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News Blog: Portlanders choose to take a Safe Ride Home on New Year’s Eve

Thousands take advantage of free and discounted travel options for New Year's Eve

 Safe Ride Home

(January 9, 2018) The launch of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) new program, Safe Ride Home, on New Year’s Eve was a resounding success. Over 2500 people took advantage of discounted taxi and transportation network company rides during the holiday. Thousands more chose to ride TriMet and a total of 75 intrepid revelers used BIKETOWN bike share to get to and from their parties.

Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated. Safe Ride Home helps to achieve the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of launching initiatives to reduce impaired driving.

The program made it easy for Portlanders to celebrate responsibly by providing free and discounted travel options. To launch the initiative, PBOT partnered with the Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Old Town Hospitality Group, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab and United Independent Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber.

"Dixie handed out hundreds of the coupons on New Year's Eve and front door staff had many conversations with customers about their options," said Dan Lenzen, a partner at Dixie Tavern in the Old Town Entertainment District.  "MANY people thanked us for providing the options. Numerous comments were made about how cool it was that the City did this and one customer, upon learning that MAX was free, became very excited and headed toward the MAX stop."

“On a night with thousands of Portlanders choosing to imbibe as they ring in the new year, I am thankful that people made the responsible choice of taking a safe ride home,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “The success of this program shows the value of providing affordable travel options to prevent people from driving while impaired. Over 50 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated, but on New Year’s Eve there were none.”

PBOT’s Vision Zero and Regulatory teams are hard at work planning additional opportunities to support responsible choices during future holidays and celebrations. Keep an eye out for future Safe Ride Home events throughout theyear and learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at www.visionzeroportland.com

Safe Ride Home Partners

News Blog: Big changes coming to SW Naito Parkway thanks to Fixing Our Streets

Open house on Wednesday, January 10 to showcase PBOT's plan to repave, rebuild and reconfigure SW Naito Parkway from I-405 to SW Jefferson Street.

SW Naito at Jefferson

A snapshot of the future SW Naito Parkway at SW Jefferson, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge onramp.

(January 10, 2018) Portland’s SW Naito Parkway is getting a major facelift with new, smooth pavement extending from I-405 to just beyond SW Jefferson Street. From I-405 to SW Harrison, the street will be repaired and repaved. Beginning at SW Harrison and extending north to SW Jefferson, SW Naito will be completely rebuilt from the ground up, with safety and efficiency improvements for all travel modes.

SW Naito Project Map

In addition to a completely rebuilt street, the section of SW Naito from SW Harrison to SW Jefferson foresees:

  • New traffic signals, including a dedicated signal for vehicles accessing the Hawthorne Bridge and a pedestrian crossing signal to access Pettygrove Park, the Lovejoy Fountain, and the Halprin Blocks.
  • New bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the east side of the street, including a new path and sidewalk. Currently, no bicycle or pedestrian facilities exist on the east side of SW Naito.
  • Updated signal timing to improve traffic operations through the corridor.
  • Improved crossings at major intersections to improve safety. 

This project will build an important connection for people bicycling, walking, and accessing Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland State University, and the South Waterfront neighborhood. Currently, no sidewalks or bike facilities exist on the east side of SW Naito. The project’s boundaries end just beyond SW Jefferson, providing connection to Waterfront Park year-round and the seasonal Better Naito project from May to September.

midblock crossing snapshot

Traffic modeling of the project shows improved operation for the whole corridor. The new traffic signals and updated timing will help move more people and vehicles through the corridor in less time. Take a look at the traffic model for the new signal planned at SW Naito at the Hawthorne Bridge onramp on PBOT's YouTube channel.

Funding for the reconstruction and bicycle safety improvements on SW Naito Parkway comes from several sources, primarily: Transportation System Development Charges, which are fees paid by developers to help manage population growth; the Fixing Our Streets program, funded by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax; and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Please join us at the open house to see the traffic model, additional project snapshots and explore the full project proposal. Drop in at any time on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education (1500 SW 1st Ave – Suite 100) to provide feedback and discuss project elements with PBOT staff. We’ll have snacks. Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Learn more about the SW Naito Parkway project on PBOT's website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/swnaito