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Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SE Belmont from SE 12th Ave to SE Grand Ave from Feb.3 to Feb. 6

(February 2, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Belmont Street from SE 12th Avenue to SE Grand Avenue from Tuesday, February 3rd through Friday, February 6th, 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. each weekday. This project may also include some weekend work.

 Two lanes will remain open during the afternoon rush hour. Parking will be removed during work hours.

 The lane closures and parking removal will allow crews to grind 1.16 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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Bus Rapid Transit could be coming to Portland

Share your ideas for better transit along the Powell-Division Corridor

Map of proposed Bus rapid transit line

Click this link for a larger version of map

(February 5, 2015)  Did you know that 9-Powell and 4-Division are among the regions busiest bus lines? They’re considered the workhorses of the eastside TriMet bus system.

Metro, TriMet, ODOT, Multnomah County and the cities of Portland and Gresham are looking into a range of options to improve transit service along these routes. A new kind of service, called Bus Rapid Transit, is being considered to improve convenience beyond today’s Frequent Service.

Bus Rapid Transit is basically a mix of vehicle, station and street features knit together to create faster, more reliable trips with better service. Think of blending rubber tire buses with some of the key benefits of streetcar and light rail. Different types of vehicles, stations and station amenities as well as route alignment are all on the table. We’ll also be looking at ways to improve walking and biking access along the route.

We need your help to bring better service to this important transit corridor. Please join us for one or all of the workshop/open houses below, or at one of the drop-in sessions:

February workshop/open houses!

Feb. 12, Thursday: Gresham hands on workshop

   Workshop: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 6 to 6:30 and 8:30 to 9 p.m.

   Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Feb. 17, Tuesday: East Portland hands on workshop

   Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 5:30 to 6 and 8 to 8:30 p.m.

   East Garden Restaurant, 12424 SE Division St

Feb 28, Saturday: Southeast, East Portland hands on workshop

   Workshop: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

   Fubonn, 2850 SE 82nd Ave

March 10, Tuesday:  Southeast Portland Open House

  Time to be announced

   Cleveland High School cafeteria, 3400 SE 26th Ave

Talk to staff sessions
Drop by any time to talk with Powell-Division project staff at the Division Midway Alliance for Community Improvement, 2536 SE 122nd Ave: 
• Tues, Feb 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Tues, Feb 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
• Tues, Mar 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Tues, Mar 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Find project updates on the Powell-Division project page.

Learn more about the basics of Bus Rapid Transit here.

News Release: Director Leah Treat rolls out Portland Progress; 2-year work plan for PBOT that sets practical and audacious goals

(February 10, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation leadership today released Portland Progress, a two-year work plan that highlights new initiatives affecting all aspects of bureau operations and sets the agency’s sights on serving Portlanders’ core values of quality of life, safety, health and economic wellbeing.

“PBOT has long stood out among much larger cities for our expansive vision of transportation as a catalyst for economic development, environmental sustainability and social equity,” said Leah Treat, the transportation bureau’s director. “This work plan continues in that tradition and is a fitting challenge for a staff that is consistently hard-working, resourceful and forward-looking.”  

Portland Progress comes in two parts, the first focused on external actions to improve Portland’s transportation system, the second on strengthening the organization itself so it can better serve the public. Both parts are published online at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/workplan

While ambitious in goals, the work plan is realistic about finances and the resources available to PBOT.  The work plan specifically calls out the budget cuts of recent years that have taken a toll on the bureau and the city’s transportation system.  It outlines approaches and actions that can be taken with existing resources and scaled up as new revenue becomes available.

“We are laying out a bold and audacious vision for what our transportation future can be - a city of zero traffic fatalities, with streets and systems that are the envy of the nation, an inclusive city where every resident and business has the opportunity to grow and thrive, and a sustainable place that supports the health of both our people and our planet,” Treat added.

Portland Progress action items are informed first by the multiple long-range plans that guide all city agencies: the Portland Plan, the Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and, specifically to this bureau, the Transportation System Plan. It was further developed through input and meetings with partner agencies, stakeholders and employee focus groups. 

The result is a plan with 176 ambitious and actionable steps that are grouped into six themes. Five are focused on serving the public. The sixth theme, Shoring Up the Foundation, focuses on the people of PBOT and improved internal operations.

Portland Progress is intended to be a living document for use internally as well as in the community.  PBOT also commits to reporting on its progress through an online performance meter and periodic updates. 

The plan is amply illustrated and includes graphics and other resources that can be excerpted and used as needed. These include a “Safe Speed” graphic that shows the effect of different speeds on the likelihood of a person surviving a crash, and maps of annexation, diversity and unpaved streets.

Portland Progress also summarizes the city’s transportation history, showing how the city and its transportation choices have evolved over the years, from early days that includes a streetcar system to the age of the automobile to current times in which the public and bureau are striving for a more balanced system that raises the role of walking, biking and transit.

“Our goal is to build a better Portland together,” Treat said. “We will be ambitious, and we will be accountable. We will move forward quickly and efficiently within two years to make this plan a reality, and after two years we will continue to build on this plan and build on our progress.”

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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

Traffic Advisory: Seven day lane shift on SE Belmont Street and SE Cesar Chavez Blvd begins Feb. 17

(February 11, 2015) The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements require the closure of the right eastbound lane and bus stop on SE Belmont Street between SE Cesar Chavez Blvd and SE 40th Avenue from Tuesday, February 17 through February 24, 2015.   The lane closure will be in effect all hours and all days.

On street parking will be removed from both the north and south sides of SE Belmont Street between SE Cesar Chavez Blvd and SE 40th Avenue. The left turn lane from west bound SE Belmont Street to SE Cesar Chavez Blvd will also be closed.  The parking removal and lane closure will allow east and west bound traffic to continue to travel on SE Belmont Street while repairs are made.

The lane shift is necessary to allow crews to repair the failed road base and stabilize the foundation of the road to prevent potholes and other surface distresses.   

The public is advised to expect delays. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all work zone signage, 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 Release: City board approves 242 new taxi permits, recommends Ecocab entry as Portland responds to high demand for taxis

(Feb. 12, 2015) Responding to widespread public interest in having more taxi service in Portland, the City’s Private for Hire Transportation Board of Review has approved a record number of new taxi permits and recommended a new taxicab provider.

The board approved permits that were requested by six of the seven taxi companies that do business in Portland. The board also recommended City Council approval of 51 permits for a new taxi company, Ecocab, which plans to offer service with a fleet comprised of all-electric vehicles.

"We hear from the public that they want taxis to be more accessible, and we hope these new permits will make it easier for everyone to be able to take a cab when they want one," said Leah Treat, Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Taxi Companies Current number of taxicabs Requests for new cabs New total pemits available
  Approved 2012 Approved 2015  
Broadway Cab  136  30  166
Green Cab  59  82  141
New Rose City  19  30  49
Portland Taxi  30  24  54
Radio Cab  149  26  175
Sassy's  17  0  17
Union Cab  50  50  100
Total  460  242  702

The board required that the first vehicles added to the fleets of the existing companies be wheelchair accessible. The City requires that each taxi company ensure that 20 percent of its fleet is accessible to people with disabilities. If the City Council approves Ecocab and the 51 permits recommended, the total number of taxis permitted in Portland would grow from 460 currently approved to 753.

The change comes as PBOT conducts 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 dispatch software has identified times during which there is a significant shortage of taxi vehicles available to serve the public during periods of peak demand.

Initial reports in 2014 indicated that during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, there was 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.

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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