Friday, September 19, 2014

Race for the Cure is Sunday, Sept. 21st

Hi Neighbors!

The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held in Portland on Sunday, Sept. 21st. Consider taking TriMet to the event and be sure to plan ahead. 
TriMet's Online trip planner makes it easy to plan your trip. Click here to plan your route to the Race for the Cure.
During the event, two bus lines – Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd and Line 17-Holgate/Broadway will be detoured around the race route. Two other bus lines – Line 20-Burnside/Stark and Line 77-Broadway/Halsey as well as MAX trains may be delayed for a few minutes to allow runners and walkers through.

Race for the Cure Rider tips:

  • Keep in mind that buses and MAX will be running on Sunday schedules. Not all bus lines have Sunday service.
  • In the morning hours leading up to the event, MAX Blue, Red and Yellow lines have a 35-minute frequency or 35 minutes between trains.
  • TriMet will be adding extra service on the Green Line since regular Sunday service does not begin until 8 a.m. Two extra trains have been scheduled to depart the Clackamas Town Center MAX Station at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. As these trains are being inserted into regular service, please note that they will not appear in the online trip planner.
  • If heading to the event from Clackamas, consider our Line 72-Killingsworth/82nd bus, which runs from Clackamas Town Center to the NE 82nd Ave MAX Station where you can connect with trains.
  • If traveling from east of Gateway Transit Center or west of Beaverton Transit Center, improve your service options by using the Park & Rides at Gateway or Sunset Transit Center, as multiple MAX and bus lines serve those stations and have shorter trips into Portland City Center. For Park & Ride information,
  • Instead of a paper fare, purchase and use tickets on your smartphone anywhere, at anytime.The free TriMet Tickets mobile app lets you easily buy and store your fare on your smartphone. You can buy and use tickets for multiple people on just one phone. Check out our FAQ at for instructions and other information.
  • Buy a day pass – it’s the same price as two 2-hour tickets. Most of the Race for the Cure events will take longer than two hours.
  • TriMet customer service staff will be at the registration & t-shirt pick-up event sponsored by OHSU at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday and Saturday selling advance Day Passes for Sunday.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Portland Housing Bureau News: N/NE Housing Strategy

Our friends from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods want to be sure we are up to speed with a project that involves our neighborhood, the N/NE Housing Strategy. Take a moment to review the details and consider attending one of the forum meetings... spread the word and get involved!

What is this project?

The project is a $20 million financing initiative in North/Northeast Portland over the next five years. The effort is focused in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area in response to the community’s well documented need for affordable housing and other investments in neighborhoods most impacted by displacement.
While the funds, along with those previously budgeted and programmed, will mostly be used to invest in buildings, the process for determining how and where to spend the money provides an opportunity to engage community members in ways that begin to address a long history of institutional racism and displacement of residents and businesses. (more) 

Your voice is needed.

Community input will help shape the strategy. During Summer/Fall of 2014, Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and community stakeholders will design a set of recommendations for prioritizing investment of these housing resources, that begins to address affordable housing needs.

Attend a Community Forum:

You will learn information about the current opportunities and how available affordable housing tools can be used. Participants will also see alternative scenarios for investments and programs. The goal is to seek consensus about which strategies most directly improve affordable housing stability and choices.

Here’s how you can be involved:

  • Attend a Community Forum
  • Learn more here (reports, media, etc.)
  • Join the email list here
  • Send us your thoughts and ideas here (email and phone)

Grant Park Village Update: NE 32nd Ave

The following is an update from Monty Orlando, Project Superintendent with Grant Park Village. Please make note of the details he outlines and plan accordingly.

Neighbors & Businesses,

NE 32nd Ave has done it’s job carrying the heavy traffic loads over the years and during the past year for construction of the Grant Park Village project.  The time has now come to remove the torn up road and replace it. In order to complete this work, 32nd Ave will need to be closed Monday September 29th starting at 12 noon,  and remain closed through Saturday October 4th.  (Actual asphalt paving of the road is scheduled on Saturday the 4th and is good-weather dependent).  The road will re-open on Sunday October 5th (barring any weather delays).  

It will be necessary to close the east entrance to the Fred Meyers’ parking lot. The detour route during this road closure for deliveries and the residences along NE Weidler will be NE 30th Ave.  Altus Traffic Management will be conducting traffic flagging control during this week.  We understand that this will cause some degree of inconvenience during this closure, but we are looking forward to getting this road re-paved and providing a smoother street for everyone’s use.  Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

For a map of the area CLICK HERE.

PBOT News Release: N Williams Avenue Design Installation & Lane Closure

North Williams Avenue street design installation begins; left lane to close shortly

“A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign features safety messages from residents

(September 16, 2014) – Construction begins later this week on a new street design for North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commute route between downtown and North Portland.
The new street design will extend from NE Broadway to Killingsworth Street and will require up to three months to complete.  Safety improvements will benefit all travelers, especially pedestrians, and changes will affect the look of the street and traffic flow for all travelers.
Early in the project, the left lane of North Williams Avenue will close to all traffic. No detours will be in effect but alternate routes are available during construction. 
The alternate route for people traveling by bicycle is NE Rodney Street, a neighborhood greenway that is a designated bikeway and has been upgraded with speed bumps to discourage cut through motor vehicle traffic.  The alternate routes for drivers are NE Martin Luther King Boulevard or N Interstate Avenue.

The new street design will include these major improvements:

·      A new traffic signal will be installed at the busy N Cook Street crossing.
·      New striped crosswalks and curb extensions at five crossings will improve pedestrian visibility, making it safer and easier to cross.
·      Bus and bike travel are being separated to reduce conflicts and improve safety.  Buses will continue to stop on the right side of the street while the bike lane will be expanded to a width of 12 feet and transferred to the left side.
·      The speed limit is being lowered to 25 mph along most of the corridor; and 20 mph where foot traffic is highest, between NE Fremont and Skidmore streets.
·      Green transition zones in the left side bike lane indicate where motor vehicles cross the lane to turn left.

The left side bicycle lane is expected to open in mid-October, once the Cook Street traffic signal is operational.  The crosswalk restriping and additional construction are expected to entail minimal traffic disruption.
The project was developed in 2012 after a 16-month public involvement process to identify how to make N Williams Avenue a safer place for all travelers and to address longstanding community concerns over pedestrian safety in particular.

“A Safer Place for Everyone”

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is launching “A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign to inform people of the new street design and encourage all travelers to share the road.  The campaign is an outgrowth of the public involvement process where people suggested increased outreach around safety.
The “A Safer Place for Everyone” campaign features residents sending their safety messages to fellow residents via a series of banners and A-boards. The banners, soon to be posted to light fixtures along the corridor, will be displayed through the winter.  
The transportation bureau also mailed an “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure to area residents and distributed to local businesses and other gathering places.  The public is encouraged to share photos and their own messages on social media with the tag #northwilliams.  
More information is available at  including a map and construction highlights. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” banner campaign. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure.

Diane Dulken
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Twitter @PBOTinfo