South Portland was featured in ABC News last week.  The article, titled “Portland, Oregon Things to Do:  See This, Skip That,” highlighted the South Waterfront District’s Aerial Tram from the waterfront to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

The article emphasizes the Aerial Tram as a way to enjoy Portland’s natural beauty from up high.  Senior Editor Gabe Saglie explains how the Portland Aerial Tram travels more than 3,000 feet from the South Waterfront District to OHSU.  He says, “The windows that wrap around the dangling pods offer sweeping views of the downtown skyline, Mt. St. Helens and the Willamette River.”

As he mentions in his article, rides cost $4 roundtrip but are free for kids under six years old, and the tram runs day and night.  An annual pass, available from OHSU parking, is $100.  The tram also honors TriMet annual and monthly passes, Portland Streetcar annual passes, and C-Tran monthly Portland Express passes.  On weekdays, the tram runs from 5:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night.  Its Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and its Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The tram cabins depart about every six minutes, slowing to a 10-minute interval during windy conditions.  The last trip leaves the lower terminal 10 minutes before closing.  The tram will be closed on Memorial Day and Independence Day, coming up.

The tram travels at 22 miles per hour, and the cabins rise 500 feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, Lair Hill, and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway.  The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by Portland’s public transportation system.  OHSU provided $50 million of the $57 million construction cost of the tram.  The city is responsible for the maintenance.  The tram was designed by Angelil/Graham/Pfenniger/School, based in Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles.  The custom-designed cabins were made by Gangloff Cabins of Bern, Switzerland.

Some other highlights of the ABC News article about Portland include one’s ability to enjoy craft beers and a movie in many of Portland’s “Brew ‘n View” theaters, “Portland’s literary culture”—including Powell’s City of Books—and the tax-free shopping, especially in Nob Hill, which features locally-designed clothing boutiques, and Mississippi Avenue, which features “slick music and antique shops.”

Saglie seems rather excited about Oregon’s pinot noir, also, calling it “legendary, just like Portland’s brewery scene,” so he emphasizes the importance of trying local artisan wines and beers.  He also points out many of Portland’s art galleries that can be enjoyed on foot, the “myriad ‘Portlandia’ filming locations,” and the car share/green movement alive and well in the city of Portland.

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