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.
But, what is track rope maintenance and why does it take so long? Learn more about the maintenance done on the Tram by watching the adjacent video. Be sure to turn up the audio!
Alternatives to the Tram
When the Tram is not in service, plan for a significantly longer trip between South Waterfront and Marquam Hill. This is the very reason a tram needed to be constructed initially. However, alternatives do exist.
Service hours: Early morning through evening. No overnight service. Varies by route and day.
Average trip time: 45 minutes.
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.
Average trip time: 27 minutes
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. Website.
South Waterfront to Marquam Hill is walkable for the intrepid hiker. Plan for an elevation gain of 300 feet in 1.2 miles. You'll cross busy intersections and the trail to Terwilliger is a short, steep climb of padded dirt.
Average trip time: 30 minutes.
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.
Carpools - Find or share a ride to your destination using DriveLessConnect.
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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