Getting around in Portland

BUSSES: The bus system in Portland is good, and Trimet offers a trip planner in which you can type things like "Portland International Airport" and "University Place Hotel" (our location) and get detailed instructions (it's about one hour by bus & light rail to get between the airport and the hotel).


Although it is easiest to use the  Trip Planner, see also the maps & schedules.


STREETCAR: You can download the Portland Street Car PDF -- the streetcar is a good way to get around "downtown," to the conference center, or to the Airport MAX Red Line.


FARES and FAIRLESS ZONE map: Bus, streetcar, and MAX line fees are according to the number of zones traveled: 1-2 zones $2.00 (all RCC-related areas), 3 zones $2.30 (airport area). Save your fare receipt to transfer onto different public transportation--usually good for two hours, any direction.


University Place Hotel is located in the south section of downtown and is in the "Fairless Zone"--the largest and only one of its kind in the country! All public transportation in downtown Portland (north boundary is Amtrak/Greyhound) is free. However, when you board a bus, you must tell the drive you're riding "Fareless Square." There usually isn't anyone to announce this to on the streetcar or MAX line but be advised. If you continue past the Fairless Square area, the bus driver or train conductors will announce this and expect you to pay the fare.

AMTRAK or GREYHOUND: If you are coming in from the Amtrak train station or Greyhound bus terminal, get on bus 9 (to Powell) at NW Broadway/NW Hoyt, and exit at NW 11th/NW Glisan. Board the Portland Streetcar to South Waterfront. Exit at SW 3rd/SW Harrison, then walk southwest to SW 1st/SW Lincoln. Fare: free, within Fareless Square.


AIRPORT: If you're coming from the airport, go to the west end of the street level terminal and board the Max Red Line (light rail) to City Center & Beaverton. Exit in downtown Portland at SE Morrison/SE 1oth (Galleria). Walk one block northwest to SW Alder/SW 11th to board Portland Streetcar to South Waterfront. Exit at SW 3rd/SW Harrison, then walk southwest to SW 1st/SW Lincoln. You also board bus line 17 Holgate--runs south along SW 2nd, Exit at SW1st/SW Lincoln, walk west for the last leg of your trip, arriving at [[University Place Hotel. Fare: 3 zones = $2.30 (save your fare receipt to transfer onto other public transportation)



Good resources for locating cheap tickets:
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As of October 2008, airfare was about $275 round trip from CHI to PDX.



Amtrak services Portland; station details are available [ here]. As of October 2008, tickets via rail cost between $300 and $500 round trip from Chicago to Portland.



If you are taking the bus, Greyhound services Portland. Station information is located here. The best rates tend to be available one month prior to your date of departure.



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