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News Blog: Transform a parking space into a park for PARK(ing) Day 2019

Applications are open! Apply to participate for FREE by September 13.

Parking Day 2018

Visitors play in SE Uplift's Park(ing) Day parklet on SE Hawthorne Boulevard in 2018. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

By Sumaya Mohamed, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(August 14, 2019) It’s that time of the year again, PARK(ing) Day 2019 is right around the corner! This annual tradition celebrates the creativity of our community as they transform parking spaces into parks for a day. PARK(ing) Day encourages artists and residents to work together to temporarily transform parking spots around the city into engaging, creative public spaces. It’s a day that challenges people to re-envision how we use our public spaces and is also a testament to what can be achieved when people come together and let their creativity shine. 

Parking Day 2018

Park(ing) Day is for Portlanders of all ages. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

PARK(ing) Day started in San Francisco in 2005 and has since then become a global movement. The city of Portland has proudly taken part in this international event since 2006. The day highlights the need for more urban spaces, raises awareness of how open public space is created and allocated, and strengthens connections between communities. Watch a video about PARK(ing) Day in Portland and what it means to the community at https://youtu.be/_0_e25SSTxk.

Park(ing) Day screen shot

 It’s not only a fun opportunity, but an educational one as well. We hope PARK(ing) Day will challenge you to engage in conversations about how we can make better use of our public spaces, connect with other people as we celebrate our city, and have an amazing time while you’re at it!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites and encourages you to participate in Park(ing) Day on September 20, 2019. This event is voluntary and free for all! The deadline to apply is September 13. Visit our website for all the details. Once you have reviewed the program guide and filled out an application, please submit the application to our email: pbotparkingday@portlandoregon.gov

Questions? Please email pbotparkingday@portlandoregon.gov or call 503.823.7788.

Traffic Advisory: Night paving on W Burnside at 18th/19th scheduled for August 15-16 as construction nears completion

(August 13, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises travelers that as construction on West Burnside at 18th and 19th nears completion, night work is required to repave the street. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 and again on Friday, August 16, crews will grind and pave the outer lanes of West Burnside and all lanes of SW Alder Street in the project area. Work will be completed by 6 a.m. each morning.

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A new transit island, traffic signals and street lights on West Burnside at Alder and 19th, looking north. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Nearby residents can expect construction noise and people driving can expect significant delays on West Burnside between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the nights of August 15 and 16. One lane in each direction will remain open on W Burnside. Sidewalks will remain open for people walking. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

The night work is necessary to ensure crews can work in a safe and efficient manner without closing down this critical transportation corridor during the day. West Burnside is a difficult location for road work and PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project.

Following this night work, crews will test and active the new traffic signals and install remaining concrete islands during regular working hours. Once the fresh pavement has had 14 days to cure, crews will install the final striping including new marked crosswalks. Finally, they will remove the old signal equipment and poles. The project is expected to be substantially complete by the end of September.

This work remains weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

These improvements are part of the West Burnside Multimodal Project, one of a series of safety improvements PBOT is making along the corridor. For more information or to sign up for e-updates, visit our project webpage

w burnside before and after rendering

Traffic Advisory: Demonstrations downtown may lead to limited road closures Saturday, Aug. 17

Mayor Wheeler invites all Portlanders to gather at community events across the city

(Aug. 13, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public to expect a limited number of road closures in downtown Portland west of the Hawthorne Bridge on Saturday Aug. 17 for demonstrations where some publicly available social media postings indicate some participants intend to engage in criminal acts of violence.

Organizers have not sought event permits from the City of Portland, so information is limited about the plans for the free-speech events. The closures are expected to vary, from about 11 a.m. through the afternoon.

The public is advised to avoid the area from SW Madison Street to SW Alder Street, and from SW Fourth Avenue to Waterfront Park, because roads may be closed for access for protesters or for police activity. PBOT’s First and Jefferson SmartPark Garage will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday night and remain closed to the public all day on Saturday.

