Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines did a Q&A session with our partners at TriMet about riding public transit and COVID-19. See the video below or at this link.
News: Rider Alerts
As a result of Governor Kate Brown's statewide "Stay Home, Save Lives" order issued Monday, March 23, Portland Streetcar will reduce regular weekday service to every 20 minutes between about 5:30 a.m. through about 11:30 p.m.
This change reflects a natural drop in ridership following guidelines around social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the adjusted schedule will allow us to provide adequate sick leave and protective measures for our operators, mechanics and other employees while ensuring reliable service without gaps in staffing.
We continue to ask that riders practice social distancing while riding, meaning providing at least six feet between riders at stops and on board. For continuing updates on Oregon's response to COVID-19, visit the Oregon Health Authority.
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.
As COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) spreads in Oregon, we are closely monitoring the situation and keeping the health and safety of our riders, operators and staff as our highest priority.
We will continue operating regular service, but we ask that riders continue to heed the advice of public health agencies to stay home whenever possible, wash hands frequently and thoroughly, cough into a sleeve and practice social distancing--even while riding transit. When riding the streetcar, please do your best to distance yourself from other riders to help prevent the spread of illness to our most vulnerable neighbors.
Our customer service office will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, but riders can load value to Hop cards via myhopcard.com or at Safeway, Fred Meyer, Plaid Pantry, and several other retail locations. To limit the use of additional touchpoints on board the streetcar, we will be deactivating the onboard cash fare machines for the foreseeable future.
The situation is changing rapidly, so we will continue to provide updates through our Twitter account and the Alerts portion of the front page of our website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
All lines will return to regular service beginning Sunday, May 14, 2017. Thank you to all of our riders for your patience these past two weeks during the construction related closure.
From the start of service on Sunday, August 21 through the end of service on Saturday, September 3, our partner TriMet will have crews in the field making improvements to the tracks near the Rose Quarter to improve MAX reliability. While temporarily disruptive, this work will allow for a more reliable system and a smoother ride through the area.
With Portland Streetcar's direct connections to all 5 MAX lines and nearly 70% of our riders boarding with a TriMet fare, we wanted to make sure all of our riders were aware of the upcoming disruptions to the regional service. This may also impact Portland Streetcar service as more people search for alternate ways to get around the Central City. For more information on all of the MAX service impacts and how to navigate the disruption, visit TriMet's page on the project.
Beginning June 1, 2016, Portland Streetcar is offering a new $1.00 Streetcar Only Honored Citizen & Youth Fare valid for 2.5-Hours aboard Portland Streetcar. This new fare is available for purchase in the PDX Streetcar Mobile App, at the Portland Streetcar Customer Service Office at 1031 NW 11th Ave, as well as online. The $1.25 2.5-Hour Regional Fare valid on board TriMet and Portland Streetcar is still available at the fare machines. Along with the new fare, the Portland Streetcar Honored Citizen/Youth Monthly and Annual Pass prices have dropped to $20.00 and $220.00 respectively in accordance with the adopted fare policy.