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Meter Rate Adjustment Subcommittee

Downtown Parking Meter District Rate Adjustment 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is working with the Central City Parking Policy Stakeholder Advisory Committee to update parking policies for the Central City. That work is on-going and expected to continue through 2015. However, the findings of the on-street parking counts conducted for the Central City policy work showed that the current on-street system is more than 85% full during several hours of the day. For this reason, this meter rate adjustment is being conducted concurrent with the on-going policy update.

Because the larger Policy SAC is dealing with long-term policy changes whereas the meter adjustment action is a near-term change in operations, the Policy SAC chose to form a subcommittee to address the meter rate changes in a more expedited way and without causing distraction or scope impacts to the work of the Policy SAC. However, consideration of this meter rate increase is being informed by many of the parking management principles being addressed by the Policy SAC. Additional stakeholder outreach was conducted by PBOT staff, including representatives of the Portland Business Alliance as well as direct outreach to neighborhood, business, and labor representatives on the subcommittee.


Subcommittee meeting #1: June 23, 2015 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Subcommittee meeting #2: July 15, 2015 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Room B (Second Floor) Portland, Oregon 97204



With ten yes votes and two no votes, the subcommittee voted to recommend that City Council increase meter rates by $0.40 to $2.00 an hour, to be implemented after the 2015 holiday shopping season.

With twelve yes votes, the subcommittee unanimously recommend to Council and staff to make the following changes to parking operations, as part of a package of operational adjustments aimed at better serving customer parking needs in Downtown:

  1. Adjustments to time limits to better meet customer and visitor needs
  2. Changes to the all-day prices at SmartPark to open up capacity for customers
  3. Public information in conjunction with a rate increase

Having developed these recommendations under current procedures for the downtown meter district, the subcommittee expressed support for a data-driven approach to setting meter rates, consistent with the Performance Based Parking Management concepts that are being considered as part of the Central City Parking Policy Update. 

More information: Contact Judith Gray at

Council Hearing Presentation- Downtown Meter Rate

The presentation made to City Council on December 17 for Meter Rate Adjustment

MRA subcommittee meeting #2 memo

Memo for the second subcommittee meeting.

MRA subcommittee meeting #2 agenda

Agenda for the second subcommittee meeting.

MRA subcommittee presentation #2

Presentation given by staff at the second subcommittee meeting.

MRA subcommittee meeting #1 summary

Notes from the first subcommittee meeting.

MRA subcommittee presentation #1

Presentation given by staff at the first subcommittee meeting.

MRA subcommittee meeting #1 memo

Key findings and considerations

MRA subcommittee meeting #1 agenda

Agenda for the first subcommittee meeting.