This Pride Month--and in conjunction with the celebration of Juneteenth--Portland Streetcar has added a Progress Pride Flag to Car 023 as a moving symbol of our commitment to inclusion and supporting both Portland's queer community and communities of color.


The flag, which sports the traditional six colors of the Pride Flag, was designed by Portland artist Daniel Quasar and adds a hoist of five half-sized stripes representing trans and non-binary individuals (light blue, light pink, white), marginalized POC communities (brown, black), as well as those living with AIDS and the stigma and prejudice surrounding them, and those who have been lost to the disease (black).

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We are encouraging all of our riders and employees to do what they can to stay safe during the continued period of recommended "stay home, stay healthy" practices. We also serve multiple hospitals and many vital businesses and services in Portland, so we will continue to operate regular service.

Governor Kate Brown has issued a statewide "stay at home" order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, so we ask that riders avoid unnecessary trips to help give others the space they need to ride safely.

Right now, social distancing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On transit and in public, please keep at least six feet between you and other riders. Our operators will be driving with their cab doors closed to help maximize the benefits of distancing.

For more information about COVID-19 and illness prevention techniques, visit the Oregon Health Authority.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will hold an open house Monday evening to receive public input on a potential streetcar extension between Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland and Hollywood Town Center.

Map showing transit connections serving Montgomery Park and Hollywood areas in Portland.

The proposed extensions are projects in the City of Portland's Transportation System Plan and the Regional Transportation Plan, but planners need public input on potential routes and land use changes to maximize the benefits of any transit improvement in those areas.

The open house will be held in the Council Chamber at Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue, between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to learn about the projects and weigh in on potential options being studied.

For more information, click here.


Portland's annual Winter Light Festival is upon us, bringing light-centric art installations to the central city the evenings of February 6-8. As in previous years, Portland Streetcar will be free to ride after 5:00 p.m. on those evenings to ensure members of our community have an affordable, reliable travel option to enjoy the festival.

Presented by Portland General Electric, the Winter Light Festival is celebrating its fifth year of invigorating Portland's dark winter days with a collaboration of art and technology.

Learn more about travel options to and around the festival here.


The 10th annual Portland Streetcar Mobile Music Fest will happen the afternoon of Saturday, November 2, bringing local bands live on the streetcar.

Between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., local artists will entertain and delight streetcar riders on the NS Line between Portland State University and NW 23rd Avenue. New and returning acts will provide live music as the streetcar moves through town, for the cost of a regular streetcar fare.

Bands will board at the PSU Urban Center Plaza (SW 6th and Mill) and play until finishing their sets at SW 5th and Montgomery. See below for a list of artists and when they'll start playing.

Wes Youssi & The County Champs 1:08
Buzz & Duck Holland 1:23
The Portland Radio Ponies 1:38
Fellow Travelers Band 1:53
The Roadless Travelers 2:08
AirShow 2:23
The Likely Stories 2:38
Marcio DaLari 2:53
Boy & Bean 3:08


We've never done a full-streetcar wrap graphic--until now! For the Portland Trail Blazers' 50th season in the NBA, we teamed up to give Car 004 a new look. See how it came together below!


No, the rails aren't going anywhere--but the Portland Streetcar customer service office will be moving on October 18 to 930 NW 14th Avenue, Suite 280. Located in Lovejoy Square, the new office is easily accessible through Nossa Familia Coffee from the streetcar stop at NW 13th and Lovejoy.

All the services and public functions will remain the same but in a new--yet still nearby--location. The office at 1031 NW 11th Avenue will be closed on Friday, October 18, and will reopen at 930 NW 14th Avenue the following week. Our phone number will remain the same, 503-222-4200 and you can still reach us at info@portlandstreetcar.org with any questions or comments.


In response to lost economic activity due to protests by right-wing demonstrators on August 17, Portland Streetcar is partnering with Travel Portland and many others to Support Downtown by making it easier than ever to discover Downtown Portland on Saturday, August 24.

Free streetcar rides--in addition to promotions from BikeTown, multiple e-scooter companies and more--will help Portlanders and visitors shop, eat and explore at local businesses. So take a free ride and let us help you get where you're going!

Click here to learn more about Support Downtown and related offers.

Pride Northwest's Portland Pride Parade is this Sunday, July 16, beginning in the North Park Blocks and ending at the Pride Festival in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

While Streetcar service will be disrupted due to a rail repair project in the South Waterfront, it's still easy to ride to the parade!

Portland Pride Parade Route

From Downtown: Take the A Loop or NS Line along 10th Avenue and get off at NW Couch. Walk two blocks east to reach the Park Blocks and parade route.

