With winter weather upon us and below-freezing temperatures in the forecast, Portland Streetcar and the Portland Bureau of Transportation developed a map and listing of shelters and extreme weather shelters near the streetcar system. See the map below and view the whole list as a PDF here.
The business access and transit (BAT) lane installed last spring on a segment of Northeast Grand Avenue has improved afternoon peak travel times by 25%, according to Portland Streetcar's analysis.
New striping, signage and a transit priority signal help the B Loop streetcar and TriMet Line 6 bus avoid congestion resulting from backups on the eastbound on-ramp to I-84, which have previously meant the streetcar would sometimes take as long as 15 minutes to move between the stops at Southeast Stark and Northeast Hoyt. The project was installed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) as part of a suite of transit priority projects in the central city.
On average, weekday streetcar travel times went down 25% between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., with a dramatic 47% reduction at 5:30 p.m. This improvement in reliability means less time spent commuting and more time home with family and friends for Portland transit riders.
Portland Streetcar will continue to monitor the performance of this BAT lane and look for other opportunities to reduce delay and improve travel time reliability across the system.
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|
|The Likely Stories||2:38|
|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!
We teamed up with the @trailblazers to put some familiar faces on a streetcar for their 50th season! Check out Car 004's #ripcity glow-up 🏀👀 pic.twitter.com/jRRb26wYjw
— Portland Streetcar (@PDXStreetcar) October 25, 2019
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 email@example.com with any questions or comments.
Portland Streetcar's revised schedules will enter service on Sunday, September 1, 2019. The new schedules will be similar to current service but regular riders should check to make sure they can catch an expected streetcar at the correct time.
The revised schedules will provide a service improvement through restoring frequent service on the A and B Loops and starting frequent service earlier in the morning.
Check here for online and printable PDF schedules. For real-time arrival information, use our interactive map or download the NextBus app. To plan a trip in advance, use the trip planner at TriMet.org and select "Train Only."
The following day is Labor Day, on which we will operate a Saturday schedule.
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.
You can also exchange unused, unactivated tickets in the mobile app for a free Hop card with equivalent value by stopping by the Portland Streetcar customer service office at 1350 NW Lovejoy, Suite 280 (enter through Nossa Familia Coffee - stairs/elevator to the left inside the door).
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 A and B Loops run through Lloyd and connect to the Central Eastside, South Waterfront, Pearl District and Downtown. See our interactive system map here to plan your route.
For more information on the maintenance project and alternate options, visit TriMet's website here.
Doing work near or on the streetcar alignment? The City of Portland now has an online form to expedite the approval process.
The Portland Aerial Tram will be closed for maintenance between July 2-7. Shuttle buses will serve riders attempting to move between the South Waterfront and Marquam Hill on those dates.
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!
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.
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.
We appreciate rider feedback and will track survey responses carefully as we work through the redesign.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!