Inspections in the Sky: SCJ Named Independent Ropeway Engineer for Portland Tram

Portland Tram 1_HCars. Buses. Shuttles. Bicyclists. Soaring pedestrian bridge. Streetcar. Shipyard. Cycle track. Aerial tramway.

That’s what you’ll find at the most transportation-diverse intersection in the country located in Portland, Ore. SCJ has been selected to be the Independent Ropeway Engineer for The Tram, one of the only aerial commuter trams in the nation.

Portland Tram 2_FOur responsibilities include performing unannounced (SURPRISE!) and announced inspections to ensure the system is being operated and maintained properly. That way the City can count on The Tram’s reliability as a vital piece of their transportation network.

The two tram cabins, named Jean and Walt, travel 22 mph and hold up to 79 passengers. During each four-minute ride, the trams travel 3,300 feet from the South Waterfront Neighborhood to an upper terminal with stunning views.

That upper terminal serves as a critical transportation connection to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) where as many 20,000 people visit every day. It also connects passengers to two other hospitals, a residential neighborhood and a network of nature trails.

Portland Tram 5“It is a very exciting opportunity to be able to work with the City of Portland, OHSU and Doppelmayr on this high profile urban tramway system,” said SCJ Project Manager, Joel Deis. “Having the opportunity to see how successful this system has been in a transit-centric city like Portland has made me appreciate how ropeways can provide safe, reliable, fun transportation in a urban environment.”

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