Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View Less

Media Relations

Dylan Rivera

Public Information Officer

503-823-3723

For breaking news from Portland Bureau of Transportation see our Twitter feed: @PBOTinfo

For breaking news on overall service disruptions in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, go to @publicalerts or see www.publicalerts.org 


New Release: Quicker bus trips, safer cycling thanks to first Central City in Motion project on SW Madison

This project is being installed only 6 months after City Council's approval of Central City in Motion.

SW Madison Postcar

(May 17, 2019) SW Madison will receive a major upgrade thanks to the multi-million dollar Central City in Motion project. Over the weekend, Portland Bureau of Transportation crews will install a new lane dedicated to buses and bicyclists on the street. The result will be quicker bus trips and safer cycling for people on bicycles. The change will also help drivers by making a clear separation between car and bus and bicycle traffic.

The upgrade of SW Madison is the first Central City in Motion project to be implemented, just six months after the plan was passed by Portland City Council. The SW Madison project provides more reliable bus rides and more safety by bicyclists by creating a new bus and bike lane. The new lane provides more space for buses and bikes and reduces potential conflict between buses, cars and bikes. It includes a passing zone to help people on bikes bypass buses at stops and prohibits right turns onto SW 3rd Avenue to remove the risk of right hooks for people walking and biking.

To provide the space for the new bus lane, on-street parking for government vehicles – Portland Police and PBOT Parking Enforcement – was removed.

SW Madison is an important bus route serving five TriMet bus lines: 2, 6, 10, 14, and 30. Combined, these lines provide more than 23,000 trips each day, connecting riders to jobs and services in Downtown Portland from Lents, East Portland, North Portland, Gresham, and Estacada. The Central City in Motion project will implement a total of nine dedicated bus and Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes, helping employees and others who travel into the Central City to access jobs and other services.

Watch a video by TriMet showing how the new street configuration will help buses move more efficiently through the corridor:

TriMet video screenshot

Click here to watch the video

Quicker bus rides are not just coming to downtown. In partnership with TriMet, PBOT is making improvements along numerous bus routes across the entire city by installing new BAT lanes and other features to improve transit efficiency. PBOT is currently awaiting FHWA approval to pilot red painted lanes commonly associated with transit lanes and will be strategically adding the red paint to further distinguish the BAT lane in the future.

“We were serious when we promised a quick implementation of Central City in Motion,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “This first project on SW Madison will reverberate in the Central City and beyond. When buses move more efficiently, we all benefit.”

“Metro is pleased to be an early funding partner in the planning and implementation of the Central City in Motion project, which will have regional impacts on bus lines on SW Madison reaching from North Portland to Gresham to Clackamas County,” said Metro Council President Lynn Peterson. “We are excited to see this project move ahead and look forward to more of these types of improvements around the region.”

“PBOT is committed to making the Central City work better for all, that’s why we removed our own on-street vehicle parking to make more space for other travelers,” said Interim Transportation Director Chris Warner. “We hope that these improvements will inspire people to ride the bus and enjoy a faster ride home. When we make transit better, we improve our region’s livability, making it easier and more convenient to reach jobs, schools, appointments and events”

“A single TriMet bus can take more than 60 cars off the road, and the more our service is fast and reliable, the more likely you’ll hop on board instead of sitting in your car,” said Sam Desue, Jr., TriMet Chief Operating Officer. “Working with the City of Portland, we are doing our part to help ease traffic congestion and get everyone moving.” 

“While employment in the Central City continues to grow, our streets aren’t getting any wider,” said Ashley Henry, Executive Director of Business for a Better Portland. “This project is an excellent example of a rapid, thoughtful infrastructure improvement that can produce real benefits for area businesses by providing safer and more reliable trips through downtown for employees and customers. We hope PBOT continues to act with urgency in deploying more innovative projects that will help bring the experience of traveling on our streets in line with our community's aspirations."

“It's great to see a small piece of the Central City in Motion Plan implemented,” said Jillian Detweiler, Executive Director at the Street Trust. “This is an important move and The Street Trust wants to see more of these improvements. We talk to lots of people who have given up on transit because it takes too long and is not reliable. We can reverse the trend by getting buses out of traffic now.”  

“Providing road space for exclusive transit use is crucial to meeting our regions' climate, health, economic and housing goals,” said Jessie Maran and Alan Kessler, co-founders of the Portland Bus Lane Project.  “We advocated for the dedicated bus lanes proposed in Central City in Motion and are happy to see that, as the new lane on SW Madison shows, PBOT is now implementing this vision.”