From the Pearl District: Take the NS Line southbound along Lovejoy or 11th Avenue and get off at Couch, then walk three blocks east to reach the Park Blocks and parade route.

Unfortunately the B Loop will be suspended this weekend to repair a section of rail on SW Moody, and the NS Line will be served by a shuttle bus between Riverplace and the South Waterfront.

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The next time you watch an episode of The Simpsons, created by native Oregonian Matt Groening, be sure to take a Streetcar ride through NW Portland’s Alphabet District immediately after and examine the street signs – look familiar? They should, as Groening named some of his famous characters after the district’s street names, including Flanders, Lovejoy and Quimby.

This piece of local trivia and dozens more are included in Portland Streetcar’s new app “Portland By Streetcar,” which provides Streetcar riders with an interactive tour of various landmarks, historical sites and points of interest located within a three-block radius of Streetcar’s three lines (A Loop, B Loop and NS Line).


The app features an interactive map containing photos and audio recordings of more than 80 attractions around the Streetcar lines. The app is also “location aware,” which means that as a user rides on Streetcar with the app open, their screen will update on its own to show all relevant attractions around them, with a simple touch of the screen providing more detailed information.

“In addition to providing an affordable and readily available transit option for the city, the Portland Streetcar lines have the potential to attract significant tourist interest,” said Portland Streetcar Executive Director Dan Bower. “Because of the lines’ proximity to popular areas, ‘Portland By Streetcar’ will support major public attractions along the lines and provide Portlanders old and new with illuminating facts about their city.”

“Portland By Streetcar” is free to download and use, and is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Funding for the app is provided by United Finance Co. To learn more and get the most from the app, read through the User Guide.


KGW getting the word out!


Have questions about travel options for seniors? SeniorLiving.org recently published a helpful, visual guide to getting older and getting around.



Changes in vision, reflexes and other abilities as we age can make driving single-occupancy vehicles less viable for many people. The “Comprehensive Guide on Transportation for Seniors” provides an overview of travel options, things to consider and how to evaluate based on individual circumstances.

With expert opinions and a helpful range of statistics, the guide can be a useful reference for many Portlanders as they grow older. And remember—people 65 and older qualify as Honored Citizens and ride the Portland Streetcar for just a dollar.

Access the “Comprehensive Guide on Transportation for Seniors.”

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After a call for entries and public voting on social media, the official t-shirt of the 2018 Mobile Music Fest is now available to purchase online.

T-shirts are 100% cotton and come in sizes S/M/L/XL/2XL

They are also available to purchase at our Customer Service Office located at 1031 NW 11th Avenue.

BIG thank you to New Avenues Ink for doing such a great job screen printing these beauties!

$20 plus $6 shipping.

Order soon! Supplies are limited!


The 9th Annual Portland Streetcar Mobile Music Fest will be held on Sunday, July 22nd.

Beginning at 1:00pm, every A Loop Streetcar beginning at the Portland State University Plaza will have live music from local artists on board.  For the price of your Streetcar fare you can enjoy performances from returning favorites and new acts. 

This year we are calling on local artists in the community for assistance with our first ever Mobile Music Fest T-Shirt Contest!  Submit your entry for a chance to have your design chosen as the official t-shirt for the 2018 Portland Streetcar Mobile Music Fest. 

 

Below are the rules and guidelines:

 

1. All submissions must be received by June 6th at 5pm.

2. A hard copy of each entry should submitted to the Portland Streetcar Customer Service Office at 1031 NW 11th Avenue.  A jpg of the artwork should also be submitted to info@portlandstreetcar.org for posting and online voting.

3. Entries will be available for viewing/voting during the First Thursday event at the Portland Streetcar Customer Service Office on June 7th

3. By submitting an entry, contestants agree to allow Portland Streetcar to have intellectual property rights over the image and to adjust the submission in any way necessary for screen-printing.

4. We will only accept digital entries in three colors. We prefer final art to be vectored, color separated and in either .ai or .eps formats with PMS colors defined and noted for accuracy.

5. Each artist must acknowledge that each entry design is: (a) wholly original; (b) does not incorporate or include any material that would require the consent of any third party; and (c) does not violate any copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right, or any other right of any third party. 

4. Please use adequate judgment in your designs. Any submissions deemed to have inappropriate material will be removed from the contest.

5.  All submissions deemed appropriate will be on display and available for the public to vote on from June 7 – June 15.  The final decision on design will be made by Portland Streetcar, Inc.

 

The winning artist will receive two tickets to a production in the Armory's 2018/2019 season and a $100 gift certificate to Paragon Restaurant.

Please contact us at info@portlandstreetcar.org with any questions.


