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!


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.

The entire list of grant awards can be found here.


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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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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 casey@thegrowlerguys.com. Or call The Grower Guys at 503-208-2523.


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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 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:

Planning ahead 

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 parking@ohsu.edu.

Public voting for the Portland Streetcar Mobile Music T-Shirt Design Contest is open through midnight on Friday, June 15, 2018 via FacebookInstagram, 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


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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.

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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.

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.

How 2 Ride Video
Click Image for Video


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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.

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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!

Join us for this rocking event and post your photos and videos online using #SMMF2017

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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".

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