Getting Around Portland

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    Tram over Portland

    by Agraichen Written Sep 6, 2013

    The aerial tram from the "river" to the "top" of OHSU's campus is a "must do" trip. The round trip cost is $4.00 (2013) and is well worth it. You only need to pay for the ticket "up" the tram. The ride back is "free." So I suppose the more adventuresome can walk, or bike up the hills to the campus and take the ride back down.

    On a clear day (no very often) the views can be incredible. Even on a rainy day (most days) the views are great and it's worth the trip.

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    Parking

    by Agraichen Written Sep 6, 2013

    Parking in Portland can be an adventure in itself. Also, the parking meter instructions should be followed. Many "parking meter kiosks" tell you to place the "ticket" on the dash board. Portland however requires that the "ticket" showing you have paid to park must be "properly displayed in curbside window" with the date and time showing to the outside of the car. Cost is currently $1.60 per hour (2013).

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    When First Class is not class at all....

    by Roadquill Written Aug 27, 2013

    I don't know where else to put this, and it only occurred because a fire by the Portland Airport caused a traffic delay, thus resulting in our arriving 4 minutes after the gate closed (11 minutes before the flight was to take off). I must give Alaska Air credit for their staff working to find us an alternative solution. Although truth be told, if an airline knows that there is a major delay caused by a nearby fire one would think they would have someone at security making sure those cutting is close would not have to be stuck in a 10 minute security line while the preferred seating security line was empty. We were rerouted to Seattle and for $50 offered an upgrade to FIRST CLASS. Ok, so the seats were a tad wider and there was a six inch console between me and the seat next to me.....but the friggin seats did not recline more than a couple of inches so it was still an uncomfortable flight. What a rip-off. Never again.

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    Take the bus

    by Herkbert Written Oct 3, 2010

    Getting around Portland is pretty easy. For instance, the #63 bus picks you up at a Max stop near PGE park and will take you the rest of the way to Washington Park. You can pay per trip or buy an all day pass.

    Catch the bus
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    one US town with alternatives to the car

    by richiecdisc Updated Oct 26, 2009

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    Portland has one of the best mass transit networks in the United States. Buses, light rail, trams and even streetcars whisk locals and visitors alike around the metropolitan area. Fares depend on zones traveled through and there is a free zone in downtown that will cover much of what the typical tourist will want to see.

    It was great weather while we were there so we only used the bus once to get into town from our motel. It was just as easy to walk and you get a better feeling for the city that way. We did jump on the free tram one evening when returning from the northern end of town, just outside the Pearl District. It is quite useful if doing a lot of north south travel in the city center but the square is more rectangular. If it was as wide as it is long, it would be very useful and a real money save. That said, you can use it if arriving by train as the free zone does connect to Union Station.

    For info on the fareless zone and current fares when outside it, check their informative website.

    Portland has a small chinatown
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    Portland to Seattle

    by joiwatani Written Dec 1, 2008

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    Driving from Portland to Seattle will probably be about 3-4 hours depending on the traffic. I think it is possible to commute on a weekly basis- go home to your family on the weekend in Portland and work in Seattle during the week...That will be exhausting though. Plus it will be very costly because you have to pay rent in Seattle and pay rent/mortgage in Portland. On top of that, the gas is expensive!!!

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    Busses

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 15, 2007

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    The bus system is good enough to help you get around. From across the river into downtown is the only part I used first. No problems at all. Quick and easy.
    Have since used it out to visit the gardens too.

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    Skateboard around town

    by TashieKitten Written Jul 1, 2005

    Skateboarding is a LEGAL form of transportation here. I believe that skaters are supposed to use bike lanes, but I'm not positive. I've seen folks full on skate down the street. If you have the confidence to do it, go for it. Or, this being Nike's town, "just do it."

    If you're not quite THAT adventurous, you could skate the Burnside skate park located under the Burnside Bridge (and it's featured in one of the Tony Hawk video games).

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    Let The Train Take The Strain

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    I have already mentioned that it was my original intention to travel to Portland by train, and how my good VT friend, Phil, drove all the way to LA in the blistering heat (!!) to meet me, and eventually to drive me back to Oregon. He flatly refused to take me back to LA, haha (joke!!!). So, my intention was to leave Portland by Amtrak, and travel in the general direction of Los Angeles, and stop off in a couple of 'nice places' en route. The trouble was that I didn't know of any such places, and the train doesn't stop very often anyway. Cutting a long story short(er!!), I took the advice of Phil and Deni, my VT hosts in Portland, and decided to go to Sacramento, and out to Lake Tahoe. (See those pages).

    Booking the train ticket was easy, and I actually did it the day before travelling, at the Union Station in Portland, although you can book on the internet. You need to produce evidence of ID (passport in my case) when you collect your ticket.

