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Notice of Public Hearing on
Proposed Streetcar Only Fare Change

Portland Streetcar is proposing to increase the cost of the "Streetcar Only" fare from $1.00 to $2.00 beginning September 1, 2015. The increased cost of the 2.5 hour "Streetcar Only" fare will also effect the price of the "Streetcar Only" monthly and annual passes.

The proposed fare increase also will allow expanded and improved service, including new service over Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People beginning in September.

A public hearing on the proposed fare increase is scheduled for June 17, 2015 in the Portland Building, Room B (1120 SW 5th Ave, 2nd Floor) from 6-7pm.

With the price increase, Portland Streetcar will also be enacting an "Honored Citizen/Youth" fare for the first time. The Honored Citizen/Youth fare will be the same as TriMet's fare and will be valid on both the TriMet and Streetcar systems.

The proposed price of "Streetcar Only" monthly and annual passes are based on an average of 20, 2.5 hour tickets purchased per month.

Portland Streetcar will continue to have the lowest fares among modern streetcar systems in the United States, with six other cities in operation in 2015.

Existing and Proposed Fares for Portland Streetcar

Fare Type Existing Price Proposed New Price
Streetcar Only (2.5 Hours) $1.00 $2.00
Streetcar/TriMet All Day $5.00 $5.00
Streetcar Only Monthly Pass $23.00 $40.00
Streetcar Only Annual Pass $250.00 $440.00
Streetcar/TriMet Honored Citizen (2.5 Hours) $1.00 $1.25
Streetcar/TriMet Youth (2.5 Hours) $1.25 $1.25
Streetcar Only Monthly Honored Citizen N/A $25.00
Streetcar Only Annual Honored Citizen N/A $250.00

Portland Streetcar Fare History

Portland Streetcar operated largely in what was known as "Fareless Square, or Free Rail Zone" up until 2012.

In 2012, the Central City's Free Rail Zone was eliminated and Portland Streetcar instituted a $1.00 Streetcar Only fare for the first time and increased the price of the Streetcar Only Annual Pass from $100 to $250 over a three year period.

At that same time, Streetcar doubled its service area, adding tracks over the Broadway Bridge and south to OMSI. After outreach and a public hearing on fares in October 2013, Portland Streetcar was scheduled to move from $1.00 to $2.00 for the "Streetcar Only" fare, however that recommendation was never implemented.

Over the past two months, Streetcar staff have met with all affected neighborhoods and are again proposing the fare increase effective September 1, 2015.

Why a fare increase?

The new fare allows Portland Streetcar to expand and improve service and operate in a fiscally responsible manner while keeping rates reasonable. Today, we cover approximately 10% of the cost of operations with fares. Our goal is to increase that share to 15% while expanding our services.

On September 12, 2015, Streetcar will begin service over the Tilikum Crossing and the Central Loop will be fully operational. Streetcars connecting the South Waterfront District to the Pearl District via 10th and 11th Avenues and PSU will run every 7.5 minutes.

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

  • 17% more service with the Central Loop extending to SW Moody and over the Tilikum Crossing
  • Improved Saturday service with streetcars running every 15 minutes
  • Added late night service for the Central Loop to better serve events at the Rose Quarter
  • Doubling of fare enforcement and security
  • Transition to an all-electronic fare system (E-Fare) in partnership with TriMet and C-TRAN in 2016 and 2017.


Questions or Comments?

Please call or email Portland Streetcar, Inc. with questions or comments about the proposed fare increase: info@portlandstreetcar.org or 503-222-4200.

Community Streetcar Coalition Streetcar Summit: Washington, D.C., March 17-19

Portland Streetcar staff joined PSI Board Chair Jim Mark in Washington, D.C. at the annual Community Streetcar Coalition (CSC) Summit March 17-19, 2015. The meeting brought together streetcar cities, vehicle and component manufacturers, elected officials and others to discuss the state of modern streetcars in America.

Nineteen cities, four streetcar manufacturers, and roughly twenty-five other organizations were represented at the Summit, including elected officials from Milwaukee, WI, where a recent vote approved a two-mile streetcar line to begin operations in 2018; and Kansas City, MO, where city officials are near completion of a two-mile route connecting Union Station up Main Street to the River Market set to open next year. Other cities represented include fellow operating systems Tucson, AZ, Atlanta, GA, and Salt Lake City, UT as well as several others ranging from under construction to fully funded to just starting the planning phases.

