long. Just in time for the rainy weather, PBC is offering a free All Season Cycling Class on Thursday, November 13 from 6:30-8pm at the PCC Climb Center, 1626 SE Water Avenue. Here are a few examples of what you will learn:

  • Simple bike maintenance tips for winter
  • Strategies for staying warm and dry without breaking the bank
  • Bike handling techniques for wet weather
  • More…

Bike with donuts for wheelsFor some additional motivation for trying out your new skills, join PBC for the Coffee and Donuts Ride on Saturday, November 15 from 9:45am-1pm starting from Irving Park at NE Fremont and 7th Avenue.

This ride will be an easy paced loop with several stops along the way to refuel and is great for folks new to biking or new to the area. The approximately 14-mile route will follow mostly low-traffic streets and neighborhood greenways with some off-street paths. As always, the ride is free but helmets are required.

Be sure to bring your own cup for coffee and cash for snacks. As an added incentive, there will also be a free raffle at both the class and the ride. We hope you’ll join us! 

To sign up for the Portland By Cycle e-newsletter, click here.

Traffic Advisory: One day closure of NE Killingsworth on Saturday 11/8 to allow crews to pave street from NE 33rd to 42nd avenues

(November 6, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require the street closure of NE Killingsworth Street from NE 33rd Avenue to NE 42nd Avenue on Saturday, November 8, 6 a.m. through 6 p.m.  Alternate routes are available on NE Lombard Street and NE Prescott Street.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave about 1.48 lane miles of the street.

 Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work.

 Access will be maintained for businesses and residents. The public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously and use alternate routes during the one day closure.

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

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News Advisory: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick to propose $46 million Portland Street Fund at 10:30 a.m. Monday news conference

(Nov. 10, 2014) Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick will brief the news media on a proposed Portland Street Fund.

The result of nearly a year of public input, the Portland Street Fund will more than double the City’s pavement maintenance budget and make major investments in transportation safety improvements, especially in East Portland.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 2 p.m., Nov. 20. A final vote is expected at 10 a.m. Dec. 3.

Who: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick

What: Announcement of Portland Street Fund, which will come to City Council for a public hearing at 2 p.m., Nov. 20, 2014.

When: 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Where:  Lovejoy Room, City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

Visuals:  Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick discussing the proposal, with background material displayed on maps and posters. Press packet will be made available.

For background on the public input that helped develop the Portland Street Fund proposal, see www.OurStreetsPDX.com

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