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Aboard the Portland Aerial Tram or OHSU Tram

Seventy-eight riders and one operator occupy each of two cars.  One tram is  named “Jean” for Jean Richardson, the first female engineering graduate student from the Oregon State University.  The other named “Walt” for Walt Reynolds, the first African-American to graduate from University of Oregon Medical School (now known as OHSU Oregon Health and Science University).

The tramway operates at 22 mph between two stations with names derived from the Tualatin tribe language: Chameffu, meaning “on the mountain,” for the Upper Station and Chamanchal, meaning “On the river” for the Lower Station.

The Portland Aerial Tram or OHSU Tram is an aerial tramway in Portland, Oregon, carrying commuters between the city’s South Waterfront district and the main Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus, located in the Marquam Hill neighborhood.

It is one of only two commuter aerial tramways in the United States, the other being New York City’s Roosevelt Island Tramway. The tram travels a horizontal distance of 3,300 feet (1,000 m) and a vertical distance of 500 feet (150 m) in a ride that lasts three minutes.  (Wikipedia)

This year, 2017, marks the tram’s tenth anniversary. With daily ridership estimated at 3,370 people, this form of public transportaton proves to be a successful way of transporting OHSU employees, students, patients, and the general public between the university’s upper and lower campuses and clinics.


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4 comments

    1. I hear what you are saying, Ken. If my family had placed bets on whether or not I would get on board, they all would have said, “No way is mom getting on the tram.”

      Haha, they would have lost – being awestruck with the view wiped out my usual panic with heights. Plus the ride was all of 3 minutes, a long ride… they probably would win the bet. 😉

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