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Video: A Ride on the Portland Aerial Tram

Last October, my fiance and I took a trip to Portland… and subsequently fell in love with the city. Portland is an amazing city that deserves dozens of posts about it, but for the sake of time, I at least wanted to share with you an interesting experience we had.

We took a ride on the Portland Aerial Tram from the South Waterfront District up to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus. I shot the YouTube video above on the ride back down. The ride lasts about 3 minutes. The tram cars are very sleek and modern. I would refer to them as new-age skybuckets, but since they are enclosed and can fit up to 78 passengers, it would be misleading. I suggest that you read this fantastic Wikipedia article about the tram and its history. It is more than you will ever want to know about it.

Some other interesting tidbits: The fare is $4.00 round trip (though only collected going up). The tram has far exceeded ridership projections—which is good because there were large construction cost overruns. The tram cost $57million to build, the bulk of the funding coming from OHSU. The vertical distance is 500 feet. And the tram is super-cool.

I also took several photos of the Portland Aerial Tram and posted them in our photo gallery. You can also view my other Portland photos (I still have several hundred more to upload, however).

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