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Happy Thanksgiving from Portland Streetcar

In honor of the holiday, we asked our employees what they were thankful for this year. Below are some of the answers.

  • "I'm thankful for my grandchildren who make me smile everyday"
  • "I'm thankful for my past, present, future and all of the wonderful people and experiences I have been allowed to have.  I'm thankful for life."
  • "I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet people from all over the world as part of my job"
  • "I'm thankful for the helping spirit found in Portland"
  • "I'm thankful for my stubborn husband and my spirited daughter. None of us is perfect, but we are perfect together"
  • "I'm thankful for great sports teams we can route for"
  • "I'm thankful for my daughters both being in town for Thanksgiving"
  • "I'm thankful for my health"
  • "I'm thankful for lifelong friends"
  • "I'm thankful for gloves"

Most of all, we are thankful for you, our riders. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Who Rides Portland Streetcar?

In an effort to better answer the question "Who rides Portland Streetcar?", we conducted the most comprehensive evaluation of ridership in the system's 14-year history. The 2015 Streetcar Ridership Survey gathered data from 4,300 riders in Spring 2015 to determine where and why people use the streetcar, the demographics of the users, fare payments, and other information.

The ridership survey was administered as part of a larger report to the U.S. Congress on the lessons learned from the federally funded Portland Streetcar Loop project. The report is being developed by TriMet, in partnership with the City of Portland and Portland Streetcar, Inc. and will be included in the 2016 Federal Transit Administration report to Congress.

New Sponsor Supports School Field Trips on Streetcar

Each year approximately 3,000 students use Portland Streetcar on a field trip. In the past, schools have paid the regular group rate for the day’s outing, but starting this school year, those field trips will now be free of charge thanks to the generosity of new sponsor Next Adventure! Whether it’s cooling off in the fountain at Jamison Park, seeing a performance at the Newmark Theatre, exploring all the Central Library has to offer, or the many other educational and fun destinations along the streetcar alignment, all K-12 students, teachers, and chaperones will now be able to take Portland Streetcar at no additional cost while on a school trip.

Thanks, Next Adventure, for helping the kids enjoy their next adventure!

For more information on group and school travel visit our Group Travel Page. For more information on sponsorship of Portland Streetcar visit the Sponsorship Page.

PREVIEW: From Concept to Reality - The Development of the Modern Streetcar in Portland

In conjunction with the celebration of the opening of the Portland Streetcar Loop over the new Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People, Portland Streetcar has recorded interviews with the key players, advocates, and builders involved in the 25+ year endeavor of the planning, development and construction of the first modern streetcar system in the United States after a multi-decade hiatus.

(More interviews are in-process. When completed, the full-length in-depth video will be posted. For now, please enjoy this overview and all the other celebrations surrounding Portland's latest transit achievement.)

New Data Shows Streetcar Provides Boost for Economic Development in Portland

Analysis points to residential growth and over $4.5 billion in real estate development along the Streetcar Corridor

Portland Streetcar, Inc. released new economic development data Thursday, providing insight into the Streetcar’s influence on real estate investment, housing development, and population changes in the Central City. The data analysis was conducted by ECONorthwest and evaluates economic development outcomes since construction began on the first Streetcar line in 1998.

Infographic summarizing economic development data

A positive factor in Central City Development

Since 1998, the Streetcar Corridor (defined as ¼ mile on either side of the tracks) has seen 22.9 million total square feet of real estate development, including 7.7 million square feet of commercial space and nearly 18,000 residential units. The total market value of all that new development (both commercial and residential) is estimated at $4.5 billion. The market value of all property in the corridor (both new and existing has increased by $11.63 billion since 1998.

“While there are plenty of factors that influence investment decisions, we’ve seen that the Streetcar has had a positive impact on economic development in the Central City,” said Dan Bower, executive director of the non-profit Portland Streetcar, Inc. “By providing affordable, accessible, and reliable service, the Streetcar is a key part of what makes Portland such a livable city.”

In their analysis, ECONorthwest found that of the 7.7 million square feet of commercial real estate that has been developed in the Streetcar Corridor since 1998, 35 percent is attributable to proximity to the Streetcar. On the residential side, 41 percent of the approximately 18,000 units that have been built are due to the presence of the Streetcar. In addition, 25 percent of all apartments that have been built in the corridor during that period are subsidized affordable housing units.

For a full copy of EcoNW's report and methodologies, click here.

TABLE: New residential units built along the Streetcar Corridor since 1998

Type Buildings Units
Apartment 71 8,635
Affordable 26 2,911
Condominium 41 4,230
Hotel 6 1,315
Institutional 3 797
Grand Total 147 17,888

In 2015, the Streetcar continues to be a positive factor in spurring development and investment in the Central City with construction cranes lining either side of the corridor. There are currently nearly 3,500 residential units and over 600,000 square feet of commercial space under construction along the Streetcar Corridor and another 44 residential projects and 18 commercial projects proposed for development. A map of new development projects that are proposed or already under construction is available here.

Growing population while reducing dependence on automobiles

Over time, the residential population living near the Streetcar has grown and those residents have become less reliant on cars for daily transportation. Since 1998, population in the Streetcar Corridor has increased 34.9 percent, while the population of City of Portland as a whole increased 12.4 percent. According to data from 2013, 38.6 percent of households in the Streetcar Corridor do not own a vehicle, compared to 15 percent of households in City of Portland.

Along with system expansion and improvements, the rise in development along the Streetcar Corridor has contributed to increased streetcar ridership. Daily streetcar ridership has increased from about 4,000 users per day in 2001 to the 15,000 that use the system today. As riders begin to use the A/B Loops to travel around the city, ridership is expected to grow to 20,000 riders per day by 2025.

Portland Streetcar Fares as of September 1, 2015

Fare Type Price
Streetcar Only (2.5 Hour) $2.00
Streetcar/TriMet All Day $5.00
Streetcar Only Monthly Pass $40.00
Streetcar Only Annual Pass $440.00
Streetcar/TriMet Honored Citizen/Youth (2.5 Hour) $1.25
Streetcar Only Honored Citizen/Youth Monthly Pass $25.00
Streetcar Only Honored Citizen/Youth Annual Pass $250.00

New fares will allow Portland Streetcar to provide expanded and improved service, including new service over the Tilikum Crossing and the opening of the new A and B Loops (formerly the Central Loop or CL) beginning September 12, 2015.

With the new fare, Streetcar riders can expect a few changes:

  • More service with the A & B Loops (formerly CL) extending to South Waterfront over the Tilikum Crossing.
  • Improved Saturday service with streetcars every 15 minutes.
  • Added late night service for the A & B Loops to better serve events at the Rose Quarter
  • Increased fare enforcement and security
  • Transition to an all-electronic fare system (E-Fare) in partnership with TriMet and C-Tran in 2016 and 2017.
  • New Honored Citizen/Youth Streetcar Only passes


Streetcar's First Ride Across the Tilikum Crossing

FirstRideTilikumCrossing from Portland Streetcar on Vimeo.

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Car 008 made Portland Streetcar's historic first journey across the Tilikum Crossing. This is the first of many steps leading up to the opening of the Completed Central Loop on September 12, 2015.