Tram Operations and Fare Advisory
May 9, 2022
As of May 9, COVID-19 based restrictions on Tram ridership have been lifted. The Tram is open to general fare paid public ridership in addition to patients, students and staff of Oregon Health and Sciences University. Masks are still required to ride the Tram.
The current Public fares for the Tram:
- single roundtrip pass: $5.65
- monthly pass: $40 monthly (valid only for calendar month of purchase)
- annual pass: $440 annually (valid for one year from date of purchase)
Fare is non-refundable. Single roundtrip fare may be used for one time round trip boarding at any time the Tram is operating. The return trip must be completed the same day.
Fare may be purchased online, or onsite with a credit or debit card at either tram terminal.
VA and Shriners employees and patients may purchase fare onsite or online under “public fare.”
Other forms of transit pass, including Hop, are not valid fare on the Tram.
OHSU fares (pre-paid by OHSU):
- Those holding OHSU identification badges
- Patients with same-day medical appointments *
*OHSU patients may pick up a Tram pass at your clinic, provider or OHSU Concierge desks.
Masks still required. Even if fully vaccinated, masks are still required.
Tram Capacity. The Tram is operating at full capacity, 79 people per cabin.
Days and hours of operation. The Tram operates Monday through Friday from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Tram History and Operations
The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and operated by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). It opened to the public on Jan. 27, 2007. The cabins, named Walt and Jean, travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the tram cabins rise 500 feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway.
The Portland Aerial Tram provides an average 9,000 rides on weekdays, with about 85% of riders visiting OHSU and 15% members of the general public and tourists.