A new way to get to PSU

Tilikum Crossing, the largest car-free transit bridge in the United States and the first major span across the Willamette River in more than 40 years, will open Saturday, Sept. 12. Bicyclists, bus riders and pedestrians will have a new way of crossing the Willamette, and a quicker way to get to and from Portland State University.

Along with the opening of the bridge will be the opening of a new MAX light rail line—the Orange Line—which will run from Milwaukie, cross the bridge and pass by PSU's Urban Center Plaza, the busiest transit hub in Portland.

The building of the Urban Center Plaza in 2000 ushered in big changes in the way people get to campus. Within three years of the plaza's construction, mass transit replaced driving as the favored mode of transportation to PSU for both students and employees. That trend grew over the next decade: Student car trips to campus fell by half and commutes by mass transit rose by 34 percent. Today, more than 70 percent of PSU students and employees get to campus by taking mass transit, bicycling or walking.

The Orange line and Tilikum Crossing will add to that trend. TriMet is expecting 17,000 people per day will board the new Orange Line by the fall of 2016. Many of them could be PSU students and employees, 3,300 of whom live in the Milwaukie and southeast Portland neighborhoods serviced by the Orange Line.

"The opening of this stunning new bridge and the new MAX line will make it easier than ever for our students and employees—almost 35,000 in all—to come to campus. It's also enhances our reputation as one of the greenest, most sustainable urban campuses in the United States," said PSU President Wim Wiewel.

-- John Kirkland

Get on board!

Be part of Portland history by taking part in the Grand Opening Celebration of the Tilikum Crossing and the MAX Orange Line, Saturday, Sept. 12. All rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free.

PSU is part of the Sept. 12 celebration. Come to the Art Fair and the Collaborative Life Sciences Building open house. Both are along the Orange Line route.

Learn about the Orange Line's route and stations.

For more on getting to and from PSU, including cycling, carpooling, FlexPasses, parking and public transportation, visit the PSU Transportation and Parking Services page.