About the Eliot parking project

The area in gray is the Proposed Eliot Parking Pilot Study Area. The area spans from Broadway Street to I-405/N Kerby Avenue/NE Fremont Street; and from Interstate Ave to Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.
The Eliot Neighborhood asked the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to study parking and transportation issues in Eliot. The planning began in fall 2022.
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Read a status update on the project here- July 2023.

Parking study area

Map showing streets where parking data was collected

The parking study was conducted in late October 2022 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with an overnight occupancy check between 2-4 a.m. Occupancy, utilization and turnover data was collected to get a sense of what a typical day looks like. The study showed that parking demand overall is low to moderate during a typical day. However, parking is constrained and difficult to find when there are large events nearby.

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Get updates from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) about the Eliot Parking Permit Plan and the Eliot Parking Task Force here:

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History and timeline

  • 2018: Portland City Council approves new Parking Permit Pilot Program 
  • 2019: The Eliot Neighborhood Association requested an area parking permit program, but failed
  • 2021: As PBOT developed the Lloyd Event District, they reengaged with the Eliot Neighborhood Association about parking issues in Eliot
  • April 2022: PBOT proposes working on and coordinating between two new plans simultaneously: the Boise Parking Plan and the Eliot Parking Pilot Plan
  • June 2022: Boise and Eliot neighborhood associations agree to coordinated approach
  • August - September 2022: Eliot Parking Task Force recruitment
  • October 2022 - Present: Eliot Parking Task Force meets
  • May 2023: PBOT holds open house and collects feedback on draft proposal

Project timeline

Summer 2022 Scoping, Outreach, Recruit Task Force | Fall 2022 Task Force meetings begin, decide on parking study details and conduct parking study | Winter 2022/23 Review parking study data, case study and ideas from other places, decide on program goals | Spring/Summer 2023 Draft plan, open house, outreach | Winter 2023/24 Finalize plan, ballot (Jan/Feb), City Council hearing (Mar/Apr)

Goals and benefits of parking management

The goal of parking management is to balance all the competing needs for on-street parking. Customers, commercial delivery drivers, and a growing population all need access to on-street parking.

Benefits of parking management include:

  • Better livability for residents
  • Better access to local businesses for customer and freight
  • Less congestion and carbon emissions
  • Better air quality and safety for everyone
  • Less illegal parking and fewer blocked driveways with regular enforcement

Parking management videos

Two videos have been created to help explain why PBOT manages parking in Portland and the strategies that we use. The specific strategies chosen are tailored based off the needs of the neighborhood.

The video above explains why parking management is necessary and the important role it plays on preserving access to the shared resource of on-street parking.
The video above explains the different tools and strategies PBOT uses to help manage on-street parking.


Rae-Leigh Stark

Parking District Project Manager

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