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President Obama is Coming to Portland Thursday

The President’s remarks will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live

Air Force One
Air Force One
Photo: Whitehouse.gov

(WASHINGTON, DC) - On Thursday, May 7, the President will travel to Portland, Oregon and attend a DNC event.

On Friday, May 8, the President will attend an event held at Nike headquarters to discuss how workers will benefit from progressive, high-standards trade agreements that would open up new markets and support high-quality jobs both for Oregon small businesses and large companies like Nike.

The President will also make the case that strong bipartisan trade promotion legislation – introduced last month by Senators Ron Wyden and Orrin Hatch – is an important step to ensure our trade policy works for the middle class.

Through strong enforcement provisions, transparency, and the requirement that our trade agreements include high-standards to bring greater opportunity to American businesses, the legislation is expected to level the playing field for American workers, protect the environment, and raise human rights and labor standards around the world.

The arrival and departure of Air Force One and the President’s remarks at Nike headquarters are open to pre-credentialed members of the media, but closed to the public.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to make the public aware of several traffic-related inconveniences that are expected.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is encouraging people to work from home (if possible) or ride a bicycle in to work to avoid being stuck in some of the vehicular traffic delays.

  • The area from Southwest Morrison to Washington, 9th to 12th Avenues will be closed to all traffic, including the Portland Streetcar. The closure will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday and is expected to reopen at 8:00 p.m.
  • There will be limited pedestrian access to the closed area, at Southwest 11th Avenue and Morrison Street.
  • Portland Streetcar will run a modified service with Central Loop trains connecting NW 23rd Ave to the Lloyd District and OMSI via the Broadway Bridge.
  • The North/South line will operate between South Waterfront and Portland State University.
  • There will be no Streetcar Service on 10th and 11th Avenues from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • The area from Southwest Morrison to Stark Street, and 4th Avenue to Broadway, will be closed to all traffic, including the TriMet bus mall and the Yellow and Green MAX lines, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, reopening at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
  • There will be limited pedestrian access to the closed area, at Southwest 5th Avenue and Stark Street.

TriMet is encouraging riders to please plan extra time for their commute. Delays may be significant Thursday afternoon and Friday morning as police will instruct MAX trains to hold for an indefinite period of time whenever the President or his motorcade is nearby.

  • MAX Green and Yellow lines will be disrupted from 6:30 p.m. Thursday through 9:00 a.m. Friday.
  • Green and Yellow lines will run on the Blue/Red tracks on 1st Ave and Morrison/Yamhill in Portland City Center.
  • Buses will detour off the Transit Mall on 5th and 6th Avenues between Southwest Oak and Yamhill Streets from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. Friday as well.
  • Delays could be 30 minutes or more for both trains and buses as all traffic will be impacted.

For service information go to http://wwww.trimet.org

On Friday morning, there will be motorcades that will affect the morning commute so drivers should be especially aware of these disruptions.

The President’s remarks will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live

Source: WhiteHouse.gov

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Bill Annett May 7, 2015 2:31 pm (Pacific time)

I can't wait to hear how Obama is going to justify the secrecy surrounding the TPP scam, which Elizabeth Warren called out and Obama responded to by comparing her - one of the few honest people in Washington - with Sarah Palin.Don't fall for it, Oregonians. I used to believe in Obama before he entered his political menopause.

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