Automobiles are the primary mode of transportation in Portland, Oregon. It is very easy to communicate in Portland as it has the metro service and other modes of transport. Since Oregon is a beautiful place, many tourists come every year. Here the transit service is easy therefore people find it very convenient. Below is a glimpse of Oregon transportation that will make it easy for you to commute.
Mass Transit in Oregon
Public transportation is quite well known in Portland. TriMet is the major operating system for bus and rail service. It plies through three main cities- Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington. As compared to other cities, the rate of public transport is 12.6% which was calculated in 2008 which is much higher.
Most of the Portland area has Free Rail Zone which do not charge any fare. It covers areas like Williamette River an Interstate 405. In the same Free Rail Zone lies the Portland transit Mall. It is an area where light trains and buses ply from different area. It covers most of the important regions.
Buses in Oregon
There are about 651 TriMet buses that are connected to 81 bus routes. Out of these 12 routes are “Frequent Service” bus routes. The TriMet bus fleet has a total count of 30 and 40 buses. Most of these were manufactured in 1998. The TriMet bus also has express buses that ply from Marquam Hill to Beaverton, Milwaukie and Southwest Portland. There are many cross town routes that do not ply from Portland.
The network of buses operates from every part of the town that starts from the downtown Portland transit mall covering the Portland's suburbs.
Light Rail in Oregon
Portland’s light rail is well known as MAX (Metropolitan Area Express). It is painted with four colored lines.
The Blue Line- This bus is an east-west route that is 33 miles. It starts from Hillsboro and go through Beaverton and downtown Portland. It also crosses Willamette River and the city of Gresham.
The Red Line in Oregon
This bus is a north-south route that is 5.6 miles. It plies between the airport and the Gateway Transit Center. It goes west to downtown and terminates at Beaverton Transit Center. It is here it meets the Blue Line service.
The Yellow Line in Oregon
This travels 5.8 miles. It covers the distance between Expo Center and downtown. The Yellow Line is usually known as “Interstate MAX”. In 2009, the Yellow Line moved to north-south through downtown that is very close to the Portland Mall.
The Green Line in Oregon
The Green Line plies from Clackamas Town Center to the Gateway transit center for 6.5 miles. It later joins westwards to downtown Portland and passes the Union Station.
Commuter Rail in Oregon
In 2009, the Westside Express Service was opened. It connects many cities like Tualatin, Wilsonville and Beaverton. The commuter rail is one of the ones to ply between suburbs to suburb.
Aerial Tram in Portland
This is a different public transportation. The Portland Aerial Tram is a cableway that connects South Waterfront with Oregon Health and Science University and it run for 1 km.
Cycling in Oregon
Cycling is a very popular mode of transportation and it has been increasing. Since there are very good facilities, the bicycle traffic has increased from 2,855 to 16,000. About 8% commuters cycle to work.