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News Blog: Join the Central City in Motion Working Group and help implement Portland’s transformative plan for Downtown and the Central Eastside

(Feb. 26, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) seeks 18 new advisory committee members to advise on the implementation of the Central City in Motion plan as part of the Central City in Motion Working Group.

The Central City in Motion Working Group is charged with ensuring the successful implementation of Central City in Motion projects, advising the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Project staff on project design and monitoring performance. Representing a broad set of community and business perspectives, the group will offer strategic advice to help the project team successfully implement projects recommended in the Central City in Motion plan.

Central City in Motion Implementation Plan cover

Click to learn more about PBOT's Central City in Motion Plan.

The cultural and economic hub for the state, Portland’s central city is growing rapidly. By 2035, the central city’s population is projected to triple and the number of jobs will increase by 40 percent. The area is already home to a dense mix of housing, including a significant percentage of the city’s affordable housing. As the Central City and its economy grows, more and more people are using its streets, sidewalks and transit systems. Central City in Motion (CCIM) is PBOT’s plan for strategic investments to accommodate more people on Central City streets. Like parallel projects in other parts of the city—including East Portland in Motion and Southwest in Motion—Central City in Motion identifies and prioritizes investments in the Central City transportation network. The 18 projects identified in Central City in Motion are designed to make transit faster and more reliable, biking safer and more convenient, and ensure pedestrian crossings are safe and accessible.

 The Working Group will advise the project team and Bureau Director on the following:

  • Provide input on priorities for project design and construction
  • Connect the project team with key stakeholders and community representatives and identify opportunities for public engagement on project design
  • Identify opportunities for the private sector to leverage public investments
  • Monitor project delivery
  • Evaluate project performance

Applications are due Thursday, March 21, 2019. The application and eligibility requirements can be viewed here.

PBOT Travel Advisory: National Weather Service warns of potential snow in Portland area late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, affecting morning commute

Sasquatch Get Ready for Winter

(Feb. 26, 2019) The National Weather Service has notified the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) of the potential for accumulating snow of a half inch to 2 inches in the Portland area late Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday morning commute hours. Temperatures may remain low for much of the morning on Wednesday, so snow that accumulates may linger.

There may be more accumulations in areas south and west of Portland, so everyone should check the elevation and weather conditions at your home, your destination and areas along your route before starting a trip. Conditions will likely vary across the metropolitan area, depending on elevation and proximity to colder winds from the Columbia River Gorge.

PBOT advises the public to be aware of forecasts, use caution, delay your travel to avoid traveling during forecast snow or ice. Consider public transit, and check trimet.org/alertsand portlandstreetcar.org for service alerts before you go.

PBOT also reminds property owners, tenants and businesses that they are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. It is important that sidewalks are clear so that people who are walking to transit and people with disabilities can move about safely.

In snowy and icy conditions, PBOT strongly advises delaying travel if possible. If people must travel, PBOT recommends taking public transit.

While the forecast is still unclear, there are some simple things all Portlanders can do to prepare themselves for winter weather.

  • Make a checklist for your home, business, and/or vehicle. Property owners, tenants and businesses should have supplies on hand, such as ice melt and snow shovels to clear sidewalks as well as pathways across their driveways. People driving should carry snow chains and an emergency kit.
  • Create an emergency plan with your family or work colleagues that emphasizes telecommuting, public transit and emergency meeting locations for your Monday morning commute. Check our Winter Weather Center to see the priority snow and ice routes nearest you.
  • Know your elevation, and the elevation of areas you are traveling to and through. Check the interactive elevation map in the "Elevation, Weather and Traffic" section of PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to see if your area is located at 500 feet or 1,000 above sea level. Use PortlandMaps.com to look up any address in Portland and find the approximate elevation.

Zoom in on your travel route online, see areas at 500 feet or 1,000 feet or higher in the

PBOT Winter Weather Center

Elevation Weather Traffic on Winter Weather Center

Use PortlandMaps.com to look up any address in Portland and find the approximate elevation


PBOT's Maintenance Operations plans to have extra crews working Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning to prepare. As of Wednesday morning, Maintenance Operations will go into Incident Command System (ICS) mode, working around the clock in 12-hour shifts. We are treating our anti-icing routes. We are watching the forecast and will adjust our response accordingly, including plowing and salting city streets. 