While in D.C. PSI staff presented on the opening of the Central Loop (scheduled for September 12, 2015) and on our governance structure (a partnership between the City, TriMet, and PSI). CSC Attendees learned about the D.C. Streetcar program on H Street, met with Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration Therese McMillan, and learned more about new technologies emerging in the streetcar field including “off-wire” streetcars powered by batteries, which several cities are beginning to use including Dallas, TX which opens April 13, 2015.

The highlight of the Summit was a reception for members of Congress where select members were asked to present about major streetcar project updates. Portland’s own Rep. Blumenauer presented on the Tilikum Crossing and the Central Loop; Rep. Adams from Charlotte, NC presented on the opening of Charlotte’s streetcar system (set to open June 30, 2015), Rep. Matsui from Sacramento gave a spirited presentation on the process leading up to Sacramento’s inclusion in the President’s budget for FY 15/16, and Rep. Grijalva from Tucson, AZ presented on the recent opening in Tucson, stating, “I want to make sure this (streetcar) is a permanent part of the country’s infrastructure portfolio.”

There are six cities in America operating modern streetcar systems today with another three cities opening this year; our neighbor to the north, Seattle, is opening a second streetcar line later this summer. Portland continues to lead all cities with 15 miles of streetcar tracks and over 15,000 riders per day.

Portland Streetcar Rolls Out New Look, New Logo in Preparation for New Expanded Service Over Tilikum Crossing

 Old Portland Streetcar LogoNew Portland Streetcar Logo

Portland Streetcar will open the full Central Loop streetcar service on September 12, 2015. The new service will connect the east and west sides of Portland’s central city; a vision laid out by City leaders nearly thirty years ago.

Today, in advance of the opening of the Loop, streetcar partners are releasing a new logo for Portland Streetcar that reflects the connecting nature of the service, the partnerships that makes it possible, and the colors that make streetcar so memorable.

The new logo will replace the now decades old logo which depicted Portland’s skyline alongside streetcar rails. Customers can expect to see the new logo on the streetcars and at stations later this spring and on printed materials, maps, and other collateral as they are updated over the summer. The website and social media accounts have already made the change.

 Car 21 with new logoFlag Pole with new logo

The timing on this change is ideal with the Loop opening in Fall 2015; there a tremendous opportunity to update the look and feel of streetcar and remind customers and the public about what we are all trying to accomplish with Portland Streetcar; and do it in a cost effective way. The extension of streetcar over the Tilikum Crossing this fall will require all the maps at stations, in the cars, on the website and in brochures be updated to show the Central Loop extending to South Waterfront and over to the eastside; the new logo will be incorporated in to these designs.

From the outset, the goal of Portland Streetcar has been to shape growth in Portland and to provide circulation and access to the thousands of residents and employees that live and work in Portland’s growing central city. With over 15,000 riders each weekday, the Streetcar is well on its way to an expected 20,000 riders per day by 2025. A 2008 study of streetcar found $3.5 billion worth of investment along the streetcar line; that study is being updated now and will be published later this spring.

The logo was designed by Spoke Branding, based in Portland on SE Division St. The City of Portland’s Streetcar Citizen Advisory Committee and Board of Directors of Portland Streetcar, Inc., along with other community partners participated in the development of the new logo.

Questions or Media Inquiries: Dan Bower

Portland Streetcar Releases First Ridership Figures from Automatic Passenger Counters

Today Portland Streetcar, Inc. (PSI) published ridership reports for January and February, 2015; these are the first reports using newly installed “Automatic Passenger Counters” or APCs, which were installed and tested in December, 2014.
The APCs provide significantly more data than the previous method of sampling; roughly 33% of all operating hours are counted for each service day. PSI staff are working through a year-long process to certify the APCs for use with the National Transit Database (NTD).
The APC counts show strong ridership gains across the system from 2014 to 2015 for the first two months of available data. The counts indicate continued growth on the Central Loop (CL), which will be completed on September 12, 2015 with the opening of the Tilikum Crossing.
Portland Streetcar will be reporting ridership monthly using APC data from January 2015 forward. All previous ridership reports from 2001 through December 2014 are available online.

Media Contact: Dan Bower


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.