NW Everett rendering

Another Central City in Motion project, a bus lane on NW Everett approaching the Steel Bridge, will be installed in early fall.

A bus lane on NW Everett approaching the Steel Bridge will also be installed in early fall of this year. This will improve transit reliability and access to the Rose Quarter, benefitting Portlanders who ride TriMet lines 1, 12, 19, 54, 56.

Additionally, an eastbound bus lane will be installed on the Burnside Bridge after Multnomah County completes a bridge maintenance project late this year. This new bus lane will benefit the thousands of Portlanders who travel on TriMet lines 12, 19, and 20.

The three bridgehead projects and street reconfigurations were all prioritized for implementation in Central City in Motion.

PBOT is launching the design process for other top priority Central City in Motion projects including SW 4th Avenue (Lincoln to Burnside), SW Naito Parkway, and SE Salmon Street, which will be in construction in 2020-21. PBOT has also formed an 18-member Central City in Motion Working Group. This volunteer body will advise on the design and implementation of these and other Central City in Motion projects. Over 50 people applied to serve on the committee making the selection process competitive. PBOT would like to thank all those who were willing to invest their time in making our Central City streets work better for all Portlanders.

The selected members bring diverse perspectives and represent a broad swath of stakeholders and organizations, including neighborhood associations, Oregon Walks, Portland Business Alliance, Central Eastside Industrial Council, the Street Trust, BikeLoudPDX, Young Professional in Transportation, GoLloyd, and Disability Rights Oregon. The committee membership includes Adam Zucker, Alexandra Zimmerman, Alice Longley Miller, Amanda Howell, Christopher Chun Kong Yuen, Emily Guise, Izzy Armenta, Jaime Pablo Orrego Oñate, Joanie Wang, Jon Issacs, Nick Fazio, Peter Finley Fry, Reza Farhoodi, Ryan Hashagen, Susan Lindsay, Tara Mather, and Tony Jordan.

"At Better Block PDX, we are passionate about bringing people together to innovate on Portland’s streets”, said Ryan Hashagen, a member of the Central City in Motion Working Group and Better Block PDX leader. “It’s so gratifying to see this SW Madison project, first conceived via our collaboration with PSU Planning and Civil Engineering students and PBOT, implemented quickly via Central City in Motion.”    

“As a volunteer-led biking and traffic safety advocacy group, BikeLoudPDX is pleased to see PBOT putting the Central City in Motion plan into action,” said Emily Guise, member of the Central City in Motion Working Group and co-chair of BikeLoudPDX . “SW Madison is a critical link to the busy Hawthorne Bridge, and we look forward to seeing quick implementation of the full plan to create a much-needed and safe bike network downtown.”

Learn more about Central City in Motion and sign up for email updates at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ccim.  


 

About Central City in Motion:

Central City in Motion is comprised of 18 key projects, building upon a robust trajectory of plans designed to create a better city: The Comprehensive Plan; Central City 2035 Plan; Transportation System Plan; NE, SW, and SE Quadrant Plans; the 2030 Bicycle Master Plan; the Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan; and the Climate Action Plan. Central City in Motion prioritizes specific transportation projects to be built over the next five years, as well as providing guidance for the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s plans over the next 10 years, recommending a total of $72 million of investments. These projects dedicate more than nine miles of right of way to transit investments, create nearly 100 safer crossings for people walking and rolling, and create or improve nearly 30 miles of low-stress bikeways. Taken together, these improvements will create a more reliable transportation system, both in the Central City and throughout the region. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ccim

UPDATE May 22: Today's education and enforcement action has been CANCELLED so police can respond to a fatal crash on N Greeley Avenue

Raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws

PBOT News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for NE Glisan at NE 87th Avenue on Wednesday, May 22

Vision Zero Portland logo(May 21, 2019) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, May 22 at the marked crossing on Northeast Glisan at NE 87th Avenue from 10:30 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

The crossing on Northeast Glisan at Northeast NE 87th Ave has a marked crosswalk, median island and signage.  In addition, “stop here” signage and stop lines indicate where drivers stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, making all travelers more visible. A westbound solar speed reader board is located east of this crossing to provide driver feedback of their speeds.

