Five week Tram closure in 2018

The Portland Aerial Tram will close for five weeks (38 days!) for track rope maintenance, from June 23 through July 30, 2018.

When the Tram is not in service, plan for a longer trip between South Waterfront and Marquam Hill. This is the very reason a tram needed to be constructed.

Alternative routes

The below maps show suggested routes for by transit, bike and walking as well as the Tram shuttle route that will operate June 23 through July 30, 2018. 

Text based directions are at the bottom of the page.

The maintenance process

Learn why Tram maintenance takes 38 days by watching the below videos. Be sure to turn up the audio!

Alternatives to the Tram

Transit (bus and rail)



  • Over a thousand people bike to the Tram every day. Plan a bike trip in Google Maps to Marquam Hill or South Waterfront.
  • Average trip time: 27 minutes
  • View biking directions here.
  • Biketown - Portland's bike share system is available at the South Waterfront. Marquam Hill is not in Biketown's home area. Recommended for biking between South Waterfront and downtown, where you can connect to transit or walk. 




Hailing a ride

  • A number of taxi services offer service coverage between Marquam Hill and South Waterfront.
  • Service hours: 24 hours a day.
  • Average trip time: 12 minutes to 45 minutes depending on service and wait times.
  • Broadway Cab - Taxi cab service. Website.
  • Lyft - Ride hail service by smartphone. Website.
  • Uber - Ride hail service by smartphone. Website.
  • Radiocab - Taxi cab service. Website. 
  • Union Cab - Taxi cab service. Website.


Planning ahead

  • These services are not available on short notice but can provide a long term alternative when the Tram is not in service. Subject to vehicle availability.
  • Average trip time: 12 minutes.
  • Scoop - Find or share a ride in the morning or evening. Website
  • Car2Go - Car share service. Limited parking on Marquam Hill. Approval takes 3 to 7 business days. Website.
  • Zipcar - Book a car for a round trip reservation. Approval takes 3 to 7 business days.  Website.


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