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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: Central City in Motion planning is underway with Sounding Board group as a guide

(Feb. 22, 2018) Central City in Motion is Portland’s plan for strategic investments to accommodate a rapidly growing population living and working in downtown and the Central Eastside and a  Sounding Board group is helping guide the process. The project, which will build on existing long-range plans and identify next generation investments, includes numerous infrastructure improvements including: safer intersections, separated bikeways, transit priority treatments, and clear demarcation of street space for freight, transit, and bicycles.

To that end, a Sounding Board was established by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to voice a broad set of community and business perspectives. The members are charged with “thinking big” about the future of transportation in the central city to help the project team define a network of investments that considers the many different demands and uses. Specifically, the Sounding Board has been asked to:

  • Share knowledge of existing conditions and needs
  • Weigh in on evaluation criteria
  • Provide input on priorities for design and construction
  • Connect the project with key stakeholders and community representatives, and identify opportunities for public engagement
  • Identify opportunities for the private sector to leverage public investments

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Sounding Board members review the project selection process flowchart and network maps, which will be used to develop a prioritized list of multimodal transportation investments in the central city. Photo by Gabriel Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The Sounding Board is meeting five times from late-2017 to mid-2018, in addition to providing one-on-one strategic advice to the project team. On January 18, 2018, the Sounding Board members convened for the second time and provided feedback on streets under consideration for transit priority, low-stress bikeway and pedestrian safety improvements. The discussion has helped inform the project team’s approach as we prepare for an interactive online open house, which will go live at the end of the month.

More information on the project and the Sounding Board, including member profiles, agendas, meeting minutes, and presentation materials, can be found under the Central City in Motion website at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ccim

Click here sign up for Central City in Motion updates, including the launch of our online open house.

Are you part of a organization, group or business that has a stake in the Central City? If so, we'd be interested in sharing more information about the project at your next meeting. To discuss more, please contact:

Gabe Graff, Project Manager

email: gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov

phone: 503-823-5291

Winter Weather Travel Advisory: Snow accumulation above 500 feet on Friday night could impact travel

PBOT crews will patrol streets at 500' and above, applying de-icer and road salt as needed. Snow plows will also patrol streets above 500'.

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PBOT crews load road salt into a truck equipped with a Salt Dogg spreader that can hold almost five tons of road salt. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Feb. 23, 2018) Portland Bureau of Transportation crews applied about 30 tons of road salt and 10,000 gallons of de-icer on Thursday night and Friday morning, in advance of the forecast for Friday evening snow. Crews also sprayed about 300 gallons of liquid magnesium chloride de-icer during the day on Friday.

The US National Weather Service Portland Oregon has forecast a trace to 1 inch of snow for Portland from 7 to 10pm tonight, with snow expected to accumulate only on streets above 500 feet. Snow in most of the city is expected to only stick to grassy areas, not streets.

The bureau will have extra crews on city streets above 500 feet in NW and SW Portland as well as Mt Scott in East Portland. Crews will re-apply de-icer and road salt. Crews will also have snow plows patrolling areas above 500 feet. 

This week, PBOT has been using a road salt product called Ice Kicker. Unlike table salt, Ice Kicker has anti-corrosive properties that reduce the risk of causing rust on vehicles and infrastructure. The manufacturer adds blue dye, which makes it visible to the public and city crews. PBOT uses only about 200 pounds per lane mile, a low rate of application that further reduces the chances of harm to vegetation and property. PBOT spread about 140 tons of road salt earlier this week. The salt appears to have helped keep many key routes open, including Germantown Road, a notorious trouble spot that has been safe for travel all week.

Winter weather can vary across the city based on elevation, micro-climates, timing and more. Maintenance crews will be watching the forecast closely and making adjustments to their response, if necessary.

The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city. Use PBOT's Winter Weather Center to view conditions across the city using State and City operated traffic cameras at www.portlandoregon.gov/winter.

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: First annual Vision Zero report offers detailed look at street safety efforts

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Reports charts progress on 32 action items to make Portland streets safer

(Feb. 27, 2018) A new report describes how the Portland Bureau of Transportation and their partners are working to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries following Portland City Council's adoption of the Vision Zero Action Plan in December 2016.