PBOT works to keep vital public transit lines and emergency routes open in winter weather. These priority snow and ice routes are the most critical for our city’s police and fire stations, hospitals, schools, frequent bus routes, the downtown core and major business districts -- about a third of our entire street grid. PBOT’s mission is to provide at least one passable lane in each direction on these priority routes so that vehicles with front-wheel drive or traction devices can get through. In a major snowfall, it can take our crews up to 12 hours to cover these priority routes once. 

Please give PBOT crews time and space to do their work in winter weather. Our crews drive equipment in low visibility and extreme weather. DO NOT cut in front of them or try and pass them at any time. Even if they are going slow, you will find the road much clearer and safer behind a snowplow than in front!

Don’t assume you know what their job is. Our crews perform multiple jobs with their trucks, not just plowing. If you see a truck with its plow up, they may be travelling between points on their route, refueling, responding to an emergency or otherwise doing tasks to keep the city moving during winter weather.

 

PBOT crews and emergency management volunteers took a ride in our plows and describe why it's important for you to keep a safe distance from them in winter weather:

snowplow safety video screenshot

  • Stay informed. Sign up for PBOT alerts via text or email. Go to PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to track real-time weather, traffic, road closures and plow information. Sign up at Public Alerts for emergency notifications from all regional agencies via text, email or phone. 
  • Never abandon your vehicle in a travel lane. If you choose to drive and your vehicle loses traction, pull over into a shoulder or legal parking space. You can call for a tow truck and remain with your vehicle. Or you can leave your vehicle legally parked and walk carefully to a public transit stop or other safe place. Any vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to citation, tow and impound. The cost of a citation and tow for abandoned vehicles preventing free passage (blocking a travel lane) is $201. Additional costs to store a towed vehicle longer than four hours is $27 per day.

At this time forecasts are changing and variable. Please monitor the weather forecast for both your home, your travel destination and your route, as road conditions could vary throughout the city beginning Friday evening.

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

PBOT’s Misson: In winter weather, our crews work around the clock on our designated snow and ice routes to make sure there is one passable lane in each direction as soon as possible after a winter storm.

Winter Ready Yeti icon with thumbs up

This means that front wheel drive vehicles or vehicles with traction devices such as snow chains will be able to get through.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Release: Commissioner Eudaly and PBOT introduce PDX WAV, a new way to make on-demand taxi, Uber and Lyft rides more convenient and reliable for people with disabilities

Nickole Cheron speaks about how advocates pushed for wheelchair accessible taxi and Uber rides

Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly describes how important WAV service is for people, such as her son, who depend on wheelchairs. Photo by Dylan Rivera / PBOT.

(Feb. 28, 2019) Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Interim PBOT Director Chris Warner joined Ride Connection, transportation providers and partners in the disabled community to announce PDX WAV, a new program to make it easier for Portlanders with disabilities to hail a wheelchair-accessible taxi, Uber or Lyft ride.

Portlanders who rely on wheelchairs generally wait a disproportionate amount of time for a ride, and often are not able to hail a ride at all. To improve service, PBOT has developed PDX WAV, a new program that makes reliable, safe, private for-hire services more accessible for people who rely on mobility devices.

Commissioner Eudaly, whose son Henry uses a wheelchair, said she knows from personal experience that this service can make an enormous difference for people with disabilities.

PDX WAV Wheelchair Logo BlueThis partnership between the City and private for hire transportation will directly improve the lives of many Portlanders with disabilities by providing safe, reliable, accessible transportation,” Eudaly said. “Today’s launch of PDX WAV shows that we are making local progress toward equity for all Portlanders and finding innovative ways to collectively achieve our goals as a community.”

"When it comes to taxi, Uber and Lyft rides, we have three fundamental goals," Warner said. "We want it to be easy for Portlanders to get a ride. We want those rides to be safe. And we want those rides to be accessible to every Portlander. With PDX WAV, we're taking a big step forward in providing Portlanders with mobility devices with the same level of service enjoyed by everyone else."

