Commute to Work and School

Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at Gibbs St

Whether you're considering a job, rethinking your commute, or arriving as a contractor, vendor, or volunteer, OHSU has a variety of unique resources. People who travel to OHSU for work and education may be eligible for MyCommute rewards.

Request an employee trip plan

Let us do the research on how you can save time and money on the road. Compare time, cost, rewards, parking and directions among a variety of options with turn by turn directions you can open in Google Maps. The request takes less than a minute. 

MyCommute and Transportation Resources

People commuting to OHSU sites in the Portland metro region are eligible for MyCommute (login required). Working off site? See telework resources at the bottom of this page.

Additional transportation benefits include:

Eligible participants must travel for work or education to a site in the Tri-County Metropolitan District of Oregon (check the TriMet system map) and must have an OHSU network login. Network access is provided at the discretion of the member's associated department, not Transportation and Parking.

Alternatives to parking on campus

Commuter rewards by travel mode

Planning your trip

OHSU's two main campuses are just one mile from downtown Portland and accessible by sidewalks, off-street paths, elevators and aerial trams.

Rewards

  • OHSU pays $1.50 a day for eligible walking trips.
  • Discounts often offers deals on active apparel.
  • Showers, lockers, and towel service in some locations.
     

Discover your best walking experience at ohsu.edu/walk.

Planning your trip

OHSU is among the most popular biking destinations in any American city. With bike share, you don't need to even own a bike to ride to campus.

You can take the bike lanes up Marquam Hill or save some sweat by biking to Portland Aerial Tram, where valet is offered free to the public. Unless you valet your bike, U-locks are strongly recommended.

Rewards and resources

Discover your best biking experience at ohsu.edu/bike

Planning your trip

OHSU is connected by over a dozen bus lines. The Tram offers a five minute transfer to more lines including, light rail, and streetcar. All Portland public transit is ADA accessible. Park and rides offer free parking at over 60 locations.

Rewards

  • For anyone with a badge, OHSU’s TriMet and C-tran transit passes are subsidized up to 95%.
  • Streetcar is free with a badge. 
  • Log trips on MyCommute to earn badges and rewards.

Discover your best public transit experience at ohsu.edu/transit.

Split the cost by sharing a ride.

Dynamic carpools whenever you need one
Scoop automatically schedules an efficient ride based on your needs and helps riders and drivers better split the cost. Only take the trips you need. OHSU employees and students can learn more at o2.ohsu.edu/scoop.

Long term carpools
Any OHSU parking permit can be split into a carpool. Find your own carpool partner here

Car share
Midday errand or meeting that requires a car? Leave your car at home by taking advantage of these services.

Zipcar: Reserve personally or through your department on-and-off campus for round trips.

Ride hail by mobile app:

Lyft: private driver. Lyft Line carpool available along popular routes at popular times at Lyft's discretion.
Uber: private driver. Uber Pool carpool available along popular routes at popular times at Uber's discretion.

Discover your best experience with carpools and ride hail.

OHSU has a variety of facilities. We strongly recommend getting to know campus and reviewing your options before commuting to campus for work or education.

Who needs a permit? Anyone not here as a patient or patient’s personal visitor, 8am-5pm weekdays. Restricted Zones, enforced 24/7, include patient, special reserved, emergency, and Public Safety spaces. Visiting for personal reasons? Give us a call at 503-494-8283 and have your license plate information ready.

Planning a trip
Daily and hourly parking are purchased online or at onsite pay stations. Annual permits for daytime parking are on wait lists. Due to a City cap on parking, OHSU does not directly control supply or demand; annual permits are thus very limited. Parking is free at over 60 park and rides around the region.

Learn more about driving to OHSU at ohsu.edu/parking.

OHSU encourages people to work virtually when possible and for departments to accommodate people working offsite. Even if you're onsite, it is strongly recommended that you become acquainted with OHSU resources for telework, telemedicine and distance learning to best collaborate with your colleagues. 

Telework part time or full time can help solve commuting challenges as well as help people achieve better work life balance.

People with an OHSU login can get started on working virtually at o2.ohsu.edu/telework or connect now from off campus at portal.ohsu.edu.

Don't have a login yet? Learn more about OHSU's telework resources here.

MyCommute

MyCommute is OHSU's online hub for commuters to earn cash rewards, request a guaranteed ride home, select parking and more. OHSU network login required.

Service Notice

Portland Aerial Tram, Mt Hood
While transportation services are modified for the COVID-19 response, please check for the latest on operations, products and services.