Night Transportation Options

clsb at nightOHSU is a unique commute at any hour. Below are resources 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 8pm to 5:30am. o2.ohsu.edu/lyftoff

Weekday connections to or from campus by hour of the day.
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Any of these services may connect to both campuses when the Tram is in service. This chart demonstrates generally where options or service gaps may exist. Hourly service is approximate and subject to change. Always confirm trip details with the transit agency. Numbered lines, except 190, are TriMet bus routes.

Traveling to campus

Walking, running, and campus safety

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. Apps such as Companion allow a friend or colleague to virtually walk with you, monitor your progress, or alert them of any concerning activity.

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.

Biking

At South Waterfront, our partner Go By Bike, offers free valet protection and professional repair. The Student Center has a self-repair station, lockers, and showers. For badge-access parking, visit our Customer Service. Anywhere but valet, use a U-lock.

Earn a $20 reimbursement for every 20 days of biking to OHSU. 

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

www.ohsu.edu/bike

 

Transit (busses, light rail and streetcars)

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

Car share, ride share and taxis

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.

Carpools

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


 

Driving and parking

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. Learn more here.