Transportation in Portland

Portland has a great public transportation network— here is some basic information about the five different public transportation options you have in the Rose City.

Bus: Almost 80 different routes serve most of the greater Portland metro area

MAX: (Metropolitan Area Express) is the light rail system that connects downtown Portland to surrounding suburbs and the Airport.

Aerial Tram: It connects the lower/ waterfront portion of OHSU to the upper portion of campus on the hill. Not much reason to use it unless you need to go to the OHSU hospitals…or to see the beautiful new NUNM garden from above.

Street Car: Connects NW Portland through the Pearl District down to the South Waterfront District with another line on the east side of Portland.

WES: (Westside Express Service) is a commuter rail that connects Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville.

To find the best routes visit www.trimet.org 

Discounted passes are available to NUNM students on a quarterly basis.

Person riding biking across bridge in Portland

Portland by Bike

Portland is a bicycle-friendly town with designated bike lanes, trails, dozens of bike shops, and many community cycling resources. Here are a few websites to help you get around Portland on two wheels:

Bike Portland – Covers local and regional bike news, events, culture, and opinion. Find out about local rides and meet-ups, infrastructure updates, trail projects, and more.

Ride with GPS – Based in Portland, Ride with GPS helps you map, analyze, record, and share your bike rides. Find and customize routes, sync with popular devices, track your stats and goals, and create Ride Reports to inspire others.

City of Portland Biking Resources – Information and resources for biking in Portland provided by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) including planning your bike route, navigating Portland’s streets by bike, maintaining your bike, and free biking events.

Community Cycling Center – Learn how to ride, fix, and enjoy bikes with Community Cycling Center, a non-profit that promotes bicycling and its benefits. Find out about their programs, events, workspace, bike shop, and how to get involved or donate.

Bike Farm – An all-volunteer-run collective and shop dedicated to every aspect of bicycle education, from safe commuting to repair.

Bike Shops Near NUNM

Walking around Portland

When looking for a place to live you might want to check out Walk Score – which considers the distance of nearby grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses, the design of the streets, neighborhood, etc and calculates a score (out of 100) for how pedestrian friendly or “walkable” that neighborhood is. Very useful if you are planning on not having a car, or prefer to not use your car too often.

Women pressing a cross walk button at a street intersection in Portland

Walk Score

Portland Walks

Run the Planet

Map my Walk