Changing Direction of PDX's North Escalators to Improve Passenger Flow

Tuesday, October 11

What once went down will soon go up, and vice versa.

In anticipation of the opening of the new security exit lanes in November, Portland International Airport has started the month-long process of reversing the direction of the north escalators that lead from the north tunnel to bag claim and from bag claim to the ticket lobby.

The directional change will allow a more natural passenger flow, once the exit lanes open, as passengers will be headed from Concourses D and E to baggage claim and ground transportation from the far north end of the airport. 

The 4-week project, currently in process, will reverse the direction of six escalators on the north end of the airport. The escalators from the pedestrian bridge to the ticket lobby will not change.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words: the image below shows the final operational state. The reversal project is expected to be complete at the end of October.

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