Changes are coming this year to the crossing at Northeast 87th Avenue. Improvements include rapid flashing beacons and lighting. PBOT will also implement changes on Northeast Glisan between 102nd-162nd to enhance safety, reduce crash severity, and to allow residents to conveniently access schools, parks, transit, and economic opportunity by walking and biking. A description of upcoming NE Glisan safety improvements can be found at PBOT's Vision Zero webpage.

Northeast Glisan, a Vision Zero designated high crash network street, had a total of 75 fatal and serious injury crashes in 2007-16, the most recent 10-year period for which data are available.

People walking legally in Portland and hit by a person driving who fails to stop for them, is the number one cause of pedestrian crashes resulting in death or serious injury. People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed.

Crosswalk on NE Glisan Street at 87th Avenue

Northeast Glisan at Northeast 87th Avenue. Image by Google.com

Education and enforcement actions such as the May 22 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to achieve Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to watch for people walking at all hours of the day or night, and that it is illegal to drive in the center turn lane.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A PBOT staff member will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in English; Español); and view the results of previous actions.

Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets.

To request a Vision Zero community briefing or enforcement action in your area, call the 823-SAFE Traffic Safety Hot Line at (503) 823-7233, or submit a Traffic Safety Hot Line request at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/69703.

### 

 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 Blog: Fixing Our Streets Program builds sidewalks on key routes

News media contact:

Dylan Rivera
503-577-7534
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
@pbotinfo

 Before and after photos of sidewalk on SE Flavel

(May 21, 2019) In three short years, the Fixing Our Streets Program has added sidewalks on key routes, making it safer and more convenient for people to walk and access public transit. 

By the end of 2019, Portlanders will enjoy 48 new blocks of sidewalks, thanks to the Fixing Our Streets Program. 

The final two Fixing Our Streets sidewalk projects go to construction this year, starting with NE 148th Avenue between Halsey and Glisan this summer and SW Capitol Highway from Multnomah Village to West Portland in the fall. 

Fixing Our Streets projects have generated jobs for local minority contractors, including Emerio Design for engineering, and Raimore Construction. 

 

VIDEO: See how crews install ADA corner ramps that make our new sidewalk projects more accessible for everyone

Click here for video and audio about sidewalks 

Projects completed in 2018 closed critical gaps in sidewalks along SE Flavel Street, NE 102nd Avenue and SE 112th Avenue and add 16 new ADA-compliant curb ramps. 

By closing the gaps between existing sidewalks, the projects created a full 2.25 miles of streets in East Portland with complete sidewalks on both sides on the street. The result is safer access for neighborhood residents to schools, public transit and work. 

  • On NE 102nd, the new sidewalks provide a much-needed safety improvement. 102nd Avenue is one of the most dangerous streets in Portland for pedestrians. PBOT’s Vision Zero Action plan ranks it in among the top 20 streets where pedestrians are killed or injured.  The sidewalk provides a seamless walking route between Prescott Elementary and the Gateway Transit Center. 
  • On SE 112th, the new sidewalks improve walking connections along a large north-south corridor and connect destinations like Kelly Butte Natural Area, Floyd Light Middle School and Mall 205. 
  • On SE Flavel, new sidewalks make it safer to walk to the MAX Green Line, the I-205 Multiuse Path, the Springwater Corridor as well as shops and restaurants on 82nd Avenue. 

Paid for by Fixing Our Streets 

All three projects were identified in the East Portland in Motion plan as having strong community support but remained unfunded until voters approved Measure 26-173, which created the Fixing Our Streets Program. 

The Fixing Our Streets program, paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax, is Portland’s first local funding source for transportation. Fixing Our Streets is invested in street maintenance and safety improvements. The City Council ordinance included a project list that shows specific projects that are intended to be funded. The list of projects can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com

###

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 Blog: Fixing Our Streets Program digs deep to provide smooth pavement with base repair projects

News media contact:

Dylan Rivera
503-577-7534
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
@pbotinfo

BEFORE:

A sunken section of pavement on a city street

A sunken section of pavement indicates the base below the roadway has failed and needs to be replaced, in addition to the pavement at the surface. The Fixing Our Streets Program is making base repairs all over Portland. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

 

AFTER:

A finished base repair, showing smooth pavement

An exmaple of a section of pavement after a base repair project has been completed. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 27, 2019) Ever experienced a section of road that feels like going up and down on waves when you drive or bike over it?

That’s a spot where the base underneath the road has started failing. The Fixing Our Streets Program has repaired 253 such locations, resulting in smoother pavement today, and preventing the need for more costly reconstruction later on. 