    The train left Portland, on time at 2.25 pm for Eugene, where we transferred to a bus (coach) for the 5 hour journey to Klamath Falls. I'm not sure just why this is necessary, as the rail line runs all the way through from Eugene to Klamath Falls, and to Sacramento. It may have something to do with freight trains using the line, as these usually have priority. Anyway, arriving at Klamath Falls at 10 pm, we again boarded the train for Sacramento, arriving at 6.15 am next morning. The fare for this journey was $101, and I think well worth the cost. Unfortunately, the nicest part of the journey seemed to be through the night, when you couldn't really see anything!

    If you wish to travel on to LA, I think the single fare from Portland was $178 (June 2003 prices).

    Amtrak locomotive

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    Downtown Metro

    by Shaft28 Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    I'm not sure the exact area it covers, but there are aseveral downtown blocks that the metro provides free rides on.
    It is expanded during certain downtown festivals as well. Worth checking into if you are on a budget.
    FYI the public bikes were a bust, now free homeless bikes...not even worth looking for.

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    Driving in Portland.

    by crazyk Written Dec 25, 2002

    The one thing you will notice about driving here is that flashy light cars have in the back that tells you they are going to merge.
    You can use that bar sticking out of the steering column to tell other drivers about which lane you will use.
    If you do that, the locals will let you in the lane. It is the custom here.

    I-5 south

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    AIR:PDX international airport...

    by archan4698 Updated Dec 14, 2002

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    AIR:PDX international airport is about 30-45 minutes from downtown alot of guidebooks say 15, but they are crazy we have traffic here.
    Airport MAX:This is a great option, its cheap I and takes about 20 minutes to get to the airport and runs from like 4:45am-12am from Downtown to the Airport and visa versa. Much cheaper then a taxi(about 20-25bucks) or private bus(10-20).

    Trains and Buses:From Seattle the trainstation is right downtown, at the northend. Grayhound busline is also located next to the train station.

    the MAX-light rail

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    The MAX

    by archan4698 Updated Dec 14, 2002

    The Max is the light rail network in Portland, there are 3 lines. One going East to Gresham through the eastern part of Portland, Another going to west to Hillsboro via beaverton, and the Airport line, which goes east on the Gresham line until it breaks off north and goes to N.E Portland the the Airport.

    The Max is pretty fast and easy to board, you cant miss it, as it runs on the street in downtown Portland from the city center area around Pioneer Square.

    The Max train

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    Fly, Drive, take the train

    by essbegood1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    We do have a great transit system as far as the US goes - Go to http://www.tri-met.org/ to find out bus and tram schedules - There are decent bike paths to get you around much of the Portland area - Cars are still the most convenient form of transportation -

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    by amelia3 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Portland International Airport(PDX) is located 10 miles away from Portland. From there you can take a taxi, bus, or rental car. Portland's Light Rail, the MAX,(I will describe it later) will open in September of 2001. As soon as it opens I will update this page and give more details. :)
    MAX, a 33-mile light rail system, runs east and west from Portland and connects the communities of Gresham, Beaverton and Hillsboro. The system was built in two segments. Eastside MAX, opened in 1986, stretches 15 miles eastward to Gresham; Westside MAX, opened in September 1998, runs 18 miles west to Hillsboro. (courtesy of www.tri-met.org)
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    Along with the MAX, there is a great bus system. Both of these cover most of the areas in Portland. Any hotel you stay at should be able to give you their schedules and you can also find more information at www.tri-met.org. The max does close late at night for about 3-4 hours. Make sure you look at the times.
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    FARES:
    Different types of tickets and their prices are below (all tickets are good for the bus and the MAX):
    1)Visitor Pass- good for 3 days in all zones- $10.00
    2)Day Ticket- good for the day in all zones- $4.00
    3)2-Zone Single Ticket- good for 1 hour and 45
    minutes- $1.25
    2-Zone Book of 10 Single Tickets- $11.50
    4)All-Zone Single Ticket- good for 1hr. and 45 min.-
    $1.55
    All-Zone Book of 10 Single TIckets- $14.50
    5)Youth Tickets- goood for 1hr.45 min.- $0.95
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    ZONES:
    In downtown you have 'Fareless Square' where you do not have to pay to ride. The rest of downtown is Zone 1. Zone 2 and 3 go to Hillsboro and Gresham. I suggest that you get a map and decide where you want to go. Roughly estimate what type of ticket you need.
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    PURCHASING TICKETS:
    You can purchase the single tickets and the day pass at the train stops. The ticket machine takes coins, paper money and debit cards. If you purchase a single ticket the ticket will be validated. If you buy a book you will have to validate your ticket before you get on the train. You can purchase your ticket on the bus with cash or coins. All 3 day visitor passes are available at grocery stores. Ask you hotel where you can purchase one.
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    HOW TO RIDE:
    For the MAX.. Go to the nearest train stop and look at your map. There are two directions you can go.. Eastbound towards GRESHAM and Westbound towards HILLSBORO. Purchase your tickets. If you want to return, remember the stop you are currently at and jump on the train. Be sure to keep your ticket stub and make sure it is validated!
    For the bus.. Jump on and purchase your ticket. Ring the bell when you want to jump off.
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    DISCLAIMER:
    I hope this is not too much! I am only giving this much detail because I have seen many clueless people who needed this.

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