Welcome to Portland Streetcar



Since first opening in 2001, Portland Streetcar has enjoyed support from the surrounding community. The sponsorship program, which gives businesses and other organizations the opportunity to support Streetcar operations, is an important piece in the formula of community building which is a cornerstone for Portland Streetcar. Through the partnerships developed amongst the local community, Streetcar has seen an increase in ridership as well as increased connectivity throughout the Central City of Portland.

Streetcar 001 Leading the Opening Day Parade
Portland State University's sponsored streetcar leading the Opening Day Parade, July 20, 2001.

One of the very first sponsors of Portland Streetcar was Portland State University. PSU became a supporter prior to construction of the original line in the late 1990’s and sponsored the first streetcar, the green and blue Car 001, in 2001. PSU has been a streetcar sponsor ever since and now also sponsors Annual Ridership Benefits for all PSU Faculty, Staff and Students. Anyone with a valid PSU ID card can ride Streetcar with their ID card as their fare. PSU Students and Employees make up at least 12.5% of all Streetcar Riders.

Portland State University is Oregon’s largest and most diverse public university. Located on a 50-acre campus on the south end of Downtown Portland, PSU provides its 30,000 students and 4,000 employees with easy access to all the amenities of Portland via strong connections to public transit. PSU’s commitment to sustainable transportation has led to a decreasing percentage of trips to campus by car, declining from 42% in 2000 to 22% in 2013. PSU offers over 60 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs with access to 226 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Streetcar 001 at the Aerial Tram
Portland State University's sponsored streetcar at the Aerial Tram.


July 20, 2014 marks the 13th Anniversary of Portland Streetcar operations. Who could have predicted how much the system would change over time? Today there are over 20 cities in America in final planning stages, under construction or operating a modern streetcar line. It's nice to have company.

They Grow Up So Fast: Portland Streetcar by the Numbers

Then and Now

Then and Now

Then and Now

All of this growth and change with, to date, only 1 recordable injury accident!

Through bus bridges and construction to opening weekends and record setting ridership numbers, Portland Streetcar would like to thank you, the riders and supporters who have helped us reach these milestones. Here's to another 13 years (and more) of partnership and growth.


Portland Streetcar, Inc.(PSI) is excited to announce the opening of a new office along the Streetcar alignment. PSI is the private, non-profit managed by a Board of Directors that provides operating assistance to the City. The office, which will open in early August, will be located at the point where both lines converge in the Pearl District at the Streetcar Lofts Building (1031 NW 11th). The new office will provide Portland Streetcar Operators with a relief point allowing for the full Central Loop operations that will begin with the opening of the Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge on September 12, 2015.

The new office will provide Portland Streetcar with a public, street level customer service presence along the Streetcar alignment and will provide a centralized location for riders to purchase fares and seek information. Portland Streetcar, Inc. staff will be housed in the new location.

For questions about the new office contact Dan Bower, Executive Director.

Your Phone is Your Fare

Did you know Portland Streetcar has a Mobile Tickets app for your iPhone or Android device? It’s available for free in the Google Marketplace and Apple App Store by searching “PDX Streetcar”. Riders can purchase a Streetcar Annual Pass or 2-Hour Streetcar Only tickets, download them on their phone and never have to use a fare machine or purchase paper fares. There’s no longer a need to worry about losing your validated fare, your phone is your fare. The latest update to the app allows users to recall their unused tickets online prior to upgrading to a new phone too. Use of the Portland Streetcar Mobile Tickets app has increased more than 50% since January and continues to grow as additional features are brought online.

The Portland Streetcar mobile ticketing app is powered by GlobeSherpa, a specialist in mobile application development for transit agencies, parking management companies, and event planning organizations. GlobeSherpa is working with Portland Streetcar, TriMet, and other transit agencies across the nation to bring mobile ticketing to all commuters and recently won Start Up of the Year from the Technology Association of Oregon. More information about GlobeSherpa can be found by visiting www.globesherpa.com.

Visit the FAQ page for more information on how to use the app.


Beginning Sunday, June 1, 2014, Portland Streetcar's Central Loop (CL) Line will see an increase in weekday service. From 10:00am to 7:00pm, Monday thru Friday the CL Streetcar will run at the same 14-minute frequency as the North/South (NS) Line providing frequent service throughout the Central City. Running both lines on 14-minute service allows for 7-minute headways along 10th and 11th from the stops at NW Johnson to the stops at SW Clay and allows more balanced scheduling to reduce “bunched” or “stacked” streetcars when service is on schedule.

To accomplish this increase in service Portland Streetcar is doing three major things. The first is adding two additional operators, bringing the total to 41 amazing operators who are the backbone of Streetcar operations. The second is to ramp up the fare enforcement along the route as it is critical that everyone pay their fare in order to balance the operating budget required to offer a more frequent, higher quality service. And the third is hiring more Customer Service Representatives to help educate riders as well as helping Portland Streetcar and the City better understand who is riding and why.