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This city never ceases to amaze me. Innovative, architectural magnificent, and entirely unique — I am amazed by the perfectly perfunctory details of PDX’s urban composition. To longtime Portlandians, the Tram may be an almost unnoticeably routine accessory, simply part of the view, but it has captivated my attention each time I see it in motion.
Finally, thankfully, Megan took me for a ride.
While Megan snapped away, taking advantage of the visual perspective, I simply marvelled at the ingenious practicality of the Tram. Being an efficiency nerd and all-around Type-A sort of person, I couldn’t help but appreciate its beautiful mixture of effective problem solving and architectural appeal. If you didn’t know, the Tram serves as the primary transportation method for OHSU employees, hospital visitors, and serves as means for quick transport for patients during an emergency. On top of that usefulness, anyone can ride it just to enjoy the view… Okay, I am getting a little excited.
One Fun Fact before I let the pictures show our adventure on the Tram: The upper station is freestanding and apart from the OHSU building to avoid causing vibrations with delicate operation equipment. Safety First.
This was actually my first time riding the Tram. That’s a little surprising considering my little sister makes regular trips up to the children’s hospital. She, like most 13-year-olds, documents her trips up the Tram on Snapchat. She is now 13, but 4 years ago she was diagnosed with T1-Diabetes. That was one of the scariest moments of my life. Doernbecher saved her, not just once, but twice! She and one of my brothers were also literally loved and nursed to health when they were born prematurely at OHSU. The miracles performed by the people working at Doernbecher and OHSU are truly remarkable and my family is forever grateful.