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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Travel Advisory: Portland Aerial Tram to close for scheduled maintenance June 23 - July 30

(June 21, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds the traveling public that the Portland Aerial Tram will be closed starting Saturday, June 23 for five weeks for track rope maintenance. It will resume service on Monday, July 30.

For safety reasons, during the work, the upper tram terminal elevator and upper platform will be closed as well.

During the closure, special shuttles will run daily from 5:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Shuttles will arrive at the stops every 5-10 minutes and the trip between campuses will take 30-40 minutes. Tram shuttles will only stop if someone is waiting.

The public is advised to expect delays and plan extra time when traveling between Oregon Health & Science University's South Waterfront and Marquam Hill campuses.

Check the web site for maps showing suggested routes by transit, bike and walking, as well as the tram shuttle route that will operate June 23 through July 30.


VIDEO: Watch a video that describes all the shuttle bus, transit, biking, BIKETOWN and walking options available during the tram closure

Tram closure shuttle video image

MAPS ONLINE: View maps of public transit, bike, walking and shuttle routes available during the tram closure

Maps of walking, biking, shuttle and public transit options during tram track rope closure

VIDEO: Learn more about maintenance on the Portland Aerial Tram, including the upcoming project to shift the track ropes, which is required every 12 years

Video to learn more about tram track rope maintenance


The Portland Aerial Tram is one of the busiest aerial tramways in the world, providing more than 18 million rides since opening in 2007. 

Portland Aerial Tram with ropes

The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and operated by OHSU. Photo courtesy Portland Bureau of Transportation.



The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by OHSU.  It opened to the public on Jan. 27, 2007. The cabins, named Walt and Jean, travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the tram cabins rise 500 feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway. Visit . Find the tram on Twitter @PortlandTram  and Facebook at