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Northwest Portland Parking and Transportation Programs

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.

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Pedestrian Lighting Study

The Northwest Parking District has prioritized the improvement of pedestrian lighting within Northwest. This study will help the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) identify inadequate lighting and enhance existing lighting to ensure comfort and confidence for people walking. This project first phase will begin with evaluating existing street lighting. The second phase will then prioritize the installation and improvement of new lighting. Read about the study and project timeline:

Transportation Wallet

Residents and employees who live or work within the Northwest Parking District are eligible to purchase a Transportation Wallet for $99, or opt-out of renewing a Zone M parking permit and receive one for free. Additionally, people in the district who qualify for TriMet's 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.

 Get a Transportation Wallet here

Transportation Wallet Stories: 

Image of Cindy on a Biketown bike

Name: Cindy
Lives: in Cedar Hills
Works: NW
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. 

Robert standing with a Biketown bike

Name: Robert 
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.

Steps 

1. Fill out the interest form below.

Interest Form 

2. After you submit your interest form, PBOT will schedule an on-site meeting with you and the bike equipment vendor to discuss your needs and review options. Oregon Phase 1 guidelines apply.

3. PBOT will provide a layout drawing and purchase the equipment on your behalf.

4. You install the equipment. 


Shared Parking

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:

  1. 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
  2. Short-term parking made available is for all users
  3. 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 rae-leigh.stark@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

Learn more about the NW in Motion project here


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.

Learn more about the NW SAC here

Contact: NWParkingDistrict@portlandoregon.gov