A key partner in PDX WAV is Ride Connection, a non-profit that specializes in transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. Ride Connection will provide the dispatch service for PDX WAV customers during business hours. On nights and weekends, 211Info will handle dispatch.

”The PDX WAV program will begin to address transportation equity in our community and we are honored to play a role in the project by providing dispatch center support,” Ride Connection Chief Executive Officer Julie Wilcke Pilmer said.

 

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly speaks about importance of rides for people who use wheelchairs

Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly describes how important WAV service is for people, such as her son, who depend on wheelchairs. Photo by Dylan Rivera / PBOT.

How it works

To make it easy for passengers who want to take a taxi, PBOT has partnered with Ride Connection and 211 to create this central Wheel Chair Accessible Vehicle dispatch center.

Instead of having to call around to different companies to try and find a ride, customers only have to call one number: 503-865-4WAV (865-4928).

They can call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, every day of the year. A friendly dispatcher will locate an accessible taxi for the customer. 

With that one call, the customer has access to any available taxi provider, and can request the closest available vehicle, regardless of company. Customers can also request their favorite company or driver.

PDX WAV's goal is to have rides pick up customers within 30-minutes. Fares vary by company, but are required to be equivalent to non-wheelchair accessible taxi services.

The program will provide cash incentives for taxi companies, Lyft and Uber to provide the rides, which are more expensive than standard rides because of the cost of accessible vehicles.

Passengers who want to hail an Uber or Lyft can use each company's app.

Depends on local control, innovation

The new PDX WAV service is made possible thanks to a 50-cent surcharge on Uber and Lyft rides and permit fees paid by taxi companies. Proposed state legislation (HB 3023) would eliminate the surcharge and remove the City's ability to protect local consumers and ensure equal service for people with disabilities.

Commissioner Eudaly implored the companies to work with PBOT to collaborate on ways to expand service across the state without limiting the ability of Portlanders to come up with innovative solutions.

Warner, the interim PBOT director, noted that the City would not be able to collect fees from Uber and Lyft to pay for service for people with disabilities. And the bill would strike down the City's rules that prohibit Uber and Lyft from charging disabled passengers higher fares during times of congestion and high demand, known in the industry as "surge pricing."

Spread the word!

For seniors, people with disabilities, and anyone who needs a wheelchair accessible vehicle, on demand, any time day or night, call:

503-865-4WAV

(503-865-4928)

Learn more: PDXWAV.com 

 

A Radio Cab driver helps Nickole roll her wheelchair aboard a taxi

A driver with Radio Cab helps Nickole Cheron board a wheelchair accessible vehicle, to demonstrate how the service works, after a news conference for the announcement of the new PDX WAV service. PDX WAV will make vehicles like this one more reliable and accessible for Portlanders who depend on wheelchairs. Photo by Kailyn Lamb / PBOT.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

(503-865-4928)

Learn more: PDXWAV.com

 

News Blog: Enter PBOT's design and build competition to showcase your work at Portland City Hall during Design Week Portland

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Parkways Putt Putt

Families play Parkways Putt Putt at the 2017 Sellwood-Milwaukie Portland Sunday Parkways. Photo by Greg Raisman, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(March 1, 2019) Calling all artists, designers, and creative Portlanders who want to showcase their work at Design Week Portland!

“Pop-Up Place: Innovating the Future of Social Infrastructure” is a design and build competition as part of the Portland in the Streets program. A division of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Portland in the Streets is focused on the ways we can re-imagine our public spaces and right-of-way, from streets to parking spaces, sidewalks to plazas, and much more. Let’s show off Portland’s design community’s world class skills with the exciting new design principals around placemaking!

The design and build competition's goal is to show how using street furniture, large-scale games and modular sculpture can help bring Portlanders out to play in city streets.

PBOT’s signature Portland in the Streets program, Sunday Parkways, has always been a great place to test our imagination. Two years ago, we began setting up a temporary Portland-themed putt-putt course at all of Sunday Parkways events. The minute we would set it up, families would swarm in to play a fun and free game. The course was such a hit that the Willamette Week featured it in their Best of Portland in 2017.

