Inclement Weather

Tram operating in a snowstorm

OHSU Hospital, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and the Emergency Department are always open. Outpatient clinics make every effort to remain open as well, while still ensuring the safe arrival of our patients.

When the weather forecast calls for ice or snow, call the OHSU Alert Line: 503-494-9021.  A recorded message will provide road conditions and information.

If you are a patient and are concerned about road conditions, or want to change your appointment, please call your clinic directly or call 503-494-8311 for OHSU's main line.

Marquam Hill

Sam Jackson Park Road above the water tower is a designated snow zone; traction devices are required when snow is on the ground, falling or imminent. An alternate Marquam Hill route—taking Terwilliger to Campus Drive—may be available without traction devices even when Sam Jackson Park Road requires them.

You can view live road cams to see conditions on Marquam Hill from six vantage points.

Portland Aerial Tram

If buses are diverted, Tram wait times could increase. Tram hours will be expanded as necessary.

Snow and ice per se won’t stop the Tram, but high winds can force its closure because they can make the trip unsteady and unpleasant for many. In high winds, road conditions permitting, shuttle buses will run instead.

Follow Tram service updates at gobytram.com.

Public transportation

Public transportation may be the safest option during bad weather, but you’ll want to be prepared.

TriMet may decide to suspend service to Marquam Hill and instead divert buses to the base of the Tram. Follow TriMet’s service alerts call 503-231-3197 for altered routes.

Portland Streetcar also stops at the base of the Tram. Sign up for Streetcar service alerts here. Streetcar is on a fixed route which means if weather causes traffic delays or street hazards, Streetcar will be unable to complete affected routes until the barrier is removed or alternative shuttles are operating. TriMet may also provide a nearby alternative in such circumstance.

C-TRAN will cancel Line 190 Marquam Hill Express service during inclement weather, and instead run an alternative to/from downtown Portland. There, riders can then transfer to TriMet and then the Tram. For more information go to C-TRAN’s website or call 503-283-8054.

Portland Streetcar also stops at the base of the Tram. Sign up for Streetcar service alerts here. Streetcar is on a fixed route which means if weather causes traffic delays or street hazards, Streetcar will be unable to complete affected routes until the barrier is removed or alternative shuttles are operating. TriMet may also provide a nearby alternative in such circumstance.

Winter Weather Center

Click to open PBOT's interactive weather map
Click to open PBOT's interactive weather map

During winter weather, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) provides an interactive weather center.

The weather center includes real time traffic cams, plow locations and road conditions on routes critical for emergency responders, hospitals, schools, transit and more.