A new art installation by Portland artist Tatyana Ostapenko graces Portland Streetcar’s Art on Board program, showcasing local artists' work on a rolling canvas through the central city. The vehicle wrap debuted on Thursday, December 8.
Born and raised in Ukraine, Ostapenko lives in Portland and paints around the Pacific Northwest.
"I was born and raised in Ukraine. My artwork directly focuses on historical atrocities in that part of the world, as perpetuated by the few who hold the power, against the many who suffer. My paintings are deeply rooted in the past and attempt to evoke moments that happen at the juncture of erased, imagined and personal histories.
I created the painting “I’ll Take You There” to celebrate the strength and resilience of Ukrainian people. It is my hope that seeing this image on the streets of Portland will continue to bring awareness and support for their ongoing fight for their lives and freedom."
Portland Streetcar is rolling out a gift-wrapped holiday streetcar, complete with lights and festive decor. While the lights will make the days bright, we're making the season more merry with a selfie giveaway! Prizes include Portland Streetcar swag bags and one lucky winner will get a free annual pass.
Here's how to win:
1. Find or ride the Holiday Streetcar (for those more familiar with our fleet, it's Car 021)
2. Snap a selfie onboard or near the streetcar
3. Post it on Twitter or Instagram and tag @pdxstreetcar
Winners will be selected at random and contacted at the beginning of the new year. Please be safe and aware of your surroundings when taking photos on or around the streetcar.
With the general election looming, all registered Oregonians should have already received a ballot. Ballots can be mailed without postage through November 8, but if you prefer to drop your ballot off there are several official Multnomah County drop boxes easily accessible by streetcar.
Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building
1040 SE Morrison Street
Walk east up Belmont from the B Loop stop at SE Grand & Belmont.
Northwest Library -- Book Drop
2300 NW Thurman Street
Walk north on NW 23rd from the NS Line stop at 23rd & Marshall.
Central Library -- Book Drop
SW 11th Avenue at Taylor
Across the street from the stop at SW 11th & Taylor.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
700 block of SW Broadway
Walk east down Yamhill Street from the Central Library stop at SW 10th & Yamhill.
South side of the Rose Quarter near Rip City sign
Walk south through the Rose Quarter from the stop at N Broadway & Ross.
Ballots are due to drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8. Ballots postmarked by November 8 will also be counted.
Portland Streetcar was awarded an Alice Award by The Street Trust Saturday evening for its innovative Rider Ambassador program. Shared with community partners at OPAL, the award recognizes the program’s community outreach approach to riders experiencing homelessness or living with mental illness or addiction.
“We’re encouraged that our team is being recognized for taking a different approach,” said Dan Bower, Executive Director of Portland Streetcar, Inc. “Instead of having security guards throwing people off a streetcar, we’ve worked hard to find a way that helps all riders maintain a safe, pleasant experience while serving some of our community’s most vulnerable people.”
Started in early 2022, the Rider Ambassador program provides a non-security presence onboard the streetcar working with more vulnerable riders to provide helpful items and connect them with social services. Rider Ambassadors carry backpacks containing bottled water, snack bars, dry socks, hygiene products, first aid kits, naloxone and other useful gear depending on weather and conditions.
Rider Ambassadors are trained in first aid, mental health first aid and other applicable disciplines as gaps are identified. The program comprises a team of six who work in pairs to ride the streetcar. Funded by a Federal Transit Administration demonstration and research grant for one year, the program is currently being evaluated for ongoing funding and potential expansion.
“We are a completely new approach to community safety on public transit, and approach that focuses on and prioritizes the needs of people first,” Rider Ambassador Josh Laurente told the crowd as he accepted the award. “When we go to work, we’re not armed with anything else than a backpack full of water, snacks, supplies and knowledge of the supportive services and resources available to people in our city, a helping hand and a desire to just be there for other people.”
Portland Streetcar began service in 2001 through Portland’s central city and runs on 100% renewable electricity. The system serves thousands of riders per day with accessible, frequent transit.
The Street Trust is a nonprofit organization that advocates for multimodal transportation options that prioritize safety, accessibility, equity, and climate justice in the Portland Metro Region.
Celebrate the grand opening of TriMet's Frequent Express bus line, connecting Southeast Portland and Gresham along Division Street. Join TriMet in celebrating FX's debut at three festival locations, complete with food, activities, entertainment, and free FX rides!
Portland Streetcar will be free all day Saturday, September 17, to celebrate the new link in our regional transit network. A and B Loop streetcars will connect to the FX at OMSI/SE Water Avenue, where one of the three festivals will take place.