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4T entire loop description
T1 Streetcar [Trolley]
T3 Trail up to Council Crest
T3 Trail down to OHSU Tram
T4 Portland Aerial Tram
Trail facts at a glance
T2 MAX [Train]
What is the 4T?
With the completion of the Tram in 2006 and the newly-extended Streetcar line serving the new South Waterfront neighborhood, Hillsdale civic leader , creator also of the walking network [see also ], and his son Eric, conceived of the idea of taking four, seemingly-disparate ways of experiencing the city and combining them into one larger loop of nearly 8 miles.
If Don is the visionary for the loop trail, credit should go also to [recent mayor] Charlie Hales for envisioning the need and benefit for the system as a way to better unify the various neighborhoods, and to OHSU for seeing the benefit of the as a way of traveling between the upper campus/hospital and the rapidly expanding lower campus. These projects were ridiculed at the time, but both have proven their worth and incredible popularity with families. This gave PDOT the confidence to construct the recently opened , the only full-size bridge in the US to exclude cars.
How to experience it
As the map to the right indicates there are 4 “T” segments to the “trail” that could be initiated at any point. We prefer to start at the base of the Tram, rather than at the Zoo [which was the original intent]. When the 4T loop was first envisioned this area was still a wasteland, but with the completion of several attractive new buildings and Tilikum Crossing, and with the extension of the MAX Orange Line and Streetcar Loop, this now is an area where one would like to finish the day, perhaps sitting outdoors at Tilikum Crossing [a frappuccino at Starbucks or a margarita at Flying Elephants?].
Having four, discrete segments may prove logistically difficult for some—whereas it’s easy to travel with family on public transit, negotiating 3.5 miles of foot travel may not be suitable for many families—intrepid hikers that have just completed the muddy Marquam Trail may feel out of place riding the Streetcar or standing next to OHSU medical staff in their scrubs.
The is seasonal and closes earlier on weekends [5:00 pm] than weekdays [9:30 pm]. Pet policies vary for the 4 segments. And, unfortunately, during the current pandemic, the Tram is not available for non-hospital use. But various TriMet bus routes serve the OHSU campus and the downtown transit mall. Bring your HOP card.
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4T Trail Loop
SWTrails and various jurisdictions
Name: 4T Trail—connecting 4 methods of transit to create a large loop
Parks agency: [the concept]; [the hiking trails]; [MAX]; PBOT [ and ]
Contact: for favorable comments; agencies above for specific concerns
Location: Diverse, multi-modal tour of the west side of the city
Public transit: Streetcar NS or B lines; MAX westbound to Zoo station; Tram down from OHSU [no cost going down]
Length: 8 miles; 3.5miles on foot; 4.5 miles by transit—allow 4 hours
How difficult do we consider it: easy to grueling, depending on segment
Date of last visit: June 25, 2016
Trail segments—numbering sequence is by AR
T1 From the base of the Tram via Streetcar to the MAX at SW Morrison Street
T2 From the MAX at SW Morrison Street to the Oregon Zoo MAX station
T3 From the Oregon Zoo MAX station up to Council Crest
T3 From Council Crest down to OHSU and the Tram station
T4 From OHSU and the Tram station back to the starting point
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