Updated May 7, 2021
Limited fares. Ridership is currently restricted to the following fares:
- OHSU identification badges
- VA Portland Health Care System employee badges
- Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Portland employee badges
- Patients with same day medical appointments – physical proof of appointment required for boarding*
*OHSU patients may pick up a Tram pass at OHSU Concierge desks.
Verified patients are limited to a single visitor. Visitor must be with patient to board the Tram. All riders will be COVID-19 symptom screened. Family passes are not being issued at this time due to Hospital visitor restrictions. This ensures the safety of patients, hospital staff, and the broader community. Visit OHSU’s visitation policy page for up to date information.
Limited passengers. Tram operators will not allow more than 20 people at a time to ride in each of the two cabins, down from a normal capacity of 79 people per cabin. This helps passengers and operators to implement physical distancing guidance the governor and public health officials have established.
Limited days of operation. Tram operates Monday-Saturday. Sunday operations have been delayed until further notice.
General public ticket sales for the tram are expected to resume once risks of COVID-19 subside and hospital visitation restrictions are lifted.
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.