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Eliot Parking Permit Area

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Timeline for Eliot Permit Program, if approved by Council
PBOT will be implementing a new parking permit area in Eliot that will go into effect October 1, 2024. The permit area is designed to make it easier for residents and their guests to find parking on the street in the evening October-May during large events in and around the Rose Quarter.
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Background and map

After years of discussions about parking in Eliot, neighborhood representatives and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) convened a new task force of residents and businesses in October 2022. This task force met for over a year to study parking in the Eliot neighborhood and the impact large events in and around the Rose Quarter have on residents and their guests finding parking. According to their analysis—along with feedback from an open house and surveys—the evening hours in the months of October-May showed the biggest impact to residential parking from large events.

Parking would be restricted to two hours between 5-10 p.m. all days from October to May on block faces with blue lines. Residents in the yellow and blue areas would be eligible for parking permits.

In early 2024, 172 Eliot neighborhood households in the area bordered by N Flint Avenue, Russell Street, NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, and Schuyler Street voted whether or not to be included in the new permit area. 

A total of 10 contiguous block faces voted for and met the minimum requirements to form a permit area. Based on those results—as well as parking data during large events at the Rose Quarter and the needs of several multifamily buildings—PBOT had proposed the permit area pictured to Portland City Council.

PBOT and the Task Force felt it was in the community’s interest to form a cohesive area with these boundaries, making it easy to understand for residents, businesses, and visitors alike. Thus, the proposal includes block faces that voted in favor of the proposal as well as many others, including those that have no residents and thus did not vote. 

On-street parking inside the new permit area will be limited to 2 hours between 5–10 p.m., all days from October to May. Those with permits could park beyond the 2-hour limit.

All households in the shaded areas of the map are eligible for permits. There is no limit to the number of permits a household can purchase. No one is required to purchase a parking permit. 

Timeline

The proposal was approved by Portland City Council on June 12. PBOT install new signs over the summer. Eligible residents, employees, and businesses will be able to sign up for permits in August.

The new permit area will officially start Oct. 1, 2024. PBOT will then evaluate the program over the permit area's first year. This includes parking demand, traffic volumes, and how many permits are issued to eligible residents just outside the new permit area. This data will help us determine which block faces may be added in the second year of the permit area (Oct. 1, 2025 – May 31, 2026). We will also pay close attention to Tillamook Street since it is a designated low-traffic street known as a neighborhood greenway.

Timeline for Eliot Permit Program, if approved by Council

Permit cost

Annual residential parking permit will cost $80 with two discounted rates of $38 or $55 based on median family income (MFI). For example, a household of two making $54,000/year would pay $38 and a household of four making $100,000 would pay $55. See section below on how tiered pricing works.

No one is required to purchase a parking permit. There is also no limit to the number of permits each household can purchase. Permits will be made available to all residents in the established parking area as well as those within a roughly 400-foot buffer zone outside the established boundaries.

Regardless of whether they decide to purchase a residential permit, all households in the new permit area (and within the buffer zone) have access to guest parking permits. For the first year, households could request one FREE annual guest permit and 30 FREE daily guest permits, with options to purchase up to 70 additional guest permits in sets of 10.

These permits allow residents and their guests to park longer than two hours during the evening and months parking restrictions are in place. Eligible residents will be able to sign up for permits in August. All residential and guest permits are paperless. PBOT uses an online, license-plate based system.

Tiered pricing, explained

Annual residential parking permit (for those who want one) will cost $80, with two discounted rates based on median family income (MFI). Households earning more than (>) 90% MFI will pay the full permit price of $80/year. Households earning between 60-90% MFI will pay $55, while households earning less than (<) 60% MFI will pay $38. 

Permit fees could be lowered further if we are able to find additional funding to subsidize the program.

The following table shows MFI ranges for the Portland metro area in 2024:

Household size

Full permit price
$80/year

Annual household income more than (>) 90% MFI

Discount tier 1
$55/year

Annual household income 60-90% MFI

Discount tier 2
$38/year

Annual household income less than (<) 60% MFI

1 person> $74,340$49,560 - $74,430< $49,560
2 people> $84,960$56,640 - $84,960< $56,640
3 people> $95,580$63,720 - $95,580< $63,720
4 people> $106,200$70,800 - $106,200< $70,800
5 people> $114,750$76,500 - $114,750< $76,500
6 people> $123,210$82,140 - $123,210< $82,140
7 people> $131,760$87,840 - $131,760< $87,840
8 people> $140,220$93,480 - $140,220< $93,480

Business and employee parking

To understand how a new parking permit area would affect area businesses, PBOT staff and the Eliot Parking Task Force have been discussing this proposal with businesses over the past two years. Over that time, we’ve learned that most businesses in the proposed parking permit area don't operate after 7 p.m. and would not be impacted by a 2-hour limit between 5-10 p.m. 

That said, businesses operating in the shaded areas of the map whose employees need to park on the street for more than 2 hours between 5-10 p.m. would be eligible for permits. 

  • Employees would be able to purchase an annual permit for $80, with two discounted rates of $38 or $55 depending on income.
  • For the first year only, businesses in the shaded areas of the map may also request one FREE annual guest permit and 30 FREE daily guest permits. They may also purchase up to 70 additional daily guest permits in packs of 10.

If your business or employees will need a parking permit, please email pbotparkingdistricts@portlandoregon.gov

Differences from the 2019 proposal

In 2019, the Eliot neighborhood voted against a proposal for a parking permit area. That proposal was like area permits PBOT has created in other neighborhoods to limit commuter parking. It would have restricted parking to one hour from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days a week, year-round. Annual permits would have been $75, available to residents and businesses. The vote was also based on the entire permit area, an all-or-nothing proposal.

This plan is much more precise. It aims to make it easier for residents and their guests to find on-street parking when large evening events happen in and around the Rose Quarter, mainly in the months of October-May. Permits are only available for residents.

The permit area has longer visitor time limits: two hours. This is so guests of residents can park on the street longer without a parking permit, but short enough to deter event attendees from parking in the neighborhood. We also heard from residents supportive of the 2019 proposal who were concerned their neighbors may not be able to afford the permit cost.

Unlike the 2019 proposal, this permit area has determined how guest parking permits will work, with guidance from the Eliot Parking Task Force made up of area residents and businesses.

Based on feedback during a May 2023 open house, we determined the three price levels outlined above. Based on input from the task force, we also added free annual guest permits for residents both in and nearby the permit area. Annual guest permits are much easier to set up than daily permits, especially if you have frequent guests such as family or caretakers.

Instead of the all-or-nothing approach of the 2019 proposal, the permit area was determined block by block, with votes tallied separately for each block face. As long as nine contiguous (touching) block faces support the permit, the proposal would move forward to a vote of council.

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