The Streetcar Mobile Music Fest is an annual event that brings local musicians live on the Streetcar. For the price of a regular Streetcar fare, riders can enjoy some of Portland's most exciting artists performing while traversing the central city. This year's fest will be Sunday, July 22, in conjunction with the Green Loop Sunday Parkways.

The Portland Streetcar averaged 16,650 weekday riders in April, setting a record for the city’s 17-year-old system. The high watermark for Portland Streetcar represents a contrast to declining transit ridership in most major cities across the country. Cities that are seeing ridership increase, like Seattle and Houston, are investing in their transit networks by improving service, redesigning networks, and implementing new technology.

“The Streetcar’s success in moving people through and around the central city is clearer than ever,” said Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “With ridership growing, the Streetcar remains an important tool to fight congestion in our growing city.”

The Streetcar averaged on-time performance of 84 percent in April. The Portland City Council recently approved the purchase of two new cars to add frequency and reliability to the system. Those cars are being built by Brookville Equipment Corporation and are expected to enter service in 2020. In 2017, Portland Streetcar also partnered with Tri-Met and C-TRAN to launch Hop Fastpass, an electronic fare payment system that allows riders to pay with contactless cards or mobile devices.

The previous highest average weekday ridership was 16,351 in February 2017. The Portland Streetcar has provided more than 56 million rides since opening in 2001 and now serves 4.7 million riders per year. Overall ridership increased 10 percent in 2017, with nearly the entire increase occurring on the east side.

Daily ridership averages by line:

NS Line: 9,226

A/B Loop: 7,424

When the Portland Streetcar began service in 2001, it was the first of the country’s modern streetcar systems. Over the past 15 years, more than 10 American cities have followed suit and built their own streetcars, with new systems about to open in El Paso, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, and Tempe. Portland Streetcar’s daily ridership is expected to grow to 20,000 riders by 2025. 

Click here for more information on performance and statistics.

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Take a trip down memory lane as we reminisce about some of the big events from 2017.

January

  • The year started off with a bang when 5 separate snow and ice events put a damper on service in January.


  • January also marked the 10 year anniversary of the Portland Aerial Tram.  Oregon Health Sciences University and the City of Portland partnered on a fun week long celebration.

February

  • We enjoyed the lights and festivities of the 2nd Annual Portland Winter Light Festival at OMSI and the South Waterfront.
  • Broke our ridership record with 16,351 riders each weekday in February.  The highest ever for Portland Streetcar.

March

  • We released the story of Portland Streetcar in "From Concept to Reality", a video telling the story of Portland Streetcar from the 1980s to present day.  The video can be seen in our Video Gallery.
  • Operations performed a run time test on the A & B Loops in an effort to improve schedules and improve reliability on both lines.

May

  • Free Ride First Thursday began its second year thanks to the continued sponsorship of Wave G.
  • TriMet's upgrades at SW 11th & Morrison resulted in a 2 week special service with a bus shuttle on 10th & 11th Avenues.  Streetcars turned around at SW Market using a special signal.

June

  • Streetcar service was provided for the first time ever during both the Grand Floral and Starlight Parades during Rose Festival 2017.
  • We were a proud sponsor of Pints in the Pearl and began rolling out information on the upcoming Hop Fastpass.
  • We held our first ever Scavenger Hunt in partnership with Growler Guys South Waterfront.

July

  • Launched the long awaited Hop Fastpass with partners TriMet and C-TRAN.


  • Held a First Thursday Open House of Streetcar Art by local artist Lynne Leahy.
  • Construction began on the Broadway Bridge to replace the four rall wheels that open and close the bridge.  Construction is anticipated to last throughout 2017.

August

  • Got to know one of the many teachers who make use of the sponsored school field trips. 

September

  • Updated schedules for all three lines increased frequency on the NS Line to 15-minute service beginning at the start of each weekday and increased the reliability of the B-Loop during the PM peak.
  • Held our second Scavenger Hunt in partnership with Growler Guys South Waterfront.
  • We released updated development data outlining the relationship between housing and the Streetcar.
  • Hosted our second First Thursday Art Show of the year.  This time featuring art created by employees of Portland Streetcar.


Photo by Rip City Photography

October

  • We partnered with the Community Streetcar Coalition to bring two advocacy super stars to Portland to talk Streetcar advocacy in Cincinnati and Kansas City and how that applies to Portland Streetcar.
  • We held our 8th Streetcar Mobile Music Fest featuring 10 acts and did our first Facebook and Twitter live videos.
  • We debuted a new "How 2 Ride" video helping answer some frequently asked questions about riding streetcar.  The video can be found in our Video Gallery.