Portland Streetcar began service July 20, 2001 with a 2.4-mile alignment (4.8-miles round trip) from Portland State University to NW 23rd Avenue. Now, after 16 years, 5 extensions, and over 55 million riders, Portland Streetcar operates three lines around 16-miles of track in Portland's Central City.
The North | South (NS) Line operates on 8-miles of track from SW Lowell & Bond in the South Waterfront to NW 23rd & Marshall in the Alphabet District connecting PSU, the Central Business District, and the Pearl District along the way.
The A & B Loops operate two circular routes connecting the Pearl District, Lloyd, Central Eastside Industrial District, Central Business District and PSU in clockwise (A Loop) and counter-clockwise (B Loop) loops around the Central City.
All three lines operate at 15-20 minute frequencies with 7-10 minute frequency through the Central Business District, PSU and the northern South Waterfront District where two lines overlap.