Sunday Parkways Fun at the Tram
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Parkways Fun at the Tram

Sunday Parkways has a new route this year celebrating the Green Loop, a proposed bike and walk friendly network of streets and paths in Portland's Central City.  The route will pass mere blocks from the Portland Tram so we're having a fun event to celebrate.

The Tram will open at 11:00 am just for this special Sunday (normally we open at 1:00 pm).  We'll have edible treats, games and crafts for people of all ages and of course the greatest views in town.  Take a break from your stroll or roll on Sunday Parkways to get above the action and see Portland in a whole new way.

We’ll have activities for the kids from 11 am to 4 pm.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult.

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Portland Bridges Fun at the Tram
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Portland Bridges Fun at the Tram

Celebrate our beloved Bridgetown with bridge-themed family activities. Ride the Tram and take in soaring views with photo opportunities of almost all of Portland's bridges. 

We’ll have activities for the kids from 11 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult.

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Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Back to School at the Tram

Celebrate September with a day of family fun at the Portland Tram.  The views from the Tram and the upper observation deck will be stunning and perfect for a back to school family portrait.

We’ll have activities for the kids from 11 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Halloween Fun at the Tram

You can wear your witch's hat but leave the broomstick at home and let the Tram fly for you.  We'll have frightful and delightful family activities, including face painting and Halloween arts and crafts for kids.

We’ll have activities for the kids from 11 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult.

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Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Holidays at the Tram

Take some time before the holiday crush to relax with the kids at the Portland Aerial Tram.  There will be holiday-themed crafts so even the littlest ones can make a gift to share.  

We’ll have activities for the kids from 11 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult.

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The Tram reopens early after scheduled maintenance.
Jul
9
5:30 AM05:30

The Tram reopens early after scheduled maintenance.

The scheduled maintenance on the Tram's track ropes went more smoothly than anyone could anticipate. 

We are happy to welcome riders back on the Tram starting Monday, July 9th with our regular operating schedule - 5:30 am - 9:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday; and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday.

Thank you for your patience while we took care of this once-every-dozen-years chore!

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Tram is closed for Track Rope Maintenance
Jun
22
to Jul 9

Tram is closed for Track Rope Maintenance

The Portland Aerial Tram was slated to close for five weeks (38 days) for track rope maintenance, from Saturday, June 23 through Sunday, July 29, 2018.

--  Thanks to our hard-working crew and a little good fortune, the Tram will reopen on Monday, July 9.  --

What is track rope maintenance and why does it take so long? Learn more about the maintenance done on the Tram by watching the  videos on our 2018 Closure page.   You can find options for travel between South Waterfront and Marquam Hill on that page also.

We look forward to seeing you again on Monday, July 9, starting at 5:30 a.m.!

 

[Wrapped Tram photo by Randy Glary]

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Celebrate Fathers at the Portland Tram
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrate Fathers at the Portland Tram

Get the kids ready for Father’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 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. For an extra treat take a picnic to the Willamette Greenway (just two blocks east) and enjoy the river up close.

We’ll have activities for the kids from 11 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult.

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Celebrate Mothers at the Portland Tram
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrate Mothers at the Portland 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.

We’ll have activities for the kids from 11 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy the views from the Tram anytime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Kids 6 and under ride the Tram for free with a fare-paying adult.

 

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5 day maintenance closure
Feb
14
to Feb 19

5 day maintenance closure

The Tram will be closed at 8:30pm (one hour early) on Wednesday, Feb. 14th and remain closed through Monday, Feb. 19 for essential maintenance. The Tram reopens Tuesday, Feb. 20. 

Shuttles will run during the Tram’s normal operating hours. The shuttle hours will be:

  • Wed. Feb. 14: Tram closes at 8:30pm; shuttles run 8:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Thurs. Feb. 15: Shuttles, 5:30am to 9:30pm
  • Fri. Feb. 16: Shuttles, 5:30am to 9:30pm
  • Sat. Feb. 17: Shuttles, 9am to 5pm
  • Sun. Feb. 18: No shuttles or Tram (normal Sunday closure)
  • Mon. Feb. 19: No shuttles or Tram (normal holiday closure)
  • Tues. Feb. 20: Tram is open, no shuttle, 5:30am to 9:30pm

The waterfront pick up location will be 1 block south of the South Waterfront Tram Terminal at SW Whitaker between SW Bond Ave and SW River Pkwy. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/WTKPdRrubzs

The hill pick up location will be at Kohler Pavilion (808 SW Campus Dr, Portland, OR 97239). Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/2KCANT52xzE2

See a map of the shuttle route here.

Fare will not be required to board the shuttles.

The shuttles will be on a load-and-go pickup schedule. Please allow up to 30 minutes travel time between the two pick up locations.

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Back to School with the Tram
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

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
11:00 AM11:00

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
11:00 AM11:00

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
11:00 AM11:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
6:30 PM18:30

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
6:00 PM18:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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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Halloween Fun at the Portland Tram
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

Halloween Fun at the Portland Tram

Wear your witch's hat but leave the broomstick at home and let the Tram fly for you. We'll have frightful and delightful family activities from noon to 4pm, including mask painting and crafting for kids. 
As a special treat we'll have dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre performing in the lobby.

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Dancing Back to School at the Tram
Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

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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