Orange Line squeezes neighborhood parking

Parking in Portland's Brooklyn neighborhood between SW 14th and 17th, Feb. 3, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Parking in Portland's Brooklyn neighborhood between SW 14th and 17th, Feb. 3, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There is already competition for on-street parking in the Brooklyn neighborhood between SW 14th and 17th. But with TriMet’s new Orange Line just a block away neighbors said they may have to resort to parking permits in front of their own homes.

Marie Phillippi lives in the neighborhood and told KOIN 6 News TriMet employees use a lot of the street parking. She’s worried the competition for parking will get worse as commuters from other parts of town park in the area, then hop on the MAX for the rest of the ride to work.

Even though TriMet bought land nearby, she said drivers don’t want to park at that lot “because it’s not as convenient. It’s very convenient to park here on the street.”

She said it’s only going to get worse.

“If you look up and down the street, where are you going to find a single parking space during  day? There are none. You can’t, not even now,” she said. “And the train is not even running until next year.”

Brookly neighbors are considering enrolling in a neighborhood permit system. They would tax themselves $60 per year for a permit to park near their own houses. Anyone else parking in the area without a permit would get tickets.

TriMet admits at peak times there isn’t enough room for all its employees to park.

“There may be some spillover, so what we’re trying to do is encourage people to use transit,” TriMet’s Mary Fetsch told KOIN 6 News. “It’ll be good service there, so that would relieve the neighborhood of any spillover neighborhood parking.”

TriMet has also offered to pay the neighborhood permit fees for a year in the name of being a good neighbor.

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