Portland Real Estate Insider: Portand Public Transportation Ranks #1 in the Nation

Yesterday we reported about the Sunset Magazine article naming Portland the best American city to “Ditch your Car.”, and are please to add another accolade to the list of Portland’s transportation accomplishments. According to U.S. News and World Report, Portland is the number one city in the nation for public transportation. The news magazine looked at Federal Transit Administration and American Public Transportation Association data that clearly shows Portland is a step ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to accessibility, ease, and reliability of public transit.

Portland’s public transportation system provides a wide variety of travel options, including buses, light-rail, commuter rail, streetcars and our old favorite, the OHSU Portland aerial tram. Our primary commercial and commerce districts are part of “Fareless Square” aka the Free Rail Zone – the area where you can ride MAX Light Rail and Portland Streetcar within downtown Portland, the Rose Quarter and the Lloyd District for free—all day, every day. The Free Rail Zone includes most of downtown Portland (within the boundaries of the Willamette River, NW Irving and I-405), as well as MAX stations from the Rose Quarter to Lloyd Center. Look for Free Rail Zone emblems at rail stations within these boundaries, and when you board a train in this area, just take a seat and enjoy the ride—for free! It’s a great way to get to see the city, because you can hop on and off whenever you see something that interests you, like the Portland Art Museum, a historic fountain, or a cute cafe.

In Portland, transportation isn’t just about bridges and highways and cars, it’s about people and community. To connect schools, parks and businesses, Portlanders are creating a network of Neighborhood Greenways – low-traffic, family-friendly streets that prioritize walking and biking, and the popular Portland’s Sunday Parkways has expanded each year to include over 168,000 participants in nine events since the first one in 2008. If you’re thinking of relocating to Portland, check out this statistic: Portlanders spend 100 million fewer hours stuck in traffic each year than residents of other cities our size, which means more time spent doing the things we love. Come for a ride, let us show you the city – you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the city of Roses.

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