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A & B Loops Opening Day Celebration

Ride Free on Portland Streetcar, the Portland Aerial Tram and TriMet MAX and Buses all day September 12, 2015

Portland Streetcar will celebrate the opening of the completed A & B Loops as well as Tilikum Crossing:Bridge of the People on September 12, 2015 along with TriMet. With the opening of the Tilikum Crossing, comes the opening of the A & B Loops and the MAX Orange Line to Milwaukie.

Events will be occurring along both the Streetcar and MAX routes that day.

  • Portland Streetcar will have a presence at the OMSI festivities from 11:00am to 6:00pm on opening day. Visit us there for information and fun giveaways.
  • Stop by Hassalo on Eighth, located at the NE 7th & Holladay Streetcar and Light Rail stops, for music fun and festivities.
  • For a full list of TriMet's activities visit CatchTheOrange.com
  • Get in the Selfie Loop: Post your selfie for a chance to win. Details below.


Opening Day Service Plan

Beginning at approximately 11:00am, the full A & B Loops will be open to the public for the first time, including over the Tilikum Crossing. The North/South (NS) Line will operate its normal route all day.

Get In The Selfie Loop

On opening day, Portland Streetcar will host a "Selfie Loop" contest. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a trip for two to Waikiki, Hawaii. Full contest details, prizes and rules can be found here.

Video: History of Portland Streetcar

In celebration of the A & B Loop opening, Portland Streetcar, Inc. is producing a video documenting the first phase of modern streetcar development in Portland as well as the culmination of a 30 year vision. A preview version is now available in our Video Galleries (or scroll down to the next section of this page.)

Opening Event Sponsors

A big thank you to the sponsors of the Completed Loop Opening Sponsors

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.