Knowing that putt-putt was so popular, we decided to reach out to Design Week Portland about doing a design competition to create other temporary placemaking elements that spark our community’s imagination. Our goal is to make our street events like Sunday Parkways, block parties, and other special events more fun and engaging.

There are three categories for competition: street furniture, large-scale games, and modular sculpture. Entrants will be on display at Portland City Hall during Design Week, voted on by the public, and winners will receive a beautiful trophy from Felling Design Studio. All entry details can be found online at: https://designportland.org/festival/2019/schedule/pop-up-place-innovating-the-future-of-social-infrastructure

Come by for our opening reception on Monday, April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Then, stop in anytime that week up until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 to play, sit, admire, and vote for your favorite entry!

 Parking Day furniture

Modular furniture as part of SkyLab Architecture's 2018 Park(ing) Day installation. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Click here to register.

Deadline to register for the competition:

5 p.m, Friday, March 8, 2019

Opening reception:

Monday, April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Public viewing of entries:

Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m. through Friday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. during regular City Hall hours

Contact for registration or questions:

Greg Raisman

(503) 823-1052

greg.raisman@portlandoregon.gov

 

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News Release: PBOT releases PedPDX, Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan, for public review

When adopted, the plan will replace the city’s current pedestrian plan, which was last updated in 1998.

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News Release:

PBOT releases PedPDX, Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan, for public review

When adopted, the plan will replace the city’s current pedestrian plan, which was last updated in 1998.

 

(March 5, 2019) After two years of study and collaboration with community partners, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is ready to showcase PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan for public review. The bureau is seeking feedback from Portlanders to help PBOT shape the plan for the better before it goes to City Council in late Spring. The public comment period, which began yesterday, is open until May 3.

With PedPDX, PBOT aims to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city by putting pedestrians at the forefront of its policies and by emphasizing investment in crossing improvements and other pedestrian-focused projects. In the plan, PBOT identifies the key strategies and tools the bureau could use to make Portland a great walking city for everyone. Through PedPDX, PBOT affirms walking as a human right and the most fundamental means of transportation. When adopted, the plan will replace the city’s current pedestrian plan, which was last updated in 1998.

“We’ve heard over and over from people that they do not feel safe walking in Portland. Through PedPDX, Portland is making a public commitment to significantly expanding the number of marked crossings in the city, including a new requirement to mark crossings within 100 feet of all transit stops,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “Applying these progressive new crossing spacing guidelines to Portland’s street network will require us to provide approximately 3,500 new crosswalks on busy arterial and collector streets throughout the city.”

“People walking in Portland are ten times more likely than people driving to sustain a serious or fatal injury. As a Vision Zero city, no death on our streets is acceptable. But we have limited resources to address our immense safety needs,” said PBOT Interim Director Chris Warner.  “This plan provides a data-based approach to pedestrian improvements that will make sure we are focused on the greatest needs first, in an equitable way.”

PedPDX interactive map

Click to view an interactive map of PBOT's suggested Pedestrian Priority Network, sidewalk gaps, crossing gaps and deficiencies, pedestrian network prioritization and prioritized sidewalk gaps as part of the new PedPDX Citywide Pedestrian Plan.

An online survey asks for feedback on PedPDX’s Pedestrian Priority Network, the network of Portland streets and paths that provide important connections for people walking to key transit and land use destinations. It also seeks feedback on the PedPDX Implementation Toolbox, the shared work plan articulating the key actions and tools PBOT will use to implement PedPDX. The full draft plan and a video overview of the PedPDX public process is available online at www.pedpdx.com.

PedPDX toolbox actions

Examples of actions and tools that are presented in the PedPDX Implementation Toolbox.

In addition to the online survey, PBOT has seven “View and Review” parties scheduled during March and April. A video overview of the plan will be shown at the event and participants will have a chance to discuss the plan with bureau staff. The first two parties will be held on:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Avenue), hosted by the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark Street), hosted by Oregon Walks and The Rosewood Initiative.

Complementary childcare will be provided at both events. Additional events dates and times can viewed on the PedPDX website.