Transportation

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News May 15 8:00 AM

Portland Transportation and Climate Groups Sue Over I-5 Expansion Plan

The five plaintiffs say the Oregon Department of Transportation's I-5 Rose Quarter project goes against city and regional climate plans. They also say it’s a bad way to spend $1.9 billion.

News May 8 11:15 AM

Industrial Northwest Redevelopment Plan Includes Streetcar Extension and Housing

The Montgomery Park Area draft plan envisions a new neighborhood in an underutilized part of the city.

News Apr 29 12:30 PM

Portland Freight Train Derailment Spotlights Transportation and Environmental Risks

A Union Pacific freight train derailed on the east end of Portland's Steel Bridge Monday, halting traffic for several hours. Advocates say it could've been a lot worse.

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News Apr 19 2:23 PM

With Scant Evidence, City Commissioners Point to Fentanyl as Potential Contributor to Rise in Deadly Crashes

Transportation advocates say putting the blame on victims is a distraction from the real causes of traffic deaths.

News Apr 18 2:20 PM

Despite Record-High Traffic Crash Deaths, PBOT Leaders Say Vision Zero Is Working

Advocates who have been tracking the city’s response to traffic fatalities aren’t so sure.

News Apr 17 8:30 AM

New Plan Seeks to Help Lower Southeast Portland “Rise”

The Lower Southeast Rising Plan would add transit access, infrastructure and more housing. Residents worry it could transform neighborhood affordability and character.

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Street View Apr 5 2:30 PM

STREET VIEW: Public Transit Safety Concerns Deserve a Thoughtful Response

We can’t just sweep violence under the rug. But a punitive approach to public safety isn’t the way, either.

Opinion Mar 22 4:15 PM

STREET VIEW: Soho House and Portland's Disappearing Public Spaces

The meaning of public space is being tarnished and sanitized for the rich.

News Mar 13 8:00 AM

Despite Funding Windfalls, the Future of the Rose Quarter I-5 Project Remains Uncertain

ODOT says funding for freeway project could transform the Albina neighborhood. Critics say the transportation agency should cap the freeway to restore Albina— no need for more lanes on I-5.

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Street View Mar 8 11:50 AM

STREET VIEW: “The Bike Lanes That Drive Everybody Crazy”

Portland needs a more clear-eyed vision for transportation.

News Feb 20 4:00 PM

Portland Rideshare Drivers Call for Government Reform to Fix Unfair Working Conditions

Workers cite low pay, a lack of fare transparency, and differences in worker protections in Oregon and Washington. Advocates say the path to change is through government action.

News Feb 15 2:05 PM

At Long Last, Portland's Bike Ridership Is on the Mend. What Now?

After an alarming report last year revealed a major drop in cycling, Portland’s bike advocates want to change the narrative.

News Feb 1 3:15 PM

PBOT Reveals Plan for Major 82nd Avenue Redesign

The transportation bureau released draft design documents for the dangerous east Portland arterial, showing potential for significant change on the street.

News Jan 25 11:00 AM

“Portland Cannot Wait”: City Council Will Refer Gas Tax Renewal to the May Ballot

Portland transportation leaders see the 10-cent per gallon gas tax as flawed, but necessary. Whether it’s renewed for another four years is now in voters’ hands.

News Jan 24 7:30 AM

Portland City Council to Mull High-Stakes Gas Tax Renewal

The 10-cent per gallon Fixing Our Streets gas tax has been an integral part of PBOT's budget since 2016. It's even more important now.

Transportation Jan 18 8:30 AM

Public Backlash Killed the Last I-5 Bridge Replacement Plan. In the New Version, Critics Say Little Has Changed.

Estimated costs for the Interstate Bridge Replacement nearly doubled in 3 years. Meanwhile, climate advocates fear the new bridge plans don't prioritize public transit, and lack transparency.

News Jan 10 3:00 PM

A $1.7 Million Federal Grant Will Jumpstart Portland's Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

The grant will help fund a plan to make pay-as-you-go electric car chargers more accessible around the city.

Transportation Jan 9 8:15 AM

Portland, Prepare For a Six-Week MAX Disruption

Green, Blue, and Red Line MAX train service will be impacted through the end of February as TriMet finishes construction for "A Better Red" project.

