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  • plan activities
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Travel & Transportation

The Oregon Convention Center is located at 777 NE ML King Blvd. in Portland. Learn more about the meeting venue.

Getting to Portland

Alaska Airlines

Receive a discount on all roundtrip tickets purchased for the GSA Annual Meeting by using the meeting code ECCMB0852. The discount is applicable for travel 15-23 Oct. 2009 only and is valid only for reservations made online at Be sure to input the meeting code in the discount box when you are filling out the Flights Search box. Reservations booked by calling the Group Desk will incur a US$15 ticketing fee.

United Airlines

Receive an up to 10% discount on domestic and international roundtrip flights for the GSA Annual Meeting by using the meeting code 585KH when you call the United MeetingsPlus reservation line at +1-800-521-4041. Discounts are applicable for travel 15-24 Oct. 2009 only and reservations must be made by phone.


See Portland International Airport’s Web site, for detailed information on ground transportation.

Trimet’s MAX Light Rail


At Portland International Airport, go to the lower level, baggage claim area, and follow the signs to the MAX light rail red line. The one-way cost is only US$2.30! MAX light rail hours are 5 a.m.-11:56 p.m., with trains running every 15 minutes. The trip between the airport and downtown takes about 38 minutes and requires an all-zone fare. You can easily roll your luggage on board for convenient and inexpensive travel to downtown Portland.

Light Rail User Update for Sunday 18 Oct
Alert!On Sunday there will be a March for the Public Option rally in downtown Portland.  Please expect ridership on the light rail before and after this event to be higher than usual with lots of people on the trains.  The rally is from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.  The "peak" times are expected to be between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Car Rental

Enterprise Rent-a-Car,, +1-800-593-0505

Book your car online and enter the group code 46W2750 in the optional account box. On the next screen, enter the first three letters of the event name, “GEO,” and press enter. You may also book over the phone by calling +1-800-593-0505.

Taxi Service

The pick-up area for taxis is located in the center section of the airport terminal’s lower roadway on the baggage claim and departure level. Most transportation providers serve downtown Portland, which is about 20 to 40 minutes from Portland International Airport. The average taxi fare is US$35 one-way, not including gratuity.

Shuttle Service

Portland International Airport has many shuttle services. Shuttles depart from the center section of the airport terminal’s lower roadway on the baggage claim level. The average shuttle fare is US$15–$20 one-way. Some shuttle services require advance reservations.


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