PBOT budget update: Cuts, consolidation, and no more ‘Options’

PBOT’s SmartTrips program is among the cuts.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The City of Portland’s Transportation Options Division — the group behind such popular programs as Sunday Parkways and SmartTrips — no longer exists as a stand-alone section of PBOT. The consolidation of Options into a new “Active Transportation” group within PBOT’s org chart — and … Read more

Commissioner Saltzman questions City spending on Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is not a core city service says Saltzman.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman has fired the first shot across the bow in what is likely just a preview of what’s to come in bruising fight over next year’s budget. On the agenda at the City Council meeting this morning was … Read more

Sunday Parkways, bike boulevards among “painful” PBOT budget cuts

With budget cuts to bike lane cleaning, you might want to carry a broom.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has unveiled a list of proposed cuts intended to slash their discretionary budget by $15-16 million. The unprecedented cuts — which amount to about 20% of $70 million in discretionary revenue — … Read more

PBOT unveils major reforms to address budget crisis

Map shows PBOT’s new “streets of citywide significance”.– Download PDF- The Portland Bureau of Transportation has released an update on their 2012-2013 budget situation. As we suspected, a major shrinking of their budget has resulted in a restructuring of how the bureau will prioritize spending. In other big news, PBOT Director Tom Miller has unveiled … Read more

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Union group, PBOT maintenance workers to speak out on budget cuts – Updated

Maintenance workers say potholes will get worse, and people on bikes will pay the price.(Photo: Heather Andews) With massive cuts coming from the Bureau of Transportation, there’s one group that is ready to stand up and defend their piece of the pie: maintenance workers. And people who bike should support them, says organizer Erica Askin. … Read more

Council vote could spur major bikeway projects

Bike traffic on NE Wheeler Avenuenear the Rose Quarter.(Photo © J. Maus). The City of Portland is moving forward with a slate of projects that will have a huge impact on the quality of our bikeway network. Tomorrow, City Council is expected to approve a $214,900 contract with Alta Planning + Design to begin the … Read more