Updated July 1, 2021
Limited fares: The Portland Aerial Tram is preparing to open to the public and resume normal operations (no restrictions) within the next month. This page will be updated at that time.
Currently, there is no general public ticket sales and ridership is 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.
Masks still required. Even if fully vaccinated, masks are still required on transit according to federal regulations.
Limited passengers. Tram has returned to full capacity, 79 people per cabin as the COVID-19 capacity restrictions have been lifted.
Limited days of operation. Tram operates Monday-Saturday. Sunday operations have been delayed until further notice.
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.