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Dylan Rivera

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TriMet’s New Year’s Eve extended service and free rides after 8pm

Have fun on the 31st and leave the driving to a professional

A bus lit for the holidays(December 18, 2014)  One of Portland’s continuing New Year’s Eve traditions is TriMet’s extended service and free rides after 8:00 p.m. That’s right, after 8:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, all trips on TriMet buses and MAX lines, and Portland Streetcar, are free of charge.

If you’re looking to stay out extra late while ringing in the New Year, here are MAX’s last trips for the wee hours of 2014/15:

Last MAX Trips on New Year’s Eve:

  • The last Blue Line trips to Gresham leaves Pioneer Square at 3:12 a.m. and the last trip to Hillsboro leaves Pioneer Square North at 3:12 a.m.
  • The last Yellow Line trip to Expo Center leaves Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th at 3:10 a.m. and the last trip to Downtown Portland leaves Expo Center at 2:16 a.m. A Trip to Rose Quarter Transit Center and Ruby Junction/E 197th leaves Expo Center at 3:42 a.m.
  • The last Green Line trip to Clackamas leaves from Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th at 3:04 a.m. and the last trip to Downtown Portland leaves Clackamas Town Center Transit Center at 1:44 a.m.
  • MAX Red Line trains will run on weekday schedules with shuttle buses carrying riders between Gateway Transit Center and Portland International Airport after train service ends as needed and until approximately 3:30 a.m.
  • The last trip of the night to Portland International Airport leaves Pioneer Square South at 10:29 p.m. and the last trip of the night to Beaverton Transit Center leaves the airport at 11:49 p.m.

Free Rides after 8 and Portland Streetcar will run on weekday schedules on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1st, 2015 buses and MAX trains will run on Sunday schedules. Portland Streetcar will run on Saturday schedules on New Year’s Day. 

N Williams Traffic Safety Project: Construction nears completion with new traffic signal on Cook

(December 26, 2014) - Travelers along North Williams Avenue will now notice the new traffic signal at N.E. Cook Street and N Williams Avenue - which marks one of the last major pieces of the N Williams Traffic Safety Project.  The installation also signals the end of a three-year journey to redesign this major street that serves a growing neighborhood, is the city's busiest bicycle commute corridor and serves transit and drivers.

The $1.5 million project, funded through grants, has transformed N Williams Avenue to be a safer place for all travelers by addressing the many issues that neighbors, community and business representatives and PBOT staff identified through a 16-month public involvement process in 2011 and 2012. 

The new street design, installed on time and on budget, uses an innovative approach to traffic calming which reallocates the roadway space to better balance N Williams as a neighborhood-oriented street that puts pedestrian safety first. 

The main safety benefit is achieved by reducing the speed of the street.  Given how many people walk along N Williams in a given day, PBOT also boosted pedestrian safety by streamlining the number of travel lanes that pedestrians need to cross –from two to one.   Curb extensions constructed at five different locations further improve crossing safety.

The street width has been reallocated to where it was most needed – the bike lane.  Bicycle use has increased dramatically over the past decade and had exceeded the capacity provided by the old configuration.  The overall impact to auto traffic capacity is minimal because the travel lanes can continue to accommodate current and projected number of vehicles. In addition, the point where the most congestion is generated – the signalized intersections – remains unchanged.  

The new design’s other major safety improvement was achieved by shifting the bike lane to the left side of the street, which eliminated the conflict that occurred when heavy bus traffic moved across the right-side bike lane to get to and from transit stops.

 The new traffic signal at Cook Street also helps address a long-standing safety problem with freeway traffic feeding onto N. Williams Avenue

 Minor construction activity will continue for the next several weeks to finish the project, largely related to signage and striping work. 


Next Steps

This winter, PBOT will conduct a full operations assessment to identify and address any additional modifications to improve operations.

Beginning in the new year,  PBOT will finalize public involvement for design recommendations for the adjacent Rodney Neighborhood Greenway Project, which complements the improvements to N. Williams and is funded through the same state grant.  Construction is expected to begin later next summer.

In January construction of a new traffic signal at N Vancouver and Cook Street will begin.   Funded by a separate Local Improvement District, in which private property owners pool their resources to fund the project, this signal will complement the new one at Williams and Cook by improving safe access to the freeway.

Work also continues on the Honoring History element of the project. North Williams was the historic center of African-American life in Portland.  A subcommittee made up of original Stakeholder Advisory Committee members is working with the Regional Arts & Culture Council to develop an art project that provides education about the historical change in the surrounding area. That project is expected to be installed by summer 2015.

To view the history of this project, schematics, public outreach materials and additional information, please visit

View more "before and after" pictures here:






Gordon Price Lecture

Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University will lecture on transportation and land use in the Pacific Northwest.

(November 10, 2014) Come hear a distinct perspective on transportation and land use in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

This Thursday evening (11/13), Gordon Price will give a free presentation on the effective integration of transportation in high-density environments with an emphasis on land use. If you’ve seen Price speak before, fear not! He always has a new presentation and a trick or two up his sleeve.

To learn more about Price check out his electronic magazine, PriceTags or his daily blog on Vancouver and worldwide urban affairs. Price is a former City of Vancouver, B.C. Councilor and current Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia Professor who teaches, researches, and writes extensively on urban development and planning.

What: Gordon Price Presentation 
When: Thursday 11/13, 6:40 – 8:40 p.m. 
Where: Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave 
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Questions? Contact: Scott Cohen City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (503) 823-5345

News Advisory: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick to propose $46 million Portland Street Fund at 10:30 a.m. Monday news conference

(Nov. 10, 2014) Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick will brief the news media on a proposed Portland Street Fund.

The result of nearly a year of public input, the Portland Street Fund will more than double the City’s pavement maintenance budget and make major investments in transportation safety improvements, especially in East Portland.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 2 p.m., Nov. 20. A final vote is expected at 10 a.m. Dec. 3.

Who: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick

What: Announcement of Portland Street Fund, which will come to City Council for a public hearing at 2 p.m., Nov. 20, 2014.

When: 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Where:  Lovejoy Room, City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

Visuals:  Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick discussing the proposal, with background material displayed on maps and posters. Press packet will be made available.

For background on the public input that helped develop the Portland Street Fund proposal, see