News: Service Update
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.