Portland’s growing mixed-used residential and commercial areas demands a lot of parking which has been causing problems with the residents. An immediate solution is on- street parking charge that could manage limited parking and the establishment of a later residential parking permit as a long term solution. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is now reevaluating the management of on and off street parking as a continuous system that includes stakeholder evaluations. Excess revenue from permits will be used to improve the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to promote the shift from the excess car parking.
“Permits are seen as a tangible reminder that nothing is “free” because they “reinforce for people that this is a public asset that’s owned, maintained by the city, and should serve a common good, not just a private good of you privately having a space to park your car.” – Kristin Eberhard, a senior researcher for the Sightline Institute