Night Access

Tilikum at sunset

OHSU is a unique commute at any hour. OHSU has developed programs particularly for people who need to travel early and late to help you avoid feeling like you're planning in the dark.

Most commuters use more than one travel mode. To create your best trip plan, we recommend reviewing each option and creating a new plan whenever your commute or travel time changes. 

Lyft Off program for off peak commuters

A one way ride service for employees who travel between the hours of 7pm to 5:30am. o2.ohsu.edu/lyftoff

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. Considering walking with a friend.

For emergencies, call 9-11 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.

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.

www.ohsu.edu/bike

At night, transit service can be limited or unavailable. See the connections chart at the top of the page to review weekday service options. 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 subsidized up to 95%. Pick up yours at our Customer Service Center. Park and rides offer free parking at over 60 locations.

6 express lines serve Marquam Hill during the morning and evening rush. 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 www.ohsu.edu/parkandride.

Learn more about transit at www.ohsu.edu/transit

For those without  a car or who want to save money on parking, borrowing a car or hailing a ride can be a great alternative.

We recommend considering one of these options as an alternative when your primary trip plan falls through, you leave at a different time than expected, or you have to leave quickly. 

Car share (short term car rentals)

  • Zipcar: Reserve personally or through your department on-and-off campus for round trips.
  • Getaround: Rent out your own vehicle or borrow a colleague’s.
  • Car2Go: Drive one way trips within the home area.
  • ReachNow: Drive one way trips within the home area.

Taxi services hailed by mobile app:

Find a traditional taxi service.

Over a thousand employees carpool. Join any active permit or split a day pass. DriveLessConnect connects hundreds in OHSU’s network by matching routes and work schedules. 

Rates vary. 

www.drivelessconnect.com

If you have any questions, we recommend calling 503-494-8283 before you arrive.

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 in the early morning: For day parking, we recommend purchasing the day before as close in parking regularly sells out. If you travel before transit service begins, some alternatives to reduce your cost of parking include carpooling, being dropped off, car share, and taxi services. Some employees choose one of these alternatives on the way to work and then take transit home to reduce the cost of travel.

Parking during the early evening (after 1:30pm): See if close-in parking is available in real time using Parker app. Swing-shift employees may be eligible for permit parking beginning at 1:30pm. Apply here.

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. 

Keep a copy of your license plate and Transportation and Parking's phone number, 503-494-8283. If a vehicle is parked in a pay to park area overnight, and then is held over for unplanned circumstances into pay to park hours, calling in the plate and reason will avoid having to move the vehicle or risking a ticket. 

General information

Marquam Hill has many buildings and types of parking. We strongly recommend reviewing a map and reviewing your daily options before driving to Marquam Hill.

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.

See where parking is available in real time using the Parker App.

See day time parking rates here.

Daily and hourly parking are purchased online or at onsite paystations. 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.

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 www.ohsu.edu/parkandride.

Driving directions to campus. 

Learn more about parking at www.ohsu.edu/parking

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.