By the end of 2019, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will have made 375 such repairs to street sections in every quadrant of the city, thanks to the Fixing Our Streets Program. 

 

VIDEO:
See how crews dig out below the surface of a road, replace the base layer of rock and replace the road from the bottom up

An audio and video interview about base repairs

Video by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Base repair projects are reserved for streets that are in poor or very poor condition. They address those portions of the street that have failed from top to bottom, by digging out the rock layer or “base” underneath the asphalt and replacing it with a new rock foundation and asphalt. The goal of these base repair projects is to prevent the structural failure from spreading to other parts of the street. 

PBOT crews use dig into a street for a base repair 

In a base repair project, crews dig below the surface of the street, replace the underground base layer and replace the pavement. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Learn more about base repair projects as well as safety and other improvements that are under way all over Portland at the Fixing Our Streets Program website

 

Fixing Our Streets logo and web link to more info

The Fixing Our Streets program, paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax, is Portland’s first local funding source for transportation. Fixing Our Streets is invested in street maintenance and safety improvements. The City Council ordinance included a project list that shows specific projects that are intended to be funded. The list of projects can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com

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 Blog: Fixing Our Streets Program funds fundamental grind and pave projects that help everyone

Essential stewardship of the City of Portland's largest and most valuable asset

News media contact:

Dylan Rivera
Cell: 503-577-7534
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
@pbotinfo

 Essential stewardship of the City of Portland's largest and most valuable asset 

 

BEFORE:

Person rides bicycle on poor pavement on SW Main Street 

 

The pavement was in very poor condition at SW Main Street just west of the Hawthorne Bridge, a pivotal entrance to downtown Portland. The Fixing Our Streets Program funded a project that ground off the top layer of asphalt and repaved it, saving money and improving safety for everyone. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

 

AFTER:

 New pavement on SW Main Street

Thanks to the Fixing Our Streets Program, the surface of SW Main Street was repaved, making a smoother, more comfortable experience for everyone. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 28, 2019) In the coming weeks, Portland's Fixing Our Streets Program will start grinding and repaving Southwest Capitol Highway in the Multnomah Village business district and North Denver Avenue in the Kenton area.

Those are just two of eight paving projects in construction this year with the program.

Thanks to Fixing Our Streets, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is able to maintain more streets sooner, preventing potholes for years to come and avoiding the need for more expensive road reconstruction. Well maintained streets are fundamental to getting Portlanders from place to place safely and comfortably.

Everyone has a financial stake in street maintenance, because it is essential to stewardship of the City of Portland's largest and most valuable asset: its network of 4,800 lane miles of pavement on city streets, worth a replacement value of more than $8 billion.

 

VIDEO:
See how crews grind and repave city streets, replacing the top layer of asphalt, preventing potholes for years to come

 Audio and video interview about paving

Video by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Grind and pave projects maintain the street pavement by removing the top layers of asphalt and replacing them with fresh layers that provide a smooth surface to withstand rain, heat and snow, virtually pothole free for 15 to 20 years.

PBOT crews focus their paving work on keeping streets from falling into poor or very poor condition. This approach saves Portland money because the worse a street’s condition, the more expensive it is to fix.

Fixing Our Streets has provided funding for contractors to do work that involves deeper, more expensive road paving improvements. The program has generated jobs for a wide variety of private contractors that work on paving, excavation, and concrete, as well as electrical workers who install traffic signals. That's because repaving can often trigger the need for new corner ramps, sidewalk repairs or signals.

Fixing Our Streets has helped more widely share Portland's economic prosperity. The program started with a goal of awarding more than 30 percent of contracts to Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Businesses, Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE) contractors.

The program more than doubled that goal--awarding 68 percent of its low-bid contracts to D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE firms, creating opportunities for businesses and workers who historically have not enjoyed equal access to economic opportunity.

Fixing Our Streets paving projects will not meet all of Portland’s pavement maintenance needs, but they represent a significant step in the right direction. They will help Portland close the gap and get more streets into the condition that Portlanders expect.

 

Learn more about grind and pave projects as well as Safe Routes to School and other improvements that are under way all over Portland at the Fixing Our Streets Program website 

 

Fixing Our Streets logo and web link to more info

The Fixing Our Streets program, paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax, is Portland’s first local funding source for transportation. Fixing Our Streets is invested in street maintenance and safety improvements. The City Council ordinance included a project list that shows specific projects that are intended to be funded. The list of projects can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com

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

###