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public transportation & OHSU

I thought I had my mind made up on another program but I was called off the alternate list for OHSU and am now seriously debating. One of my concerns with OHSU though is the transportation. I don't want to fight for a spot to park up on the hill and pay for parking so I'm thinking that bus transportation and the sky tram would be my best option. For anyone that has attended or is attending OHSU, how did you feel about transportation? What worked for you? Was it difficult having to rely on public transportation to get you on and off the hill and back home? I also have a family and kids and am not sure about not having my own car with me. I'm just trying to sort this all out in my head but any information you would like to share is appreciated!

I havent attended yet but I will be and I have talked to a few people who went to school there. They said honestly public transportation or riding a bike is the way to go. So that's what I plan on doing (Max to tram or max to bus). I have a daughter who will be in preschool so I'm also a little worried about it but from what everyone says it's really the only way. Someone asked about it on one of the Facebook groups we post on (for the cohort) a few days ago. Parking gets really expensive and hard to come by.

I havent attended yet but I will be and I have talked to a few people who went to school there. They said honestly public transportation or riding a bike is the way to go. So that's what I plan on doing (Max to tram or max to bus). I have a daughter who will be in preschool so I'm also a little worried about it but from what everyone says it's really the only way. Someone asked about it on one of the Facebook groups we post on (for the cohort) a few days ago. Parking gets really expensive and hard to come by.

Thank you for your response! I actually planned it all out on trimet's website and looked at some different routes and I think I have a pretty good idea of what would work for me. Transportation and cost are the only things holding me back but I'm hoping to get it all figured out because I'm pretty sure I am leaning towards OHSU now.

What area are you coming from? I was worried about cost and transportation but after getting my fin. Aid packet and planning out my route I feel so much better. I actually took a day and rode the max to the tram and then took the bus to see what it will be like and it wasn't bad at all. I took my daughter... she had the time of her life, of course and it made me feel less anxious about it.

I would be coming from Lake Oswego. I think my best route would be taking the #35 bus to the tram and then take the tram up. I was thinking about testing it out one day as well and taking my oldest son with me because he would love it, haha. I haven't received any info yet on a financial aid package so that makes me nervous but I'm calling them tomorrow to see what I can find out. I only have until this week to make a decision! :nailbiting:

The only thing that sucks about the tram is the walk from the tram (if it were raining) there's a bus that drops right behind the son. I'm coming from oregon city. So I'm going to park and ride the max from the milwaukie max station. We got ours after we gave them our decisions.

Well I mailed in my deposit yesterday!! I'm confident I can figure out the best way to get there and back. I'll just have to wait and see what kind of aid package they can put together for me. I'm still holding my spot in the other program I got into just in case financially OHSU doesn't work out and then as soon as I can I'll decide which program it will be. Hopefully it won't take long to get the aid info so whichever program I decline they can fill that spot quickly!

I think it took about a week to get mine. In the meantime join our cohorts fb page! OHSU Portland BSN 2019 cohort

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

I know several current students at OHSU. Students get a major discount on transit (I believe I heard $70 for an annual trimet pass?), have access to shower rooms and bike lockers and/or bike valet on campus for free, and free lockers in SoN for storing gear, so there are affordable transit options. There is also a parking lot with $8/day parking if you occasionally need to bring a car. Walking from the tram to SON isn't bad even in the rain as you can duck through buildings for much of it.

MallysMama

Specializes in ICU.

The trimet pass is about $300/year for students and employees. (Which is still better than what it would cost if you bought it through trimet.) There are lots of buses that go to OHSU during busy times (morning and afternoon/evening). Try out the PDX bus app- it's helpful. I commute from Wilsonville- so I feel your pain.

OHSU raised parking rates this month. I've never found a lot for $8/day (if it exists- please let me know where)! The cheapest place is to park down at the waterfront for $11 by the CLSB. On the hill it is $14 for a full day.

Congrats on being accepted! What program will you be starting?

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