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Night Access

Tilikum at sunset

OHSU provides care at all hours of the day and night. Traveling in the early  morning and later evening can present unique challenges. Some resources to help with visiting at off peak hours are below.

People commuting for work and school can also request a trip plan:

OHSU's two main campuses are just one mile from downtown Portland and accessible by sidewalks. 

At night, paths to work may pass through poorly lit areas. Bring a light source and never assume a person in a vehicle can see you. Consider walking with a friend or colleague.

For emergencies, call 911 off campus and call Public Safety on campus at 503-494-4444. Blue emergency phones are also located around campus. 

General resources for walking to OHSU:

People with an OHSU Badge parking bikes overnight should use indoor badge-access facilities when possible. Anywhere but valet, use a U-lock or stronger lock.

OHSU bike facilities

Bikes can be a target of theft.  OHSU bike theft prevention strategies.

At night, rear lights are strongly recommended and front lights are the law. Go By Bike sells both.

Go By Bike website

General resources for biking to OHSU:

At night, transit service can be limited or unavailable. Having a back up, such as a secondary transit line or one of the options above in car share, ride share, and taxis or carpools can help complete your round trip when transit only serves a one way trip.

TriMet and C-Tran

For anyone with a badge, OHSU’s Trimet and C-tran transit passes are offered at a significantly reduced cost. Pick up yours at: Campus Access and Commute Services Customer Service

All Portland public transit is ADA accessible. 

Portland Streetcar

OHSU pays for your ride along the whole streetcar system. The NS Line connects NW Portland, downtown, and South Waterfront. Connect to Marquam Hill via the tram. Free with badge.

Park and rides

Over 30 park and rides provide direct service to OHSU and over 60 are located around the region. These free parking lots are a great option for people who live outside the transit system, want to reduce their travel time, or save money on parking. Find a park and ride that works for you:

General resources for transit to OHSU:

For MyCommute members, OHSU provides guaranteed ride home up to 3 times per calendar year, at all hours of the day.

For OHSU employees commuting to central campus late at night and early morning, OHSU provides Lyft credits for eligible rides.

For other needs, the State of Oregon provides a directory of services by region here.

Finding an early morning or late night carpool can be a challenge. However, OHSU has one of the largest late night workforces in the region so carpools are still possible.

General resources for parking at OHSU:

    For patients and their personal visitors

    OHSU is a 24/7 operation. Valet does not operate overnight but you may retrieve your vehicle at any time. 

    For non-patients

    Purchase permit parking:

    Parking at night (after 5pm and before 8am)

    At night, most areas of OHSU do not require a pass to park. Restrictions apply in the South Waterfront garages, Garage C on Marquam Hill, and spaces specifically marked as reserved. 

    Learn more about parking at night on O2.

    Night Access Plan

    In 2016, OHSU partnered with Portland State to receive feedback on the commuting experience of people who travel in the early morning, evening, and night. The resulting plan created 49 recommendations. 

    See the Night Access Plan here.