The Vision Zero Annual Report notes that 2017 was both Portland’s most deadly year for traffic crashes since 2003 and a year of critically important legislative and funding gains in support of traffic safety.

“We knew achieving Vision Zero wasn’t going to be easy," says PBOT Director Leah Treat. "The steps we took in 2017 are setting us on a path for safe streets in Portland, and we remain committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025.”

Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director of AARP and a Vision Zero Task Force member, says: “Portland’s streets remain challenging, especially for older adults, who are at a higher risk of dying in a crash. I’m encouraged by the work we’re doing and look forward to the day when our streets are safe for people of all ages, no matter how they choose to get around.”

Among the details in the 2017 Vision Zero Annual Report:

  • Funding: New funding sources, including the 2017 statewide transportation funding package as well as allocation of a portion of Portland’s voter-approved cannabis tax, will expand safety projects and programming on Portland streets
  • Street design: PBOT spent $15.4 million on safety projects on 21 High Crash Network streets and intersections in 2017
  • Distracted driving: House Bill 2597 closes loopholes in Oregon's distracted driving law and increases penalties
  • Speed enforcement: House Bill 2409 allows cities to issue speeding citations using properly equipped red light cameras
  • Speed limits: House Bill 2682 gives the City of Portland authority to reduce residential speed limits to 20 miles per hour
  • Impairment: Through a new Safe Ride Home program, PBOT and partners provided 3,389 coupons for discounts on safe travel options during high-DUII holidays or events in 2017

The Annual Report also summarizes the latest crash data and trends (see excerpts below). Data indicate a continued need to focus on street design, speed, impairment, and other dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving.

Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan includes 32 two- and five-year actions. Five actions are complete, 15 are on track to be completed by the end of 2018 and 12 require additional effort to launch.

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Latest data at-a-glance

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Both traffic deaths and serious injuries increased relative to prior year data. Data: Portland Police Bureau (deaths), Oregon Department of Transportation (serious injuries)

Portland traffic deaths by travel option, 2013-2017

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More people died in traffic crashes in Portland than in any year since 2003. Data: Portland Police Bureau

Traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. and Portland, Oregon, 1990-2016

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Traffic deaths have increased nationwide since 2010. Data: U.S. Census population estimates v2016, NHTSA FARS 2016

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: Better Naito returns for 2018; new report shows almost 400k trips taken by people biking during 2017 season

The project will return for another five-month season, making walking and biking to Waterfront Park events safer from May 1 to September 30, 2018

(March 5, 2018) The countdown to Better Naito 2018 began today with the announcement by the Portland Bureau of Transportation that the project would return for a second full season beginning on May 1 and ending on September 30. The bureau also released its 2017 Better Naito Report, which documents the first iteration of the project by the city, offering in-depth data analyses of travel times, traffic volumes, mode-splits and more.

The project was incredibly popular with people walking and biking. In just one day, over 12,000 people walking used Better Naito to access the Waterfront Blues Fest. What's more, a total of 393,173 one-way trips were taken by people on bikes on Better Naito over the five-month project period. 

Better Naito, which reconfigures Naito Parkway from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge for five months, provides a protected space for people to get to and around Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park during Portland’s busy and popular festival season. 

Consistent with the data collected during Better Naito’s two pilot seasons in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 season had minimal impact on motor vehicle travel times in the corridor. Current observations and analysis found that during peak morning commute hours (7:00-8:00 a.m.), driving times for northbound traffic from SW Clay St to SW Stark St increased by 1 minute 28 seconds. Similarly, the traffic impact for afternoon peak commuters (4:00-5:00 p.m.) was an additional 1 minute and 33 seconds. 

The locally-developed smartphone ride tracking app Ride Report confirms the popularity of Better Naito, showing that people bicycling were twice as likely to ride Better Naito than the Waterfront Trail. Likewise people biking were 3.5 times as likely to ride on Naito Parkway during the Better Naito season than during the off-season. 

For additional information about Better Naito, please visit the project website: www.BetterNaito.com. Questions, feedback, or concerns? Please email naitoparkway@portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-4321. 

See you in May! 

Better Naito 2017

Families walk in Better Naito outside the entrance to the Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in May 2017. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.