Gray Line – Big Pink Sightseeing Announces TROLLEY TRACKER, a Real Time Trolley Location and Predictive Arrival Information System

For the 2015 season Gray Line – Big Pink Sightseeing announces the availability of a real time arrival information for each of its trolley stops under the name Trolley Tracker.  Using GPS technology and on-board tracking systems and software developed by Saucon Technologies, any guest with a smart phone can find the nearest trolley stop to their location, see the current location of the trolleys and have access to the predicted arrival time of the trolley at that stop.  The Gray Line – Big Pink Sightseeing Trolleys run on a schedule but occasionally in the late afternoon, as traffic volumes build, the trolleys can drop behind schedule.  The new system will allow the guests to maximize their sightseeing time in Portland by minimizing any wait time at the trolley stops.  Each guest will be provided with a website address to access a map with location and arrival time information.  The website will also be accessible via a scanable QR code that will be identified on each of the A frame signs which mark many of the Gray Line – Big Pink Sightseeing stops.    This guest-focused technology enhancement should enable Gray Line – Big Pink Sightseeing to improve on its already favorable guest satisfaction level.

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Big Pink Sightseeing – Gray Line of Portland Announces 2015 Schedules

The 2015 Hop-On Hop-Off tour continues to feature the 12 most popular stops in downtown Portland.  The tour continues to include Washington Park and its unique features and attractions.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tours start on May 23th.  During May, June, September the tours start each day at 10:00 am.  During July and August tours start at 9:00 am.    The tours depart hourly and operate on the following schedule:

Stop Minutes after the Hour
1. Pioneer Square


2. South Park


3. Washington Park


4. Oregon Zoo


5. 23rd Ave. Shopping District


6.  Pearl District/NW 13th Ave.


7. Powell’s Books/Pearl District


8. Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX


9. Old Town


10. Riverplace


11. OMSI


12. Lownsdale Square


The Gray Line Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour begins its expanded season on May 2nd with its extremely popular itinerary to the Columbia River Gorge attractions.  Tours leave at 8:45 am.  Check the web site for a specific schedule.

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Big Pink Sightseeing featured in The Oregonian

“To a certain type of tourist, Portland can seem intimidating.
Ours is a comparatively small city, a friendly, clean place with ample and easy to navigate public transportation.
But some out of towners, drawn here by our great food, majestic scenery and funky shopping, do not ride a bus or a train back home and do not understand that most of the homeless people and panhandlers they’ll run into as they maneuver through our fair city merit sympathy, not fear.
I call this variety of tourist “my mom.” David Beagle and David Duncan have a plan for her.
This spring, these two veterans of the tourism industry started “Big Pink Sightseeing,” a hop-on, hop-off tour that offers sightseers willing to spend $24 an easy way to see the city’s major, mainstream attractions. One dollar from each ticket will go to breast cancer research, thus the pink.”

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