After it closes for business at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, the Portland Aerial Tram will be shut down for haul rope maintenance for 6 days. The Tram will resume service on Monday, July 8. For safety reasons, during the work, the upper Tram terminal elevator and upper platform will also be closed.
Take a shuttle
Shuttles will be available for employees and patients during the Tram’s normal operating hours. The shuttle hours will be:
Tuesday, July 2: 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3: 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 4: No service, normal holiday closure
Friday, July 5: 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6: No service
Sunday, July 7: No service
The shuttle will stop at the Whitaker Lot and the Kohler Pavilion turnaround.
Fare will not be required to board the shuttles. 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, and expect to wait 10-15 minutes at each of the stops. If possible, avoid scheduling meetings and appointments on the hill and at the waterfront on the same days.
Shuttles are ADA accessible. However, anyone needing ADA access and transport will need to speak to an attendant for assistance.
Why does the haul rope need maintenance?
Each Tram cabin travels along two cable “tracks” with a moving haul rope between them. The haul rope is 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 needs to be replaced about every 2 years. After more than 21,800 hours and 325,000 trips (on what is apparently the most frequently used Tram in the world), the haul rope is near the end of its useful life and will be replaced.