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Increased service coming between the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University

Beginning Monday, September 29, 2014 Portland Streetcar will operate a “Shadow Train” between SW Lowell & Bond and SW 3rd & Harrison. This train will be an unscheduled streetcar that will operate between regularly scheduled North/South (NS) Line streetcars. The “Shadow Train” will provide a much needed connection for students and faculty travelling between Portland State University and the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) in South Waterfront.

The CLSB has several shared laboratories and an auditorium with capacity for over 200 students; existing streetcar service will not provide sufficient capacity for both the regular streetcar riders and the increased ridership anticipated to and from the CLSB. In partnership with PSU and TriMet, Portland Streetcar is adding additional service Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-6:30PM throughout the school year. Once the Tilikum Crossing opens in 2015 and both Central Loop (CL) and North/South (NS) streetcars begin serving the campuses, along with several bus lines and the Orange Line MAX, the Shadow Train will not be necessary.

To learn more about the CLSB, check out OHSU's video.


PORTLAND STREETCAR ANNOUNCES MONTHLY STREETCAR ONLY PASS

Today the Portland Streetcar, Inc. (PSI) Board of Directors approved a plan to establish a monthly pass good for unlimited rides on Portland Streetcar beginning October 1, 2014. The monthly pass, which will cost $23 per month, will be good for unlimited rides on Portland Streetcar’s 14.7 mile system. The pass is available for purchase at Portland Streetcar’s customer service center located at 1031 NW 11th Ave, online, at several outlets around the alignment and on the mobile application for iPhone and Android devices.

“The monthly pass will be a great addition for regular Streetcar users that don’t want to pay the full $250 for an annual pass up front” said Dan Bower, Executive Director of PSI. “We recognize that for many of our users, $250 is a lot of money to pay at one time; my hope is the Monthly Streetcar Only Pass broadens our reach and will provide access to more users.”

Portland Streetcar Monthly Pass Draft Design

The fare policy for Streetcar has evolved as the network grew to include stations outside of what was known as Fareless Square, or later, Free Rail Zone. Today, 76 stations are served by twelve streetcars running roughly every 14 minutes. Additional service will be added to the Central Loop line when the Tilikum Crossing opens in September 2015. The Streetcar provides 5.6 million rides each year (18,600 per weekday).

Since opening in 2001; over 46 million square feet of new construction including over 18,000 new housing units have been built adjacent to the streetcar alignment, according to City permitting data.

Portland Streetcar began operations in 2001 and was the first modern streetcar system in North America. With the opening of Tucson, AZ last month there are now five systems in operation in America and dozens more in planning stages.

Portland Streetcar 30-Day Pass Available


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.