TriMet adds extra service for Rose Festival parades; busiest Saturdays of the year

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Ridership on parade days up more than 40 percent compared to typical Saturdays

TriMet will add extra service for the Starlight and Grand Floral parades – the agency’s busiest Saturdays of the year. Last year, MAX and bus ridership was up on the parade days more than 40 percent compared with typical Saturdays. MAX ridership alone was up more than 65 percent.

Starlight Parade – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2

MAX service

All MAX lines will run on Saturday schedules, with extra trains before and after the parade. Riders should plan to add 15 to 30 minutes to their trips through downtown because trains will be stopped periodically for the parade and run.

Lloyd Center Express bus service before and after parade

Starting about 5:30 p.m., express buses will pick up riders at NE 13th and Holladay, then travel to SW 2nd, stopping at Taylor, Morrison, Oak and Ankeny streets. After the parade through about 12:30 a.m., the buses will pick up riders at those four locations on 2nd Avenue before dropping of in the Lloyd District.

Bus detours

Buses will run on Saturday schedules. Thirteen bus lines—4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 33, 35, 44 and 54/56—intersect the parade route and will be detoured.

Grand Floral Parade – 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9

MAX service

All MAX lines will run on Saturday schedules, with extra trains before and after the parade. Riders should plan to add 15 to 30 minutes to their trips through downtown because trains will be stopped periodically for the parade.

Bus detours

Buses will run on Saturday schedules. Eleven bus lines—4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 35, 44 and 54/56—intersect the parade route and will be rerouted.

Tips for taking TriMet on parade days

  • Buy a round-trip fare when heading to the parade to avoid long lines afterwards. TriMet staff will be at several MAX and bus stops to provide help and sell tickets.
  • Expect long waits for MAX trains following the parades, especially the Starlight Parade as everyone attempts to head home at the same time.
    • Take regular bus service, the Lloyd Center express bus or a different MAX line to leave downtown. For example, riders can catch a Green Line train on 6th Avenue and transfer to the Blue Line at Gateway Transit Center.
    • Avoid bringing big strollers on MAX. With huge crowds expected, those with stroller may have to wait longer to find space on the trains.

Plan ahead

TriMet’s online trip planner makes it easy to plan a trip, with information on travel and walk times, transfers and cost. Visit trimet.org, m.trimet.org on mobile device or call 503-238-RIDE (7433) weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.