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Getting Around Portland

Portland's light rail is an excellent way to travel around the city. The light rail, also known as MAX, has four lines that run frequently and daily to attractions such as Saturday Market, the Portland Zoo and the Jeld-Wen soccer field. Lines run between Hillsboro and Gresham, Clackamas and Portland State University, Portland International Airport and Beaverton, and the Expo Center and Portland State University. All lines pass through the city center as well.

The Portland Streetcar runs between the South Waterfront District and Northwest Portland's Nob Hill neighborhood with stops along the way at RiverPlace, Portland State University, the city center, and the Pearl District. This area boasts a number of restaurants and shops. Much of the streetcar can be ridden for free within downtown Portland's "Free Rail Zone."

The Portland Vintage Trolley service runs on select Sundays during part of the year. The trolleys are old-fashioned in design, based on the Brill streetcars that last ran in 1950. A conductor provides historic details during the trolley's run up and down the light rail lines on the transit mall. Unlike the other public transportation options in Portland, the Vintage Trolley is not wheelchair accessible.

Portland has an extensive bus system that covers most of the metro area and connects with the light rail and the streetcar at a number of locations. The transit mall is located in downtown Portland, and connections with other bus lines can be made there. The bus system is easy to use and many lines run late at night and early in the morning.

An aerial tram connects Portland's waterfront district with Oregon Health Sciences University, and the tram provides travelers with a stunning view of the three mountains surrounding Portland: Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. This trip last three minutes, and the streetcar connects with the downtown tram stop.

Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation in the Portland area, and there are bicycle lanes throughout the city as well as a number of bicycle rental shops.

Finally, the car remains the most popular way to get around the metro area. Many of Portland's commuter light rail and bus stations offer park and ride options, and numerous parking decks downtown also make it possible to combine the car with other transportation options.


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