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 Portland Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will hold an open house Monday evening to receive public input on a potential streetcar extension between Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland and Hollywood Town Center.

Map showing transit connections serving Montgomery Park and Hollywood areas in Portland.

The proposed extensions are projects in the City of Portland's Transportation System Plan and the Regional Transportation Plan, but planners need public input on potential routes and land use changes to maximize the benefits of any transit improvement in those areas.

The open house will be held in the Council Chamber at Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue, between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to learn about the projects and weigh in on potential options being studied.

For more information, click here.


Portland's annual Winter Light Festival is upon us, bringing light-centric art installations to the central city the evenings of February 6-8. As in previous years, Portland Streetcar will be free to ride after 5:00 p.m. on those evenings to ensure members of our community have an affordable, reliable travel option to enjoy the festival.

Presented by Portland General Electric, the Winter Light Festival is celebrating its fifth year of invigorating Portland's dark winter days with a collaboration of art and technology.

Learn more about travel options to and around the festival here.


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.