The ITP Cruise and Banquet will be held aboard the Willamette Star on Wednesday evening, Sept. 11th. To join the cruise, you should be at the Portland Spirit dock by 17:15. The boat departs at 17:30 and will return at about 20:00.
Be sure to bring a picture ID, as this will be required for each passenger.
The dock is located on the east side of the Willamette River (the opposite side from the conference site), at the far end of the Tilikum Crossing bridge.
The dock is very close to the OMSI/SE Water station of the Max Orange Line and the Portland Streetcar, as well as the Number 9 and Number 17 bus lines, all of which accept your TriMet Hop Card. There are at least three good ways to get to the dock from the conference site:
– Walk down to the river and across the Tilikum Bridge. This takes about 30 minutes. We will lead a walking group departing from the conference site (Engineering Building) at 16:45 sharp.
– Take the Max Orange Line towards “Milwaukie” from the Lincoln St./SW 3rd Ave. station just outside the conference hotel. Remember to present your Hop Card to the check-in point on the platform before boarding. Travel two stops (about 5 mins) to the “OMSI/SE Water” station, and exit the train. Walk (about 3 mins) back towards the river, detouring left (south) around the Portland Opera building. There is an Orange Line train scheduled to depart from Lincoln St. at 16:55.
– Take bus 9 towards “92nd Ave.” or bus 17 towards “SE 134th Ave.” from the bus stop just outside the conference hotel (on the same side of the street as the hotel). Present your Hop Card to the check-in device on the bus. Travel two stops (about 5 minutes) to the “OMSI/SE Water” station, and exit the bus. Walk (about 3 mins) back towards the river, detouring left (south) around the Portland Opera building. There are buses scheduled at 16:52, 16:58, 17:03, and 17:06.
– (You can also take the Portland Streetcar B-Loop from the station at SW 3rd and Harrison St., which is very near the conference site, but streetcars run infrequently, and there are none scheduled at a convenient time.)
RETURNING: The same options work, but take the Orange Line towards “City Center/Expo Center”, Bus 9 towards “Portland”, Bus 17 towards “NE Saratoga”, or the Streetcar A-Loop.