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Dylan Rivera

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PBOT News Release: Last Thursday street festival will be better than ever in June, July & August -- but not this Thursday

(May 22, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation wishes to remind the community that there will not be a street festival event for Last Thursday on NE Alberta Street this Thursday, May 25. Last Thursday street closure events were funded this year for June 29, July 27 and August 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Alberta Street from NE 15th Avenue to NE 30th Avenue.

PBOT is the new manager of the program and is pursuing a mission to build on Last Thursday’s tradition as a fun, family-friendly showcase of grassroots art and music.

PBOT will share more information about the upcoming season in June. There will be a number of new interactive art activities and community organizations at the event this year. 

For this month, the Alberta Street galleries and shops will still have their Last Thursday openings and events. However, there will be no street or sidewalk vending permitted. Last Thursday vendors should not plan to vend this month because there will not be the support services necessary to keep the event safe and sanitary for May. 

People who plan to visit NE Alberta Street this Thursday are encouraged to take public transit, or bike or walk to the area. Expect crowded conditions on sidewalks, because the street will remain open to vehicle traffic. Use caution, as vehicles including buses will serve NE Alberta Street as normal.

Vendors who wish to register for the June, July, and August events may do so at


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

Traffic Advisory: Prepare for power outage to delay Tuesday evening commute; treat signals without power as all-way stop signs

(4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to expect delays during tonight's evening commute, as a power outage in the West End area of downtown continues to keep traffic signals dark. Expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

People driving, walking or biking should treat traffic signals without power as all-way stop signs. Power may potentially return to signals by 6 p.m., but signals will initially flash red until crews can switch them to normal operation. PBOT crews worked overnight to post temporary stop signs reminding the public to stop at intersections. Crews have also been coordinating work with Pacific Power and preparing to restore traffic signals to normal operation as soon as possible after power is restored.

The affected area covers much of the western part of downtown Portland, roughly from NW Davis St on the north to SW Main St on the south; from Interstate 405 on the west to SW Ninth Ave. on the east. One signal on Broadway was also affected at NW Couch St.

Expect significant travel delays for all modes of transportation in the area, except Portland Streetcar, which experienced minor delays due to traffic volume and stopping at intersections that normally would have traffic signals. For information on impacts to TriMet bus and MAX light rail service, check

For information on power outages, contact Pacific Power.

Traffic Advisory:
Prepare for power outage to delay Tuesday evening commute; treat signals without power as all-way stop signs

Alert: With power out and phones down, here's how to reach some essential PBOT services online

Power Outage

(9:30 a.m., May 23, 2017) A power outage affecting the Pearl District and West End area of downtown has also impacted City phone lines this morning. Inbound and outbound calls to the Portland Bureau of Transportation are not available. The public can reach PBOT staff using email, cell phones for staff who are assigned them, and the PDX Reporter App for iPhone and Android or on the web at Some PBOT services also take service requests via web site forms.

Here are some links to some key services that are available using online forms or apps.

24/7 maintenance + repair

The 503-823-1700 phone line is not available for inbound calls. Email  to reach our hotline for maintenance and repair issues, including potholes, sinkholes, and traffic signs that are down. We are working with Pacific Power to restore power to traffic signals in the downtown area.

Report a non-immediate traffic safety issue

The 503-823-SAFE (7233) phone line is not available for inbound calls. Use the on-line form to contact the Traffic Safety and Neighborhood Livability Team.

Report a work zone issue

Use this online form or email

Report a sidewalk repair issue


Report an abandoned vehicle

Use this online form:

More options

For online options for more programs, see the relevant web page within the PBOT web site:


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

News Release: Portland Bureau of Transportation launches Parking Kitty, a new app that allows drivers to pay for parking using their smart phones

Developed in partnership with Portland State University and Portland Parks & Recreation, Parking Kitty can also be used in PSU parking garages and Washington Park.

(Thursday, May 18th) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation in partnership with Portland State University and Portland Parks & Recreation launched Parking Kitty, a new mobile parking payment app.

Users who download Parking Kitty onto their smart phones will no longer need to pull a paper receipt from a City of Portland parking kiosk. Users simply need to enter the parking zone and their license plate number into the app. The app also allows users to remotely monitor how much time they have left and extend their parking time up to the maximum allowed in the parking zone.

parking kitty website

"We want it to be easy to pay for parking in Portland. We also want it to be fun. Parking Kitty helps us do both. As a mobile app, it makes it convenient for Portlanders and visitors to pay for parking. We chose the name to reflect some of our city’s creativity and hopefully bring a smile to Portland’s drivers,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We want it to be simple and efficient to find and pay for parking because well-managed on-street parking is good for drivers, good for business and good for our transportation system.”

“Portland Parks & Recreation has seen great success with Passport Parking's app used in our Washington Park, and we're excited to join PBOT in rolling out the second generation app, Parking Kitty,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “With this new app, visitors can park and enjoy all the world-class attractions of Washington Park without running back to the meter to add more time.”

"Portland State is very excited to be a partner in this innovative new app that creates a simple and efficient way for our students, faculty, staff and guests to pay for parking," said Ian Stude, PSU Transportation and Parking Services Director. "Parking Kitty makes on-demand parking easier for the PSU community -- many of whom drive infrequently and walk, bike, or use public transportation to get to campus."

Besides the PSU parking garages and Washington Park, Parking Kitty users will also be able to use the app in all of the City of Portland’s parking districts, including Downtown, Northwest, Marquam Hill, the Lloyd District and the Central Eastside Industrial District.

The name Parking Kitty is a play on the meaning of kitty as a pool or reserve of money. It is also a nod to the Portland’s well-known reputation as a cat-friendly community.

The app is available for both iPhones and Android devices. Users will be charged a ten cent convenience fee to use the app to pay for a parking session.

  parking kitty partners

PBOT News Release: Sunday Parkways starts 10th year this Sunday, May 21, in inner Southeast Portland neighborhoods

Dr. Rowena Manalo tells her personal story of enjoying Sunday Parkways


(May 17, 2017) This Sunday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente begins its 10th anniversary season in Southeast neighborhoods. This family-friendly free event organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is a great way to get the whole family out on a bike ride or walk for healthy, fun activity kicking of the second next decade of Sunday Parkways.

Sunday Parkways is a favorite annual event for Dr. Rowena Manalo, Chief of Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. She and her family have enjoyed many rides and they are particularly excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary season, which will include a special Passport to Health sticker hunt with prizes, a community appreciation party, and a new route in outer Northeast Portland.

“My daughter is 10 years old, and we’ve seen her grow through a decade of Sunday Parkways,” said Dr. Manalo. “She started off riding in a bike trailer, graduated to a trailer bike, very slowly completing the route with training wheels, to now being a fully independent rider who sometimes speeds ahead of us!”

As presenting sponsor of Sunday Parkways, Kaiser Permanente and its employees put health and safety first, so Dr. Manalo says she especially appreciates how safe the rides are for families. “We have a sense of security riding on the routes with young kids, and not having to worry about cars. The community volunteers and neighbors we pass are always very welcoming. We’ve been able to explore and appreciate different parts of Portland, and the kids love the fun freebies along the way, like T-shirts and bike bells. They’re especially excited about this year’s scavenger hunt.”

While Dr. Manalo usually rides with her family, she often enjoys bringing friends along for the ride. “It’s been great to ride and hang out with friends, and take our lunch break together to sample some of the great food trucks along the way. I’ve often recommended the event to patients and colleagues, especially those new to the area. It’s a great way to get active on the weekend with family and friends.”

The seven-mile Southeast Portland route tees up the 10th season celebration on June 25th in North Portland Sunday Parkways. Stay tuned for details.

To make it easy for residents and visitors alike to join in the fun this weekend PBOT has created a detailed Sunday Parkways route map with all area bikeway routes and bus and light rail routes plus the BIKETOWN boundaries and stations to help area everyone get to Sunday Parkways by biking and taking transit.

This route highlights four Portland Parks including Laurelhurst, Ivon, Colonel Summers and Sewallcrest parks with activities, food, music, and community businesses and organizations to connect with at the event.  Find the list of music, food, community organizations, sponsors and scheduled classes and activities on our Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways webpage.

For maps and more information, visit or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways

For news media to schedule interviews with Dr. Rowena Manalo, please contact Karen Vitt at or 503-201-5399.

Picture at Sunday Parkways

About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance for the 10 years has topped 690,000 over 38 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. Learn more at


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