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!
On August 12, Portland Streetcar riders will no longer be able to purchase tickets through the Portland Streetcar Ticket App. You can still pay on your phone with Hop, which also works for TriMet bus and Max light rail, as well as C-Tran in Vancouver.
Previously purchased tickets on the mobile app will still be valid through December 31, 2019. As of January 1, 2020, we will no longer accept tickets purchased in the mobile app as valid fare.
TriMet will be suspending Max light rail service between the Interstate/Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue stations between August 4 and 17 for a planned track maintenance project. The project will affect Red, Blue and Green Max lines. Shuttle buses will serve Max riders between those stops.
Portland Streetcar is in the process of updating our maps and on-board signage. We've developed a short survey for riders to help guide us in making the new maps and signs the clearest and most informative they can be.
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.”
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call The Grower Guys at 503-208-2523.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.