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Portland Oregon Transportation

Portland Oregon Transportation - The metropolis of Portland is a large city with charm and beauty. Known as the city of roses, for its famous rose garden attraction, this laid-back city is one of the cleanest and friendliest in the country. It is a city with fewer tourist sights than most other cities, but it offers a quiet atmosphere that is rare in a city of this size. The draw of this city is the hiking trails, parks and stunning public gardens.

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The major airport of Portland is the Portland International Airport (PDX). There are hotel shuttles available to and from the airport, as well as rental cars, buses and a light rail system – the Airport MAX (Red Line).

Portland is working to reduce downtown congestion, and the city’s innovative solution is a 300 block “Fareless Square” where all public transportation including the TriMet buses, MAX light-rail system, and the Portland Streetcar are all free. Anywhere else in the city, the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) will provide transportation throughout most of Portland. The system is essentially a trolley system that includes unique replicas of vintage trolley cars. For more information, call 503-323-7363.

In addition to the MAX system, there is also the Portland Streetcar ( which operates a route by the major attractions of the Cultural District as well as RiverPlace, the waterfront, and Nob Hill. On weekends, vintage streetcars operate for free. For more information about the Portland Streetcar, call 503-238-RIDE.

While public transit will get you to most major attractions in this city, there are times when visitors would like to travel outside the city to attractions such as Mount Hood or the Columbia River Gorge. For these trips, you’ll need to rent a car. All major rental companies serve the airport across the street from baggage-claim. The best bet is to take the light rail system to the airport and then pick up a rental car.

Taxis are also available throughout the city at reasonable rates. Check at the major hotels for waiting taxis, or call for one at the major taxi services in the yellow pages.

Portland is also easy and fun to explore on foot. The down town area is 13 blocks by 26 blocks and filled with sights and sounds that make walking it on foot a pure adventure. The sidewalks are pleasurable to walk – and the scenery throughout the city is simply impeccable and beautiful.

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Portland Interesting Facts

  • The creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, started out in Portland.
  • Portland was founded in 1845.
  • Portland was named after founder, Pettygrove, won a coin toss to name it after his native Portland, Maine.
  • Joseph Kelly who ran a Portland hotel in the late 1800’s would sell intoxicated young men to ship captains who needed crewmates.
  • The railroad arrived in Portland, Oregon in 1883.
  • Lumber baron Simon Benson installed drinking water fountains throughout town so workers wouldn’t drink so much and get intoxicated.
  • Portland has a population of about 530,000
  • Bud Clark, the former mayor of Portland, was the flasher in the famous “Expose Yourself to Art” poster.
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