Portland Transportation

Portland TransportationAs one of the largest cities in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Portland has a great transportation network. Interstate 5 links Oregon's largest city with major cities on the west coast. I-5 runs as far north as the border between the United States and Canada and passes through Seattle and Olympia in Washington state. In fact, Interstate 5 offers a direct path to the Vancouver area in the province of British Columbia. Additionally, I-5 directly links Portland with major cities in California such as Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. Another major highway that serves Portland directly is Interstate 84. I-84 runs for about 800 miles through wilderness and mountains and terminates near the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Boise, Idaho is the only major city that's located directly along the treacherous I-84 path. Interstate 205 is a beltway highway that surrounds Portland and leads to neighboring suburban communities.

Public transportation in Portland is available through Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon. TriMet operates more than 75 total bus routes through Oregon's largest city and the surrounding communities. TriMet also offers rapid transit services via the MAX Light Rail system.

The MAX Blue Line runs between Hartfield Government Center in the city of Hillsboro and Cleveland Avenue Station in the city of Gresham. The MAX Red Line operates between Beaverton Transit Center and Portland International Airport. The MAX Yellow Line runs between PSU South Station at Portland State University and the Expo Center. The MAX Green Line takes passengers between PSU South Station and Clackamas Town Center Transit Center in the community of Clackamas. Additionally, TriMet offers commuter rail service through the Westside Express Service line that runs between Beaverton and Wilsonville.

The Portland Streetcar system is another convenient public transportation option in Oregon's largest city. The Central Loop Line runs on both sides of the Williamette River while the North/South Line operates only west of the river. Another fun and exciting way to experience public transit in Portland is to take the Aerial Tram that takes passengers between Marquam Hill and South Waterfront.

Intercity rail service is available at the Portland Union Station. This major rail hub is served by the Amtrak Cascades, Empire Builder and Coast Starlight lines. Additionally, Union Station is located along the MAX Green Line and MAX Yellow Line. The Portland Transit Mall district in Downtown Portland offers the best opportunities for making transfers between TriMet, Amtrak and other private transportation options in Portland.

Portland International Airport welcomes more than 13 million passengers each year into Oregon's biggest city. This airport offers direct flights to more than 20 different cities within the United States via major domestic airlines such as Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines.