Loop Service

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Loop Service
Portland Streetcar symbol.svg
Streetcar on Tilikum Crossing with fog-shrouded hills in background, 11-2015.jpg
A B Loop streetcar on Tilikum Crossing in 2015
Other name(s)A Loop/B Loop
Central Loop Line (2012–2015)
SystemPortland Streetcar
LocalePortland, Oregon, U.S.
Daily ridershipA Loop: 3,612
B Loop: 3,064
(as of September 2018)[1]
OpenedSeptember 22, 2012 (2012-09-22)
OwnerCity of Portland
Operator(s)Portland Streetcar, Inc.
CharacterAt-grade, mixed between street running and exclusive lane
Line length4.4 mi (7.1 km) (per direction)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC, overhead catenary
Route diagram

 NS  Line
NW 11th & Marshall
NW 10th & Northrup
NW 9th & Lovejoy
Broadway Bridge
over Willamette River
 NS  Line
N Broadway & Ross
NW 11th/10th & Johnson
NW 11th/10th & Glisan
NE Weidler & 2nd
NW 11th/10th & Everett
closed 2016
NE Broadway & 2nd
NW 11th/10th & Couch
NE Broadway/Weidler & Grand
SW 10th & Stark
closed 2016
NE 7th & Halsey
SW 11th/10th & Alder
NE Grand & Multnomah
NE 7th & Holladay
Central Library
NE Grand & Holladay
SW 11th & Taylor
NE Oregon & Grand
Art Museum
SW 11th and Jefferson
NE Grand & Hoyt
SW 11th/10th & Clay
NE MLK & Hoyt
E Grand & Burnside
SW Park & Market/Mill
E MLK & Burnside
SE Grand & Stark
SE MLK & Stark
Urban Center
SW 5th
& Market
SE Grand & Morrison
SE MLK & Morrison
SW 5th & Montgomery
SE Grand & Taylor
SE MLK & Taylor
SW 3rd & Harrison
SE Grand & Hawthorne
SW 1st & Harrison
closed 2016
SE MLK & Hawthorne
SW Harrison Street
SE Grand & Mill
SW River Parkway & Moody
SE MLK & Mill
SW Moody & Meade
Tilikum Crossing
over Willamette River
 NS  Line

The Loop Service is a streetcar circle line in Portland, Oregon, United States, that is part of the Portland Streetcar system. Operated by Portland Streetcar, Inc. and TriMet, it consists of two distinguished services: the A Loop, which runs clockwise, and the B Loop, which runs counterclockwise. Each service travels 4.4 miles (7.1 km) to form a complete loop and serves 52 stations, connecting downtown Portland and the Central Eastside. The line traverses the Willamette River via two crossings: the Broadway Bridge in the north and Tilikum Crossing in the south.

Known as the Central Loop Line (CL Line) during its opening in 2012, it initially ran from Southwest Market Street in downtown Portland to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) via the Pearl District. It was re-branded to its current name upon the opening of Tilikum Crossing bridge in 2015.[2]



The Oregon Convention Center with the Rose Quarter, a part of the Lloyd Distrct, in the background, 2017

Plans to expand the Portland Streetcar east of the Willamette River emerged in July 1997, at the same time the Portland City Council authorized the construction of the system's first line, between Northwest Portland and Portland State University. During this time, the council also voted to fund a $16.7 million retrofitting of the Hawthorne Bridge,[3] which they had anticipated would carry a future streetcar line between the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Oregon Convention Center, one of many proposed by the Buckman Neighborhood Association for the east side.[4] The Hawthorne Bridge reopened in April 1999, with the outer-lane deck rebuilt to accommodate notches for rails.[5] In July 2001, another plan was proposed by the Lloyd District Development Strategy.[6][7] The strategy sought the addition of streetcars to the Lloyd District's existing transit services, already composed of bus and MAX Light Rail,[6]:20 to create a transit hub, by adding lines on Northeast Broadway and Weilder avenues.[6]:26 The extension would connect with the west side via the Broadway Bridge.[8] This plan was supported by concurrent efforts to revitalize nearby Rose Quarter.[9]

An advisory committee, largely composed of local residents, began convening in February 2003 to initiate serious discussions regarding the extension. In a series of meetings, some eastside residents urged extending the proposed line up to 21st Avenue, while Portland Streetcar officials, amid TriMet plans to construct a new Willamette River span near Southeast Caruthers Street for a planned MAX extension to Milwaukie, suggested routing the streetcar along this new bridge, instead of the Hawthorne Bridge.[10] Project planners, with backing from Multnomah County commissioners, outlined a three-phased eastside loop that ran from the Broadway Bridge to the Lloyd District, then south through Grand Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Hawthorne Boulevard. A southern crossing back to the west side depended upon whether the new bridge would be constructed, leaving that section undetermined at the time. The project was estimated to cost over $100 million,[11] which the city council approved in June 2003.[12]


B-Loop streetcar crossing the Broadway Bridge in 2016

The Central Loop Line began service on September 22, 2012, running from Southwest Market Street to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) via the Pearl District.[13] The 3.35-mile-long (5.39 km) line cost $148.3 million to construct and opened five months late,[14] with 18-minute frequencies instead of the planned 15 minutes due to funding cuts by TriMet and the City of Portland as well as delays in streetcar delivery from United Streetcar.[15][16]

On August 30, 2015, a new temporary schedule eliminated the CL Line in favor of the A Loop and B Loop, extended from SW 10th and Market along the NS Line south to SW Moody Avenue & SW Meade Street in the South Waterfront. Streetcars began operating across the new Tilikum Crossing transit bridge on that date, but not carrying passengers across the bridge during a two-week transitional phase which was referred to as "pre-revenue service".[2] The line was formally re-branded as the Loop Service on September 12, 2015, when the opening of the Tilikum Crossing to the public permitted streetcars to begin carrying passengers on the route section across the bridge.[2][13][17]



Station Neighborhood Connections and notes[18]
A Loop (clockwise) B Loop (counterclockwise)
Northwest 10th & Northrup Pearl District  NS  Line
Northwest 11th & Marshall
Northwest 9th & Lovejoy
Northwest 10th & Johnson Northwest 11th & Johnson  NS  Line
Northwest 10th & Glisan Northwest 11th & Glisan  NS  Line
Northwest 10th & Couch Northwest 11th & Couch  NS  Line
Serves The Armory, Powell's City of Books
Southwest 10th & Alder Southwest 11th & Alder Downtown  NS  Line
Central Library Southwest 11th & Taylor  NS  Line; MAX Light Rail Library and Galleria stations: Blue, Red lines
Serves Central Library
Art Museum Southwest 11th & Jefferson  NS  Line
Serves Portland Art Museum
Southwest 10th & Clay Southwest 11th & Clay  NS  Line
Southwest Park & Mill Southwest Park & Market  NS  Line
Serves South Park Blocks
Southwest 5th & Market  NS  Line
Serves Portland State University
PSU Urban Center Southwest 5th & Montgomery  NS  Line; MAX Light Rail PSU Urban Center stations: Green, Orange, Yellow lines
Serves Portland State University
Southwest 3rd & Harrison  NS  Line
Southwest Harrison Street  NS  Line
Serves RiverPlace
Southwest River Parkway & Moody  NS  Line
Serves RiverPlace
Southwest Moody & Meade South Waterfront  NS  Line; MAX Light Rail South Waterfront/Southwest Moody station: Orange Line
Serves OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building, Tilikum Crossing
OMSI Central Eastside  NS  Line; MAX Light Rail OMSI/Southeast Water station: Orange Line
Serves Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Tilikum Crossing
Southeast MLK & Mill Southeast Grand & Mill
Southeast MLK & Hawthorne Southeast Grand & Hawthorne
Southeast MLK & Taylor Southeast Grand & Taylor
Southeast MLK & Morrison Southeast Grand & Morrison
Southeast MLK & Stark Southeast Grand & Stark
Northeast MLK & East Burnside Southeast Grand & East Burnside
Oregon Convention Center Northeast Grand & Hoyt Lloyd District MAX Light Rail Convention Center station: Blue, Green, and Red lines
Serves Oregon Convention Center
Northeast Oregon & Grand Northeast Grand & Holladay
Northeast 7th & Holladay Northeast Grand & Multnomah MAX Light Rail Northeast 7th Avenue station: Blue, Green, and Red lines
Northeast 7th & Halsey
Northeast Weidler & Grand Northeast Grand & Broadway
Northeast Weidler & 2nd Northeast Broadway & 2nd
North Weidler & Ross North Broadway & Ross


The Loop Service operates from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays. Frequencies in each direction range from 15 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays to 20 minutes on Sundays.[19]


  1. ^ "Portland Streetcar Ridership Counts, July 2015 - Present (By Fiscal Year)" (PDF). Portland Streetcar, Inc. September 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Portland Streetcar Loop Service". Portland Streetcar. Archived from the original on August 6, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Stewart, Bill (January 22, 1998). "Closure launches bridge make over". The Oregonian. p. D2.
  4. ^ Stewart, Bill (July 31, 1997). "Streetcars will return to Portland; the city council votes to pay for a westside loop of streetcars described as cheaper than light rail". The Oregonian. p. D1.
  5. ^ Stewart, Bill (April 24, 1999). "Wait no more: Sunday makrs Hawthorne Bridge reopening". The Oregonian. p. C1.
  6. ^ a b c "Lloyd District Development Strategy" (PDF). Portland Development Commission. July 27, 2001. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Leeson, Fred (July 17, 2001). "Portland grand plans works in works in Lloyd District". The Oregonian. p. B3.
  8. ^ Leeson, Fred (July 20, 2001). "New streetcar route follows different mission". The Oregonian. p. 24.
  9. ^ Leeson, Fred (July 13, 2001). "Vision for Rose Quarter outlined". The Oregonian. p. A1.
  10. ^ Leeson, Fred (February 17, 2003). "Streetcar officials seek Eastside desire". The Oregonian. p. E2.
  11. ^ Leeson, Fred (June 6, 2003). "Streetcar backers propose loop through Inner Eastside". The Oregonian. p. D2.
  12. ^ Stern, Henry; Nkrumah, Wade (June 26, 2003). "City Council watch". The Oregonian. p. C2.
  13. ^ a b "Streetcar History". Portland Streetcar. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  14. ^ Schmidt, Brad (July 19, 2011). "Portland's $148.3 million eastside streetcar project delayed five months, includes five streetcars instead of six". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Rose, Joseph (September 21, 2012). "Portland Streetcar's eastside loop gets off to hobbled start Saturday". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Portland Streetcar Introduces 'Central Loop' Service". Passenger Transport. American Public Transportation Association. October 5, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  17. ^ Vincent, John M. (September 8, 2015). "Routes, fares change with expanded streetcar service". The Portland Tribune. Pamplin Media Group. p. A3. Archived from the original on November 28, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "Maps + Schedules – Portland Streetcar". Portland Streetcar, Inc. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "Streetcar Schedule". Portland Streetcar. August 30, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2015.

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