(3:35 pm June 1, 2016) The Portland Aerial Tram is back to normal operations earlier than expected, after crews were able to replace a part and fix an electrical problem. Travel time between the lower and upper terminals is back to the normal 4 minutes.
(May 30, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to expect delays, especially during morning and evening commutes, when using the Portland Aerial Tram to access OHSU's Marquam Hill campus on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On May 31 and June 1, the tram will operate on diesel power due to an electrical issue. On diesel power, the tram can only operate at about half of normal speed. Travel time between the lower and upper terminals will be 8 minutes instead of the normal 4 minutes. Delays during morning and evening rush hour could be as long as 20 minutes.
To avoid delays at the tram, riders can transfer from TriMet, or Portland Streetcar in downtown Portland to the TriMet number 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th bus line for access to Marquam Hill.
Riders may have to wait for multiple cabins during peak times because of the slower travel speed and long lines. Operations staff will be at the lower terminal in the morning in order to communicate information about the delays.
Tram cabins will be completely full, so please expect crowded conditions.
Hours of operation will be normal, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Normal operations are expected to resume on Thursday, after a part is received on Wednesday and installed on Wednesday night.
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