Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.

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This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed    More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Why Bother Voters When You Don’t Have To?

Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have been shopping a plan to increase transportation taxes and fees, asking residents for their top priorities in polls and forums. But the p   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Novick Using Committee, Phone Survey to Decide What Transportation to Fund

UPDATE: Phone survey costs $28,000


UPDATE, 2:03 pm Friday, Jan. 24: The Portland Bureau of Transportation's phone survey, designed to decide how much money the city will seek to raise for the cash-strapped bureau, will cost the city $28,000.As WW previously reported, PBOT is paying for the poll, which is being conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall.PBOT released the cost estimate today in response to a request by WW.The survey's ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 AARON MESH

Novick, Hales Hunting for New Transportation Taxes and Fees


When Mayor Charlie Hales took office last winter, he said Portland City Hall wouldn't pursue new taxes for streets and sidewalks until "after we show we mean it with black tar."The city has patched 76 miles of streets this year, closing in on the mayor's goal of 100 miles. And Hales apparently thinks the time is right to start the money search. As first reported by WW in this week's Murmurs, Hales ...   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AARON MESH

A Fork in the Road

A yet-to-be-released audit slams the city’s transportation spending—and gives Hales an opening for reform.

News Stories
Mayor Charlie Hales has promised to shake up the city bureau that is supposed to maintain Portland’s streets—and the   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Choo-Choo Changes

The new head of City Hall will be a “transportation mayor”—whether he wants that title or not.

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The next Portland mayor wakes up this morning in charge of a City Hall filled with potholes. The city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over police mistreatment of the mentally    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AARON MESH

Portland Bureau of Transportation Faces $4.5 Million Budget Gap


 The Portland Bureau of Transportation once again faces a big hole in its budget. PBOT director Tom Miller informed bureau staff this morning that projections show a $4.5 million gap in the city department's $100 million budget for 2013. "This is a shortfall just like last year," says PBOT spokeswoman Cheryl Kuck. "We're looking at $4.5 million in cuts this time around."Last November, PBOT ...   More
Monday, November 5, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Where Did All These Tiny Cars Come From All Of A Sudden?


Those white-and-blue Smartcars you might've seen all over town belong to a new car-sharing service (yes, another one) run by Daimler, the German car company, called Car2Go. There's been some conspiratorial interest in this service over at Jack Bogdanski's blog, and a bit of wonkish speculation about its market niche over at Chris Smith's Portland Transport. The service launched on April 3. Its website ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 COREY PEIN

Portland Parking Manager Ellis McCoy Amends His Resignation

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City of Portland parking manager Ellis McCoy, who has been on paid administrative leave since a raid of his office by federal investigators earlier this month, submitted his resignation today. Investigators reportedly suspect McCoy of taking kickbacks from a parking contractor.McCoy actually submitted two letters, one dated yesterday, the other today. WW reproduces them below. The Oregonian was first ...   More
Friday, September 2, 2011 COREY PEIN

Bike Share: What Can Portlanders Expect? (Updated With Clarification And Photo)

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Yesterday the Portland City Council voted 4-1 to approve a public bike share program like those gaining popularity in cities like Paris, London, Denver and Washington, D.C. The approved proposal would seek to leverage $2 million in federal money to obtain another $2 million in private funding, so whether or not this program actually materializes could be contingent on finding the support of a corporate ...   More
Thursday, August 18, 2011 COREY PEIN


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