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Travel:  Transportation

Updated January 2015

Short term rentals of cars located all around the Portland area.  Find cars and book online or on your mobile device.  No monthly fees or rental subscription packages, just $.41 per minute.
From web site:  "CarpoolMatchNW is the car pool and rideshare matching site serving Oregon and SW Washington. Over 11,500 commuters are currently registered."  Registration is required (but free) in order to access shared rides or to offer a ride.
Craigslist Portland Rideshare
Search for upcoming rides offered or post a request.  You'll find plenty of rides down south to Eugene and San Francisco, as well as north to Seattle.  We found a lift a few summers ago from San Francisco back to Portland for a mere $20 gas contribution; typically you'll share in gas costs or driving.
Statewide carpool/vanpool resource for finding someone to share a ride with in Oregon.  Just log on and go through the matching process.
For a quick hop around downtown destinations or for a more leisurely tour, take a ride on an eco-friendly rickshaw.  PDXPedicab and CascadiaCabs are two companies providing the service and can accommodate one to three passengers.  There are no official posted rates as drivers are compensated by donation, so tip fairly and accordingly; ask the driver before you get on and he or she can give you a ballpark figure.
Get a taxi, private car or rideshare from your mobile phone. Uber connects you with a driver in minutes. Use the app in cities around the world.  At time of this post, Uber was not yet available in Portland city proper.
Provides an online social rideshare and carpool matching systems in North America.  Use the search box feature to find rides "From" and "To" your destination -- available seats will show up and tell you how much you will pay.  Owned by Enterprise Rent A Car.
Zipcars are short-term rentals that you can drive by the hour or the day.  Gas and insurance are included and cars are located all around the Portland area.  Memberships start as low as $6 a month.

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