The NW Parking District Liaison works with the NW Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) to manage parking demand in NW. They decide how to spend revenue from parking on neighborhood projects and programs, including the Transportation Wallet, bike parking fund, safety projects, and more.
Residents and employees who live or work within the Northwest Parking District are eligible to purchase a Transportation Wallet for $99, or trade in an eligible Zone M parking permit and receive one for free. Additionally, people in the district who qualify for Honored Citizen and Low Income transit fare can apply for a free "Golden" Transportation Wallet.
The Transportation Wallet is made possible by parking permit surcharge fees collected in the NW Parking District, thanks to the support of the NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee, which makes decisions around parking management and transportation.
Who has opted out of their parking permits in NW?
Lives: in Cedar Hills
Favorite part of the Transportation Wallet: BIKETOWN
Favorite part about not driving to work: reading and no gridlock traffic
Cindy takes the MAX from Cedar Hills to Providence Park MAX station. She hops on BIKETOWN, which serves as her last mile solution and is much faster than walking or taking the Streetcar.
Cindy didn’t think she would use BIKETOWN, let alone love it.
Lives: in NW
Works: Old town/Chinatown
Favorite part of the Transportation Wallet: BIKETOWN!
His favorite part about the Transportation Wallet is that he gets more winter biking in using
BIKETOWN and the flexibility of having all the options.
Favorite part about not having a car: Not having the expense of a car nor look for parking.
Robert’s biggest motivation for giving up the car and the Zone M parking permit was to save money.
Bike Parking Fund
NW Portland building owners! Funds developed through the Zone M Parking Surcharge are being put to work in a new program, The NW Bike Parking Fund, which will allow you to establish or expand long term bike parking facilities in your residential, commercial and mixed-use properties. Here’s how it works: you provide the space and pay for installation, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will provide the bike parking equipment. Together, we will encourage more people to bike for transportation! Plus, as soon as any bike-parking equipment is purchased for your building, it becomes yours!
Eligibility & Requirements
Any residential, mixed use, or commercial building (or business in a building) in Zone M is eligible. Please see this map to see if your building is in Zone M.
The building must have space for access controlled, long-term storage; such as a garage or ground floor or accessible basement storage room, or outside fenced in area able to be covered.
Fill out a short interest form as an editable PDF, and email or mail to the NW Parking District Liaison. Then they will contact you to meet the property manager on-site to discuss the options. Once the bike racks are purchased, they become the property of the building owner.
View the information flyer
City Council recently voted on an amendment to City Code Section 33.562.290 which allows accessory parking facilities to operate commercially as shared parking facilities. Shared parking is one of the many tools being implemented as part of the NW Portland Parking Management Plan.
Off-street accessory parking facilities wishing to operate commercially are required to apply for a permit through PBOT, and must meet the following requirements:
- Parking facilities must have at least five (5) parking stalls available for commercial use, not including spaces needed for the primary accessory use of the parking facility
- Short-term parking made available is for all users
- Long-term parking made available may only be for residents or employees of the NW District
The online application form can be found HERE. In order to refrain from future code violations please do not operate shared parking activity until the application has been processed and approved. For any questions regarding the online application or the new shared parking rules, please contact Rae-Leigh Stark at email@example.com.
Learn more about shared parking in Northwest
NW in Motion Planning
Northwest in Motion will help make Portland’s Northwest District safer and more convenient for walking, biking, and taking public transit. It will develop a list of specific projects that we can build in and around the neighborhood over the next five years.
Northwest Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee (NW SAC)
The Northwest Parking District SAC’s mission is to advise the City on transportation and parking issues in Northwest and support a full range of transportation options within the context of neighborhood livability and economic vitality with the goal of efficiently managing parking and reducing reliance on single-occupancy vehicles. The SAC evaluates district transportation needs and priorities and sets forth priority projects and programs to support and facilitate more efficient transportation access.
The committee’s objectives are designed to support the economic vitality and friendly atmosphere of the district:
- Support the economic vitality of the district and efforts to maintain a friendly atmosphere for visitors.
- Promote traffic safety through traffic calming and improvements to the pedestrian environment.
- Increase awareness of and promote transit and alternative transportation options for Northwest residents, employees and visitors.
- Increase walking, bicycling and transit use by employees, visitors and residents.
- Advise the city on use of the community’s share of on-street parking revenues.
- Reduce auto trips by employees, visitors and residents to, from and within the neighborhood.
- Develop baseline travel and parking behavior data, define measures of success, monitor travel behavior and provide ongoing accountability.
- Advise the Bureau of Transportation on matters related to pay parking, permit parking program operations and event-day management.