As a sudden, severe wind event hit Portland on Labor Day, thousands of Portlanders lost power and tree limbs were torn down across the region. Portland Streetcar service was interrupted throughout the day by limbs down across our Overhead Catenary System--the wires that provide power to streetcars in service--but significant damage was sustained by the wires along Grand Avenue, completely shutting down the B Loop for two days.

Portland Streetcar maintenance crews worked tirelessly to repair damage, inspect the system and get the B Loop up and running again by Wednesday afternoon. Below are some photos of the repair effort.

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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.

For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department.

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.

Read the full analysis here.

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!

Click here to learn more about Support Downtown and related offers.

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).

Learn more about using Hop to pay with your phone here.

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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 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.

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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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.

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.

There is a common misconception that no one pays to ride Portland Streetcar. Every month Streetcar Fare Enforcement Officers and Customer Service Agents are out on the Streetcar checking fares and recording their findings. Since March 2016, over 17,800 people have been surveyed to determine how people pay their fare on Portland Streetcar. The results, which remain consistent with past surveys, show that nearly 70% of riders board with a TriMet fare, either a pass, ticket, or transfer. An additional 19% have a Streetcar Only pass in their wallet, on their phone, or through their employer/school. That leaves 11% of riders who need to purchase some sort of fare on-board or at the platform ticket machines. Of those only 3% do not purchase a fare (including those who did not validate their ticket or wait to purchase until they see the fare surveyor). Of the 8% that purchase a fare, only 1 or 2 out of every 100 riders will purchase a fare from the on-board fare machines. Due to the number of fares accepted as valid on Portland Streetcar, it is very easy to have valid fare in a wallet or on your smart phone where no one else sees it. See the chart below for an exact breakdown from the survey.