making for a convenient option for riders
who would like to combine both means
of transportation in their commutes. Plus,
there’s the Portland Streetcar, which runs in
a loop through downtown, the Pearl District
and the inner east side of the city.
Those who live in Vancouver also have an
easy way to get across the river by using
C-TRAN, which has an I- 5 Express bus
route that runs from Salmon Creek on the
north side of Vancouver to Portland’s city
RIDE-SHARING AND TAXIS
The Rose City has a number of respected
taxi services, including Broadway Cab, Radio
Cab, Union Cab, Green Cab and Portland
Taxi, among others. However, like most major
cities, transportation network companies Uber
and Lyft have recently begun operating here.
Both services are now available—all you have
to do is download the Uber and/or Lyft app
to gain access, book rides and make payment.
Another option is EcoCab, a newer company
that uses only all-electric vehicles. It’s more of
a traditional taxi than a ride-sharing service,
and features a number of Tesla sport sedans in
its fleet. Although rides tend to be a little more
expensive, it can be a good option for those
concerned about their environmental impact.
Car sharing has been popular in Portland for
several years, with two of the most common
options being Zipcar and Car2Go. In fact,
you’ll find these vehicles parked all over the
city, and there are even designated lots for
them in several popular neighborhoods—
complete with charging stations.
Users pay a monthly or annual fee, and then
typically a per-hour or per-mile rate each time
they wish to pick up a car. Vehicles may be
reserved online or through a mobile app.
There’s also GetAround, a different type of
car-sharing service that allows people who
own idle vehicles to essentially rent them out
on a temporary basis. This works similarly
to Zipcar and Car2Go—it’s just that you’re
using a car someone else owns rather than a
The metro area has a few options for unique
transportation needs, including Wingz,
which, beginning in 2016, offers rides to and
from Portland International Airport (PDX).
Its drivers, who use their own vehicles similar
to Uber and Lyft, are trained and background
checked. You can book your ride in advance.
And based on your numbers of passengers
and checked bags, a car that fits your needs
will be assigned to pick you up.