September 20, 2021

Parking Alternatives and Tips from the Office of Parking and Transportation

Employees and students are understandably frustrated by the limited parking options on campus this fall. Unfortunately, many of the things we all love about the LC campus are also what limits our ability to quickly fix parking issues. The campus is located on a beautiful hillside, loaded with dense forest, ravines, and old neighborhoods. The roadways are narrow, built many years ago for the traffic and demand of the time. As the city and college have grown, so have the traffic and congestion in the neighborhoods.

To help mitigate this impact, LC has agreed to a traffic demand management plan with the city of Portland. The College also works proactively with campus neighbors on issues affecting the community, including traffic, congestion, and parking.

One of our agreements with neighbors is that employees and students will not park in the neighborhoods adjacent to campus. The process of registering a vehicle to park on campus includes an agreement with Lewis & Clark’s transportation and parking regulations that prohibit such parking. Students or employees found to be in violation of this rule are subject to citation or further disciplinary action.

Following are some suggested transportation and parking alternatives and tips from the Office of Parking and Transportation that should help alleviate your frustration while avoiding the risk of citation or other disciplinary actions:

St. Mark Presbyterian Church

You may pass the church on the way up Terwilliger and be unaware that it is available for LC students and staff with a parking permit. The church’s parking lot is across Terwilliger Blvd. from Riverdale High School at 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd. and often has plenty of available parking. For your walk up the hill to campus, be sure to utilize the law school trail, located across the street, at the intersection of SW Boones Ferry and Terwilliger. The trail has lights, provides protection from the road, and is simply beautiful. Budget additional time for walking up the hill, but you will surely be alert and ready to go when you arrive at your destination.

Graduate School Overflow Parking Lot

A temporary overflow space is available at the south end of the Graduate school campus. The space is located on Palatine Hill Rd. Drive past the Graduate school, follow the bend of the road, go to the end of the hedge on the right hand side, turn right to enter. Here you will find more parking, with another beautiful path leading to campus. The walk to Templeton takes roughly ten minutes and is mostly downhill. Check out the hedge affectionately nicknamed “Narnia” on your way out.

Pio Express Shuttle Bus

Service begins at 7:10 a.m. and reaches Templeton at 7:46 a.m., just in time for your 8 a.m. class. The Pio picks up at PSU, South Waterfront and Zupan’s on Macadam. Consider riding a bike, scooter or walking to any of these pick-up locations, and you can enjoy a nice relaxing ride to campus. No hassle with the stress of driving to campus, fighting traffic, paying for parking and walking to class. The Pio drops off in front of Templeton and is equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs and bikes. Best of all, Pio is helping to reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about the shuttle timetable and stop locations.

TriMet 39

The TriMet bus runs from SW Capitol and Sunset to Campus. The route runs Monday to Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. Trimet 39 is a great option for those that live in Hillsdale, Multnomah Village and other surrounding neighborhoods.

Check out Trimet.org for more details and contact the Transportation and Parking office to inquire about the 75% Trimet subsidy offered to LC students and employees.

Give Yourself a Buffer

It may be wise to add some additional time to your regular routine to find a parking space and walk to your destination. You may get lucky and find a spot near your destination in a timely manner, but during peak hours (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) you will likely need a little extra time.

If you have any questions or concerns related to matters discussed in this message, please feel free to reach out to the Parking and Transportation Manager Gabriel Montez (Gmontez@lclark.edu).