Back to School with the Tram
Sep
9
11:00am11:00am

Back to School with the Tram

Celebrate September with a day of family fun at the Portland Tram.  There will be arts and craft activities for kids.

Don’t miss the chance to paint a ceramic tile that could become part of the Portland Aerial Tram mosaic, to be displayed at the Upper Terminal.

The views from the Tram and the upper observation deck will be stunning and perfect for a back-to-school family portrait.

The family fun activities will be available from 11 am to 3 pm. Ride the Tram anytime between 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday.  Kids 6 and under ride free.

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Celebrate Fathers  at the Tram
Jun
10
11:00am11:00am

Celebrate Fathers at the Tram

Get the kids ready for Fathers Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram.  Bring home a hand-made craft for Dad or take a family portrait at the Tram photo booth.  Temporary tattoos and the Portland Tram Activity Book will enchant the young ones, and everyone will love the views from above.

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Celebrate Mothers at the Tram
May
13
11:00am11:00am

Celebrate Mothers at the Tram

Get the kids ready for Mother’s Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. Bring home a hand-made craft for Mom and take a picture at our photo-booth for a memory she will cherish.  And don’t forget to bring her to the Tram to give her a lift - with the best views of the river, downtown and mountains too.

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Shamrock Run Fun at the Tram
Mar
19
11:00am11:00am

Shamrock Run Fun at the Tram

After completing the Shamrock Run (or after cheering-on your loved ones) enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. There will be arts and crafts for the kids from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Take a family portrait in our Tram photo booth. Relax in the kid-friendly library area. All crafts and activities are free.  Take a ride on the Tram and enjoy the views anytime between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm - the only Sunday that the Tram will be open until Memorial Day.

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Jan
28
10:00am10:00am

10th Anniversary Celebration

In January, 2007, the Portland Aerial Tram opened to the public.  This January we're hosting a special Community and Family Day to celebrate ten years of service.  

We'll have activities for the kids, historical displays, presentations on the construction of the Tram and the future of South Waterfront, samples from local restaurants and more. We'll also have guided walks, expert talks, face painters and special Tram Anniversary memorabilia. Join us for this once-in-a-decade event!

All activities are free and open to the public.

The Tram runs Saturdays 9am to 5pm. Children 6 and under ride free with an adult.

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Jan
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Speaking Series: Transit on Tap

  • Collaborative Life Sciences Building - Room 3A002 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Thousands ride the Tram everyday and it has unlocked billions of dollars in investment in South Waterfront. How did we get here? Join Rob Barnard as he takes you on an insider's tour of the planning that lead to an engineering marvel.

Rob is Managing Director for Design and Construction in TriMet's Capital Projects and was the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Tram Project Manager in 2005.

Part of TriMet's Transit on Tap series. Free to the public.

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Jan
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Speaking Series: Portland’s Aerial Tram, Age 10

University of Oregon Yeon Center director Randy Gragg brings together the architect and campus planners who brought the Tram to life. They will look at decisions that inspired the Tram’s construction. They will revisit the controversies around its conception, design, and completion. And they will look at how it seed the dramatic expansion of OHSU and will shape the future of the campus, city and the region’s economy.

Sarah Graham, architect, cofounder of AGPS, Los Angeles/Zurich-based architecture firm and winner of the international competition to design the tram

Kirk Pawlowski, campus planner for OHSU (1999 – 2003), Washington State University, and Oregon State University

Brian Newman, current Vice President of Campus Development, OHSU

Suggested contribution: $10 at the door
Students and Yeon Center members welcomed for free
Please RSVP

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Jan
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Speaking Series: Bicycle Lunch and Learn

  • Portland City Hall - Lovejoy Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

To celebrate ten years of the Tram, speakers will share stories from the most interesting intersection in America. Thousands of people travel through Moody and Gibbs every day by Tram, bike, streetcar and more. Learn the waterfront's fascinating history and see artist renderings of the what the future may hold. Attendees welcome to bring their own lunches.

Speakers: Art Pearce, City of Portland; John Landolfe, OHSU; Kiel Johnson, Go By Bike.

Part of Portland Bureau of Transportation's Bicycle Lunch and Learn Series. Free to the public.

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Winter Holidays Fun at the Portland Tram
Dec
10
12:00pm12:00pm

Winter Holidays Fun at the Portland Tram

Before the holiday crush take some time to relax with the family at the Portland Aerial Tram. There will be arts and crafts from noon to 4 pm. 
Kids can paint a tile that may be included in the next Tram mosaic.
Be sure to stop by the photo booth for a family portrait with the Tram.  We'll have ornaments and frames so you can take home a holiday memory to celebrate for years to come.
And you won't need a reindeer to fly above the rooftops - take a ride on the Tram and enjoy the views!

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Nov
22
to Nov 27

Tram shutdown, Nov. 22 to 27

The Portland Aerial Tram will shut down Tuesday, Nov. 22 after 7 p.m. for scheduled replacement of its haul rope. It will resume operation Monday, Nov. 28 after the Thanksgiving holiday. During the shutdown, shuttle buses will run between the Center for Health & Healing and the Kohler Pavilion roundabout.

The tram folks apologize for the inconvenience, but the haul rope is pretty crucial. Next time you’re at a tram terminal, look up: For each cabin, you’ll see two cable “tracks” with the moving haul rope between them. It’s what pulls the cabins along and while it’s maintained regularly when the tram is closed on nights and weekends (which is what prevents the tram from being able to run 24/7), it’s time for a replacement.

