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News Release: PBOT offers discounts on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides to encourage Portlanders to take a Safe Ride Home on St. Patrick's Day weekend

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City program offers discounted travel options for holiday revelers, March 15-18
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Golden yellow letters that say Safe Ride Home with icons of transportation modes, party supplies and confetti on a green background

(March 11, 2024) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides originating in the city of Portland as part of its Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick's Day. 

PBOT wants you to get home safely from your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. We are providing a limited number of coupons for discounted rides: $20 off a taxi ride, or $10 off an Uber or Lyft ride.

“PBOT is committed to traffic safety and curbing impaired driving as part of our Vision Zero effort to end traffic deaths and serious injuries," PBOT Director Millicent Williams said. "We hope these discounts will encourage partygoers to travel safely by leaving their cars at home. This should serve as a reminder to everyone to travel safely, so we can all do our part to end traffic fatalities in Portland."

Go to the website for St. Patrick's Day 2024 to get the discount codes for Uber and Lyft on March 15, or see the list of participating businesses for taxi coupons

Vision Zero in orange, bolded text in an orange circle split in two at an angle.

Safe Ride Home coupons are valid for rides starting in Portland between 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024, and 3 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2024.

Paper coupons for up to $20 of a taxi trip will be available at many locations in Portland where people are celebrating. Look for flyers when you are out, then ask staff for a coupon. See list of participating businesses at the PBOT Safe Ride Home website for St. Patrick's Day 2024.

Discounts on Uber and Lyft rides can be accessed using codes that will be posted at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 15 to the website for PBOT Safe Ride Home St. Patrick's Day 2024.

One of the deadliest days on U.S. roads

Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets, according to Portland Vision Zero Action Plan Update 2023-25.

Sixty-nine percent of deadly crashes between 2017 and 2021 involved alcohol and/or drug impairment. In that same period, 430 people died or suffered life-altering injuries due to impairment. In these crashes, 79% of the drivers were impaired. Learn more about top contributing factors at the PBOT Vision Zero website.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest days on our nation's roads. During the St. Patrick's Day holiday period, from March 16-18, 272 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes between 2017 and 2021, across the nation. In 2021, 41 of the 47 traffic fatalities involving an impaired driver during the holiday period occurred in the nighttime hours (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.). 

PBOT has offered Safe Ride Home travel options on New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo, Brewers Festival, and Halloween. The first Safe Ride Home Event was on New Year's Eve 2017.

The Safe Ride Home program is funded by the taxi permit fees and the 50-cent fee charged for every Uber and Lyft ride in Portland. The fee also covers safety inspections and the PDX WAV program that makes accessible on-demand vehicles available to people with wheelchairs or mobility devices in Portland.

RSVP to Safe Ride Home at PBOT's Facebook event page

Learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at the PBOT Vision Zero website.

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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. Learn more at portland.gov/transportation