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News Release: Downtown on-street parking rates changing to $2 an hour, making it easier to park, on Monday, Feb. 1

First change to on-street meter rates since 2009

(Jan. 29, 2016) –The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that downtown on-street parking rates will be $2 an hour, effective Monday Feb. 1, after approval by the Portland City Council and a recommendation from a stakeholder advisory committee.

PBOT uses meter rates to manage the supply of on-street parking, and by adjusting rates, PBOT can increase the supply of on-street parking in downtown, making it easier for Portlanders to visit and shop in the area.

The goal is to ensure that there are spaces available so people do not have to spend time circling the block looking for parking. Excessive circling adds to traffic congestion and harms the environment.

PBOT’s goal is to have on-street parking occupancy rates lower than 85 percent. Such a rate ensures that spaces will be available for the next customer. A study of downtown parking rates found many areas of downtown that exceeded the critical 85 percent benchmark. In some areas, parking occupancy tops out above 95 percent.

The new rate is the first change to downtown meter rates since 2009. Public transit fares and off-street parking rates both increased since then. Rates for PBOT’s six SmartPark garages, which offer nearly 4,000 parking spaces to the public, are not affected by Monday’s new meter rates.

Downtown parking meters operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, unless otherwise posted.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions on PBOT’s web site.

PBOT’s SmartPark garages are normally open 24 hours, seven days a week, except for the O’Bryant Square garage, which operates 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The six PBOT SmartPark parking garages include nearly 4,000 public parking spaces and serve shoppers, business clients and visitors to Downtown Portland. For more information about SmartPark garages, see:


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.