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4 College Junior

Transportation: The bus system is pretty good in Portland and I use it all the time.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Portland Transportation is pretty reliable and easy to manage and it takes you to most places you would want to go. Reed doesn't have any sort of buses to help students get from place to place mostly because its unnecessary. The longest you take walking from place to place is 10-15 minutes. Regularly students who have farther distances to travel on a daily bases simply bike or skateboard. Having a car is nice and Reed has sufficient parking. Although having a car is not a necessity unless you plan on having a job off-campus that requires you to need that sort of transportation tool. Even then, using the bus would be an option. My problem with transportation would be that Portland buses don't run late at night or really early in the morning. Also, there is no student discount which would be convenient.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Okay bus system, doesn't run late though, and weekend hours are rough. Bicycling is nice, but rain is not. Late bus around campus for late night studying, stops to early for party transport. Stuff is close and campus is small, so I tend to walk.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Portland Bus System Rocks! The Trimet system in the Portland area is inexpensive, user-friendly, and will get you almost anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: TriMet services the Portland area and have a bus stop across the street from the campus. They're usually reliable and travel everywhere across the city, including downtown and the airport!


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From TriMet, which encompasses the busing and light-rail systems, to the taxicab companies, getting around Portland rarely ever seems a hassle. Accordingly, students constantly rave about the TriMet, finding it to be the perfect solution to not owning a car. Although some students tell horror stories of being stranded in dark corners of Portland in the wee hours of the morning, for a public transportation system, TriMet provides the Portland area with superb service.

Apart from the public transportation system, many top-notch airlines call the Portland International Airport home. Being a rather cosmopolitan city, Portland's airport provides service to many major United States and some smaller locations that other cities usually do not consider, including Hawaii. In short, although Portland may be small compared to many major cities, students have had no trouble either coming to Portland or, after arrival, journeying around.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walk
  • Bikes
  • TriMet public transportation system
  • Zipcar
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport
  • To get to the airport, most students either take a Reed van, an airport shuttle, the TriMet busing system (take a bus to the Hollywood Transit Center and then a Red Line Light-Rail to the airport), or a taxi.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

(503) 771-1112
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Reed Night Bus

Transports students close to their off-campus homes. Drivers pick up students at Eliot Circle.

(503) 771-1112

Sunday–Thursday 10:15 p.m.–2:15 a.m., Friday–Saturday 10:15 p.m.–12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Provides buses and light-rail services to the greater Portland area.

(503) 238-7433

(503) 238-RIDE

(503) 962-7655 Lost & Found

4012 SE 17th Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Portland International Airport (PDX)

The Portland International Airport is 12 miles and 20 minutes from Reed by car. It takes about 45 minutes by bus if you check the arrival times before departing.

7200 NE Airport Way

(877) 739-4636

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound terminal is alongside the Amtrak station in downtown Portland.

550 NW Sixth Ave.

(503) 243-2361

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Union Station

Portland's Amtrak station cohabits a street block with the Greyhound station.

800 NW Sixth Ave.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 18 responses

  • 11% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 22% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 11% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 56% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 89% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 11% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 10 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 10 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 11 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 19 responses

  • 32% Very easy.
  • 68% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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