Five week Tram closure in 2018 

Update:  The Tram will reopen Monday, July 9 - three weeks earlier than expected.

The Portland Aerial Tram closed Saturday, June 23, 2018 for maintenance. Service resumed Monday, July 9. For safety, the upper terminal elevator and platform were closed as well.

During the closure, shuttles (map) ran daily, 5:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Shuttles arrived every 5-10 minutes and the trip between campuses took 30-40 minutes. Shuttles only stopped if someone is waiting. The maps below suggested routes for by transit, bike and walking as well as the Tram closure shuttle route. 

Construction delays were ongoing. In the event of a major or unusual traffic disruption, updates were provided at 503-494-9021.


Transit (bus and rail)



  • Through the 2018 Tram Closure, The Tram is hosting a variety of resources to bike between South Waterfront and Marquam Hill.
  • Wayfinding bike routes here.
  • Bike share is available adjacent to each option. In addition, electric bike share is available at each Go By Bike location to people with an OHSU email. See bike share options here
  • Bike parking: Go By Bike's normal location is closed until July 30, 2018. 3 temporary locations are open in the meantime. See Go By Bike's temporary locations and hours here.




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.


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