Check trimet.org/alerts before heading out on transit, or sign up for TriMet service alerts by email or text message at trimet.org/email. If Police determine an area has become unsafe, TriMet will adjust their service for the safety of riders and employees.

"People coming here intent on violence should stay away,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “I invite all Portlanders to do what we normally do on a beautiful Saturday in August: Gather with family and friends at the many community led events happening downtown and other neighborhoods across the city.” 

Potential road closures west of Hawthorne Bridge

Map of affected area downtown

Map by Portland Police Bureau.

 

Enjoy family-friendly community events across Portland this weekend

While hundreds of people are expected to gather in one part of downtown for the demonstrations, thousands of Portlanders will have the opportunity to enjoy permitted, family-friendly community events in and around the downtown area and across the city. 

The Portland Thorns soccer team will host the Washington Spirit at Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Thorns are also sponsoring the Roses on the River 5k Run & Walk on the Eastbank Festival Plaza at 10 SE Main St., starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

Also downtown, the Heaven to Earth Festival will be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby will celebrate its 22nd year at Mt. Tabor Park, with family-friendly fun, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

PBOT will host a free guided walk, Hillsdale to the Sixth Sextant, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as part of the bureau's Ten Toe Express series of walking tours across Portland. Meet at the Wilson High School parking lot, at SW Sunset Blvd and Capitol Highway, and hike a challenging 4.5-mile route through George Himes Park to South Portland's trails, sidewalks, and hidden stairways.

Learn about other PBOT sponsored events at the bureau's publicly available Facebook events page.

Community events in Portland streets permitted by PBOT this weekend include: 

On Saturday: 

  • SE Uplift hosts The Exchange: A multi-cultural marketplace: SE Main between SE 35th and SE 36th avenues. 
  • Green Hop’s 2nd Annual Block Party to benefit NECN: NE 16th Avenue, between NE Killingsworth and NE Jarrett. 
  • Multnomah Days in Multnomah Village. 
  • Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University 
  • Hollywood Farmers Market 
  • St. Johns Farmers Market 
  • Woodlawn Farmers Market 
  • Mississippi Farm Stand Market 

On Sunday: 

  • Street Roots Street Party: NW Davis Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues
  • The Kenton Hotel Grand Opening: N McClellan Street, between N Fenwick and N Denver avenues
  • 16th Avenue Farmers Market 

Note: Event times on the city events calendars show the times of permitted street closures. Check with event websites for start times and other details.

 

For more events, see TravelPortland.com or this citywide map produced by Portland Police showing events including festivals and concerts

 

See tips from police about how you can prepare and stay informed about Saturday's demonstrations downtown

 

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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: New bus-only lane coming to NW Everett Street this weekend

The new Business Access and Transit Lane will speed up trips for thousands of transit riders whose buses cross the Steel Bridge

Rendering of NW 4th Ave and NW Everett

A new Business Access and Transit lane will be installed on NW Everett Street this weekend, from NW Broadway to the Steel Bridge. Rendering by Jake Marshall, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(August 8, 2019) Portlanders commuting by bus on NW Everett Street from NW Broadway to the Steel Bridge will notice a more efficient commute next week, following the installation of the NW Everett Bus Lane Project this weekend by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews.

The NW Everett Bus Lane project will improve transit reliability and access to the Rose Quarter for thousands of commuters on TriMet bus lines 4, 8, 16, 35, 44 and 77 by creating a Business Access and Transit (BAT) lane approaching the Steel Bridge. BAT lanes are primarily dedicated for transit use but allow some general traffic circulation for turning into driveways or onto intersecting streets. The new bus lane will replace one of the existing travel lanes on NW Everett and run six blocks from NW Broadway to the ramp up onto the Steel Bridge. The project will also close the ramp from southbound Naito to the Steel Bridge to reduce the number of merging conflicts and increase safety for vehicles crossing the bridge.

