Central City in Motion approved
Historic investments in safety, bus and bike lanes
On Nov. 15, Portland City Council approved the comprehensive Central City in Motion plan -- totaling nearly $36 million within five years - to make smart, targeted investments in transit improvements, protected bike lanes, and pedestrian safety throughout the Central City. Although our members have concerns around loss of parking and restricted auto capacity, this is an exciting and historic investment in our downtown transportation system and the Alliance is grateful to the city for taking this critical step toward a more efficient, safe and reliable multimodal network.
The new plan includes 18 capital projects, with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) prioritizing several for the first round of funding which will be available beginning in 2019. The Alliance sent a letter to council in October supporting all transit and safety improvements, outlining our specific positions on each proposal, and - where reducing auto capacity in favor of protected bike lanes would be harmful to business -- proposed alternative streets for those investments.
Moving forward, the Alliance would like to see a robust implementation strategy that is inclusive of all impacted property owners, and will continue working with the bureau on parking loss and loading zone conflict mitigation. We are encouraged by the opportunity to play a role in the implementation of these projects and will continue collaborating with our partners at PBOT as these projects are built out.