The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Tuesday a grant award of $1,076,000 for land use and transportation planning along the proposed extension of the Portland Streetcar through Northwest Portland to Montgomery Park. The grant is part of the FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning, which funds land use and transportation planning along fixed-guideway transit investments.
"This grant will help us continue to set an example for the nation in reducing carbon emissions as we grow our economy and address the housing crisis," Portland Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said. "As we expand public transit and grow the Central City, we will reduce traffic congestion and provide more opportunities for Portlanders to walk, roll, and bike through our public-transit oriented community."
With the grant, Portland Streetcar, Inc. will work with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to study potential zoning changes, traffic impacts and development opportunities in the corridor—including an eventual east-side connection to Hollywood. The project is expected to extend from the existing streetcar line and run north along Northwest 18th and 19th Avenues, and then west on York and Wilson Streets, past the recently-sold ESCO property and terminating at Montgomery Park.
“This grant award is an acknowledgement that continued investment in Portland Streetcar will allow us to continue to grow while reducing carbon emissions and helping people get where they need to go,” said Chris Warner, Interim Director of PBOT.
The grant was submitted by regional government Metro, which oversees land use and transportation planning in the three-county Portland area. The project includes 2.3 miles of new rail and an east-side connection across the Broadway Bridge to a new turn-back at the Oregon Convention Center, which would provide double the existing service through the Rose Quarter and Lloyd.
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.
Come join us for our 3rd Scavenger Hunt with The Growler Guys-South Waterfront! The Halloween-themed hunt will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 12:00-4:00. A fun event for friends and family!
You will start at the South Waterfront Growler Guys and board Portland Streetcar with your complimentary all-day pass. There will be clues along the way. Just post to Instagram to receive your next clue. If you are unable to post to Instagram, not a problem!
The ’Hunt’ goes from the Bond/Lane Streetcar stop up to the Pearl District and back to The Growler Guys. It starts at noon and goes until 4:00. However, you probably want to start before 1:00 to make sure you are back by 4:00 to be entered into the drawing for some amazing prizes! Be creative and have fun, as there is also a prize for the best costume! It's not a race so enjoy your all-day pass on the streetcar and feel free to play around the city for a bit.
$1,000 in prizes from participating businesses!
To pre-register for this event, go to https://goo.gl/forms/K4I4njuSpsCt8rj83
You may also register on site the day of the event.
If you have any questions, email email@example.com. Or call The Grower Guys at 503-208-2523.
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 Portland Aerial Tram has become a fixture in Portland’s landscape. It’s hard to imagine what Portland’s skyline -- let alone commuting to and from OHSU and Portland’s South Waterfront -- was like 10 years ago. For five weeks this summer, we will relive those days while the tram is closed June 23 – July 30 for mandatory maintenance. If you rely on the tram to get to and from OHSU’s Marquam Hill Campus, please see commute recommendations below.
Tram Alternative Commuting Options
Although the Streetcar’s NS line will not be affected during the Tram’s five-week closure, people who take the NS line to get to the tram’s lower station will need to find an alternative. Consider these options:
- Public Transit: Commute to the bus mall in downtown Portland and take TriMet’s No. 8 to/from Marquam Hill.
- Biking: More than 1,000 people bike to the Tram every day. Plan a bike trip in Google Maps to Marquam Hill or South Waterfront. Or, view biking directions here.
- Walking: South Waterfront to Marquam Hill is walkable for the intrepid hiker. Plan for an elevation gain of 300 feet in 1.2 miles. You'll cross busy intersections and the trail to Terwilliger is a short, steep climb of padded dirt.
It’s important to plan ahead if you rely on the NS line and the Tram to get to and from OHSU’s Marquam Hill Campus.
More information: Visit Go By Tram/2018 Closure
Contact: If you have questions about the Tram closure, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public voting for the Portland Streetcar Mobile Music T-Shirt Design Contest is open through midnight on Friday, June 15, 2018 via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The two finalists are posted in a separate post on each site. Each “like” of Portland Streetcar's post of an entry counts as a vote. Likes will be combined with the votes cast in the Streetcar Customer Service Office to determine the final winner.
Entry #1 Michelle Winter
Entry #2 Jasmine Bleux
The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, and will affect the Portland Streetcar system into the early afternoon. For the parade route, click here.
The A and B Loops will not operate until the parade has cleared, likely in the early afternoon. The NS Line will operate, but the parade route will cross the line on SW Washington at SW 10th and 11th Avenues. Expect delays as crowds arrive in the morning and streetcars move across the parade route.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Take a trip down memory lane as we reminisce about some of the big events from 2017.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Got to know one of the many teachers who make use of the sponsored school field trips.
- 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.
- 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.