The haul rope was last replaced in 2010. After more than 21,800 hours and 325,000 trips (on what is apparently the most frequently used tram line in the world), the haul rope is near the end of its useful life and will be replaced.

How will this impact me?

Even though shuttles will be available during the tram’s normal hours, with more running during peak times (7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.), please plan to add as much as 30 minutes to your time in transit. If possible, avoid scheduling meetings and appointments on the hill and at the waterfront on the same days.

  • The tram elevator at the upper platform will be closed during the project.
  • Go By Bike will move to the Whitaker lot with temporary fencing from Friday, Nov. 18 until Tuesday, Nov. 22. 
  • The shuttles will be ADA accessible.

Shuttle schedule

Shuttles will run during the tram’s normal hours, picking up at the Whitaker stop outside the Center for Health & Healing and Kohler Pavilion on Campus Drive (on the road, not in the turnaround). Please plan for 30 minute shuttle trips and check out the maps of shuttle stops for more detail.

The shuttles will begin running at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and will match the tram’s normally available hours during the shutdown.

Tuesday, Nov. 22: 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 23: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 24: Closed for Thanksgiving holiday
Friday, Nov. 25: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27: Closed
Monday, Nov. 28: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The shuttles will have ADA accessibility.

Staff will be there in safety vests or red shirts if you need any help.

 

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Dancing Back to School at the Tram
Sep
10
12:00pm12:00pm

Dancing Back to School at the Tram

Celebrate September with a day of family fun at the Portland Tram.  This month we have a special treat - members of the Oregon Ballet Theatre will perform at 1:00 and 2:00, and will be available for questions and photos after each performance.

We will also have ceramic tiles for children to paint - your budding artist may see their tile installed on the Tram mosaic!
The views from the Tram and the upper observation deck will be stunning and perfect for a back to school family portrait.

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Portland Bridges Fun at the Tram
Aug
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Portland Bridges Fun at the Tram

Venture a couple blocks south of Tilikum Crossing for an afternoon of bridge-themed family activities. Enjoy a Tram ride and take in soaring views with photo opportunities of almost all of Portland's bridges. Take a guided walk along the Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge with the woman who managed the project.
Kids can do arts and crafts, sport a Tram temporary tattoo, have their faces painted or take home a Tram Activity Book.

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Summer Arts at the Tram
Jul
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Summer Arts at the Tram

Bring your budding Picasso and enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. There will be arts and crafts for the kids, including mosaic tiles to paint. Join us as we unveil the new Portland Aerial Tram mosaic. If your child painted a tile at one of our previous events, come look for it, proudly displayed here.  

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Celebrate Fathers at the Tram
Jun
11
12:00pm12:00pm

Celebrate Fathers at the Tram

Get the kids ready for Fathers Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram.  Bring home a hand-made craft for Dad or take a family portrait at the Tram photo booth.  Face painting and the Portland Tram activity book will enchant the young ones, and everyone will love the views from above.

The Tram will be open 9am to 5pm.  Children 6 and under ride free with a paying adult.

 

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Tram Sunday Kick Off
May
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tram Sunday Kick Off

Sundays at the Tram are back! Kids and parents can expect face-painting, fun craft activities,  a free Tram activity book and temporary Tram tattoo.  Great views from the Tram and the Observation Deck will delight the whole family.

The Tram will be open 1 to 5pm.  Children 6 and under ride free with a paying adult.

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Celebrate Mothers at the Tram
Apr
23
12:00pm12:00pm

Celebrate Mothers at the Tram

Get the kids ready for Mothers Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. Bring home a hand-made craft for Mom and bring her to the Tram to give her a lift - with the best views of the river, downtown and mountains too. 

The Tram will be open 9am to 5pm.  Children 6 and under ride free with a paying adult.

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Spring Break Fun at the Portland Tram
Mar
26
12:00pm12:00pm

Spring Break Fun at the Portland Tram

Celebrate spring and reward your kids for making it this far through the school year. We'll have arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, and great views of the spring blossoms from the best ride in town: the Portland Aerial Tram! The cafe bar at the Center for Health and Healing will be open adjacent to the lower terminal.

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Shamrock Run
Mar
13
11:00am11:00am

Shamrock Run

After completing the Shamrock Run (or cheering on your loved ones) enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. There will be arts and crafts for the kids from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring home a leprechaun trap to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the 17th. Take a family portrait in our Tram photo booth.

All crafts and activities are free.  Take a ride on the Tram and enjoy the views anytime between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. 

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Sep
12
12:00pm12:00pm

Tilikum Crossing Grand Opening

Sail above Tilikum Crossing on opening day with a free ride on Portland's other most famous transportation landmark: the Tram! Just 3 blocks south of Tilikum, soar above the festivities for the ultimate photo opportunity. Free children's activities, noon to 4pm. The Tram will be open 9am to 5pm.

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The People's Preview of Tilikum Crossing
Aug
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

The People's Preview of Tilikum Crossing

Tilikum Crossing doesn't officially open til September 12th, but you can preview it more than a month early at this special event following the 2015 BridgePedal! Swing a couple blocks south of Tilkum  to enjoy family activities and a tram ride with a soaring view and photo opportunities of Tilikum and all of Portland's bridges. From 1:30pm to 4:30pm, finally take a stroll or bike ride over Portland's first new bridge in decades.

Learn more about the sneak preview of Tilikum Crossing.

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