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Portland Aerial Tram Closed for Maintenance May 25-31

The Portland Aerial Tram will shut down Tuesday, May 25, through Monday, May 31, for scheduled replacement of the tram’s haul rope. Tram service will resume Tuesday, June 1, after the Memorial Day holiday. Memorial Day week was chosen for this project to limit the number of closure days. 

During the downtime, shuttle buses will run between the Oregon Health & Science University Center for Health & Healing and the OHSU Kohler Pavilion roundabout. Buses are expected to depart each location approximately every 15 minutes. During the maintenance period, trips between OHSU’s Marquam Hill Campus and the South Waterfront may take up to 30 minutes. 

The “haul rope” is the cable that pulls the tram up and down Marquam Hill.
Since the Tram opened more than three years, the cabins have made 180,000 trips, carrying more than 4 million passengers, making the Portland Aerial Tram one of the most frequently used tram lines in the world.  Replacement of the haul rope is standard scheduled maintenance for the tram.

For more information about the tram including schedule and fees, visit

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