Have questions on how to ride Portland Streetcar? We have answers! Our newly released video shows typical Portlandia riding Portland Streetcar and addresses some of the most commonly asked questions. Learn more about how to deploy the ramp, what fares are accepted and how to share the low floor section of the Streetcar.
Ever asked how you could get Portland Streetcar in your neighborhood? Wish that you could help get better frequency or improved station amenities? Want to learn more about what works in other communities? Join us as we partner with the Community Streetcar Coalition to welcome two fantastic citizen advocates; David Johnson (Kansas City, Missouri) and John Schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio) to Portland for a discussion on lessons learned in advocating for and building modern streetcar in their cities.
Grab a pint and connect with David & John as they discuss the winding path to modern streetcars in their cities, and lessons learned for Portland as we continue to grow. The interactive presentations and discussion will focus on their role in organizing and advocating citizen and business advocates in their respective cities.
- Date: October 19, 2017
- Location: Ex Novo Brewing: Upper Room 2326 N. Flint Ave
- Time: Doors open at 5:30, Presentations and discussion begin around 6pm
New data released Tuesday shows that the early vision for a streetcar system that spurs housing development and improves transit access is generating results. Conducted by EcoNorthwest, the data analysis shows that 3,130 new multifamily housing units were built along the Streetcar corridor in 2016, the most in the system’s 16-year history. Another 5,600 units are currently planned or under construction.
“It seems simple, but Portland Streetcar is successful because it connects where people live with where they need to go every day,” said Portland Streetcar Executive Director Dan Bower. “And as the streetcar has expanded, it’s become a magnet for new housing.
The link between the Streetcar and housing isn’t an accident—when the route was first drawn in the mid-90s, city leaders and planners envisioned the streetcar running through neighborhoods that filled with housing and where people could get to school, work, or the grocery store without driving across town.
Portland’s housing growth is happening along the streetcar route
Since Portland Streetcar opened in 2001, nearly half of all multifamily housing built in Portland has been located within ¼ mile of the Streetcar route. As housing construction in the city has exploded in the past couple years, even more new of the city’s new housing is being concentrated in the Streetcar corridor. In 2016, 54 percent of new multifamily units were built along the Streetcar route. Over the past 16 years, streetcar ridership has grown steadily along with housing construction, with over 15,000 riders per day and 4.7 million total riders last year.
The link between the Streetcar and housing construction extends to affordable housing. Over one-third of all regulated affordable housing units in Portland are located along the Streetcar corridor and another 645 regulated affordable housing units are currently planned or under construction on the alignment.
A one-page summary of the housing data is available for download.
The 8th Streetcar Mobile Music Fest is next Saturday, October 7, 2017. Beginning at 4:00pm, every NS Line streetcar between the Portland State University Plaza and NW 23rd & Marshall will have live music on board. For the price of your Streetcar fare, enjoy performances from returning favorites and new acts. Below is the lineup including start time at PSU. We hope to see you rocking while you roll!
- The Portland Opera - 4:08pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- PWRHAUS - 4:23pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- Blake Lyman & Friends - 4:38pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- Saffire Bouchelion: HandPan Magic - 4:53pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- Boy and Bean - 5:08pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- AirShow - 5:23pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- Bridge Town Sound - 5:38pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- The Likely Stories - 5:53pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- Mini Bloco - 6:08pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
- The Lesser Known - 6:24pm departure from PSU Urban Plaza
Join us for this rocking event and post your photos and videos online using #SMMF2017
Do you like to hunt for things? Are you feeling adventurous? Do you like to win prizes? Come join us as we collaborate with The Growler Guys - South Waterfront for our 2nd Scavenger Hunt Saturday, September 16, from 11- 3. A fun event for friends and family! Start at the South Waterfront Growler Guys, board the Portland Streetcar with your complimentary all day pass. There will be clues along the way. Just post to Instagram to receive your next clue. If you are unable to post to Instagram, not a problem!
The ’Hunt’ goes from the Bond/Lane Streetcar stop up to NW 23rd and back to The Growler Guys. It starts at 11 and goes until 3 however you probably want to start between 11 and 12:30 to make sure you are back by 3:00 to be entered into the drawing for some amazing prizes! Plus each team will receive one 32 ounce growler. It is not a race so enjoy your all day pass on Streetcar and feel free to tool around the city for a bit.
Register for the event online.
Explore what's out there just "Off the Rails".
Join us as we celebrate First Thursday and enjoy eats, drinks, and art from Portland Streetcar employees. While perusing the art, be sure to enter the drawing for a framed photo from Rip City Photography and tickets to a performance of "Fun Home" at Portland Center Stage!
