The Portland Aerial Tram connects the South Waterfront and Marquam Hill, where the OHSU hospital, physician clinics, research labs, and medical and dental schools are located. Cyclists can take their bike on the tram to Sam Jackson Park Road and Marquam Hill where hiking and biking trails connect to the Hoyt Arboretum and Forest Park.
Roundtrip Fare: $4.00
Children 6 & under ride free
Tram annual pass: $100.00
TriMet annual and monthly passes: honored
Portland Streetcar annual pass: honored
C-Tran monthly Portland Express pass: honored
Note: The Tram ticket machines located at the lower terminal only accept credit and debit cards, and quarters. They do not accept paper bills or other coins.
During regular business hours Tram tickets are available at the Pharmacy in the Center for Health and Healing Building.
Restaurants, shops, and entertainment throughout downtown Portland are easily accessible via the Portland Streetcar. The streetcar travels along an 8-mile loop through Portland State University campus and past the Portland Art Museum, downtown performing art venues and galleries in the Pearl District, and the shops and restaurants on Northwest 23rd Avenue. It also connects to the downtown transit mall for travel to NE Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and the Portland International Airport. There are five stops in the South Waterfront District. The South Waterfront District is just outside of the Free Rail Zone, so fare is required.
1 Adult: 18-64
2 Honored Citizen: 65+, people on medicare and people with a disability
3 Youth: 7-17 and Students in high school or pursuing a GED
Streetcar-Only Annual Pass Information:
To University of Portland:
To Oregon City TC
To Lake Oswego TC or Portland:
Want to know exactly when the bus is going to pull up? Use Trimet's Transit Tracker either online or by phone at 503-238-RIDE (7433). Enter your Stop ID number to find out how soon your bus or train will arrive. Now you won't have to rush to your stop just to watch the bus leave; you can grab that cup of coffee or newspaper and know that you'll be at your stop in plenty of time.
Getting from point A to point B is easy with TriMet's Trip Planner. Enter your starting location, destination, estimated time of departure or when you'd like to arrive, and follow TriMet's directions for the quickest route to your destination. You can even change the parameters based on how far you're willing to walk and whether you want to avoid multiple transfers. It's a pretty slick tool for getting around the Portland Metro region.
TriMet's Light Rail currently has four lines.
Light Rail connection from the South Waterfront is easy by simply jumping on the Streetcar and transferring at Portland State University Campus or the Central City Library.
Portland State University Connections:
Central City Library Connections:
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project
The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project will create a light rail alignment that travels 7.3 miles, connecting Portland State University in downtown Portland, inner Southeast Portland, Milwaukie, and north Clackamas County. The project itself will create up to 14,500 jobs and generate up to $573 million in personal earnings.
MAX service on the alignment is scheduled to begin in 2015. By 2030, this future light rail line will carry up to an average of 27,400 weekday riders and there will be approximately 22,000 households and 85,000 employees within walking distance of Portland-Milwaukie light rail stations.
South Waterfront residents will have yet one more transportation option as connection to Portland's eastside will ultimately be accessible by light rail and streetcar using the Portland-Milwaukie bridge in 2015.
Sometimes you want to find a different way to get to work, one that combines work with play. The South Waterfront is conveniently connected to the 40-mile bike loop, so biking to work doesn't have to mean dodging cars.
Helpful Hints When Parking Your Bike
Walking is the simplest alternative to driving for a short trip. All you need are comfortable shoes, and a will to wander. It's inexpensive, invigorating, and zero-emissions travel. In addition, you'll notice the richness of your neighborhood that is only a blur through the windshield of a car.
Local Pedestrian Paths/Trails
For more information about the City of Portland application and carpool parking permits, click here.