News Dec 15 4:30 PM

The Portland Clean Energy Fund Is Fast Becoming the City’s Fiscal Lifeline

New projections show PCEF will have access to about $1.2 billion over the next five years, giving fund leaders the opportunity to greatly expand its clean energy programming.

News Oct 30 7:30 AM

With the HollywoodHUB project, TriMet Embraces a New Vision for Public Transportation

The project— a collaboration with BRIDGE Housing and Hacienda CDC— will add hundreds of affordable housing units to Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood.

Transportation Oct 6 4:39 PM

Without a Strong Ally in City Hall, Frog Ferry Project Loses Buoyancy

The dream of a ferry may not be alive in Portland…at least for now.

News Sep 29 4:56 PM

Amid Budget Crisis, Leaked PBOT Emails Deepen Public Distrust of Portland Transportation Leaders

Communication clashes and plans to alter a protected bike lane have sparked skepticism and scrutiny from community advocates and Metro.

News Sep 27 4:35 PM

Facing a $32 Million Shortfall, PBOT Leaders Issue Grim Forecast for Portland’s Transportation Future

Without an immediate lifeline, Portland’s transportation bureau is staring down hundreds of job losses, defrayed maintenance, and an end to its graffiti and derelict RV removal program.

Transportation Sep 11 4:29 PM

TriMet Joins Portland's War on Drugs

After a study found negligible amounts of meth and fentanyl residue on transit, TriMet calls for a "crackdown." Experts recommend a more nuanced approach.

Transportation Aug 9 4:22 PM

Cops, Cameras, and "Safe Systems": The Debate About Curbing Traffic Violence on Portland's Streets

Portland continues to experience record-breaking numbers of traffic crash fatalities. With funding and political barriers, what's the best way to keep people safe on the streets?

News Jul 20 3:43 PM

Portland Has a New Plan for the Future of Urban Freight

City planners look to cargo bikes, improved rail crossings, and dedicated bike and truck lanes for improved safety and sustainability to move goods around Portland.

News Jul 12 1:46 PM

Pete Buttigieg's Tour of 82nd Avenue Underscores Opportunities, Ultimatums For One of Portland's Busiest Corridors

With $80 million in federal funds, transportation leaders must move quickly to enact projects before a 2026 deadline. They'll also need to hash out a greater vision for transforming the corridor.

News Jun 26 8:21 PM

Without Tolling Revenue, ODOT Puts the Brakes on Two Portland-Area Freeway Projects

As state transportation agency stretches to find funding alternatives, watchdogs rejoice over reevaluation of plans to widen I-205 and I-5.

News Jun 23 3:08 PM

Skaters Renew Pressure on Portland City Leaders to Build Steel Bridge Skatepark

With a quarter million dollars for design from Prosper Portland set aside, skatepark advocates say new park could play key role in downtown revitalization.

Transportation Jun 12 2:45 PM

Four-Month Pause on MAX Red Line Service to PDX Starts This Weekend

TriMet plans shuttle service from Gateway Transit Center to the airport, but asks passengers to plan extra time in their commute.

News Jun 5 4:13 PM

Freight Train Pain: City Will Study Solutions for Frequently Blocked Eastside Railroad Crossings

Portlanders have griped about problematic railroad crossings in the Central Eastside for years. Now, a federal grant will allow the city to work on fixes. 

News May 24 7:45 AM

"PBOT Is on Life Support": Inside Portland’s Transportation Budget Crisis

An 11th-hour city budget amendment proposed by Mayor Ted Wheeler has revealed the depths of the transportation bureau’s woes.

Transportation May 22 4:45 PM

Transportation Justice Advocates Plan Rally Against TriMet Fare Hike

TriMet's board of directors is expected to approve a 30-cent fare increase on Wednesday. Opponents say it's the wrong way for the transit agency to fix its budget woes.

Transportation May 18 7:38 AM

Traffic Cops are Back—But Advocates Still Want More Speed Cameras

Portland Police are bringing back the traffic enforcement team, but advocates point to traffic light cameras as the best way to slow drivers and reduce racial bias in policing.

News May 9 7:55 AM

Build It and They Will Pay: ODOT’s Plans for Tolling Generate Broad Backlash

Skepticism from Governor Tina Kotek and state legislators about the Oregon Department of Transportation's tolling plans may have lasting impacts.

Transportation Mar 27 12:35 PM

TriMet Wants to Fix its Most Unreliable Bus Line, While Making Routes Safer for Students

Changes to Line 70 would reduce Cleveland High School students crossing Powell Boulevard.