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Portland Streetcar Customer Service Office, 1031 NW 11th Avenue
Field Trips & Streetcar: One Teacher's Story
Since 2015 when Next Adventure generously stepped forward to sponsor field trips, approximately 5,000 students and chaperones have ridden Portland Streetcar for free. With the start of a new school year, we wanted to highlight how this community-focused program impacts our city’s students and their teachers, so we reached out to Lisa Colombo, a 6th grade teacher at Southwest Charter School (changing its name to Cottonwood School of Civics and Science) who is one of many teachers who have made use of the School Field Trip sponsorship.
Tell us about your teaching career. How long have you been with Southwest Charter School? What do you teach there?
I started working at SW Charter in 2007 when it first opened. I came from the informal education world -- science museums mostly -- and was drawn to this model of place-based education. I love working here because of the flexibility, community and trust. I feel very lucky that I get to explore the world right along with my 6th graders, guiding them to become involved citizens in their communities and to really care about the place they live. In 6th grade, we explore the chemistry of food, the human body through a simulation of medical school and the civil rights movement with a focus on local Portland history through a social justice lens.
What do you find most rewarding about teaching?
The most rewarding part of teaching is the connections I make with people. It is so fulfilling to get to know my students as people, their hopes and dreams and to help them grow into themselves. I also get to develop real friendships with their families. I am kind of an extrovert so being around people is super rewarding.
What do you like about field trips? What is a challenge?
Getting out into the community is a huge focus at our school and only few locations are within walking distance. We are lucky we have a streetcar stop only one block from our school. We use public transportation for most of our trips, only relying on parent drivers for the youngest students and for extended trips because so many parents work and have limited flexibility during the day. Our students are well versed in how to get around using public transportation and we often get compliments from other riders. The best part is seeing how much learning happens outside of the classroom and giving students an authentic reason to do work.
How do field trips fit into the experiential learning that is so integral to the curriculum of Southwest Charter?
We do make a distinction between field trips and field work. Field trips tend to be more geared towards enrichment and may be a one-time experience, like going to see a play at Northwest Children’s Theater or exploring the Portland Art Museum. Field work is about going to a place multiple times to collect data or perform a service or research. Each classroom has a special place they have adopted and visit many times over the year to practice stewardship with Portland Parks and Recreation and Tryon Creek. We also connect with local organizations like Oregon Food Bank and Zenger Farms for service learning and many classrooms make monthly visits to the library for research. Visiting and making a connection to these places and people is a crucial element to our mission of place-based education. Students would not care as deeply about these places without spending time there and learning how to interact with integrity and curiosity.
Is there anything you would like to tell Next Adventure about their sponsorship of Streetcar rides?
Next Adventure is a model of civic engagement and they are so supportive of not only our school but the health and wellbeing of all our citizens. By allowing all students to ride the streetcar for free, they are empowering them to develop deeper connections to this area. Thank you so much for all your support!!
Could you share any specific anecdotes about your students taking Streetcar?
One year, I had a group of students who were very aware of others and super compassionate. They would go out of their way to offer their seats to people. It was a badge of honor if they could give their seats up and after one trip to the library, one student ran up to me and shared, “We set a new record!” They had been keeping track of how many times they had done it and were so proud!
Another favorite memory is when our trips happen to line up with other classes. Our 6th graders were coming back from the Northwest Children’s Theater last year and when our streetcar arrived, we ran into our 7th & 8th graders! All the kids happily compared their stories as we traveled back to school together. Impromptu community building!
All three Portland Streetcar lines will operate new schedules beginning Sunday, September 3, 2017. NS Line riders will see increased frequency during the morning commute on weekdays as that line will be up to the full 15-minute frequency by 6:30am. Adjustments will also help increase the reliability of the B Loop during the PM Peak.
Check out the schedules below. All schedule pages reflect the new schedules.
Come join us for an all ages Scavenger Hunt, Saturday, June 17 from 11am – 3pm, presented by The Growler Guys - South Waterfront & Portland Streetcar. A fun event for friends and family!
Start at the South Waterfront Growler Guys and board the Portland Streetcar with your complimentary all-day pass. There will be clues
along the way. Just post to Instagram to receive your next clue. If you are unable to post to Instagram, not a problem! Just let us know at the event and we'll help you get it done!
The ’Hunt’ goes from the Bond/Lane Streetcar stop up to Burnside and back to The Growler Guys. It starts at 11am and goes until 3pm. Teams should plan on starting between 11am and 12:30pm to make sure you are back by 3pm to be entered into the drawing for some amazing prizes provided by participating businesses! Each registered team will receive one 32 ounce growler provided by Growler Guys. It is not a race so enjoy your all-day pass on the Streetcar and feel free to tool around the city for a bit.
To register for this event, go to https://goo.gl/forms/HCPReYVwgp1hLrmk2 . If you have any questions, email email@example.com. Or call The Growler Guys at 503-208-2523.