Transit is one of the most efficient, equitable, and sustainable ways to move people in cities. Improvements like these on NW Everett Street reduce congestion and make riding the bus more convenient and reliable, encouraging more Portlanders to leave their cars at home when traveling into the Central City.

In addition to MAX trains and private vehicles, the upper deck of the Steel Bridge carries over 4,000 daily commuters on TriMet bus lines 4, 8, 35, 44 and 77. Data from TriMet shows that these buses are stuck in congestion approaching the Steel Bridge. On the average weekday evening commute, buses travel less than 10 mph when approaching the Steel Bridge and less than 5mph on the ramp to the bridge.

Congestion has been worsening for TriMet buses on the stretch of NW Everett between NW Broadway, resulting in delays that can ripple across the transit network. The average speed of Line 4-Fessenden, for example, has decreased 14% in the last 10 years.

The new Business Access and Transit (BAT) lane on NW Everett will increase transit reliability, speed, and access to the Rose Quarter Transit Center. The project will also address merging conflicts on the ramps to the bridge by closing the southbound Naito ramp to the Steel Bridge, further improving transit commutes out of downtown. Parking will be maintained on both sides of NW Everett Street and people driving will still be able to make right turns to travel south from the BAT lane and access driveways. Traffic modeling predicts the Everett BAT lane will be a meaningful time saver for bus riders, providing up to a 50% time savings for TriMet buses in the project area.

Overview rendering of NW Everett St to Steel Bridge

The NW Everett Bus Lane Project is one of 18 projects identified in Central City in Motion, Portland’s plan to implement safer crossings, bus lanes, and bikeways transportation improvements in the city’s core. During the planning process, concern about traffic congestion on the approaches to Portland’s Willamette River bridges was a recurring theme. The NW Everett Bus Lane Project and SW Madison Bus and Bike Lane Project, among other Central City in Motion projects, are helping reduce travel time for bus commuters. The NW Everett Bus Lane Project is one of 18 Central City in Motion projects.

The first BAT lane project from Central City in Motion was installed in May on SW Madison. For the SW Madison Bus and Bike Lane Project, PBOT installed a protected bus and bike lane that allows buses to avoid congestion approaching the Hawthorne Bridge. TriMet’s Line 2, 6, 10 and 14 all traverse the Hawthorne, and similar to buses crossing the Steel Bridge, were experiencing increasing delays in the evening commute. Early data from TriMet shows that in the project area Line 2 buses are now 20% faster in the evening commute, Line 10 buses are 12% faster all day, and buses on the Line 14 saw a 60% increase in reliability, meaning they are now more likely to be on schedule thanks to the BAT lane.

Photo of recently completed SW Madison Bus and Bike Lane Project

The recently completed SW Madison Bus and Bike Lane Project is already helping reduce travel time for bus commuters. Photo by Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The NW Everett Bus Lane Project and SW Madison Bus and Bike Lane Project, among other Central City in Motion projects, are helping reduce travel time for bus commuters while also helping Portland tackle the climate crisis. More than 40% of local carbon emissions come from transportation, and local transportation emissions have increased in recent years. Switching to public transit is one of the most effective ways people can reduce their individual carbon footprint.

PBOT crews will work on Aug. 10 and 11 between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m. to install the new lane. During construction, one lane on NW Everett Street will remain open for people driving and biking. Sidewalks will remain open for people walking. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

The project is funded in partnership between TriMet, the City of Portland and Metro’s Enhanced Transit Concepts program. For more information, visit the NW Everett Bus Lane Project webpage or contact the project manager:

Gabe Graff, 503-823-5291, gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov.


Making Transit Better 

Through a strategic partnership and commitment to make transit better, TriMet, PBOT and many others are working together to speed up buses and keep them on time. When transit is safe, efficient and dependable, it’s a better option for getting to work, school, appointments and entertainment. The more people ride, the fewer cars are on the road. As a result, we can all enjoy less traffic congestion, cleaner air and more vibrant, livable neighborhoods. Plan your next trip at trimet.org