Transportation Mar 13 9:05 AM

Traffic Deaths in Portland Remain Record-High For a Second Year

Speeding, dark conditions, and persistent traffic exposure played a role in the 63 fatalities in 2022.

Transportation Feb 7 10:00 AM

From Face Chewing to Chronic Code Violations: How Does TriMet Determine the Length of Rider Bans?

TriMet issued its second-ever lifetime ban after the Gresham MAX station attack.

Transportation Jan 6 1:48 PM

Advocates Fear Increased Pedestrian Deaths in Planned Rose Quarter Project

ODOT’s own analysis of the project shows an increased risk in pedestrians being hit by cars.

Transportation Dec 22 1:55 PM

Q&A: Metro President Lynn Peterson on New Book, Roadways for People

Peterson calls for greater community engagement in transportation planning.

Transportation Nov 23 3:18 PM

Rose Quarter I-5 Expansion Won’t Impact Environment, State Assessment Finds

Critics of the project argue the state is underestimating the impact of the project.

Transportation Nov 10 10:28 AM

TriMet Board Advances Plan to Increase Fare by 30 Cents in 2024

The board will vote on an official proposal in May following public engagement.

Transportation Oct 19 1:28 PM

Portland to Lower Speed Limit Around Cleveland High School and Return Bike Boxes to SE 26th

The city is also requesting the state transportation agency create School Speed Zones around all schools on state-owned streets.

Transportation Oct 18 5:40 PM

Portland City Council to Consider Lowering Speed Limit on SE Powell Near Cleveland High School

The proposal would create "School Speed Zones" around all schools on state-owned highways.

Transportation Oct 12 2:08 PM

TriMet Seeks Public Input on Pandemic-Related Bus Service Changes

The changes could ramp up frequent service and expand transit access to underserved areas.

Transportation Oct 7 10:12 AM

Fatal Crash Spurs Renewed Calls for Transportation Safety Changes on SE Powell

SE Powell Blvd. is one of over a dozen state-owned highways in the Portland metro area.

News Sep 21 1:54 PM

Climate Advocates Object to Governor's Nominee for Powerful Transportation Comission

Advocates want greater diversity on the commission and a public nomination process.

News Sep 14 3:07 PM

Skaters Dust Off Plans for Steel Bridge Skatepark

The park was the “Crown Jewel” of Portland’s 2008 skatepark masterplan.

News Sep 9 2:11 PM

Southeast Portland’s Arleta Triangle Gets a Public Safety Makeover

City leaders are planning to replicate the treatment in other areas of Portland.

News Aug 29 1:55 PM

TriMet Unveils a New Frequent Bus Line Following Historic Service Cuts

The agency will prioritize maintaining full frequent service on the route.

News Jul 14 3:30 PM

Portland Politicians and Transportation Leaders Approve Early I-5 Bridge Design

The project now moves into a federally required environmental review process.

News Mar 14 4:00 AM

City Commissioners Now Directly Control Portland's Election Finance System

Commissioner Dan Saltzman Says That's a Recipe for Disaster. Others Agree.

News Mar 7 4:00 AM

A New Report Shows Highway Widening Won't Solve Portland's Congestion Woes

And as a Tolling Plan Rushes Forward, Some Officials Want to Know Why ODOT Won't Research a World Without New Construction Projects

News Dec 20 4:00 AM

A New Fee Meant to Spruce Up City Streets Has Property Owners Enraged

It’s Also Got City Officials Contemplating Bizarre Workarounds

Bikes Sep 13 4:00 AM

How to Get Around Portland (Car-Free)

Yes, You Can, and Yes, You Should

News Sep 6 4:00 AM

Oregon's $450 Million Plan to Widen I-5 Has Portlanders Preparing for War

But Can Activists Kill Another Highway Megaproject?

News Oct 12 4:00 AM

Cash-Strapped PBOT Doesn’t Want Your Free Crosswalks

It’s Been Squaring Off With Activists At a Southeast Portland Intersection

Bikes Aug 24 4:00 AM

Portland’s Speed Limits Ignore Cyclists and Pedestrians

But as Road Deaths Spike, That’s About to Change

Politics Apr 27 4:00 AM

Shake Up the City

It's the Mercury's May 2016 Endorsement Guide!

Politics Apr 27 4:00 AM

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