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 at

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. 

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.

Bikes can be a target of theft. Please see these bike theft prevention strategies.

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

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 our Customer Service CenterPark and rides offer free parking at over 60 locations.

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 at

General resources for transit to OHSU:

A variety of companies service the Portland metropolitan region. The State of Oregon provides a directory of services by region here.

For MyCommute members, OHSU provides guaranteed ride home up to 3 times per calendar year, at all hours of the day. Request a guaranteed ride home here (MyCommute login required).

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

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.

If you have any questions, we recommend contacting Campus Access and Commute Services before you arrive.

    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

    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. 

    Parking overnight that continues past 8am on a weekday

    Unplanned held over:

    • People who work at OHSU and must stay later than 8am on weekdays, when parking is pay to park, should call Campus Access and Commute Services (503-494-8283) for coverage before 8am. Before 7am, please leave a message with the license plate, name of person, OHSU email and reason for coverage ("held over" is sufficient for reason).
    • ONA and AFSCME employees are covered, free, until noon. Employees affiliated with neither union may also be covered but must submit a form of payment at a later time. Pay due balances here.
    • This service covers unscheduled held over incidents only.

    Scheduled held over:

    • For scheduled shifts that go past 8am, park in a paystation area and pay for the hours of coverage needed.
    • For example, if you park at 11pm and are working until 10am, purchase 2 hours when you park and this coverage will roll over to the morning.

    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.