Car Rental

Special Car Rental Rates

Avis has been designated the official car rental company for the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2014, Portland, Oregon.  Special meeting rates and discounts are available on a wide selection of GM and other cars at the Portland International Airport (PDX).
To receive these special rates, be sure to mention your Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is Avis Worldwide Discount or AWD number is D016584. Call to receive the best car rental rates available; call Avis direct at 1-800-331-1600 or go to the Avis Web page at: The discount will be effective 18 May, 2014 through 24 May, 2014.

Ground Transportation/Shuttle Information

TriMet Passes for Conference Attendees

Travel Portland will be providing registered attendees a pass that allows them to ride TriMet for free during the convention dates. They will pick this pass up at registration.

Ground Transportation Center at Portland International Airport

The pickup area for taxis, town cars, long-haul shuttles, hotel vans and parking lot shuttle buses is located in the center section of the airport terminal's lower roadway on the baggage claim and departure level. Airport shuttles, off-airport rental car shuttles and reserved vehicles are found in the section of the lower roadway closest to the garage. Most transportation providers serve downtown Portland, which is approximately nine miles and 25-40 minutes from Portland International Airport.

Airport Shuttle Service

Blue Star Airport Express, phone: 503-493-7278, has service from the Portland International Airport to the Portland Convention Center area. Exit the airport terminal from baggage claim and go to the second concrete island(#2), marked “Scheduled Busses & Vans” near the information booth and look for the Blue Star Airport Express. The fare is $11 one way and $22 round trip. Service is every half-hour from 7:00am -12:30am. Just mention “JASM” to the driver to receive the discount. Reservations are not required for trips leaving from the airport but are necessary for return trips returning to the Airport.

PDX Airport Service:  The trip to/from downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes and requires a valid ticket ($2.50 Adult, $1 Honored Citizen or $1.65 Youth/Student).  The first train of the day arrives at PDX at 4:58 a.m. on weekdays and 5:04 a.m. on weekends. The last Red Line train departs PDX at 11:49 p.m.  The MAX station and ticket machines are located near baggage claim on the lower level.  (  To return to PDX, you can take the MAX Red Line train from several locations in the downtown area as well as the Lloyd Center/Convention Center area.  A two-hour ticket is $2.50, an All Day ticket is $5.

For additional information on local transportation, go to the web site: