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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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

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Create Livable Communities

Livable Communities

Streets in livable communities are much more than arteries for travel, they are economic engines that are well-managed and well-coordinated to accommodate use by travelers, businesses, residents, and utilities.

Livable Communities provide a wealth of choices—choices for how and where people travel and choices in how much they must spend to meet their travel needs. Livable communities are healthy places that support the fitness of residents and protect the quality of the environment. Livable Communities are open and inclusive places where all members of the community are invited and engaged in collaborating to make it better yet.

The actions in this strategy are designed accelerate PBOT’s use of equitable and robust outreach tools for meaningful participation and partnership. They will enhance pedestrian, bicycle, and transit networks to improve the efficiency of movement for both people and freight. Finally, they will establish coordination protocols to responsibly manage the public rights of way and minimize rework and disruption for residents and other travelers.

Measures of Success

  • Work Commute Transportation Modes (Portland Plan)
  • Average monthly streetcar ridership
  • Total miles of operating streetcar lines
  • Total miles of streetcar lines in design and constructions
  • Average monthly aerial tram ridership
  • Number of car share vehicles in the city
  • Miles of bicycle lanes and protected tracks
  • Number of BIKETOWN rentals
  • Number of livable streets activities permitted (e.g. community events/street seats/sidewalk café/vending carts, etc.)
  • Launch of Community Grants Program

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Biketown the first 6 months

Since the launch of BIKETOWN in July 2016, more than 160,000 trips have been taken on the City’s bike share system totaling 312,690 miles—the equivalent of 49 round—trip rides from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. 

In 2016, 38,000 people have used BIKETOWN in Portland and 3,000 of them have committed to annual memberships. The average trip length for all users is 1.93 miles and the average trip time is 24 minutes. 

Action Topic Action Lead Work Group

Affordable Housing

Partner with BPS and the Portland Housing Bureau to develop and implement an affordable housing strategy along The Division and Southwest Corridor High Capacity Transit Projects.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Continue Transit Investments

Invest in technology to improve workflow and performance monitoring for Streetcar operations.

Development, Permitting, & Transit

Continue Transit Investments

In partnership with Metro and TriMet, implement High Capacity Transit service along key corridors, including current Bus Rapid Transit project on Division Street and the Southwest Corridor project.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Continue Transit Investments

In partnership with TriMet, develop investment plans to target PBOT street and safety improvements along two transit routes and facilitate more frequent bus service. 

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Continue Transit Investments

Based on a Enhanced Transit Corridor analysis, recommend where to prioritize investment in frequency and reliability including identifying the next line for streetcar expansion.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Emergency preparedness

Update the COOP (Continuity of Operations Plan ) for Emergency Preparedness with PBEM.

Maintenance Operations

Enhance Bicycling Investments

In partnership with the Bike Parking Stakeholder Committee, update the bike parking code to reflect demand for bike parking in and near buildings.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Enhance Bicycling Investments

Review and upgrade bikeway network guide signage; fill gaps and change destinations as needed (e.g. new business districts).

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Enhance Bicycling Investments

Develop design guidelines and installation criteria for protected bike lanes.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Enhance Bicycling Investments

Develop a plan for bike share expansion.

Policy, Planning and Projects

Equitable and Robust Public Outreach Tools

Implement the Bureau's public involvement policy by 2019.

Communications

Equitable and Robust Public Outreach Tools

Translate all of the Parking Enforcement online and written materials that are public facing into the City's Safe Harbor languages. Add translation software on the Parking Officers' smart phones for more effective communication with Limited English Proficient (LEP) customers. 

Parking Services

Equitable and Robust Public Outreach Tools

Undertake a survey and focus groups to establish a baseline of the public's understanding and opinion of PBOT's activities.

Communications

Freight Initiatives

Update the Freight Master Plan and include evaluation of new tools and strategies to reduce impact of congestion on freight travel.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Freight Initiatives

Collaborate with the freight community to explore options for acquiring and using GPS data to identify truck trouble spots and improve flow.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Freight Initiatives

Develop plan of action to address missing freight movements needed to accommodate efficient through-traffic and local deliveries.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Guidance for Managing the ROW

In partnership with the Private For-Hire Advisory Committee evaluate the private for-hire  performance and regulatory framework.

Parking Services

Guidance for Managing the ROW

Complete citywide parking strategy and incorporate into citywide Performance-Based Parking Management policy.

Policy, Planning and Projects

Guidance for Managing the ROW

Craft a strategic Parking Management Plan incorporating best practices.

Parking Services

Guidance for Managing the ROW

Update the design requirements in the Street Design Manual for internal and external projects and add a Termporary Traffic Control Manual. New guidelines should include ADA requirements and reference the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. 

Development, Permitting, & Transit

Guidance for Managing the ROW

Develop a Comprehensive Right-of-Way Manual that applies multi-modal, green and livable street  perspectives and includes policies, standards, and procedures governing use of  the curb zone, pedestrian zone, and travel way. 

Development, Permitting, & Transit

Guidance for Managing the ROW

Evaluate Residential Parking Permit Programs to  better manage curb usage in neighborhoods.

Parking Services

Implement Racial Equity Plan at PBOT

Use the newly adopted  Citywide Racial Equity Toolkit for one program, policy or practice in each work group. Build the capacity of racial equity staff champions to expand the use of the Racial Equity Toolkit. 

Director

 

Implement Racial Equity Plan at PBOT 

 

Identify and translate key documents into Safe Harbor Languages. 

Director

 

Implement Racial Equity Plan at PBOT 

Update and adopt PBOT’s MWESB Toolkit to include Bureau-wide standards, guidance, training protocols and reporting procedures for MWESB goals and utilization. 

Director

Implement Racial Equity Plan at PBOT 

Create a template that outlines the requirements for expanded outreach for all job postings that will specifically target communities of color. 

Director

 

Implement racial equity plan at PBOT 

Starting with 823-SAFE, deploy an equity lens to rank constituent safety and other concerns. 

Engineering 

Livable Streets Programs

Bring a Livable Streets Strategy to City Council as a policy framework for streamlining innovation in and use of the right-of-way  as a public space to be enjoyed by all residents.  

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Livable Streets Programs

Develop three new Livable Streets program areas and conduct two pilots for each program.

Development, Permitting, & Transit

Livable Streets Programs

Develop three new Livable Streets program areas and conduct two pilots for each program.

Development, Permitting, & Transit

Livable Streets Programs

Expand the number of Open Streets events by four additional events in partnership with regional and local community partners. Prioritize local community partners that are for/by communities of color.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

 

Livable Streets Programs

Conduct Sunday Parkways 10th Anniversary Celebration in concert with sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and partner businesses.

Policy, Planning, & Projects

 

Livable Streets Programs

Implement the Livable Streets Strategy policy framework.

Development, Permitting, & Transit

 

Livable Streets Programs

Update all special event routes to meet new Police Safety Standard. 

Engineering

 

Safe and clean Communities

Annually clean 1 million feet of sewer pipe. 

Maintenance Operations 

Test New Designs

Research crosswalk material and design for durability and safety. Recommend new standards accordingly including City of Portland contract specifications.  

Maintenance Operations 

Test New Designs

Identify, test and validate low-cost design options available to improve under-improved streets, such as surfacing options like permeable materials or narrower cross sections.  

Development, Permitting, & Transit

 

TSP Completion

Utilize the Transportation System Plan (TSP) to produce a public interface that displays the planned investments. 

Policy, Planning, & Projects 

TSP Completion

Develop 5- and 10-year priorities for implementation of TSP and Central City 2035 project. Priorities should reflectTSP evaluation criteria, including equity. 

Policy, Planning, & Projects 

TSP Completion

Create a project list and implementation protocols for small, low-cost projects in the ten Transportation System Plan program areas.  

Policy, Planning, & Projects