Join us on Saturday, July 23rd as we celebrate 15 years of service with our 7th Streetcar Mobile Music Fest. Beginning at 4:30, bands will play on board every North|South (NS) Line streetcar between the PSU Urban Plaza and NW 23rd & Marshall. With music ranging from blues to opera and everything in between, this is a family friendly evening with something for everyone. Join us at the beginning of the evening in the Urban Plaza for a slice of cake and celebration. A big thank you and shout out to the Portland Radio Project for their support of the fest!
For more information and rules, keep reading!
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.
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.
People riding Portland Streetcar every evening on First Thursday from May through October will not have to pay a fare thanks to a sponsorship from Wave, a Northwest gigabit fiber and broadband services company.
Wave is sponsoring “Ride Free First Thursday” program for all Portland Streetcar patrons citywide riding on First Thursdays from 5:00pm until closing. Wave recently launched its new high-speed gigabit service, Wave G, in multiple Pearl District and SW Waterfront residential buildings. The Portland gigabit service is part of an accelerated expansion of the company’s fiber network.
“We’re thrilled to be able provide Wave G service to the vibrant and creative Portland community,” said Doug Woods, Wave’s Vice President of Corporate Development. “We’re excited to support Portland Streetcar and the Pearl District’s monthly art walk. Being a part of this signature event each month allows us to introduce ourselves to local residents in a unique way.”