2020 Conference Hotel & Travel Information

All cut-off dates have passed for AWP hotel block conference rates. The following hotels may still have availability, but at their regular rate. Please contact them directly with questions.

Hotel booking information is available only to registered conference attendees. Registered partners, sponsors, exhibitors, and presenters will have priority access to this information on August 1, 2019, and general registered attendees will have access on August 15, 2019. This page will be updated regularly with the most up-to-date information on hotel, travel, and discounts.

Transportation from Portland International Airport

Portland International Airport (PDX) (10 miles from the Oregon Convention Center)

Northeast Airport Way
Please refer to Portland Airport’s accessibility services page.

AMTRAK Union Station (1.3 miles from the Oregon Convention Center)

800 NW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Please refer to AMTRAK Union Station’s accessibility services page.

Portland Public Transportation

TriMet operates the MAX light rail, the Portland Streetcar, bus lines, and LIFT paratransit. All forms of public transportation are wheelchair accessible.

The costs for a two-and-a-half-hour pass is $2.50. You can download the Hop Fastpass app for easy fare payment. You get a free ride after spending $5 in a day. Riders may be eligible for the Honored Citizen fare, applicable to seniors over the age of 65 or older, Medicare beneficiaries, and people with mental or physical disabilities.

AWP has a limited number of complimentary TriMet passes, good from March 27–30, 2019. A number of passes are reserved for attendees with disabilities. Others will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis during onsite registration.

Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) Light Rail

MAX is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way to travel between the Portland Airport, Oregon Convention Center, and most AWP hotel blocks.  

Refer to this How to Ride MAX guide with written and video instructions. There is an additional guide for Accessibility Features on MAX.

The closest MAX station to the Oregon Convention Center is the Convention Center station, located 450 feet from the closest entrance.

Portland Street Car

For step-by-step instructions on riding the Streetcar, read the Ride Guide or watch this video guide. Every streetcar is equipped with ramps and indicates next stops with reader boards and audio announcements.

The streetcar stop closest to the registration area of the Oregon Convention Center is the NE Oregon & Grand station, 404 feet from the entrance.  

Bus Lines

For step-by-step instructions on riding a TriMet bus, please read this How to Ride the Bus guide and this guide which details Bus Accessibility Features. The bus stop closest to the registration area of the Oregon Convention Center is the NE Martin Luther King & Holladay stop (0.1 miles from entrance).

LIFT Paratransit

LIFT Paratransit offers visitors to Portland with 21 days of paratransit services. Riders must be pre-approved and schedule their rides by 5:00 p.m. the day before the requested ride. Make sure to contact LIFT Paratransit several days, if not more, in advance of arriving in Portland. To apply for visitor’s status, contact your current paratransit provider and have them mail, fax, or email verification of your eligibility to the LIFT Paratransit office.

If a visitor does not have paratransit service in their home area, please send a statement of disability with contact information to the LIFT offices at:
TriMet Transit Mobility Center
515 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209
Or call (503) 962-8200, ext. 4.
Email: liftcustomerservice@trimet.org

LIFT Paratransit requires the standard TriMet fare. AWP has a limited number of complimentary TriMet passes, good from March 27–30, 2019. A number of passes are reserved for attendees with disabilities. If you require a TriMet pass, please email events@awpwriter.org.

For more information about LIFT Paratransit, visit the LIFT website or the LIFT Rider’s Guide.

Ride Connection Door-to-Door Rides

Ride Connection is a nonprofit organization operating in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties that offers free door-to-door ride services to those over 60 years of age and people with disabilities. This service operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday–Friday. Ride Connection requests four business days’ notice to schedule a ride.

To get enrolled with Ride Connection, one would have to call (503) 226-0700 to begin the process of getting connected. It takes between 1–2 business days to get connected and is done over the phone.


There is an underground garage located beneath the Oregon Convention Center. Entrances to the garage are located on NE First Avenue and NE Lloyd Boulevard.

There are several accessible parking options throughout the Portland area and near the Oregon Convention Center. The Oregon Convention Center’s underground garage has 10 accessible spaces on parking level one and 11 accessible spaces on parking level two.

For more information about the Oregon Convention Center’s garage and alternate parking areas nearby, visit the Parking and Directions page of the Oregon Convention Center’s website.

Portland, OR Taxi Services

Portland Taxi Cab Company
(503) 256-5400

(503) 227-1212

Broadway Cab
(503) 333-3333

Attendee Guide

Please refer to the 2019 Conference Attendee Guide for more information about Portland, OR, arts and entertainment, dining, and other attractions.


Accessibility Services

Attendee Terms & Conditions

Refund Policy


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center

Hotel & Travel Contact

Conference Events
(240) 696-7742