Public transit is easy to take and use—best of all, it lets you leave the car at home. The four counties of the Portland region offer nearly every type of public transit – buses, light rail, streetcars, commuter rail, one aerial tramway and one ferry.
TriMet is the region’s largest provider of public transit. Its buses, MAX light rail and WES commuter rail serve cities and some unincorporated areas within Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Additionally, TriMet fares are accepted on the Portland Streetcar. Visit TriMet to plan trips, find arrival data in real time, download transit apps and locate the nearest park and ride lots.
C-Tran serves Vancouver and other parts of Clark County with bus service, including express commuter routes into downtown Portland and lines that link Clark County with TriMet’s yellow light rail line in North Portland, plus TriMet's Parkrose Transit Center in Northeast Portland.
SMART connects with TriMet routes and serves Wilsonville and outlying areas, including Canby, Salem and the south end of Portland with buses, minivans and a trolley bus.
CAT is Canby Area Transit. From Canby it offers commuter bus service to Oregon City and Woodburn, and dial-a-ride service in Canby. Its buses connect to TriMet service in Oregon City, to Molalla via the South Clackamas Transportation District, and to Wilsonville via SMART. In Woodburn, CAT customers can connect with the Woodburn Transit System and the Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System.
• The Canby Ferry
The Canby Ferry is operated by Clackamas County and crosses the Willamette River between Canby and Wilsonville.
• The Portland Aerial Tram
The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland and operated by Oregon Health and Science University. It runs between the South Waterfront neighborhood and Marquam Hill in southwest Portland.
• Ride Connection
All of these agencies offer services for people with disabilities. In addition, the nonprofit Ride Connection serves adults over 60 and people with disabilities in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. In rural Washington County, it also serves low-income job seekers and wage earners. Many of its services are free.
• The Oregon City Municipal Elevator
The Oregon City Municipal Elevator is a 130-foot elevator which connects lower downtown Oregon City to upper neighborhoods on 7th Avenue. It is the only outdoor municipal elevator in the U.S. and one of only four in the world.
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