An integrated network

As the transportation hub of the Pacific Northwest, the metro area supports a broad range of market needs. The region’s transportation network integrates highway, railroad, airport and river barge facilities to provide access to both domestic and international markets.




  • Portland International Airport, rated the nation’s best airport 3 out of the last 4 years by Conde Nast Traveler, served more than 12.9 million air travelers in 2009.
  • Nonstop passenger service: 41 domestic destinations, 4 international cities
  • Air freight service: 11 all-air cargo carriers

Source: Port of Portland 2010

Air Freight Tons of Cargo - Portland International Airport -
Source: Port of Portland, 2010

Airline Passenger Traffic: PDX - Source: Port of Portland, 2010



Port of Portland Waterborne Commerce

  • Largest wheat and mineral bulks port on the West Coast
  • Largest port in Oregon
  • Fourth largest auto import gateway in the United States
  • #1 wheat export in the U.S.
  • #3 grain export region in the world

Source: Port of Portland 2010

» For more information, visit the Port of Portland and Port of Vancouver web sites.



The region is the western terminus for the east-west rail corridor that runs at river grade along the Columbia River. The metro area is served by two transcontinental railroads: Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific.

» For more information, visit the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific web sites.



Two major interstate highways, Interstate 5 and Interstate 84, intersect in the metro area. Interstate 5 is the main north-south route from Canada to Mexico, connecting Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego. Interstate 84 is the principal route east from Portland to Salt Lake City, the Midwest and East Coast.


Regional: Bus, Light Rail and Streetcar

The region is an interconnected system of cities, counties and states linked by a public transportation system serving Multnomah, Clark, Clackamas, and Washington counties.

» For more information, visit the C-TRAN, TriMet, Portland Streetcar, and Portland Tram web sites.





2010 Portland Development Commission