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PORTLAND STREETCAR ANNUAL PASS COST INCREASE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

Portland Streetcar Annual Pass

Effective Sept. 1, 2014 the price of an Annual Pass for use on Portland Streetcar will increase from $200, to $250. The price increase is the final step of a three-year phased in plan to bring the cost of the Annual Pass in line with other fare methods accepted on Portland Streetcar. Annual Passes are good for unlimited rides on Portland Streetcar for one year and can be purchased at any time during the calendar year.

Beginning Sept. 1, Streetcar riders can buy the Annual Pass at Portland Streetcar, Inc.’s new office and customer service outlet located at 1031 NW 11th Ave, online, at several outlets around Portland including the TriMet ticket office, and through the Portland Streetcar Mobile App for iPhone and Android devices.

Portland Streetcar operates twelve trains daily at on 14.7 miles of track across the central city. During the most recent quarter (Apr-June), streetcar served an average 18,535 riders per weekday, which would equal 5.6 million rides per year.

For questions and comments please contact: Portland Streetcar, Inc. at 503-222-4200, or via email.


PORTLAND STREETCAR LOOP PROJECT ART HONORED

Both of the art pieces installed along the Central Loop (CL) Line were honored as outstanding public art projects of 2013 by the Americans for the Arts. Streetcar Stop for Portland by artist Jorge Pardo, located at the N Broadway/Weidler and Ross Streetcar platform, and Inversion +/- by Lead Pencil Studio, located at the east side approaches of the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges, were funded through the City of Portland’s Percent for Art program as part of the Portland Streetcar Loop expansion. A total of 345 projects from across the country were submitted to AFTA for consideration for this year’s Public Art Network Year in Review, the most prestigious national honor in public art.

Streetcar Stop for Portland
Streetcar Stop for Portland by Jorge Pardo

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Inversion +/- by Lead Pencil Studio

Take a ride on the CL Line to see all 3 of the art locations that were honored this year. A special thank you goes to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for managing the selection and installation of the art.

For more information read the original press release from RACC.


SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY – STREETCAR 001

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.


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY PORTLAND STREETCAR

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.


NEW OFFICE FOR PORTLAND STREETCAR, INC.

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.